- If you're coming to Edinburgh you always need to plan for the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival : check out https://www.edfringe.com/ for more information
- This is Edinburgh has an ongoing set of upto date goings on in Edinburgh and if you're at a loose end it can always make for inspirational reading.
- Im lazy. Thankfully content on the web now comes in video - so I don't have to do anything and can just sit up and watch. I really like the 24 hour guide to Edinburgh from Skyscanner (even found some places that I didnt know of before I watched it)
- Timeout Edinburgh has 20 things to do list. Useful and well made - the weather even looks good :p
- Bus tours are always a good little way to get around http://www.hop-on-hop-off-bus.com/edinburgh-bus-tours is one of my favourites.
Woo hoo. I got my tickets. The Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland 2014 event is being held at Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB - just next to Edinburgh Airport. I wasnt going to go if I am absolutely honest. I find these large scale foodie things actually a bit annoying - as the crowd can outweight the artisan nature of the food I enjoy best. But it's in Edinburgh (almost assuming that a bus out to the Gyle counts as Edinburgh and not Ratho) and some of the food producers actually were on my list of things I'm already enjoying so feels like a wee trip to the contemporaries seems like a good shout.
If you're heading out there let me know in comments below. I'll whack up a review kinda thing after the event - may take me a day or two as the Thistly Cross Cider is a favourite in my house. Discounted tickets (£8 off the £15 normal cost) available @ http://www.bite-magazine.com/product/904/12/13th-14th-september-2014-eat-drink-discover-scotland.
City Cafe FoodMy boss always says that "sharing is caring" and at times this is true; at others its just a damned inconvenience to have someone else order when all you want to do is eat one thing rather than taste various things. Yesterday was a sharing day so I ordered The Butchers Board (£14.00) containing :
- Full rack of BBQ Ribs,
- chicken fillet strips
- 2 baby cheese burgers and
- premium pork bangers
- pea shoot salad stuff
- hickory smoked BBQ Sauce
City Cafe BeerI like beer. Not that fizzy lagery stuff beloved of the weekend fighters that adorn every pub in every city every Friday and Saturday night. But beer and TBH when I go to a bar and it has a specific menu devoted to beers from Scotland I am happier than a child at xmas. The beer menu does not dissapoint; unless you're looking for a session beer. Everything was 4.2% + and some peaked at far higher than that so beware when ordering. The Twisted Thistle IPA was a nice sassy number and the Schiehallion was as ever delightful. I was later to wander off to the Half Way House and imbibe some rather fine Raven Ale; but in terms of it being truly good after the beer previously I could not in all honesty atest.
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A church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly 1And yes this is how I look at a dive bar, except the piece about slumming celebrities; if someone is a celebrity they can go and find somewhere else to drink so I can have a drink or twelve in peace. Oh and if a bar has a ping pong table rather than a pinball table, a roof terrace rather than a smoking area or contains a restaurant menu rather than a bar menu it's unlikely to be on my list of places to in which to escape the thronging masses of Londinium. Posts will go up over next couple of days and I'll try and make this a series of positive posts rather than whining about how expensive bars are in London, or the fact that no one ever says excuse me as the trample you underfoot etc.