Mixtape: May

31.5.14


May Mixtape · via Spotify

I never usually pay any attention to chart music (especially as I am OLD now and hardly ever go out-out) but I love love love this Sharkira song. In fact, I think I just love Shakira. I'm still slightly in shock from discovering she's nearly 40, whaaaat! Anyway, Can't Remember to Forget You has been one of my most-played songs this month, I can't get enough.

Whenever the sun shines (which it has for about 3 days this month) I always get the urge to blast Vampire Weekend as all their songs seem super summery. I like to imagine I'm on a roadtrip adventure through New England - perfect roadtrip music, no? Sadly I am always in Scotland, usually doing something terribly boring like washing the dishes.

I watched Walk the Line earlier in the month and, not only is it one of my favourite films, but it has one of my favourite soundtracks too. I think my favourite song from the soundtrack is Wildwood Flower by Reese Witherspoon (I actually prefer it to the original June Carter version shhhh).

The Raconteurs · Steady as She Goes
Vampire Weekend · Unbelievers
Woods · Moving to the Left
Shakira · Can't Remember to Forget You
Reese Witherspoon · Wildwood Flower
Lana Del Rey · West Coast
Madonna · Frozen
Chuck Ragan · Don't Say a Word
Belle & Sebastian · The Blues are Still Blue
Dry the River · No Rest
Listen to "May" here.

What have you been listening to this month?

Escape For Lunch: Pizza Express

29.5.14

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A couple of weeks ago I headed along to Pizza Express in Morningside with my partner in (food) crime, Laura. I was invited along to try out their new Express Lunch menu and was more than happy to start the weekend early with some pizza and other tasty goodness one Friday lunchtime. The Express Lunch menu is designed to let you treat yourself to something nice, even when you've only got an hour or so for lunch; the portions are also sensibly sized so you don't spend the afternoon in a food coma, and it's all really well priced too. Starting from just £3.45, for the same price as a soggy sandwich and packet of crisps from the supermarket, you can indulge in pizzas, salads, soups or piadinas instead.

After a browse through the menu, we both settled on piadinas; I had the Italian Meat one and Laura opted for the P.L.T. (which she said gets top marks and a very generous seven thumbs up emojis). I had never had a piadina before so was intrigued to find out what it would be like. The outer shell was sort of a cross between ciabatta bread and crispy pizza base, and it was stuffed full of Finocchiona, Milano and Coppa cured meats, slices of fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, rocket, pesto and an olive oil dressing. YUM. This basically took all my favourite bits from an antipasti selection and wrapped them up in a lovely crispy bready pocket. Perfect. Laura's P.L.T. was an Italian take on the classic B.L.T. with crispy pancetta, salad, tomatoes, Gran Moravia cheese and Caesar dressing inside the piadina.

We perused the sides but decided that we both actually rather fancied some pizza... well I couldn't do a Pizza Express review with no pizza now, could I?! The Romanita pizzas on the Express Lunch menu are baby versions of the popular Romana pizzas which have the thin, crispy bases I love. We went for the Pollo ad Astra pizza which came topped with chicken, sweet Peppadew peppers, mozarella, Cajun spices and a drizzle of garlic oil. The pizza was lovely and a great size to share between two people as an indulgent side - and, with the pizzas starting from just £4.95 it's not that much more expensive than the actual sides!

Despite having had pizza and piadinas by this point, we weren't feeling stuffed full. I think this has a lot to do with how fresh the food tastes; there's a lot of emphasis on light, tasty ingredients and you don't feel all full of doughy carbs like you would in certain other pizza restaurants. We still had room for pudding, so we had a look at the dessert menu and chose a banoffee pie and a vanilla cheesecake. I loooove banoffee pie so was very happy with my choice; it had the perfect ratio of cream to toffee to banana to biscuit base, all served alongside some vanilla gelato. Laura happily tucked into her choice of cheesecake too, and we left with clean plates, full tummies and smiley faces. Well done, Pizza Express!

The Express Lunch menu is available at selected Pizza Express restaurants throughout the UK, and I'd definitely suggest finding your nearest one for the next time you need a midday pick-me-up on your lunchbreak!

