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. 

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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*


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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.
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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!

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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. 

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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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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

August Reading Wrap Up Part 2

During August I read a whole twelve books so I decided to split my reading wrap into two. If you haven't already read part one of this reading wrap up then you can catch up here. But if you have then carry on! Here is what I thought of the last six books I read in August:


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling - After rereading all the other Harry Potter books this year and then getting my hands on The Cursed Child I finally wrapped up the series this month. This is one of my favourites in the  series and I just love seeing how all the plot lines wrap up. JK Rowling is such a clever woman. It's actually unbelievable the level of depth and thought that has been put into these novels! 5/5 stars. I might as well start rereading these again as I love them so much!

Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie - This book caught my eye on the Kindle sale as I was sure that I'd read this when I was in my early high school years. I couldn't remember how it ended and it was only a pound so I thought why not download and read it again? Oh my god this was a load of dribble. Honestly the plot wasn't very well thought out. It's about an adopted teenager who sees a photo of a toddler on a missing children website and thinks it might be her. So you know, she just runs away in an airport and gets on a flight to go see if it is her. This book was just honestly so hard to read at times as it was so bad. At 12/13 I'm sure it was really exciting but at 19? It's laughably bad. 2/5 stars. 

Fat Chance by Nick Spalding - This is probably my favourite book that I read out of the month. It was just so funny. This book is about a couple who enter a 'biggest loser' style competition on their local radio show where the couple that loses the most weight in a set time wins £50'000. Zoe and Greg are a really lovely couple who obviously care a lot about each other and they are also so funny. It's rare that a book will be good enough to make me laugh out loud but this book had me in stitches. They also talk about why they think they got overweight, the way that society treats them and the difficulties of losing weight - for example why is 'healthy' food often so much more expensive than junk food? I really enjoyed this and gave it 5/5 stars. 

Not Quite A Geordie by Holly Hagan - Ok judge me if you will. But this year I got really into watching Geordie Shore. I'm pretty sure that's because of exams and procrastination but I actually really enjoy watching it. It's definitely a car crash show but it's a bit of a guilty pleasure. So when I saw Holly's autobiography cheap in the Kindle sale I thought why not? It's obviously never going to be a great piece of literature but it's pretty interesting if you're a fan of the show. I've not watched any of the earlier seasons so it was a good way for me to learn more about how it all got started etc. Guilty pleasure read - classic 3/5 stars just for the gossip. 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - This book was everywhere a few years ago and I'm glad that I finally got around to reading it. It's about a genetics professor at an Australian university who creates a survey to help him find the perfect wife. He's a 'genius' who is very socially awkward and so he thinks that this is the ideal way to find the perfect woman. Until he meets Rosie, who answers all wrong but just somehow makes a lasting impression. This book was really fun and sweet whilst not being overly sickly. It's also heavily hinted that the professor has Aspergers syndrome so his narrative style is quite unique but very interesting. I really enjoyed this one and gave it 5/5 stars. 

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - I haven't read a Roald Dahl book in years  but when I found my old copy of James and the Giant Peach at my gran's house I couldn't help but give it a little reread. It honestly only took me an hour to read this and it was so nostalgic. I loved it. It's made me really consider buying some sort of Roald Dahl box set and rereading them all as I have such fond memories of them. I hope kids are still reading these books today because they're such gems. 5/5 stars. Leave me a comment letting me know what your favourite Roald Dahl book was - I think mine was Matilda!

And that concludes my two part reading wrap up! What books would you recommend I read next?

August Reading Wrap Up 2014 // August Reading Wrap up 2015

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Central Sushi, Glasgow

Glasgow is a city that I really strongly associate with food. I think that's because whenever I go to Glasgow it's to visit my blogging friends and if there's one thing that we love then it's food! Drinks are optional, dessert is optional but food is always a strong must. So a few weeks ago I went into town for a catch up and we ended up heading to Central Sushi. Our plans got altered a little bit so it ended up being only myself and Charlotte but we still had a lovely evening and it was nice to get some one on one chat time. Central Sushi is a little Japanese restaurant that's very close to Glasgow Central Station which is awesome for me as it's the station my train into Glasgow goes to! I'm not the biggest fan of sushi (I just really don't like seaweed) but I love Japanese food and their menu is really varied. I'd originally heard of Central Sushi via the citizenMag, which is a really good place to look out new places to eat in Glasgow, and was intrigued because as a group we've eaten at a fair few Japanese places!


We ordered some side dishes to share and a main course each. Neither of us actually tried any sushi but from what we saw others eating it looked really well presented. First up were the chicken gyoza. Gyoza are some of my favourite things to eat and we were both really pleased by these. They were really fresh, crispy and the filling was really flavourful. They came with a little side dish of soy sauce for dipping but I actually preferred dipping them into the katsu sauce that came alongside my main course. So tasty!
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Thursday, 1 September 2016

August Reading Wrap Up Part 1

August has been a fantastic month for me in terms of reading. I think it's because I've been working full time hours and my building doesn't have signal. Which means that I've been having my whole lunch break as uninterrupted reading time. If I'm reading something during my lunch hour I'll often get so into it that when I get home I'll often start reading it after after I've cooked dinner. Meaning I've been tearing up the books I've been reading. It feels great to get back into reading lots of books again as when I'm at university I don't have a lot of free time for reading. I've almost completely emptied my Kindle again this month with just some really long ones to go. It's my goal for September to finish those ones off and that way I can buy some new books without feeling guilty. We'll see! But for now here are the books I read in August and what I thought of them. I've actually decided to split this reading wrap up into two as I just had so many books that it was just going to be far too long! Part two will be published on September 7th so look our for that but here are the reviews for the first 6 books I read in August!


What's A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne - After reading, and loving, the first two books in this series I couldn't wait to read the final book in the trilogy. I downloaded it to Kindle the day it was released and enjoyed it from the get go. Whilst I really enjoy Holly Bourne's writing I do find her characters to be a little irksome at times. This was no different but on the whole the book was the best out of what I've read so far. The main theme is feminism and the main character starts a month long project where she calls out every example of sexism she sees. Pretty impressive! I really enjoyed this and it was exciting to series wrapped up. I think there will be an update book soon that shows you were all the characters go next and I'm looking forward to that too. 5/5 stars.

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