What I’ve Been Up To
Apart from my trips to Berlin and Ireland, February and March were relatively quiet months. I made another quick visit to Glasgow and checked out a few new restaurants and bars in Edinburgh. One of my favourites was Bramble, a slightly hidden and intimate cocktail bar in New Town. Their ‘only exception’ cocktail is worth mentioning: salted caramel green tea vodka, grapefruit, freshly squeezed lemon juice and vanilla sugar. It’s a new favourite of mine, for sure.
Exploring Berlin was the highlight of February; it’s unapologetically cool with a fascinating history, and so many incredible restaurants. I was a bit apprehensive to visit Berlin in winter since I’m a self-proclaimed frigophobic, but I really lucked out in terms of weather. It was relatively dry and mild with frequent bouts of sunshine, and I managed to explore most of the city by foot and bike. I also ate some seriously delicious food.
March saw me crossing a big event off my bucket list – celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland. Galway was a riot on the 17th: the pubs were packed, trad music was plentiful, and the Guinness was flowing. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations aside, I loved Galway – it’s lively and charming, and has a surprising number of amazing eateries.
What I’ve Been Eating
My favourite meal in Berlin was a Turkish feast from Hasir. Standout dishes include grilled eggplant with yogurt and garlic and künefe: soft white cheese covered in shredded dough, soaked in sweet syrup, and topped with a sprinkle of pistachio, served hot out of the oven. Ridiculously delicious.
For a small town, Galway has some seriously fantastic foodie gems. I didn’t expect to find such incredible options, and Cava Bodega was a prime example. It’s an authentic Spanish restaurant with an extensive tapas menu, featuring cured meats and cheeses imported from Spain, and a multitude of locally sourced ingredients. I still think about the meal I had there, particularly the whipped goat cheese with piqullo peppers and walnut powder.
What did you get up to in February and March?