Showing posts with label Edinburgh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edinburgh. Show all posts

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Chiquito


It was my Mum's birthday, so we headed for dinner to Chiquito. I have only once been to Chiquito, some years ago.  

I ordered : 

Naked Burrito 
Guacamole, salsa, reformed beans and baby gem lettuce. Roasted halloumi and veg skewer

Drink 
Vanilla milkshake 

Dessert 
Churros

Milkshakes are my new favourite drink. Am hoping I don't get sick of them, before I head to Australia. The churros were also soo good, but I worry I pronounce it wrong so I just point to it on the menu haha.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Ivy On The Square | Edinburgh


When I heard Ivy On The Square was opening in Edinburgh, it brought back memories of Los Angeles. It's been 10 whole years since I visited The Ivy, in Los Angeles. I actually have photos of me, posing outside The Ivy. 

I looked online to book a table at Ivy On The Square. They had every half an hour available through the whole day, so I decided not to book than stressing over getting there for a certain time. I headed to The Ivy with my Mum and when we arrived they said no tables were available, but if we sat at the bar they'd shout us when one was available.    

We sat at the bar and ordered a drink. I then took my phone out and went on The Ivy website and there was tables showing available to book for now, so I clicked book. 10 minutes went by and I said to my Mum, "you know I booked a table for 10 minutes ago". My Mum shouted someone over, so I said we had a booking for 10 minutes ago. The staff person said to follow her and we were taken to a table upstairs.   

I ordered:

Aromatic duck curry
Fragrant coconut duck curry with lemongrass, lime, chilli, roasted cashews and steamed jasmine rice. 

Drink: 

Mixed berry smoothie 
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, coconut milk and lime.

Dessert: 

Chocolate bombe
Melting chocolate bombe with vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot butterscotch sauce 

The chocolate bombe was the best, but if I go back I would book. I think they prefer you booking. I ended up sitting drinking alcohol at the bar, for the sake of it. 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Duty Free Haul


I feel really mixed about Duty Free sometimes with drink and perfume, shops on the high street have a better deal. Duty Free isn't the same as it used to be, you have to compare prices online. Jo Malone don't do offers, or not that I have heard of. I love Jo Malone, so I always try buy something at Duty Free at the airport. 

As I headed to Paris for the day, I flew from Edinburgh Airport and managed to do abit shopping at Duty Free. Edinburgh Airport does Shop and click, which is a bonus to save taking everything to Paris. The shop and collect helped a lot especially, as I was traveling hand luggage only and being limited to the amount of liquid.

Products :

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Manderin Exfoliating Shower Gel 
Mac Volcanic Ash Exfoliator 
Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation : NC30
Mac Upward Lash Mascara : Black 
Kinder Surprise Airbus Collection

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Edinburgh Christmas

The things you see everyday, you take for granted. I remember visiting Hollywood for the first time and walking along the walk of fame, trying to spot all the celebrity names. The second visit to Hollywood, it's a different atmosphere. You spotted the first timer tourists, with their heads to the ground. I loved the shops in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but I think after 4 visits I started to take the place for granted. It's been 10 years since I visited Hollywood and now it's a dream to go back.  

I have went to New York every January, the last few years. (I won't be going to New York this January, as am hoping to go away somewhere different for my birthday.) My favourite thing to do in New York is taking a night walk, seeing all the Christmas decorations around the City. It made me think I never pay attention to the Christmas decorations in my own City, Edinburgh. After waiting in all day to get my washing machine fixed, I headed for a walk around town.  

I walked around town trying to spot all the Christmassy things and snapped some photos.

This is Edinburgh at Christmas :

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Friends

It's true what they say, friends are always there, no matter what. My friend Kirsten is only a month younger than me. When we both turned 18, she was the one person I always headed into town to clubs, in Edinburgh. You always got a laugh with Kirsten, as she was that confident person who'd speak to random guys. I don't know how many times Kirsten had us waiting on a taxi home and she'd go off chatting to randoms. I stopped going out drinking in town when I was around 19-20. I felt I had my years of partying, but I also started to drift apart from Kirsten.   

