The Gallery – Travel

The lovely Tara; from Sticky Fingers’s prompt for the Gallery this week is Travel and to be honest, I was stumped for what to put up.  I did however travel to Edinburgh last week, and I took lots of pictures, so I hope it counts, if not, well there are some yummy pictures to look at, at least…

Last week I had the truly delicious opportunity to travel to Edinburgh to experiance Taste of Edinburgh.  Even before I got there, I had an adventure…

I don’t normally use much public transport; when I lived in Edinburgh I had my bus pass and would use it with a passion; nowadays, with two little people, it is just easier to bundle them in the car.  When we do venture to Edinburgh we park at one of the stations on the outskirts and get a short train in, usually the highlight of the boys day.  Today however I fancied partaking in a wee beverage, so went to the local train station to get a train.  Now it was Sunday, so there weren’t many trains anyway, and it takes twice the time to get there by train than car, and to top it off, today there was a bus service half the way, yay!

I eventually got to a beautiful Edinburgh, bathed in sunshine and instantly remembered why I loved living and working there.  Found the delectable D and we bimbled to the Meadows.

We had to pick up our tickets and then made our way, through the VIP entrance, and then we were in.  We caught a bit of Jason Atherton & Roy Brett cooking fish, then off to have a wee glass of champagne and book ourselves into a cocktail tasting session.

There was so much delicious food on display that we soon became hungry, so we went off to investigate.  The great thing about Taste is that lots of the really good, uber delicious restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow were serving mini three course menus so you could try a particular dish and pay for with Taste’s own currency, called crowns, each one equivalent to fifty pence.

From Tigerlilly we had Asian glazed pork cheek with sweet potato, bok choy and lotus root crisp.

and from Plumed Horse the Slow braised belly of free range pork, mashed potato, honey, black pepper and vanilla salt.

A wee wander round took us via ice-cream, cheese, fruit tonic, tea, olives, chocolate, oil & more sights and smells that were truly scrumptious…

Then back to the VIP tent to imbibe a Little Green Apple, 50ml Chivas 12 year-old, 10ml cinnamon syrup, & topped up with cloudy apply juice; perfect for a hot summer afternoon… this was sponsored by Chivas Regal so also got to try the Chivas 18 year-old and 18 year-old Glenlivet.

Whilst the tasting and chat went on, we spotted a few chefs and tried to take a few decent pictures; unfortunately, none really turned out that well and I wasn’t about to ask them to pose for me…

We did however get to watch Michael Smith from the Three Chimneys in Sky; his passionate discussion about Scottish produce, a tidy reminder of the bounty of treats on our doorstep.  I just wish I could have tried his food, perhaps another time…

Back to the eating malarkey… we were starting to feel peckish again, and this time for some fish.  We bumped into some lovely people when perusing the Glasgow based restaurants; seriously the nicest people I think I met all day & if you want to follow them on twitter they were from Two Fat Ladies (@TwoFatLadies88) & The Glasgow Restaurant Association (@GRAonline.)

From Two Fat Ladies we had Seared fillet of line caught mackerel, fine ratatouille with a basil puree.  They were so nice, they gave us one of their truly delicious Triple chocolate mosusse with chocolate shavings and candied orange zest.  

From Chez Roux we had Joue de boeuf braisée au vin rouge, lardons fumes, polenta crémeuse au Parmesan: Braised beef cheek in red wine with smoked bacon and a Parmesan polenta

Then just enough time to run over to listen to Jean-Chirstophe Novelli tell a few stories; do a bit of shopping and sit on the grass with a strawberry & lime cider before we had to leave and make our way back home.