Paul Currie @ The Hive

Russell and I first met Paul Currie in the queue for my Dad Wrote a Porno. He stood in front of us eating a Krispy Kreme and pushing a granny trolley, stacked with flyers for his show. I was intrigued and thought there was a possibility of a free donut if we went to his show.

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We never got a donut but the show ‘Cats in my Mouth’ had me questioning my humour. I was very glad we ventured back into the Hive (smelly venue) to see him.

We bought a ticket (£5) before hand as we heard his show can be a busy one. It was. Russell and I sat a few rows from the front and one in from the aisle which I am sure Russell said his prayers as  the lights dimmed as he was sooo close to being on stage in his boxers, sumo wrestling Paul. That would of been AMAZING but the guy next to him got picked.

Paul took to the stage in a white belted boiler suit with cowboy boots. He later stripped down to stained boxers, eye opening! He pranced, danced and sang to the audience who were in hysterics.

For at least 5 minutes we were glued to him reading a Where’s Wally book on stage. One by one he took a member of the audience up to help him. I am not sure why it was funny, it just was.

A few other sketches involved Paul playing the drums on a plant, drinking soya milk from a bowl and changing the words of More than a Woman to meows. Now that is something that will stick with me whenever the Bee Gees come on the radio!

For a whole hour my brain was clueless to what was actually going on but it was great to not have to think about anything. If you are after a show that involves little thinking, go see Paul at 8.30pm every day at the Hive.

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Edinburgh Fringe Highlights // Week 1

Obviously I had to go and see The Kagools again, to show Russell the wonders of their Tutti show. I think I have a slight crush on them and I have been practising my facial expressions to one day maybe become the third Kagool? Anyway, they are a MUST see on at The Caves 5.15pm.Fringe 9I seen 10 minutes of Lloyd Griffith at Comedy in the Dark – I never knew the word asshole (sorry) could be sang so beautifully. He has an outstanding knowledge of Cathedrals and looks like he is a baker. Lloyd had me laughing about history when I have no real interest in the topic. His main show is on at the Pleasance 7pm. (Also he will be appearing on some football show, Soccer AM?)

Adam Rowe’s show is about relationships, his lazy eye and a Primark jacket. This is not a show to go to with your parents! Sat in the front row (as we were being cheap skates and never bought tickets) had some awkward, yet relatable questions thrown our way. He is on at the Mash House 7pm.

Bobby Mair is on at the Hive 7.15pm. Minging venue but Bobby has had the best joke of the Fringe so far for me. He is definitely worth sitting in a smelly room for. His show is based on his life story which is sad yet weirdly funny. I had to resist running on the stage and giving him a hug. He is one half of the tv show Bobby and Harriet get Married (must watch that too!)

Also worth mentioning is Patrick Monahan and Lauren Pattison if you can get your hands on some tickets!

I am away to take extra vitamins so I can hopefully carry on with the next 2 weeks. Speak soon x

 

Brides of St Michael’s

There are far to many adjectives I could use to describe the event I attended on Saturday with my Mum and Auntie: Beautiful, lovely, stunning, gorgeous, eye catching, elegant, amazing – just to list a few.

The event taking place was called Brides of St Michael’s. This grand church is located in the centre of my small town. You can’t miss it as there is a spire on the top, which can be seen from a far. A beautiful place to be married!

St Michael’s was filled with 90 beautiful wedding dresses, dating back to the 1950s – of all which belonged to brides who got married in St Michaels – obviously! As you walked round the church admiring the range of styles, the organ belted out ‘Here Comes the Bride’ adding to the perfect tune to this occasion.

On arrival we were given a programme which contained the names of the happy couples, wedding date and some even had facts about their special date. In 2010 we had a really bad winter here in Scotland so the church had to pull together a team to dig the snow so the bride could arrive and the wedding could carry on! Also, there was a dress that was handed down to her daughter and she wore on her wedding day – keeping it in the family. Beside each dress that were placed on hand-made mannequins by volunteers (you would never of been able to tell!) lay photos of the brides in the dress. It was great to try and guess the year before confirming with the programme. I found the 80s the easiest era to guess. This was probably due to the puffiness and peachy coloured bridesmaids (in the photos)!

Waking around there was a few dresses belonging to people I knew. My mum and auntie knew nearly everyone though.

We did get caught of guard admiring a dress for us to turn round at the bride was standing beside us. She had been happily married since 1968! Her dress was beautiful with long lace sleeves.

One of my favourite dress was the oldest one on display. Number 80 (picture below) was beautiful. The detail from tiny buttons to the head piece were out of this world.

