Sunday Summary #87

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1.Hot Dub Time Machine 2&3.Ninety-nine red balloons 4.Breaking Bad 5.Dinner at Candy Bar 6.Mary’s Milk Bar 7.Cocktails at The Blackbird 8.Best party ever 9.Spicy beef salad at Ting Thai

I thought that now I’m done with university, I’d get a bit of peace and quiet and time to relax, but this week seems to have been busier than ever. Luckily it has mostly been busy with good things like eating, drinking and catching up with my pals, so I can’t complain too much! On Wednesday I met up with some of my favourite blogging ladies for a bit of festival fun, although as it turned out our plans to go and see a show didn’t quite work out and we just spent the evening drinking cocktails and chatting, which is what we do best anyway! We went along to Candy Bar for what we thought was going to be a quick bite to eat, but the service was sssoooo ssssloooowww we ended up just staying there all evening. I usually like Candy Bar as it’s nice and cheap and the cocktails are good, but almost an hour to get served our first drink was a little bit ridiculous! But we managed to survive and eventually got our food, and then another very slow round of drinks followed by an even slower dessert. Nonetheless, I had a lovely evening catching up with some of my faves and can’t wait to see everyone again soon.

My best pal is up staying with me for the week, so on Thursday we had a bit of a day out. After a quick mooch around Bristo Square and collecting some festival tickets for later, our first stop was Mary’s Milk Bar in the Grassmarket. I’ve heard quite a few people recommending this place, so couldn’t wait to go and sample some of the gelato. I opted for a milk chocolate and orange milkshake, which was every bit as good as it sounds! There were lots of different, unusual flavours which change regularly, so I think I’ll have to keep going back to try them all out. After heading back to the flat to finish our milkshakes and watch a bit of Pointless (of course), it was time to get ready for dinner. We met up with another friend and went to Three Birds in Bruntsfield. None of us had been before, but glad we stumbled across it whilst googling for somewhere new to go as it was lovely. The restaurant is quite small and cosy with a rustic, homely feel and the food was so good – I had scallops with spiced lentil dahl for a starter and then chicken stuffed with ham hock and cream cheese with smoky potato salad for my main. Yummmm. On the way home, we stopped off at The Blackbird for some cocktails. I’ve been meaning to come here for ages as it’s just a couple of minutes away from the flat, and I’ve heard lots of good things about it. The cocktail menu was pretty big so it took me a while to decide what to order, but I finally settled on a cocktail called the Knickerbocker which was nice and fruity, and as I was reclining on a sofa sipping my drink, The Shins were playing – what’s not to love?! I think The Blackbird will definitely become my new local! After that, we headed home for some very lethal homemade cocktails whilst getting ready for Hot Dub Time Machine. It’s a sort of nightclub/party thing that’s here for the festival and the basic idea is that the DJ plays a song from each year from 1954 to the present, and it was AMAZING. I remember getting particularly excited during the 1980s section, although I can’t actually remember what any of the songs were apart from 99 Red Balloons because of the (literally) hundreds of photos of the balloons I took on my phone hahaaa. It was held in the McEwan Hall, so it was pretty surreal to be dancing away merrily in the same place I graduated from last summer and had loads of exams in throughout my time at university.

Needless to say, as none of us can remember 90% of the songs that were played on Thursday night, Friday was a complete an utter write-off. I didn’t get out of bed at all, and spent the entire day feeling sorry for myself and watching virtually a whole 24-episode series of Modern Family. Quite and achievement, I’d say. We were supposed to be going out again on Saturday night, but were still feeling preeeetty fragile yesterday so had to postpone it for tonight instead. Whatever happened to the days when I used to go out 5 nights a week and be absolutely fine, I’m so oooooold! Although we didn’t make it out again last night, we did manage a late lunch at the pop-up restaurant Ting Thai followed by a catch-up with another pal. We had thought about going to see a show or something in the evening, but in the end we decided it was probably safer to go home for a nap and a takeaway, how pathetic!

So, looks like I’ll be off out again tonight – definitely going to avoid the very strong homemade cocktails this time. I’m shuddering at the mere thought of melon schnapps, BOKE. We’re probably going to go out for dinner again tonight as I can’t be bothered cooking – we were thinking of either Bar Soba or Sygn, or have you got any other recommendations? Hopefully I won’t have another 2 day hangover this time, as on Tuesday I’m working through in Glasgow again, then on Wednesday Morag is coming through and we’re going to a gig and then out afterwards. Phewwww, it’s nice to have a busy social life again after months of being buried under dissertation notes!

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Gillian

Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

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