I may not have been able to surf at the weekend but I did the next best thing by meeting up with my landlocked surf buddies Kelly and Sophia.
Making friends with people who share my passion for surfing has been a huge part of my journey. It’s one of the best things you can do as a landlocked surfer – finding likeminded people to share the stoke, the frustrations, life and adventures.
Kelly and Sophia had never met before and I was excited at being able to connect them. Both have a passion for yoga and with lots of catching up to do for all of us on recent surf trips, failed surf attempts, blogging, business ventures and the daily life stuff, we needed a relaxed venue where we could while away a few hours with a ready supply of coffee, cake and all round awesome food.
Breakfast – Yorks Bakery Cafe
Birmingham may not have any waves but fortunately it’s blessed with hundreds of cool places to eat and eating out is something I love to do! I’m constantly on the lookout for new places to try and the Yorks Bakery Cafe in the city centre jumped out at me for their different take on breakfast and impressive loose tea menu – heaven for me as a real tea addict!
Yorks has a really nice vibe – chilled out which fits with the whole surf ethos. They open at 8.30 on weekends, which is useful for surf friends who have heaps to talk about and want an early start! Opting for a healthy breakfast, I chose sourdough toast and the coconut milk porridge with caramelised apple and raisins which I can honestly say was the best porridge I have ever tasted. I didn’t want to reach the bottom of the bowl! Sticking to what I know and love, I had a few (too many) cups of their Earl Grey with a twist (blue flower) and a healthy green smoothie to see me through til lunch time.
When Kelly headed off to yoga, Sophia and I continued into the afternoon (yes I really can talk that much!). We headed to The Botanist – another one on the eat out to-do list. It’s a quirky restaurant with a botanical theme with cocktails, rotisserie, barbecue and deli inspired food.
I had an amazing and very authentic tasting Malaysian chicken curry with a gorgeous, non-alcoholic grape, raspberry and elderflower cooler. Sophia’s veggie kebab looked fantastic and next time (cos there definitely will be one!), I will try one of the rotisserie options.
It was busy but had a lively vibe and the jazz pianist did a fantastic job of keeping diners entertained.
We may not have surf cafes in Birmingham but it’s got its fair share of quirky eateries!
Heading back home on the train I felt like I had eaten and drank my body weight in food and tea! It was a completely indulgent day as I rarely eat out twice on the same day but it was fantastic!
I felt so grateful for such an amazing day and the friendship of these lovely ladies.