Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Specialised publications

As many of the specialised publications don't go into normal public market, we don't seen them in high-street bookshops.

Even if they are in bookshops we just don't go to seem them, if we don't have interest in that particular field. I know there are magazines specialised, say, in fly-fishing, trains or in plastic models, but I just don't have occasion to see them.

For this reason, when I found this magazine in Balti Triangle of Birmingham, I was surprised and could not help laughing.

This is the one.

Tandoori magazine! I would guess it is more about the Asian restaurant business than tandoori oven itself, but it is still very specialised and I would not have ever chance to see it if not in Asian restaurants.

As I saw it inside a restaurant while just passing by, I could not read it, but I would be inclined to visit this restaurant to see what is inside. Big fun.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Sunday Roast

When I went to Stratford a week ago, I bought this meat from Farmers' Market.

It costed me £6.49 for 866g. It is £7.46/kilo. According to Tesco Price Check, the same thing costs £5.98 at the 4 majour supermarkets. So it is a bit expensive, but as  it comes from a nearby farm, I can take it as a premium.

In Britain, people make roast meat on Sundays, so I followed their example and did the same.

This is the outcome.

It looks pretty appetising, doesn't it?

I sliced it into thick pieces.

The meat was successfully still pink in the middle. I would preferred more red, but as Dim prefers his meat well-done, this is a good point of compromise. It contained just quantity of fat.

We tucked into, and found it really tender and juicy. It was one of the best lamb dishes I have ever eaten. I don't know the success was due to the quality of meat or to my cooking skill. :)

As we could not finished it up, it became chili-con-carne the day after, and the chili-carne-became the meat sauce for oven baked pasta the day after that. One block of meat became our three meals; good value, isn't it?

Sunday, 24 February 2008

New Pages from 19 to 23 Feb. 2008

These are the new pages uploaded between 19 and 23 February 2008.

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
This page has existed since long time ago, but it was only in Japanese. I can add some new photos later.

Restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon
I picked up some restaurants in central location where the casual visitors can visit with ease.

Review of Malbec restaurant in Stratford
Review of a restaurant where I visited at the recent trip to Stratford

Malbec in Stratford upon Avon

And I added more information on England for Food Lovers page

By the way, do you remember what I wrote about new Lebanese restaurant a couple of days ago? Well, I tried to visit this afternoon. According to the take-away menu I have, it should be open everyday from 12 noon till late, but it was closed when we arrived at around 4:30. Mediterranean style.

We went instead to Lahore in Ladypool Rd. I will write about it soon.

Have a nice week everyone!

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Moseley Farmers' Market

Today was the 4th Saturday of the month, which is the Farmers' Market day for Moseley.

I did not need to buy anything, but I went there also to take some photos of Moseley area for WonderBirmingham website.

I took the bus No. 50. There was a road work on Moseley Road, and it took quite a white to arrive at Moseley.

This is how it was at around 12 o'clock.

Moseley Farmers' Market

It was larger than what I remember, and maybe there were more stalls than at Harborne's market.

Moseley Farmers' Market

I found there some sellers whom I saw in Stratford a week ago, like Hilltop Farm, Woodhouse Farm, and the apple man. There was of course the ostrich burger stall, too. I have seen some also at Harborne. It is unavoidable that the same sellers come, as the places are so close. And, for some reason, the fishmonger close to my house has a stall, too.

I noticed also the restaurant Deolali installed a stall selling kebab on nan for £3. Clever people.

For the other farmers' market day in Birmingham, please refer to this page.

I did not buy anything (also because I did not want to go home right away), but took many photos.

After the stroll, I started to feel hungry, so went into this balti house + sweet centre to buy some samosas.

Sheereen Kadah

This is one of them. I bought two veggie and two meat samosas, and paid £2.20, Samosas are cheaper in the area I live, but I think this is the average price. I got also two dips, but I don't know if I was charge for it.


This is meat samosa. Meat filling was generous and nicely spiced. The quality of the mince was not the best and had some hard bits, but we cannot really expect high quality mince for this price. It was nice enough.

Meat samosa

This is the vegetarian version. I put some mint yogurt sauce. It was nice enough, but I would have preferred little more chili, yes, green chili.

Vegetable samosa

There are a few restaurants in Moseley that I want to visit, but with so many places to visit and to revisit, I don't know when I will be able to. *sigh*

More information about Farmers' Market in Birmingham, see this page.

Friday, 22 February 2008

New Lebanese Restaurant found

Yesterday I went to Blue Mango for dinner. I like very much the food there. The review will follow, and when I upload it, I will let you know.

On my way to the town centre, I found a new restaurant from the bus window. So I jumped off from the bus and took this photo.

Beirut Lebanese Restaurant

Yes. It is Lebanese! It is most welcome, as there is no decent Arabic place in the town centre.

I entered inside and grabbed a take-away menu, and asked the guys in the kitchen when they opend. They said it was 2 months ago. Not that recent, but I have never noticed until yesterday.

I have already made an entry to my Birmingham Restaurant Listing. Take a look if you are interested. I would like to try it during the weekend.

P.S. Oi, I finally managed to go there: please refer to "Beirut review" on WonderBirmingham site! (22 March 2008)


I know.

I left this blog long time ago. Actually I was running two English blogs at the same to see which one works better for me, and the other one won. I have been continuing the other one and kind of abandonned this one.

Recently, however, an anonymous friend and I set up a website called WonderBirmingham dedicated to Birmingham, and I thought, for this website, this is the better blog to associate with.

Hopefully I will post more regularly here about news about Birmingham and our website.

That is all for now. I have to go to work; the hard reality is wating for me. ha ha ha.