Food & Drink
Curing salmon. It's just not something we'd really thought about. We've eaten ita lot. But the preparation of the stuff, not so much. And under the tutorship ofSimpson's head chef, Nathan Eades, learn we did. And he'd be the first person to tell you it's reassuringly simple.
Prosecco and sauv blanc are now part of the national fabric, so we sought guidance from The Wine Gang expert, Joanna Simon, to expand our horizons in the best aisle of the supermarket. She talked us through some trends happening at an exciting time in the winey world, so you can be confident when purchasing that unpronounceable Portuguese bottle of grape.
There's something life-affirming about chowing down at Pho. From the fragrant, salty, messy broths to the bitter, spicy bite of the accoutrement, we feel an instant ability to take on all the things following a trip to the Vietnamese pretty.
Seafood's our fave. But the prospect of cooking the stuff, not so much. Pretty fortunate then that we've been schooled by Brum's Asian fish oracle, Lap-fai Lee, and even more beamy that we got to do it in SieMatic's ridonculously attractive Kitchen Gallery. Here's a little bit of what we learnt. Dinner party invite to follow.
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.
Everyone knows Etsy is the online home of crafty and jewellery hits and, if you didn't, maybe best to just nod along and look knowing. Less explored, howevs, is the oodles of other goodies — from food to photos — that their well-preened website houses.
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.
In Italy, meals are events. Stock your cupboards with these Italiano staples to make fete-worthy food any time. Or simply eat the pesto with a spoon.
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.
Hard scientific fact: Scandinavian cities are cool. Stockholm, possibly the coolest, has more on offer than hipster hangouts and designer shops. In the summer, the archipelago city is drenched in sun, with the longest day stretching over 20 hours of daylight. Here’s how to spend every minute of that time.