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Expat in Edinburgh: Month 5

Oct 23

Edinburgh National Museum RooftopSeptember was a relatively low-key month for me, and for the first time since arriving in Edinburgh, I feel like I took a bit of a breather. Summer was a whirlwind of weekend trips, concerts and festivals, Fringe madness, and many nights out on the town, so I was happy to spend (almost) the entire month staying put and catching up on sleep.

Edinburgh New College & Royal Mile
What I’ve been up to

Edinburgh was like a non-stop street party throughout the month of August, so it was slightly bizarre when the Fringe crowds cleared out at the beginning of September. I had become so accustomed to the congestion, street performers, and the general madness, and the post-festival blues hit hard.

I spent a quick night in London and then ventured into the English countryside for an intimate music festival called Livestock. The festival was held on a farm with local musicians and bands, a massive bonfire, and barbecue. I was taken aback by the details and effort put into this festival – from the couches, rocking chairs, and vintage piano by the bonfire, to the intricate and inventive decor. The proceeds raised were donated to charity, so it was all for a good cause as well.

Edinburgh’s markets may not be as elaborate as London’s, but they’re still worth a visit. I made it to two this month: the Farmers’ Market and Stockbridge Market.

Alplings was my favourite foodie find; their Austrian-style dumplings topped with a mushroom gorgonzola sauce and side of sauerkraut was one of the best things I ate this month. After downing the dumplings, I went back to the stall and bought a massive slice of apple strudel with approximately three pounds of cream on top. It was as good as it sounds.

Edinburgh Stockbridge Market 3 Stockbridge Market Edinburgh
What I’ve been eating

I went a little cafe crazy this month, and wrote a post listing a few of my favourites. Highlights include the delicious cheese toastie from Cairngorm and Brew Lab’s cold brew coffee.

I’ve been meaning to try more Thai restaurants in the city, but often find myself returning to Ting Thai Caravan again and again because it’s so good (and super cheap). This month, I finally managed to pry myself away from Ting Thai, and tried a new Thai place: Bluerapa Thai. Not far from Haymarket Station, you could easily miss the unassuming exterior, but the food makes it well worth a visit. They make a mean massaman curry, and they sell amazing homemade Pad Thai sauce to take away for £3.

I’ve been on a bit of a sugar binge lately, and somehow found myself at a different bakery trying some of the city’s best sweet treats on a weekly basis. I have full post coming up with a few of the best places to satisfy your sweet tooth, but one my favourites so far is Mademoiselle Macaron. The cafe is adorable, with Parisian inspired decor and a few special touches, like old school View-Masters with photos of Paris streets. And the macarons are to die for, of course. You’ll find classic flavours along with a few unusual ones, like elderflower and ‘Scottish Whammy’ – AKA Irn Bru. I loved the Hendrick’s Gin flavour, and the Innis and Gunn was surprisingly tasty as well. Liquor and beer-flavoured macarons? Yes please.

Mademoiselle Macaron Mademoiselle Macaron 4

What did you get up to in September?

4 Comments

  • Reply Edna Oct 26 at 12:11 pm

    Hendricks macarons??? I am SO THERE. We finally booked our tickets to Edinburgh last month and I’m soooo excited to be there for New Year’s, especially with all the food tips you keep throwing out there!

    • Reply ashleywanders Oct 26 at 8:22 pm

      Yay, how exciting that you’ve booked your flights! I’m also so stoked to be here for NYE, and I’m glad my food tips are getting you more excited 😉

  • Reply Amanda - Lesson Plans & Layovers Oct 31 at 3:06 pm

    Ashley, your Edinburgh posts along with your Instagram photos, put me in the deepest kind of depression and longing for Scotland like you wouldn’t believe! I miss it so much and your pictures keep me wishing I was back there!

    • Reply ashleywanders Nov 01 at 2:29 pm

      I’m sorry to be the cause of that, Amanda! I know exactly what you mean, though – I felt the same way before I came back to Edinburgh. I think you should start planning a return visit 🙂

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