And in the blue corner… keeping it real at the Stein Inn

As fine as fine dining may be… there really is a limit! Not only does your pocket need to be nurtured (especially when traveling on the wobbly ZA Rand), but if you only eat high end, you risk missing finding wonderful “real food”. So with 3 nights on Skye, there was never a question that…

In the red corner, we have Chef Michael Smith of Loch Bay…

As an obsessive, compulsive watcher of foodie channels, imagine my excitement on hearing that the guy who won the main course dish on Great British Menu (the Red Nose Comic Relief Series) was our host and chef! His winning goat tagine was titled “I love children but I couldn’t manage a whole kid”! Bring it…

Battle of the kitchens – live now on Skye

All pre-holiday research that involved food and fun on Skye said that we would never get a table at The Three Chimneys – even with a hefty deposit and many months notice! Challenge duly accepted. 3 nights on Skye, 3 very different kitchens to try – high end, favorite local pub and very, very high…

3 days on Skye… not nearly enough

As we cross the Skye bridge, we call John, our Air B&B host, to tell him we are 30 minutes away. “Where are you?” he asks? “About 30km away, heading toward Portree” we answer, confidently. He laughs and says he will see us at 6. Come on, 90 minutes for an inch of map –…

Over the sea to Skye…

Whenever we told people that we were heading to Scotland, we kept being told: “Edinburgh is marvelous, the Highlands and Speyside are beautiful BUT – to really feel Scotland, you must go to the west coast and the islands”. So glad we listened! Scotland looks deceptively small. The drive from Speyside takes you past the…

Scottish Highlands – more than just dancing!

Determined to find a haggis, we knew we had to leave beautiful Edinburgh. Our 2nd priority was to find a fine single malt – preferably something we could afford. Both challenges we embraced with enthusiasm! We head north, leaving the comfort of the freeway, and looking for the land of the clans and the drams….

Best pub grub in Edinburgh!

Sometimes pub grub is the best! We were told of 2 pubs near the beautiful (but no doubt scary pricey) Balmoral Hotel. We headed to the first today, – Cafe Royal! Spoiled for choice, we settled on 3 magnificent (and surprisingly large and filling) starters. The first was seared giant king scallops on black pudding…