I’m sipping a Dawn Chorus, an evocative concoction of Edinburgh Gin Plum Liquer and Daffy’s Gin, misted with absinthe. The room is busy with people coming to celebrate the opening of stylish new restaurant and bar Ishka.
The Scottish Street Food Awards took place over three days at The Pitt. We visited on the Sunday, a bright and sunny day perfect for al fresco greed.
I was invited to take part in a focus group evaluating a new Scottish spirit. I’ve worked in marketing and am interested in product development – and spirits – so I accepted gladly.
Edinburgh’s first ever Shuck Fest marked the end of the Cowgate’s St Patrick’s celebrations. The crowning glory, one would think, of three days of revelry at Three Sisters. It was also a Sunday, and the day after two important rugby matches (so Christopher tells me). That’s probably why it was so very quiet.
When the Pitt Market started, they ran one Saturday a month. During the summer, they increased to weekly and then, when the weather got unavoidably dreich and horrid, they took a break. Now they’re back.
It’s quarter to six on a Friday evening, I’m in a cab on my way to Kerry’s and I’ve forgotten to bring a bottle of wine. Instead of swearing or asking the taxi to stop at an off-license, I turn to my phone.
Kerry and I had the pleasure of popping into Dishoom, the amazing new Bombay Cafe on St Andrew’s Square on launch night.
Stockbridge stalwart Hamilton’s have created 7 bespoke winter cocktails to accompany their Christmas menu, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to try them.
Last weekend we popped in to look round the Foodies Festival at the EICC. Loved the variety of stands there, we sampled most things from the gooiest ever chocolate brownies to gin, raw sugar cane rum cocktails, curry and everything in between. We loved the demos too and especially liked the look of Mark Heirs cured salmon using Arbikie Gin.