where to sip: Fieldwork Cafe

coffee, lifestyle, where to sip

 

Enter: my love for delicious coffee and aesthetically pleasing spaces: an on-going series about where to sip in Edinburgh.

Fieldwork is a work of art in itself.

The space is calming and elegant. I love all of the mixed materials; exposed stone, natural wood, soft lighting through the large front window + delicate gold finishes. The space brings the outdoors in, embellished with tree branches as wall art, dried flowers spread throughout and potted plants hanging overhead.

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We LOVE this shop because it is:

  • Woodsy + whimsical
  • Cozy + welcoming
  • Intimate
  • Friendly and accommodating staff
  • Beautiful home-baked selection

Popular menu picks:

  • Speciality coffee, [Steampunk Coffee, North Berwick]
  • The most lovely homemade pastries + cakey things
  • Selection of fine loose-leaf teas + hot chocolates [Chocolate Tree, Edinburgh]

The space is versatile. I have gone in with a book, met a friend and her little boy and have spent time working on my laptop. It is quaint but not tiny. I love working here and always feel productive and refreshed when I leave. It is also a favourite weekend treat for a coffee date. We can also appreciate their effort to source local ingredients and offer a few vegan and GF options.  

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Location: On the west edge of city centre, just off Lothian Road @ 105 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QE

Hours: Monday – Friday [8am – 5pm] Saturday [10am-5pm]+ Sunday [11am -5pm]

Website: www.fieldworkcafe.co.uk

If you are staying in or visiting Edinburgh, treat yourself to Fieldwork.  You will be glad you did.

Have a great weekend!

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travel: Copenhagen, Denmark

budget trips, lifestyle, travel

Copenhagen is the epitome of cool.

The design. The lifestyle. The simplicity. The stylish black wardrobes. The cool cafes. The world-class restaurants. The coffee roasters.  I think this city probably invented the genre ‘hipster’.

I have lost track of the number of my our friends, bloggers and Insta-grammers who have recently headed for Scandinavian cities like Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is famous for a lot of things. Being a budget destination is not one of them.

Scandinavia has some of the world’s highest prices, but Denmark’s were not as expensive as Ryan’s trips to Stockholm or Finland. Who knew it was possible to get a taste of Copenhagen on a budget without draining the bank account? Here are the budget-friendly reasons that made this trip one of our best ever!

 

STAY

1. Airbnb: cool Scandi design on a budget  

We traveled to Copenhagen over the Easter holiday. It was our first time in Scandinavia and our first trip to ever using Airbnb! By now you will know we are hooked, and Airbnb has been a total travel-game-changer for us.  We chose this charming apartment in the Østerbro neighbourhood.

Østerbro is also known as Copenhagen Ø. It is somewhat posh and at the same time completely down to earth. Østerbro is located on the north side of Copenhagen city centre. It is one of Copenhagen’s most attractive residential areas, especially for families with kids – or dogs, or a couple like us that doesn’t want to be in the thick of it.

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Every morning we walked along the Søerne Lakes to grab a coffee or sit on a bench and people watch. The lakes are man-made and stretch over a large part north-west of city centre. You can’t miss them on a map and it’s a great spot to escape the city hustle and bustle.

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Our flat was the perfect retreat. This was the beginning of my adoration for all things minimalist and Scandi design. We made use of our kitchen as most cafe’s and restaurants were closed over the Easter holiday. Big brunches and cozy dinners were the best way to make use of our accommodation and the perfect way to start and end our days.

SEE + DO

2. Soak in the lifestyle+ find the free things

It was a quiet Easter weekend in the city which made this trip less about touristy attractions.

Some of Copenhagen’s major museums are free to enter – like the National Museum, the National Gallery, the Brede Works (museum of industrialisation), the Post and Telegraph Museum, the Danish Music Museum and the Open Air Museum. Though some may charge extra for special exhibitions.

One of the best things to do in Copenhagen… walk and take it in. There is a lot to see in Copenhagen, but there was not a lot of pressure to try and squeeze everything in like some of the other major cities in Europe. We just tried to soak in the Danish lifestyle and enjoy a slower paced holiday.

 

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Cyclist everywhere! Year round, it is the most bicycle-friendly city in the world

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A walk through to Assistens Cemetery to see where Søren Kierkegaard is buried

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Easter Sunday service at St. Albans Church

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The Little Mermaid sculpture, inspired by Hans Christians Anderson’s fairytale. (Get there early to avoid crowds!)

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On a clear day, you can see all the way to Sweden from Copenhagen’s highest viewpoints. Head to the top of the Rundetårn or Round Tower instead. It was easier than stairs as it has a spiral ramp (stroller friendly!) and we learned it was designed for horses to ride up.

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Nyhavn

The colourful waterside townhouses and the boats along Nyhavn are iconic – you know, the images you see on all the postcards. It is beautiful. Historic. Docks and boats. 17th century townhouses. Bright colours. It is a busy part of town, with lots of touristy places to eat (mind the overpriced food…) but makes the perfect place to people watch.

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EAT + DRINK

One of our budget-hacks is grocery shopping and doing our own cooking at the Airbnb. There were lots of supermarkets but limited hours over the holiday weekend.  For a quick snack there are plenty of stalls selling hotdogs topped with crunchy onions, or for something a bit more Danish grab a Smørrebrød, an open sandwich that’s piled high with fillings. We were warned to steer clear of touristy and expensive places in Nyhavn and headed to student-friendly areas like Nørrebro or Vesterbro for lower prices.

