The sandy beach in Broughty Ferry is one of my most favourite places on the planet. The sand dunes, the whistling grasses and the twinkling promise of seals and dolphins all add to the magic.
We all have so much choice when it comes to food. Shall we eat in or out? Where shall we eat? What shall we choose? How would we like that cooked? Would we like any side orders with that? This week, we did choose to eat at Tahini, but aside from that, the decisions were taken out of our hands and it made a really refreshing change.
As consumers, we are constantly being reminded that we should "shop local". This is clearly not always possible as my daughter is partial to a banana which I can't source from this continent, and I admit I'm rather fond a Chilean Merlot. Having said that, Scotland is bursting full of the most outstanding produce, and The Crieff Food Co has recently opened to showcase Perthshire's finest.
A lavish new restaurant has joined Dundee's dining scene. Courier restaurant reviewer Kerry Moores was there to see how Dynasty shaped up on its opening night.
Following the roaring success of The Tayberry in Broughty Ferry, chef Adam Newth has spread his talented, award-winning wings to partner with the Kinnettles Hotel & Spa in St Andrews.
On a Friday night - well, actually on any night of the week - when we've had a hard day, Mr Kerry and I will order a carry out curry. We know what we'll order without looking at the menu, we know there'll be some left for breakfast and we know we'll both be loosening our belts and complaining that we shouldn't have had that last chunk of keema naan.
On my culinary adventures across Scotland, I have eaten some spectacular food and try to always sample the speciality of the region or particular restaurant. Throughout the years, however, there is one "delicacy" that I just haven't got around to tasting - the deep fried Mars Bar. I noticed it on a menu in the centre of Dundee and I was sold - I just had to try it.
With the rise of trendy and hipster places to eat where bare pipes and industrial lighting are a fashion accessory rather than a necessity, one could be forgiven for thinking that all examples of rustic chic are now contrived as they create the desired 'look'. Recently, though, I visited a place where these creative features were organic, original and all the more cool because of it.
My faithful black labrador, Riley, is used to being taken anywhere and everywhere. He hops eagerly into the car as soon as the boot is open and has so far been enthusiastic about everywhere he's been. I am, however, always on the lookout for places to go that he will truly love and Monikie Park seemed to fit the bill and it just so happens, there is a Mediterranean cafe I have been meaning to try right in the middle of it.
Just as we are told not to judge a book by its cover, it may also be ill advised to judge a restaurant by its name. Some are intriguing yet reveal nothing about their cuisine and some are really quite dull and simply named after their street or location.