We love cookies here at Mimi's either red velvet or our delicious hazelnut chocolate chip. They are the perfect treat to along with your coffee or evening supper. To make them even more indulgent, sandwich them together with vanilla ice cream, you won't regret it. Love, Gillian x
Mimi’s top tip: Decorate by drizzling melted hazelnut spread on top.
Another one of Mimi's recipes to add to your collection. Our scrummy baked apple crumble cheesecake is the perfect mid week treat! Filled with apples, cinnamon and all things yummy, it's sure to go down a treat. If you have any recipes you'd like to see, leave us a comment below. Love Gillian x
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Mimi's Top Tip: Serve with vanilla ice cream
The festival is now in full swing on The Royal Mile and we’re soaking up the atmosphere at Mimi's Little Bakehouse. Not only are our signature Cake Shakes (milkshake made with S. Luca ice cream topped with Mimi’s cake and cream) going down a treat, we’re busy from 8am till 8pm keeping the festival-goers refuelled with cake, traybakes and Matthew Algie coffee.
Don't forget to check out our Cake Cabin at George Square, in between The Assembly and Underbelly box offices, serving ice-cream cookies, freshly baked scones and iced-coolers to die for!
There are lots of shops and sights to visit in this vibrant area, here are some of our suggestions.
Whether you are a tourist in Edinburgh, or a local foodie, a visit to our neighbours Cranachan and Crowdie (263 Canongate) is a must. They are specialists in fine Scottish food, drink and gifts. Treat yourself to some thistle-shaped shortbread or some delicious Scottish tablet. We are obsessed with the selection of jam, marmalade and chutney.
The refurbished Waverley Arches Complex on East Market Street is full of independent retailers, who have made a piece of Edinburgh’s history their own. This complex is a firm favourite with the staff at Little Bakehouse. Our top picks include Gannet and Guga, serving some really cool Vietnamese Rolls; Baba Budan, with the fluffiest doughnuts in Edinburgh and Juice Warrior, for when we start to feel a little guilty about eating too much cake!
When it starts raining on The Royal Mile, we recommend taking a trip down memory lane at The Museum of Childhood or check out what’s on at The Scottish Storytelling Centre (43-5 High Street).
There are, of course, the major tourist attractions like Edinburgh Castle (Castlehill), Gretfriars Kirkyard (Candlemaker Row) and The Scottish Parliament (Holyrood), but we hope we’ve given you some ‘in-the-know’ insight into what’s truly popular among the locals.
Love Mimi X
With our Cake Cabin making a summer appearance this year at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, next to the Underbelly, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what shows are around us and report back to you lovely lot.
If you enjoy improvisation and musicals, then make sure you check out Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical. Guaranteed to have a different show every time, with different high jinks, harmonies and hilarity. On at 5pm every day from the 3rd until the 29th, it is must!
Another musical based one to check out is Gobsmacked! From beat-boxing to harmonies there is sure to be something for everyone at this show. On in George Square it is the perfect show to grab a Mimi’s Cake Shake to take in with you.
Not quite a show but definitely a must! The Family Circus Workshops in The Meadows, only a quick walk from George Square. Learn how to release your inner clown with juggling lessons along with aerial workshops and acrobatics. This is only on from the 10th until the 21st so make sure to book quickly!
If you don’t quite fancy trying your hand at Circus tricks, then why not check out the professionals with Closer by Circa. Having seen them at Edinburgh’s Christmas you are sure to be left amazed by their skills and overall bendiness!
One that is sure to sound familiar to many people out there is Katie Brennan’s Quarter Life Crisis. A mixture of comedy, cabaret and music is used to make light of day to day events of a Quarter Life Crisis. So grab yourself a gin and tonic and of course a cupcake from Mimi’s and enjoy an hour of pure hilarity.
To channel our inner Looney Tunes, in what is sure to be a crazy month, That's All Folks! Be sure to let us know if there are any other shows we must check out and we can add to our list. See you at the Cake Cabin! Love, Gillian x
Some useful links if you like the sound of any of these shows:
With the festival fast approaching, it is the prime opportunity to explore Edinburgh and what is around this beautiful city! There are the classic tourist spots that are a must go to – The Castle, Royal Mile and of course Mimi’s but what else is there surrounding us?
With Mimi’s being in three prime locations, Leith, Canongate, Corstorphine and for during the festival only, our Cake Cabin will be in George Square, we know there is more out there to be explored! There is also a wide selection of things to keep you occupied inside on the odd occasion it rains in Scotland – I know, it’s unheard of here!
So, let us take your through our perfect day in our neighbourhoods, starting with - Leith!
Breakfast at Mimi's: First up is Mimi’s Bakehouse at the Shore, there is always a wide variety of activity going on so after a scrummy breakfast with us you will be ready to go explore what Leith has to offer. Our bacon french toast is always a good choice or our delicious beforenoon tea if you are in at a weekend, for a proper treat!
The Royal Yacht Britannia: Next up, the number one tourist attraction according to Trip Advisor - The Royal Yacht Britannia at Ocean Terminal. This is the perfect way to see how Royalty went on holiday and experience firsthand what it would have been like to be on board the Queen’s yacht before she was decommissioned in 1997. There is also a very yummy fudge shop on board, if you get peckish going round.
Shopping and Local Markets: Whilst at Ocean Terminal and you fancy some retail therapy then do browse the shops, Ness always has some lovely tartan goodies in. If you are visiting on a Saturday, be sure to check out the Leith market held beside Commercial Quay. Here you will see a selection of local companies and will get to try some Scottish treats.
Water of Leith: On a sunny day in Leith you can also take advantage of the peaceful Water of Leith Walkway, this will take you on a walk through the city and you can stop off at the picture perfect Dean Village. This is a prime spot to take in the serenity in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s capital.
Supper at the Shore: If you’re Mimi’s breakfast has worn off, why not head back to Leith where there is a variety of restaurants to choose from. For a modern take on traditional ‘Pub grub’ we would recommend Teuchters Landing, The King’s Wark or The Roseleaf, all just a short walk from Mimi's.
These of course are only some of the attractions going on around Mimi’s Leith, if you have any more suggestions please do comment them below and share the local love!
Next stop - George Square for our temporary home for the busiest month of the year!
Love, Gillian x
Websites to take a peep at:
Mimi's - http://mimisbakehouse.com
Ocean Terminal - http://www.oceanterminal.com
Leith Market - https://www.facebook.com/LeithMarketDockPlace/
Water of Leith - http://www.waterofleith.org.uk
Teuchter's Landing - http://www.aroomin.co.uk
King's Wark - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186525-d1775053-Reviews-King_s_Wark-Edinburgh_Scotland.html
Roseleaf - http://roseleaf.co.uk
This is one for all the gluten free Mimi's fans out there. Our Chocolate and Lime Torte has been a well loved favourite at our Bakehouse so we thought we'd share our secret. Enjoy the richness of the dark chocolate and the zingy kick from the lime!
Love, Gillian x