Gillian x

Outfit: Pretty In Pink

27.5.14

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It's been a while since I last did an outfit post, eh? For the last few months I've pretty much been wearing the same 4 or 5 dresses on rotation but, with summer finally starting to make an appearance, it's high time I had a bit of a wardrobe refresh. This Natalia Dress from French Connection is definitely the brightest dress I own; I love this neon coral-pink shade and it's perfect for summer. I'm usually very anti-bare-legs, even in the height of summer (although, to be fair, in Scotland the weather is rarely hot enough to warrant removing the black tights anyway), but I like that this dress is a bit longer than most highstreet skater dress offerings. It's not quite a midi, but definitely long enough to cover up my scabby knees. Seriously, at the moment I'm covered in cuts, scratches, burns, scrapes, bruises... I evidently have the motor skills of a small child. Anyway, I have a couple of lovely French Connection dresses now and they're always great quality, I've got my eye on a few more that I'd like to add to my wardrobe.

I loved the big, full, swishy skirt on this dress (and it has pockets!!) so I decided to keep the '50s theme going with a denim shirt tied at the waist. I've had this H&M shirt for a few years now and, truth be told, it's a bit small for me now. In fact, I don't think it ever fitted properly, but I was too lazy to return it. Instead of wearing it like an actual shirt, lately I've been wearing it on top of skater dresses like this as something in between a cardigan and a jacket. Perfect with a pretty dress, some Wayfarer style sunspecs and wedge sandals for a put-together outfit that actually requires no effort.

I went shopping last week and got a couple of new jewellery bits and pieces from New Look. Sadly neither the set of rings or necklace seem to be available online, but hopefully they'll still be in store if you fancy getting your paws on some. I really love the little pop of neon pink in the necklace, and it matches this dress perfectly. I've always been a big fan of necklaces on long chains, but lately I've been buying lots more of the short/statementy kind of necklaces. This one was nice and cheap - just over a fiver - so I think I'll have to go back to New Look and see if I can find any more bargain ones for my jewellery box.

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #126

25.5.14

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1.New Viktor & Rolf BonBon perfume 2.Romeo & Juliet with the Scottish Ballet 3.Dinner party essentials 4.Burgers at Sygn 5.New Town 6.Duvet day

Despite feeling raaaather fragile just now thanks to several bottles of wine last night, I'm quite glad I can use my hangover as an excuse to stay in bed all day. The weather just now is pretty stormy - a somewhat biblical rainfall is happening as I type this - but there's nothing I love more than watching the rain from the comfort of my cosy bed. An evening of films and (no doubt) a takeaway is definitely in order.

This week has been quite a busy one with lots of socialising and blogging events to go to. On Wednesday I went along with some other blogging chums to see the Scottish Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet, which was rather lovely indeed. Have a little read of Friday's Things To Do In Edinburgh post for some more about the ballet. Before the performance, we had a Q&A session with two of the dancers, Bethany Garner Kingsley and Claire Robertson, and it was really interesting to hear some behind-the-scenes stories. Unfortunately Romeo & Juliet has finished its tour now, but there are plenty more Scottish Ballet shows coming up later in the year and I'd definitely recommend going to see one.

On Friday evening I headed round to my friends' new flat (well, I say new but they've lived there for a few months... I just hadn't got round to visiting yet!) for a wee dinner party. I brought round a bottle of wine and a bunch of flowers (such a grown up!) and was treated to a baked camembert followed by a homemade rogan josh curry. Yum yum yum. Lots of catching up was done before watching a little bit of Gogglebox, then I headed home before I could eat too many chocolate biscuits.

