When I Travel. Edinburgh.
Like most of you foodies out there, my days are usually planned around food: what I will eat for my meals, what I’m craving, what restaurants I’m wanting to try, etc. When I travel, this process is put into overdrive because I want to take full advantage of the best each city has to offer. I make a list of places I must go, and then leave room for the chance to happen upon new hidden favorites. Since I just got back from a two week tour of the UK, I thought I’d share a few of my faves.
I often get asked what my favorite restaurants are and I have trouble answering because, in my mind, I categorize favorites by type of meal or specific dishes. So… that’s how I’m gonna do it. There are lots of other places we frequent, and Edinburgh is full of great eating and drinking options, but these few are the top picks for me – they are places I make a point of going to as much as possible when I’m in town.
Side note: the pics aren’t mine.
Best Place for Coffee and Cake: Lovecrumbs
Mama and I discovered Lovecrumbs last August a few months after it opened. Once we discovered it, we ate there two or three times in the few days we were in town for Fringe. I love that they serve their cakes and pastries out of an old wardrobe. And the dishes are old mismatched china. One of the tables is an old sewing machine and the last time I was there, they had a seating area set up in the front window display area. Oh, and I should probably mention the rose and cardamom hot chocolate they have on the menu. Yum.
Top Pick for Lunch Spot: Spoon
Mama and I stumbled upon Spoon after seeing a play at the Fringe. The decor is right up our alley with mismatched china, a table with the map of the world decoupaged on it, and a wide variety of knick-knacks on the walls and shelves. The food is delicious. Items like Mushroom ragout on a rosemary scone with soured cream (v) and Toulouse sausage with red peppers, onions & tarragon (gf) stand out on the menu, but I always seem to go for the soup of the day. I realized the past few times I was in the UK that I eat so much soup while I’m there! Even in the summer.
Breakfast Spot to Get a Break from Traditional Scottish Breakfast: The Edinburgh Larder
My recommendation: granola with yogurt. They make the granola in house and the flavors and refreshing crunch taste great after countless breakfasts of eggs, Scottish sausage and bacon, and toast.
That’s just a start… stay tuned for more.
Oh, and… it’s good to be back.