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SHOP LOCAL!

Hopefully you’ve just clicked on and watched the lovely cartoon above and it’s struck a chord? Mymonkfish has long been a supporter of all things ‘local’ and I think this film comes up with new ideas for how people can do that.

Mymonkfish is as guilty as the rest of us when it comes to supermarket shopping but recently here at Monkfish Castle we have been trying really hard to shop more locally. One or our top fave foodie destinations is ‘Earthy Foods‘ (might have mentioned that before)….yes, you’ll find it more expensive than ‘Tesco’s’ but blimey, what top quality produce we’ve been buying. And the taste!! Our veg shop the other day included the most delicious tomatoes courtesy of Phantassie Organic and the most delicious steak that we’ve ever tasted (cooked to perfection by Ms. monkfish I hasten to add).  Shout out to Hugh Grierson’s organic butchery based at Earthy Foods in Edinburgh.

Mymonkfish is very passionate about this subject, more and more we want to know where our food is coming from. At the same time we don’t want to preach to the converted…….as monkfish fans you’ll know that ‘artisan’, ‘organic’ and ‘local’ are our values and we are very passionate about them. The more mymonkfish evolves on this whirlwind culinary adventure the more important these values are becoming. Let’s keep our farmers in business and try to buy ‘local’ whenever possible.

Right, soapbox away, time for dinner! Mr Predictable, get those chicken kiev’s in 😉 (I know you’ve all got enough intelligence to know I’m joking….he is partial to the odd Frey Bentos though, yikes, must put a stop to that….)

If this is important to you too please leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

You might also like to visit these sites:
Edinburgh  Community Food
Nourish
Blasda 

Fife diet, think global eat local


BAGEL UTOPIA, DISCUSS

 


A recent article in the Guardian has inspired me to talk about bagels….or is that beigels??  As regular visitors to the East End of London we always visit the Brick Lane Beigel Bake (founded over 50 years ago) for what can only be described as ‘THE bagel experience’. Continue reading

MARTIN WISHART, THE HONOURS, EDINBURGH

Exceedingly.  Good.
Martin Wishart has pulled a blinder.   Brasserie style food at brasserie style prices delivered in French brasserie style surroundings, are we in Edinburgh?!  Yes we are. Welcome to The Honours, the newbie in town where Mr Wishart brings his ‘fine dining’ influences to this stunning new venture with chef Paul Tamburrini at the helm.

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THE WHISKI ROOMS, THE MOUND, EDINBURGH

Rob Roy, Royal Mile, haggis, neeps and tatties. Have we found ourselves in an Edinburgh tourist trap? Well, yes but no but.

We are indeed just off the royal mile dining at the newbie Whiski Rooms on Bank Street incorporating a shop, bar and bistro.  Whiski opened a month ago but has successfully avoided the tartan tat territory of its nearby neighbours on the High Street.
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THE STARBANK INN…BANK IT!


Beer battered haddock ‘n’ chips and a pint of your finest real ale please! The Starbank does what it says on the tin – ‘pub classics’ – you know what to expect and are duly greeted with a menu that covers all bases, lasagne, burgers, steaks, and the odd global dish such as Chicken Tikka Makhani.

Recently refurbed the pub’s clientele are a mix of old and young who sit comfortably alongside each other in very welcoming surroundings. Continue reading