Breakfast has always been my favourite meal of the day. But brunch makes a pretty strong argument. Perfect if you want a lazy snooze in bed before getting out for a bite to eat. I was invited along to try out the brunch menu at All Bar One and I took along Leda from Small Girl, Bigger World with me. Bloggers who brunch has quite a nice ring to it doesn't it? All Bar One has many branches but we were eating at the 29-31 George Street bar in Edinburgh. Perched right in the city centre it's only a few minutes away from the shops. The George Street area is a little more high class and the bar definitely reflected this. The bar was light, open and airy. With the spring sunshine coming through the large windows and high ceilings it was definitely the perfect place to catch up over brunch. The menu is quite extensive and has several vegetarian options so after a quick peruse I settled on the pancakes and Leda opted for huevos rancheros.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Another month goes by and now it's time for our #sassybooks post of the month. I run this book club with Charlotte from Colours and Carousels. Every month we pick a book and invite people to read it alongside us. This month we decided it would be fun if everyone reread the first Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone for all you Americans). And there may even be some people who may be reading it for the first time. How I wish that I could go back and read Harry Potter again as a new book!
|I had meant to include a proper photo of a copy of The Philospher's Stone but I went home and left my camera by accident. This one is from an old blog post.|
Monday, 25 April 2016
Love it or hate it, I am a total 'photos of your food type'. Some people complain about it but personally I love seeing snaps of other people's meals on Instagram. Especially when it's places in Edinburgh/Glasgow and when I know that if it looks delicious I can go and check it out for myself. But over the last few weeks I've gathered a collection of photos on my phone of restaurants I meant to review and never got around to. I hate lugging my chunky DSLR out with me and then noisily snapping away when I'm supposed to be with friends so I normally just end up with quick phone photos. After writing my Where To Eat In Amsterdam guide I thought it would be a good idea to start a little series on my blog where I do a similar thing for Edinburgh. Writing quick mini reviews of several places in the one post. Obviously I will still do some full restaurant reviews in the future if it's somewhere I'm totally blown away with but thought this would be a nice way to still feature some great places to grab a bite to eat in Edinburgh.
Friday, 22 April 2016
When I was in first year one of my flatmates was an American semester abroad student and she and her friend went on a bus tour of the highlands. When she came back, all her photos looked amazing and they had had a really great time. So when I was offered the chance to go on a tour* of Loch Ness and the Highlands with Gray Line Scotland I was really looking forward to it. My family don't travel very much so as much as I would love to, I haven't really seen a lot of Scotland. Gray Line offer pick up from most of the Edinburgh hotels/guest houses. It didn't take us long to get everyone and we left Edinburgh at approximately 8am. The bus was really spacious, air conditioned/heated and had a toilet. Our driver, Brendan, was a really great guy. He had that sarcastic Scottish sense of humour that just reminds me of being at home. The whole way he was telling us lots of interesting things about the history of the places we were passing. I know quite a bit about Scottish history already but he had some really interesting facts that I didn't know.
We headed out of Edinburgh and drove past The Kelpies and Stirling before stopping in Kilmahog. This is a small village near Callander and we were here to see some highlands cows. They had two: Honey and Hamish Dubh. Dubh is the Scottish gaelic word for black so he's the black cow that you can see in the photos. Unfortunately, Honey the ginger cow was not in the mood to come out and play. Which thwarted my plan of getting a photo taken with a highland cow so that I can caption it: spot the difference between these two red heads. Nevermind! There was also a gift shop, cafe and toilets so that we had some time to relax before getting back on the road.