Dine on coins: DONE!


We have this cupcake piggy bank which was given to me as a gift. We put £2 coins in it – ONLY £2 coins. It’s not a big bank. Normal cupcake size.

My goal was to wait until this piggy bank had filled up and then open it up and go out for a fancy dinner! Thus, ‘Dine on Coins’ was born!

It’s been a pretty mega year, with lots of huge expenses (read: mortgage, two trips to America), and we’ve been watching our pennies vigilantly. So I’ve really been looking forward to this tiny treat.

As August (and the end of my 30 by 30 challenge) is nearing, we thought it time to crack open the bank and check the damage.




You ready?


I was shocked.

How did all that ££ fit into the wee cupcake??!

SO what better way to dine on coins than by splurging on a restaurant we’d been dreaming about for ages:


Champany Inn in Linlithgow!

This place regularly comes up on the ‘Best Steak Restaurants in Scotland’ lists (that I am constantly drooling over), and we’d been recommended it by family and friends. It takes weeks to get a booking for the proper restaurant though so as time was tight, we opted to go along to their equally amazing Chop and Ale House also on site (lower prices, but the same great steaks! No reservations allowed – only walk-ins). From their website:

The Chop and Ale House is an entirely separate operation from the restaurant. Housed away from the main building in what was once the Inn’s public bar, it has all the unpretentious homely atmosphere of a Lowland Bothy. With its own brigade at the grill and a friendly team of waiters and waitresses, it caters for people in need of a more simple and speedier meal.


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We had a short wait for a table (about 40mins wait, but they’d warned it might be an hour and a half – usual for this place! So we were pleasantly surprised to get to our table ‘early’).

I had the smoked salmon roulade for starter. Handsome S had the Champany pate and oatcakes.

We both ordered massive T-bone steaks, which were so, so tasty. A sort of smoky sweet we couldn’t quite put our finger on (which means we’ll have to come back again!). The meat fell off the bone, juicy and perfectly cooked.

I was SO stuffed after cleaning my plate, but ordered a coffee and managed to squeeze in a delicious lemon posset for pudding. (Greedy guts..)

The service was fantastic. Our waitress was so nice, and any time we needed anything else, there were a variety of other servers and staff on hand to help as well. I can’t wait to go back!

And actually, try as we might (a proper three courser for me, and even with drinks for Stuart), we didn’t manage to break £100 let alone spend our full £112 winnings, so we’ll DEFINITELY be back again soon. #Omnomnom!

Try all 30 flavors at Wings: DONE!

Done and dusted! Delicious!

Quite proud of us as it was certainly an uphill battle – what with Wings producing evermore flavors!

Retro WINGS menu!


Try 30 flavors of buffalo wings at Wings.

Easy to do, we’d thought, since we have regular Thursday Date Night, and Wings was already a date night classic.


The menu includes over 50 flavors (was just ‘over 30’ when we started – but more flavors added over the year!), PLUS the hot wing ‘challenge’, so we had plenty to choose from.

Wings are CHEAP and so tasty. You can get a bowl of 6 (sometimes more!) wings for something like £2.50.

To include the flavor in my ‘tried’ list, I need only eat ONE wing from the bowl. Thank goodness! Can you imagine the size of me if I ate 30 x 6 wings?!



  • Taps aff
  • French bee
  • Mardi gras (special)
  • Oh Canada


  • Schticky wings (special)
  • Mustafar (special)
  • Whisky pepper
  • Ya jerk!


  • Margarita
  • Disco-wingferno
  • Julius the hot
  • Salted butterscotch
  • Smoked emperor


  • New worlder *
  • Nam phrickin amazing
  • Brown sugar (special)
  • Zeebuffalo


  • Facon burger
  • Dave
  • Nae nonsense
  • Nacho wings
  • Oriental


  • Mk 211
  • Dill-icious
  • Genghis khan (special)
  • Charlic
  • Horse


  • Chitari
  • Uft!
  • Rarebit
  • Push it real good
  • Glaze it up
  • Skywalker
  • Smoke show


We went out with a bang on our ‘final’ trip to Wings for S’s birthday. With SO MANY of our amazing pals there, I had my pick of new flavors for that last hurdle.

