Rockpool Restaurant & The Power of Twitter (part 2)

Read the first part here. Sometime a go I went to a Michelin star restaurant, The Kitchin, in Edinburgh. The restaurant was awarded one Michelin star for excellence in 2007, and the chef, Tom Kitchin, is the youngest ever Scottish Chef proprietor … [Read more...]

Rockpool Restaurant & The Power of Twitter (part 1)

Rockpool, 2010 best restaurant in Sydney according to Time Out magazine, which also scored 3 gongs (best new restaurant of the year, wine list of the year, and maitre d' of the year) from 2010 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, has just … [Read more...]

Missing Scotland

Maybe because it's summer, sunny and hot and it's Christmas and it's supposed to be cold and snowy. Certainly because Walker's shortbreads are sold everywhere but I know nothing compares to granny mck's homemade ones: straight from the oven full of … [Read more...]

Bart and ‘Sweet Home Obama’ Go International

Bartele Santema is in his element. I can imagine him sitting down in a dressing room, powdered-face, maybe a little bit of lip gloss and mascara to enhance his features, a stack of stroopwafels on the table, a glass of beer in one hand, practicing … [Read more...]

Cranachan Is…

... Another Scottish dessert. Traditionally served during harvest time in summer but now can be found everywhere, it is made from a mixture of whipped cream (lots of it), whiskey, honey and fresh raspberries topped with toasted oatmeal. The dessert … [Read more...]

Haggis, Black Pudding, White Pudding

Haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, is - according to Wikipedia - made of the following ingredients: sheep's heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's … [Read more...]

The Fake Trade

The Fake Trade, a documentary by Channel 4, written and directed by Nick Hornby (yes, the author of Fever Pitch, About a Boy, and High Fidelity), was aired on Monday night, 3 March 2008. It took us to see the inside of the counterfeit industry. … [Read more...]

Animal Cruelty on Lobster

We went to The Prime Cuts last night with another couple, and the restaurant specialties are steak and lobster. Nearby the maître d' stand there was a big tank parading huge, healthy lobsters (thank God they did not show live cows too). I asked one … [Read more...]


I went to my first céilidh (pronounced kay-lee) in Aberdeen last December at The Marcliffe Hotel (which, to me personally, was a disaster, since I wore a long ball gown that sweeps the floor, very glamorous for waltz but not suitable for Scottish … [Read more...]

Burns Supper

We're back in Aberdeen after 6-week holiday in Indonesia and Vietnam. The prospect of going back to cold, gray, wet weather wasn't really appealing; especially when we were transiting in Amsterdam and seeing outside the window of Schiphol Airport. … [Read more...]