Vegetarian & vegan round-up, summer 2017

Beetroot falafel with wheat salad, hummous and flat bread at Earthy.

Edinburgh’s a student town with a wide and varied population. One positive side-effect of this is that we’ve always had decent vegetarian options. Now there seems to be a growing trend towards eating vegetables and going vegan, there are even more options. We’ve done a couple of vegetarian round-ups in…

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Juniper: Street food and cocktails with a view

Grab yourself a window seat at Juniper bar with its amazing panoramic views

On a June day when it bucketed it down with 84cm of rain in one day, more typical of the monthly average rainfall , I visited Juniper, the stylish sister bar to Twenty Princes Street, at Hotel Indigo, to try their new Street Food menu and cocktails. Last updated by…

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Cooking with Ghillie Basan, the Original Spice Girl – Far from the Madding Crowd

Pears in saffron and cinnamon syrup

Finances have prevented me from going on holiday this year yet I’ve been hankering after the sun, sea and flavours of one of my favorite travel destinations, Turkey. Sadly it’s not going to happen but an invitation to escape to the wilds of the Highlands to learn to cook with…

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Ishka – a new food & cocktail destination on Morrison Street

Rice and herb stuffed squid with tomato and chorizo and roast garlic mayonnaise.

‘Every time I walk down Morrison Street, it has changed completely’ a friend said the other day. It is a street of rapid change, especially in the middle. When I heard that a cocktail bar and restaurant was opening opposite EICC, I was intrigued. I was pleased to get an…

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Chaophraya – come graduate in style

The tower of tempura: asparagus tempura was a bit of a relevation.

Chaophraya’s views over the city makes the restaurant a glamorous place for drinks or dinner. Especially now in the light summer nights. This week, I went to try out their graduation dinner and found myself reminiscing about my own university days over a glass of prosecco and a plate of…

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The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street – a sublime dining experience

Rabbit, confit and roasted loin

Readers will know I’m a huge fan of whisky and last year when I attended the relaunch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street, I dropped subtle hints to my friends and family that I’d love a membership for my forthcoming big birthday. Sadly it never materialised but…

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Family fayre at The Fountain

Mezze Plate

Saturdays are normally quite busy in our house with the typical last minute rush out the door to get to swimming lessons on time. Fortunately, this now finishes at lunchtime and we use this as a reward to go somewhere nice as a treat for lunch. I’ve often driven past…

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Taisteal: fine around-the-world dining in relaxed surroundings

Apple terrine with miso butterscotch and applee and tarragon sorbet. In the background, my dining companion.

Last Tuesday it rained in Edinburgh. I worked from home and spent the day running between my laptop and the kitchen to empty over-flowing drip-bowls. We had what the insurance company calls ‘water ingress’. Not fun. The day’s silver lining was that I didn’t have to cook my own dinner.…

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