Happy Weekending!

 

Happy Friday y’all!

Weekends are my time to catch up with Liam; and because Will works on the weekends I get Liam all to myself! We’ve gotten into a pretty balanced routine of running some errands, catching up with friends, and getting some good park time in. Right now our Saturday-go-to spot is Princes Street Gardens. It’s across the street from the shops, has a phenomenal view, and Liam and I can stroll through the Farmer’s Market on our way home for lunch and nap time!

Sundays are more chill. We have a slower start before spending our morning at church and then come home for lunch and a nap; then, if the weather’s nice, we’ll go to Harrison Park before dinner.  Of course there’s always the grocery shopping and cleaning and laundry that gets done on the weekends too, but I don’t like to focus too much on that ;)

Summers in Edinburgh don’t always guarantee perfect outdoor weather (cough understatement cough cough) but this summer has been impressing us! We’ve had some long stretches of glorious weather and the weekends have been consistently nice. Liam and I have been taking full advantage of it.

This weekend Will is heading up to Kirkcaldy to meet up with his supervisor so Liam and I might take a trip ourselves over to North Berwick. Or, we might go see what the Festival has to offer?! What do you guys have planned for the weekend?

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Photos are from a weekend of parks, cafes, and markets with friends, back in May.

Paris On Film

I miss Paris. The food. The markets. The old shutters and wrought iron balconies. The SUN. The HEAT! Oh man I miss it all!

We were hoping to go this summer but are unable to for obvious reasons – good reasons (cough Liam cough cough) but still. So, to tide me over, here are the film pictures I took last summer.

Maybe next summer?!

Café Love: Artisan Roast

I did it! I finally took some pictures of the best place in Edinburgh to get a cup of coffee (says the girl who doesn’t drink coffee).

So I’m no expert, but Will’s favorite coffee in Edinburgh is Artisan Roast. Hands down. It’s the highlight of his week when he buys his beans. They’ve had a bit of a reputation for being a serious place for coffee—maybe too serious… But they’ve been re-vamping their style. Before it was a bit too hipster, if you know what I mean. Like, there were burlap sacks decorating the walls—which you can still see in their back room—but it’s toned it down some. It’s much more welcoming to us normal folk. ;) There’s a location in Broughton, but usually we go to Bruntsfield. For us it has a neighborhood feel and is a great place to meet up with a friend over a really good cup of coffee.

Both shops are pretty cozy, but they have an open-plan vibe for more space, and you can watch the baristas at work. And if you’re lucky, or if Cambell’s working, you can get a lesson on how they brew your coffee just right.

Another cool thing about Artisan Roast is that they care about sustainability and creating long-term relationships with farmers. Their beans are fair-trade, organic, and/or part of the Rainorest Alliance certification scheme. Everything’s appropriate for the season and fresh throughout the year. Or that’s at least what Will tells me. ;)

138 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH10 4ER

57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ

Café Love: The Chocolate Tree

For chocolate lovers in Edinburgh, or visiting Edinburgh, you have got to visit The Chocolate Tree! It’s such a wonderful cafe AND a wonderful company! The Chocolate Tree not only provides locally made Scottish chocolate but also strives to “better the lives of the farmers and promoting biodiversity” (their words).

I’ve been here a handful of times and just love to indulge. It’s one of those places where you have to. It’s hard to pick between any of their hot cocoas, gelato, macarons, cakes, truffles, and of course, their chocolates. Good luck trying.

I love their white chocolate hot cocoa and Aya and I couldn’t resist trying some of their macarons.

I first discovered The Chocolate Tree a couple of years ago at one of the weekend markets. Will and I bought some chocolate from them to bring back home to our families… which, I’m pretty sure we’re gonna do again. If there’s something the UK does right, it’s chocolate… and sweets in general really.

So, if your’e looking for a little chocolate indulgence, you’ve gotta hit up The Chocolate Tree.

You’re welcome.

Café Love: Piecebox

It’s been too long since I shared with you a cafe here in Edinburgh so let me tell you about Piecebox.

Piecebox  is actually one of the closer cafes to me but I don’t find myself going here as often as I feel like I should. It’s seriously so close and a great cafe. They supply Artisan Roast coffee (which is a must-drink for all of you coffee lovers out there) and Jenier Tea (I love the mocha chai). All of their food is homemade and made that morning; and if it’s not made my them it’s made by someone who’s local.

Another bonus is their seating. There’s a lot of sofas and comfy chairs and it doesn’t feel over crowded. It’s also a great place for parents with strollers because there’s enough space to maneuver around with one (not that I know from personal experience…). Space is a big deal for me because I don’t like feeling in the way and some cafes will litter the floor with tables and chairs thinking that’s how to get the “cozy” feeling. Wrong. Piecebox has got it down right.

