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The Ivy Temple Row , Birmingham

The Ivy Temple Row Whether you've been residing on another planet for the last few months or are still waiting for your reservation date to arrive, as the sunshine arrived in Pigeon Park so did the arrival of The Ivy.

I was invited to along to a enjoy a Bloggers Brunch with Rewired PR and was incredibly excited to see if The Ivy Temple Row lived up to hype. It didn't let me down. The venue itself is beautiful, elegant and vibrant, full of rich coloured furnishings Art Deco vibes.

We were taken to the top floor to dine in private, in The Archer Room which over looked St Phillips Cathedral. As you'd expect this space oozed elegance, vibrancy and glamour and no doubt has since adorned many an Instagram account.
While taking in the many options on offer we enjoyed mini pastries with butter and preserves, tea, coffee my personal choice of a Beet It juice which contained beetroot, apple, lemon and ginger. This was a lovely refreshing addition to my breakfast. After mulling over the …
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Don Diego Restaurante - Edgbaston, Birmingham

Glorious Mediterranean food can generally be found in sunnier climes. Ideally served alongside the beachfront, with the sea breeze in my hair and cocktail in hand unfortunately, I won’t be flying off anywhere soon but I have discovered a wonderful restaurant that has given me all of those Med food feels.
Introducing you to Don Diego Restaurante
This 20 cover service, Edgbaston restaurant is hidden away in a location that I’ve passed a million times and never noticed however, I’ll be sure to make a return visit or two. Don Diego is family run Restaurant in which one brother cooks and the others serves. Just off the Harborne Road you’ll be sure to find flavoursome, ascetically pleasing Mediterranean dishes, many sourced from local suppliers all within a superb price range.
My dates and I, two of whom were gluten free decided that Friday night would be our feast night and proceeded to order many a starter, social eating at its best. Between us we ordered the king Prawns in the most silky, he…

My Plus Size Swimwear Selection 2018

Now I don't know about you but I'm all snowed out. Whether this snow has been gifted to us via The beast from the East or Storm Emma, they can both quite frankly Eff Off. Apparently Spring has sprung yet no one appears to have passed on that memo to Mother Nature, well I'm just about ready to shout it from the snowy rooftops.

The only thing likely to perk me up anytime soon is a holiday, a lazy beach, cocktail drinking by the pool, filling my face with seafood, horrific tan line holiday. Realistically it won't happen as soon as I would like or need it to but that doesn't stop me lusting after all things 'holiday'.

As a plus size women I've been pleasantly surprised by the swimwear that my go to curve ranges are offering this season. I know that as individuals some of us have our insecurities, I certainly have parts of me that I wish weren't visible to anyone including me. However, when it comes to holidays I tell myself to suck it up as much as possi…

Why Not Coffee, Why not Bearwood?

Why Not Coffee?


I'm now on my second visit to Why Not Coffee within five days and I feel the need to tell you about my new favorite hangout. They must be doing something right as they have me out of my house in -5 degrees and they've got me wanting to write which is something I haven't done for such a long time.
As I sit here cradling my coconut hot chocolate , the best one I've ever had may I add I notice such a variety of people,  local people with familiar faces socialising, working, reading and even skyping, not a bad spot for little old Bearwood. For those that don't know, we are about ten minutes from Birmingham City Centre and sometimes what feels fifty years behind but every now and then something surprises me like Why Not Coffee.
It's full of rustic charm and a small yet delightful menu to match. A menu that I'll have no doubt worked my way through over the next few weeks. If you find yourselves on the outskirts of Birmingham and in need of a coffee …

Verona and Venice, my surprising winter sunshine.

I don't know about you but I am so over January. I know its the 26th and I know I shouldn't wish my days away but seriously, this has been the longest month I think I've ever endured. Not only are we all tightening our belts but our belts are appearing literally tighter following the festive period.
By now, I've normally booked some Winter sun or at least a little city break to give me a focus and a reason to save some pennies rather than fund my gin habit. But no, for now no one has offered to whisk me away nor has any one accepted my constant nagging about booking a break ( but I'm sure I'm wearing them down ). 
The gloominess of the last week or two has had me delving into images of the past years city breaks and beachy adventures and reminiscing over amazing memories created in 2017. Most surprising and breathtaking of them all was Italy, Dec 2017. 
Visiting both Verona and Venice just before Christmas not only offered the most glorious sunshine I've ever…

Taste At Rofuto, Birmingham - Afternoon Tea

If you're anything like my friends and I, we'll pretty much jump at every opportunity to go for afternoon tea. I don't know whether its the social aspect, the never ending pots of tea or the lashings and lashings of clotted cream that get us over excited. I personally enjoy the whole experience after all, who doesn't love a few hours with their favourite girls? A few hours spent ideally in a new venue with an amazing variety of delicious desserts and if we're lucky, Bottomless Prosecco, which has helped to turn many afternoon teas into so much more.

Imagine my delight in opening an email from East Village inviting me to join some wonderful Birmingham Bloggers at Rofuto, to experience their new Afternoon Tea Menu. Having recently visited Rofuto to celebrate their birthday, I literally couldn't wait to experience this!

Upon arrival we were greeted by the wonderful ladies from East Village along with a glass of Prosecco, before taking in the spectacular views of Bir…

Tamatanga Birmingham - Lets Eat.Drink.Indian

Tamatanga, Birmingham 

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch night of Tamatanga, the same Tamatanga that I'd been recently been eyeing up on my daily journeys into Brum. The venue is the latest Indian restaurant to pop up in Birmingham just minutes away from my beloved Island Bar, Victoria and Be at 1 to name but a few.

Launch night doubled up as a date night for my friends and I and what better way to moan about a miserable Monday that over cocktails and food with some of my faves. Tamatanga appeared bright and inviting upon arrival, the neon slogan signs and lighting were visually pleasing and after discussion we decided that it offered a similar vibe as Las Iguanas, Turtle Bay etc.




As we were slightly early for our table we took a seat in the bar after ordering cocktails and mocktails, someone had to drive, right? I had the delicious Vanilla velvet, Joanne tried the Blackberry Buzz which she kept returning to throughout the evening and Tammy our designated…