This summer I was up in Edinburgh for the Fringe, and wondering why it’s taken me seventeen years to go. Not only is it one of the coolest cities, the festival is awesome! And we only had to walk out of one act (a bizarre history lesson where they really misunderstood that spoken word doesn’t just mean speaking). From Shit Faced Shakespeare to a play that plunged us into an existential crisis it was the best of creativity.
However – being Scotland – summer isn’t a season that exists up there, meaning my friend (Bee) and I had to take regular coffee breaks to get out of the rain. Luckily for the tastebuds this led us to some fab finds…
The first was one we revisited three times: Hula Juice Cafe. They did the best raw snickers bar, perfectly washed down with some orange ice tea. And when the cold set in their curried chickpea soup accompanied with toasted cheese was the perfect lunch. Not forgetting their cinnamon hot chocolate… take me back!
Our next discovery was a vegan restaurant called Henderson Vegan . An eleven o’clock snack of tea and porridge, what more could you want. It was so tasty that I asked for the recipe: gluten free oats mixed with almond butter, flaxseed, banana and almond milk. Topped in cacao nibs, goji berries, chia seeds and flaked almonds. My friend was won over by the veganism, and it provided my Instagram with the most hashtagable picture:
If you’re looking for a smashing breakfast Broughton Delicatessen is your place. Sadly my photo isn’t doing the giant pancakes justice. The mushroom, avocado, tomato sourdough toast I munched through was, I can confirm, the perfect antidote to when Tesco vodka hits a little too hard the night before…
And for a cheap and delicious supper Ting Thai Caravan hits the spot. Apparently its head chef used to cook for the king of Thailand – on this information we were prepared to queue, and certainly weren’t disappointed!
I am now giving full encouragement and support to Bee’s uni application to Edinburgh: my tummy wants to go back!