Cobbs for Brunch

Outdoor enthusiasts can have a pleasant time browsing and/or buying clothes, accessories or gear for camping, mountaineering or sport at a well-stocked specialist .

Combine such a shopping experience with a good Sunday brunch and you have, potentially, a great way to spend half a day – even better if the other half of the day is spent trekking in the hills.

I had a very nice brunch at Cobbs located at Craigdon Mountain Sports store. It was the second time that I’d had brunch there, very pleased with the food quality and ambience on both occasions.

I ordered the Cobbs Works – essentially a full Scottish breakfast.

Cobbs Works – a full Scottish breakfast

Grilled bacon, leek and pork sausages, black pudding, haggis, baked beans, tomatoes, toast and an egg (fried for me). (£8.50 with a hot drink included – I had an americano). I think the toast may have been an extra (£1).

With apologies to vegans and vegetarians I found the two rashers of bacon to be grilled to perfection. The mushrooms,too, were great – I don’t like overcooked mushrooms. The egg was a bit over-fried but I did ask for it to be well done as I am not keen on under-cooked whites. The rest of the items were good.

Anericano coffee

On the last occasion I had the vegan full breakfast which was really good. I have already posted about that so won’t repeat here.

There are lots of options on the menu which is great for families and other small groups. The place is both child friendly and dog friendly so a great option if you like taking walks before or after lunch.

Where

Situated next to the Pentland hills at the roundabout joining Biggar Road and Swanton Drive off the A702.

44, Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7BJ

Phone: +44 131 445 4581

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Afternoon in Lisbon

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When you travel a lot you can expect things to go off plan every once in a while. Luckily, Lisbon is a place where gems can be easily recovered from the ashes of a bad experience – it’s such a great city to visit.

My flight was due to arrive in Lisbon on Wednesday at 11:20 and I had arranged through my hotel for a car to meet me. It was not until after I had made my booking that I discovered that the hotel was not a hotel nor even a guesthouse but was an apartment with limited reception facilities. Not a major issue, or so I thought.

After collecting my bag I sent a message to the driver to alert him as planned. As I left the baggage area I remained standing on the exit ramp of the arrivals area for 30 minutes facing a host of waiting drivers with placards advertising various passenger names. My messages had not been read accirding to the greyed-out ticks on Whatsapp. I rang and messaged the contact number that I had been given, to no avail. But no stress yet, just mild annoyance.

As the weather was pleasant I decided to walk down to the “hotel”. It was less than 15 minutes away on foot – ten if the traffic lights allowed me to cross the roads without waiting. However, when I arrived there was clearly no way of getting into the building or the apartment without some form of concierge. I really have no idea what I was expected to do even if a driver had been there to meet me since checkin was advertised as being available from 4pm. At other hotels and guest houses one can at least leave ones baggage and go out, or at least wait to see if another room becomes available sooner.

On returning to the airport I had a coffee. Despite the four-hour time difference between Portugal and Brazil I felt the need to have snack lunch so I also ordered a salami sandwich and a “bom bocado”. The term bom bocado translates as “a good bite”. The one served at Padaria Lisboa at the airport was a custard tart of a type between the traditional Pastel de Belem and a traditional English custard tart, but without nutmeg. (see my earlier post). It was of the same consistency as the English version, perhaps a bit more solid, though more subtle in flavour. This pastry differed from the Brazilian bom bocado that I had tried a few years ago, made with shredded coconut. The one I tried at the airport was nice but nothing to rave about.

Bom Bocado at Lisbon Airport

While I sat at the airport I phoned the travel agent through whom I had made the booking. They were helpful but, to cut a long story short, there was nothing I could do till 4pm. Four hours wasted.

I walked back to the hotel after eventually making contact with the very apologetic “manager” (probably a student) where I eventually got checked in at a little after 4pm.

At a quarter to five, after taking a quick shower, I walked down to Parque das Nações on the bank of the River Tagus. The walk was a pleasant one that took less than 30 minutes. The sun was still hot and quite high in the sky. The pavement, decorated with the similar small black and white mosaic blocks that one can see in Brazil, was lumpy while the cycle paths running alongside were smooth and asphalted.