I got up bright and early on Saturday (okay, not that bright and early, it was 12 o'clock) to meet Lauren for lunch. Lauren was up in Edinburgh this weekend to visit her boyfriend, but OBVIOUSLY her number one priority was eating burgers with me. We went to Sygn and ordered ourselves some lunchtime cocktails and massive burgers, whilst catching up on all the blogger gossip. The menu claimed Sygn had the best burgers in Edinbugh, and while I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to give out that accolade quite yet, they're definitely in the top few. Those chips! We both decided to finish off with a boozy milkshake for pudding, but weren't very impressed with these. Far too thin and milky (I know, it's a MILKshake but..!) and nowhere near enough frothy ice cream. Next time I'll be sticking to the normal cocktails (and the food!) as they were excellent. After wandering home, I had a wee while to nurse my food baby before Laura and Lynne came round for an evening of drinks, chat and rather a lot of noughties music videos. Much wine was consumed, resulting in sore heads the next morning, and that brings us back to present day.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Things To Do In Edinburgh

23.5.14

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Got some spare time this weekend and stuck for ideas of what to do? Never fear, I'm here to help! Here are a few things I've been doing lately that are well worth a look. Don't forget to check out my Edinburgh category for even more recommendations.

Scottish Ballet's Romeo & Juliet
Going to the theatre is something I always mean to do more often, so when I got the chance to go see Scottish Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet at the Festival Theatre I was more than happy to oblige. The show was beautiful and mesmerising, and the two hours seemed to be over in a flash. This is the second Scottish Ballet production I've been to (the first being Hansel & Gretel) and, as always, the dancing was flawless (yeah, I'll just pretend I'm an expert at ballet dancing...), the costumes were beautiful and the score set it all off perfectly. Romeo & Juliet is only on until tomorrow (Saturday 24th, details here) so be quick! If you miss out this time, be sure to keep an eye out for future Scottish Ballet productions; The Crucible, The Nutcracker and another tour of the much-loved A Streetcar Named Desire are all in the works.

Street of Sorrows at the Edinburgh Dungeon
A couple of months ago I was invited along to a press preview of The Edinburgh Dungeon's brand new show, Street of Sorrows. Having never been to the Dungeon before, I was intrigued, scared and excited in equal measure. I was worried that the tour might be a bit gimmicky, but I actually really enjoyed it and the actors did a fantastic job of keeping you entertained. I also found it a bit more "jumpy" rather than "petrifyingly scary", which was fine by me! There are various stops on the tour including a pitch-black boat ride, Sawney Bean's cave, Robert Knox's anatomy theatre, a graveyard with Burke and Hare and the newest addition, the 17th century plague-ridden Street of Sorrows.

Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle
Now this might seem like bit of a strange one, but bear with me. If you're visiting Edinburgh, the Castle will probably be one of your first stops and I would urge you to make sure you take a look at the Scottish National War Memorial. I did my Masters dissertation on war memorials of the First World War, and ever since then I can't help but notice memorials wherever I go. The SNWM is such an atmospheric building and I couldn't help but feel a little teary eyed when I wandered round. There are also some carvings dedicated to the memory of the animals who "served" during the war and lost their lives which is just the loveliest thing. The National War Museum is also located within Edinburgh Castle and I really, really want to go and see the Next of Kin exhibition. It's on my to-do list!

Gelato at Mary's Milk Bar
It finally seems to be (sort of) summer in Edinburgh, which means ice cream and sweet treats from Mary's Milk Bar are on the cards. This lovely little shop in the Grassmarket serves the freshest, tastiest gelato with the flavours changing daily. As well as more traditional flavours like vanilla or chocolate, there are also more adventurous options like Baked Figs, Earl Grey Tea & Honey, Salted Caramel or Violet & Dark Chocolate. Make sure to keep up to date on Twitter to find out the day's specials. If you don't fancy a couple of scoops of ice cream (erm, why not?), you can also pick your favourite flavour and turn it into a milkshake instead. YUM. Perfect for enjoying in the sunshine.

Gillian x

Introducing: Gloworm Drinks

20.5.14

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If you've read my blog for more than, oh I don't know, 4 minutes, you'll know I love a good drink. So when I was invited along to 56 North a couple of weeks ago to try out a brand new premium mixer, I was very intrigued. Gloworm encourages you to "rethink your drink" and try out a new mixer which perfectly matches your favourite spirit. As a die hard vodka & lemonade girl (well, that's a huge lie, I'll drink anything), I was curious to find out whether Gloworm would be good enough to encourage me to order something different next time I'm at a bar.

