Sunday, July 17, 2016

Edinburgh Festival Carnival

In today's wonderful gathering of hundreds of people from around the world, the Edinburgh Festival Carnival was a celebration of music, dance, and culture. Musicians and dance troupes paraded from the Mound to Princes Street Gardens today, and I enjoyed the colours and broad smiles at this family-friendly event. Some photos below!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Best Gelato

Last night while strolling and exploring the streets of Parma, Italy, I saw a large queue coming out of Emilia Cremeria and knew this place would be amazing. Today we came by for the best gelato. I've had a lot of amazing gelato in Italy thus far, but this has been the best so far! 

They have a great selection of flavours, and the shop always has a queue for good reason. I choose 72% Belgian chocolate and pistachio. What makes this place go above and beyond is that they have liquid milk and dark chocolate flowing out of two taps, and they pour a shot of molten chocolate into the bottom of the cone to coat it before they swirl in one flavour and then a second (or third) on top. They care about presentation, and the gelato is the perfect consistency to swirl it into a point on top. The gelato itself was delicious, rich, creamy and decadent. To top it off, rather than the last bites being of airy cone, the lovely molten chocolate puts a perfect finish on this gelato!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dunnotter Castle

On a windy, cloudy day, we set off for Dunnottar Castle, one of Scotland's most renowned castles for its stunning cliff-side location. From Stonehaven, we enjoyed a beautiful but muddy walk along the cliffs to the castle. The path was quiet and we were some of the only people venturing out for a morning walk, so we were surprised to see hoardes of people at the castle who had taken the easy route and driven. Nevertheless, Dunnottar has an impressive location and  is stunning to see! 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Street of Light

Edinburgh's new Street of Light launched tonight and will be running nightly throughout most of December. I went to tonight's launch night and enjoyed a the light show which was roughly choreographed to match the beautiful choir music. 

I've heard rumours that over 100,000 free tickets have been 'sold', and all of the weekend showings are now sold out but there are still spaces available on the week nights. Showings are at 6:30pm and 8:15pm and were lovely and festive. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Churros at San Gines

San Gines chocolatier is said to have the best churros in Madrid, amidst still competition. On our first morning in Madrid, we eagerly joined the queues and eagerly awaited our churros and cafĂ© con leche as we were entranced by watching the well oiled machine that is San Gines' efficient staff. It was fun seeing the churros made in the kitchen and looking at the myriad of black and white photos of many famous fans who had had churros here in the business' long history from 1894 to the present day. 

When the churros arrived, I was in second heaven. The churros are light and crispy, and they're the perfect vehicle for the rich dark chocolate. The chocolate is really what makes these churros stand out, as well as the staff and the great ambiance of enjoying time either inside the cafe or at their outside seating. In our four days in Madrid we stopped by three times - it was just that great!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

EdFringe: Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris in London is an excellent play that is a fast-moving, thought-provoking, and deep play. It is extremely well acted by only six actors who pack a lot into just an hour in this production. 

The play goes back and forth between George Orwell's story from the early 1900s and comparing it with Polly Toynbee's similar story from less than 100 years later in modern times. The production was fascinating to watch with lots of twists and turns, and it was illuminating especially during the Fringe Festival where so much money is spent, and made!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beerichina Chocolate Stout

At the World Expo in Milan, I was happy to discover Beerichina which brews stout with cacao beans to develop one of the most chocolatey chocolate beers. It is smooth and chocolatey, slightly creamy but refreshing and not too heavy. It's slightly nutty or earthy, and not overly sweet. It's still bursting with rich chocolatey flavour. I'm definitely a fan!