Topical joke of the day

The National Health Service have set up a swine ‘flu helpline. I called it but all I heard was crackling.


Cripes! I ordered chicken!

The Atrium, Edinburgh The Atrium is situated in a theatre and bar complex and it looked like the kind of place where all of Edinburgh’s super-cool people go to dine. We are super-cool, so it suited. Once again, as I poured over the extensive wine list I was totally scandalised by the mark-ups. Sure, there […]


Cadenhead’s shop is a delight for the lover of hilariously strong booze

We were in Edinburgh at the weekend, and so we thought it a good idea to buy the neighbours a gift for cat-sitting. They love whisky and I am well-aware that you don’t get much better whisky than the single-cask, cask-strength whiskies you can buy from Cadenhead. They have an enormous range on offer, including […]


It wasn’t kitsch

The Kitchin, Edinburgh The Kitchin was recommended to us as one of Edinburgh’s best dining establishments; Kitchin being the surname of the couple who run it. It has quite an elegant dining room (although I wish they wouldn’t play background music) so we had good thoughts as we sat down. Then we read the wine […]


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Is this Britain’s most under-appreciated ceramicist?

Whilst we were in Edinburgh we visited the studio of Sarah-Jane Selwood. This is something I have wanted to do since I purchased my first piece of hers in the mid-nineties. We were both a bit nervous. It was much like visiting a wine producer we love only not having a raft of incisive technical […]


One thing we are not is two thin laddies

I recently ; the cafe Two Thin Laddies in Edinburgh delivers them very well. I was a bit worried when we walked in, it seemed as if it was going to be only free-trade, organic, vegan, leftist-shite food. We were relieved when we looked at the menu and saw it was packed with meaty offerings […]


I’m going to Edinburgh

At the crack of sparrow-fart tomorrow morning the partner and I will be going to Edinburgh. We’ll check out the wine merchants and, even better, we will go and visit Sarah-Jane Selwood’s studio. She is my favourite cermicist, she has new ideas on a regular basis. You can see some of the pieces of hers […]


Grilled prawns and aioli

One meal we cook quite regularly is a simple affair, but it is one of those really pleasing things with are just a total hoot to eat: grilled prawns with aioli. You will obviously need a good source of raw prawns; we get ours from Borough Market. Don’t get super-massive ones as they don’t taste […]


Clearly the best espresso I’ve ever had

The espresso machine is one of the best and most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever been given. I thought the Ristretto coffee pod was the best espresso I’d ever had, but that just seems a bit dull compared to the super-brilliant Indriya from Nespresso’s ‘pure origin’ range. It is really strong and powerful, which I love, […]


I love acidity really

And this wine isn’t short on it. Riesling Auslese Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg 2007, Karthauserhof A lovely, lovely nose of ultra-ripe limes, with a hint of charming peachiness. There is a great, smoky stoniness to it as well, which really tickles my fancy. This smells quite delicious, you’ve got to love such an expressive, pleasing nose. It […]