Break the Chain: Eat Local

Ginger chicken udon at Wagamama

In his most recent quarterly rant, fellow blogger and friend Lunchquest bemoaned “the arrival of the chain-dominated ‘cuisine quarter’ in St Andrew Square,” along with the expansion of the Christmas markets. It seems the rise of big names in the city centre has lead to a downturn in trade for local…

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Under the Stairs – an interesting home away from home

The med sharing board: all the olives you can eat.

Last year Sainsbury Magazine asked me to recommend an Edinburgh restaurant that was interesting but not too expensive. I suggested Under the Stairs. Here’s why. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at January 16, 2018.

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Kombucha: ancient brews and my #kombuchastory

Kombucha tasting at Aizle: raw, grenadine in the front, spiced orange in back. Nice.

Amy loves kombucha. I had it – highly flavoured and mixed with chia seeds – in Austin a few years ago and was not impressed. Always willing to give things another go, last year I spent a fascinating couple of hours at Aizle learning how to make kombucha and tasting…

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Spinach soup: an injection of iron and colour in the cold

Spinach soup makes me happy and injects much needed colour on a grey winter's every-day.

The post-Christmas period can be a bit gloomy. We’re back at work, we’ve finished all the fun eating and drinking treats, mornings and nights are still dark. For me, cooking becomes a chore. The solution? Soup. Homemade soup is delicious, healthy, easy to make and can be as colourful as…

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Cocoa Runners: chocolate by subscription

A haul of chocolate delights from Cocoa Runners (the TAZA was handmilled. A texture to get get used to. The Marou was simply fab.

In the Christmas present post, I mentioned that I get chocolate by mail. Christopher and I like chocolate, specifically dark chocolate. On of our favourites is Sainsbury’s Ecuadorian 70% (aka the green one). To shake things up, I decided to subscribe to Cocoa Runners. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee…

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Pibroch – unapologetically Scottish fare

Duck with port and cherry sauce and dauphinoise potatoes.

The corner unit at 20 Holyrood Road was in a different guise the last time I was there. Gone is the Scottish barbecue restaurant with its tin trays and home-made sauces. (Best brisket ever!) Now, there’s a friendly, Scottish family restaurant. I visited between Christmas and New Year, only three…

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Christmas presents for foodies: what the team wants

A haul of chocolate delights from Cocoa Runners (the TAZA was handmilled. A texture to get get used to. The Marou was simply fab.

Still looking for gifts for a foodie friend? Hopefully, the Edinburgh Foody team can give you a few tips as they look at what they’d like to get for Christmas. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at December 19, 2017.

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The great meal replacement experiment

A small serving of cocoa and nutritionally rounded meal replacement. Not a spot of sugar or sweetener in sight.

I like food. I like flavours, textures, variety (thought I can eat noodle bowls for a week). Saying that, have a two-hour commute three days a week and I am trying to write a novel, so time is of the essence. I need every minute I can claw out of…

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Ginnasium at One Square: want to know about gin?

Ginnasium is a great way to learn about gin and make new friends. (Ours was a very convivial group.)

One Square at the Sheraton has not only got its own gin but now also its own gin tasting format: Ginnasium. We went along and learnt a thing or two (and had a lot of fun while we were at it). Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at December 12,…

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