This was another week I had the pleasure of visiting one of Dundee's newest restaurants. We are so lucky that in this time of regeneration, places are popping up all over the place and the Gidi Grill in City Quay offers something a little bit different.
This week I went back to my happy place and one of my favourite places in Scotland, if not the world. It doesn't have a Michelin star, there are no white tablecloths or espumas, and there isn't a palate-cleansing amuse bouche in sight.
The Bar and Grill is actually in the Clubhouse of the Fairmont rather than the main hotel building, which means that the large windows look out not only onto the prestigious golf course but the most spectacular view of the sea and St Andrews in the distance.
We in Courier country are surrounded by a wealth of lovely independent places to go for lunch. We don't necessarily need to choose a favourite, we could visit a different one each week for years. Each establishment has its own quirks and selling points and this week, I ate at Gather in Kitchen & Deli to see what their character was bringing to Carnoustie.
What a beautiful time of year to be outside, especially on a farm while the fluffy lambs are skipping and everything looks so green and alive. I've been hearing rumours about a farm shop being developed at North Grange Farm, close to David Lloyd and Dobbies in Monifieth, and at last it has opened its doors.
Reason number 481 that I love jotting down my experiences of eating out is that I have developed a restaurant radar.
On a bright and sunny day in April, a friend and I took a drive from Dundee, over the Tay Bridge, through St Andrews, and a mere five minutes after leaving the famous town, we arrived at our destination - The Grange Inn. It did not seem possible that, in this short distance, we could have gained so much altitude as the views from the car park alone are something to behold.
When people visit from out of the area, I am always keen to show off this incredible country in all its glory. We are clearly spoilt for choice when it comes to places to see but I often return to Pitlochry as its quaint high street is always a hit and there are a few great places to eat.
Some restaurants are lucky enough to be in the perfect location, blessed with scenery or a particular tourist attraction. However, that does not in any way guarantee them success.
My grandparents recently splashed out on a new living room carpet. The old one was a migraine-inducing blend of brown and orange and probably hadn't been changed since the seventies.