Wandering Around Edinburgh at Christmas

I love Edinburgh. It is one of the three cities where I could see myself living in the future. I got to spend three days wandering and doing exactly what I wanted and it was fantastic! This is going to be a fairly long post as I am putting everything into one!

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The Christmas Market was on and was fun to wander through each day.

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I enjoyed some Original Edinburgh Mead in the Highland Market 🙂

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And then apple strudel in the German Christmas Market 🙂

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I used Shauna’s recommendations for places to visit in Edinburgh 🙂

Adventures in Coffee… Lovecrumbs

I walked over to this cafe intending to have coffee and cake, but when I arrived I really didn’t fancy anything sweet, so just went for a long black coffee, which was nice and strong. The cakes looked amazing and I’m sad I didn’t get one, but I enjoyed the coffee.

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Adventures in Tea and Food… Eteaket

I focused my first day in the city on shopping. I still had a few presents to buy and this was my last chance. I stumbled across Eteaket while shopping and am so glad I did. I went for the Awesome Assam tea, which I intend to order online as well as take part in there Tea Club! I then went for the soup and sandwich combo for lunch – spicy tomato noodle soup and a houmous and feta sandwich (totally stealing this idea for at home!).

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Adventures in Coffee.. Brew Lab

I woke up my second day to rain so turned it into a coffee tour of the city. I found this Brew Lab using the Edinburgh’s Coffee Lovers blog and the map they have created off all the coffee shops in the city – AMAZING! I fell in love with this place as soon as I walked in the door. It is rustic and cosy. The staff were lovely and helpful and recommended a coffee to try. A long black coffee of their espresso blend after talking through the types of coffee I like. I found a comfy armchair with it’s own shelf to sit and enjoy my drink. I also just found out they use Has Bean Roasters, which is the coffee subscription i am saving up to get next year 🙂

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Adventures in Food… Peter’s Yard

I went in search of Peter’s Yard for lunch and was so happy I did. I found a modern and open cafe with a wonderful selection of lunch items and sweet treats. I went for the brie and goat’s cheese on olive bread. It was super yum.

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Adventures in Coffee… Wellington Coffee

I then wandered after lunch in search of a Christmas present for my dad and a birthday present for my mum – the most difficult people to buy for. I wasn’t planning on grabbing another coffee, but stumbled across Wellington Coffee and remembered it was mention on the Edinburgh’s Coffee Lovers blog so went inside to warm up. It’s a tiny place, but perfect for a one cup stop to warm up. I had a flat white, which was nice and strong, but the milk made it nice and smooth (I think it was whole milk as I didn’t specify skinny). I was sat right by the counter and kept staring at the homemade scones, but held back because I was planning on heading elsewhere for my afternoon sweet treat.

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Adventures in Food and Tea… Cuckoo’s Bakery

This was where I was heading and it was worth the walk! It is a lovely bakery, tea/coffee shop set back out of the city centre. I headed there on Shauna’s recommendation for a cupcake – I went for the black forest one!

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I also had cherry almond tea, which complemented the cupcake nicely. If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it. They do a variety of lunch items as well as a wide selection of cupcakes.IMG_2143

I really enjoyed my trip away from everything. I enjoy heading off on my own every now and again as it feels like a proper break away from all the normal things at home. It was my chance to do exactly what I wanted and I did!

Adventures in Food… Centotre

My last stop before heading home was the lovely Centotre, an italian resturant for breakfast with the lovely Shauna from the The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl and Up & Running! We had breakfast of poached eggs with toast and it was great. I really want to learn to poach an egg. I currently use little poachet pouches, but I would love to be able to do them without. I’m going to check in with Shauna next year to see if she has mastered it. I also had some great coffee and also the orange juice was amazing!

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This made my trip. Shuana’s blog was the first blog I ever started reading and have kept reading because I love how real she is. Also so warm, funny and honest in person. I definitely had a fangirl moment or two 😉 We talked about quite a few different things, but eating was the main topic. I’ve been following Shauna and Juila’s Happy and Mindful plan for December and have found it honest and insightful. Not a single calorie of point in sight, just three meals a day and being aware of choices. It was interesting talking to Shauna about triggers and emotional eating as I find it is not simple for me. I can eat too much when I am happy and celebrating, sad, feeling lonely or just feeling too much and can’t cope. The only time I don’t eat is when I feel anxious and I have also moved away from angry eating and instead heading up the gym to lift from heavy weights. Learning new ways to cope and deal with unsettling emotions is going to be my way forward. But also to accept that I might never not use food to cope and understand that is okay and not beat myself up.

It was great to be able to talk to someone else who has similar experiences with food without feeling judged or a burden, just understanding and talking about ideas for change. Thank you Shauna I really enjoyed meeting you and exploring Edinburgh 🙂

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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