Sweetpea Cafe just sounds so idyllic. The name of it conjures up visions of scones and pretty plates and daisies in jam jars.
The season of celebration is creeping up on us and the closer it gets, the more sociable I feel. Office parties start appearing, girlie catch-ups are being scheduled and dare I say it, I picked up some festive wrapping paper on special offer the other day.
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.
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.
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.
At times, meeting in Dundee for lunch can be a bit of a palaver, especially with a small child. The parking, the lunch hour crowds and the temptation of just popping into a couple of shops can sometimes make it a bit of an outing.
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.