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5 breakfast places in Malta

1. Giorgio’s Cafeteria, Sliema Enjoying a prime location at Tigne Seafront, Giorgio’s Cafeteria is one of my favourites before spending the day shopping. Depending on the weather and your preferences…

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1. Giorgio’s Cafeteria, Sliema

Enjoying a prime location at Tigne Seafront, Giorgio’s Cafeteria is one of my favourites before spending the day shopping. Depending on the weather and your preferences you can sit either inside or outside and enjoy a cup of tea.

Eggs Benedict and chocolate croissants 

2. Manouche Craft Bakery and Bistro, St.Julian’s

Having a very vast breakfast menu, I would certainly return to try other breakfast options. Parking here is fairly easy as they are connected to a parking house (and they also offer an hour of free parking!). The food and service were also very good. The choice of bakery foods is to die for!

Avocado toast with sundries tomatoes & parmesan

3. Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar

Sitting in their wonderful gardens this one is a must for a special occasion. Personally, I find this one to be on the expensive side (paying €20 for an English breakfast), but definetly worth it to treat a loved one.

‘The full Monty’

4.Debbie’s Cafe, Mellieħa

A small cafe situated in the North of Malta, before heading to the beautiful Għadira Bay. You should be on the lookout for this one as it is easy to be missed (especially if you are driving by). The service was very good and the staff was friendly. Also, the food is absolutely delicious.

English Breakfast

5. Victoria Restaurant, Bugibba

Simple relaxed breakfast which you can enjoy in the sun at Bugibba’s Square.

 

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5 brunch places in Edinburgh

Loudons Cafe  Situated in the Fountainbridge area, a short walk away from the city centre. Usually very busy, especially if you go on the weekend (we had to wait around 20…

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  1. Loudons Cafe 

Situated in the Fountainbridge area, a short walk away from the city centre. Usually very busy, especially if you go on the weekend (we had to wait around 20 minutes for a table) but oh it is so worth it. We tried the French toast (with bacon and maple syrup) and the American Style Pancakes – which were both delicious.

2. Mimi’s Bakehouse

This one has three cafes around Edinburgh (we’ve been twice and we have always been to the same one!). They take table bookings which I recommend (it’s super easy to book online). Both times we had their special Beforenoon Tea, which is served only on Saturday and Sunday. It includes flavoured cheese and chive scones (to die for!), a piece of waffle, a little muffin and cinnamon swirl, a yogurt and bacon butties (which they have a vegetarian option and are served with eggs instead of bacon). This is a definitely a personal favourite.

3. Grand Cafe

Certainly, a winner for its beautiful decor. It is part of the Scotman Hotel right in the heart of the city. We tried the Sourdough Toast (with mushrooms, poached eggs, and truffle oil). I had the impression that the prices would be rather expensive, however, this was not the case. We went during the week and it was not busy. Given its posh-y feel (and the fact that it is part of a four-star hotel) the service can definitely be improved, other than that definitely worth a visit.

4. Di Giorgio

We came across this one by chance and we were not disappointed to have given it a try. It is in a really good position to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens after a scrumptious breakfast. Service was very good and the staff was friendly. We tried the potato scone (toast with potatoes, eggs and mushrooms) and the asparagus (bacon with poached eggs on bread topped with hollandaise sauce).

5. The Corner Cafe

A bit off the path from the centre. But a perfect stop when doing the Water of Leith walk. We had a simple toast from here, but they had other appealing foods on the menu. The staff was so lovely and smiley, we would really like to visit this one again.

 

 

 

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Cheese fest Edinburgh ?

When I found out that a touring cheese fest exists in the UK I was delighted. When I found out that Cheese fest UK was coming to Edinburgh in November it was a…

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When I found out that a touring cheese fest exists in the UK I was delighted. When I found out that Cheese fest UK was coming to Edinburgh in November it was a no-brainer that we HAD to get tickets. So when the tickets were out, we purchased our early bird tickets quite early. Our tickets cost £4 each (but prices vary depending on the time of the event when you purchase it etc.). I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this event but was soooo looking forward to it.

The event and the food definitely didn’t disappoint. There were stands where you could buy blocks of cheese but we were more interested in trying the foods. There were so many things we wanted to try but it was not possible because we were so stuffed that it was physically impossible to keep eating. ?  It was not only savory food as there was some sweet stuff like pancakes and cheesecakes. Most of the vendors (if not all) had the option that you could go for a ‘taster’ portion which would be half the portion for half the price.

Without further ado here are some pictures from the event and some of the foods that we tried (I am so gutted that we didn’t try the waffle mac and cheese ?) but the things that we tried were really yummy.?It was a perfect Saturday evening, with good food & music. I would certainly recommend you attend this event if you happen to be near one.

 

Parmesan Wheel Alfredo 

The full portion of pasta from the Parmesan Wheel Alfredo, at £8

Cheese Bites for £4  

Halloumi fries for £5 

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Baking traditional Maltese puddina in 8 steps

What better way to get baking when it’s all cold and rainy outside? I wanted a piece of puddina for so long so I decided why not bake one on…

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What better way to get baking when it’s all cold and rainy outside? I wanted a piece of puddina for so long so I decided why not bake one on a rainy Sunday? ? Puddina is a traditional Maltese sweet bake made of day old bread. Since it was all cold I just ran to the next store available to get what I need to start my puddina mission, this meant that I didn’t have a lot of choices but it worked out pretty well.

Here is a step-by-step ‘guide’ as to how to make the famous puddina which is fairly quick and easy.

The ingredients:-

  • A loaf of bread ? (typically this would be a day old Maltese bread but any bread would work)
  • 2 eggs? (beaten)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Milk ? (enough to soak the bread in step 3)
  • Nuts ? (walnuts, cashews, almonds – whatever you like really!)
  • Raisins (I made a ‘special small one’ without raisins as Jannik doesn’t like them)
  • Chocolate chunks ? (I had a whole dark chocolate one and put pieces of it)

Step 1:

Cut the bread into small chunks so it would be easier to handle (drain and mash into ‘one’ thing).

Step 2:

Cover the bread with milk and leave for 20 minutes, you can use water instead of milk but milk gives it a smoother feel and taste.

Step 3:

Drain the bread thoroughly and mash the bread so that the pieces become one as shown in the picture below.

Step 4:

Mix in all the ingredients and stir well – make sure that all the bread turns brown with the cocoa powder. You may want to pour in some whiskey, sherry or brandy too (I left ours alcohol-free).

 

Step 5:

Grease a dish – be generous as to avoid it sticking to the pan (same old usual baking heck)

Step 6:

Pour the mixture in the dish. You may want to decorate the top with nuts or with glace cherries (I left the cherries out – as they are a no no for me!)

Step 7:

Bake for 30-45 minutes on 200 degrees. You want to treat it as a cake, in the sense that when you poke it with a skewer it should be clean as to know that it is done.

Step 8:

Cut a huge slice of puddina, pour yourself a cup of tea/coffee ☕ & ENJOY ?

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