Anyone who’s paid attention to any of my recent bleatings will know that life has been something of a challenge. It was therefore much appreciated when I took off for a weekend in Edinburgh a few days ago. My wonderful beirdo was due to cycle overnight from Carlisle to Edinburgh, and so I toddled on ahead to the final destination with some luggage and settled in for a weekend of beautiful weather, boozings, and much delicious food.
I’d not visited Edinburgh since around 1998 when I was scouting for a University location, and rather took advantage of my Ma paying train fare to wherever I fancied making a visit. This time I was lucky to enjoy the hospitality of a couple of lovely local folks, and absolutely stuffed my fat face with very tasty grub. Like so…
Bless the staff for bringing me three plates and three forks. I gave it a bloody valiant effort and only stopped when I got down to dry nachos at the bottom. I’d pretty much fasted the whole day in preparation and thank goodness. Top marks for being a filler-upper though obviously not too full for gelato from Affogato.
Tragically the waffles were sold out by the time we arrived early evening, but I enjoyed this chocolate sorbet and maple/pecan cone quite a bit.
The next morning, my beau arrived around 5.30am and (understandably) headed straight for bed. I’d been raving about my delicious nachos on Twitter, and former PPKer Rachel, resident in Edinburgh, noticed I was in the city and kindly offered to accompany me to brunch later that morning. We went to South African cafe and bakery The Caffeine Drip (sadly now closed) where I enjoyed a very satisfying kale smoothie, and a breakfast featuring the best vegan rashers I’ve ever tasted from Sgaia foods. Not pictured is Rachel’s fronch toast with rashers and maple syrup, which she assured me were excellent!
After a tasty brunch, Rachel took me down to Stockbridge Market where vegan chocolatier Consider It was in residence with donuts. At 4 for £9, it seemed rude not to. I also bought a delicious salted caramel bar that was the closest thing to a Cadbury’s Caramel I’ve eaten in nearly 10 years. Would recommend!
That evening I was dining with omnivores, hungry after a 100+ mile overnight bike ride, and so Bread Meats Bread was suggested to me as a possible venue for our dinner. I was super impressed with the range of vegan burgers and went for the chick’n/cheeze/bacon with skin-on chips. More of those tasty rashers!
As Monday rolled around, I started to wonder if I could cram any more foods in, so I enjoyed a light breakfast of toast (and donuts) and we set off for Edinburgh castle on a tremendously hot morning.
After fighting our way through throngs (and throngs) of tourists, we felt that we deserved a nice lunch. We consulted Happy Cow and decided to try out a branch of local posh veggie chain Henderson’s, where we enjoyed some rather fancy haggis with root mash, spinach and whiskey gravy.
Not content to let the face-stuffing end there, and with only hours to go until our train departed for home, we wandered over to Italian vegetarian eaterie Novapizza, whose desserts had been recommended to me by Caroline. With four vegan flavours to choose from, I had a very tasty slice of the peanut butter cheesecake. The vegan pasta menu looked mightily impressive and I’d love to pop back one day and try it out.
All in all, a wonderful weekend, and a devastating return to real life. Getting away was quite a tonic, and has me tremendously excited for our planned trip to Copenhagen in October.
What up, o readers, can you recommend anywhere else in Edinburgh that I MUST try next time?
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