Monthly Archives: January 2010

WALK – Loanhead to Bilston

Walk length: 2 miles Gradient: Very low Parking: Yes; although the suggested route is not circular. The start & end are well-served by public transport. Dogs allowed: Yes Disabled access: Some of the paths are narrow and can be muddy; discretion advised Walk route, description and photos by Dougie Mathieson View a full-size version of […]

PHOTO – Thrift is Blessing

Not a Guess Where (obviously!) – I’ve always loved this sign above a bank entrance in Lothian Road. Tweet

REVIEW – Rainbow Cupcakes


Edinburgh Spotlight Recommended!

Rainbow Cupcakes is a fantastic company in the heart of Edinburgh run by Katie Logan.  I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the owner Katie who is passionate about her cakes and good customer service.  My friend booked a free wedding consultation and I tagged along to help choose the best option, using my vast experience of […]

FEATURE – Readers in the Spotlight #2 – Lesley Judge

1. Tell us a bit about yourself in a couple of sentences. Glasgow girl returns from living in Spain to study in Edinburgh, meets Highlander, and the rest is history.  I’m marketing manager for one of Scotland’s favourite sightseeing mini-coach tour companies. I love working in tourism, travelling, and of course, exploring Scotland. I’m a […]

REVIEW – Grand Cru, Hanover Street


Grand Cru is open for breakfast from 10am and is a lovely place to watch the world go by from one of the front windows whilst chomping on a bacon roll and drinking coffee.   In the evening it’s an upbeat venue for dinner, but also a good place to have a drink. The atmosphere is different […]

NEWS – Wannaburger West End branch remains

The fabulous Edinburgh based Wannaburger has closed down its’ Royal Mile branch and is concentrating on burger heaven at Queensferry Street. It is a real shame that they’ve lost the branch in the High Street as it was one of my favourite places to eat during the festival for a no-nonsense delicious meal.   The burgers are […]

REVIEW – Spectacles Outlet, Peffer Place

Spectacles Outlet may seem a little off the beaten track to order your glasses, but the prices are simply amazing and cannot be matched by any other shop in Edinburgh.  Quality is not compromised and customer service is great with no pressure to buy, but at the low prices, you’ll be stocking up. For both sexes, simple […]

EVENT – One World Peace Concert

The 2010 Middle East Festival One World Peace Concert celebrates the cultural diversity of Scotland and the Middle East. The concert takes place at the Roxy Art House from 7-11pm on the 6th Feb. Doors open at 6pm. £12/£10 (concessions). The running order on the evening is: 6pm-7pm: Food and drink provided by Susie’s Diner […]

EVENT – Celebrating Burns Night in Edinburgh

January 25th is the birthday of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns, and there are ample opportunities in Edinburgh this year to celebrate, pay homage – and indulge! Here are some which caught our eye: Whiski Bar on the Royal Mile are offering a traditional Burns Supper tonight; with live folk music from fiddle band Footstomping […]