To cut a long story short: yes, they definitely are good enough! I must admit, I didn't have hugely high expectations before trying Gloworm because a mixer is a mixer - surely there is only so much you can do with it? But Gloworm have somehow created the perfect drink that's not too sweet or too tart, not too strongly flavoured or too boring. Gloworm comes in four flavours, each of which is specifically designed to work well with a particular spirit. Raspberry & Orris is the perfect accompaniment to vodka; Pear, Spice and Lime goes well with rum; Cucumber and Apple is the ideal partner for gin; and Ginger & Lemongrass mixes brilliantly with bourbon. I had a sample of each of the flavours and can confirm that they do indeed match very well with their chosen spirits! The mixers feel grown up and refined, but are very, very drinkable and only slightly more expensive than standard mixers so would suit all tastes and budgets.

But, as Gloworm say, part of the whole idea behind "rethink your drink" is to get you to experiment with different spirits, mixers and combinations that you wouldn't normally try. Even though each of the Gloworm mixers is designed for a specific spirit, they all work equally well with other spirits and also in cocktails to blend together even more flavours. The bartenders at 56 North kindly knocked up a few different cocktails for us to try using the Gloworm mixers; one of my favourites was a very summery cucumber, apple, lime and gin concoction, despite not usually being a fan of gin. It just goes to show, it's worth rethinking your drink - normally I wouldn't go anywhere near gin (probably because I associate it with tonic water which I HATE), but this ended up being one of my favourite drinks of the night. I think a premium mixer like this is a great idea as it compliments rather than overpowers the flavour of the spirit - just like you wouldn't cook a fillet steak and smother it in ketchup, why should you have a good quality gin or vodka and then drown it in boring draught lemonade?

Overall, I was very impressed with Gloworm and I'll definitely be ordering it next time I spot it whilst I'm out. Gloworm is available exclusively in bars, so you won't be able to buy it from the supermarket - but this will make it even more of a treat when you do go out! The mixers are sugar-free and taurine-free and, despite having a little bit of added stimulation (ooh err), they have considerably less caffeine than other energy drinks so they won't keep you awake all night. Plus they taste great, which is the most important thing!

Have you tried Gloworm Drinks yet?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #125

18.5.14

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1.Lush Buchanan Street opening party 2.Lush bath bombs 3.Tidy flat, for once 4.Roses 5.Rekorderlig in the beer garden 6.Dinner at The Blackbird 7.More Lush goodies 8.McBusted

Och, what a lovely wee sunny Sunday it is today. Having spent this week clearing out my wardrobe (2 bags for the bin, 1 bag for the charity shop and a huge pile for Ebay, oh maaannn) I was planning to go into town today and get some summery clothes for my (slightly) emptier wardrobe. But I don't think I can really be bothered any more, online order it is! Instead I'm going to spend the day lazing around with the windows wide open, listening to summery tunes and catching up with blogs and Pinterest. Perf.

On Friday evening I headed through to Glasgow for the launch night of the brand new Lush store. Located just across the street from the old shop, the new Buchanan Street Lush is bigger and better laid out than the old one meaning it's much easier to have a browse and discover new products. There's also a treatment room in the new store which can also be used for wee private parties and events. During the evening, we had a wander round the new store and found out about the Gorilla Perfumes, the Lush makeup range and lots more. Some people even had a go at making their own bath bombs! If you're in Glasgow doing some shopping, I'd definitely recommend stopping by the new Lush store as it's full to the brim with old favourites and new products alike.

After the Lush event, a few of us wandered along to Princes Square for dinner at NY American Grill. The food came highly recommended by Roisin, and she wasn't wrong! I had a Big Devil Burger which was nice and spicy and full of melted cheese and pickles, yummm. We had a pretty long wait for our food unfortunately, but the restaurant has only been open for about a week so I guess they're still working things out! Plus the staff were lovely and knocked quite a bit off our bill for the wait, so I'd definitely go back another time to sample some more of the menu (and cocktail menu!). The main reason we were getting antsy about the time was because we had important places to be... McBusted!! We arrived at the Hydro just in time for the set to start and spent the next couple of hours singing along at the top of our lungs to songs I didn't even know I remembered the lyrics to. Such fun! I really need to make the effort to go to gigs more often, used to be my number one hobby when I was at school but could probably count the gigs I've been to in the past 5 years on one hand.

