You know when you’re so close to completing a project and suddenly all the stress kicks in? That was me today. The design studio, my baby, the thing I’ve been working towards for months – it launches this weekend…and there is still so much to do! Welcome to 12 hour working days! It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait for the opening night, but oh boy am I looking forward to getting a bit more sleep!
So when I looked in my diary for today and remembered the lovely Laila from Tape Parade was up for the night, it was such a welcome break from work. Now Laila is one of those Twitter friends I’ve never met IRL before tonight, but we chat online quite a bit. We bonded over a love of vegan pizzas. Big surprise, right? Me talking about food? It’s not like my Instagram is full of photos of my dinner…oh wait!
Where do vegan bloggers meet up for food in Edinburgh? One of my absolute favourite places to eat in the city of course, Hendersons. I’ve been going there waaay before I stopped eating meat, and I’m pretty much obsessed with their cakes. Makes sense that’s where I’d meet Laila and the fabulous Jess for dinner.
We were chatting so much I took nearly no photos. The food was delicious, and I had such a great time chatting to both Laila and Jess whilst simultaneously stuffing my face.
We shared an order of focaccia with cherry tomatoes, which was light and crisp round the edges and delicious. It’s one of those things I always forget I enjoy, so I’m glad someone suggested we split this.
I went for the Buddha bowl of freekeh, spiced chickpeas, asparagus, citrus tahini dressing and pomegranate seeds. I love pomegranate. If I see it in a dish on any menu, it’s pretty much a given I’ll order it.
I couldn’t resist the wilted kale salad with chickpea croutons and sesame maple dressing; I’ve had this a few times before but it’s just so tasty I’ll almost always get it as a side dish. I just adore what Hendersons do with their salads, even as a salad-hating vegan.
At that point I was stuffed. But I *somehow* managed to find room for the nutella tart and vegan ice cream…
The last year or so has been a pretty big deal for me, getting out of my comfort zone and going to meet new folk. I’ve always had a fear that my online persona is way more interesting than my real life self, and that people will be disappointed when they meet me. Maybe I won’t have anything to say. Maybe my jokes will fall flat. Maybe they will think I am a total idiot and never want to hang out with me again. I guess it goes hand in hand with my anxiety issues, but meeting awesome online friends like Emily and Polly has helped me so much.
I had such a wonderful time hanging out with Laila and Jess tonight. It’s reminded me how much I enjoy meeting people, and getting to know them IRL.
In fact, it’s pretty awesome.