Thursday, 31 August 2017

Making History | Crossing the Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing opened on Wednesday and my Dad wanted to go for a drive across, so I headed along with him.  I think everyone had the same in mind, as the queues to the Queensferry Crossing were miles long. Once we were on the bridge it took about 5 mins to cross, then we went around the round about and back across.

Well it's a bridge, but it wasn't the same without the famous bump, bump, bump, when you drove across the Forth road bridge. I actually miss the bump, bump, bump, when you are driving and the bumps. Never mind everyone will be getting chucked back to the Forth road bridge over the weekend, for the events. Then chucked back to the Queensferry Crossing next week for the official opening. 

How pretty does the Forth road bridge look from this angle ? It's like Scotland's version of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge haha.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Queensferry Crossing Experience

Isn't it typical when you want picked for something, you don't get picked. If you aren't fussy, you get picked. There's been such a hype people wanting to walk across the new Queensferry bridge, as they are letting so many people walk across the bridge as a "once in a life time opportunity". Once the bridge is opened, it will only be open to vehicles, but not walkers. I don't see what the hype is walking across a bridge. It's a bridge right ? You'll get the same view when you drive over. I thought for the sake of it I'll apply to cross the bridge and boom I got an email saying I was picked. How typical, I wasn't even fussy about being picked. I'll be walking across the bridge this Saturday (2nd September). 

I got sent a the invite in the post, along side a lanyard and a card with a photo of me. 

The invitation says : 

A Once In A Life Time Opportunity 


The Scottish Government formally invite you to celebrate the completion and opening of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Queensferry Crossing Experience is your chance to witness first-hand the innovative design and world-class engineering that has created the breathtaking structure, Scotland's largest infrastructure project in a generation. 

I'll let you know how it goes and try take some photos.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wetherspoon Steak Club | BBQ Pork Ribs

Tuesday is my favourite day at Wetherspoon, steak night. If you haven't heard of Wetherspoon it's a pub in the UK. Am not really a "steak" fan, but I love BBQ ribs. Wetherspoon have different days of food club menus, Tuesday - steak club, Wednesday - chicken, Thursday - curry, Friday - fish, Sunday club - Sunday roast. Each day has a set price for meal, plus drink or alcohol.

I headed to Wetherspoon with my mum for dinner. I had BBQ pork ribs, with coleslaw, onion rings and chips and an Irn bru. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

My New Car | MINI

My dream car has always been a MINI. They are cute, modern and I love the stylish shape. When I was learning to drive I bought my first MINI, but I made the decision to sell it when I bought my house. 

My goal was to one day own a brand new MINI. When the 17 plate came out, I headed along to Eastern MINI to look at MINI's. The salesman I got was really good. I said I want a MINI One and he went over, seating and colours etc.

After a month waiting I was able to pick up my dream car, a brand new 17 plate MINI. Am sure you'll see a lot more blog posts of my new car and MINI adventures.  

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Skybar | Edinburgh

The Skybar is one of my favourite places, for the best view looking on to Edinburgh Castle. It's like Edinburgh's version of New York Rooftop bars haha. The Skybar is at the top of the DoubleTree Hilton, on Bread Street. It's only open the first Thursday of every month, but it's open every Thursday in August during the festival

I had a Tia Maria Frappe, as you can see by the photo.  

If you want to take photos I recommend being there for 6pm when it opens, by half 6 it's packed with people.

Location : Skybar Bread Street, Edinburgh 

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Table Edinburgh | Review

I first heard of The Table back in mid April, when all the Avengers stars shared photos on instagram of them being there. I love visiting restaurants, where celebrities have visited. I looked into booking, but it was fully booked for the next 3 months. The Table website has a list of dates when the release the following months bookings and August was being released at 12 noon, on the 3rd of May. I knew it must get fully booked quick, as I still had another 2 weeks wait before I could book for August. I waited ready to book once it turned 12 noon. It asks you to pay while booking, I guess to make sure you show up 3 months later.

I read about it online 1 table, 2 chefs, 10 people. It has a BYOB corkage charge, meaning you could bring your own bottle. Am not really a drinker, unless everyone else is drinking so I planned to just have a juice. I booked for 2 people and my dad came along with me. I was a little nervous thinking what if the rest of the table is a group of 8 on a hen or stag party and we sat awkwardly at the table. Am that person that always thinks of the "what if ?".

Fast forward 3 months, we headed along to The Table. We headed down Dundas street looking for number "3a" stated on the website. Next door to number 3, there's a blue painted door and above the door is glass with the name "The Table". I walked in and the table was right  there. I am the only person who imagined you walked in through a corridor, before entering the room ?. Everyone seemed in two's and a mix of different ages. The two seats at the top of the room were empty, so we headed to sit there. Everyone was popping opening their bottles, that's when I felt the odd one out and regretted not bringing a bottle. I clicked on google map to find the nearest shop, to see if I could run and buy drink. Tesco was showing 2 mins away, so I said to my dad I'll run to Tesco and buy drink. My dad replied, "you won't have time". I pointed at the door saying "look it's open". Then my dad said to the chef will she have time to run to the shop ? The chef replied "of course". My dad was driving, so I didn't want to be popping a bottle to myself so I opted for Malibu cans.  

We sat looking onto the kitchen watching the chefs cook, chat and mingle with everyone at the table. My dad got talking to the couple beside us and it turned out he works with the sisters partner. Everyone seems to know someone one way or the other.

Menu :

A Summer Jumper
Frogs Legs with Wild Mushrooms and Pesto

Golden Wonder Cheese and Onion
Isle of Mull Cheddar Ravioli with Onion Broth

No Plaice Like Covfefe
Steamed Plaice with Sheep's Yogurt and Summer Vegetables #COVFEFE

Dong Po
Rare-Breed Tamworth Pork with Melon and Ginger inspired by Tim Raue

Twistin' My Melon Man
Gorgonzola with Spanish Ham, Cantaloupe Melon, Black Olive and Sage Chocolate 

Wether's Not So Original 
Caramel powder inspired by Grant Achatz

Chocolate Raspberr-Hay
Raspberrs with Hay and Chocolate

It's classed as a 7 course meal, but I do count 9.  

For everyone that knows me, am a really fussy eater. I can eat meat if it's flavoured, but I can't eat any fish as I see it as alive at one point. Anything that looks like it was alive at one point, I can't eat it. Would you believe I ate the fish ?. Everyone's plate was empty after each course, so it shows how good a chef they are. I was most nervous about the caramel powder, but once you've got over the shock of the powder it's like eating chewy caramel. 

When we got up to go, Sean the chef came forward and gave a little goody bag with The Table cocoa powder, a little chocolate brownie cake and the recipe.  

It costs £70 per person, but worth every penny as you are paying for the experience. My only advice is check the date on the website, for the following months bookings and be ready at 12 noon to book. I've looked back a few hours after they released the follow month and it's fully booked.

Location : 3a Dundas street, Edinburgh