Tag Archives: Italian

WIN with Prosciutto di San Daniele & Grana Padano

The lovely people at San Daniele & Grana Padano kindly sent us a wee hamper with some samples and a cheese knife – I’ve often bought Grana Padano – I like to use it in my cooking – but never (knowingly) tried the Prosciutto before – it was really good too – so soft, unlike […]

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A Private Chef at Home – What A Brilliant Experience!

Q. Nadine, would you be interested in hosting a dinner party in your own home for 8 people, where we’ll send a chef round to cook for you, at no cost or inconvenience to yourself? A. Erm, well let me think about that for a nanosecond… I love to host dinner parties and really enjoy […]

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Osteria Del Tempo Perso – Review (Guest Blog)

It’s fair to say that I get a LOT of lovely invitations to food & drink events – sadly living out of town now I find it hard to make many of them. This is a place I’ve wanted to try for a while (the name roughly translates as ‘lost time eatery’ so I sent […]

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Locanda De Gusti – I still say si! Si! SI!

One of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh to go to with ‘Science’ is Locanda De Gusti – I’ve blogged them a couple of times before (see bottom of page) and we adore Chef/owner Rosario’s fresh and amazing tasting fare, not remotely like any Italian restaurant I’ve eaten in, in the UK! They recently moved away from Broughton […]

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An Italian cookery class with Rosario, chef at Locanda De Gusti

After my recent outstanding meal at Locanda De Gusti, I jumped at the offer to go along to one of Chef Rosario’s evening cookery classes. I love Italian food (especially Rosario’s) and I love cooking so a perfect match! I wasn’t sure what to expect but on arrival there was already a mix of folk […]

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Locanda De Gusti – si! si! si!

This restaurant is outstanding, a place to fall in love with and to, and has just become mine & Science’s new favourite. I can’t believe it was never on my radar before, it was only because ChiefPudding was talking about it at work and all being dedicated foodies we started devouring the menu online. “Food Porn” declared […]

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My new Gusto Dining Card has arrived (40% off)

and it’s all lovely & shiny!   40% off at Gusto with their new Dining Card!  I’ve eaten at Gusto a few times and LOVE their Carbonara (the fizz & cocktails are pretty good too!). I recently discovered that they have a Dining Club where card holders can get 40% off Monday-Wednesday, and signed myself up […]

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Pizza and Pasta at La Piazza – a long time favourite

Seeing as I’ve been recommending it for so long it’s well overdue for me to pull my finger out and blog it!

From ‘My Top Restaurants’ page:

La Piazza – My mouth simply waters every time I think of La Piazza’s Tortelloni with Black Truffle, Norcina Sausage, Red Wine & Porcini Sauce, to die for! Crisp linen, old fashioned and pristine waiters, a fantastic venue for a business lunch!

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A restaurant chain with a diet? yes indeed! Gusto’s Skinny G Diet

Later on, when I got home and had a more detailed look at the diet and the recipes I realised that while it most certainly did look colourful and appetising with plenty of foods that I love to eat, my heart sank a little when I realised it was quite heavily liquid based with soups and smoothies. Also one lunch, ‘lettuce and avocado wraps’, were actually just that, slices of avocado wrapped in lettuce, with the best will in the world I’ll never survive on that! As I studied it more it finally dawned on me this is a serious 2 week detox and not for the fainthearted, I have no doubt that you can lose up to 14lbs in 2 weeks on it, great for a special occasion but I just don’t think I want it enough to be able to maintain the discipline required for 2 weeks, unless I was in a health spa and having it all prepared for me..perhaps..

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Fringe Festival food – a summary

As you can imagine we ate (and drank) more than our fair share (it seems that gluttony runs in the family) in a wide variety of places so I thought I’d do a little summary of where I’ve been eating and show you some of the highlights!

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