Weekend choices from our digital voices
Each week our digital team pick the one thing they would do in Birmingham and the region this weekend. Here are their selections for the weekend 20-22 February - hopefully you'll see something that inspires you, and if not, well there's always next week...
Paul's Pick - Chinese New Year Celebrations
On Sunday I’m going to be attending one of the oldest celebrations in the world, no, not the release of Cliff Richard’s annual calendar - It’s Chinese New Year in The Arcadian, that’s in Southside for all you out-of-towners.
As the year of the Horse trots off into the distance, the year of the Sheep/Goat (it’s up for discussion) is welcomed in in spectacular fashion. I know what you’re thinking now. What sign am I? Is it my year? – well, If you were born in the following years then you are a goat sign - 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015. (I'm guessing if you were born in the latter you'd be too young to realise). Apparently goat's lucky numbers are 2 & 7, the colours brown, red and purple are their bag and their lucky direction in north. Unfortunately and rather ironically considering the event is in Southside, a goat’s unlucky direction is south. Hey ho.
This free event is well worth a visit and involves huge dragons, fireworks, street food, Martial Arts displays, a Lion Dance, market stalls and craft workshops; it’s fantastic fun - I’ve been before so I'd know. Alright!
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Ellie's Pick - Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix, Saturday
If you’ve been reading these things you’ll know that I have chosen a food event for the past two weeks, reason being because… I love eating. However this week I’m going to throw you all and go completely opposite. I’m talking MO FARAH opposite. Yes you got it, the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix!
This Saturday I am going to spend working off the past two weeks calories at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix. Ok, that’s a lie, I’m just a spectator and I’m not sure that counts as exercise but Mo Farah will be working them all off for me.
Considered ‘The World’s Best Indoor Athletics,’ featuring some of the greatest athletic stars in the world, this is a big deal! And if an afternoon jam-packed full of world-class athletics isn’t good enough for you, then I don’t know what is, so read/jog on.
Thank goodness the weekend is nearly upon us, so it’s time for me to pass on my knowledge of what to get up to. Staying sophisticated (as always) this weekend I will be sampling some of the best cuisine Birmingham has to offer in Simpsons restaurant.
I’m a huge fan of all our fabulous Michelin Star restaurants (did you know Birmingham has 4) but escaping the city and heading to the suburbs is a must for me some weekends, so Simpsons is ideal. Situated in leafy Edgbaston in a Georgian house with a clean crisp interior this restaurant epitomises class.
The food is to die for and skilfully put together like a piece of art. Don’t be put of by the myth of tiny portions in posh restaurants. I find the portions a perfect size and with all the fantastic extra amuse-bouches and incredible bread I always leave stuffed.
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