Tag Archives: tasting

Seafood at Ondine Restaurant Edinburgh

30 Aug
Shellfish at Ondine

Shellfish at Ondine

It’s always a bit of a challenge eating out during the festival.  You’re either trying to work out whether you can fit a decent meal in between shows or are reluctant to try somewhere as it will be overwhelmed with all the visitors in town. We ended up with a booking at a very precise 5:45 pm as the table had to be back at 7:15. Having  just seen the Korean show Chef (think kung fu mixed with beat box) we were ready for a delicious meal. Continue reading

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Festival Foodies – Food and Drink pt1

16 Aug

Part 1 – Food and Drink

A simply glorious day today, the weather could not have been better. A perfect day to go along to Foodies at the Festival, taking place this year in Holyrood Park.

I must confess to being rather ambivalent about festivals such as Taste of Edinburgh, Foodies at the Festival, what are they actually for? To taste the food, just a pleasant day out, to drink? Certainly today, you could have got absolutely plastered very easily! It actually proved a great opportunity to discover some new suppliers, rediscover some old favourites, get a sampling from restaurants that I’d not yet been to, and to watch cookery demonstrations (more about the last two in Part 2). Continue reading

Food lover’s guide to Edinburgh Festivals Pt 1

25 Jun

Visiting the inspiring capital for one of the Edinburgh Festivals during August? Food stops need planning as well as your favourite shows. Just to give you a taster, in the first of a series of posts, we will help you plan where to eat. Plan ahead whilst you can! Edinburgh has great restaurants, some say more restaurants per head than anywhere else in the UK (although it has been devilishly difficult to prove this). For the savvy local, this is no problem, but if you are visiting Edinburgh from out of town for the Fringe, International Festival, Book Festival or any of the others running at the same time, you could be very disappointed. Continue reading

Come rain or shine – Taste of Edinburgh

9 Jun
Pimms taste of sunshine even on an overcast day

Pimms taste of sunshine even on an overcast day

 

 The last three years have offered glorious sunshine on the Taste of Edinburgh Saturday. This year, the good weather came a week early. None daunted, me and three good friends set out with wind proofs and umbrellas, certain we could eat ourselves comfortable through any downpour.   Continue reading

Fine foods in Edinburgh

2 Jun
Fred of l'Escargot Bleu

Fred of l'Escargot Bleu

 

Taste of Edinburgh, Frederic Berkmiller of owner l’Escargot Bleu is on the Peugeot stand for his first ever live demonstration: steak tartare using rosy veal. A brave choice on both accounts perhaps? Or perhaps on a mission to change the eating preferences of Edinburgh? After all, the restaurant recently received attention for serving horse meat. Continue reading

Taste of Edinburgh – Part 1

29 May

I had the luck to get a free ticket to the Taste of Edinburgh in Inverleith Park today. In truth, there was much about it that was a taste of elsewhere – local suppliers and restaurants were there of course, but also companies and producers from many miles away (parmesan anyone?)  The big stars of the show were from England (and of French and Italian descent) and were joined by local chefs including Tom Kitchin who  had a crowd of several hundred trying to watch his demo (why don’t they make the theatres bigger?) Continue reading

Liquid Deliciousness – liqueurs in Edinburgh

26 May

I have a soft spot for Victoria Street in Edinburgh. I love its eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. It’s also the location for one of my favourite places – Demijohn, a liquid deli (right next door to another favourite, I J Mellis). I am biased of course! I first met Angus Ferguson, Demijohn’s owner soon after it opened in 2004. I often took eager Discover the Taste participants along for tastings particularly on Saturday mornings as part of the Farmers’ Market food tour. 

Seville Orange Gin

Seville Orange Gin (for illustration only)

 

If you have the good luck to meet Angus, you’ll find he is one of the most enthusiastic people you’ve ever met – he has such passion for his products. Demijohn is now a great success and has expanded to Glasgow and York. 

Demijohn is a celebration of prime British ingredients – liqueurs, spirits, whiskies and vinegars  – all specially selected from a lady who creates vodkas on her kitchen table to (slightly) larger operations. 

The idea is simple, you choose a glass bottle from all sorts of shapes and sizes and have it  filled with your chosen tipple. Once you’ve finished the bottle it can be refilled with whatever you choose. 

There is always something different to try (and the staff will encourage you to do so). My current favourite is the Seville orange gin – glorious – and the raspberry vodka is to die for.  The fruit types of fruit vinegar are always guaranteed to astonish. 

Oh, and there are single estate olive oils to try too. 

For those of you far from Edinburgh, don’t despair, you can do mail order too! What do you fancy trying

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