Exterior As the rain lashed at my person from all angles, and my newly acquired full-length action underwear stuck firmly to my trousers, bound together in mutually unsatisfying saturation, the Ivy Leaf, on Easter Road beckoned to me suggestively, like a comely, gap-toothed wench. The compact confines of the place could hold exactly 17 seated …

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With MJ on the happy trail to her Alabamian homestead, I must admit to having been slightly tempted to head for an overly fussy French restaurant, or (worse yet) pop along to a steakhouse and order a steak with sauce, today. But once I divested myself of the notion of indulging in these acts of …

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Heavens to Murgatroyd, it was cold and windy, today! We gamely battled against the prevailing wind, in search of a new soup and sandwich experience at a little place I’d spotted on last week’s trip to Dusit. Lime's Shop FrontLime is a tiny little sandwich shop, specialising in freshly made sandwiches and smoothies. I’m still …

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For reasons I will not explore in depth, I found myself out of the road, trudging through the snow, from 7am, yesterday morning. I had racked up quite a few miles, by the time hunger struck. When it did, I was in the Portobello neighbourhood, so took the opportunity to check out the latest addition …

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Blythe’s VerdictCafé Marlayne has been a Thistle Street staple throughout the 2000s, attracting high praise from many of its customers. Around a year ago, they expanded their operation, opening a second outlet on Antigua Street, in much bigger premises than the intimate Thistle Street surroundings. The first thing I noticed, once I’d taken in the …

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