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Working our way round all the dresses took longer than expected, so I had worked up an appetite along with a craving for a coffee. Luckily included in your entry fee of £5, was a serving of tea and coffee and some cakes in the church hall – a perfect end to a perfect afternoon!

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The Pitt Market on Pitt Street

As I have no exciting plans for my day till later and Russell is working an extra shift, I thought I’d fire out another post while lazing in front of the tv. (I’ve already finished Gilmore Girls!!)

A few Saturdays ago I ventured down to Leith to attend the weekly Pitt Market. Where you can try a range of street food from different food trucks and sample a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. All while listening to live music and huddled around open pit fires. I had stalked the market for a long time on Instagram so I was very glad when I had a free weekend to finally attend. Check them out here – the photos will definitely make you want to brave the cold and head down!

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On arrival I was greeted with a friendly welcome from a human and a dog – yes dogs are allowed, another reason to go. I paid £1 to get in and I could stay as long as I wanted to ( I managed a few hours, until I lost all feeling in my toes!)  I had researched before hand so I knew what trucks were attending. Thankfully the week I was able to go Rost were there. I have sampled their wonderfully, cheesey macaroni ‘baws’ before so was hyped to be able to have them again. They are worth the risk of clogged arteries – believe me!

However my first stop was with Chick + Pea for some falafel served on a good few dollops of humus. This was my first time trying humus and I have been eating it ever since. I was classing this as a starter but the portion size was very generous and certainly could of been a main.

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I now needed a refreshment to go with the falafel so wandered over to a makeshift cocktail bar. The bar man was very informative about spirits – but you know me, I drink anything really. I ordered ‘Bizon Cooler’ which was on the specials board. It contained vodka, peach, passion fruit and apple. It did it’s magic in warming me up a little bit.

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Also, another thing with being cold is it makes me need to pee instantly. I was pleasantly surprised with the loos though. Not something I thought I would ever say about an outside event. Let me reassure you, that the toilets at the Pitts where a lot cleaner than your average Portaloo. A nice touch of art work hanging on the wall too!

Next, was time for a main course and where else to head than Rost. I never ordered macaroni ‘baws’ though. I went for the steak and chips after smelling it cooking on the bbq. It was £7 for a paper container stacked with chips and a good helping of perfectly cooked steak. It also came with a generous blob of garlic mayo (something I shouldn’t eat but enjoyed far too much) and a pile of healthy greens which I slyly hid in my napkin. That meal was worth every penny. I would certainly consider hiring them if I ever need catering. Obviously while eating steak another drink was needed. I settled on a pint, but it was a tough call between a cold beer or a glass of rose.

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I was starting to feel a little bit full at this point and beer makes me bloated so I had to pick my next meal very carefully. Do I go for a hot dog the size of my forearm or go for a pudding?

Pudding won.

Parked near the entrance was a crème brûlée truck. It was a must. They had 4 options on offer: salted caramel brownie, cookie smores, hazelnut and white choc or original. This was the toughest decision of the day so far. Very kindly, I was able to mix to flavours to create a salted caramel, cookie smore crème brûlée. The more sugar the better!

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I ate my brûlée by an open pit fire but by this point I was starting to get very cold so sadly had to call it a day! It was now dark by this point and the market was twinkling away with lots of fairy lights and there was a relaxed atmosphere which definitely made it hard to leave (next time I was be wearing more layers)

Next year I will be back… More than once!

 

 

Thanks for the tab Foundry 39!

I am one of those annoying friends you have on Facebook that shares any competition going. New carpets, free hair cut, win a glamping holiday etc. I enter them ALL!

Anyway, a few weeks ago I won a bar tab at the newly opened Foundry 39 at the West End in Edinburgh. Situated right beside Indigo Yard and Pizza Express – Ideal. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a Crohn’s flare. Boo! However the lovely staff at The List, who were running the comp were kind enough to move it to a date when I was feeling better. Yay, thank you!

I had £25 to enjoy on their food and as many cocktails I could squeeze in. However, if you know Russell and I we love a drink, so food was out the window and on came the pints and very quirky cocktails. (we ate at Sygn Bar before hand which was really, really good!)

On arrival, we were quickly shown to our table, nestled in a corner with the best view of the pizza oven, which looked amazing (you can get a Nutella pizza – I was sold) We could also see a clear view of the band who were setting up, tweaking away at their instruments. The lovely Julia introduced herself and brought us our first round of drinks. A pint for Russell (shock) and I got a purple rain cocktail which had a strong fragrance of lavender. It kind of reminded me of my gran. It was drinkable enough once my tongue got over the initial soapy taste. The cocktail was served in a bronzed cup, which I did contemplate stealing – if it wasn’t for the fact it was filled with crushed ice I probably would of. Shh.

