I don’t know about you but the past month has exhausted me. From working full time, attempting to blog and vlog every day, buy Christmas presents, go to events and Christmas parties. I feel like I have had a lot on my plate, and that’s a plate without food.
The past couple of days I have started many blogs and stopped because my fingers just didn’t want to write anymore and when my hearts not in it I know it’s not going to be good content.
I scrolled through my Instagram and looked at everything delicious I have eaten this year, and I couldn’t help but feel incredibly lucky that I have tried all of this incredible food and so fortunate to have people around me who have eaten these dishes with me.
So, I have picked a couple of my favourites to show you. Believe it or not this is a shortened list, there was going to be many, many more.
In no particular order…..
Civerinos – meatball pizza.
A pizza I originally did not order myself but tried a slice of my friends and it blew my mind. Now, whenever I head back this is the pizza I order because there is no way I am letting someone else have it without me.
Pizza is so easy to get wrong, but not here. These guys have hit the nail on the head with the meatball pizza, and I can’t wait to have it again
Four & Twenty Blackbirds – chocolate julep pie.
I visited my friend Jess in New York earlier this year and I told her I had to try this place and she made it happen. This slice of pie was heaven on a plate, it was PROPER chocolate and rich and because we were in America it only seemed right to put some thick cream on top. An extreme indulgence that I am happy I was able to experience.
The decor was nothing like how I expected, it was completely humble (pun intended) and very homey. It is a shame I could only try one slice of pie, but New York is a city I love and I’m sure it wont be long until I have another slice.
Salt cafe – eggs benedict.
It is unusual for a restaurant to uphold its standards so well that you receive the same dish every time you go. Salt Cafe does this for me with their eggs benedict. The bacon is perfectly crispy and smokey, the yolks are orange in colour and expertly cooked and the hollandaise is on another level.
I am yet to have a brunch that is better.
Steak Edinburgh – Sunday Roast.
Sunday roasts to me used to be okay cooked meat, tons of gravy veg and a yorkie. A good meal that wasn’t very exciting. This was the opposite.
The meat was cooked outstandingly, the sides were out of this world and the atmosphere was lovely. I just can’t bring myself to call it a sunday roast because it was truly a special occasion.
Tuk Tuk – everything.
I have been here so many times I can’t even tell you what my favourite dish is as this is a place for sharing a bit of everything and there is a lot to choose from. Without fail I have had an incredible curry here.
The one thing that stands out the most for me is the price, serving affordable delicious food is what Tuk Tuk is all about. This is where my friends and I go for a natter and a bottle of wine, having that social aspect on top of some good food is perfection.
Chophouse – fillet steak with peppercorn sauce.
Wow, this was my birthday and I had never been before so I put a lot of trust in this restaurant and they fully pulled through. I spoiled myself with this choice of steak and it did not let me down. Medium rare with a strong peppercorn sauce, I was in steak heaven, it was a huge cut that I never wanted to end.
Grams – avocado on toast.
This is my go-to dish when I am in Grams (which is a lot), the avocado mix is lovely and unlike any other ‘avo on toast’ I have tried and the side of bacon is the salty cherry on top.
El Cartel – Guacamole.
The most simple dish on the menu, and yet for me a stand out. The first time I ordered this particular dish was the first time I have ever tried plantain, I have had it many times since and it is still the only time I have tried it. They are crispy, light and slightly salty and the guacamole with the milk cheese and refreshing pomegranate is so easy to eat you wonder where it has all gone.
Cairngorm Coffee – Mocha.
I know I know, I am ruining a perfectly good coffee by putting a shit ton of chocolate in it, but yano what? I’m fussy about my mocha’s and these guys make a damn good one. I visit the Frederick street branch often and I am always greeted with a smile, and the west end location never fails to amaze me with the decor.
However, what comes down to it is the coffee, from a flat white to a mocha, I’ve never been disappointed in a coffee with Cairngorm.
I began a recommendations page on my blog at the beginning of this year, and I have to say it didn’t change much and I don’t know if this is a good or a bad thing. If you have any recommendations for me I would love to hear them as I am always looking for somewhere new to try out.
This year has been a whirlwind for myself and my blog and every step of the way has been a new lesson. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this far and I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!
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