Thomsons Bar, 18 Morrison Street, Edinburgh – June 2012



Looking to cross off another pub in Edinburgh, we nipped into here for a quick half.  I’m glad we did. Excellent selection of real ale on draught as well as old pictures, mirrors and some excellent wood panelling to keep the eye entertained.  I fancied staying for another but food needs had to be met and other plans.  Definitely one to go back to.

Pies and toasties available, £2.50 for toasties, unsure of pie prices.


WIN tickets to see Taste of Edinburgh, The Meadows, Edinburgh


Taste of Edinburgh is a bright spot in what can be a dreich Scottish summer. The festival will be returning to The Meadows for a sixth year of unforgettable eating, drinking and entertainment.


Showing the world what delights are found in Scotland’s larder, celebrity chef Valentine Warner will be joining a star studded cast that includes Masterchef TV favourite Loyd Grossman, Michelin Star talent Jeff Galvin, Gordon Ramsey’s protégé Jason Atherton and Channel 4’s culinary duo, The Fabulous Baker Brothers. Michelin starred Peat Inn’s Geoffrey Smeddle will also make a special appearance, while master patissier of Cake Boy, Eric Lanlard, will show guests with a sweet tooth how to perfect the art of homebaking.  


Guests will be able to sample the finest produce from over 100 exhibitors to the live music of the band from Edinburgh’s premier entertainment venue, Ghillie Dhu.

It’s well worth a trip to Edinburgh, but even better when you have a chance of winning one of our FREE TICKETS! Like, Comment, Share , Tweet and follow with this: “I’d love to visit Taste of Edinburgh for free thanks to @tasteofed and @glasgowfoodie”.  Please leave a comment letting me know you  have followed etc for an extra entry 🙂

Free ticket is for Sunday evening session (4:30pm start)

Good luck!

Competition closes at midnight, Wednesday 4th July so you can plan your weekend, good luck again!

Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh – 28th – 30th June


The Scottish Real Ale Festival is back! and this time it is at Corn Exchange Edinburgh.

Admission costs are £3 for CAMRA members or £5 for non CAMRA members, tickets available at the door.  Readmission to the festival is free at later sessions on presentation of your badged glass.  No under 18’s admitted and challenge 25 will be in force .    Included in admission is either a pint or half pint souvenir glass.

Opening hours are:-

Thursday 28th June – Noon – 11pm

Friday 29th June – Noon – 11pm

Saturday 30th June – Noon -9pm

Drinks Pricing
ABV ½ Pint Pint
<3.2% £1.30 £2.60
<4.0% £1.40 £2.80
<5.0% £1.50 £3.00
<6.0% £1.60 £3.20
>6.0% £Variable
Ciders £1.60 £3.20
Beer and cider of 6% ABV or less can be bought on presentation of your souvenir glass in half‑pint or pint quantities. N.B. Pint glasses also have a half‑pint line marking.

Beer and cider of more than 6% ABV can be bought on presentation of your souvenir glass in third‑pint or half‑pint quantities. N.B. glasses also have a third‑pint line marking.

More information can be found HERE.



Bluerapa Thai, 6 Torpichen Place, Edinburgh – June 2012


A quick dinner was required in Edinburgh before going to see a film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (The Imposter , recommended!).  We stumbled across Bluerapa Thai and thought we’d give it a try.

Sweetcorn Cakes £4.95, spiced with red curry paste and kaffir lime, served with Chilli Sauce and Peanuts.

Fluffy with just the right amount of spice to tingle but not overwhelm the taste.  One of those, oh i could do this, dishes.

Sweet Potato Fritter £4.95 with desicated coconut and sesame seeds

Balance of sweet and sour, another one on the ooh I’ll have to try to make these at  home.

Roasted Duck Yum £6.95 shallots, apples, cashew nuts, mango, coriander, mint and lemon dressing.

Great infusion of flavours and textures, only downside was the duck was a little rubbery for my liking.

Namtok Grilled Beef, £6.95, tossed with powdered rice, spring onion, shallots, coriander, dried chillies, mint and lime juice

Delicious!, the man won with his choice of meal.  Spicy, minty and tender beef.  Gah!

It’s BYOB here, no corkage, so not knowing this we made do with a thai iced coffee (no different from a normal iced coffee lol) and a glass of mango juice.  A lot of the drinks on the menu were not available, so probably best to take your own.

All in £32.70 for two dinner (rice £2.50 extra) and two soft drinks.

Quick service, busy restaurant, would go again.  Menu’s can be found HERE

p.s and I got free help re-setting my iphone, service eh!?

Bluerapa Thai on Urbanspoon

The Ashvale, Aberdeen – March 2012


One from the backlog!

Up in Aberdeen for a wee weekend away and had to have some fish.  Came her many a year ago and was impressed with the quality of the fish.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The only downside is the bright lights and canteen/eating at your grans feel to the place.  Could do with a wee spruce up methinks.

The man went for Fisherman’s Feast
Haddock, Cod, Sole, Rock Turbot, Scampi and Salmon £11.65

Battered Smoked Haddock £8.95

Was surprised with the Egg, but pleased as I’m a dip yer chips into egg kinda gal.

Chips  and batter were crispy and the haddock fluffy (although not as good as Anstruther smoked haddy).  Downside was not knowing what kind of fish was what in the feast 😦

£3.50 for a big bottle of water and 90p for bread and butter.

Good fill yer boots food.


The Finnieston, 1125 Argyle Street, Glasgow – June 2012


Punting itself as a seafood restaurant and a gin cocktail bar, we of course had to go

Small but interesting would definitely be the decor, part library, part galley, part public toilet! (the tiles).  The push is towards food I would say, which is a shame as the bar is fully stocked ( Aperol!) and would be a great place to while away the time.

