Easter Weekend

Happy Monday!  I hope those of you who celebrate Easter had a good one!  Even though Easter bunnies terrify me, I had a good one.  Seriously, some people are scared of clowns, but for me, this guy is a nightmare.  Right?

tres cray.

tres cray.

Even though the Easter bunny scares me, I still get into the holiday spirit, and by holiday spirit I mean candy.

Also, look at this vintage photo of me and my best friend, Abby.  What the hell am I wearing? Lol

the clothes.  i'm so short.

the clothes. i’m so short.

Have you recovered from that yet?  Okay, moving on.

Luke has a three day weekend, so we’ve been enjoying an extended bit of time together.  Saturday, we went to Whole Foods, which I am always excited about, but then quickly become totally overwhelmed by.  It was a different experience going to a Scottish Whole Foods Market.

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Obviously, because there were things like:

Haggis Pizza

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Eton Mess chocolate bars

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Meringues the size of your head

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And they have one of my FAVORITE American wines available (ouch on the price, but happy nonetheless)!

Velvet Devil Merlot

It was a good time and we discovered a bunch of nice little places to eat just a mile from our apartment!

We also took a nice long walk through Pollok Park on Saturday afternoon.  We attempted to take selfies and be all nauseatingly cute like that, but we realized that we’re both totally incapable of taking a couples selfie that wouldn’t leave the recipient thinking, “why would anybody send me this?”   You know those pictures.  You see them and automatically think, “I would never post a picture that bad of myself”.  So, instead, you’ll have to see pictures of cows and random strangers.

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You’re welcome.

This year I actually wasn’t too bad on the candy consumption front.  In fact, Luke and I have been on such a health kick the last couple of weeks.  This is mostly due to the fact that I am attached at the hip to my spiralizer.  Seriously, if somebody invents a spiralizer holster, I’d probably buy it.

Yes, I’m that ridiculous.

So, on Easter Sunday we did splurge a bit.  For breakfast, I made us eggless and banana-less protein pancakes (they said it couldn’t be done, but I DONE it).

I topped mine with Tesco cookie spread.  The one and only jar I will ever buy because it is addictive and I kept sneaking into the kitchen to stick a spoon in it.

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I’ve also become obsessed with Jaffa Cake Alpen Light Bars.  They are delightful.  I have been a Jaffa Cakes (or just the plain ‘ol chocolate and orange flavor combo) fan for years, so the fact that they could squeeze it into an Alpen bar is just wonderful.

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It was, like, 65 degrees and sunny in Glasgow yesterday, so Luke and I decided to walk back to the Whole Foods area of Giffnock to find a place to have an Easter dinner.  It was such a nice day and we figured we were going to stuff our faces, so why not get some exercise before and after we feast?  Great logic.

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We chose an adorable Italian place called, Andiamo.

 

The food was amazing.  We definitely took up the 3 courses for £14.95 deal!   We also both ate each other’s food.  #Marriage.  “You get this, so I can have half“.  It’s a good system.  Our menu included…

Minestrone al ‘Italiana  & Crostini al Polpette

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 Maiale Rosmarino & Pizza Pollo Piccante

I was too self-involved with this to photograph Luke's dinner!

I was too self-involved with this to photograph Luke’s dinner!

Gelato di Lussuria & Meringhe con la Panna

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We rolled  walked home afterwards merrily, as I continued to make the statement, “I want to move over here” repeatedly.  It’s only a half a mile from our current place, but it seems worlds away to me.

One would think after eating all the things we did that I wouldn’t have room for Easter candy, but I’m pretty remarkable like that.  I went for it.

Luke got me some Cadbury Egg n’ Spoon treats.  We each had an egg; OMG, they were delightful.

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Oh and we also got these Creme Egg “Pots of Joy” which we haven’t eaten yet, but I stole somebody else’s food porn to show you what we’ve all yet to experience.

I suddenly feel the need to run 10 miles and drink copious amounts of beet juice.

I wonder why?

What did you do for Easter?  Do you think Easter candy is the best?

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21 Comments

  1. April 6, 2015 / 11:23 am

    Your Easter sure looks delicious those pancakes!! Mine involved brunch out with a friend, lots of eggs & extra chocolate than normal ;)!

    • Erin
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      April 6, 2015 / 11:31 am

      The pancakes were delicious, I’m going to do a post on them this week — I am so stoked that I could make then without egg or banana (I’m weird, I know)!

      Glad you had fun and chocolate too, Kushboo! Also, I’ve discovered a Waitrose is nearby! I can’t wait to go! UK food shops are so wonderful!

  2. April 6, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    Goodness. I don’t know where to start! The Cadbury pots or the Haggis Pizza????
    I had an “Eton Mess” from the Whale Wins in Seattle in February (see the review on the blog) and it was incredible. I wonder what the pudding bar tastes like? I would buy it simply because of the Union Jack, regardless. What a wonderful weekend!

