5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Scotland

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Today is St Andrews day! It's Scotland's national day. Whilst it isn't as big a celebration as it is in some other countries but I'll be trying to catch the fireworks at Edinburgh Castle tonight. It's looking likely that I won't be living in Scotland this time next year so I'm trying to savour my time in this beautiful country. Scotland is my home and I love it. I think that Scotland should be right up there on people's bucket lists as it has so much to offer. Here are my reasons for why you should visit Scotland:

1. Scotland is a relatively small country so it's possible to see a lot in a short about of time.

It doesn't actually take that long to drive around Scotland so if travelling by car, then you can see a lot of different places in a short time. In April I went on a day tour of the highlands with Grayline (which you can read about here) and I got to travel to Loch Ness and some other really interesting parts of Scotland. In a quick going 12 hours, we saw lots of different landscapes, wildlife and even the sun! I can't drive but once I learn how to I'm going to plan a more in-depth road trip because whilst I've seen a lot of Scotland I know that there's still so much more to see!

Wagamama's New Menu

Sunday, 27 November 2016
On Friday night I went to Wagamama with my dear blogging friend, Leda, for a catch up over some delicious Japanese food. Wagamama have added a few new sides as their autumn/winter menu so we were pretty excited to try them out. We opted to order a few sides to share rather than a main each - the best way to get to try out a little bit of everything. The restaurant was busy so we had a bit of a wait but a waiter was brining around samples of food and juice for everyone to try whilst we waited - amazing customer service. 

Starting with the new menu items, we shared some of the bang bang cauliflower. Crispy, wok fried cauliflower served in the old classic firecracker sauce. Cauliflower is definitely an underrated vegetable and this was really nice. I've never have cauliflower served fried before but I loved it. This dish also packs quite a bit of heat for the spice fiends amongst us. 


What's The Point In Blogging?

Wednesday, 23 November 2016
I'm currently the busiest I have ever been in my life. Third year is no joke: not only stressful but time consuming. But, despite that I've still been uploading a blog post a week. I've came to the conclusion that blogging is extremely important to me and is actually a great stress relief (even if it is sometimes stress-inducing). It can be a bit of a misunderstood hobby and to some it may seem a waste of time. But I'm adamant that blogging has lots of bonuses!

I've loved the written word my whole life, this is no different
I've always been a reader and when I was younger I was a keen writer as well. I essentially stopped writing fiction for a while and after that was when I started blogging. Writing my blog is just an extension of my love of both reading and writing. I'm a scientist by day so coming home and having the chance to explore my creative side through this blog is a welcomed break. 


Wahaca Edinburgh

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
One of the things that really sucks about blogging is reading posts from other bloggers about amazing restaurants... that are hundreds of miles away from you. I've been reading posts from some of my favourite English blogging babes about Wahaca for years now. So I was pretty pleased when I discovered that they were opening a chain in Edinburgh. I'd been meaning to try it out for a while but hadn't made any plans. Then last week I was returning to Edinburgh after some travelling. I'd been on trains for most of the day and was really hungry. In a split second decision I decided I'd go to Wahaca by myself, because if I'm not a grown independent woman that can go get her own tacos then who am I?


My Favourite Indie Films

Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Recently I binned all of my DVD cases as I'd transferred all my discs into a disc holder. It means that I can store all my DVDs in one place and they don't take up lots of space. But before I binned them I took some photos for a few blog posts about some of my favourite movies. I don't really consider myself to be a big movie fan as I often lose patience! I don't have a very long attention span! These are a few of my favourite 'indie' films. I don't know what I really class as an 'indie film' but I guess they're the ones that really stand out as being unique to me. Or where you can feel the style of the director really showing through. 

The Virgin Suicides - This movie is based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides and I'm a big fan of his work (although don't ask me to pronounce his name). The movie is also amazing. The way this film is shot totally captures the dream like narrative style of the book which is so great to see. The storyline is a bit grim - it's about a group of sisters with strict parents and the boys who have crushes on them who try to 'save' them. It's not too long as well which is nice as I tend to lose attention if a film is really long. 

Tuk Tuk, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 2 November 2016
I consider myself to be a foodie. Going out for a meal with friends is one of my favourite things to do. But Indian food is honestly just something that I never really eat out - mainly because I enjoy cooking it so much at home. But a few weeks ago I met up with some of the lovely Edinburgh bloggers girls for a meal. We ended up at Tuk Tuk. This Indian street food restaurants is pretty famous in Edinburgh but I've never been! Located at 1 Leven Street, Tuk Tuk are bringing great, cheap Indian street food to the heart of Edinburgh.

We were ordering from their new tiffin menu which will be launching some time in early November. They're also opening a new restaurant in Glasgow! The idea of this set menu is that you get one starter, one meat main, one vegetable main and a naan bread or rice. And they come all neatly stacked in the little metal tins. These tins are called Tiffins and are traditionally used to deliver meals in India.

I struggled to decide what to order for my starter but in the end I went for the chicken lollipop because it sounded least like something I'd make at home. It turned out much like chicken pakora but with wings instead of breast. Honestly I wasn't very impressed by this. The batter was very greasy and the chicken seemed pretty low quality and in all honesty a little gross. The samosas and the vegetable pakora seemed to go down a treat with everyone else so maybe I just made a poor decision.

Moving onto the main courses. For my meat dish I went for butter chicken. Not a very brave or adventurous choice but this is a classic for a reason. The curry was smooth and creamy. It wasn't too spicy for me and the portion was a really good size. I'd definitely order this again. I felt a little out of my depth ordering the veggie dishes as I'd never tried any of them but I remembered how much one of my friends loves tarka dhal and decided to go with that. This dish was packed with flavour. I didn't eat the whole thing but lentils are really filling so you definitely won't be hungry after this. It's very rich and creamy - perfect comfort food. If you're a vegetarian you can also opt to have two vegetarian dishes instead of just the one.

One thing that I can't make for myself at home and always have to order when I'm eating Indian food in a restaurant is peshwari naan. There's something about the sweet, coconut richness of the naan bread that just compliments curry so well. Personally as I didn't really enjoy the starter so would prefer maybe the option to just have the two main courses with a rice and naan but I was definitely really full by the time I'd finished eating and didn't actually miss having rice as much as I thought I would.

Overall, I was really impressed with the relaxed vibe of Tuk Tuk and was totally blown away by how amazing the curry was. The food isn't expensive either and the sharing style of the food means that you can go as a group and order a little of everything. We all really enjoyed our meals and it was so lovely to catch up with everyone. Edinburgh has so many bloggers and the sense of community between everyone is lovely.

The lovely bloggers I ate with: Little Girl Bigger World, Twenty Something Lifestyle, The Quiet Resolution and Country Girl City Life.

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