Topolabamba – Mexican food to please a coeliac sufferer

Cheese fondue Mexican style

With the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) last week, there’s been a Mexican theme to my drinking and dining choices recently. Ever since Thomasina Miers won Masterchef, way back in 2005, I’ve been intrigued by Mexican food but it’s only recently that I’ve become a convert…

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The 55 Bar & Grill: brings a touch of style & glamour to sleepy Bridge of Allan

Salt 'n' Pepper Squid

Driving in the autumn sunshine to Bridge of Allan took me down memory lane to my student days in Stirling 20 years ago. I loved this time of year when all the leaves on campus turned red and gold. However, this time I was having a lunch meeting in the…

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L’escargot blanc – the perfect place to catch up

Tender and tasty pork loin with gorgeous jus. Thank you, Gorgie Farm.

When this is published, I’ve just arrived in Paris for a long weekend. I want long walks, plenty of kir royal and at least one steak tartare. To get myself in the mood for the trip, I met a friend at L’escargot blanc for French food and a catch-up. Last updated…

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Wine on tap at Galvin Brasserie – it’s better than it seems

Wine on tap - good in so many ways

When I told friends I was going for ‘wine on tap’, it was met with a variety of responses, and none of them particularly positive but when you know the benefits, I think you too could be persuaded to give it a try. Last updated by Kerry Teakle at October…

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The Boozy Cow launches the Vindacoo burger to help save the Asian Elephant

The Vindacoo Burger - are you brave enough?

Never one to turn down anything to do with spice, I headed down to the Boozy Cow last week during National Curry Week to sample their new ‘Vindacoo Burger‘, safe in the knowledge that I was also helping to save the Asian Elephant, thanks to philanthropist Garreth Wood, Executive Chairman…

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The Hub: afternoon tea for everyone

Sandwiches: crunchy cucumber, earthy red pepper hummus and tangy cheese and tomato.

‘What are they having? asked the woman who just walked past us with a five-year old on her hip asked the server. I’d noticed her – and the girl – staring at our cake stand. ‘It’s called afternoon tea,’ the server answered. ‘It’s a British tradition – a lovely snack…

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Estrella Damm Gastronomic Experience

#EstrellaExperience - A Journey to Joan Roca cuisine from El Celler de Can Roca

A touch of Barcelona was brought to Scotland last week courtesy of Barcelona beer brand, Estrella Damm, who brought Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca to provide the audience with a Gastronomic Experience and the opportunity to witness him cook and and speak. What a treat. Last updated…

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Lifting the Lid on Scottish food history at New Lanark

Old cookbooks - cakes, cakes, cakes!

I remember enjoying reading about the industrial revolution in school. It was almost near enough in time not to feel like a fairy-tale and it left its mark all over the city I lived in. It affected every aspect of how people lived, including what they ate. An exhibition at…

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