Assembly Food Festival and Foodies – two festivals to whet your appetite this July and August

Edinburgh Food Festival will tickle your taste buds this summer

With Edinburgh Fringe, International, Art and TV festivals soon to start in August, there’s also a number of food festivals to whet your appetite this summer too. Kicking off today is Assembly Food Festival (19-28 July) in Assembly George Square Gardens, and followed in a couple of weeks with Foodies Festival…

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Pickerings’ Picklings at Bar 1821

Strawberry shrub can be a refreshing addition to a gin and soda

As a child, my younger sister used to love to drink shrub and coke when we were on holidays. I’m convinced she thought that the cordial she brought from the Cornish cornershop, was alcoholic and therefore illicit – although that’s as far from the truth as could be.  It only…

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Bluezy Snoozy at No. 35 at The Bonham Hotel – sweet music and the market menu

Lamb shoulder with black truffle espuma, broccoli and artichokes.

The Bonham Hotel sits in a sleepy corner of the West End, close to good restaurants and cafés but away enough to be a haven to guests. With the Bluezy Snoozy deal they’re inviting visitors to No 35, the Bonham’s restaurant, for the market menu, wine and live music. Christopher…

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Introducing Fazenda’s new bar menu

Coxinha - Delicious fried potato is stuffed with black pudding, and is topped with a spicy sriracha sauce

As a food blogger, I’m often asked where my favourite place to eat is.  It’s a tough question as it will depend on the type of cuisine I’m searching out, the occasion and what I’m wanting to spend.  However, invariably one of my replies will often include Fazenda on George…

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Drinks Biscuits – the snack paired to be eaten with drinks

Cornish Saison beer paired with Drinks Biscuits Lancashire Cheese & Spring Onion

Who doesn’t love something to nibble on when imbibing?  I certainly do.  I normally have a supply of the dough for my mum’s legendary cheese biscuits or Wendy Barrie’s savoury shortbreads in the freezer but on less organised days, then I sometimes have to resort to something shop-brought.  Of course,…

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AVA strawberries – manna and ambrosia in fruit form

There are few things that says summer to me as loudly and clerarly as a strawberry and whipped cream sponge.

I jumped on the email that offered to send me some strawberries, then went to Glasgow and left Christopher to wait for them. Last Friday, a basket with over a kilo of AVA strawberries arrived. Christopher promptly – and quite rightly – had a punnet for dessert. The livingroom was…

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Edinburgh’s Contini George Street toasts double centenary for National Negroni Week

Head to Contini to try the new Martini Fiero Spritz - it's the perfect summer drink

With National Negroni Week (24th-30th June) this week, Edinburgh’s Contini George Street is raising a toast to a double centenary. Mixologists at the family-run Italian restaurant have created a special menu of five new Negroni cocktails to mark not only the centenary of the classic Italian tipple, but also the…

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Kukina – Turkish food on Leith Walk

Kukina's classic platter

I have a love affair with Middle Eastern food, so it’s great to see the opening of another new eatery, Kukina, in my neck of the woods.  Its menu is packed full of fresh, organic Turkish street food and meze and is worth checking out. Last updated by Kerry Teakle…

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Grazing by Mark Greenaway

Snacks by Mark Greenaway

I finally got the longed for invite to Grazing by Mark Greenaway, who has moved into Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, taking over the space which previously housed the Galvin brothers’ Brasserie de Luxe. I’d been along to the launch in April but had somehow managed to miss most of the…

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Experiencing Edinburgh – street food and markets

Sunhine on Leith Market.

Edinburgh offers a lot of interesting eating experiences all year round. Because the weather’s temperate (never hot, never that cold) we also get markets all year round. This post is a quick round-up of places you can go to buy or eat food. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at…

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