Foods we miss: the ingredients of memory

A woman eats fish and chips on her lap.

I was talking to Christopher about the things I missed when I first arrived to Edinburgh. Good bread was one of those things. Since then, my opinion of what good bread is has changed a lot. The stuff I loved when I was a child doesn’t cut it anymore. It made…

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Christmas presents for foodies: the 2018 edition

Give the gift of a Christmas dinner to a homeless person, thanks to Social Bite

Here’s some of the Edinburgh Foody top tips on Christmas presents for foodies. This year’s suggestions range from gadgets to literature. from experiences to kindness. Last updated by Caroline von Schmalensee at December 18, 2018.

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Spice Pots – Taking the hassle out of batch cooking

Spice Pots Curry Gift Set - the answer to all your catering worries

Make the festive period a little less stressful with some batch cooking and with a little help from  Spice Pots, things really couldn’t be easier.   When you’ve had enough of turkey and pigs in blankets, what could be more comforting than a curry served with fluffy rice?   The only thing…

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The Beach House Pop Up Supper Club

'Feed a cold' - the main of chicken, walnut and pomegranate stew and bean kofte

On a wet Tuesday a couple of weeks ago, I ventured further afield to Portobello to the Beach House Cafe to sample their first ever pop up supper club. Despite the weather and feeling under the weather myself, it was more than worth the effort for what turned out to…

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York: food, art and history (with the focus on food)

Tofush from Source - best enjoyed in my company.

We went to York for my birthday. I haven’t been before and didn’t really know what to expect. A city, somewhat smaller than Edinburgh, similarly old. And Vikings. Vikings was the reason we went. (It’s a tenuous reason, but there you are.) I was hoping for good food and wad…

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Konkana: The Joys of Indian Seafood

Goan Fish Fry

In short, you should go to Konkana. Spoiler alert; the quality of the food is well above your average Indian experience, yet casual enough to avoid being dubbed ‘fine dining.’ Reasonably priced meals with a focus on seafood, accompanied by an excellent wine list, make for a delectable evening of…

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Galvin Brasserie de Luxe – new weekend brunch

Head to Galvin Brasserie for weekend bruch where eggs are the star of the show

With time a precious commodity, weekends are special and the perfect time to catch up with friends but with everyone leading such busy lives, it can sometimes be a challenge. Perhaps it’s time to take stock and make time for special people in our lives and share those good times…

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Differences and Discoveries: Eating in Japan

Our first ebiken

These days the Japanese are as familiar with pizza as we are with sushi. But at its core, the Japanese approach to consuming food is entirely different to ours; from preparation to presentation, ingredients to utensils – even how you order and pay. And if you’re ready to embrace it,…

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Champagnes and Sparkles – Get inspired for Christmas

Champagne or sparkling wine - what will you serve this festive season?

With only 42 days until Christmas, it’s never too early to start thinking about what bubbles to serve with your festive feast. Whether your penchant is for prosecco, cava, cremant or Champagne, get inspired with the help of a new book ‘101 Champagnes and Other Sparkling Wines To Try Before…

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Black Pig and Oyster – delicious Iberico in elegant surroundings

I really like this because it shows how helpful my diners are. Here, R. uses her plate as a reflector. But you should be looking at those oysters, and the seafood sharing platter.

The vaulted ceilings of Black Pig and Oyster in Leith’s Commercial Quay are gorgeous. The restaurant is the only unit that has chosen to showcase the original brickwork in its unassuming yet intricate glory. Walls and ceilings are discretely lit and the whole restaurant feels warm and welcoming. You know…

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