Lunch at Badger & Co, Edinburgh

Sunday, 20 November 2016

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to Badger & Co for a meal. A short walk home, we opted for a leisurely Sunday lunch to check out the restaurant's offerings. Having walked past the establishment several times, I expected it to be a dark speakeasy style place. and not especially family friendly. I was pleasantly surprised.


Edinburgh Food Studio

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Edinburgh is an exciting place - and especially so if you're a foodie. Innovative restaurants with curious new dining concepts are spawning all the time. I read about the Edinburgh Food Studio a couple of weeks ago during my weekend newspaper round-up and it sounded interesting enough that my friends Emma R and Emma B from Edinburgh Feasts and Edin Bug were happy to go along and check it out. 


Berlin -Part 1

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Berlin is a gentle giant with a dark past. It is remarkably quiet (i.e. in decibels) compared to the likes of London or Paris and vast - very vast. It is edgy yet mature and I was amazed by how polite Berliners were (even if one of them tried to con me!).


Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

We've been hoping to visit Lindisfarne (of Lindisfarne Gospels fame and an important place for Celtic Christianity) for a long while but the weather, tides and our diaries just didn't seem to work in sync. The glorious weather (by Northern standards anyway) over the Easter bank holiday weekend gave us the perfect opportunity to explore the Holy Island. We studied the tide tables which provided us with a good window to explore the island - this is very important unless you don't mind being stranded for hours.


Gozo and Comino

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Gozo means 'joy' in castilian and I can think of many reasons why the island's Spanish invaders thought it was a joyful place. A short sail from the Maltese mainland, Gozo is the second largest island within the archipelago. It is smaller and sleepier - both of which adds to its charm. Comino is a tiny island near Gozo and is surrounded by stunningly turquoise waters and worth visiting en-route to or on the way back from Gozo.


Arashiyama Bamboo Groves

Sunday, 27 March 2016

A short bus/taxi/train ride from Kyoto, the Arashiyama bamboo groves are a world apart. They possess the same zen like character of many Japanese places but just a bit more amplified. The forest has been around for centuries but its origins and purpose (when planted) are not very clear.


Seville Orange Marmalade

Monday, 14 March 2016

It's been a while since I've a) blogged  b) shared a recipe and I'm about to rectify both these matters. Back in the days when we kept an allotment, I fancied growing oranges in our polytunnel and making marmalade with them. That didn't quite work out. When Mr. Tesco's offered Seville oranges earlier in the year, I decided it was time I finally made my favourite conserve.


Martin Miller's Gin Masterclass X The Last Word Saloon

Sunday, 14 February 2016

When an email from the PR folk at Martin Miller's popped into my inbox inviting me to a gin masterclass at my favourite cocktail bar in Edinburgh, I could not refuse. The event was not advertised anywhere and I did not know who was attending but as it was The Last Word Saloon this did not bother me at all. I have spent many a Saturday night sampling their fabulous cocktails (sat at my favourite cushioned window seat) and I was delighted to be going back - even if it was only a Tuesday!


The Scran & Scallie

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


I must be some kind of foodie Jedi and I'll tell you why. I *really* wanted to win our christmas raffle prize which was a three course meal with wine at The Scran & Scallie - the fabulous gastropub in my hood. I said as much a few times but it was a raffle and there were over a hundred bods at our christmas do so my chances weren't particularly high. But I won it! And I rarely win anything (without working very hard for it) so I reckon I must have willed it through sheer mind-force. The raffle was in aid of SANDS Lothian - a charity close to my heart and so I thought it was only right that I thank the pub and the 'force' with a review.


Exploring Melbourne

Friday, 8 January 2016

If I were to draw parallels between British cities and the Australian ones, Sydney felt like a cross between Birmingham and London whilst Melbourne felt a lot more like a bigger (i.e. denser) and more modern version of Edinburgh with its relatively more cultural going-ons, its food markets, the weather (wet and cold) and its refinement. Fair to say, I really liked Melbourne.


Cool Things to do in Edinburgh

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Despite being so much further north compared to many of our friends, family and previous lives, we've continued to see a lot of them. That has less to do with our wonderfulness and more to do with Edinburgh. Many of the folk that visit assume that Edinburgh is all about the castle, wandering Old Town and Princess Street. I've been on a mission to show our visitors more of the city as there is so much more to it than the aforementioned places. This is my attempt to highlight what I consider 'cool' in Edinburgh. I have excluded most of the Old Town, the Castle, the Zoo as most of you will do these anyway and they can be easily explored in a day. I have also excluded places that are outside Edinburgh City limits (Roslyn, South Queensferry etc.) as I will write about these separately.


Aizle, Edinburgh

Friday, 1 January 2016

Edinburgh is home to some the finest restaurants in the UK. I am constantly amazed by the quality of the food served here and the calibre of the chefs. This also means that after a point, you are not easily impressed. Aizle was highly recommended by a number of my foodie friends and so I'd already set the bar very high. 

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