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Monday, 26 September 2016

Foundry 39, Edinburgh

Like most UK cities, Edinburgh is really big on burgers. New burger joints are springing up all over town. I've tried a few and definitely have my favourites. I was invited along to Foundry 39 on Queensferry Street by Leda who was invited along to review them for the student newspaper (you can read her review here) and I was excited by its really full menu and really central location. Perfect if you're on Princes Street doing some shopping!

We arrived on a Thursday night and the restaurant/bar was quiet but still had a lovely atmosphere. With mismatched decor and bare light bulbs this place has a really cosy, intimate feel to it. Pairing that with their really in depth cocktail menu and we were off to a great start. Cocktails in Edinburgh can be expensive but personally I'm willing to pay for quality. I started off with a smoked rhubarb and rosemary daiquiri and Leda opted for the watermelon collins. Both such unique flavours! And lovely presentation as well. The cocktail menu was not only extensive but also very unique. 


Thursday, 22 September 2016

What's Your Favourite Harry Potter Book?

I reread the Harry Potter series this summer and that along with the release of The Cursed Child got me thinking about which Harry Potter book is actually my favourite. I love all the books a lot and I'm so glad that I grew up reading them. I've always had a definite favourite - which hasn't changed over the years. But what about the rest? So I thought it would be interesting to write a post about which order I'd  put them in if I had to. I've also recently acquired a copy of the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which is absolutely beautiful. And for the record I've not included The Cursed Child here as I consider it to be more of an add on than the 'eighth book'. This was really hard to do but I'm pretty firm in my ranking but it would be really interesting to find out what everyone else thinks. 

*May contain spoilers - proceed with caution*


Monday, 19 September 2016

Jeremiah's Taproom, Edinburgh

My old flatmate, Rebecca, has recently moved to Leith. It's an area of Edinburgh that I've not explored very much but it has a good reputation amongst foodies. So when we met for dinner one night I ventured out of my fail-safe Newington comfort zone and down to Jeremiah's Taproom. Rebecca had been a few times before and raved about it so I was really interested to try it out. Located on Elm Row it's right at the top of Leith and actually still really close to the city centre. The menu contains of a lot of burgers and hot dogs but they also have a wide range of sides and a breakfast menu that's served until 5pm on the weekends. With a pretty impressive selection of craft beers and a long cocktail list it's a strong contender as a great food and drink place in Edinburgh. And the biggest plus? Dogs are welcome too.

I know pulled pork is the 'done thing' at the moment and it's absolutely everywhere but I can't help but do a little happy dance when I see it on a menu. So I just had to order the pulled pork burger from the menu - a 6oz beef burger with tomato, lettuce, cheese and some bbq pulled pork on top. It had slid off a little but after I sorted it out this burger was really, really nice. The pulled pork was really tasty and tender - I just wish that there had been a little bit more of it. In fact - if they added a pulled pork sandwich to the menu I think I'd be in heaven. When our food arrived I did think that the portion of fries that came with the food was quite small but actually in the end we were really full and almost struggled to finish. Eyes bigger than my belly it may seem.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Malmö Travel Diary

Malmö was never somewhere that was on my bucket list but when we realised just how easy it was to get there from Copenhagen we couldn't help but cross the bridge and tick Sweden off our list at the same time. Luckily, I actually really loved Malmö. Even more than I loved Copenhagen and I loved Copenhagen a lot. Generally it has a much more relaxed feel to it than Copenhagen and there are a lot of lovely parks to walk through. I totally fell in love with Sweden and I'd love to go back. 

After getting off at the central station we took a quick walk to check into our hotel, the Scandic St. Jorgen. Now let me tell you this, we got so much more for our money here than we did in Copenhagen. Our room was absolutely lovely and an amazing breakfast was included for the same price as our room at Generator. I'd really recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Malmö!


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Copenhagen Travel Diary

Last week I took a mini break to Copenhagen with a friend from university. Copenhagen is somewhere that I've always wanted to go to and luckily it's really easy and cheap to fly there from Edinburgh. We noticed that it's really easy to get from Copenhagen to Malmö (in Sweden) so we decided that we'd split our time between the cities. We were away for two nights and spent one night in Copenhagen and the other in Malmö. So yes, that's two countries in two days. A little mad? Well, yes. But we actually found that Copenhagen is really small and that we were actually able to get everything done that we wanted to do! Plus Copenhagen is super expensive for accommodation so only staying there one night was actually kind of a blessing. 


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Glasgow Photo Diary

After about a year of owning a Mac I've finally sorted out using the photo album system. I'm a little ashamed that it's taken me so long - I wasn't kidding when I said I found the switch difficult! But since then I've found a lot of photos that I had intended to use for blog posts and just forgotten about. So I've been on a mission to write those posts! It's interesting to recover some old ideas and give them a new life. So basically that's my intro for saying that these photos were taken last October. Yup. You know when you keep saying that you'll do something but forget to do it? Yeah that's this post. I took a trip into Glasgow so that I could see Charlotte, Morag and Lis and we had a fantastic day. I've already blogged an OOTD from that day and a review of the JellyBear dessert parlour but these are some photos that I took around the city that day.

One of my favourite things about Glasgow is that it has some pretty impressive pieces of street art. This big nature piece is my favourite and it was really close by the dessert parlour of dreams. I've often wondered if Glasgow would have been a better fit for me. But I've came to the conclusion that Edinburgh is home. Both are amazing cities but for different reasons and there's someting inexplicable about Edinburgh's charm that just stands out to me. However, Glasgow is always there for a visit. And it's nice to think about how different my life could be if I'd picked a different city. So here are some photos of Glasgow: the one that got away. 

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