Birmingham made it to number 19 in The New York Times’ list of 45 Places to Go in 2012. Here’s the entry:
Olive, the BBC’s food magazine, recently startled British gourmands when it declared Birmingham, England’s second largest city, the United Kingdom’s “foodiest town,” ahead of London and Edinburgh. The award came last October, just as Birmingham was hosting an annual festival, the 10-day Birmingham Food Fest, which featured such local talents as Aktar Islam of Lasan Restaurant; up-and-comers like David Colcombe of Opus, Andy Waters of Edmunds Restaurant and Steve Love of Loves Restaurant; and a troika of Michelin-starred chefs: Glynn Purnell of Purnell’s; Andreas Antona, Luke Tipping and Adam Bennett of Simpsons Restaurant; and Richard Turner of Turners of Harborne.
The chefs are building on an already rich dining scene. Birmingham is famous in Britain for its Balti Triangle, an area of town that is home to a beloved Pakistani-Kashmiri curry dish invented here; it is also birthplace to such classically British food items as Typhoo Tea, Bird’s Custard and HP Sauce. ALEXANDER LOBRANO
That’s pretty good as it is, but the destination beaten into 20th place was none other than… SPACE. Ha! In your face, final frontier!
Thanks to Charlotte Cooper (and then pretty much everyone in Birmingham who’s on Twitter) for spotting that one.
Come to think of it, one of the most successful chefs in New York at the moment is April Bloomfield, originally from around these parts.