My New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year where we promise  that we will become a better version of ourselves. More organised, healthy, less alcohol, more exercise etc. BORING.

If you haven’t guessed by now, diets aren’t for me.

I believe in ‘everything in moderation’. I’ll happily devour a burger or pizza, but I also like to dabble in green smoothies. It’s about listening to your own body and what it wants, because food doesn’t just affect our weight it affects our minds too. You know yourself better than anyone else so do what is right for you not what the next fad tells you to do.

Diets aren’t for me, that’s my own opinion and if you are insulted by that I’m sorry and you are not the only one. Don’t get me wrong, I am not 100% happy with the way I look, who is? But I am also not prepared to cut out the things I love to look good and as much as I hate to disagree with Kate Moss, a lot of things taste better than skinny feels.

Sorry, I will stop rambling now.

So without further ado, here are my New Years resolutions.

Explore what the Edinburgh food scene has to offer. 

Edinburgh is inundated with high quality eateries, and I want to try them all.

Edinburgh’s food scene has grown MASSIVELY over the past year, and I can’t help but feel I have got stuck in my ways regarding food. I keep re-visiting my favourite places instead of actually exploring new restaurants.

So, this year my challenge is to visit a new eatery AT LEAST once a month.

If you have any recommendations of your favourite places to go, leave them in a comment below!

Focus on my food photography. 

Beautiful flowered pastry Photo by @calamaffia

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Jeezo, is it just me or is food becoming more attractive than people?

Wait, that was a really weird thing to say, forget I said that.

Food is all about using your senses, we taste it, hear it (shout out to popping candy), smell it, touch it and yes, see it.

It infuriates me when I can’t get a decent picture of a beautiful dish because I feel like I am letting myself down as well as the creator of the dish. (Yes I care that much). For my own recipes I have been paying a little bit more attention to how the photograph is laid out, but I can’t help but feel that food photography standards are so high nowadays that I’m at the bottom of the tier.

So this year I am going to up my game.

Be more adventurous with alcohol.

The Roast and Toast – A Bourbon and Coffee Cocktail Ingredients 2 oz cold coffee 1.5 oz Bourbon .25 oz orange juice 1.25 oz Amaro 0.5 oz Brulee Liqueur 1 Marshmallow [(Boozy Peppermint Mocha preferred|http://www.gastronomblog.com/2016/12/06/peppermint-mocha-boozy-marshmallows/| Instructions Brew a pot of dark roast coffee and allow to cool. Add bourbon, coffee, orange juice, amaro and brulee to a shaker. Add ice to the shaker. Shake and strain into a large rocks glass. Skewer the marshmallow on a bamboo spear or a cocktail pick. When ready to serve, light the marshmallow on fire with a culinary torch. Before drinking, blow the fire out, and take a bite of the marshmallow along with a sip of your cocktail. Cheers! 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸 🔴If you want to by fantastic 🔝Cocktail 👕 T-SHIRTS and hoodies, Check the link in my bio (profile) ➡ @best_cocktail_ 🌍 International shipping!✈ 💯 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! 🎁 Perfect gift for your family members and friends 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸 📷 from prairiehj on Pinterest 😊 Double Tap & Tag your friend below ⤵

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Yes I have tried dry January, no it was not fun.

I don’t know about you but I am stuck in a rut when it comes to ordering drinks. Its always the same thing over and over again, and as much as they are good it is getting pretty repetitive.

So this year I am going to attempt to try out a wide variety of alcohol, especially brands that are close to home.

Plus yano, alcohol is fun. (Everything in moderation guys)

Travel More. 

SUCH A CLICHE I HATE IT, but it’s true.

I feel like my social media is FILLED with people having the time of their life abroad, so guess what that is no longer going to be you it is going to be me SO THERE. (Hehe)

I want to explore different countries, their food and try and take in as much as possible. I have a couple of holidays on the horizon so I will definitely be paying more attention to what I am consuming and write about it.

Before I saw a holiday as a break, now I’m going to see it as a foodie adventure and I’m not going to shut up about it.

Have you been somewhere with an amazing food scene? Tell me about it I want to go! 

Create more YouTube videos. 

I started creating videos a while ago and lost my buzz due to moving houses (essentially life got in the way and I in turn got lazy), now I am back at it and loving it more than ever.

It has been a big learning curve, I’ve been watching YouTubers and they make it look so easy. For me it’s getting to grips with being comfortable with yourself enough to spraff shite down a camera, it’s kinda fun.

Vlogmas  exhausted me, but no worries I will be more prepared next year…I hope.

FYI, the above picture is from How to Cake It a YouTube channel that consistently blows my mind.

Never say no. 

When fruits meat me 😊 #dancretu #design #art #fruits #meat #food

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If something new, odd or wonderful is offered to me I’m going to take it. In a world where food is crossing over here there and everywhere we never know what the next big thing will be.

2016 brought us multi coloured everything and raindrop cakes, 2017 will only bring us something crazier, and I can’t wait.

What are your New Years resolutions?

Note: my friend Alice made the cake in the main picture. Delicious right?

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3 thoughts on “ My New Years Resolutions

  1. Hi. I have been following your blog for a couple of months. I like it cause you don’t eat the same food each time. Yes perhaps you could expand your review options but i will still read your blog. Having lived in Stockbridge for a number of years itd be good if you could go to some og the oroginals like bells diner, the bailey, hectors and the ping on. Also not in Stockbridge how about spirit of thai or los argentinos? Just suggestions. Look forward to your blogs and happy 2017.

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for the feedback and the suggestions! I think I am going to start a list of everywhere I haven’t been and tick them off by the end of the year, so thank you for starting it off for me! Happy 2017.

  2. I also started following your blog recently and I am really enjoying your reviews! My friends and I started a Food Club this year where we visit a new restaurant each month, it’s been a blast and my favourite has been RiverLife in Dalry. We went on a Friday night and the food and atmosphere are both brilliant. I would recommend Lisbon for food abroad, I visited this year and ate so many amazing meals; I’m desperate to go back already! Happy New Year 🎆

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