Sunday, 18 November 2012

Mexican and German in Birmingham!

Today I finished work early, and L had a day off, so we decided not to waste a lovely sunny (cold!) day, and headed into Birmingham.
We decided to go to one of our favourite parts of Birmingham, Brindley Place; a collection of bars, cafes and restaurants set around the canals. (Fun fact - Birmingham has more canals than Venice!)
We'd heard about a new cafe called Chilacas opening that serves Mexican street food, so went along to try it out! The inside of the cafe is Mexican themed (obviously) and is very quirky. There are a small number of tables but we got a seat as it was Sunday late afternoon, and most people were probably at the german market! You choose from burritos, tacos or nachos, whether you want chicken, beef, pork or vegetables, then choose sour cream, cheese, and how hot and spicy you want your sauce to be.

They also do bottomless drinks, served in jam jars, or cocktails served in teapots and teacups! The food was yummy, just enough for lunch, and the staff were super friendly too - we'd definitely return here.
We then walked along the canals to food/shopping destination The Mailbox. Although it was cold, the canals are so pretty so we had a lovely walk, after working so much it was great to be out in the fresh air, with each other. Today was definitely a day we really love where we live!

Whilst at the Mailbox we visited new store Handmade Boutique who have a collection of handmade items from various sellers - kind of like a mini Etsy shop. The stores pretty items, included handmade flowery Kindle cases, stunning crystal tree decorations, adorable baby clothes, and candles in teacups, and all the lights in the Mailbox made us feel very festive!

From there we walked to Birmingham's Christmas German Market, which has been there since Thursday. (Another fun fact, Birmingham is twinned with Frankfurt!)

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market (image from The Telegraph)
Birmingham's Christmas German market is the largest in the world outside of Germany and Austria. It stretches for more than a mile, featuring over 190 stalls of festive gifts, and gorgeous food and drink such as pretzels, pancakes, hot garlicky potatoes and German mulled wine - Gluhwein. This year they added an English section selling Christmas dinners in Yorkshire Puddings, fish and chips, and Winter Pimms - yummy!

Attracting around 3 million visitors a year, it can get very very crowded, and as Sunday evening drew in, it definitely was extremely busy! So, we decided to head home, bake pumpkin spice cookies, and watch movies - a perfect Sunday!

1 comment:

  1. I must visit Birmingham one day! Looks great, and very interesting fact about the canals! x


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