MJ’s Verdict Suddenly it was time for my friend to return to Oxford, and we needed a suitable lunch place on one rainy Monday. We found our refuge in the lovely and cheerful Café Nom de Plume on Broughton Street. I’ve been here before, but neglected to write about it. This visit, however, I really …

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MJ’s Verdict On Thursday, we passed a fun-filled evening tasting tequila at a fabulous Yelp event, where I could appreciate the nuances of differences in flavours, colours, smells, and vintages of the tequila, but was reminded that I am not a tequila girl, (except for #3, I could drink #3 after a bit of wine). …

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InteriorAs we enter the early days of autumn, there’s nothing quite like a couple of hearty dishes to buck up your spirits and return you to face the perils of a Monday afternoon with renewed vim and vigour. Notionally, I was going to look for this pick-me-up at the Tailend, but the intense dreariness of …

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Antipasto starterThis weekend was clearly the day for blasts from the past. Not only was my fellow quester, the lovely Katie (under whose captaincy I had the great honour to serve on a late 1990s University Challenge team, representing the University of Edinburgh), someone I hadn’t seen for a decade or more, the place where …

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It was one of those four seasons days in Edinburgh, today. It was gloriously sunny, icy cold, and helluva windy as I gently ankled down towards Broughton Street to meet regular quester Jane (we’ve previously lunched at Urban Angel and Café Marlayne, amongst other places). On my way, I ran in to a windswept MJ, …

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