Six years of wedded bliss- this is completely true. As my grandmother would have said, ‘you picked a winner ‘. The winner and I had a low-key anniversary. Breakfast at home, followed by tasty coffees from the newest cafe in our neighborhood- Blue Bear, coffees in hand, we strolled to the Botanical Gardens to people watch while we read magazines and books. I realize these sound like activities for a 20th anniversary when we are in our fifties, but it was just our speed!
Then we went nuts and had dinner at our local cafe-The Roamin Nose and listened to a band of the cutest, hipster teens- The Haar. I think we were the only people who were not ‘with the band’, but they were fun to see- you can follow them on twitter @thehaar .
For those of you who are not in the know on Scottish meteorology, haar is a coastal fog. It is mostly used in towns which border the North Sea. So educational this blog.
We did not exchange gifts this year- we are going on a trip this summer which will be our special treat.
Thanks for the fabulous years, Ben- here is to six more- minimum!
Given how much time and consequently money Ben and I have spent over the almost two years at Peter’s Yard, I think it deserves a bit more of a shout out. I am thankful they have a loyalty card, take that Peter’s Yard- loads of free coffees.
The first summer we lived in Edinburgh, it was the only place which opened at 7.00 a.m., this meant Ben and I could have a Friday-morning coffee date. A ritual we still to adhere to week after week when I am around. It is the best way to start the Friday.
It is a Swedish bakery with the friendliest staff members who have begun to recognize us even when we cross locations form the original location in the Quartermile area to the new Stockbridge outpost.
Top treats include the fresh-baked buns- the employees have t-shirts with FRESH BUNS inscribed on the backs. A reason enough to look for a job there, if things do not work out for us in our current roles! I am partial to the cardamon bun and Ben always chooses the ones with custard.
They are known for their loaves of bread with impressive oven-spring and uniform crumb. We were gifted a loaf of the carrot variety and I could just feel my eyes getting brighter- a real health food! Their scones always fluffy a real feat when compared to my hockey puck versions. Crammed full of rotating goodness in the form of fruit, seeds and nuts and a savory variety.
The past few weeks Ben and I have been following an eating plan called Whole 30 and we have eliminated gluten (and many other things) and have been bun free since April 1, but our coffee dates continue and we take advantage of the free smells!
My brother John, of cycling and cottage cheese fame is a sponsored-competitive cyclist, he is currently training for the Trans-Iowa. The combo shop/cafe which supports his endeavour is located in Minneapolis, so Ben and I headed to Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop + Cafe for a some cycle-wishing and exotic coffee drinking.
First up my Smoked Sea Salt Mocha, two of my favorite flavor points together. So tasty.
The barista, a recent transplant to Minneapolis after finishing university in Portland, after one failed attempt, made Ben Syphon coffee- better than press pot with no sediment. Worth the wait.
We left empty handed knowing that somewhere in the back room were my new panniers and Ben’s new puncture resistant tires that John used his sweet hook-up to get us for a fraction of the cost. So glad Johnners is sponsored!
FRIDAY MORNING… Latte date with Ben. Such a great way to start the last day of the week.
Since moving to Edinburgh, Ben and I started a fun-Friday morning tradition. He cycles to work with me and we go for a coffee. It is the best way to start a Friday morning. We tend to frequent Peter’s Yard since it is open at 7.30 and it is practically on campus. I hope we can continue when Ben starts working outside the home, but until then, I am going to cherish our Friday’s together.