The rest of this week has been fairly uneventful, save for an impromptu Wednesday evening trip to The Blackbird with Laura. I think it's about time I got round to doing a full post on The Blackbird as I seem to mention it every other week! We sat in the beer garden sipping cider before retreating back inside for some food. We decided to go for a big selection of sides to share between us, and they were goooood. Chips, mac and cheese, onion rings, mini burgers - what more could you want?

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Edinburgh: Clerk's Bar

16.5.14

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So Clerk's Bar has only been open for a month or two and I've already been in for dinner three times, so I think it's safe to say it's one of my new favourites. Last week I was invited along to the Clerk's Bash official launch party, and the promise of food and drinks and hanging out with my blogger pals was more than enough to make me RSVP a big fat "yes". Clerk's are known for their slow smoked menu, craft beers and sport (okay, I'll admit - I have no interest in the last one, but luckily Clerk's doesn't feel like a tacky "sports bar").

After we made our way downstairs and settled ourselves at a table, we began tucking into some prosecco and nachos (an excellent combination, I must say). I really loved these nachos as they were made from real tortillas which had been home-cooked, rather than just a bag of Doritos. We also shared some chicken wings as a starter, and both nachos and chicken wings would be great snacky things to share if you were out for a few drinks with your pals. After another round of drinks and a wee rest, we moved onto the main event: the meaty sharing platter. And oh what an event it was - the photo really doesn't do it justice! The platter included half a smoked chicken, half a rack of babyback ribs, a mini mountain of pulled pork, a couple pieces of corn on the cob and, of course, some chips. Amazing! Iona and I did our best to work our way through it all but sadly we were defeated. At £15, this platter is great value for money as there was so much food - enough to feed three or four people! If you don't fancy opting for a platter, each of the components are available on their own too.

After that, we thought we were done with food and moved onto the drinks. Clerk's have an extensive craft beer menu so we did some beer tasting. I must admit I can't remember exactly which beers I tasted (by this point quite a lot of wine had already been consumed) but I definitely remember some Fraoch (heather ale, nice!) and some Ka Pai (tropical-y flavours, also nice!). I'm not usually a huge beer drinker, but I have got a bit more into craft beers lately and it's especially helpful when you have friendly and knowledgeable staff to point you in the direction of ones you might like.

Aaaand then it was time for food round two (or three? maybe four?) and something AMAZING happened. Two words for you: macaroni slider. Oh my lord. Basically, breaded macaroni and cheese inside a burger bun. It was one of the best things I've eaten all year, and I don't think that was just all the booze talking. Yum yum yum! We also had some regular beef burger sliders and hot dogs which were equally tasty. On previous visits to Clerk's I've had the Pulled Pork & Chilli Con Queso Hot Dog and the Monterey Jack Cheese Burger, and both times I was really impressed. The food is all reasonably priced, tasty and hits the spot when you fancy some smokey-barbecue-American-style-stuff.

I'd definitely recommend a wee trip to Clerk's if you're after a relaxed pub for drinks, some tasty food to share with pals and great service from the staff (thanks for putting up with us after we'd spent FAR more drinks tokens than we should have been allowed, let's pretend no sambuca was consumed that night!).

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #124

11.5.14

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1.It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia marathons 2.New makeup face 3.Burgers and cocktails at Candy Bar 4.Graduation Ball Throwback Thursday 5.Drinks at Clerk's Bar on Thursday evening 6.And a much needed Irn Bru on Friday morning

It seems all I ever talk about in my Sunday Summaries is food and drink, but let's be honest, those are definitely the best things in life. On Monday evening I headed along to Tigerlily for some drinks to celebrate my pal's birthday. I think the last time I saw her was almost a year ago, so a catch up was well and truly in order! After a few drinks there, we all headed next door to Candy Bar for more cocktails and some food. I, of course, opted for a burger. I know, I know, I have an addicccccttttionnnnn I need help. It was all a very civilised affair (unlike birthdays past - I'm looking at you skittles vodka incident of 2010) and I was home and tucked up in bed by 11 o'clock.