    • Erin
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      April 6, 2015 / 7:09 pm

      Eton Mess is spectacular — will have to check out the review! I really have to keep myself in check over here with all the temptation! Whole Foods was loaded with all kinds of British goodies I’d never seen before! I, too, am a sucker for goods in Union Jack clothing! 🙂

  3. April 6, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    All that food looks amazing. I want to check out your Whole Foods! I could spend forever in grocery stores I’m such a weirdo. Glad it didn’t rain all weekend for you too!

    • Erin
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      April 6, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      I could totally spend forever in grocery stores too! We have another good gourmet/healthy shop called Waitrose, I’m totally exploring there this week. A break from the rain was amazing, however, I think it will be brief! 🙁

  4. April 7, 2015 / 5:31 am

    Wow. Your Easter Sunday dinner looks fab! Haven’t tried that place yet.

    I’m loving how you are exploring everywhere to check out all the foods!

    Isn’t the weather nice, fingers crossed it lasts eh? Lol 😉

    • Erin
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      April 7, 2015 / 7:47 am

      The weather is gorgeous! I love food, wherever it goes, I’m there lol. Andiamo was fabulous and reasonably priced for the quality and presentation, I must say! They apparently have a few locations, my friend said there is one near him in Milngavie as well! Let’s cheer the sun on and make it stay, Neil! 🙂

  5. April 7, 2015 / 10:03 am

    I just loved the easter sunshine we had! We totally made the most of it – hopefully more to come!
    Ps I love our wee whole foods 🙂

    • Erin
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      April 7, 2015 / 10:07 am

      It is a great Whole Foods! I LOVED all the Scottish/local foods there, I will probably makes us broke in that place. lol Yes, more sunshine, please! Hope you had a lovely holiday too, Jen!

  6. April 7, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    bahahaha that easter bunny is terrifying yet hilarious at the same time? and omg those meringues CANNOT be real. they look amazing.
    I spent Easter up in Ottawa with my boyfriends parents but then spent all of Sunday in bed sick with a stomach flu or something. needless to say i did not stuff myself to my hearts content as i was hoping to.

    • Erin
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      April 7, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      I love Ottawa! The Easter Bunny seriously scares me! Growing up we once had neighbors who put the giant inflatable ones out on their front lawn — I never wanted to leave the house! #Creepy. I know the meringues were super huge! I didn’t get one, but next time! 🙂

  7. April 8, 2015 / 3:59 am

    I LOVE EXPLORING DIFFERENT WHOLE FOODS MARKETS!!! They’re seriously my Disney Landdddddd!! 😀

    And Easter Bunnies are SOOOO TERRIFYING!! Isn’t there a horror movie with a creepy mofo bunny?! Yeahhhh NOT A FAN!

    • Erin
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      April 8, 2015 / 10:18 am

      Whole Foods rules all! Easter Bunnies are awful, seriously. So glad someone finally agrees! LOL

    • Erin
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      April 10, 2015 / 8:11 am

      It was definitely the most unique Whole Foods I’ve ever been to! I had to stop myself from buying ever chocolate bar there! The gelato was so good — I love discovering a restaurant, just off-guard, and then it turns out to be the best food!

  8. April 9, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    That pizza is what dreams are made of!!
    I am a huge sucker for Cadbury caramel eggs, thankfully they only exist once a year.

    • Erin
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      April 10, 2015 / 8:13 am

      The pizza was so incredible, like really super authentic Italian crust! Unfortunately (and I say this very reluctantly lol) we have Cadbury everything here in the UK 365 days a year! It’s super dangerous! I have to pretend it isn’t there every time I’m at the cashier!

  9. April 10, 2015 / 9:40 am

    Oh wow, Haggis Pizza…….I don’t know what to make of that.

    Hands down, best Easter food I’ve seen..Cream eggs are my absolute favourite and I may or may not have went crazy buying the discount ones the day after….

  10. April 10, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    You did Easter right — you spent time in the sunshine with people you love, and ate lots of food (including copious amounts of sugar). I approve!!

    All the food you snapped pictures of totally reminds me of my time studying abroad in Paris. All the packaging looks vaguely the same. #Europe

    I think I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t *love* Cadbury eggs…they’re fine, but I much prefer Robin’s Eggs (aka malted milk balls)

    • Erin
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      April 10, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      I know #Europe has some spectacular food! I love Cadbury eggs, but I love their new marvelous creations bars best now, they have a pretzel and cola one that’s ridiculously delish! All I have to say is I am glad I have to walk everywhere until I get a license, because I can’t say no to all the deliciousness here! LOL

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