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I loved the atmosphere of the place. It was filled with a mix of people out enjoying their Friday night. Be it a quick drink after work, a wee date night, or a catch up over some delicious looking food. The burgers are presented wrapped in paper like fast food but much better quality with crispy fries. Ah, making me hungry at the thought as I have just had my mums slimming world lasagne for tea…

My next choice of cocktail was a gin based one. Forgive me that I can’t remember the name – I did take a photo though. It had a pretty flower floating in it. Very fancy. Russell was still on the pints.

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The price of the cocktails range from £7.50-£9 which I would say is fairy reasonable as they certainly don’t skimp on the alcohol content.  Heavily advertised is their Bloody Mary breakfasts. So, I will need to make the effort to book a table for brunch. Any excuse to drink and eat breakfast food.

At around 7:30pm the live band started singing a range of songs. Stevie Wonder was on the set list – good choice! They were worth the wait and made us stay for another drink. Also good music in the toilets – can sing along while you pee, happy days. As you know by now, I love a clean toilet and these were. I loved the bronzed features and posh hand soap!

My last cocktail was a Bellini, which turned out to be my favourite of the night. Russell went all out with a double vodka – living it up in the West End.

So thanks again to The List for the tab. We fair enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back to Foundry 39 for some brunch soon.

If any other bar/pub/restaurant serves alcohol – Myself and Russell would happily sample your drinks! Haha!

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Cocktails in the City

Can you see where I pinched my blog name from? Ooopsies.

I love entering competitions, and lucky me I won tickets to Cocktails in the City last Thursday, at the beautiful Mansfield Traquair. Thanks Chaoprhaya!

I wandered down for the event opening at 6pm. I was meant to be going with my step mum, but after falling ill she was unable to attend. Me, and my love of alcohol didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to try some cocktails still decided to go and I am so glad I did. Well, that was until I was drunk and stranded at Waverley station as my train home was cancelled – but that’s a very funny/awkward story for another day. *Hides face in embarrassment* Shout out to my dad for saving the day.

Anyway, lets get back to the event. On arrival, I was buzzing that I never got ID’ed. This is a big deal for me as I have such a baby face I usually am questioned more than once when ever I enter a pub. I was handed a little book that contained information on the bars and the cocktails they had on offer. I was directed over to a table where you paid money to get tokens (1 cocktail was £6.50, very reasonable as plenty free samples floating around too!) I started of with 5 tokens as I wasn’t planning on staying too long. However, after flicking through the book too many cocktails took my fancy. I ran back over to the table and paid for another 5 cocktails. Tokens and book in hand I set off on my adventure round the pop up bars. IMG_7159.JPG

My first visit was to Hoot the Redeemer, who are based on Hanover Street. I have popped in a few times as I love the quirkiness of the place. Did you know, the wall paper in their ladies loo are pages from 50 Shades of Grey? They had partnered up with Disaronno to create a cocktail which was not something I would normally try but was a solid 7/10 for me. It also came it a retro Slush Puppy cup.

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I then headed of to Chaophraya – first to thank them for the free tickets and second to taste their cocktail of the night. Usually, when I dine with them I go for their Mango Passion as it contains vanilla vodka but tonight it was a very pink cocktail with Lanique Rose Spirit… I’d never heard of it but it was good. Strong, but good. I got chatting with the marketing manager and total fangirled over their new menu.

Following my map, behind me was Badger and Co. By this point I was tipsy so my chat was shocking. The barmen were in good spirits and I think didn’t me spraffing away. I loved their tweed jackets and their coffee cocktail that was served in a coffee cup. Nice touch. IMG_7224.JPGIMG_7225.JPG

Next, I think (alcohol was kicking in) I headed to The Voyage of Buck (going by my camera roll) All I really remember is something about a yellow piano but other than that, mind blank. I did manage a photo though!

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The rest of the night, from this moment onwards is very limited. Which is pretty bad, when you were trying to get content for your blog (my bad). I do have fussy memories of a toasted marshmallow cocktail and a photo to prove it, men getting their hair cut with the Whistle Stop Barber Shop, very handsome bar tenders at the Treacle stand and chatting nonsense with the staff at Panda & Sons…

I do know though, that I had a fab time and will be back next year with a group in tow and I will make sure I eat before hand. For now, I am ever so slightly embarrassed with how drunk I got so for the next few weeks I will be in hiding.

This lightweight is signing off… Ciao!

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