Edinburgh Brunch Diaries | Take Two

Back at it again documenting some of my fave brunch spots in Edinburgh and I may very well have found a new fave...

The Little Bakery
A bold claim but this little South Queensferry gem *might* just be one of the best brunches I've had in my life. A dreamy combination of thick, and I mean thick, buttermilk pancakes, biscoff spread, biscoff crumb, chantily cream, maple syrup and a brulĂȘe banana. Every item on the menu looked incredible and the service was lovely, plus the interiors are very instagrammable which is always a bonus... And I cant think of a better was to burn off brunch than a wander along the beach front on the Little Bakery's doorstep - perfection.

Baba Budan
A teeny tiny gem of a place I discovered recently in the arches next to Waverley train station, mostly for their incredible freshly made doughnuts - which are also seriously worth a try, I still dream of their orange curd and raspberry flavour. But they also do a bangin' brunch from Friday - Sunday with wonders including breakfast Bao Buns and Doughnut french toast (both of which I intend to try very soon).  I went for the Passionfruit Meringue French Toast after taking about half an hour to decide, oops! But it was worth taking my time to decide as my brunch consisted of great thick slices of brioche french toast drenched in passionfruit coulis, vanilla crĂ©meux, flaked almonds and shards of meringue. I will definitely be back to try the doughnut french toast, can't beat a combination of my three fave things - brunch, doughnuts and french toast.

Honeycomb and Co
A Bruntsfield beauty, decorated beautifully with marble tables, fresh flowers and pops of honey yellow. But best of all home to some beautiful unique brunch options, I had the Fruity French Toast and it was sweet tooth's dream with sticky toffee croutons, caramelised apples and vanilla bean greek yogurt - delicious. Their menu for brunch is full of gorgeous flavour combinations and unique dishes which change seasonally - I have my eyes on you Spiced Korean Bacon and Egg...

Mimis Bakehouse
The most decadent breakfast options of all time, three words CHEESECAKE. FRENCH. TOAST. Yes it's as heavenly as it sounds, imagine a the fluffiest doughnut you've ever had filled with berry cheesecake, fried and then drizzled with raspberry coulis, maple syrup and white chocolate. I've honestly never eaten something so indulgent and I need to try their biscoff version ASAP. Their City Art Cafe has just opened up beside Waverley and is beautifully decorated, with plenty of freshly baked cakes daily which are just as delicious as their brunch option, a must visit when in Edinburgh.

Toast Leith
The only savoury option on todays list but for good reason, the promise of Chroizo. This is probably the best avocado french toast I've ever had with toasted sourdough, smashed avocado, crumbled feta cheese and chorizo. The most incredible combination of flavours and textures especially with one of Toast's freshly made juices. Their restaurant sits right on the shore with a lovely view over the canal, making it the perfect people watching spot while you eat, a true Leith icon.

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Reilly Denholm Edinburgh | Hair Transformation

You know the dilemma when you move to a new city and have to try and find a new hairdresser that just gets you? Well for the past couple of months since moving to Edinburgh that struggle has been real for me...
... until I discovered Reilly Denholm down in Leith.

There are several things which make this salon my new absolute fave;

1. It's dog friendly, so you can bring your dog along to to the salon with you or you can do what I did and get overly excited about all the other dogs there...

2. The staff, all the girls working at the salon while I was there were so chatty and friendly it honestly felt like you were with a group of friends, especially Danielle who did my hair.

3. Lat but not least my hair, it looks incredible while still being glossy and healthy despite how much lighter I went.
I usually go for a balayage, graduated blonde colour because I love having my hair lighter but I'm usually too broke or lazy to keep up with the maintenance that being an all over blonde requires. I also love an ashy blonde colour but more of a white blonde than a silver blonde as it compliments the yellow undertone in my complexion better. I explained this to Danielle and she immediately understood exactly what I wanted and got to work creating my dream hair.
Lovely Bruce watching the salon buzz...
I have very thick hair so I was in the salon for a good 3 hours + and the whole time I was able to talk to Danielle without any awkwardness, she explained exactly what she was doing with my hair and I felt completely relaxed and comfortable with her (and Bruce her beautiful dog!).
Enjoying the massage chair almost as much as me...
Even the wash and blow-dry was perfection, with a massage chair and even a head massage, if it wasn't for the two lattes I had while I was there I would definitely have drifted away! I must have looked pretty relaxed because one of the dogs came and nestled on my lap for a snooze which made the moment even more perfect - seriously it was like pet therapy, EVERY salon needs dogs.

