Festive Parties at the Waldorf

Bite-size versions of the Highland game terrine, spiced fruit chutney, pickled mushroom

This post is going to come with a bah-humbug warning.  The Fringe may have only just finished but if you’re in charge of booking your festive celebrations, now’s the time to get on the case. I went along to a festive preview of what’s on offer at the Waldorf Astoria…

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Thrive – enticing veggie/vegan restaurant bar in Bruntsfield

Thrive, on what I now call Bruntsfield Terrace's veggie corner.

Two new vegetarian/vegan places have opened up in Bruntsfield recently. (Well, recently enough that I haven’t been yet.) Always interested to see what the vegetable-loving scene looks like, Christopher and I went for lunch at one of them last week: Thrive. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at September 13,…

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Joe Wicks kitchenware – colourful, smart and useful

My tiny work surface may look a mess but this chopping board helps me keep things tidy.

Joe Wicks, the Bodycoach, pops up on cook book shelves across the country. He is fit, has a lovely smile and glossy hair that makes you ask questions about his conditioner. To support his recipe collections he’s released a kitchenware collection. Debenham’s asked me if I wanted to review some…

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What are you listening to? My favourite food podcasts

POdcasts. I listen to a lot of them and am looking for recommendations for more.

The Festival(s) are over and Edinburgh is peculiarly quiet. The students aren’t back yet but most of the tourists are gone. The sky is grey, the air cool. For the next month or so I’ll be mostly staying in and cooking. And since I long for entertainment – non-stop brain…

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The Wee Restaurant

Roasted Fillet of Plaice, Fresh Peas and Samphire Linguine

It’s always good to find a restaurant with a Menu du Jour, a simplified menu offering two courses or three courses for a set price, which is perfect for an early evening, post-work, pre-theatre dinner. I went along to try out The Wee Restaurant’s menu during the Fringe but what…

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Ombar – organic raw chocolate bars

Cocmylk in front, coco almond in the back. Creamy, cacao-rich raw chocolate.

I was emailed by Ombar to see if I liked chocolate and was interested in trying some of theirs. Ombars are raw chocolate bars made from Equadorian cacao, coconut and a variety of fruits, berries and nuts. They come in full-sized bars (70 grams) and small bars (35 grams). Last…

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The Very Scotty Berry Cocktail

The Very Scotty Berry Cocktail created by Dine Mixologists using Daffy's Gin

OK, so the weather is decidedly cool again but this year’s recent hot Scottish summer has produced a bumper crop of delicious Scotty Brand raspberries. To celebrate their bumper crop, the lovely people at Scotty brand sent me a berry hamper to create my own Very Scotty Berry cocktail, which…

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The Lantern Room – all change at the Courtyard by Marriott

Edinburgh Gin cured salmon with pickled cucumber and lemon mayo. A perfect piece of fish.

My friend and I were talking about what the building that houses Courtyard by Marriott used to be. We remember walking past it and seeing it boarded up for years, buddleia growing in the gutters, sun-bleached crisp bags stuck on the railings. It was a sad end to the party street…

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Foundry 39 – easy to overlook but worth a visit

Scented with truffle oil, studded with mushrooms, all good.

The West End is full of bars and restaurants so it’s easy for any one of them to be overlooked. Despite the fact that Amy reviewed it a couple of years ago, I think of Foundry 39 as a pub/bar rather than a restaurant. I’ve gone there for a quick…

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Afternoon teas at the Edinburgh Book Festival

Afternoon tea at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh Fringe has plenty to delight foodies but so does the Edinburgh Book Festival, which runs from tomorrow, 11 – 27 August. Two events I will definitely be taking in are their Afternoon Tea event in the Spiegeltent. Not only do you get to hear tales from two great cookery…

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