“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? …..eat ye that which is good and let your soul delight itself in fatness”. Isaiah 55:2
When we go out to eat what are we really looking for? The expectation of great food is a no brainer. Kind lighting, maybe, for those of us of an earlier vintage? Somewhere restorative and/or celebratory? A transformative, cossetting experience – somewhere to relax and forget our everyday worries?
A trip to buy asparagus from the legendary Eassie Farm (rush there now before the very short season ends) led us to the beautiful conservation village of Glamis for lunch.
The Gauldry Arms, in the Fife village of Gauldry, is that rare thing we all wish we had – an unassuming nearby pub serving really good food. It’s not a gastro pub and doyennes of design might not enthuse about the furniture which is haphazardly serviceable.
I’m kicking myself for not watching the recent series of MasterChef: The Professionals. Although it did mean that I experienced finalist Dean Banks’s new venture, Haar, without expectation or preconception. And, after meeting Dean, the concept makes perfect sense. Riding the tide of MasterChef success, everything about Haar is fresh-faced and brimming with his contagious enthusiasm.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a busy, thriving arcade of traditional shops from grocers to booksellers inhabiting the deep space under Dundee’s renowned Caird Hall.
Oh Blu in Carnoustie, there is so much to love about you but sometimes you make it so hard! Dinner there tonight was a game of two halves, opening up such an abundance of emotions we often felt like we were characters in a play – Pinteresque in parts, Ortonesque in others. But thankfully, at the heart of it all, some food was good.
If, as US novelist and poet Gertrude Stein once said, we should forget grammar and think about potatoes then Forbes of Kingennie, a resort in a beautifully rural location mere moments outside Dundee, would be a very good place to let yourself come to a full stop and get back in tune with the land.
Do you remember when top model Kate Moss popularised the use of the word ‘basic’ as an insult back in 2015? Used with food, however, ‘basic’ can be problematic; one culture’s cucina povera is another’s reductive, boring bowl of pasta. That’s how the taste cookie crumbles.
Having visited V&A Dundee several times without ever having tried the Tatha Bar & Kitchen, my partner and I decided to rectify that a week or so back by treating ourselves to lunch there.