9
Oct
2011
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Oats, oats and more oats

After a day of fighting with iTunes, my excitement over the arrival of my shiny new white iPhone soon disappeared. A further kick in the teeth was the realisation that it’s merely a stone’s throw from the start of the Monday to Friday hum-drum. But there are some things to smile about today. My lamb has been marinating in the fridge since 9am this morning (in rosemary, garlic and red wine), my Nouvelle Vague album arrived yesterday and has kept me in sincere company, alongside Vogue and Ideal Home. Since the only things not to fail me this weekend seem...
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2
Oct
2011
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The breaking of bread

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As I introduce Wine and Olives to the world, it seems fitting that I type with a cold glass of wine to my left, and a glistening bowl of olives to my right. The migration of my blog, erucola, to this shiny new website you’re reading was born out of a desire to make my work more accessible. ‘Erucola’ didn’t exactly roll off the tongue, whereas the words ‘wine and olives’ are an undeniably well matched pair of nouns, which always taste better together. Now that I’ve explained how Wine and Olives came into being, I should explain the title...
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23
Aug
2011
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Lunch at Café Fish

This review previously appeared on Edinburgh Spotlight. The recent run of glorious weekend weather inspired a new mission, one which unfortunately did not come to fruition. Apparently, getting a table outside Café Fish in Stockbridge on a Saturday afternoon is comparable to finding a needle in the proverbial hay stack. Since this was my second failed attempt to enjoy fish outdoors, I conceded, and accepted a table inside Café Fish so I could at least satisfy one of my two cravings. As we perused the menu, I soon forgot about the glorious sunshine outside, as I became intoxicated by the smell of seafood. My decision...
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23
Aug
2011
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Dinner at Treacle

This review previously appeared on Edinburgh Spotlight. It seems that some people get everything right. In the case of the good folks that brought us Hamilton’s in Stockbridge, it comes in the form of Treacle. Situated at the top of Edinburgh’s fashionable Broughton Street, Treacle has become a firm favourite with locals, lured by their ample drinks list, good food, and an atmosphere other Edinburgh bars wish could be bottled and sold. Upon entering Treacle, it’s hard not to feel trendy. With the exposed brick walls and pop art feature areas, the decor is reminiscent of Hamilton’s, but with a more...
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23
Aug
2011
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The wanderer returns

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It has been a mighty busy few months, so by the time my holiday finally came around, it was fair to say I was ready for it. Having no preconceptions or expectations of a particular location always helps. In our case, we had no idea what we were going to, so it really was a case of displaying endless amounts of optimism, in the hope that this would have some sort of cosmic significance in relation to our destination. As we hopped aboard the bus from Milan to Lugano, it was hard to anticipate anything as we were lost in the beauty of the...
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