Fillet of sea bream at The Coach, Marlow

May food adventures

Looks like the May food adventures post is going to be a bit of a short one. Needless to say, there haven’t been many blog posts this month. Why’s that? Well, I’ve been somewhat preoccupied with a rather life-changing decision.

This month I left my job to strike out on my own as a freelance journalist. All rather scary but hey, you should chase your dreams right? So from now on, I’ll be working for myself writing about pretty much anything I can get my hands on for a living. From news to features (some hopefully about food), web copywriting, and all sorts of other stuff, I’ll be beavering away doing what I love and, most importantly, making a bit more time for Mr M.

With that in mind, I’m sure you’ll see why the blog’s been a tiny bit sparse and I’m a wee bit behind on posts, but I can pretty much guarantee June will be completely different, with plenty on the agenda, so make sure you check back in.

Obviously, we still managed to find some time to squeeze some great food in, so it’s not a completely empty round-up.

Eating out in May

May saw us finally get back to one of our local restaurants in Rugby that we haven’t been to for absolutely ages. Our dinner at Cafe Vin Cinq was a lovely Wednesday night treat – good food (especially my bouillabaisse that you can see below), good value (they take Taste Cards), and good atmosphere. I still can’t remember why we hadn’t been for a while, but we’re definitely heading back very soon.

Bouillabaisse at Cafe Vin Cinq, Rugby

In a special family rendezvous, my brothers and I tried out The Coach in Marlow, one from Tom Kerridge’s stable of places in the town, for biggest brother’s belated birthday celebrations. As you’ll see in the post itself, it doesn’t take bookings so we had a slightly lengthy, cocktail-filled wait. But that didn’t stop us from devouring most of the dishes on their menu of small plates, including this rather fabulous fillet of sea bream with toasted cucumber and crab ravioli.

Fillet of sea bream at The Coach, Marlow

Slightly closer to home, I popped to The Plough in Huddlesford, a village just outside Lichfield, for a whistle-stop tour of their new menu. The owners describe it as unpretentious with a twist and, from what I saw, they had it right. Pub classics with a slight difference, plus flavours from further afield like this crispy duck salad. I have to say, I wasn’t there long so I’m definitely planning a return trip for a full road test.

Crispy duck at The Plough, Huddlesford

Eating in in May

We did plenty of eating in in May, but the eating in you saw featured on the blog this month actually went back to April, when we visited our fabulous friends for weekend of foodie fun in London. I wrote not one but two posts about the awesome time we had with them which was packed with amazing food they made for us (including that epic freshly-baked bread below), adventures around London from Spa Terminus to Maltby Street Market and a trip to The Sampler in Islington to try our hand at wine tasting.

Freshly-baked bread

The other post was all about our newfound love of wine pairing which has come purely thanks to our pals and their love of wine which happily comes without not a hint of wine wankery. Throughout our indulgent weekend, we learned a lot about what we like when it comes to wine – which it appears wasn’t what we have spent ages thinking we liked. If you want to see what I’m talking you you’d best get yourself to the post. Needless to say, we had some great food paired with great wine and came away feeling a lot more adventurous about our vino.

Crab and samphire starter

It may not seem like it now, but the sun did actually shine – briefly – in May, so out came the barbecues and for me, the Pimm’s. I tried out a Pimm’s cocktail from thebar.com and rather fab it was too. There’s bucketloads of recipes on there, so if the sun ever shines again, I plan to work my way through the list on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Pimm's Royale

Other stuff

Clearly, there wasn’t much time for other stuff if there wasn’t much time for blogging, but Eat with Ellen did find itself on Yahoo again, this time for the epic homemade breakfast pizza my brother made about a year ago, as part of its feature on bizarre sounding pizza toppings. Check it out here and in case you forgot what that breakfast-loaded badboy looked like – here you go…

Picture of homemade breakfast pizza

What’s coming up

And so to June. As you can imagine, I’ve got a wee bit of a backlog that you’ll be catching up on, plus LOTS of foodie plans, especially now I have a bit more time. Mr M and I tried out the restaurant at the Grosvenor Casino on Broad Street in Birmingham, as well as learning how to gamble, which you’ll be able to read about soon and I hit a brilliant Korean place in Birmingham with fellow blogger Full to the Brum so that’ll be up too.

Mr M and I are off somewhere slightly closer to home this week when we try the Queens Road Restaurant, Bar & Grill at the Ramada Hotel in Coventry. And, after years of saying I must go, I’m finally going to Lasan in Birmingham this month on an exciting expedition with our pals, plus I’m also going to try Rofuto which has had brilliant reviews so far.

When it comes to travel, I still haven’t treated you to all the fun from mine and mum’s trip to Bilbao, so you can see that in all its pintxos-filled glory, plus Mr M and I are off to the Cotswolds this weekend for a little break and all the food that brings. And later this month we’re going back to Kefalonia so no doubt there will be plenty of instagram-able food coming from there.

In short – there’s lots for me to write (and eat) and lots for you to read (and drool 0ver) so don’t forget to sign up for email alerts and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the foodie adventures!

Here’s to new beginnings 🙂

Some of the meals I enjoyed were complimentary. Please read each post individually for full disclosure. 

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