Friday, 20 February 2015

Review: Raja Monkey, Hall Green, Birmingham

As you know, I'm a big curry fan. I also love street food so my recent visit to Raja Monkey (where they serve authentic Indian street food) was always going to be the highlight of my week! As part of the Lasan group I knew the food would be great so with one of my best mates in tow (and a new face to gingey bites) I headed over there to stuff my face.

Although the frontage looked good, the restaurant from the outside is very unassuming - perhaps just another curry house along a row of shops in the Birmingham suburb of Hall Green. Once we walked in, we were greeted by a warm space full of terracotta shades, an open kitchen full of busy chefs, soft lighting and most importantly, smiling staff.

cutlery tin at raja monkey gingeybites visit

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Peanut Butter & Banana Pancakes

If you're a regular blog reader or are on instagram, you'll no doubt have spent most of the day reading about and looking at pictures of bloody pancakes. Well here's some more for you - after all, it is pancake day!

This recipe comes from my good friend (& excellent freelance photographer) Anna. I would strongly recommend you check out her instagram to perve over all her lovely pictures but please do come back to my blog and finish reading this post!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Review: The Curzon Arms, Woodhouse Eaves

Despite my love of fancy restaurants, you really can't beat a proper good pub. One where the locals are 'local' and the bar staff are friendly. Extra brownie points if they serve food and double brownie points if the food is good. Having heard many people recommend The Curzon Arms to me, this month I finally got round to going there for dinner with my very favourite blogging buddies. A picturesque country pub in the lovely village of Woodhouse Eaves.

If you are local to the Loughborough area, you may well have eaten in one of the Curzon's sister pubs The Windmill or The Blue Bell Inn. I've reviewed the Blue Bell on here before (here) and raved about it. In fact, I've never had a bad meal there and it was even the venue of choice for my 30th birthday family meal but sadly, The Curzon Arms didn't quite meet my expectations.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Steak with Garlic & Herb Butter & a Cafe Rouge Giveaway!

It's been steak saturday in my house today. I usually serve my steak with chimmi churri and a big salad or perhaps a peppercorn sauce but today I opted to go French. There was a reason for this - I've teamed up with Inntravel for their #FlavourFromFrance campaign. They are a Yorkshire based travel company who specialise in slow holidays. How great does a 'slow holiday' sound? Off the beaten track adventures organised for you but with none of the stresses of tour groups & schedules so you can explore at your own pace.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Experience: Tales from a Supper Club

Who knows what a supper club is? I believe they began in New York and are now getting increasingly popular here in the UK, especially (of course) in London. So - in a nutshell - a supper club is a dinner party made up of strangers in someone's home. Think Come Dine with Me with (hopefully) better food, better company and no film crew.

Last weekend Emily and I headed over to Stourbridge to attend one of the newest supper clubs on the block - run by Thai cookery super star Carole the lady behind Brum's no ping no bling

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