Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Delicious double whammy...

So I was lucky enough to have my parentals jet in from Ireland to enjoy a few days in Edinburgh with me. Naturally we stopped by a couple of dining hot spots... Delicious joy.

Let me catch you up.

Here are a couple of culinary highlights we enjoyed from the weekend that are sure to tickle your tastebuds...

The Tower

Delicately perched on the roof of the National Museum, this delightful location offers stunning views over the old town skyline. Indulge in a quick bite, coffee break or leisurely glass of wine with the backdrop of a legendary Edinburgh sunset. We opted for afternoon tea. Oh Happy Day. The parents were celebrating their 40 year wedding anniverary (WHUT), so this seemed like the natural choice to toast a special occasion. Teacups at the ready. As you can imagine, the Scottish weather changes its mind more than I do my outfits, so after a sneaky last minute booking reshuffle we were sure to soak up all the summer afternoon rays.

We got a touch of the fancy treatment...silver service, posh napkin. You know the drill. Before long we were spoilt for choice with mini mouthfuls...sandwiches, scones, salmon toast. Add to that a lemon cake, panna cotta, chocolate ├ęclair and mereingue to satisfy the sweetest of cravings. To wash it down, a pot of the Rare Tea Co. RAF English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey. Perfection. To set things off the tea was served in the most adorable orange Suki teapots. (heads up, I received the blue one as a birthday gift and they really are worth the hype.) Plus, there is something about loose leaf tea that feels a touch more luxe than chucking a Tetley in a mug...You feel me?

Roof top dining, people. It's the way forward.


Smokestack

I've frequented this friendly little shack on many an occasion. Before hopping over to the theatre to catch a show, raising a birthday toast with a cocktail or, as it was this weekend, a tasty family meal. A first choice for steak lovers, but feel free to swing by to treat yourself to a cold Friday beer or lazy weekend brunch. Simplistic design, quality ingredients and no-frills cooking?... It's a sure-fire win. It just ain't a "big plate, tiny portion" kinda' place.

Smokestack love nothing better than strippin' it back to bring you a happy plate filled with locally sourced produce. I opted for the chicken burger, smothered with cheese with fries and a side order of guac. Holy guacamole. My advice, don't wear your skinny jeans. (disclaimer: I also sneaked dad's beer in the picture to make me look cooler.)

They even have a handy online booking facility, so you can stop by their website any time and snap up your table there and then. Give them a whirl, you really have no excuses not to....

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