While perusing the end of the January sales in Dundee, a friend and I needed sustenance and we needed it badly. Bored with generic chain coffee shops and trying to stay relatively healthy, we headed to a newly revamped eatery on Union Street. We wanted something different, something to make us feel good, and I had high hopes for Marwick's. Oh, and did I mention it's vegan?
Growing up, my dad would order an Indian takeaway every Friday night without fail. Always from the same place and always the same order: chicken tikka massala, mushroom rice, keema naan.
I have always heard people speak fondly of The Drovers Inn, whether recalling a boozy Sunday lunch, a celebration or just a cosy tea by the fire.
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.
When the turkey curry has been popped in the freezer and all other leftovers have finally left the fridge, it's time to get off the sofa and eat something that doesn't contain dried fruit or sausage meat, especially now that only the orange creams are left in the chocolate box.
I had not ever heard of Little's in Blairgowrie and now that I have been, I have no idea why I hadn't. Why aren't more people shouting from the rooftops about it?
The weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful, and if you've no place to go, then hope that the gritter lorries have done their amazing work so you can head towards Callander for a delightful lunch.
We tend to have favourite places to go, depending on our mood or the occasion. The cute cocktail bar for a night with the girls, the candlelit posh place for a romantic dinner, or the place with great pancakes for brunch with the kids.
The newest branch of the worldwide chain German Doner Kebabs has opened on Reform Street. It's a brand I hadn't heard of before but by looking on their website they seem to pride themselves on using quality ingredients and techniques and recipes they have been perfecting since their first store opened in Berlin in 1989.
Watching the Dundee Waterfront change is so incredibly exciting. The imposing V&A is rising from the Tay and parks, buildings and incredible artworks are popping up all over the place.