Short & sweet: Sundays at Söderberg

Ever since B’s car broke down a few weekends ago, we’ve been like birds with clipped wings. No more weekend migrations to the coast or the Highlands; no last-minute road trips back west to see my family; we’ve even started getting our shopping delivered (this feels a little lazy and too twenty-first century to me). Yet, in reducing our ability to travel, we’ve explored more of … Continue reading Short & sweet: Sundays at Söderberg

Exploring Edinburgh: Behind the bar at Blackbird

When we talk about creativity, we’re guilty of associating it solely with music, culture, literature or art. But what about bartending? I’d never really given much thought to this but — one nippy November night in Scotland’s capital — we opened the door to Blackbird, a cosy pub in Bruntsfield, and discovered this alcoholic artistry for ourselves. Our host for the evening was Joshua Ramsay and, … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Behind the bar at Blackbird

Exploring Edinburgh: A late lunch at Jamie’s Italian

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know one thing: aside from Scotland (of course) we love Italy. It’s the one place that we’ve consistently saved enough pennies to return to, where the food is so simple yet so good and where the capital is crammed with history. So — even when we’re in Scotland — any excuse to remember those heady, … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A late lunch at Jamie’s Italian

Weekday lunch at Relish, Leith

Although Edinburgh doesn’t fully feel like home to a west coaster like me, it does have its plus points. Hills pushing through the town cobbles, crescents of beautiful buildings and — quite conveniently for my stomach — a host of new eateries to explore. At weekends, our haunt seems to be Henderson’s, an established veggie restaurant just over the New Town’s hump. And, finally, we’ve settled … Continue reading Weekday lunch at Relish, Leith

Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital

A day after returning from Rome in September, we were having gelato withdrawal symptoms (it’s a common occurrence, just ask your doctor). So when B’s family started talking about a place called Vanilla Joe’s — which has recently scooped Scotland’s Best Gelataria at the Italian Awards — our curiosity rumbled along with our tummies. So, with our tans still glowing, we zoomed down to Irvine to … Continue reading Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital

5 reasons to visit Ardardan (& saying goodbye!)

You know what? It’s a great feeling to be able to finally write about this place without feeling like I’m biased! Having worked at Ardardan Estate for the past six years, I was one of the longest-serving weekend cashiers. And last Sunday, I said goodbye to my favourite customers, my lovely bosses and one of the local community’s most cherished businesses (because I’m moving east … Continue reading 5 reasons to visit Ardardan (& saying goodbye!)

Review: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow

It’s September 2015 and I’ve just been back at McCune Smith! When I interviewed the owner Dan for the Journal two years ago, I fell in love with the café: the concept, the food, the aesthetics… everything. So here’s my original 2013 review plus some new images. Don’t forget to like McCune Smith on Facebook — they’re involved in some interesting events during this year’s Black … Continue reading Review: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow