For this months article for Time Out Edinburgh we researched some of our favourite treats - cakes and bakes, including the luscious swirls of Lovecrumbs, uber fresh bakes from The Manna House Bakery, colourful wee gems at Mademoiselle Macaron, delightful cupcakes from Cuckoo's Bakery and finally the vintage vibes of Casa Angelina.
Just in time for Easter, five superb Edinburgh locations for sweet treats and great bakes - enjoy! www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/five-of-the-best-bakeries-in-edinburgh
We LOVE flowers at Alright Treacle, so this month's task of scoping out florists was an absolute treat (and with Mother's Day just around the corner, a handy guide for our readers!)
So whether you're planning on buying bountiful bouquets, want to know more about Edinburgh's pioneers in locally sourced blooms, or just like looking at the pictures, we've got the article for you - www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/five-of-the-best-florists-in-edinburgh
Named after their first flat together in Zaragoza, Roberto Rodrigo and Amaya Berroya set up their solely Spanish delicatessen in June, creating a small slice of España in Stockbridge. This slick looking establishment is stocked high with the very best quality produce from all over the country, and word of mouth has created a buzz and steady increase of followers, from food fanatics to ex-pats and intrigued locals. In addition to the deli, there is a seated area at the back were you can eat thin slices of cured Iberico pork loin with Montes de Alcala goat’s cheese, all lovingly quaffed with a glass of Manzanilla La Goya sherry – in case you hadn’t noticed, this is somewhere I plan on frequenting regularly, particularly during the summer months.
Knowledge, patience and warmth are attributes not all retailers are blessed with – you either have it, or you don’t, and Charlotte Billinghurst (co-founder of 181 Delicatessen) has it in abundance. A relatively recent addition to the Edinburgh deli scene, Charlotte and her husband Michael opened last summer in the compact retail-hub of Bruntsfield after years of working in renowned establishments across the city. As well as selling scrumptious homemade bites and quality deli products, they are successfully championing small, local producers, which is marvelous to see, and if you're stumped as to what to do with certain ingredients, you’ll find almost everything is labeled with a delightful little tip for use.
Read the full article at - www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/edinburghs-top-five-delis
The festive period is upon us, so what better time to highlight some of Edinburgh’s fantastic alcohol producers. If you like to celebrate with a tipple or two like us, then keep it local and invest in Auld Reekie.
Read the full article on Time Out Edinburgh - http://www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/edinburghs-top-five-booze-producers
Oh, it's a hard life wandering around the streets of Edinburgh looking for choc-spiration for our coco heavy supper later this month... But someone has to do it right??
On show here are some honeycomb delights from Coco, tasty confectionary from Thinking Chocolate, and dark chocolate ice-cream from Mary's Milk Bar. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy.
Read our latest Time Out article here - www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/edinburghs-top-five-chocolatiers
Last week we were asked by Time Out Edinburgh to list a few of our favourite local retailers -
For seafood we almost always go to Eddie’s Seafood Market, which is something of an Edinburgh institution. The shop is decorated with kitsch fishing memorabilia, and stocked with plenty of marine delights from Scottish waters, including the delicious scallops we served at our Blackout supper.
Our favourite butcher is George Bower in Stockbridge. Never one to shy away from hanging various unfortunate beasties in the window, their down-to-earth approach and reasonable prices means they have built up a loyal following for sixty-eight years - including Alright Treacle!
When we're looking for more specialist items we like to pop into Earthy for more unusual fruit and vegetables, and Archipelago Bakery is perfect for purchasing solely organic, artisan breads, whatever your dietary requirements.
To see the full article, go to: www.timeout.com/edinburgh/blog/five-of-the-best-foodie-stores-in-edinburgh, and if you have any recommendations then please let us know!