Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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British Street Food Awards

The weekend saw the Central heats of the British Street Food Awards take place at Spotlight – home to Digbeth Dining Club – across Friday and Saturday.

The British Street Food Awards comprises five regional heats with the winners heading to a live, national cook-off, judge by members of the public as well as top chefs. This year sees an added bonus in that the British winners will represent the country in Berlin at the European Street Food Awards.

The Central heat line-up consisted of 17 vendors, some who are ‘regulars’ on the Birmingham street food scene Continue reading…


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An evening of desserts for Pirlo’s 1st birthday

Non-blog life has been a little consuming and stressful over the past few weeks so I apologise for not popping up here to post very often. I should be able to share a bit more about what’s been going on in some future posts but for now, I was thoroughly relieved to get an opportunity to get out of the flat for a fun evening last week to go and eat my bodyweight in desserts!

Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge in Digbeth has been open a year and to celebrate its first birthday, I attended a tasting event Continue reading…


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My favourite cafés in Birmingham

The food and drink scene in Birmingham really is outstanding. From restaurants and bars to coffee shops and street food vendors, Birmingham has so much to offer no matter what your tastes.

In particular, Birmingham has no end of highly-rated and recommended cafés, with an ever-emerging number of independents keen to provide great coffee, cakes and more in comfortable surroundings. Today, I’m sharing my favourites with you. Continue reading…

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Christmas in Birmingham

When people think of Birmingham at Christmas, they tend to think of the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Christmas Craft Market which fill up New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square every year and are accompanied by the ice rink and the big wheel. For those who live in the city centre though, it is the time of year when eye-rolling, crowd-hating, and needing additional time to get anywhere becomes the norm.

Don’t get me wrong the markets are lovely to look at but year after year they’re set out exactly the same, selling the exact same products and charging the earth for food and drink, and yet people come in their thousands. Continue reading…

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Navigating BHX

This week, I’m going to share the most useful things to know about travelling from Birmingham Airport.birmingham airport, west midlands, united kingdom, blog, travel blog

I travel as much as I can. In fact, one of the main criteria for choosing where I live is that I must be less than 20 miles from an international airport. I get pretty claustrophobic on this little island we live on and I like knowing I can easily escape whenever I feel the urge. Not only do I travel a lot in my personal life, I also get the opportunity to travel for my job fairly frequently. As such, I’ve become quite the pro at navigating BHX efficiently and with minimal stress and time-wasted.

Unless I’m travelling long-haul, I only travel with hand luggage. I’ve perfected my packing skills so I can easily be away for a week and just take hand luggage. I also hate waiting around at the airport so I’m known for leaving the absolute minimum amount of time before my flight. As such, planning and preparation really is vital to airport success. Continue reading…


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A great life lesson

52 weeks ago I wrote my first blog post as a UCBlogger. I hadn’t started my final year at university, I hadn’t thought too much about my future career path (except that, ideally, I’d like to go into marketing) and I certainly hadn’t dared to dream that 52 weeks later I’d have been awarded a First Class degree, have started my perfect job and be just a few weeks away from the most incredible volunteer opportunity I’ll ever get.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being one of the first UCBloggers. It’s a great opportunity for students at University College Birmingham and I hope the incoming bloggers get as much out of it as I have.

Knowing that people from nearly 60 different countries have read my blog over the past year is truly astounding. I hope many of those are current or prospective UCB students who have learned something about the uni and what student life in Birmingham is like. FYI, it’s great and I have loved every second of it.

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