An impromptu date night led to a quick search for somewhere new to try. We found ourselves at Edinburgh restaurant Lovage. The two chefs behind this, brothers Lukasz and Bartek Jedrejek have a surprising pedigree, with a background in biomedical sciences as well as fine dining. Their menu is packed with seasonal and local produce, and while they make use of innovative techniques, it doesn't feel like showing off, simply striving to get the best out of these wonderful ingredients.
Away from the bright lights of the city centre you will find Edinburgh's newest steak restaurant, the wittily named Rib Aye, tucked away in a corner of Leith, the location belies the ambition of Chef Colin Hinds, whose focus is impeccably sourced Scottish beef and produce from small farms, along with a careful selection of whiskies and other drinks designed to bring out the best in the ingredients.
While the weather has turned distinctly wintry in the last few days, there are still plenty of spots to take in the gorgeous autumn colours. The shorter days mean if you are planning a wander to one of these spots, you can enjoy sunset at 5pm before finding somewhere to cosy up for the rest of the evening. I for one am obsessing over all things hygge right now.
Thursday is market day in the mountain town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana so on stormy Autumn day this week we headed there for a wander and to have lunch in local slow food favourite Osteria Vecchio Mulino.
To compensate for shortening days and make use of all the wonderful Autumn fruit in season, here's a recipe I tried and loved. It only uses 8 ingredients and is pretty simple to make. Sorry I couldn't save you a slice
We had plans this weekend to visit all sorts of new places and be generally cultured. But in the end what we needed to to was to take a family cycle ride and spend some time doing not very much. In Edinburgh we are lucky to have so much green space in the city. This dramatic scenery is only 10 minutes walk from the centre of town.
I was very excited to be invited by ScotRail to explore the beautiful Scottish Borders on a steam train.
We took a trip to Mallorca and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was surprised and completely enchanted by the scenery and incredible light.
An autumn camping trip with the family
I was sent this bag to try out by my friends at Patagonia.
It's called the "BLACK HOLE® DUFFEL BAG " and for good reason it turns out. This is me squashing all the essentials for a camping weekend into it. What do you think of my packing technique?
Its been on several trips with us now and I love it. The only problem is that my husband keeps trying to steal it. I even managed to leave it outdoors overnight and everything stayed dry.
I'm looking forward to taking it along on many more adventures. #packedtogo