The same cannot be said for Thursday evening's dinner and drinks, however. I was invited along to the launch party of Clerk's Bar along with some of my blogger chums, and we were looking forward to a few drinks and nibbles. I had already been into Clerk's a couple of times before, so I knew it was going to be good. We were thoroughly spoilt with plates and plates of amazing food and endless top ups of wine and beer and cider and at one point there was even sambuca and jagerbombs involved. So much for dinner and a couple of drinks then home early for work the next day! Everyone else was fairly sensible and went home at various points throughout the evening, but Laura, Iona and I stayed to the bitter end, spending every last drinks token we could get our mitts on. Thanks Clerk's, you really were TOO good to us! I think the less said about the rest of the night the better, but let's just say that Irn Bru was very necessary the next morning. Stay tuned for a full post about Clerk's soon.

Apart from that, I've just been busy at work. The website has had a wee makeover (and a new logo designed by yours truly!), and we're busy organising a few pretty exciting things behind the scenes at the moment. Can't wait to announce it all, keep your eyes peeled on the Madefromscotland Twitter and Facebook for updates!

I've got a flat inspection next week so this weekend I've been attempting to properly clean the flat. It took me ALL DAY yesterday to clean my bedroom, and it doesn't even look any tidier but somehow I managed to throw out two big binbags worth of stuff?! Once I've finished tidying the rest of the flat, I think the next job will be Ebaying lots and lots of clothes as I can no longer fit everything in my wardrobe.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x

Would Like to Meat: TGI Friday's

7.5.14

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What's this, another post all about food and cocktails? Don't say I'm not good to you! Last week I was invited through to the Glasgow Buchanan Street branch of TGI Friday's to try out their new burger menu. The invite promised an evening of mysterious meaty romance which sounded right up my street. The basic idea was that we were on a "burger blind date": rather than a traditional menu, we were given a list of contestants' descriptions and had to choose our burger based on the description which sounded like our perfect date.

After settling down with some cocktails (look at the SIZE of that Bubblegum Daquiri!) we perused the menu and had a chuckle at the cheeky descriptions which Cilla Black herself would have been proud of. I eventually settled on Contestant #4 who described himself (?) as follows:

I'm not telling porkies when I say this. I like my flames how I like my dates - red hot, dangerous and naked. Pick me and you've pulled.

Yep, that sounds about right. I was fairly confident that this burger would include pulled pork, and I wasn't left disappointed. It turned out to be the BBQ Pulled Pork Burger from the new hand-crafted burger menu. Served up in a brioche bun, the beef burger came topped with BBQ pulled pork, pickled red onions, Colby cheese and Mesquite & Hickory BBQ sauce. YUM. Well done Gillian, you might not know how to pick a man-date but your burger-date skills are top notch. I never really have high expectations for chain restaurants, but this was honestly one of the best burgers I've had in ages. I loved how saucy (wink wink) the pulled pork was; sometimes it can end up being a bit dry, but TGI Friday's pulled pork was smothered in delicious barbecue sauce to keep it nice and juicy. Everyone else at the table agreed that TGI's are on to a winner with their burgers. Kirsty and Laura went for the French Dip Burger which came with gravy (!!), melted cheese and garlic mayo, and Lynne and Iona opted for the Friday's Double Glazed Jack Daniel's Burger with a sweet and smoky glaze, Monterey Jack cheese, candied bacon and the infamous Jack Daniel's sauce.

As always, the cocktails were sweet and boozy which is more than enough to keep me happy. I had a Southern Comfort based cocktail along with my burger to keep the American theme going, opting for the Paradise Punch which mixed together Southern Comfort, amaretto, vodka and grenadine along with pineapple, orange and lime juice.

I really loved TGI's new burger menu and would definitely recommend trying it out. I'm looking forward to the Edinburgh branch re-opening, that'll be yet another burger haunt to add to my ever-growing list!

Have you tried any of TGI Friday's new burgers yet?

