Saturday, 13 June 2015

Sunday Lunch in Edinburgh

We recently headed down to Malmaison to try out the "Biggest sunday lunch in town".... this sounded like a challenge to me. Armed with our Living Social vouchers & stretchy trousers we headed down to Leith. 

Malmaison in Edinburgh is located on the shore & is a beautiful building overlooking the water. By some small miracle we actually arrived early, so we decided to grab a drink in the bar before lunch. I ordered a Bloody Mary, which I had been craving since leaving the gym 40 minutes earlier! It lived up to expectations, I really enjoyed it... although the celery was quickly removed. It's one salad item that I just can't get on board with.

Once we grabbed our table we got stuck into the unlimited hors d'oeuvres from the Chef's Table. I think we all had at least two trips up and feasted on bread, cured meat, pate, salad and salmon amongst other things. I think I could easily have filled up on the Chef's Table alone! However the biggest lunch was going to live up to it's name. 

For my Main I ordered the fish cake. As you can see they looked amazing, and they tasted just as good. We also ordered burgers and cod.. all the main courses were a huge success.

Finally as part of our deal we got a desert  - I ordered the sticky toffee pudding. Although I've got a very sweet tooth even I couldn't really fit this final course in. It was delicious but certainly not needed! An option of a lighter pudding would be nice... particularly as we're coming into spring.

We will defiantly be back to enjoy lunch again... next time we might not eat for the weekend before!!

Have you tried the Malmaison Sunday Lunch? 


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Easy DIY party bag fillers

In a few months time I'm due to be bridesmaid for one of my childhood friends. I'm so excited.... and I'm more excited for her Hen party (because that's closer!). 

I've been putting together Hen party bags.... I always think it's difficult to make the bags look full without spending a fortune. I turned to my trusty friend Pintrest for some ideas & found a suggestion to wrap tape around tea lights. I thought I'd share my attempts.

I found this really easy and a cheap solution as fillers - I already had a bag of tea lights and tape that I never knew what to use it for.

After choosing my tape of choice I worked round the candles. As you can see once I got into the flow I decided to make a few different versions.

What do you think?


Monday, 1 June 2015

Burger Fridays

We've been eating out a lot lately, so the other Friday when we really wanted to head out but we were meant to be saving some money we decided to try The Public House at The Village Hotel. They do a deal each Friday for one pound burgers! How wrong could we go for a quid? 

The bar was absolutely heaving with lots of people drinking & quite a few burgers heading out to other tables. The Village is fairly new in Edinburgh and I'm not sure they were expecting it to be so busy, the staff seamed a little overwhelmed when we tried to order. 

Once we managed to order & get a settled in a seat our food arrived fairly quickly which was great - we were both starving!  Well I have to say I was impressed with the food. We paid £1 for each topping and for chips - meaning each burger came to a grand total of £3! You could even order a double burger for £1 extra.  

After hitting the gym first the burgers were exactly what I needed. The presentation was pretty basic but they tasted great & we got a lot for our money. 
The burgers were tasty and seamed pretty good quality considering they were so cheap!  I accompanied my burger with a glass of wine which made for a great Friday night tea.

If you are looking for a cheap Friday night out I recommend trying it.  We will be back! Have you been? Did you agree it was a good deal?