By Ryan Parish twitter.com/brummiegourmand
Resorts World, Birmingham’s 1st Birthday: blogger evening
A year has flown by quickly at Resorts World, Birmingham. Occupying a commanding position overlooking Pendigo Lake, opposite The NEC, and nestled next to the Genting Arena, it’s turned into one of the hottest spots in Birmingham for both day time shopping and nigh time entertainment, with a wide range of stores, restaurants, bars, and even an IMAX Cinema.
Resorts World are midway through a whole month of celebrations to support their birthday, running from 21st September through to the main event on 21st October.
I went on Behalf of #BrumHour to sample a slice of the nightlife.
Our first stop was the Bottega Gold Prosecco Bar.
Prosecco is having a large popularity surge at present, but Bottega have been ahead of the curve for a long time. Established in 1977, by Aldo Bottega a master distiller with more than 30 years’ experience in the sector, who inherited from his grandfather. They launched their first prosecco in 1992 and then Bottega Gold was launched in a limited edition in autumn 2001.
Bottega Gold is a Prosecco Doc Brut sparkling wine, obtained by the vinification in white of the Glera grapes, grown in the Valdobbiadene hills. This area is close to the Venetian Prealps and characterized by a climate perfect for this native variety of grape. The golden bottle protects the wine by any source of light, preserving its aroma and freshness thus giving the wine a longer life.
The drink itself is a nice smooth Prosecco, neither overly fizzy nor dry. Whilst supping a glass, I took time to gaze over Pendigo Lake to see their newest Art Installation pf beautifully lit lilies. The installation which is known as the Flotilla was conceived and created by Black Country artist Mick Thacker and takes its inspiration from Malaysian influences reflecting Resorts World, Birmingham’s heritage and has origins in the ancient paper folding technique of Origami.
After a natter and a catch up with a few fellow bloggers we popped over to the High Line Bar for a cocktail masterclass.
Inspired by the elevated public park that winds through Manhattan’s fashionable and historical Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea and Meatpacking Districts. High Line New York Bar & Lounge is an acknowledgement to the diverse food and drink culture of New York.
I and fellow bloggers Gastro Gorman and The Ting Thing tried a hand making a few cocktails.
Chloe choosing a New York Sour, A sherbet bourbon sour with rich fruity undertones consisting of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Lemon, Sugar Syrup, Egg White and Red Wine.
Ting went for an Espresso Beluga Martini with Beluga Transatlantic Vodka, Nespresso Single Origin Coffee and Patrón Café
I chose to make an Old Fashioned with Barrel Infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Orange, “Dead Rabbits” Orinoco Bitters and Organic Brown Sugar.
It was a great way to be introduced into cocktail making with some interesting twists on classics for those who’re more au-fait with cocktails.
After that it was time to return to the Bottega Gold Prosecco Bar for a few nibbles and maybe another glass of Bottega Gold.
To start we has a sharing platter of Salumi E Formaggi and assorted selection of Cured Meat and mixed Italian Cheeses, Olives, Salted Almonds and Chutneys accompanied by Grissini with sundried tomato pesto. The meat and cheese were freshly sliced from their deli counter behind the counter and was a hit amongst the fellow guests on the table.
For our main we had Risotto Al Risotto a Venetian Style Risotto with Bottega Prosecco. A slice of ESTIVA Artisan Pizzette, with Pachino Cherry Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil. And a Crostini Con Granseola, a crab and avocado crostini with lemon oil. I’ve never had a prosecco laced risotto before and it worked really well, the risotto being fresh and creamy.
For dessert we tried a Bottega Tiramisu, with Ladyfinger Biscuits soaked in Espresso Coffee and Coffee Liqueur and layered with Whipped Mascarpone Cream. This was my fave dish of the night with a rich and creamy mascarpone offset by a sharp (but not bitter) coffee undertone.
I’ll definitely be returning to Resorts World, Birmingham soon, and being less than fifteen minutes from the City Centre by the train, you should too!
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High Line Cocktail Masterclass
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This is not a sponsored post. However Ryan was clearly plied with drink and food (in that order) in exchange for his blog post and given a goody bag (I had a peek in it and it was pretty cool!)