Summer Festivities.

If you missed last month's post, find it here: "Further exploration of B'HAM"


We returned to Birmingham after our trip to the Mediterranean. We resumed our jobs in city centre. One evening after work we met to go to the shopping centre the Bull Ring and saw that they had these the Big Hoot owl statues everywhere.  They all had different designs and they really were all over the city.




Veganised English Breakfast.
We had a hankering for a English Breakfast so we made a veganised version with Linda McCarthy Sausages.

On the weekend we decided to take the 8C inner city circle bus which may or may not be something that visitors to Brum would want to do. We did it just to say we did and see more of Brum.
 This is the pizza we got at the monthy Birmingham Vegans Pizza Meet-up. The Birmingham Vegans host a pizza night on the first Tuesday of every month at the Wellington. It was the vegetarian hot which was extremely spicy. Both of our mouths were on fire.
 We bought a clock which we needed for the lounge but also serves as an England souvenir since it is London themed. It's actually a nice clock. It ticks very nicely. What? Seriously, it does.

The girls had a hair party outside to colour their hair. This is the set up. The hair products were vegan and really cheap courtesy of Super Drug.
In the Chinese Quarter there is a pagoda in the middle of the Holloway Circus roundabout.
For our 5 year wedding anniversary we saw a The Body Guard staring Alexandra Burke from X-Factor UK.  It was a good show and Alexandra Burke is an excellent singer. It was showing at the Hippodrome.
We went out to dinner for our anniversary as well. It was a bit tricky finding a fancy place to have vegan food so we went for a little more of a casual place, the Acro Lounge. Loungers is a chain with locations all over the UK. It was pretty nice and funnily enough was completely full of couples. Great minds think alike. We started with hummus with ciabatta.
 For our mains we had falafel burgers with slaw and chips. Dessert was dark chocolate ginger torte. Everything was delicious.

We felt lazy the next day and ordered Mr Singh's pizza for dinner. We got the vegan pepperoni pizza which was just the right amount of spice.
In order to explore our neighbourhood, we went for a walk to Warley Woods which is pretty nice. It is a huge field and has some "wilderness" trails as well.

 This is a drinking fountain from 1907.



 We hiked deep into the "wilderness".


Here is one of us Bushwhacking in the "wilderness".

 What's this a fair?
 Oh it's the Filipino festival. We had no idea that there was a fair happening in Bearwood.
They had lots of rides at the Filipino festival as well.

A few days later I had an interview with a recruitment agency and after my interview I showed up at my previous place of employment to say hello. My former colleague and I decided to get some lunch together at The Victorian Restaurant.


Inside the restaurant 

I had the vegetable pie. I just asked the server what they had that was vegan and they suggested the vegetable pie. It was alright. They had a better vegan option than I was expecting so it never hurts to ask.

Then on the weekend we made our way south to the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. Looking back it was a great month.

To see what we are up to next month, find it here: "...And Working Overtime."

Comments

  1. Looks like you had a fantastic anniversary, happy 5 years! I'm jealous of your full English breakfast, it's looks really good! I'm horrid in the kitchen so nothing that nice ever come s out of it.

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    1. So am I. That's why we eat out so much! Thank you, we had a wonderful anniversary.

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  2. Glad you had such a great anniversary - congrats on making it 5 years! Although I guess since I'm seeing this late, congrats on making it almost 7!

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  3. So glad you found interesting vegan foods! I'm vegetarian and I know it's not so simple!
    You saw many beautiful things,hope you enjoyed all!

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  4. Those statues at the beginning are so cool looking, I love the owl! That pizza also looks huge and delicious, and kind of made me hungry.

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    1. Yeah they stopped doing them, but it was cool. Liverpool had sheep!

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  5. It sounds like you were quite busy! It's always nice to check out the local scene and what they have to offer. Good to know that you enjoyed some good vegan dishes as well.

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    1. We love discovering the vegan scene! It was the best part about moving abroad.

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  6. Happy anniversary. I love your photo of the boat and dock. Quite lovely. I don't get to travel near as much as I would like. It is fun to read about other people's adventures.

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    1. Thank you. We actually don't travel as much as we would like to either!!

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  7. Happy anniversary! Victorian Restaurant looks like a great place to eat!

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  8. Looks like a great way to spend the occasion! The foods look delicious and the art are awesome!

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  9. Happy Anniversary! Its such a great day for you. Congratulations to the both of you. More annivesaries to come ��

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Looks like you really had fun on your anniversary!

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  11. I will be flying back to the UK in a couple of months and we are planning to visit Birmingham. Glad I read this post, I will take note of the restaurants here! Thanks!

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    1. Birmingham is amazing. Take a look at our Ultimate guide to Birmingham: http://www.wanderlustvegans.com/2017/02/ultimate-guide-to-birmingham.html

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