I&L Fraser On a stroll towards Portobello, I ran into an interesting looking butcher/baker/deli in the shape of I & L Fraser on Craigentinny Avenue. I popped in to check it out.Exterior I was immediately struck by the comedy mounted ox head above the counter. He looked like a low-end version of Clarence from Edinburgh …

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Twelve Triangles I’m a long-standing fan of Twelve Triangles and have written extensively in praise of their coffee, macaroni pies and excellent bread.Exterior They’ve recently opened a new branch on Duke Street, so in true contrarian style I took a trip to their Portobello shop to see how it was getting on. On the High …

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Smokin’ Bros at Skylark The Skylark on Portobello High Street has developed a good reputation as a fine local cafe bistro. It has also been a really active supporter of local street food vendors with a series of kitchen takeovers by the likes of Alplings and Fresh Revolution.Veggie chilli The latest business to feature was …

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ExteriorOur Beer Man’s Verdict Edinburgh comes alive during the Festival, as we welcome the world to our wonderful city.  It’s a glorious spectacle and the buzz in the air is tangible and exciting. However, sometimes it can be too much – crowded pavements thronged with slow-moving tourists, packed pubs and restaurants – and you need …

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ExteriorAfter a quick trip to Portobello Market, in Brighton Park, I toddled along the High Street to Ophelia Mar, a Portuguese cafe bistro that I’d spotted when I’d visited the nearby Porty Palm Tree. Previously the home of Butternut Squash, which has since moved round the corner, the premises are much the same as before, …

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