Gillian x

Cocktail Hour: Raspberry Moscow Mule

5.5.14

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Ahhh, is there anything better on a sunny afternoon than an ice cold cocktail? You might have noticed a bottle of Crabbie's Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer in my recent post about Degustabox, and I thought I'd be creative and make a cocktail with it rather than just drinking it straight from the fridge. I decided to go for a simple Moscow Mule recipe, updated slightly with the addition of the raspberry flavoured ginger beer and some fresh raspberries for good measure too. This cocktail is nice and fruity without being too sickly so it's perfect for an easy, refreshing summer drink.

You Will Need (Serves 1)
35ml vodka
250ml (approx) Crabbie's Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer*
25ml lime juice
2 lime wedges
4-5 raspberries
Ice cubes

Method
1. Add 4 or 5 ice cubes to a highball glass, and add in one measure of vodka.
2. Squeeze the juice of half a lime (approximately 25ml) into the glass.
3. Drop in a couple of lime wedges and a handful of fresh raspberries, and give everything a quick stir.
4. Top up the glass with the Crabbie's Raspberry Alcoholic Ginger Beer. I used around half of a 500ml bottle for each cocktail.
5. Drink!

Super simple, super tasty. Crabbie's also do a Strawberry & Lime version of their ginger beer which I'm sure would be equally nice in this Moscow Mule style cocktail. Thanks for the treat Degustabox, I'm sure I'll be drinking lots more of these Crabbie's cocktails over the summer months!

Have you tried Crabbie's Raspberry Ginger Beer before?

Gillian x

Sunday Summary #123

4.5.14

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1.Fargo + popcorn 2.Gloworm cocktails at 56 North 3.Cherry blossom in the Meadows 4.On Wednesdays we wear pink 5.Cocktails at TGI Friday's 6.Burger blind date 7.Lunch at Pizza Express 8.Edinburgh Farmers Market 9.Farmer Market food haul 10.Signs

This seems to have been a pretty busy week, filled with the two things I do best: eating and drinking. It all started off on Monday evening with a stroll through the Meadows over to 56 North for an introduction to the brand new Gloworm Drinks. I'll have a full blog post coming up soon so keep your eyes peeled for that. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the Gloworm Drinks mixers were, and of course I couldn't say no to trying out some Gloworm cocktails too! After the event, Kirsty, Lynne and I headed to Bar Kohl for some burgers to soak up the booze.

Nothing exciting to report from Tuesday and Wednesday, but on Thursday it was time for another event. This time it was a "burger blind date" at TGI Friday's through in Glasgow. We were given a menu with cheeky Cilla Black Blind Date style descriptions, and had to choose our burger based on which one sounded like the best match. I went for a pulled pork creation which was deeeelish (and of course washed it down with a couple of cocktails). If you're a fan of burgers and cocktails (of course you are), watch out for a post on this too! Despite the cocktails, and a few more drinks at Wetherspoons before the last train home, I was feeling fairly bright and breezy when I got up for work on Friday morning. I was starting to flag by lunchtime, but never fear, Laura and I took a trip to Pizza Express to try out their new lunch menu which perked me up. Yummmm. If only I could have pizza for lunch every day!

Instead of lying in bed all day on Saturday, I set my alarm and got up early for a visit to the Edinburgh Farmers Market with Laura. I've been wanting to go for yeeeaars, but getting out of bed early on a Saturday is not one of my strong points. Having made plans to meet Laura, however, forced me to get out of bed instead of going back to sleep and telling myself "I'll just go next week instead". I had such a nice wee morning strolling around the market, feeling like a grown up, and buying lots of food. As well as all of the stuff I bought in the picture above, we also had sausages in a roll for breakfast, followed by a Nutella crepe for afters. Nice! In the afternoon we went for a little jaunt into town and had a wander round some shops. I bought a couple of makeup bits and pieces, and also nabbed myself quite a few samples too. One of which was the new Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Perfume. OMG IT IS SO GOOD. Perfume is one thing I hate spending money on (I don't know why, I'd happily spend £30 on a foundation and not even think twice), but I think I'll have to make an exception for this one.

What have you been up to this week?

Gillian x