Today was an incredibly exciting day, for three reasons. Firstly, MJ was soon to be back in the country, after her trip home to the Alabamian homestead for the holidays. Secondly, I was meeting Phil for lunch, of which more exciting details, later. And thirdly, I got to visit Seadogs, the seafood restaurant from “” …

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Beautiful place settingsTuesday night, Korean food, and a table load of lovely food geeks. Sounds like the perfect recipe for January merriment, to me. I listened to a really interesting radio programme (Radio Four/World Service, can’t quite remember which one), the other day, about the key cultural influencer role that South Korea is playing in …

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“January is the cruellest month, breeding detox out of the dead land. Memory and desire for chocolate, stirring. Instead dull roots, fad diets, with winter rain.” There’s nothing like murdering a bit of Eliot to start the year, I say. Another option might be to take advantage of the some of the great deals and …

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On the corner of West Nicholson Street and Potterow sits a neat little bistro called Pink Olive. It has built a very solid reputation, over the past few years, for serving straightforward, locally-sourced dishes to a very high standard. My feet were starting to need a rest after a brisk walk from my pre-lunch bowl …

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The Steading

The Steading is a very pretty little place in the foothills of the Pentlands, just near Hillend ski centre. For reasons of fitness acquisition ahead of my 100km walk in May, I had occasion to call in just before midday on Sunday. Sadly, this meant that I couldn’t indulge in a light ale to calm …

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