It’s unusual to have someone ask if you’ll take a photo of them, but Ryan—a barista at Southside Roasters—did just that. I love how it turned out.
Another day, another new coffee spot. Toro opened in the Southside and word on the street is that they do a flight of coffee. Bazzziiiing!
A couple of friends from California were visiting Scotland, so I picked them up at the train station and took them to Toro. It’s a lovely little spot and I definitely recommend checking it out. I’m surprised I handled the flight of coffee with my highly sensitive nervous system.
I was determined not to check-in luggage for my trip to California. I took just one, carry-on bag that I got from Trakke and I was able to fit all of my belongings in it (not pictured: make-up bag). For this trip I wasn’t fussed about my hair being on point, I was more interested in making space for my camera and hiking shoes. I wore most of my ‘heavy’ clothes on the plane there and back.
Gosh, I could definitely get used to travelling without checked luggage.
My friend, Ayden, moved into a proper grown-up home with a garden. The previous owner has planted lots of fruit and vegetables, so I took some rhubarb home. I haven’t had rhubarb since I was a kid, which I used to dip in sugar. My metabolism wouldn’t forgive me for that now, so I just boiled it and washed it down with black coffee. It was a tasty breakfast!
Went on a doggy coffee date with Indie and Luna to The Good Coffee Cartel. Indie likes her coffee black, whereas Luna is partial to a flat white.
This was the trip of a lifetime and it took me by surprise. I was not planning on visiting California this year.
In July I got a Twitter DM from Dann Petty asking if I wanted to speak at Epicurrence. A month later I was on a plane to San Francisco where I spent 24 hours before driving to Yosemite National Park. We hiked, mountain biked and share stories around a camp fire.
I didn’t get to see much of SF, but I made a point of visiting Mrs Doubtfire’s house! Yosemite was everything I wanted it to be and more. A month later and I can’t stop thinking about this trip.
Today is vet day. Indie is struggling to walk up stairs and I’ve noticed she trips over her back legs a lot. I’m not too concerned. It’s very normal for a dog of Indie’s age (12) to have arthritis. Hopefully the vet will give us some medication. I’ve also ordered dog stairs so she can get onto the sofa without jumping.
Another weekend, another coffee shop. Grain and Grind is in Glasgow’s south side, which seems to have a lot of excellent places popping up lately. With the weather we’ve been having (I’m wearing factor 50 every day. That’s how hot it is) I was craving an iced coffee with oat milk. I also couldn’t resist one of the cinnamon buns. Delicious!
I have a confession. The first couple of times I visited Manchester I didn’t enjoy it. Whenever I visited there was a monsoon of rain. My Converse would get wet and I was cold. Miserable! Now it’s one of my favourite cities, and this visit to Manchester is one of my best summer memories so far.
A group of us got a loft-style apartment in the city. The sun was shining. The World Cup was on. We ate good food and drank Sangria. Perfection! I like you a lot, Manchester.