Mimis Bakehouse Edinburgh, Corstorphine

Mimi’s Bakehouse | Edinburgh | Review

Food Reviews

Mimi’s Bakehouse is a family founded bakery and local Edinburgh business. Expanding from having one location to several throughout Edinburgh, you know that the cakes must be delicious!

Cakes 🍰

Mimi’s Bakehouse always have a brilliant selection of cakes and do some great unique brownies and blondies. I’ve tried both the Oreo and raspberry brownies which were excellent. Between the two, I’d recommend the raspberry. The sweetness of the raspberry against the slightly less sweet chocolate just works so well.

My mum also throughly enjoyed her cake, it was portioned well and the vanilla butter icing was “just so creamy”.

Savoury Dishes & Lunches πŸ₯£

Mimi’s also has a breakfast and lunch menu. While not pictured here, in the past I’ve tried their eggs benedict which was amazing and I’d definitely have it again.

Pictured below is Mimi’s pea soup which was also delicious, arrived hot, and was a nice mix of peas, herbs and cheese. All soups also come with a side of bread which definitely help to fill you up.

Drinks β˜•οΈ

MIMI’S DO GREAT CAPPUCCINOS! Yes, I meant to write that in all caps because they are just soo good. I get one every time I come here and they are always hot and frothed perfectly. However, if coffee’s not your thing you can also get a soft drink such as cola or a pot of tea.

Mimi’s Bakehouse Rating

Overall, I can’t fault Mimi’s. It’s just too good and the staff are always upbeat and friendly. If you’re in Edinburgh and would like to try Mimi’s but don’t have time to visit you can also order from them online. Looking for more sweet stops around Scotland’s capital? Check out our review of Karines.

5 Scottish Unicorns out of 5

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Karine Deli & Cafe Edinburgh – Review 🍰

Food Reviews

I love small cafes and patisseries, they are so cozy! We recently decided to stop atΒ Karine Deli & Cafe in Edinburgh’s Morningside, in the mood to snack on something sweet and get out of the cold.

Arriving at 4pm, we didn’t realise Karine closes at 4:30. Despite it being 30 minutes until close, the staff were very welcoming and genuinely happy to serve us. Of course, we made sure we were out before closing time and tidied up after ourselves.

Cakes & Drinks

Choosing our drinks, I went for a simple tea while the hubby chose a latte. It was then time for one of the things Karine is most known for – the cakes / sweets! We ordered a burnt basque cheesecake and raspberry meringue which arrived with a side of cream, both were so good! However, between the two, we recommend the cheesecake the most. It wasn’t overly sweet and well balanced. 🍰

Karine is also full of unique French products. There were lots of wines, spreads, and so much cheeeese. A great place to buy some condiments for Christmas!

Looking at the displays it was clear that there’s usually a lot more pastries and desserts available earlier in the day. So I’d definitely recommend going before the afternoon if you want to browse the full selection of what Karine has to offer. We will definitely be back to try even more goodies! πŸ™‚ You can also see more of what they have to offer on their website at http://karinedeli.com/.

Karine Deli & Cafe Review Rating

Rating: 4 Scottish Unicorns Out of 5 πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Looking for more great French cuisine in Edinburgh? Read our review of Marie Delices Creperie & Tea Room.

The Department of Magic – Edinburgh Escape Room πŸ§™πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ

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With trick-or-treating and partying off the menu this Halloween – we opted to celebrate a little differently, by trying one of Edinburgh’s many escape rooms. With strong Harry Potter vibes, The Department of Magic Escape Room felt like the perfect place!

At this escape room, you get to decide which side you’re on. If you consider yourself a Gryffindor, for example, then you may want to play the Prophecies Quest. In this game, you aim to defeat the Dark Lord. But if you’re more Slytherin, then you may want to play the Dark Lord Resurrection Quest. After all, where’s the fun in being good all the time?

We opted for Dark Lord Resurrection as what better year to summon a dark overlord than 2020?! πŸ§›πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Here’s How It Went

After waiting at the meeting point, we were soon greeted by a wizard who helped us navigate our way past some muggles (his words not ours) and onto the escape room. We stopped briefly in a waiting area while our wizard sanitised the room, which was reassuring. We were then surprised when he re-appeared in a mask and cloak and asked in a very deep voice if we were “ready to resurrect the Dark Lord”? To which of course we both said yes!

