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I was recently given the opportunity by Joe Blogs Network to visit my favourite place in Birmingham and write about it for a new project. It didn’t take me long to decide where my favourite place is! I first visited Malmaison’s brasserie last year when they invited a big group of us and we were treated to a bloggers brunch. Since then, I’ve been a few more times including for my 25th birthday. I decided that this time I would treat my mom, dad and brother as they had never been before and I’ve told them all about it.

Sunday brunch at Malmaison costs just ¬£19.95 per person for a three course meal. The first course is a buffet style starter from the Chef’s table at the back of the restaurant. The first couple of times I went, I made the mistake of filling up on this course and not having any room for anything else – my eyes are definitely bigger than my body! On the Chef’s Table, they have an assortment of meats including salami, iberico ham and pates. There’s all sorts of salads, a soup de jour, crusty loaves of bread, smoked salmon and a great selection of cheeses.

For my main, I decided to go with the roast beef – this is absolutely delicious and I’m always craving it. I’m not sure what they put on it, but it has a delicious sweet glaze on it and the gravy is just fantastic. The roast dinners come with a couple of bowls of vegetables including roast potatoes, green beans, peas and carrots. The portion sizes are so generous and I’ve never managed to finish my main! My parents both went for the beef too but my brother decided to have the Classic Mal burger which looked amazing! He really enjoyed it but it was so big that he couldn’t finish off his chips, so obviously I had a few to help him out and I can confirm that they are just as delicious as everything else.

For dessert, I went for the Creme Brulee – it seemed like the easiest thing to have after such a big meal. I really couldn’t have eaten anything bigger than that. I’ve never actually had a Creme Brulee from anywhere else other than Malmaison but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so creamy and I loved the taste – you could really taste the vanilla in there. My parents went for the dessert du jour which was brioche, with strawberries, chocolate ice cream, almonds and some sort of liqueur drizzled over the top. They both really struggled to finish their desserts but they did enjoy it. My brother chose the Mal Hot Chocolate (surprise surprise, he’s a massive chocoholic!) which is white chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and marshmallows with a jug of hot chocolate sauce to pour over the top.

We had such a great meal and our waiter Cedric was so helpful and polite. Malmaison is fantastic if you’re looking for somewhere special to go, I highly recommend it!

 

Last Saturday I headed east to Nottingham for the #NottsBloggerMeet which was organised by Becka and Sophie. I was quite nervous as I’d only met the organisers and a couple of other people before and I don’t really know any bloggers in the East Midlands area. However, there was no need for me to worry as Sophie had saved me a seat next to her in Zizzis and I had a great time.

First of all, we had a talk from a cosmetics company, Harlequin Cosmetics. They’re a family run business started by Becky when she was 14, who specialise in luxury skincare and cosmetics, including body butters, shower gels and soaps. Some of the products were passed around for us to have a sniff (and a try when it came to the body butters) and I think we all agreed that they smell delicious. I was especially taken by the yellow shower gel, Citrus Burst which is packed full of lemon and grapefruit and would be great for a morning shower. When I’ve worked my way through the shower gels I’ve got at the minute, I’ll definitely be placing an order for a bottle of Citrus Burst.

Next up was the food. We’d all pre-ordered so the food came out quickly and without any problems. For my first course, I had the Italian Bread Bucket which might as well have been served in a bucket, the amount there was and I was so hungry that I ate it all. For my main, I had a  Diavola pizza (pepperoni, roquito chillis and green chillis) which I struggled to eat after all the bread, I managed to eat more than half though. It was delicious and not too hot, I love a good spicy pizza. My dessert was gelato and after eating so much for the other two courses, I only ate the chocolate scoop which was amazing. If the other two had been chocolate, I’m sure I would have eaten them both as well.

After the meal, we left the restaurants with our massive goody bags and we all split up to go shopping. I ended up spending the rest of the day with Sophie and both of us don’t really know Nottingham at all so we basically went round in circles for about four hours, oops. We hit up MAC, Space NK and Boots which meant I spent quite a bit of money.

It was a fantastic day and I can’t wait until the next meet up which is this Saturday in Birmingham with a different bunch of girls. Blogger meet ups are always so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I was invited to attend a bloggers brunch at the Malmaison hotel which is situated in the Mailbox in Birmingham. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never done brunch before and I’m quite a fussy eater so I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like the food. However, it turns out that I had a brilliant time and the food was amazing. I enjoyed it so much that I want to go again for my birthday this year (which also happens to be a Sunday) and hopefully before then too as October is a while away.
When we arrived at the hotel, we were given cocktails – most people had Bloody Marys but as I’m not a fan of tomato juice, I asked to try something different. I had a Hemingway Martini which was made with fresh grapefruit juice and was absolutely delicious. We were then taken to the chef’s table which is basically the tastiest buffet ever, with so many different kinds of meats, pancakes, cheese and omelettes that are cooked before your eyes. I didn’t have too much as there’s also a main meal but I had a few bits including the tastiest chilli stuffed with feta and some seranno ham.

The main meals were bought out after we’d all finished eating from the chef’s table. We also had more drinks, I asked for the same as before but I ended up with something else that tasted like cherries. I’m not sure what it was but it was really nice so I’d love to have it again. For my main, I chose the big breakfast brunch which included eggs (cooked however you like, I went for scrambled), sweetcure bacon, sausage, rump steak, mushroom and tomatoes. The eggs were cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the whole thing. There were lots of different options for mains, ¬†including a roast which I’ve included a photo of above.

After our mains, we were then surprised to learn that we could have a dessert as well. I’m not sure how I managed it but I chose to have an ice cream sundae which was delicious. The chocolate sauce that was in it was so thick and rich which went perfectly with the fresh whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. There was also a couple of strawberries in there too.

It was such a great day and I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I especially liked seeing some of my favourite Birmingham bloggers and having a bit of a natter. Thank you to Malmaison and East Village for the invite!