WIN: £40 Voucher to Spend on Groupon UK — NOW CLOSED


It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate the weekend by doing a wee competition.

I don’t know about you guys, but I love a bargain. So when Groupon got in touch and asked if I fancied doing a  reader giveaway, I was all ears. Presumably to find out if you guys do, indeed, also love a bargain.

For those of you who might have been living under a rock for the past few years, Groupon are purveyors of online shopping vouchers. You can find brilliant discounts on everything from manicures to brewery tours to professional golf lessons. Although you can pick up some really quirky deals on Groupon, the ones that I like best (and imagine my foodie readers will be most interested in, too) are the restaurant deals.

When I lived in Edinburgh, I found that there were too many brilliant restaurants and not enough funds in my bank account. Groupon gives us plebs a chance to walk in the hallowed halls of Edinburgh’s finest dining establishments, for a massive price cut.

As I write this, the deal on Groupon Edinburgh’s front page is a two course lunch for two people at the wonderful Edinburgh Larder Bistro. It’s making my mouth water just looking at it! They’ve also recently had voucher deals for Kublai Khan’s Mongolian barbeque, and new Franco-Indian restaurant Passepartout.

The voucher code I’m giving away will credit your Groupon account with £40.

That means you can pick up two Groupon deals worth £20, and dine out twice on this great giveaway. Alternatively you could have a wee nosy at Groupon holidays and put your £40 towards that (although you will have to fork out for the  difference yourself). The voucher code will be valid for six months so there’s no rush to spend it, either.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply comment on this post and tell me: what’s the best deal you’ve ever found in a restaurant? 

For me, it has to be Le Sept‘s Table du Hote menu where you can nab two courses of delicious French fare for a tenner.

How about you?

I’m running this competition for a week, from November 9th until November 16th. I’ll be announcing the winners via Facebook and Twitter (as well as contacting the lucky punter by email) next Friday, so if you haven’t liked or followed be sure to do that now. 🙂

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions

  1. Entry is restricted to one entry per person; multiple entries will be disqualified (especially those from automated competition entry bot things!)
  2. Entry is restricted to UK Residents
  3. Neither Jemma Eat World or Groupon will be responsible for any lost entries
  4. The prize is 1 x £40 account credit redeemable on, valid for 6 months. No cash alternative is offered.
  5. The competition is running from 9th-16th November 2012
  6. Winners will be contacted by email no later than 17th November 2012
  7. Winners will be chosen by virtue of prize draw: the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

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34.5 Hour drive? No Problem.

We spent a week back in Edinburgh. We surprised our friends by turning up at Underdogs, took my parents for dinner at the wonderful Bon Vivant, we munched burgers in The Cambridge and had sub-par Chinese food with Euan and Sarah at Taste Good. As lovely as it was to be back in the land of haggis and Irn Bru, mentally I’d left months ago.

It was time to get back on the road.

Originally we had planned to use the three weeks between our house sits to visit James’s parents in Silves, stopping off in a few places on the way. Sadly we didn’t have enough time for that after spending a week back in Edinburgh, so instead we planned an epic trip around the Pyrenees to keep us going.

But first, we had to make it back to the South of France.

On the way down, we popped into Roumazieres-Loubert to pick up our stuff which Terry and Louise, our previous house sitting clients, very kindly let us stash there while we nipped back across the channel. We also arranged to spend the night with our next clients, Andy and Jane, in Salies de Bearn before heading down to Spain.

We left Edinburgh at 10am on Saturday morning. We arrived in Salies De Bearn at 8:30pm on Sunday night. This was our journey.

One heckuva drive


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Fellow Blog Writers: How Easy is it to Change Focus?

When I started thinking about moving away from Edinburgh and starting a new life as a freelance writer slash house sitter, I thought it would be easy to keep this blog up to date. I figured I’d have lots of exciting stories to share with you all, and lots of interesting foodie finds and recipes to get your mouths watering and your passports itching.

In reality, I’ve been a little bit stuck with what to write about and how to write it.  I don’t want to be another generic travel blogger, writing generic posts in exchange for high search rankings. But I also don’t want to bore you with my dull as dishwater personal life; “today I got up, wrote some articles, ate some gnocchi, and watched a DVD”

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t worry! I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth. I do have a few interesting things to show and tell you, it’s just that I’m not sure where to begin or how. I mean, do you want to hear about the 32 hour drive from Edinburgh to Salies de Bearn? How about the amazing pintxo crawl we did in San Sebastian for James’s birthday (oh I know you want to hear about that!)?

In the past few months I’ve stayed on a house boat in Barcelona’s bustling Port Olimpic, looked after a farm of 18 alpacas, and driven to Spain for lunch just because it’s there.

I have no shortage of things to talk about. The adventure’s just beginning. And if you bear with me for a couple more weeks, I’m sure I’ll have my little corner of the internet back on track.

Do all blog writers have problems like this when the focus of their life suddenly changes? How do you get over it?