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…

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…

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…

G&V Royal Mile Hotel

I arrived at the charming G&V Royal Mile Hotel (formerly Missoni Hotel) on Tuesday for three nights and two packed days of meetings. Plans never go as expected, so instead I opted for a weak half day of meetings and five nights at the hotel. Well, it’s what Jack Frost opted for, anyway. Edinburgh has…

Strips of Rose Gold

A few years ago my bestie told me that my stripper name should be ‘Rose Gold.’ (Hers:  Emerald Cut). It had me in stitches at the time and I’ve been trying to live up to the moniker ever since. Not so much in the stripping department, but more so in the shopping department. So, in…

Don’t Chou Fleur This Salad?!

Choufleur, one of my favorite French words. It’s so fun to say, that it makes you want to eat it. So I did. I bought an abundance of ingredients for a week’s worth of this gorgeous salad before the flu struck on Monday. I made one serving and the rest is still hanging out in…

Funk Food: NC Bagel Deli

Well, this was supposed to be my healthy week. I bought all this fresh veg and NO CARBS and as soon as I’d spent a fortune on feeding my body what it should be consuming, I managed to come down with the flu. What do you want when you have the flu? Not a bunch…

Asparagus Puff Pastry Bundles

I made these asparagus puff pastry bundles for a far-too-decadant side for early Valentine’s Day dinner last weekend. The leftovers have been a fun dinner when eaten with a simple green salad. I mean they are basically puff pastry pizza, so what could really go wrong? Without further ado, here’s another easy (and make-ahead recipe)….

Give Your Valentine (Cordon) Bleu Balls

I have a confession:  I love Valentine’s Day. I detest heart-shaped things- jewelry, desserts, home goods- but I adore this holiday. Yes, it’s totally cheesy and a little embarrassing to admit, but it’s true. Relationship or naw, it’s an excuse to pamper someone you love (that someone can totally be yourself), pop some quality vino,…

A Valentine’s Chicken

  The Beer Brined Roasted Chicken from the Cherry Bomb cookbook was so delish that I made it twice in a week. That’s right, I had two dinner parties in a row, and it was wonderful the first time, so I decided to work on perfecting it on round two. The recipe is time consuming…