Maps…We are huge fans of Herb Lester and their lovely little maps. They are ‘witty, pretty, curious and opinionated’….but in just the right amounts.

Whilst on our travels we’ve used several of these awesome maps particularly the London ones, of which there are are quite a few. They’ve just issued ‘London’s Larder’ which is a hit list of some of the most interesting charcuteries, fishmongers, brewers, cheese shops and butchers in London Town. Bring on our next trip to the capital but in the meantime you could purchase their Edinburgh map (which we’ve got and it’s great!) and hope that they’ll pop back soon to do their version of our amazing larder.

Do’nuts… a guilty pleasure or something you simply avoid? We thought it wouldn’t be long before ‘the doughnut renaissance’, we’re all bored of cupcakes yah? We spotted these at the weekend on twitter…Crosstown doughnuts…you can find them at various markets across London and they’re now being stocked in Selfridges food hall, yippee, another reason to head to the capital….
B2fFLvUIAAArQCABishopsgate-MarketBut where are the cool doughnuts in Scotland ?? Well….we were extremely lucky (up until October) to have Good Luck Kid doughnuts in Glasgow but they’ve hung up their batter boots for now….boooooo come back soon, we all miss you and there is a need for good do’nuts this side of the border….

The Budding Chefsare just back from their week long gastronomic adventures in Paris and Brittany. The six ‘budsters’ are from the Scran & Scallie, Ondine, Canonnball, Monachyle Mhor and The Bon Vivant and were accompanied by the fabulous Fred Berkmiller of L’escargot and Craig Sandle, executive chef of the Pompadour by Galvin.

The Budding Chefs in France, November 2014
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Budding chef Emma Mills said:  ‘There were many highlights of this memorable week; from being treated to a tasting menu at Olivier Roellinger’s Le coquillage – what a wonderful experience to taste food in its natural beauty; to a 5 course horse meat tasting at Taxi Jaune in Paris. I was convinced but not so sure on the brain; I don’t think I will be putting that specific part on the menu here at Cannonball!’

And can you believe that we’ve been lucky enough to dine at Taxi Jaune in Paree, totally recommend you go if you get chance.

If you want to know more about the Budding Chefs then head over to to find out what they’re up to. What an amazing opportunity for our brilliant young Scottish chefs to see and do amazing things in France….and then come back to Scotland and cook even better dishes than they did before! It’s a win win for all of us!

Historical feasts…If you’re free this Saturday the Fireside Collective are hosting a historical supper in Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh, as part of Previously History Festival 2014. They will be serving a 4 course banquet similar to one that would have been served in 1598…

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Neapolitan street food…Mrs M is off to Locanda De Gusti, Edinburgh tomorrow night for this….
Street+Food+Night+Locanda+JPG+Facebook She’ll be reporting back via BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe this Friday so tune in at 1:05pm 92-95FM to hear ALL about it, she’ll be full to the brim with tasty Neapolitan street food and will be dying to tell you all about it….




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