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Down Mexico Way


January is a bleak month in the Northern hemisphere, a time when holiday brochures take on a fresh appeal. Perfect beaches in foreign climes offer relief as ‘winter sun’ destinations. Yet the year has just begun and a vacation is but a fantasy.  Still, we can indulge in a few dreams and travel the globe with our taste buds. One
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A Yen For Sushi


My younger son has always wanted to visit Japan. I don’t know how he came to identify this country as suitable for his travel needs. His total exposure to the culture is a weekly visit to his Japanese piano teacher but that hardly explains his desire to spend a holiday exploring Tokyo. For his birthday treat he chose to lunch
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Edinburgh Eats


Over a four day jaunt to Edinburgh we ate our way from Michelin Star to Deep Fried Mars Bar via haggis, Cullen skink, shortbread and porridge. The more we ate, the more we discovered what else looked good for the next trip. Some of the bites we liked best were discovered while we were en route to some of the
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Hungry For Haggis?


What is it about haggis that makes non-Scottish people wrinkle up their noses and pull faces of displeasure? After all, it’s not as if the rest of us are unaccustomed to eating unidentifiable meat products encased in a skin. Sausages we all know and love despite the innards being rather dubious in many cases. Yet haggis has a reputation of
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Edinburgh Farmers Market


A finalist in the BBC Food and Farming award in 2012, this market nestles below Edinburgh Castle which towers above it on a volcanic outcrop. It is filled to the brim with local Scottish produce to keep you eating from breakfast to dinner. From Scottish porridge oats to shellfish, venison and buffalo, our shopping basket was heavy with a varied
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A Tale Of Two Cities


On a recent trip to Edinburgh my sons showed scant interest in our Michelin star lunch; even less in eating haggis. Their sights were firmly set on a deep fried mars bar which, they assured me, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. More likely to shorten one’s lifetime, I thought. As luck would have it, we found a chippie two doors down
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Bresse Is Best


President Awards Prize To Chicken! Surely this could only take place in France where there is one provincial town where such a spectacle could be expected: Bourg en Bresse. Famous the world over for its poultry, the French President does in fact attend the annual chicken competition, awarding the farmer who has reared the best chook. Moreover, a beauty parade is held to determine
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Flower Power


She appeared like an apparition on an achingly hot day in August. I was nosing around a food market on the Cote d’Azur, tasting the tapenades and eyeing up the olives. Suddenly up ahead I saw a young woman in a straw hat, balancing a balcony basket in which nestled small punnets of the tiniest strawberries. In one hand she
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Magic Moments


On our travels my family particularly love discovering restaurants that are off-the-beaten track, small establishments not written up in guide books or blogs, places we feel we have stumbled upon by sheer good luck. Such finds are the gemstones of a holiday, leaving us feeling a heightened sense of wellbeing, adventurers with secret knowledge. One year, on a visit to
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Arabian Nights


I have never been to Marrakech. Never weaved my way through the souk, inhaling the scent of fresh spices heaped in colourful pyramids, never seen the glistening olives piled high alongside vats of pickled lemons. These experiences are yet to be savoured, but the cuisine of Morocco is very much alive in my kitchen. I have a long time love
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