Edinburgh Edit: Burgers

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Burgers are the new trendy food. So for my next Edinburgh Edit I'm discussing my favourite burger joints in the city. New ones are springing up left right and centre but these are a few of my tried and tested favourites. What I really look for in a good burger place is a) variety b) flavour and c) value for money. It's quite common for restaurants to disappear in Edinburgh almost as soon as they've opened but all of these places have been going for at least two years which is a real sign of success here.

Bread Meats Bread
I literally never stop banging on about this place but I've been a few times and I think it gets better each time. I mean, where else in the city can you get a burger that's served inside a donut? Bread Meats Bread serves up a really inventive burger menu and even have a good few veggie options too. Their side dishes are also delicious (maple syrup sweet potato fries HELLO) and an actual Canadian has told me that their poutine is the real deal. 


My Favourite 'Self-Help' Books

Sunday, 26 March 2017
A few months ago if you had asked me if I was a fan of self-help books then I would have run screaming for the hills. But I've read a few of them over the last few weeks. Maybe it's because I'm feeling a bit down or maybe it's because I've just picked the good ones. But regardless, I've been really enjoying reading them. When it comes to self-help books what I'm looking for is really a little motivational kick up the ass and I really feel like these books have given me that. I'm trying to be less of a 'book snob' and enjoying reading out of my regular genre which has led to me finding these great books.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight - This book caught my eye so quickly. Outside of my blog I'm pretty foul-mouthed (and not ashamed to say so) and I was drawn to this book because it seemed a bit more light hearted and fun than others. It really helped put a lot of things into perspective. I've been focusing really hard on doing less at the moment because I think that over the last few months I've tried to do way too much and just totally burnt myself out. This book helped me to think of possible commitments in a more detached way and how to prioritise things for myself. I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of her second book. 


The Problem With Scientists On TV

Wednesday, 22 March 2017
This blog post was inspired by a drunken conversation that I had with Beth in the basement of a Sports bar at midnight on a Friday night. But bare with me because I've got a pretty good point here...

We were talking about nerdy TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and the way that they portray the characters. Whilst I enjoy the show, I think there are a lot of problems with the way that they portray scientists and especially the female characters. There are a few shows that do this poorly but I'm going to focus on The Big Bang Theory in this post as it's the most popular.

When you think of a scientist, characters like Sheldon Cooper often come to mind. Which doesn't really help our image. When people think of scientists they also think of people who are socially awkward, arrogant and unfashionable. Which simply isn't true or fair.

Let's look at the female characters in the show. Amy, Bernadette, and Leslie are all quite frankly pretty weird. Likeable characters in their own right but not without odd and often unrealistic quirks. When compared to Penny, they nowhere near as 'desirable'. A show like The Big Bang Theory has such a wide audience and they really could be doing a little more to help portray the idea that all types of women can be scientists. So much work is being done to get young women interested in STEM subjects but a show like this stamps in a silent but strong message.


Brunch, Edinburgh

Sunday, 19 March 2017
I'm always keen to meet new blogging friends so when Lucy from Fed in Ed asked if I'd like to go and review a brunch with her I jumped at the chance. We went to Brunch on George IV Bridge for a bite to eat and the chance to talk about Edinburgh, uni and of course, food blogging. 

We visited at 10am on a Friday morning. It wasn't too busy when we arrived so we were able to grab a window seat (the blogger's dream) but it was quite busy when we left so an early morning meeting was ideal! We sat down to peruse the menu and my eyes were instantly drawn to the pancakes... what can I say? I have quite the sweet tooth. Whilst Lucy opted to go for eggs benedict. We both decided to have some orange juice with our brunch which was served in adorable little mason jars with handles. 


Scottish Identity and #indyref2

Wednesday, 15 March 2017
I remained silent on my political opinions around the time of the first Scottish independence referendum. September 2014 was a really big month for me, it included moving out for the first time, finding my own feet and starting university. It wasn't a time for blogging and quite frankly I was a little scared of opening the can of worms and blogging about politics. It seems that it's almost impossible to do so without attracting some form of anonymous trolling. 

