I met Leanne in 2013 when I began my job at Office (the shoe shop), this was one of my favourite jobs purely because of the people I have met and still know to this day.There’s something about working in retail that brings you close to your colleagues, more than likely the fact that we all keep each other sane (you will know what I mean if you have also worked/work in retail).
As you can see we have common interests:
The one thing that stood out for me about Leanne is her sense of humour and very closely after that is her serious love for cheese. When I saw that she had started a food blog I couldn’t have been happier as a combination of humour and a love for food is what I am all about.
So it’s time for you to get to know the fantastic Leanne, have you met…..L’ Appetite Foodie?
Also – Leanne, seriously, when are we going to Pickles? Haha
Why the name ‘L’ Appetite Foodie’?
I’m a big foodie but ironically pretty short so I decided to go with ‘La Petite Foodie’. I grew up in France so I wanted to incorporate a bit of French into my blog name. ‘La Petite Foodie’ was already taken so I was just going to add a couple of letters on the end, as you do, but my little sister gave me the idea of adding in another p which turned it into L’Appetite Foodie’ so it became two names in one.
Describe your blog in three words:
Yummy, funny recommendations.
What made you start blogging?
I needed to justify how often I eat out! Haha, no but really, growing up in the South ofFrance, I’ve always had a massive love for food and I consider myself quite an adventurous eater. My dad has always praised my ability to order the best dish at any restaurant (while he seems to order the worst). My friends and family always ask me for recommendations on where to eat out in Edinburgh, so I thought I really should start blogging about it too!
Why should we follow your blog?
For reviews on all the best places to eat out in Edinburgh! Especially if you, like me, love brunch on the weekends – I’m on a quest to scoop out all the top lunches in Edinburgh. My reviews are far from formal, I like to think that reading my blog is like listening to your pal tell you about their favourite restaurant.
Name your three favourite things about Edinburgh:
THE WEATHER! (Sorry that was a bad joke)
I love the mixture of architecture around the city and the fact that there’s a so much greenery that stops it feeling too much like a city of concrete.
I love how small Edinburgh is. I rarely ever take the bus or drive and really love being able to walk just about anywhere. Plus there’s always plenty to look at while you’re walking about – the views are amazing!
I also love the variety in Edinburgh from the people, to the places, to the food. As someone who grew up around multi-cultural people I really appreciate how Edinburgh celebrates its diversity. Especially around the festival, Edinburgh goes into full celebration mode, it’s hard to find another city like it.
What is your favourite food to eat? Why?
Cheese. Cheese. Cheesy. Anything cheesy. I strongly believe in those theories that cheese is like a drug because I’m addicted. I love a cheese board, a four cheese pizza, piling on the parmesan on my pasta, mac and cheese, raclette, the list goes on. My dream is to eat at one of those restaurants that serve you pasta from a big bowl of cheese. The smellier the cheese the better. Cheese is just so versatile, there are so many different types and so much you can do with it. I could just go on and on about cheese really…
What is your least favourite food to eat? Why?
I pride myself on being an adventurous eater and not at all fussy. I was the kid everyone’s parents loved because I cleared any plate put in front of me even when it was food I wasn’t so keen on. That being said, I of course have least favourites. If you’re a big curry fan you probably won’t see much of that on my blog as I’m really not a fan of Indian food. I don’t think I’ve had an Indian takeaway in years and won’t be planning on getting one in the future – I don’t know what it is they just don’t take my fancy.
Where is your favourite place in Edinburgh to eat and why?
This is the hardest question for me to answer, there are so many places I really love and I’m always looking to find new favourites. I have a few go-to places if I’m having certain cravings though. For pizza it will always be Civerinos it is the only pizza I feel is close to being on par with my high pizza standards that come from growing up in France (you could go as far as calling me a pizza snob). My family and I are big on a weekend lunch outing and at the moment my favourite lunch places are probably The Caffeine Drip (you have to try their milkshakes) and Broughton Deli (where a savoury crepe is a must-eat). I have to throw in the Apiary (or any of their sister restaurants – the Educated Flea and the Three Birds) my family and I have been going here for years, their menus are so unique and they’re not afraid to take risks with flavour combinations.
Where is your favourite place to drink in Edinburgh and why?
You’d usually find me grabbing a drink somewhere cheap but when I like to splash the cash I love some of Edinburgh’s quirky and – apologies for this word – hipster bars like Panda and Sons and Lucky Liquor Co. One of my recent favourites is Hoot the Redeemer on Hanover Street, I didn’t even notice it existed despite the fact that I walk past it on my lunch break on a daily basis. They have an awesome vending machine where you can win your ingredients, amazing alcoholic slushies and even alcoholic ice cream!
Where is your favourite place to have a coffee in Edinburgh and why?
I feel like I’m about to be shunned by the foodie community for saying this but… (sorry I’m a bit nervous to say it)… I hate coffee. I don’t drink it, I don’t like the taste of it, I have no need for it and I’m super sensitive to caffeine. But in my defence I love tea! Can I please still be invited to coffee dates, guys?
That’s not to say I don’t have favourite coffee shop! My favourite coffee shop close to my work is Burr & Co on George Street. Their food is really great and they also have a nice little selection of teas for us non-coffee lovers. Their cheese and ham toasted croissants are so good (and I obviously have pretty high croissant standards as well). And my coffee-drinking pals at work vouch for their coffee too!
You can only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I have to be more specific than cheese then I’d probably have to eat pizza. You can put all kinds of things on pizzas to make them different and unique so you’d never get bored! You can even venture away from the normal tomato sauce base with a white sauce or pesto. But the pizza would have to be stone-baked of course!
What is your biggest food vice?
Not to repeat myself but cheese, I’m the person that just doesn’t say ‘when’ when the waiter grates parmesan on my pasta. I’d also say snacking in general is my biggest vice, in town means anytime I get a break I’m tempted to go grab a chocolate bar or packet of crisps from the shop.
What is your favourite city for food other than Edinburgh? Any recommendations?
Nice! Well the South of France in general. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most restaurants over there. Mediterranean France has the perfect mix of French and Italian food, so you can get an incredible meal whether you fancy seafood, steak or pizza. Plus the wine is so good it makes me not want to drink wine when I get back to the UK. Most of the restaurants in Nice and surrounding cities are independent and a lot of them are the ones I’ve been going to since I first moved there so you’re guaranteed good, fresh food.
Fill in the gaps : If I had to be food I would be …ice cream Because… I’m a little frozen on the outside (got that resting bitch face syndrome) but after some time I melt and I’m pretty sweet.
What are your three favourite social media accounts to follow? (Can be any form of social media)
I’m addicted to ‘Tasty’ videos on Facebook and get a lot of recipes from them (I also get tagged in at least one video a week by a friend), @cheeeezus and whatiateforbreakfast on Instagram.
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