Monday, 20 May 2013

Our night at The Late Shows 2013

This is our 4th year attending The Late Shows in Newcastle / Gateshead and it has become a must do in our calendars.
It's an evening when lots of museums and art galleries and other culture places are open with themed interesting events. There are loads of places open and I plan an itinerary and route beforehand. (My friends humour me with this as you do need to pack in as many places as possible)
This year our first stop was the Hancock Museum (Great North Museum). There was an Indian theme and we made bracelets, watched dancing and ate samosas.

The most exciting part was getting our hands henna'd. I've wanted to do this for a while so was pleased.

Next stop was the City Library which had a beach theme.
(Impressive modern library which is worth a visit at any time). The best part was the seagull racing which we really enjoyed.

Then onto the Laing Gallery - jungle theme and we made exotic flowers from sticks and plastic bags.

We had a brief rest in the cafe and a glass of wine to revive us then onward.
Next stop was Commercial Union house which is being let out as art spaces and was full of weird and wonderful installations and people. There were 6 floors of stuff so we started at the top and worked down.
Some exhibits were better than others - this is Geoff looking quizzically at a variety of items....

There was a room where you could make 'pictures' from Lea and Perrins!! We went minimalist then over the top

There was a candy vortex tunnel which I can't even begin to describe so here are pictures....

and dancing

As you can tell we were getting further away from reality as we descended the floors but it was cool.
Scalelectrix provided a bit of normality.
A room of butterflies a bit of serenity.

Then onto the funniest part of the night. The balaclavas. It was supposed to be that you wore one of the balaclavas, wrote an I Love You message which would be posted to Facebook (or something along those lines).

Anyhow the artists seemed to be worn out by the time we got there at 10.45 so we asked if we could try the balaclavas and take our own photos.....

It was very funny and bizarre and a great thing to do with friends.
It was now 11.00pm and we were cultured out so started to head back to the car.
But one last stop at Quilliam Brothers Tea Rooms - open 11.00 - 1.00pm - tea and cake. A perfect end to our Late Shows.
I would recommend it to anyone and encourage you to support it.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Looking Glass Books October 2012

(This post is one I've transferred from another blog so not in correct date order)

Looking Glass Books is my favourite tea and cake place in Edinburgh so far. It's at Simpson Loan and I walk past it on the way to and from work. It is a book shop and cafe and has beautiful books, shelves, tables and especially the purple seats.

The tea is good with a wide choice although I tend to always go for earl grey. I haven't quite sussed how to lift out the tea leaf holder from the pot to stop it getting too strong but I'll persevere. The cakes are good especially the chocolate mint slice.
It's a very interesting and peaceful place to stop and sit and read. The staff are helpful and the service is excellent.

They have some good gifts too.
I'm torn between these two mugs.

Hendersons October 2012

(This is a post transferred from another blog so not in correct date order)
Hendersons is a famous vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh. I'd heard about it so when Geoff and I were on a day visit to the city before I moved up we decided to go there.

It is quite trendy in a bohemian, arty way. The food is self service from the counter style.
I had stuffed aubergine which was very nice. I'm not very good at working out what all the ingredients or component parts are of vegetarian dishes but it was delicious and quite filling.

We have also been to the Hendersons at St Johns on Lothian Road. We went there for lunch and had haggis and clapshot. Clapshot is potato and turnip. The haggis was very spicy and obviously vegetarian.

I have also been once on my own to the main restaurant - its the sort of place that you can go on your own and read your book or the paper without feeling odd.

Cafe Gourmand 18/10/2012

(This post is one I've transferred from another of my blogs so not in date order)
Cafe Gourmand is on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh. I have been there twice with my son T2. We picked it as a neutral location, busy but not conspicuous which fulfills our remit.
The staff are very helpful and efficient which is a major plus point. The cafe is quite small but popular. The food is excellent. There is a wide choice of crepes both savoury and sweet. I very much like the bacon and maple syrup one. T2 usually has soup then Croque Monsieur then chocolate cake.
Definitely one to recommend.