Our Holiday to Menorca

Back at the end August we took off on our first foreign holiday with Imogen to Cala N Bosch in Menorca. We had an absolutely lovely time, our hotel was great with a lovely pool and the resort it self was so family friendly.

Take a look at the few photo highlights below, but I also did some filming whilst we were there so I love it if you’d take a look at the video, and if you enjoy head over to my youtube channel and subscribe !

The Marina at dusk


Beautiful cove nearby

such amazingly clear water

The pool

A family of Flip Flops


Just some of the yummy food we had – Beef Carpaccio

Goats Cheese Salad

Hanging Kebab

Goofin around


kitchen bites

Kitchen Bites #25: August & September 2017

This months Kitchen Bites is in a slightly different format – a video! I thought I would film a video over for my youtube channel of all this months yummy goodies, so instead of replicating it here, I’ve linked the video below!

We’ve got oaty goodness from Quaker, healthy chickpea crips from Hippeas, noodles, spice blends and a few cookbooks to look at too!

I hope you enjoy, and I’d love you to let me know what you think in the comments!

Review: The Meat Shack

Given our usual tardiness at checking out new places in Birmingham these days, you’d be forgiven for not expecting this review for another year or so. But occasionally we just go and pull it out the bag!

The Meat Shack have recently opened up a permanent place on Thorp Street (near the Hippodrome) so we went along a couple of days before our holiday to check it out. Randomly, Lee used to actually work in that same building many moons ago when it was another restaurant, so the space was strangely familiar yet very different.

There’s a nice small selection of drinks – Lee tried a Sadlers Peaky Blinder.

But let’s get to the food. We’re no strangers to The Meat Shack’s ‘filthy dripping goodness’ burgers, with their never ending lines at street food events underlining just how popular they are. I can’t say I’m not glad to be able to sit and wait for that cooked to order burger though, rather than stand!


I ordered the Buffalo Blue burger – with blue cheese, american cheese, candy bacon crumb, iceberg, red onion, blue cheese dressing and frankys buffalo sauce. I’ve had this one only once before and love the salty and spicy combination so much.

Lee went for a Dutch Piggy – dripping such cheese, american cheese, streaky bacon, iceberg, red onion, pickle, ketchup and chipayo, one he had not tried before, but kept up their reputations for being some of the best burgers in the city.


We also tried the Shack attack fries (skin on fries with green chilli relish and Holy F*ck Suace) and sides of onion rings and frickles (fried pickles). We looooooved the Frickles, which made a great addition to the burgers. The fries, although nothin wrong with them, could have been so much more, which was our only (very minor) criticism.


The burgers certainly live up to their tag line and as usual we loved every single bite. The city is a really great place now for burgers, with these guys and OPM doing a trade down in Digbeth so let’s hope there’s room in the city for both to thrive!

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A Day Out At Chester Zoo

Join us on Imogen’s birthday trip to Chester Zoo! She’s been showing a real interest in animals int he past few months so thought a trip to one of the best zoos in the in country was in order! It’s changed quite a lot since we last visited and we loved the new areas and how interactive it was. A great day out for children and Imogen Loved it! Have a watch below of what we got up to.

Some failsafe food highlights in Birmingham city centre

*This is a collaborative post

Birmingham is blessed with a fantastic and varied selection of restaurants. From established chains like Wagamama, ASK Italian and Giraffe, to some great independent outlets like Del Villaggio and Zen Metro, there’s always something new to discover.

So here’s a look at some highlights from Birmingham city centre that always provide a heartwarming selection of fantastic food.

There are few more failsafe meal options than the classic burger with Digbeth’s Original Patty Men setting a high standard for the Birmingham area.

However, in the city centre we have the legendary Five Guys chain that’s always a good bet thanks to their unlimited burger toppings, whilst the Dirty Cow Burger are a great Birmingham-only restaurant that features a massive Big Brummy meal that includes no less than three burgers!

If that sounds like too much meat, there’s also some great vegetarian restaurants in the city centre. In particular, the awesome Not Dogs deliver fast food with a veggie twist with Quorn quarter pounders and the eight-inch Quorn bratwurst hot dogs doing a great job of mimicking the meat-based meals.

Given Birmingham’s multicultural heritage, it’s no surprise to find that we have plenty of mouth-watering cuisines from all over the world in our city centre.

From the fascinating Ethiopian food at Blue Nile, to Syriana and Damascena’s mezze treats, there’s no shortage of interesting new tastes to experience. And with delivery companies like Deliveroo covering all of these Birmingham city centre restaurants, exploring the fascinating flavours of the world has never been easier.

However, it’s Birmingham’s reputation for being the balti capital of the UK that means that we have to feature some of the city centre’s best curry houses.

And whether it’s sampling the spicy North Indian flavours at Pushkar, or tasting the legendary tandoori kebabs at Asha’s, it’s quick to understand why our city has become such a big hit amongst curry fans.

But there will always be those who are keen to see which Birmingham city centre restaurants serve up the best examples of classic British food.

Thankfully the Red Lion pub more than delivers on traditional British dishes like Cumberland sausages and mash and beer battered haddock, whilst their award-winning Sunday roasts offer the perfect way to celebrate the weekend.

So whether you’re seeking to grab a quick takeaway from one of Birmingham’s legendary curry houses, or are looking for a relaxed sit-down meal at a stylish burger joint, there’s plenty of options in Birmingham city centre.