Weekend Brunch

I think everyone should add – eat more brunch – to their list of resolutions this year. I definitely got my fix this weekend whilst through in Edinburgh. The city has an abundance of lovely places to eat, especially when it comes to brunch, so there are loads of different options.

On Saturday morning we decided to head to Montpeliers, situated in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield. Montpeliers has the perfect atmosphere for a chilled morning brunch along with amazing food and service. Both starting with a refreshing mint tea, I then went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup whilst Michael opted for the potato stack with black pudding, haggis, bacon and homemade potato scones with a fried egg. Yumm. We were both very impressed and will definitely be back!IMG_335512401010_10205828170358598_8801874082359646664_nIMG_3351IMG_3358IMG_3360IMG_3359

When it came to Sunday morning, it was dark, cold and snowy so we felt we deserved a nice filling meal by going for yes, another brunch. This time we went to TriBeCa, a restaurant I have been familiar with in Glasgow, which has fairly recently expanded itself, opening a restaurant in Edinburgh. Also situated within Bruntsfield, TriBeCa has a completely different felt to that of Montpeliers. The restaurant is themed on all things New York with a menu aiming to reflect that. We lucky arrived just as a table were leaving so were seated pretty quickly however a que quickly formed out the door shortly after. The restaurant was packed with a buzzing atmosphere, not everyone’s cup of tea on a Sunday morning but I enjoyed it. When it came to ordering there was so much option it took us a while to decide. I opted for the Varick Breakfast which came with french toast, bacon, sausages, hash browns and eggs (I’ve never been a great egg fan so they were slid to Michael’s plate). He went for the Eggs Benedict, also adding bacon, sausage and hash browns. Its safe to say we were full for pretty much all day, the portion sizes are massive! Again we were both very happy with our meals and although not managing to finish it all, were fully satisfied. If your in need of a good feed then this is your place!IMG_3427IMG_3401IMG_3402IMG_3408IMG_3416IMG_3418

I will need to stop writing now as this is making me hungry but if your looking for a good brunch in Edinburgh I would definitely recommend either of these places. No doubt we will be back at both again soon.

… Diet starts tomorrow …

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A Weekend In Dublin

Ireland has always been a place I have wanted to visit so buying flights to Dublin for my boyfriends birthday seemed like the perfect excuse! We only had three days there but made the most of it!IMG_2895

We spent the majority of the weekend exploring, eating and shopping, which was perfect. On our first day we took a trip to the Guinness Storehouse, a must see for anyone going to visit Dublin! As much as I wanted to love it, Guinness just isn’t for me but I still had a great time going around the factory, learning how Guinness is made and even got to pour my own pint!

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IMG_2955After the tour, Michael paid for us to get a horse and cart back into the centre of town, which was amazing! Definitely something you don’t get to do in Glasgow. The town looked beautiful with all the Christmas lights and festive shop displays, especially Brown Thomas where I had to fight the urge to buy everything in the store! I was in my element. Christmas for me starts the 1st of November so I got so excited when the decorations finally starting popping up everywhere.IMG_2898IMG_2968One of the main highlights from the weekend was the food. On our first night we found the perfect eating spot just across from the famous Temple Bar. The restaurant was called The Old Mill and was just what we were looking for. The weather had been dry but absolutely freezing so some good Irish grub was much needed. I honestly don’t think I have ever been so full from one dish. I opted for the cottage pie which came with the most amazing gravy I have ever tasted while Michael went for the fish and chips. We ended up returning the following night and, as much as I wanted to have the cottage pie again, I decided to mix it up and go for the bangers and mash and oh myyy. Amazing. The portion sizes are huge and for just ten Euros per meal it was super affordable too!IMG_2961

IMG_2974On our second day we had a lovely relaxed morning in the hotel jacuzzi before heading down to Dublin Zoo. Again the weather was freezing but it managed to stay dry until our last day so we were pretty lucky! One of my favourite things about Dublin was the buzzing atmosphere, with busy shoppers filling the high streets and the pubs always full to the brim. IMG_2907

IMG_2967IMG_2901IMG_3020Dublin is the ideal place if you are looking for a weekend away in the city. I already want to start planning my next trip! Hopefully one day I will get the chance to explore Ireland properly but for now Dublin was the perfect way to start.