- Monday, 13 July 2015

Eatery Hopping: Fredericks Coffee House, Edinburgh & EYP Withdrawal

You may have noticed (probably not unless you are a member of my family and thus constantly checking for new posts..) that I have been slightly AWOL for the past week or so. This is not just laziness or me making the most of the absolute whopper of a heatwave - I have been 'sculpting the future of Europe'. That's a total lie; what I have been doing is jointly running the Summer National Session of the European Youth Parliament United Kingdom.

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This has been a long time in the making - my co-Head Organiser and I applied around October/November last year, and the workload has been gradually increasing until it got pretty intense from the beginning of June. Navigating the whole organisational aspect around exam season was fun for us both, too..

Anyway, after what was undoubtedly one of the most intense and rollercoaster-y but equally incredibly rewarding weeks of my life, I just feel really sad. This happens after every single EYP session (read more about that here), but having been especially involved in this session from start to finish it seems to have hit a little harder than usual, and not quite in the same way. I now find myself feeling a little bit lost without endless emails to reply to, lists to write, transport details to figure out, venues to confirm, accommodation lists to update.. Yep, I'm EYP-organising-addicted. (Confession: for the past few days of my life since the session, I have actually planned out my days in schedules on Google Sheets..)

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Thankfully, in order to combat this overly emotional and sleep-deprived state of EYP withdrawal, there were more post-session tasks to complete! And so, having also suffered withdrawal from the constant supply of coffee breaks, my chum and I selected Fredericks Coffee House (Frederick Street, Edinburgh) as our destination of choice for re-immersing ourselves in EYP and the denial that it is, indeed, over. *sad face* For now, anyway. Until my next session in Germany in less than two weeks.

Before embarking on our session evaluation and post-session budgeting and maybe perhaps possibly planning where else to apply next, we needed some culinary fuel. The delights that were selected in the end (the menu was chockablock with them) were the double houmous and cream cheese grilled ciabatta board (you'd need it after the energy exerted simply by ordering it) and the lemon tart. Having already had lunch, I kind of thought getting another main course type meal was a bit much, but my lemon tart slice was so good that I promptly forgot I had had to restrain myself.

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Oh wait. I also got a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. Let's just scratch that about restraining myself..

It was all indulgent and amazing and I highly recommend, and Cara's cappuccino and ciabatta (and consequently lemon tart too, I am a wonderful salesperson..) looked delicious also. The ciabatta had (to complement the houmous and cream cheese, a match made in heaven right from the off) sun-blushed tomatoes, roasted red peppers and cucumber, and came with a salad, hand-cut crisps, and a ramekin of a very tiny and dinky potato salad. Safe to say I am defo defo defo going back, next time with space for some actual lunch too. Plus scones. Maybe just the whole menu, who knows..

After my hot chocolate and lemon tart had been simultaneously inhaled and savoured, the admin bits and pieces had been completed, some semi-sleep-deprived shopping had resulted in many identical bags being purchased (literally identical, that's not an exaggeration), and a new fashion trend had been created (slacks + jumpers = 'slumpers'), I made my way home to veg in bed and catch up on the rest of my lost sleep from EYP. And there I have been, pretty much, ever since. Partly dreaming of EYP, partly dreaming of Fredericks. But mostly EYP, as per the rest of my life.

*All photos in this post are mine. If you wish to use any, please ask my permission and credit me!*

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