In early December, I was lucky enough to attend the Tattinger Champagne Tasting at The Pantry Colinton. We were treated to not only an evening of fabulous food perfectly paired with various champagnes, but also received an education from Mark O’Bryen, Master of Wine for Tattinger. It was also a brilliant opportunity to catch up with Caroline and discuss what we’d like to write about on the blog this year – and what better way to do that than over champagne! Charlotte welcomed us to The Pantry Colinton, ensuring everyone had a glass of Tattinger Non-Vintage Brut in hand before… View Post

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I’ve recently started The Fresh Life January Challenge facilitated by Alexa Freeman. 31 days to kick start a healthier lifestyle and reduce sugar and caffeine cravings. 7 days in and I already feel different. I thought as a 8-10 cup a day coffee addict, I’d find the caffeine withdrawal unbearable. So I decided to cut down gradually in December, but I’m now happily functioning on one cup a day and lots of herbal teas. In all honesty, I’m not missing it. Sugar though is another matter. I don’t miss… View Post

It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of brunch and with Charlotte aka Mrs Pantry on our team – it’s no surprise that The Pantry is one of my favourite hang outs. It seems the rest of Edinburgh agrees with me given that The Pantry has served an astonished 37,500 poached eggs this year alone. The Pantry was also crowned Overall Winner in The Food Awards Scotland this year too. Which all goes to show… I have egg-cellent taste! Obviously, for Edinburgh people I’d suggest heading the The Pantry over the holidays but –  if you can’t make it to Stockbridge… View Post

​The latest addition to Bruntsfield’s swathe of eatery choices is Black Ivy. Formerly known as The Links Hotel, Billy Lowe has transformed the neighbourhood bar and hotel into a pocket of glamour for guests and local residents. I popped in and had a nose around and I was pleasantly suprised. For those that knew The Links Bar and Hotel, you won’t recognise the new venue. There are two bars, a ping pong table room, vintage chandeliers, beautiful large fire places and most importantly, comfy seats. It’s got a cosy feel without feeling too decadent. I loved the beer tanks, beautiful… View Post

Christmas has now well and truly come to Edinburgh. Santa has been sighted, it’s brutally cold and sleigh bells can be heard. But I’m going all out this year and want to ignite all the senses – so taste and smells are also important. Rather than having a never ending stash of scented candles this year I’ve turned to a bit of cooking. To fill your home with the most amazing smell try simmering combinations of natural aromatics like cranberries, cinnamon stick, pine, orange peel, nutmeg or cloves. You just need to add the ingredients to a couple of cups of water, bring… View Post