Tinned Tomatoes and her wee boy Cooper. The place was full. How awkward! We had only met online so there is always a slight anxiety about meeting a bloggers in the flesh. When Jac and Cooper arrived, a table became available and everything seemed easy and natural.
I had expected Edinburgh Larder to be half food store and half cafe. Instead it is mostly cafe with a small area dedicated to local food products such as oatcakes and preserves. The menu is mainly soups, sandwiches and quiches. Jac and I ordered the parsnip, kale and cheddar soup accompanied by a sandwich. (My sandwich had brie, peppers and chutney, I think.) Everything was fresh and made with quality local ingredients, though my soup could have done with a bit more seasoning.
National Museum of Scotland.
The Museum was not open on our last visit to Edinburgh due to renovations. I was most impressed, but then who could fail to be impressed with such a magnificent Grand Gallery. If I had visited with E (who was off shopping) I am sure we would have stopped for a cuppa at the cafe on the first floor balcony and enjoyed watching the people down below.
Jac was one of the first bloggers that I started exchanging
comments with when I began blogging about 5 years ago. I was drawn to her vegetarian recipes firstly and then found she was both generous and entertaining. It was lovely to be able to chat with her in the flesh - well as much as we could with two small children demanding our attention.
Elephant House cafe (which I blogged about on my last visit). E rejoined us and we met up with Chele of Chocolate Teapot. Chele is a more recent blog acquaintance but has struck me with her kindness, as well as resonating with me as an Aussie expat in Edinburgh. I wasn't surprised that she was as lovely in the flesh as in the ether.
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