Edinburgh’s first ever Shuck Fest marked the end of the Cowgate’s St Patrick’s celebrations. The crowning glory, one would think, of three days of revelry at Three Sisters. It was also a Sunday, and the day after two important rugby matches (so Christopher tells me). That’s probably why it was so very quiet.
You know the feeling? It’s raining, and windy, and your gloves got wet at the bus stop and didn’t dry on the bus. You’re running late, hareing through the city. I had that night last Tuesday. But see, I knew there was a cocktail, lovingly prepared for me (me!), waiting…
When the Pitt Market started, they ran one Saturday a month. During the summer, they increased to weekly and then, when the weather got unavoidably dreich and horrid, they took a break. Now they’re back.
I have a weakness for crispbread. Not the airy pale stuff, or the brown tedium that is Ryvita, but traditionally hard Swedish rye crispbread. I like it dimpled and, ideally, in large rounds that I can break into irregular shapes. There are few places in Britain that sells it (Nordic…
It’s quarter to six on a Friday evening, I’m in a cab on my way to Kerry’s and I’ve forgotten to bring a bottle of wine. Instead of swearing or asking the taxi to stop at an off-license, I turn to my phone.
My friend R. and I meet a couple of times a year to eat seafood. Often, we claim one of these get-togethers is a belated birthday celebration (because it sounds better than a pig-out). To start this year well, we decided to have dumplings because it was Friday 13th.
The Galvin brothers have two restaurants in The Caledonian hotel. We wrote about wine tastings at the Brasserie Deluxe last year. This January, Pompadour by Galvin, the restaurant upstairs, has opened for Saturday lunch. Did I want to come and review? Oh yes!
Locanda de Gusti is one of my favourite restaurants and regular readers know that I’m a fan of its owner, Rosario Sartore. Back in October he told me he was opening a Neapolitan pizza restaurant across the road: last week it opened. I was there on day two.
Kerry and I had the pleasure of popping into Dishoom, the amazing new Bombay Cafe on St Andrew’s Square on launch night.
Happy new year! Edinburgh Foody had an interesting 2016, full of change and new challenges. Here are some of the things we remember most.