Expat in Edinburgh: Month 9

Thanks to some serious overindulgence in December, January was characterized by detox and recuperation. I did very little in January – I think it may have been the most low-key month I’ve had since arriving in Edinburgh!

What I’ve been up to

I spent the first weekend of the month in Glasgow, visiting some of best food and drink venues in the trendy West End. I’ll admit didn’t connect with Glasgow initially, but I love it a little more each time I visit. Glasgow’s charm and character lies within its restaurants, nightlife, music and arts scene, and the best way to get beneath the surface of this dynamic city is through these channels.

I met up with the lovely Edna from Expat Edna – as she happened to be in Edinburgh for Hogmanay – and sampled one of the specialty tea blends from Eteaket’s extensive menu.

Working, sleeping, and exercising – riveting, I know! Like I said, January was primarily about detox and recuperation, and attempting to save some money for my upcoming winter travels.

Edinburgh Royal Mile Telephone BoxEdinburgh Castle Winter
What I’ve been eating 

My favourite meal from the weekend I spent in Glasgow was from Brel – a restaurant along Ashton Lane, known for their huge variety of international and local beers. I had their steamed Scottish mussels in a fragrant lemongrass, chili, and coriander broth.

The burgers at Bread Meats Bread are often touted as some of the best in Edinburgh, but I visited for a different reason entirely: poutine. When I saw poutine with proper cheese curds on the menu, I made a beeline for this restaurant. And they offer not one, but five types of the indulgent dish, including sweet poutine (with sweet potato fries), and Glaspoutine – the classic version topped with grated cheddar.

Bread Meats Bread Poutine 1

How did your January shape up?


  1. So lovely to meet you as well! 🙂 And if I’d known Bread Meats Bread had poutine, I totally would have gone in!

    1. I should have given you a heads up about the poutine! Next time 😉

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