El Cartel

The next night, I headed out to dinner, super early in pursuit of tacos. Again. El Cartel, I will eat your tacos come hell or high water. This time, it worked. I just had to wait maybe twenty minutes at the sister restaurant across the street because there is no waiting space in El Cartel….

Fishers in the City

Another long day of work leading into a dreary, rainy evening alone in Edinburgh. The only pick-me-up… tacos and tequila! Well, or so I thought. Despite it being only around 7PM on a gross Wednesday night, El Cartel, my destination of choice, was absolutely mobbed. Or just normally mobbed, as probably not a dozen table…

Côte

Cote Brasserie was my three course caloric splurge because well, it was Edinburgh and raining. What else would I do but sit in a dark room and read by book? The wait staff was very kind and attentive and didn’t seem to be bothered by my lingering at a four top. They even stowed my…

Rabble Taphouse & Grill

Just a couple blocks down the street from The Principal George Street was Rabble Taphouse & Grill – a trendy resto in another boutique hotel. A source told me this was a place to go “and be seen.” On Monday at 6PM, I didn’t expect it to be, which is precisely why I went when…

Hawksmoor & Spitalfield’s Bar

While not exactly a secret with its half dozen-ish locations, the Hawksmoor has finally been discovered by yours truly. I was planning on just having a drink and nibble in the Spitalfield’s Bar after reading that the short rib croquettes were one of the best things to eat in London. Spoiler alert:  I returned the…

Eat the Mondrian London

Throughout my weekend at the Mondrian London, I managed to sneak in a meal or drink at all three of their charming establishments. Free breakfast (with a view of the Thames!) is always a bonus. The pretty lattes were delivered quickly from the yellow submarine bar to table. The breakfast was a buffet that was…

Funk Food: Cauli Fried Rice

It’s been a minute since we’ve had a true Funk Food weekend around here. Lucky for you, I’m finally feeling funky again. This week I was all “down with carbs and up with kale.” And this stir fry. It’s so good that it’s easy to binge eat, just like your favorite takeout! Instead of your…

My Baby Bok Choys!

Baby BOK CHOY! (Sung to the tune of Sir Mixalot’s, “Baby Got Back”) I’m beginning to think that the better the recipe, the worse the accompanying photo. You’re so desperate to dig in and force feed your guests, that you barely have time to take a decent snap, let alone cover up a sauce drip…

Divino

Does it feel like I was in Edinburgh forever? Working from my hotel room, walking around in the slush (destroying my leather boots), eating and drinking…it’s because I was. The last night of my accidental extension lead me to a charming restaurant called Divino. After reading reviews online and then, recommended by my hotel’s adorable…

The Outsider

The Outsider came recommended to me by my CEO as a great date spot, so you knew I was all over that. Doing romantic things alone always seems to be high on my to-do list. Lucky for me, it turns out to be a stone’s throw from my hotel and was open during a blizzard….

Maison Bleue

During the great UK snowstorm, it was hard times to find an open restaurant – including the one in my hotel. Well, they were “open,” but dead and offering a really awful looking buffet of odds and ends. In my snow walk of earlier in the afternoon, I spotted a cute French/North African spot on…

Epicurean & Cucina

But what are you eating besides the minibar wine and crisps, you ask? Easy, well I’ve been here for ages so all sorts of things, but sticking around the hotel also proved lovely. The hotel bar, Epicurean, is staffed by lots of lovely folks and a killer cocktail menu. Stairway to heaven. Again, love that…