Edinburgh’s Vegan meetup group hosted a three course vegan meal event tonight at the Point Hotel. Usually dinner here is traditional but twice a year, the restaurant makes an all vegan menu! There was so much to choose from; summer veg soup, veg tempura or this mixed grain and veg pate as an appetizer. Dinner consisted of either ratatouille on a puff pastry, almond pesto penne or curry and couscous and for dessert there was granola served with berries and chocolate moose or banana fritters served with soy ice cream! Luckily everyone at our table ordered different dishes so I was able to get pictures of everything! All in all the meal was good; I was not impressed with the penne pasta dish, I found it to severely lack in taste but the summer soup for an appetizer and chocolate moose for dessert made up for the main entree.
Today just seemed to be a day all about food because for lunch I went to Kalpna, one of Edinburgh’s Indian vegetarian restaurants. The food was pretty good but a bit on the greasy side. Look at me I’m becoming a serious food snob 🙂
I did do more then just eat today though, in fact I was on a mission for the latter part of the morning. My family’s surname is Creswell and although we are not 100% sure, we suspect the name came from England. My grandmother’s surname is Mackintosh, which is defiantly Scottish. Out of curiosity I looked up a genealogy center in Edinburgh that may have some information on my family history. I came across the Scottish Genealogy Center on the web and thought might as well go check them out and see what I could find. Finding my family history seemed like a joke compared to finding the Genealogy Center; they are located on Victoria Terrace, which is a street unheard. In fact, it’s not a street… well at least not one that cars of bikes can go on. The street is pretty much an extended balcony that looks onto Victoria Street, and at the tail end of the street you turn a corner and at the end of that corner you find yourself next to a little door that leads to the archive center. Oh Edinburgh, you never seem to be boring. Oh to get to Victoria Terrace I went through The Grass Market which is this really cute street in the middle of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Check out the pictures…
After talking to the lovely ladies inside the center, I was able to get a picture of the Mackintosh crest. As far as Creswell is concerned, it is British but without a name of an ancestor and the date of their birth or death we couldn’t get started. I’m going to see if my grandmother can help me with that and see if I can gather some information before I leave.