Rixos Almaty Almaty! The decision to add a stop in Kazakhstan to my journey was an atypically spur-of-the-moment thing when regular guest quester and host on my previous stop in Istanbul, Hande, mentioned her friend had a connection with the Rixos Hotel in Kazakhstan. I was keen on a stop somewhere in this part of …

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The Painted Rooster Massive Schnitzel and Mansize Naan’s verdict The Caffeine Drip always seemed to be busy, surprisingly so given its basement location. But it closed not long ago with The Painted Rooster taking over. We visited for breakfast mindful that the Caffeine Drip was regularly named one of the best places in the city …

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DDK Cafe After an onslaught of restaurant excellence in London, I was in need of a change of pace. With many rich lunches having been taken, I’d been eschewing breakfast for a few days and I was starting to miss an eggy start to the day. Accordingly, I headed along the road after checking out …

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27 Elliott’s Where Annabelle’s used to trade – and I once infamously stole their sign in youthfully exurberant days – 27 Elliott’s has recently taken over. Given it was very near at hand from my temporary Bruntsfield residence I popped in for breakfast to start a bright day. The fabric of the place is much …

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Empire Cafe During my brief stay in Bruntsfield, it seemed silly not to give several of the nearby eating options a try. In this spirit, I popped along the road for a breakfast snack at the Empire Cafe on the corner of Strathearn Road and Marchmont Road. A bright spot with large windows bathing the …

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