And that’s Piecbox for you! I really do need to take advantage of how close this place is (it’s just a five minute walk!). The food is delicious (you’ve gotta try the pancakes!), great hot drinks, and cozy seating! Perfect for Scottish weather!

Café Love: Loudon’s

Will update: Everything is going so well for Will! He’s feeling more and more comfortable in Tubingen and making great friends through his hall mates. He’s planning a Thanksgiving dinner with them for this weekend and I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

 

So, whenever Will and I are home and thinking about going to a cafe together that’s close by we always end up at Loudon’s. It’s right down the street from us and has everything we’d want from a cafe: really good teas for me, artisan roast coffees for Will , and fresh homemade treats for the both of us! Oh, and they offer a delicious breakfast you’ve got to try! I love Loudon’s atmosphere. It’s a family business, welcoming, and it has massive windows for a ton of natural light. Loudon’s also has space for everyone from the student studying for finals, the business partners talking business, to the mom taking her kids out for an afternoon treat. AND it’s open until 6:30pm, which is a bonus!

I really enjoy going to Loudon’s and love that it’s close by. I’ll meet up with friends there and work on the blog there and edit pictures and read and knit there. It’s a great cafe!

Café Love: Brew Lab

This week’s cafe is for all of you Coffee geeks out there: Brew Lab. Now, I’m not a coffee drinker in any way, shape, or form, but we had heard that this new cafe opened up that was serious about their coffee and was THE new place to go for the best coffee in Edinburgh. Apparently, Artisan Roast has some competition?

Now, my theory is that Artisan Roast is where coffee is made by hipster artists and Brew Lab is where coffee is made by hipster scientists. Both make really good coffee (according to the coffee expert of the fam… Will) but just go about it with their own style.

I know that some of you have no clue what Artisan Roast is but I’ll put it on the list of places to check out and share so we can further this discussion!

Café Love: Lovecrumbs

Will and I love going to cafes! We love settling into a cozy corner with our laptops or books and making ourselves at home with a hot cup of tea (or coffee of you swing that way)! Especially when it’s one of our favorites. So, with this love for cafes I thought I would highlight my favorite cozy cafes and some new ones I try out.

I’ll kick start this little mini-series with  Lovecrumbs! Oh man, oh man I looooooooove Lovecrumbs! I know I’ve said this a ton of times before but it seriously is my most favoritest cafe ever. With it’s friendly staff, welcoming atmosphere, and delicious desserts it’s become my go-to cafe. I actually went there twice this past weekend to meet up with friends.

Lovecrumbs started off as two women who are bakers and decided to open up their own cafe (probably to show off their amazing baking skills). All of the staff are really nice and I love asking what they recommend. That’s how I got hooked on their lemongrass and marigold tea! Anything I’ve ever eaten of theirs has had me in dessert bliss. They make tarts, flapjacks, cakes, brownies, cheesecakes, scones, and other sweets. Their talent knows no limit.

So, if you’re in the neighborhood, check out Lovecrumbs! You won’t be disappointed.

Oh, and if you decide you need a whole dessert for yourself, they still take orders. They just need 48hrs notice. I might be ordering a rose and pistachio cake (pictured above) in the near future!!

Asian Cajuns!

So, I had a friend of mine over to make the most delicious brownies I’ve ever had and she told me about this blog, AsianCajuns. Have you heard of it? Neither had I. But that doesn’t mean much because there are a TON of things I haven’t heard of. Anwho, I checked out the blog and fell in love! It’s two twins (gorgeous, btw) and they started their blog in Atlanta. But, the best thing (for me) is that one of them got married and moved with her super genius science man to EDINBURGH!!!!!!! I’m not joking. She actually lives 10 minutes away from me. Well, I did what I do best and imposed myself on her life. Yes, I do that so well, just ask Lauryn Galloway about it (love you Lauryn!). Anyway, we met up at my favorite cafe, Lovecrumbs, and chatted. It was a pleasant surprise at how easy it was hanging out. I get so nervous with these things and worry about first impressions. Not because I’m shy but because I don’t really know how to turn myself down. I can be a bit much sometimes. So, we had some laughs chatting about adjusting to living in the UK and apart from our families and marrying geniuses (genii?) and how blog-stalking is way better than Facebook-stalking (truth). Good times!
So, now I have a new blog to stalk and a new friend/neighbor to hang out with! Yay!
Have any of you made a new friend through the blog-o-sphere?!