We kicked off October with a visit to the Autumn Market at the Bond Company in Digbeth. The weather wasn’t particularly kind to us – certainly not compared to the 2015 Autumn Market – but we dragged Ma and Pa Lee along for the ride. All the old favourites were there, including the cocktail caravan, the bar bus and a selection of tasty street food vendors. Ma and Pa Lee took my advice and went for the fish and chips from English Indian, whilst Mr Fletche and I went for porchetta from Stufo. The final seasonal market of the year is on Saturday 3rd December; get yourself along!
This month, I took up hula-hooping. I thought I’d be really good, but let’s just say I won’t be running off to join Cirque du Soleil any time soon… Find out how I got on here!
It was a busy old day on the 8th October. I dropped Mr Fletche up town for his IgersBirmingham Symphony Hall meet – which just got him out the way so I could purchase Bros tickets in peace. Yes, Drop the Boy indeed.
I join Mr Fletche and the Igers crew for a quick vino in Marmalade before heading off to the Hyatt Regency hotel. The Hyatt chose this CPF Photography shot earlier in the year to grace their walls, and a complimentary afternoon tea and one-night stay were also offered as part of the prize.
I spent a lovely evening with the BrumBloggers at Jewellery Quarter cocktail bar and gallery Ana Rocha. Find out how my evening went here.
It’s definitely been the month for acting like a tourist in my own hometown. If we were spending a Sunday discovering a new city, two things that would be on my list would be 1) cool but cosy café for brunch; and 2) a little bit of culture. Yet I’d never been to the wonderful canalside Ju Ju’s Café, or to the highly acclaimed Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace. And now I’ve done both.
Here’s my Yelp review of Ju Ju’s:
We arrived at just after 1pm, and we were seated straight away but I’d recommend booking to guarantee your table. We decided to go for the shared Full English platter for two, and it didn’t disappoint (although they appeared to have run out of mushrooms)…I got to eat all the beans whilst hubby had all the eggs…everyone was happy. There was a bit of a wait for our food, but this can be forgiven as they were clearly busy, yet the staff were unfailingly friendly. Julia herself greeted every customer like old friends. I’d definitely like to sample more of the menu and the canalside location makes it a beautiful spot in any season.
Our main purpose for visiting the Ikon was to see the Žilvinas Kempinas exhibition – a mixture of light, fans, magnets forests of metal rods and fluttering video tape. It’s free entry to the gallery, but this is a registered charity which relies on donations so make sure you give generously so they can continue to bring contemporary art to Birmingham.
We finish October as we started, at the Night & Day Market at the Bond Company. This time though it’s less family-friendly and more Halloween madness with its Day of the Dead theme.
Although I love these events at the Bond, I do think this particular event was overpriced, considering we have seen Craig Charles DJ at the Hare and Hounds for a fraction of what we paid for these tickets. By booking early we unfortunately missed out on being eligible for our Independent Birmingham discount, which would have made the tickets better value. The street food was good as always – my tacos from Café Horchata were delicious – there was a lack of choice, particularly as the Digbeth Dining Club street closure was on the same night with 17 vendors…we had a choice of three.
Promoting the Day of the Dead theme heavily, perhaps a second face painter would have been a good idea? I regretted not getting my face done early as the results were amazing, but the queue was always half a dozen people long. Plus I might have looked a bit odd on the no 37 bus home.
I’ll continue to support the Seasonal Markets at the Bond, but I don’t think I’d pay £30+ for a pair of tickets again.
So what’s on in November? An Agatha Christie classic at the theatre, lots of catching up with old friends…and a wedding anniversary trip to Porto!