Welcome to Night Vale

A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.

So…I may have acquired a new obsession.

Yes, I’m a bit late to the game, but I have finally discovered Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor’s Welcome to Night Vale. Nigh indescribable, Welcome to Night Vale is a fictional news podcast, detailing life in the desert village of Night Vale. This, I know, doesn’t sound particularly exciting.

However, life at Night Vale is very far from normal. The reality as presented in this “news broadcast” is like that of a dystopian nightmare. Imagine a world (or a single town) where all conspiracy theories are true, and take it from there. The city is governed like any normal town: there’s a mayor, the government, the sheriff, civil servants, city council, the sheriff’s secret police, etc. There are, however,  also Hooded Figures, angels, a forbidden dog park, and Mountain Believers.

The City Council announces the opening of a new Dog Park at the corner of Earl and Somerset, near the Ralph’s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the Dog Park. People are not allowed in the Dog Park. It is possible you will see Hooded Figures in the Dog Park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the Dog Park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the Dog Park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the Hooded Figures. The Dog Park will not harm you.

The one thing that roots Welcome to Night Vale in our reality is the main overarching plotline: the relationship between our radio host Cecil, and newcomer Carlos. Beautiful, perfect Carlos, who, based on his behaviour and reactions to local events, I’m pretty sure comes from our reality.

In the first year of the show, host Cecil has an adorable, starstruck crush on scientist Carlos. Always using the adjectives “beautiful” and “perfect” when describing him, freaking out when beautiful, perfect Carlos gets his beautiful, perfect hair cut – Cecil is smitten. As he is our protagonist, and for a long time the only voice from Night Vale, we are smitten too. And why wouldn’t we be? Although their world and lives are different from ours, both Cecil and Carlos are sympathetic characters, whose feelings we rarely see but when we do, are genuinely touching.

With the show running the risk of alienating the audience by moving away from the world we know further and further, the romance between Cecil and Carlos is the one thing that grounds us in their world. It is the most normal thing to happen in the show! It is impossible not to squeal (at least on the inside) when their relationship progresses, and I cannot imagine anyone unable to get invested. It being a relationship between two men is completely incidental and insignificant, which is wonderfully refreshing.

So, do you enjoy listening to the radio?
Do you enjoy listening to the news?
Are you into dystopian sci-fi, or conspiracy theories?
Do you need help to believe in love?

Then let me help you out: https://soundcloud.com/nightvaleradio/1-pilot-1.

May you too find love in this dark desert. May it be as permanent as the blinking lights, and as comforting as the dull roar of space. Good night, Night Vale. Good night.

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Cecilos fanart by xxblackasdayxx from xxblackasdayxx.deviantart.com
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Tearoom Review Update!

Hi guys!

You may have noticed that this week’s tearoom review has not come out yet – not to worry, it’s coming later this week!

I’ve been working quite a bit, and my lovely partner is taking me away to Prague tomorrow! So the next review is going to be a travel blog too!

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I’m looking forward to it, and I hope you are too 🙂 see you soon!

Victor Hugo Delicatessen (Edinburgh)

Today, as almost every Monday, my partner and I went for tea in beautiful Edinburgh. The sun was shining, the trees are blossoming, and we both felt a great pull to a cute little café situated by  a large park. As we are both continentals living in the UK, it was quite a nice change of things to go to Victor Hugo Delicatessen, a continental café.

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This place is quite sweet! – especially for us foreigners: it is nice to get a sense of home. With the displays of cheeses, meats and breads, combined with the classic wooden floors and decorations, it’s all very European.
Going to this place is a quick fix for your European needs!

Although they offer all kinds of savoury foods here, I came with one thing in mind – cake. And oh my, do they have cake!

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The tea they have here are from the brand TeaPigs again, and this time I went for the Rooibos Creme Brulee infusion. For my cake I selected a slice of carrot cake.

The tea was sweet, but not overly so, and with a nice amount of caramel in its flavour. It was comforting and warming, and although it didn’t really taste like crème brûlée, it did taste good.

However. That cake stole the show. I am a sucker for carrot cake anyways, but this one was the best I have ever had. I think this may be because there was a layer of cream cheese icing in the middle as well? It was deliciously moist and perfectly sweet and I loved it.

I am saying it right here, right now: for the best carrot cake in Edinburgh, go to Victor Hugo Delicatessen. Oh and they serve tea too.

Blog Layout Mistakes

Hi all! (Especially my loyal reader from Brazil, obrigada!)

So I’ve just browsed through the blog myself for the first time in a while annnd I noticed some layout issues, like how every post after March 28th was in full italics (I did not write it like that)! So as soon as I’ve got the time, probably this Sunday, I’ll have a look at it again and fix it all. Expect to see lots of updates!

I’m also considering adding new regular-ish features to the blog: a fairytale review, and a cooking/baking recipe using tea as an ingredient. These would only be every once in a while, maybe biweekly until I see if it goes down well. Let me know what you think!

Anyways, update over. Please enjoy your time on this blog, let me know what you think – and as always, thank you for reading! ❤

Dalriada (Portobello)

The past couple of weeks have been rather inconsistent here on the blog, with my PhD application, holidays, and a small personal issue, but we’re back in the full swing of things starting this week!

Last weekend my partner and I went for a short beach escape to Portobello. It’s smallish, and it was freezing, but the sun was out and it was beautiful! After a walk on the promenade we went for lunch and tea at a place recommend to us by a friend: Dalriada.

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This restaurant/pub is by the beach, in a beautiful stately home. There’s a lot of seating outside, which is optimistic but always nice. As stated above this is not really a tea room at all, it’s more of a gastro pub that has tea and cakes. So don’t go expecting the best afternoon tea you’ve ever had!
That said, you should expect a decent cup of tea with a slice of delicious cake. 

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This picture and more can be found on our Instagram tea.and.tales :)!

I went for a refreshing cup of peppermint tea, it was a standard bag and I don’t know what the brand was but it was quite alright (peppermint tea being hard to get wrong). The absolute star of the show was the Caramel Shortbread Cake. Maybe it’s because I’m on a strict diet (the logical outcome from being an afternoon tea fanatic, unfortunately..), but this cake was perfect. It was slightly moist, but certainly not wet, it had subtle hints of (salted?) caramel, and a slight trace of chocolate. So. Yummy.

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This place is pretty good. It feels a bit strange to have this cosy pub thing right by the beach, and to have tea and cakes in it, but my God was that cake beautiful. It made me cheat on my diet but it was well worth it!
The staff is very friendly, but don’t really seem to understand what’s happening around them. It took a while to get the order in, and the waitress looked absolutely lost. That said, they are friendly and the food is good.

Overall, I would recommend Dalriada. If you’re out by the beach and need a quick refreshment, go and have a slice of heaven there. You will not be disappointed!