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Eating Out In Edinburgh: Japanese at Bento Ya

Spicy Edamame Beans, Japanese Edinburgh

My second experience eating out in Edinburgh was much like my first; wandering around the city trying to find anywhere that would squeeze us in. Lasting impressions of dining in the city? Book a table! However I’m rather thankful this time that none of the restaurants we’d been recommended had a spare table, because we stumbled across this gem, Bento Ya, on Bread Street near the castle.

Fresh Maki, Edinburgh Eats

Vegetable Tempura, Japanese Restaurant Edinburgh

It looks pretty unassuming from outside and I almost vetoed the place straight away, but the rest of our party were up for it and I love a good bento box so we headed inside. Towards the back there was a beautiful seating area with twinkling lights and, sitting around a table for four, we felt like we were staring up at the stars.

Once menus were open, I couldn’t believe our luck. Hoards of fresh sushi and sashimi were on offer, plus a new take on my favourite – spicy edamame beans. I can not tell you how good they were… I wish I was eating them right now. The avocado stuffed into the maki and hand rolls was really fresh and the portions were huge!

Kimura Ramune, Japanese Soda Drink

Having absolutely no idea what was going to be produced, I gingerly ordered a traditional Japanese soft drink. I mean, who wouldn’t fall for lychee flavour anything? (Except actual lychees, they’re way too much like eyeballs for my liking!) When it arrived, the waitress struggled to get the bottle open but eventually slammed her palm onto the lid and, of all things, a marble popped out and into the neck of the bottle. Literally the most fun drink, ever! The flavour was subtle and not too sweet and I tried the melon one next, which was bright green. Such a child at heart!

Prawn Tempura & Avocado Hand Roll

Like many restaurants in Edinburgh, Bento Ya is also BYOB. However since we’d been at a good friend’s wedding the night before we were all a little too worse for wear to take advantage of the Sainsbury’s booze section, located round the corner. I’m so gutted this place is in freaking Scotland, otherwise I’d be back trying all their sushi offerings! If you’re going to drop by, it’s cash only folks and they also do takeaway, but then you can’t enjoy it under the stars.

Noodle Soup, Bento Ya Edinburgh

Best Restaurants in Edinburgh: Bento Ya

Loves x xx

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Travel: Dreaming of a Day in Dubai

It’s no secret to you guys that I’m a total city girl. I’ve packed up and moved out of my house on the outskirts of Leeds city centre and I’m currently living in a little village on the edge of Leeds at my parents while I wait for our house purchase to go through. I’m so lucky to have a wonderful home to stay in, but I’m not going to lie… it’s tough being so far from the city!

So I’ve been daydreaming of city life this past week and when Travelbag asked me to share what I’d do if I had one day in Dubai, it sent me right down a hole of city wonder, researching fun things that big cities have to offer.

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I’m really intrigued by cities that have a completely different culture to the well known ones. As much as I love London and New York, let’s face it, they’re not traditional cities. Walking down a street or block, you’ll see more tourists and expats than locals. I’d love to wander the streets of somewhere with a huge local culture that’s so different to my own and a city in the Middle East fits the bill for that perfectly.

Unsurprisingly I love handmade goodies and independent brands so the first thing I’d do would be to drop by the Ripe food and craft market in the Time Square Centre. Then I’d go searching for some unusual pieces to decorate my home with, to remind me of my trip, at the Dubai Flea Market. I know Dubai is more known for it’s luxury shopping, but that’s really not my thing.

Skyview Bar, Dubai
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After a day’s shopping and exploring with my camera (a given!) I would begin my evening by wandering down to the Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest water fountain, to see it’s performance of water, light and music. Then I’d take up a seat at the incredible Skyview Bar to watch the sunset and see the cityscape turn to night and pop on it’s twinkling lights – my favourite view of any city is when it’s basked in darkness. I’d be a little concerned about the price of the fancy hotel bars in Dubai, but with a minimum spend of approximately £62 per person it’s almost doable for a special night out. And that view… got to be worth every penny.

What would you do for a day in Dubai? For more ideas, pop along to my Pinterest board.
Loves x xx

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The Five WOWs: Bohemian Bedroom Decor

Bohemian Style Bedroom

Rag Rug | Second Nature  //  Moroccan Style Mirror |
Home Accessories | H&M  //  Woven Baskets | Happy Piece  //  Embossed Sideboard | Debenhams

I think we’re pretty much settled on having a fun, wanderlust style, bohemian bedroom decor when we finally move into our house. We love the cosy and homely feel to it and I like the idea that if a couple of things are out of place it won’t be too obvious. This kind of easy living is definitely our thing.

We’re planning on layering up tonnes of these rag rugs, like this gorgeous, colourful one from Second Nature and the Moroccan touches will add a bit of style and sophistication. The shape of this mirror from is gorgeous.

My favourite piece is the sideboard from Debenhams, but I think it’s a little bit out of our budget. I’d love to try and DIY something similar, but I’m not sure my skills are up to scratch. I do have some more ideas for our decor in my Bohemian Pinterest board, below. I’ll be updating this a lot, so make sure you follow if Boho is your thing!

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Loves x xx

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