There are some launches that are so hugely anticipated, that when it finally arrives, it’s hard to know where to start on arrival. Nosh and Quaff is a new addition to the Lasan group in Birmingham (other venues include Fiesta del Asado, one of our favourites). Given that the hash tag for Nosh and Quaff that is emblazoned on all their marketing is #letsgetmessy it was safe to assume that the plastic bibs, and hot hand towels were going to…

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There are some places that I take for granted in Birmingham, and Cafe Soya in The Arcadian is one of those places. Both Mr Ting, and I have been regulars here for many years. This is a tiny restaurant that has been recently refurbished to make the interior lighter, brighter, and more inviting. We went along to Cafe Soya on a Thursday evening, so it was reasonably quiet. This is the smaller branch of the two Cafe Soya restaurants in…

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Ever since spying the Dreamy Glow Highlighter at the preview of the Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson Collection, I felt the need to have it in my life. This beautiful compact is graced with a beautiful portrait of Carmen dell’Orefice shot by Norman Parkinson for Vogue, in the Bahamas. How I wish I could go to the Bahamas. Anyway, to begin with I wasn’t sure that this highlighter was necessary given that I already use the Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette pretty much…

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Some things are worth the wait, and the launch of Make Up For Ever in Debenhams is one of them. For too many years, this brand has been out of reach save from trips to Europe, or further afield. Now, the brand is finally relaunching in the UK. The first branch opened in Debenhams Oxford Street, and quite quickly we lucky sods in Birmingham have had our own Make Up For Ever counter within the revamped Debenhams beauty hall in…

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There are some places that you can only really visit when you’re prepped, and in the mood. For me, that has to be Rodizio Rico, an all you can eat Brazilian restaurant. The idea is that you can have as much as you can eat, with an option for meat, or vegetarian dining. It’s part of a small chain including a branch at the O2, and prides itself on it’s Brazilian barbecue meats. We went recently when Mummy Ting came to…

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