Where to Eat

Have you Discovered the New-Look Pizza Express?

Do you have a favourite pizza place in Edinburgh? After living here for ten years, I can honestly say I’ve tried a lot of different places! But as a family we always come back to Pizza Express; with it’s family-friendly menu, seasonal variation, and helpful staff it is no surprise that it’s a firm favourite here in Edinburgh. The Autumn menu has brought some amazing flavours – like, the Romana Caponata which has fried aubergine cooked with green olives, tomatoes, onion, capers, oil and vinegar with buffalo mozzarella and tomato and is finished with Gran Milano cheese and fresh basil. That should be enough on it’s own but there’s lots of other reasons to appreciate Pizza Express too…

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Food: 5 restaurants to try in Edinburgh this Autumn with kids

Edinburgh is undoubtedly King when it comes to good restaurants. There’s so many amazing places opening that it’s hard not to feel envious when I see pictures of cocktails popping up on Instagram. But why should having kids mean I should miss out on any of that? Kids equally can enjoy good food and my two are certainly capable of providing decent chat – so here’s five places to try this Autumn WITH the kids…Read More »Food: 5 restaurants to try in Edinburgh this Autumn with kids

The Pantry Stockbridge

I know lots of parents who still go out regularly. They still know the best place for dinner. Or where to get the best cocktail in town. They have a wardrobe bursting forth with suitable attire. I just would not have a clue.

It’s not that I’m against going out by any means. It’s just not really on my agenda.

Since having the kids I’ve just found I don’t find it as fun as I once did. Although Thomas is now sleeping through as well – getting both kids to sleep to begin with can be tricky. So often when I’m out in the evening I find myself worrying about how they’re getting on.

Once you factor in things like the cost of drinks, dinner, and the inevitable taxi home it becomes quite expensive. On finding myself in a restaurant before Christmas with tepid food, high noise levels, and annoyingly leery men – I did kind of wonder why I had bothered.

The company I was meeting there was wonderful – it’s just the setting wasn’t for me.

This got me thinking about alternative date nights. I still really enjoy eating out – especially when I know the food is going to be good. But equally, I don’t want to be condemned to a life of ‘kid friendly’ chain restaurants. Or even for the kids to be in our faces the whole time.

On pondering what ‘Edinburgh with Kids’ really meant to me, there was a single word that kept ringing out: Read More »The Pantry Stockbridge

Food: Café Milk

The first time I went to Cafe Milk at the Edinburgh Sculpture workshop there was a lot I liked: I thought the lighting was amazing – even though there’s a limited amount of windows and the ceiling is low it still feels spacious. The use of dark paint on one wall works really well and I just really liked the feel. The tables are well spaced apart so we weren’t intruding on anyone else’s space. People were constructing things in the courtyard outside so the kids were entertained and I could just relax.

What I wasn’t sure about was the food. I remember I had something with avocado but it felt like everything was caked in some spice or other. My Mum had porridge with every kind of trendy substance going. The cakes were amazing in terms of an adult palette but there wasn’t anything really for the kids – who were then pretty miserable. It was kind of a let down and wasn’t somewhere to beat my usual sources of brunch.

However, given that I really liked the location, décor and staff – I decided to go back and I am beyond glad that I did.Read More »Food: Café Milk

Food: Immune building soup

Over the last few months we’ve been taking part in a local fruit and vegetable delivery scheme. This has resulted in Fridays being the day that lovely box of fresh produce appears at our door. I simply asked them to fill it with ‘local and seasonal’ food rather than dictating exactly what I wanted. Whilst this gives us a nice variety and means we’re eating beautiful fresh food – there have been a few things that I would have never have bought. Partly because I didn’t have a hope of identifying them!

One of our most recent discovery has been celeriac. You can actually eat it in any number of ways and it’s pretty good just simply grated it in salads. But we’ve also had it mashed, roasted and in soup. Nutritionally it also has its advantages – 100g holds just 42 calories and yet it’s a really good source of Vitamin K, Iron, Calcium, and Manganese. Fresh, it also provides a moderate about of Vitamin C – which in cold season is crucial for me. I’ve already had antibiotics twice since the summer so I’ve been keen to build my immune system; and it made sense to try and do this through our normal diet!

With that, I give you my immune building soup:Read More »Food: Immune building soup