Monthly Archives: March 2010

NEWS – Tony Crolla opens Taste of Italy Caffe

Taste of Italy has just opened on Baxter’s Place/Blenheim Place junction and is another string to the bow of Tony Crolla, owner of Vittorias and La Favorita. I had a quick look in the premises yesterday (complete with Tony having a coffee in the window) and can confirm it has all the trademarks of his other successful […]

FEATURE – Harriet Smart, Edinburgh-based novelist

What is it about Edinburgh that inspires so many writers? Perhaps it’s the unique and dramatic setting, motivating the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Maybe it’s the grand architecture and cobbled streets, firing the minds of authors like JK Rowling to create magical places like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. It could […]

REVIEW – Leo’s Beanery, Howe Street


Leo’s Beanery is a new addition to the Stockbridge/Newtown area and is run by Marie and Joe Denby.  One of the main attractions for me is the furniture here, which has all been hand made out of recycled church pews and yew trees.  If the wooden pieces were for sale, I would have bought half the […]

REVIEW – Loopy Lorna’s, Morningside


Loopy Lorna’s  is constantly packing Edinburgh people (and visitors) in at this very cute establishment.  Owned by Gaynor Salisbury, Loopy Lorna’s was set up as a tribute to her mum Lorna, who died from lung cancer 12 years ago.  Childhood memories of endless cups of tea and delicious home baking have been replicated in this Morningside […]

REVIEW – The Garden at The Traverse (A Play, A Pie, And A Pint)


When everything around you is dead or dying, how would you react when fresh life appears from out of nowhere? Mac (Sean Scanlan) and Jane (Anne Lacey) are faced with this question in Zinnie Harris’ poignant short play The Garden. They live a fruitless existence on the fifth floor of an American apartment building: Mac […]

REVIEW – Clock Cafe & Grill, Dalry Road


The Clock Cafe and Grill at 125 Dalry Road, is a brand new, fully licensed place to eat anything at any time of the day.  I stumbled upon it last week when I was passing through Dalry at lunchtime and popped in for refuelling.  This review is based on one visit only, but we will definitely be […]

REVIEW – Cafe Plum, Stockbridge


Replacing the old Tim’s Cafe, the bright purple front attracts people into this small and cosy place to eat.  It only seats about 15 people, so not the biggest place around and little room for buggies.   Staff are very friendly and my dining partner and I had a late breakfast of a bacon roll and […]

Guess where in Edinburgh #17

After last week’s toughie (which nobody’s got yet), here’s an easy one (especially easy for around 300 people this week…!) Tweet

NEWS – Change for Scottish National Entitlement Card holders, 28th March

From 28th March, Scottish National Entitlement Card holders will no longer just flash their card at the bus driver.  You have to use on of the newly installed machines which are on board all of Edinburgh’s LRT buses. This means that an OAP or concessionary card holder now has to ‘hold it right there’. Lothian […]

EVENT – Fitness session with Craig Ali, 25% proceeds to charity

 Total Movement workshop with Craig Ali, Saturday 17th April, 10am – 1pm Looking to improve your energy well-being?  Want to reduce your back and neck pain?  Need to manage your stress levels better?  If so,  the Total Movement workshop covering Levels 1 & 2 can help achieve all of these and more.   Craig Ali is taking […]