Picture with no filter after two weeks, to show the accurate current colour
The final result is exactly the icy blonde perfection I wanted and put me a step closer to looking like I vaguely resemble Daenerys from Game of Thrones which is all  any girl could ever desire... I've even been able to maintain the ashy blonde look at home as Danielle kindly gave me some purple shampoo and conditioner which have kept my hair looking as good as the day I got it done (or as close as a non pro like myself can manage...).

Thank you so much to Reilly Denholm, especially Danielle for such an incredible experience. There is no other salon in Edinburgh I'd trust with colouring my hair now, so I'll be back very soon for more! Especially as my fave nail tech The Gelly Bar is just next door if I ever need a full day of pampering...


A Sweet Tooth's Guide to Edinburgh

Sugar and spice and all things nice... I have a constant craving for all things sugary, sweet and decadent. Perhaps working in a patisserie from the age of 13 or having a chef as a father who constantly had me trying his latest creations has influenced my cravings or maybe I just cant resist a good slice of cake?

Anyway, living in Edinburgh I have no shortage of beautiful little bakeries and perfect patisseries to keep my tastebuds well entertained, so to the list...

Artisan Cheesecake
I discovered this place three summers ago when Pokemon Go was huge, they did an incredible pokeball cheesecake and from that day on I was hooked. My two go-to flavours are the banoffee and the jam swiss roll - the latter consists of layers of actual swiss roll with vanilla cheesecake and great swirls of jam. I'm drooling as I type this. 
Image from Artisan Cheesecake Facebook

A completely vegan doughnut and chocolate shop, but with zero compromise on taste. I'm in love with the cinnamon sugar doughnut and the cinnamon bun as well as the mulled wine jam doughnut over the Christmas period - a very dangerous place to live five mins away from. I'm yet to try their chocolate but their vegan creme egg is calling my name, so watch this space...

Cuckoo Bakery
Another Bruntsfield gem, although they also have a little section in Harvey Nichols food court if you fancy a sweet treat on the go. Cuckoo does the most perfect looking cupcakes ever, but not only do they look picture perfect they taste incredible to. I had this beautiful rose cupcake for Valentines day, but my fave is the chocolate and sea salted caramel cupcake. They also do quirky cakes, like their pancake stack cupcake on shrove Tuesday - still gutted I missed that.

Mimi's Bakehouse
A more recent discovery, but oh my god, I won't let myself become a stranger. This place does it all, afternoon tea, brunch, home baking and the most incredible hot drinks - think Biscoff hot chocolate and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes all year round. The Biscoff rocky road and Caramel banana cake are two of my firm favourites,  perfectly sweet and indulgent. Their newer city art centre location is in the perfect place for me to pick up a coffee and a cake before a train journey from Waverley - and far superior to Starbucks or Pret. I've yet to brunch here, but trust me its on my list...
A lovely cosy cafe which does the most beautifully flavoured layer cakes, with at least eight unique flavours a day - I love the lemon and rosemary. Other flavours include sweet potato and pecan or spiced honey which I will almost certainly be trying soon... They also use coco chocolatier hot chocolate, which is my absolute fave as well as the most beautiful iced teas.

Marys Milk Bar
THE place to go in Edinburgh for Ice Cream, nestled in the corner of the Grassmarket with stunning views of the castle theres no better place to cool down when Edinburgh gets a taste of sunshine. Another place which loves to experiment with quirky flavours such as blue cheese and walnut butter or tea and biscuits, my go to scoops are the super decadent salted caramel and pecan pie. The interior decor is very kitsch and cute with ice cream cone lights, pastel walls and vintage ice cream parlour details. 
Image taken from Marys Milk Bar Instagram

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