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…

Hoot the Redeemer

Hoot the Redeemer. Yes, that’s the name of a bar. An incredible bar. Perhaps one of my favorite drinking holes I’ve ever set foot in, anywhere in the world. Where do I even begin?? The door is hippie, psychic chic, yet totally unassuming. It fits in well with its old, Edinburgh surroundings, just off the…

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…

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…

Posh Edinburgh

What’s there to do in Edinburgh when you’re stuck in the city, no public transport, shops open, many open restaurants, and you are banned from the office? Walk around the city, take photos of the snow and warm up with drink breaks at posh establishments, because hotels never close. First up, The Balmoral hotel. Rates…

Wedgwood Edinburgh

Let’s jump back to Edinburgh for a meal or two and discuss how wonderful the “Wee Tour of Scotland” menu was at the Wedgwood in Edinburgh. This gem continues to win all sorts of awards for service and dining and the experience that I had certainly delivered on both. From the charmingly sarcastic hostesses, to…

Bob Bob Ricard

What’s worse than anxiously awaiting snow-maggeden 2018 round two? Eating egg whites during a snow storm. It should be all mac and cheese and vino, but in (hopeful) preparation for this weekend’s black tie, it’s all carbless sadness. Instead, let’s reminisce back to meals of better days, the last great London meal of Bob Bob…

Hutong at The Shard

After a few days of attempting to fight off a cold, the weekend ended with some very mediocre pad thai from the joint across the street. Lacking in heat and fun mix-ins, I had to mentally transport back to the last great Asian meal, Northern Chinese from Hutong at The Shard. Perched on the thirty-third floor…