It was to celebrate the joyous occasion of my friend Michael’s birthday that we convened at First Coast, on a recent Saturday evening.Exterior I’d not visited the place previously, although had heard positive things. I’d taken a look at their menu online, on a number of occasions, and had always been struck by the variety …

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Stac Polly has been around for many years, showcasing Scottish bistro food to appreciative Edinburghers. Strangely, I’ve never visited, although I used to pass their Grindley Street premises, now occupied by the excellent Kanpai Sushi, all the time.Haggis bonbons I was joined on today’s quest by Gerry, who previously joined at the Olive Branch Bistro. …

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Today marked a return to training, as we have another long charity walk in our plans for 2013. This time we’ll be walking 100km from Manchester to Sheffield, over the Pennines. It takes place in June, but we already have our sponsor page up and running, so pop over to www.bmycharity.com/lunchquestpennines if you’re feeling particularly …

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I had spotted the arrival of The Roamin’ Nose with considerable interest, so it was already on my radar for a visit. To add to this, there was some lovely Twitter chat, the other night, to further encourage me to wander in their direction.Exterior On the site previously occupied by Duck’s at Le Marche Noir, …

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Blythe’s Verdict Is the phrase “after the Lord Mayor’s show” still culturally relevant? If it is, it very accurately described the feeling in Edinburgh, this evening. I know that the International Festival is still on the go, but the end of the Fringe and the Book Festival tend to mark an end to the palpable …

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