Then last year I got a friend request on Facebook from Kirsten, but a different second name. She got married. We spoke, like we'd always been friends. You'd never think 10 years went by. The chats we've had and the laughs we've had.  

I recently got invited to a Press Event, in Edinburgh and Kirsten said she'd come along with me. I agreed to drive to the event, so I went and picked Kirsten up.

We headed for dinner at Five Guys, at Fountain Park before the event. I had the veggie sandwich and vanilla milkshake. Kirsten had the beef burger and banana milkshake. 

The next part ended up being very eventful. I went to Fountain Park a couple months ago to pick up pizza at Pizza Hut and I asked the woman at Pizza Hut, if she had to validate my parking ticket. She said no it's free parking and I got out ok. So when I went to drive out, I kept putting the ticket in the machine and it wasn't letting us out (We were entitled to free parking, as we had Five Guys). I pushed the help button and suddenly the bar lifted. Kirsten said she knew a street where to park nearer, so we headed to there and the street was full. I said let's just drive back to Fountain park and walk along. So Kirsten set Google maps on her phone to back to Fountain Park. It took us a detour around Edinburgh City Centre and I ended up driving like I was in America.

Once we got back to Fountain Park, we headed to the Press Event. After the Press Event, we headed to Five Guys to get the parking ticket validated to get us out. When drove out the car park, it came up - Have a nice day. Thanks we needed that, after the stressful drive in the City Centre.

Safe to say it was my first time driving in Edinburgh City Centre, stressful, but we still managed to have a laugh. Thanks for the good night Kirsten, the laugh and all the advice you've gave this past year. It's nice known you've stayed the same person, after all these years and we can still have a laugh.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Wetherspoon | Vegetable Burger

Expect plenty of Wetherspoon meal posts on my blog, as Wetherspoon is my local place to go to. I headed to Wetherspoon with my Mum, for dinner. 

I had the vegetable burger, which comes with chips and an Irn bru. The vegetable burger isn't as nice as the vegetable burgers Wetherspoon used to do, it was abit mushy. 

I think my Mum is morphing into my Gran (her mum). My Mum kept saying it's awfy loud in loud. It reminded me of the days, when I went to Wetherspoon with my Gran for dinner and my Gran would say "it's loud". It's a pub, pubs get loud with lots of people haha. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

MINI Photo Shoot | Circus Lane

Who else loves photographing their car ? I used to love driving my old MINI to Queensferry and taking photos of it, with the Forth bridges in the background. 

As you may already know, I got a new car (MINI ). I love discovering new places and discovered Circus Lane, while searching Instagam. Circus Lane is in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh and it's the prettiest street I've seen.

To mark MINI's first photo shoot, I drove my car to Circus Lane.   

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Top 5 places to photo in Edinburgh

I have been sightseeing Edinburgh, like a tourist so I've put together my top 5 places to photo.   

Stockbridge   


I took these photos back in April after going for a wee walk in Stockbridge. It looks so pretty in spring, with all the flowers. I can't remember the name of the street, but it's just off the main part of  Stockbridge.  



I've been to the Edinburgh Skybar a couple times now. It has the best views looking into Edinburgh Castle. I totally recommend going when it opens at 6 for photos, as after half 6 it's crowded. 



I actually discovered Circus Lane searching instagram, would you believe it ?. I thought the photos people added looked really pretty, only to discover it's my city, Edinburgh. 



You wouldn't believe Dean Village is just behind the city centre. 



My Dad took me to the Queensferry bridges viewing point, as he used to drive buses and saying he took a lot of tourists here. He said how all the Americans loved the viewing point and asked my Dad how he knew of it. I had never seen the bridge at this angle, it makes me think of Full House and the San Francisco bridge. Who else can hear the Full House song in your head ? Whatever happened to predictability. The milkman, the paperboy, evening tv ?