Culinary Art Blog

Juniper Gin Festival | Edinburgh & Glasgow

With blue skies finally peeking through the shoals of Scottish cloud it looks like Juniper Festivals have chosen just the right time to get us in the mood for some spirited drinkipoos. Their bang on trend fiestas have become a fixture in the Gin lover’s calendar, and this year both Glasgow and Edinburgh will host [more]

Divino – classy setting, classy wine, classy food.

A recent refit has seen this characterful subterranean haven expand its kitchens and reshape the interiors so the restaurant, enoteca and al fresco space all have their own distinct areas. Luckily none of the rich and chic atmosphere has been sacrificed. The restaurant boasts dark walls, wooden floors and plush leather seating to provide a [more]

Elegance, Sophistication and Fantastic Wines. Le Di-Vin has it all

The beautiful oratory of St Anne’s building poking out from the corner of Randolph Place is home to not one but two fabulous French venues.  La P’tite Folie holds court on the right of the classically styled foyer, but there’s also a fun Gallic surprise awaiting those who haven’t been tempted to push on that [more]

Fine dining at the Chippie from Six by Nico Glasgow

Top chef Nico Simione sure likes a challenge. Not content with running his trailblazing 111 restaurant where he offers Michelin standard dishes at reasonable prices, his brand new venture aims to bring a six course tasting menu to eager foodies at a mere 25 quid a head. Opening on the 14th March in Finnieston, Six [more]

Divino Enoteca Reborn

One of Edinburgh’s finest food and wine bars is ready to reveal a new chapter in its mission to deliver authentic Italian cuisine and stimulating Italian wines. Following a recent expansion Divino is eager to launch its new menu and spanking fresh look. [more]

Glasgow gets ShrimpWrecked on Pop-up Fish Food

Ewen Hutchison’s fun and funky street food venture rocks up to the Buchanan Galleries this month. ShrimpWreck, the feisty outlet which cut its teeth on the blustery streets of Edinburgh prides itself on inspired sea-food served with a contemporary urban swagger. [more]

Wine Tasting | Chase out the cold with a warming vino at Le Di-Vin

Bringing a bit of inner warmth to those blustery autumn nights Le Di-Vin re-launch their popular wine tasting evenings later in the month. With some characterful choices from the sun-drenched Italian northern regions in the foothills of the Alps, it’s a great way to re-live your holiday memories. And what better setting to compare notes [more]

Three-day jazz fest in Leith

I went to this fantastic free event last year and absolutely loved the  laid back atmosphere and way you could easily go from bar to bar in Leith sampling food drink and jazz. with over 40 performances across 20 venues including Mud In Your Ear, Sandy Tweedale, Becc Sanderson Duo, Hot Tin Roof and the Johnson [more]

Fab Food and Drink Yard Extends Opening for Summer

The Pitt  – Edinburgh’s Food and Drink Yard is a monthly event – soon to go weekly from 18 June is a welcome addition of impromptu eating. Set up in a rental car space just off Pitt Street – just off Newhaven Road – you need to know its there ( though I was reassured [more]

That’s Jammy

Leith-based That’s Jammy jam company is gradually making the scone and toast consumption of Edinburgh rise. That’s Jammy founder started making jams and jellies using traditional techniques but with modern and interesting flavours and twists – raspberry jam with lime or even rum? She uses local seasonal fruit and vege bought direct from the farm [more]

The Thrill Of The Grill

After an hour of Bollywood dancing : hand waving, beckoning and hip swaying at the Little Egypt Dance Studio in Dalry   we needed some sustenance and recommended by our teacher who comes from Mumbai and a fellow dancer who comes from the Punjab we shimmied on down Dalry Road to Kebabish Original. On [more]

A Burns Night with a difference – the first ever Vegan

 Vegan Burns Supper 2016 Monday 25 January 2016 at This will be the FIRST fully formal and Vegan ROBERT BURNS SUPPER of its kind in the World, taking place in Burns Birthplace of ALLOWAY, in Scotland! A Truly *Revolutionary *Vegan *Burns Supper Hosted by Vegan Scotland and VARA. In Formal Burns Supper Style on the [more]

Unique Cinema Screening in Edinburgh New Town

I am really keen to help support the work of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust who have instigated the New Town Community Cinema in the historic building of the Glasite Meeting House at 33 Barony Street. I am involved with matching food to the film – so watch this space -at the moment I am [more]

Go on a gin tour this month – you might regret it…

Pickerings gin is handcrafted at Summerhall and is the first exclusive gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Based on an original Bombay recipe, kept secret since 1947, Pickering’s is a spectacularly smooth and flavoursome gin.  Pickering’s gin is based on an original Bombay recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 [more]

Push your wine boundaries this month

I am a great fan of independent wine store Appellation Wines. It was opened in Dalry in November 2009 by Ashton, with the underlying philosophy of stocking wines that cannot be found elsewhere. With so many different wines out there, why stock those that can be found everywhere? They champion the smaller producer and the [more]

A Pressing Time for Afternoon Tea – for Mum

Mother’s Day falls on 6 March this year and you might still be lucky to be able to book Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea afternoon tea at the Printing Press served with the loose leaf tea of your choice and a glass of Champagne Lanson Rosé with fab hand-made chocolates for “Mum” to take away for £27.50. But [more]

New ‘Outlander’ inspired dinner show launches in West Lothian

West Lothian based tour company, Mary’s Meanders launches a new evening dinner show to coincide with the Outlander season 2 premiere. West Lothian based tour company, Mary’s Meanders run by Emma Chalmers and Anne Daly has once again taken the buzz and excitement around the ‘Outlander‘ TV series and developed a new evening dinner show [more]

Food Shop Till You Drop: Edinburgh’s three regular Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets Edinburgh Edinburgh is so lucky with its good range of Farmers Markets and congratulations to all holders who were braving the February winds on Sunday 21 February at the Stockbridge Market. I love the sheer variety and diversity – many stallholders choose to come to the markets once a month even though the markets [more]

Science Festival Focus on Food

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is very much on the Edinburgh Festival scene and this year it is running from 26 March – 10 April where they are venturing forth to explore possible brave new worlds and science, technology, engineering and design’s ability to help improve our lives through our Festival theme Building Better Worlds. I [more]