But the thing is... I regret my vote against Scottish Independence. 


Element Edinburgh

Sunday, 12 March 2017
Tucked off on Rose St is a lovely and cosy bar called Element. With tartan interiors, cosy lighting and a Scottish menu it's quite the place to escape from the bustling shopping streets for a bite to eat and a drink. I was invited to come and try their spring menu so I went along with my friend Sarah on Wednesday night to try it out. We absolutely loved the decor which we admired whilst we siped on 'Fairytale of New York' cocktails and talked about our plans for the next year. The menu has some lovely choices but we knew almost straight away what we wanted.

To start with I opted for the tempura king prawns with Thai mayo. And can I start off by saying that I was totally blown away by the huge portion size? The tempura batter was light and crisp - just as it should be. The prawns were so tasty and the Thai mayo was a delicious, slightly spicy, accompaniment. It was a lovely start and definitely something I'd reorder if I were to visit again.

Sarah's choice was the golden beetroot and goat's cheese mousse which comes served with savoury granola and pickled walnuts. This was such a beautiful dish. Not only was it really thought out in its presentation but there were so many different flavours and textures that worked together so well.


5 Bad Ass Female Comedians on Netlfix

Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Today is International Women's Day - one of the best days of the year. This year I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite female stand-up comedians. Comedy is something that is really heavily dominated by men. When I first started watching comedians on Netflix (there are so many it's great) I was blown away with the selection but a little disappointed in the lack of women. Over the last few months they've added lots of female comedians and a lot of them are great.

So to celebrate International Women's Day I'm sharing with you some of my favourite female stand-up comedians that you can watch on Netflix. I think it's really important to be watching them and rating them highly because it says to Netflix 'Hi we want more of this please!'.

Ali Wong

Ali Wong's Baby Cobra set on Netflix was the first female lead comedy I watched on Netflix and I still think she's the funniest. I honestly watched this about three times on repeat because I just loved it so much. She has a very adult sense of humour and isn't afraid to make some pretty outrageous jokes which I love. 


Blogging, Friends & Food

Sunday, 5 March 2017
Last week I had one of the busiest days in a long time: full of food, blogging friends and good laughs. Annoyingly I didn't have my camera to hand that day so today's post is a mixture of photos taken using my phone and other people's cameras (I'm like a magpie). I'm going to do a quick run through of all the places that I visited and what I got up to at each place. It was a really busy time but it reminded me of what I love about blogging and how grateful I am for the opportunities it's brought into my life. 

Steak On Stones

I got to meet the lovely Sarah recently as she came to visit Edinburgh for a few days. We met at Steak on Stones for dinner one night. It's one of my favourite restaurants and was just as amazing the second time around. On a Tuesday night, they have a steak & shake offer. Steak, a side, a sauce and a milkshake for £17.50. We really enjoyed our food and the evening passed so quickly as we were just chatting away. We then made our way home and I had to get to sleep as the next day was my super busy day. The restaurant has a really expensive and classy feel to it and it's such a lovely place to go for a little treat. 


February Reading Wrap Up

Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Despite being the shortest month of the year, I managed to get a good amount of reading into February. I really find that reading before bed is the best way for me to unwind and relax before sleeping so I've been trying really hard to keep it up. I've read some really good books this month which are mostly unintentionally centred around mental health. So this has been an extremely eye-opening month for me! I started a few books this month that I didn't finish so my goals for March are to finish these and carry on with the books from my most recent book haul.

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon - After reading, and loving, The Wrong Knickers I was very excited to read Bryony Gordon's second novel. With a slightly darker perspective, this is a book about the author's lifelong battle with mental illness. Despite that, it's actually a pretty funny book and is eye opening without being too heavy. There were a few issues that I had with The Wrong Knickers but this book really puts them into perspective. I'd recommend this book to anyone suffering from poor mental health or anyone who wants to know more about what it's like to suffer (ie everyone). I gave this one 5/5 stars.