I’ve been making more of an effort recently to carry my canon camera a bit more when I’m travelling for work trips. Whenever I don’t take it I always see something that would have made a great photo.
For one of my research projects I’ve been visiting a lot of coffee houses, cafes and tea rooms, and often they have some quite amusing signs like this one – Decaffeinated coffee: Useless. Warm Brown Water. I would tend to agree…
This was a great little coffee house in Geneva called Birdie Coffee.
I’ve been making a lot of trips to Manchester recently for a research project. It’s a city I love going back to, to see both new and familiar sights.
Pretty clear instructions from Idle Hands, a relatively new specialist coffee house close to Piccadilly train station.
The Manchester wheel against a blue sky. I went on the wheel when it was in the previous location at the other other side of the Arndale centre – but both times it was raining and so the view wasn’t that spectacular.
I was in London for work not too far from Borough market so it was the logical place for me to head at lunchtime.
For me the highlight was as I sat to eat my lunch (Egyptian inspired street food from Koshari street), Becca Lyne-Perkis, a former contestant on the Great British Bake Off started a demonstration the chef’s stage. It was a celebration of American Independence Day and she made some red, white and blue pancakes (with Strawberrys and Blueberrys) – delicious
Now we are located in the West Midlands, Birmingham is the place I like to go to if I want to get out into a city.
The city library is one of the more famous landmarks these days. I still haven’t been inside, but I will get around to it.
Back in May Coventry city centre was over taken by vehicles of every shape and size for Coventry Motofest. All over the city there were displays of different cars, and they even had races around part of the Coventry ring road.
Escaping the crowds we went for a walk behind the cathedral and came across this very tame squirrel.
I had noticed a while ago that on a lot of the bollard around the city, they are topped with an elephant, which is part of the Coventry coat of arm. It’s these details you only notice when you take time to take in the surroundings (well at least this is the case for me).
We are still exploring the sights nearby to Coventry, and I often forget that Kenilworth is so close. So, one Sunday we decided to head over to the castle for a bit of exploring – and we came away as English heritage members, there will be more exploring in the future.
A beautiful view over the restored Elizabethan garden.
We visited the NEC in Birmingham for the BBC Good Food Festival, and at the same time the BBC Gardeners World Show was on too, and with tickets allowing entry to both places there was more than enough to keep up entertained for hours. We used the opportunities to sit down and watch some of the chefs on stage as a time to sit down!
I also got to see one of my favourite chefs, Cyrus Todiwala, one of the ‘Incredible Spice Men‘ which was a real treat.
Recently I’ve been visiting lots of cafes, mostly for work purposes, sometimes just for a break. I realised I’d ended up with a phone full of coffee pictures. I’m well caffeinated these days.
My ‘local’ in Coventry is Kahawa, a great place in the city centre – far enough for me that it gives a walk from the office.
Tamper in Sheffield, beautiful latte art!
Faculty Coffee in Birmingham – great espresso!
Timberyard in London – it’s not often you get given a whole bottle of water and a pot of sugar when you only order an espresso.
Kaffeine in London – go for the cake as well as the coffee!
Ziferblat in Manchester – if you haven’t heard of this place you should check out their website – you pay for the time you spend rather than what you consume. An interesting social space!
I’ve accumulated quite a large number of coffee, tea, cake and lunch photographs on my phone, but for now, these will do!