It's a tricky one. Your editor is a pretty staunch pescatarian and you have to report back that your favourite dish of four on the Two Cats taster menu included shaved lambs heart. Tough gig. Totally worth it.
Our homegal Laura Vann is bringing her jewellery brand to it’s first B'ham stockist, Harvey Nichols. Celebrate the city’s latest sparkly coup and fawn over V’s jewels at the launch party (Aug 17).
Prepping for a last minute ministerial visit, clutching coffee and exchanging blows with a cold, Fiona Allan also has the not at all small matter of Miss Saigon, which has now opened. But get the thoughtful chief exec and artistic director talking about the future of theatre and culture in this city, and whatever else is going on, she'll find all the time in the world.
Chances are you've visited the Lost & Found and managed to not get too bogged down in the tale of Hettie G Watson, Birmingham's original it-girl, botanical scholar and the inspiration behind the entire Bennett's Hill bar. That's probs for the best being as the entire yarn is a fib of fabulous proportions. Like that £350 million Boris earmarked for the NHS — she never existed. Nevertheless, botany is the focus of the venue, the menu and the cocktails in her honour. And the cocktails get the most attention.
We're almost constantly asked to recommend a bed for the night to friends, colleagues and friends who are colleagues — we don't make the rules. So we thought we'd tell the lot of you about a city centre newbie, all at the same time.
In the week that saw a new speakeasy launched on Colmore Row (we've been sworn to secrecy, but you really don't need to be Miss Marple to work out the deets) we thought it worth reminding you about the originators of the underground Brum bar scene: Smultronställe.
If you were looking for a difficult book to translate onto stage, surely The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is up there with the most challenging.
Up to 60% of the human body is made up of water. If you're anything like us the remaining 40% is pretty much entirely coffee. This weekend our caffeinated excitement is boiling over because 40 independent coffee shops, vendors and makers are coming to Birmingham Coffee Festival, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am. Here's the hap-haps.
We’re convinced that we could have pursued a career in dance, if only we’d been more willing to give up our free-time for the cause. And had some natural rhythm. And so the opportunity for an insight into the process of creating a piece of dance is a welcome one, that DanceXchange debuted last week with the first in their Dance Insights series.
As well as having the best posture of any person we've ever met in real life, choreographer Ruth Brill's got her first commission, Arcadia, premiering in full this week. We've been chatting about the production, the company and the city that has seen her career sparkle and shine.