The Waiting Area

Upon entering there were several different stations where puzzles needed to be solved to win the game. Unfortunately, I have no photos for this part as that would give too much away! Clues were hidden throughout the room, and we had to solve various riddles. A timer placed on the wall counts down so you know exactly how much time you have. For Dark Lord Resurrection it’s 50 minutes.

Normally, your witch or wizard would be in the room with you but on this occasion we were given occasional prompts over a speaker. We managed to solve three of the several puzzles, unfortunately not enough to win. However, this was our first ever escape room and we still had a great time! Would I do it again? Definitely!

The Department of Magic Escape Room Prices

I believe if we had a larger group we likely could have beaten it. Pricing is as follows:

3 for Β£55

4 for Β£60

5 for Β£70

Essentially, the bigger your group the better the price per person and it’s easier to win. There are a lot of escape rooms in Edinburgh and after this experience, I’ll definitely be trying more!

If you’re looking for another fun-filled activity, check out our review of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

Hula Juice Bar and Healthy Eatery – Edinburgh – Review

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Hula Juice Bar and Healthy Eatery is one of those places that I keep coming back to. With two locations in Edinburgh, one at Fountainbridge, and another near Victoria Street – I’m very lucky to live near one and work near the other.

They also have a great selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options and all of their food and coffee is sourced locally.


Breakfast πŸ“

Hula does some incredible smoothie bowls which come beautifully presented. This is the Acai Bowl priced at Β£7.65 with;

“A frozen base of organic acai berry, strawberry, banana, blueberry and coconut. Topped with granola, goji berries, banana, chia seeds, cacao nibs, blueberries and coconut shavings.”

It’s bursting with berry flavour, the portion is well-sized, and I was definitely full afterward. Something I love about Hula is that I never have to feel guilty for eating there because it’s healthy! Although, they do have a great selection of cakes too if you’ve got room for it.


Lunch πŸ₯ͺ

We’ve had a few different lunches at Hula including, the Sriracha Chicken Wrap (Β£6.95), Teriyaki Jackfruit & Kimchi bowl (Β£8.25), and Harissa Chicken Sourdough Sandwich (Β£6.95). My favourite out of all of them? The wrap. It was perfectly toasted, light, and gently flavoured, with a teeny kick of spice. Hula’s side salads are also always fresh with a yummy dressing.

The harissa sandwich is very similar in taste to the wrap and the sourdough was soft, and crisp – but it was a bit fragile and crumbly, making for a difficult eating experience. In terms of the teriyaki bowl – all of the ingredients were so fresh, but we just felt like it needed more of a kick.

However, if you’re someone who prefers natural, clean flavours, then you’d probably enjoy it, and I think that’s what Hula is all about natural, fresh, healthy food that’s good for you!

Harissa Chicken Sandwich

Drinks πŸ₯€

Hula has a great range of smoothies, and I’ve yet to try all of them.

So far, my favourite is the Blue Hawaiian made with strawberry, blueberry, banana and apple. It’s sweet and is a berry lover’s dream. The Betty Ford is also nice, not quite as sweet as the Hawaiian, and mostly strawberry flavoured with a hint of banana. Smoothies are priced at Β£3.95 for a small, Β£4.95 for a large.

You can also choose to add one of Hula’s organic boosters, such as multivitamins and antioxidants, for 85p.

Hula do milkshakes as well! Hubby went for the Nutty Professor, made with peanut butter and banana. It was thick and smooth and overall very tasty.

When it comes to their hot drinks, Hula also have a brilliant range. The menu is divided into coffee and not-coffee for those that are caffeine sensitive. I chose the cinnamon latte, it was deep and rich, with earthy undertones. Plus, it was nice to know the beans were roasted locally in Edinburgh. I think now, more than ever, we need to support our local businesses.


Overall

I’d recommend trying Hula at least once, especially their breakfast menu and smoothies. Portion sizes are good and fairly priced. To some, Β£3.95 may seem steep for a smoothie, but not when you consider the ingredients that go into them, plus they taste fantastic!


Rating

4 Scottish Unicorns out of 5

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