Sweetpea Cafe just sounds so idyllic. The name of it conjures up visions of scones and pretty plates and daisies in jam jars.
Loch Tay holds a special place in my heart and I can't seem to stay away for long.
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.
This popular little tapas bar in Broughty Ferry has long been a firm favourite with locals and consistently features in the top recommended places to eat in the area on various websites.
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.
Courier Country has produced some pretty famous faces over the last few centuries. Some have had statues erected to them, others have buildings named after them but I discovered this week that I am not yet done learning about Dundee's past.
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.
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.
Rama Thai is in a fabulous location and one of the first buildings you see when crossing the Tay Road Bridge from Fife. As it is now under new management, we felt it was our duty to go and sample their exotic delights.
There are so many elements that go into making a restaurant good enough to return to, especially in a city like Dundee which is building in vibrance and energy all the time.