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On Papirøen (Paper Island), Copenhagen Street Food has lots of international street food stalls, with everything from Brazilian BBQ to artisan cheesecake, and English pancakes to a falafel bar. I really loved all the coffee stalls and seeing the variety of things- a must see for foodies.

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3. Indulging in Copenhagen’s coffee + pastry scene 

Copenhagen has a reputation for outstanding food, proven by it’s 15 Michelin star (yep, 15!) restaurants. A visit to Noma would have been cool, but our budget was happy with all the amazing coffee spots to get our caffeine fix.

We visited The Coffee Collective more than a couple of times… and now we can find their coffee at Baba Budan in Edinburgh! The Coffee Collective is a micro-roaster with two coffee shops and a coffee school. In order to achieve their goal of making the best coffee, they are cooperating with farmers to develop a sustainable production and to improve the quality of the coffee, we can get behind that!

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Central Hotel og Café is the world’s smallest hotel and Copenhagen’s smallest coffee shop, with just five seats. Cozy up.

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After giving up sugar for Lent, Easter weekend was a glorious time in Denmark. This part of the world is known for their baking and beautiful pastries and it exceeded all expectations. We made it our mission to try as many of the infamous Danish pastries as possible. A visit to any bakery here will leave you with a big decision on your hands as the selection is amazing. They are light and crumbly, sweet and delicious.

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The best part…. I wasn’t overcome with gluten envy! We found the best local gluten-free bakery called Naturbageriet. I have never seen such a variety of GF breads + pastries in one place. Let’s just say we were went every day of our trip. I found Copenhagen to be really friendly gluten-free city.

A great foodie neighborhood is Nørrebro. It is known for its hip, multicultural feel and is a great district to spend an afternoon (or more, if you have the time). Here you will find designer shops and trendy restaurants right next door to cheap kebab joints and dive bars. Nørrebro also boasts one of Copenhagen’s hippest streets: Jaegersborggade. We had the BEST lunch at an Ethiopian restaurant called Ma’ed. There are days that I still think about it….

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We also made it over to Sweden but I will save that adventure for another post. We adored our long weekend in the Danish capital and it was so refreshing. It is easy to see how time and time again, international surveys celebrate Denmark as the happiest country in the world. How grateful we are that we got to experience it!

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What places make you happiest in the world?

Happy travels and Happy Easter, friends!

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meal planning

food, mains, recipes

Hello friends!

Part of our Sunday ritual is meal planning, grocery shopping (okay, I do that one…) getting the kitchen organised + batch cooking for easy meal prep during the week.

This week, we are focusing on Whole30-ish, low-carb, high protein meals and incorporating as much seasonal and nutrient dense produce that we can.

Breakfast Skillet

For a quick and protein-rich breakfast (and salad topper) I batch cooked this skillet. This is an original K+K recipe and was a breakfast-life-saver my first round of AIP. It is made up of lean ground turkey and any veg that I have on hand. I top it over sautéed stir-fry veggies or dark leafy greens. It is also perfect piled on a cauliflower rice with avocado for a heartier option. I love it with fermented veg and Ryan loves it with fried eggs.

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Stuffed Peppers / Buddha Bowls

When we have a busy week, I batch cook for the both of us. Dinners that are easy for us to reheat and can double as breakfast (#putaneggonit) or lunch. Ry will love these peppers from The Kitchen Confidante. I love the idea of bulking them up with meat + some healthy fiber from the lentils.

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I will be relying on some grain-free ‘Buddha Bowls’ to get me through the week. The best thing about Buddha Bowls… anything goes. This recipe from Empowered Sustenance is a winner. Get your favourite things in a bowl and pile them on the dark leafy stuff… wha-la! See my previous post here.

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Mexican

This week we are hosting a Mexican themed dinner with our small group. I am in charge of the main dish, shredded chicken and fajita style vegetables and I’ll be using this fabulous recipe for AIP friendly seasoning from Whole New Mom.

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One Pan Roasted Salmon + Veg

We are so excited to host a friend in Edinburgh this weekend. Planning on a nice dinner at our flat with some local Scottish salmon. We have made this recipe before from The Real Foods Dieticians… such a winner. Light, healthy and a good one for hosting. [P.S. I wish we had Tessemae’s dressing here… go to Whole Foods and stock up, people. They are so delicious!]

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Burgers + Sweet Potato Buns

We like to make our dinners one to look forward to! This week we will have a burger night with all the fixin’s that we can possibly fit between these sweet potato buns from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. Delish!

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Spring Salads + Sides

Snap pea + Coconut Salad I re-introduced peas with success after several months of strict AIP. This salad from Bon Appetit looks soooo springy and fresh. I will pick up whatever veg is on sale, asparagus, green beans, garden peas, courgette… (which usually means, in season). I do LOVE pairing mint + veg. I will be batch cooking this for some light dinners and lunches this week. For filling additions,  I will add some shredded chicken and avocado.

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Treats 

Paleo Cookies We eat salads so we can have cookies, am I right? Last week I made date and banana cookies. I did not use a recipe. I just experimented really. Funny thing with Whole30 baking… hmm, sometimes the final product just isn’t that pretty. They were delicious but I thought they looked like sausage patties. Anyways, since I haven’t blogged the recipe yet, this one from The Detoxinista (healthiest cookies ever) seem to be close to the version I made and they were a real crowd pleaser.

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Strawberry + Rhubarb Salad And… for something a ‘lil sweet and fruity, I have decided to finally give rhubarb a try! I think this duo I found on Bon Appetit will make a great side or dessert option this week.

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I hope you have delicious week and that you are enjoying slightly warmer weather + brighter days, wherever you are!

 

peace + grace

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