Pizza express and Paradice (not a spelling error, I promise!)

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A teacher training day (i.e a day off school) meant a trip to Pizza Express with two friends was achievable. No lie, we were counting down the days until our lunch date.

As we arrived, feeling rather grown up eating at a restaurant without adults, we were immediately ready to order, having pre decided our meal in our  elated anticipation.

I ordered my favourite: garlic bread with mozzarella for starter and padana pizza for main. I must comment, I may have had a slight (euphemism) pronounciation difficulty when ordering.

Despite my struggle and slight embarrassment, when the food arrived it exceeded expectations. The sweet, succulent, caramelised onions, combined with the soft spinach and the desired, bitter goats cheese was delightful. 

For dessert, after struggling with split payments and voucher usage at Pizza Express (I recommend downloading the app VoucherCodes for a number of offers) we decided to visit Paradice, a gelateria on Harborne high street, Birmingham. With a range of intriguing flavours, and variety of treats available, we were spoilt for choice. 

Below is my choice: warmed chocolate brownie accompanied with rocky road and strawberry lace ice cream. Only £5! Although the strawberry lace ice cream will only appeal to specific taste buds, it was intriguing to try. The brownie and rocky road ice cream are must haves for the avid chocolate fans out there, though.

My friends both chose the melted cookie and vanilla ice cream displayed below. The 20minutes preparation time was definitely worth the wait for the melt in the mouth dessert!


I highly recommend Pizza Express and Paradice for an indulgent treat if you happen to be in Harborne.

-afoodexplorer x

P.S. I am also planning on posting another Paradice blog if I am able to try some other desserts!

Wahaca!

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A surprise London visit for my birthday landed me in this modern mexican restaurant, Wahaca. What a name! With the decor (photo) visibly colourful, bold and vibrant, my excitement was almost unbearable! I was rushing to my seat in anticipation of the Mexican menu! 

What’s more, the service was delightful! We were welcomed with high spirit and laughter as the menu was presented to us. Already with the joy of seeing Matilda later in the day (go see it if you can! The choreography is especially astounding: so intricate and cunning!) I was eager to start ordering  food.

As I indulged in the delicious mini tacos filled with meat, spices and vegetables, we were informed by the waiter of the social objective of Wahaca. Their street food menu consists of dishes to share, in order to make the meal a more sociable event. What a wonderful idea in this modern world of technology!

This restaurant is an excellent place to try for those hoping to try tasters of multiple different Mexican based dishes, and who take pleasure from a little chilli, accentuating the flavours of the dishes. 

If this review does not entirely encourage you to try out this place, why not check out their menu just incase: Wahaca Menu

-afoodexplorer x

Butcher’s Social- before its new identity !

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Intriguing title, isn’t it? Well, I thought so…

Anyway…

In Harborne, Birmingham, there used to be a little urban eating place called Butcher’s Social. However, this past year it has been closed due to some decoration upgrades and a little menu change to form the new, Harborne Kitchen!  I still need to try the exquisite food of this new, classy restaurant, but I am reliably informed it presents michelin star  food! (A post for when i do manage a visit is a promise!)

However, I am not here to just discuss Harborne Kitchen, no, this is more of a commemoration post for my old favourite, Butcher’s Social. 

It was filled with crates and second hand chairs for seating and a raffle ticket system for customers ordering food. Food was even sold in takeaway packaging to complete the oddly appealing, quirky ambiance of the place!

The photo attatched only provides a glimpse  of the food sold there. With a new menu everyday, I loved the excitement of discovering which new foods were available to try! A favourite, which remained on the menu everyday due to its popularity, was the chicken wings! The photo does not give credit for the succulent, sweet honeycomb coated wings! My irrepressible sweet tooth could not resist! Whoops!

Another favourite dish, which is savoury this time (shocking!), was the mini macaroni cheese balls, which appealed to me as an avid pasta lover ! I will try and develop a recipe for this soon !! Although, with kitchen works currently at home, this may be a struggle.

Overall, with the friendly service and delectable food, I can’t emphasise how disappointed I was to see this place go and I know this may seem like a useless post about a closed down dining place, but if nothing else, it should advocate the need for everyone to try Harborne Kitchen! With the same chefs, the food should be as, if not more, delicious than Butcher’s Social.

So here is to hoping the Harborne Kitchen lives up to my (our?) high expectations. But until then!

-afoodexplorer x

P.s I have just been informed there is a Butcher’s Social in Birmingham city centre!

Why I Have Decided To Create a Blog

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As my first blog, this will just be a little insight into what this blog will be about.

So firstly, who am I? I am a teenager (I know, we don’t usually enjoy writing, or interacting for that matter, but I have decided to give it a go)  with a love for food. But what does that mean?

By love of food, I mean I love to try new food, from the Cambodian Fish Amok, to a dish more available at home such as the sweet, delectable treat- a cinnamon roll. The photo accompanying this post is one of the many photos of food I was able to capture of Cambodian treats during my outstanding visit there; I am hoping to produce a post about the interesting flavours and dishes I sampled, and even made, during my travels there. Also, as part of my food tech course, I have been able to expand my love, developing my own products (which I also hope to produce blogs about) from published recipes.

This blog, I hope, will provide you with expressive reviews of new foods and cafes, which I have experienced from where I live and around the world. I’m hoping to provide you with the recipes I have developed: presenting the new and exciting dishes (mostly sweet treats due to my own slight weakness to indulge in them once in a while) to you.

Finally, the reasons for choosing to write a food blog? Well, I have recently been informed it is a good way to invest myself within the food industry, an industry I am hoping to work in, in the near future. By having my own blog, I can surround myself with blogs of similar content as mine, or even with a twist I have not yet considered; I am opening my mind to a variety of blog styles and food reviews. When the idea of blogging was described to me, I instantly became intrigued and excited to start one. So here it is, and I hope you enjoy!

-afoodexplored