My favorite flavor so far is ‘New Worlder’ (which I think has bacon bits on it! Double meat!) and now that the challenge is over, this will likely be my go-to for future Wings visits.

Special Extra

Because we’re nerds, we came up with a clutch of further wings/chicken/bird puns which we read to the Wings staff to mixed effect. For your viewing pleasure! (And likely now to be used for our future pet chickens!):

  • Wingspector cluseau
  • Dark wing duck
  • Wings world excellent
  • Winger takes all
  • Wing and a prayer
  • Tower-wing inferno
  • Once beak’en twice shy
  • Beak’ing bad
  • Highlander: the chickening
  • Wing commander
  • X-wing
  • Wing-wing situation
  • Wingston Churchill

Hundreds more…

Hope you’ll go to Wings yourself and try it out! I’m certainly looking forward to my tast’wing! (OHHHhhh… lame.)

Website: http://wingsedinburgh.com/

[Note: Totally unsponsored post! We just actually love Wings so very much…]

June catch-up


Less than two months left until I’m 30. Crazy to think of it really – nearly a whole year elapsed. Got a bit demoralize mid-June, feeling like there are so many things from my list that I haven’t yet accomplished. But fortunately for me I have a lovely optimistic husband who gave me a much-needed reality check. I mean – I saw the NORTHERN LIGHTS – how can I complain??! I am so grateful for my amazing, simple life, and all the opportunities I have been given and have for the taking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This month we started off SCUBA DIVING! Followed by a mini Father’s Day BBQ at our house to christen S’s birthday BBQ and use up the last of our tortillas from America. So, so tasty

The following weekend, we adventured/explored our city, going to Edinburgh Zoo Nights with Handsome S’s folks. Great fun! Lots of people wearing animal masks and facepaint. I had the most DELICIOUS bratwurst style hot dog and enjoyed a fresh orange & lemonade, since I am still carrying on with #nobooze2014 (You booze, you lose! Nearly 6 months now!). Next day we went to our local town fair (QUAINT!) which was lovely – our friend had a stall selling cakes, and we ran into loads of S’s school friends (since all their families still live in the same ‘hood). Love it.Processed with Moldiv

Later in the month we celebrated the first of two of our pals’ hen parties. Finally both Stuart and I got to go on a hen party together! Ended the night at karaoke for an epic 3 hour session – so this puts me up to 24.5 hours of karaoke now! Nearly there!

I’ve been a bit disappointed with my focus on my writing lately. Really haven’t been making time (would rather play with my new house!) I had submitted my ever-in-progress collection for a competition but no luck this time (setback!). Still, optimistic as ever – I contributed a poem for a local ‘stories of home’ literary event. You can read it here if you fancy it. You can also still contribute if you have a story (or poem!) to tell.pillow june

Regular update on coding and language stuff: have pretty much dropped off with both. Thought booking a cheeky trip to Germany might be the thing to encourage me to get back into the German lessons, but in the end changed my travel plans and will be heading back to California again in September to hang out with my mom. She’s retiring and moving back to Japan to retire so we’ll need to do a MASSIVE ‘spring cleaning’ and it’s all hands on deck in my clan in the run up. Spannend!

That said, I did manage to tick off a couple of things from my back-burner list:

I made an ace throw pillow using my silkscreened print (from my screenprinting class last winter) which now adorns the new sofa!

And I may be close to adopting a pet. =)

You’d think I’d be more productive though now that it’s off-season for my basketball team, but perhaps it’s better just to take things slow and recuperate my ankle (and life!).

Still, lots to try and get done in the next month(!): archery, silversmithing, two-finger whistle, hot air balloon, dining on coins, and quilting!

readingListened to The Complete Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes. AMAZING.

Looking forward to picking up my volunteering at the Scottish Poetry Library soon. Just got a message they’ll be back open for business from 1 July! Meaning my poetry reading list will be mega-long next month with all the new additions.


Coach Bombay – Cool Thing (feat. Elle Young)
Little Day – Overdose


Take care & seize the day!