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…

Cape comes to Cambridge – International Chenin Blanc Day

Whenever we pack gifts and wine for friends, we always wonder, with all the wonderful wines from the Cape, what would really be perfect? We discovered that 17 June was International Chenin Blanc Day…. and we’re delighted to find at the Duty Free at Cape Town International some Jordan Wines Chenin Blanc… Inspector Perigneuy 2016! Bought…

Best ever Indian Tapas in Cape Town with chef Liam Tomlin

Watching the spectacle of a kitchen performing under the baton of Liam Tomlin, and delivering fine platters of food like clockwork, was an unexpected treat! We had been told that Thali  – like it’s older sister Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen in Bree Street – takes no reservations. No worries – we arrive at around 6.30 and…

World Gin Day (WGD) tomorrow – getting into the spirit today!

“Ginthusiasts” in Cape Town will be spoiled for choice tomorrow – here are a few ideas to make sure the day does not pass unnoticed! Just as the name suggests – tomorrow is a celebration of “all things gin”! WGD is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of June, and our mission tomorrow is to head…

Top tip on being a “tourist” in Cape Town

Many visitors to Cape Town have the V&A Waterfront  on their “must do list” – this makes other run screaming in the other direction! We tend to give it a wide berth over summer, but hey, this is a Friday in winter, maybe we should see if the hype is still valid. We avoid malls…