For various reasons, my husband and I stuck close to home in 2015, but that doesn’t mean our desire to travel has diminished. Being home-bound for so long, though, means that I’m feeling especially nostalgic for past adventures. Maybe it’s on account of all the Christmas Market and Hogmanay photos I’ve seen on travel blogs and social media lately, but I keep finding myself thinking especially of my 2014 trip to Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is rich in history and culture, and there’s no shortage of great places to eat and especially to drink. I really can’t begin to do justice to the city’s bar scene here, so instead, I’ll offer a sampling of what’s in store for travelers through the lens of four of my favourites. Continue reading →
Some have meat and cannot eat,
Some cannot eat that want it;
But we have meat and we can eat,
So let the Lord be thankit.
– attributed to Robert Burns, “Selkirk Grace”
Today marked my first Burns Day as a proper Scotch drinker, so naturally, I planned a full vegan Burns Supper complete with single malt pairings.
Taking my cue from The Caledonian’s Donna Wolff, I paired the smoky, briny Laphroaig 10 with a bowl of Cullen skink, a hearty chowder traditionally made with smoked haddock. My vegan version was a creamy, warming, rib-sticking potato soup with a sweet smokiness to match the Laphroaig. A wonderful way to stimulate the appetite — and it’s appetite that was needed, for there were two courses still to go! Continue reading →
When post-vacation life gives you loads of work, default to photo posts.
A few delicious vegan eats from Henderson’s Bistro in Edinburgh.
The vegan haggis:
And a berry tart and tea with soy milk to finish:
A tiny peek inside the world’s largest private whisky collection, accumulated by Brazil’s Claive Vidiz, which I viewed a week and a half ago at the Scotch Whisky Experience.