After eyeing up the crab on the way in, I went for the whole Orkney Crab, served with fries £12.95.

The crab was delicious, dressed with extra lemon to add extra zing, although there was a fair amount crab chewy bits that could have been better picked out. Also cracking or providing some cracking devices for the legs would have been handy too.  The leg meat was picked out eventually and disappeared quickly.  Fries were crispy  and some mayo/brown bread as a side would have been better methinks.

The man went for the daily fish, £14.95 today was Hake, grilled with rosemary and orange butter, two sides were chips and mixed greens.  Perfectly cooked fish, moist and tender.  Butter could have had a stronger flavour however it was there as a hint.  Chips looked a little rough but tasted crisp and fluffy.

We ordered two half pints of Finnieston Ale which we noticed on the way in, £3.20.   Considering its a Gin joint and the lovely beer, wine was all that was listed on the menu 😦

Lovely half pint glasses

Ladies Toilet Sign

Overall, we would return.  The food was good, beer good.  However waiter was a bit overrun (more staff!) and had to remember lots of dishes that were off.  Would be nice if it seemed confortable to just come in for a drink rather than the full meal business.   £31.10 all in.

Finnieston on Urbanspoon

#totalfoodgeeksglasgow meet up at The Arches, Glasgow


Anything Edinburgh can do Glasgow can do better… well we hope!  Inaugural meet up of a band of bloggers who like their food (and drink!) in The Arches thanks to the organisation skills of @Scotslarder and the culinary skills of @chefski27.

The choice on the menu left me speechless (for once!) but eventually plumped for

Rabbit and Ham Hough Battenburg with Sage Crisps and Cider and Honey Jelly.    I love ham hough, it is a much neglected piece of Scottish food history.  This dish certainly did it justice.  The Sage melted in the mouth but gave the ham a nice kick, the jelly dissolved into honey goodness :).

The man had the Coconut and Carrot Soup (as he is a soup fiend),

soup tasted good, as carrot soup but I couldn’t really taste the coconut or get anything from the chilli oil either, bread wasn’t the freshest 😦

Part two, Cairnhill farm roasted chump of lamb with pistachio dauphinoise, confit shallots and baby turnips with a Bitter and Twisted ale jus.  Pinky lamb with a strong jus, the dauphinoise was cooked perfectly so a happy me 🙂

Pan seared mackerel fillet with glazed beetroot, cauliflower and horseradish mousse, seaweed and spring onion and rapeseed dressing

the man said mackerel was lovely, cooked just right, button beetroots were cute but again horseradish was subtle, i like strong flavours!

With a title like Chocolate Nemisis I couldn’t not order that. Never had bee pollen before and it was an interesting decoration on the chocolate shard, as well as giving a warm honey vibe.  The nemisis itself, wow.  Im not a big chocolate cake fan however… was like eating a  spanish hot chocolate that’s gone cold.  Thick, velvety chocolate that melts in your mouth.

Tart was very nice, ice cream, lovely but the best bit was the unusual “tart” taste from the balsamic

Well done Chef!

Please visit the other bloggers who shared this great night :-








Arches Cafe Bar on Urbanspoon

The Earl of Marchmont Bar, 22 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh – June 2012


Popped in to watch a bit of football whilst waiting to go to a gig.  Good mix of clientele in, menu was well priced and a wide selection (especially for such a small kitchen!).  Beers on tap were Addlestones Cider, Carling, San Miguel, Amstel, Belhaven Best, Guinness, Leffe, Hoegaarten and two real ales.  Good selection of bottled beers too (Innis & Gunn etc).

Noticed the lots of bowls of nachos appearing and empty bowls going back so we ordered a sharing one.

£5.95 for this, which is a bowl and not just a plate,  Kicking jalepenos and lots of cheese.  Well worth it.

Menu can be found here

Friendly staff, sparkling toilets, good nachos, excellent beer selection and nice area.  Quite fancy nipping in again.

Hidden Lane Festival – Date Announced!


We heart the hidden lane, and so when snooping around online I saw that they had settled on a date for the festival I was woohoo!  OK, I am easily pleased but Hogroast, food from Aye Sushi and the Hidden Lane Tearoom as well as beer from the Ivy Bar, a mini Jazz club,  live bands and DJ’s from the likes of lane residents Radio Magnetic.what is there not to love.

The action is set for 23rd June starting from 12 until around 9pm.  Keep an eye out HERE for more details

Free Fish Cookery Class 2nd June, Glasgow




On the 2 June parents and children are invited to attend an informative day of cooking and eating fish with the help of Fish is the Dish and Glasgow Cookery School, which is based in the heart of the city centre. The event forms part of a nationwide campaign by Seafish, to get more parents cooking seafood for the family and is completely free to attendees.

Heather Middleton from Seafish said: “Despite people being aware of the health benefits of eating fish, there is still an underlying misconception that seafood is a tricky mealtime option. That’s one of the reasons Fish is the Dish was launched by Seafish – to help show families just how easy cooking with seafood can be and to encourage confidence preparing different types of fish at home.”


Jo Dunlop, one of the original founders of the campaign said: “Fish is the Dish is all about chatting to mums online and helping each other to create tasty, easy fish recipes at home. By attending these events we really help parents can take the fear out of cooking and see that cooking with seafood can be fun!”

For fish and seafood recipes, tips and a whole lot more visit or follow @fishisthedish


For further info please contact:

3×1 Public Relations

Kimberly Gallacher


0141 221 0707

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