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Roof of Oriente railway station

At a little after 5pm I passed the bus station and then under the rail bridge before crossing Avenida Dom João II. The architecture in the area is world class – the Oriente bus station and the rail station of the same name are great example of mixing function with art. Once into the Park of the Nations there are other examples of fine architecture: the Vasco da Gama tower, the Altice Arena, the Pavilhão de Portugal and the Oceanarium being among them.

The Portugal Pavilion (top)                          Exhibition Centre (bottom)

One could quite easily spend a whole day relaxing at Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations).

The area, a major redeveloped project, includes a promenade with green spaces, restaurants, cafes and bars as well as the large Lisbon Oceanarium.

A few metres away from the Oceanarium is the cable car station. One can take a ride along the riverside, looking down on the treelined promenade (Passeo das Tàgides) arriving near the Vasco da Gama building (the tallest in Lisbon) – a tall white building/tower that is now a hotel. The ride is a gently swaying pleasant trip with great views.

Cable car station near the Vasco da Gama tower on Passeo das Tàgides

I decided on just a single journey rather than a return as I wanted to walk back to the Oceanarium – a walk of a little over a kilometre. Beyond the Vasco da Gama tower is a green area known as Parque de Tejo. As time was short I had to give this area a miss and as it wasn’t possible to go up the tower I continued my walk back along the promenade.

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The tree-lined promenade (Passeo das Tàgides)

The Parque das Nações has gardens, water features and pavillions for events. One of its more interesting water features is its “volcanoes”. There are several of these tall conical structures, decorated with coloured ceramic mosaics, with water flowing from the top and down the sides. Every once in a while the volcano will erupt with water bursting out of the top, followed by a period of silence till the water begins to flow again. Lovely feature.

A “volcano” on Caminho da Água waterway on the main Alameda dos Oceanos – before erupting

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Eruption!

Before leaving the park I wanted to have a glass of wine. An artisanal burger restaurant, Honorato Rio, caught my eye. I took a seat outside on the parasol covered deck on the promenade and was given both wine and food menus. I ordered a glass of Silica, a Douro red (€3.50), and a Picanha burger, sesame covered bun sliced in three layers with strips of beef (picanha*), gorgonzola cheese and tomato, served with garlic mayonnaise and a serving of “mata-bixo” (chips / French fries) (€11.50). Nice food, but not outstanding.

* Picanha is a cut of beef called sirloin cap in the United States or the rump cover or rump cap in the United Kingdom and, in Brazil, is regarded as the best piece – especially in BBQ restaurants.

I then walked back to the apartment. End of day.

 

If you fly on TAP Portugal airlines to any destination via any city in Portugal there is a promotion that allows you to stay for up to five days with no additional cost. Lisbon and Porto are popular cities with plenty to see and do. The airline is well-managed, comfortable, and has a mileage program. I have travelled with TAP in both Executive Class and Economy and have always had great service from cabin crew as well as their contact centre staff where, on one occasion, I had an issue that they quickly resolved (internet issue).

All about image

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Venice in the rain

Bags packed and ready to fly. First port of call will be Lisbon where the weather is expected to be as warm as it is in Brazil so I will be out and about capturing images of food and sights to add to my collections.

As well as selling images through my principal agent, Alamy, I sell direct to clients and can take advance orders for specific images before I travel. I have just signed up to a new (for me) web-based photographic agency, FotoWoo, which I find potentially useful for picking up semi-commissioned work. It seems to work like an agency I used to use (Photographers Direct) that provided me with a few leads in years gone by but better. FotoWoo makes use of a request and supply system that is easily accessible via desktop or mobile apps. I think it has potential since it offers buyers the ability to obtain images from a variety of photographers. It makes us competitive too which is not a bad thing!

You may ask: How do I search for an image online? Google obviously helps but image agencies, unless you know a photographer, are the best bet.

In addition to the two agencies that I sell through, I also make use of other competitive sites through which to attract business: Freelancer and Upwork among others.

If in doubt, ask me! I will happily answer questions and more happily sell photos – they don’t have to be expensive!

New Projects

I shall be travelling again soon. My camera kit is packed for some serious studio and commercial photography work while based in Edinburgh.

Parque das Nações, Lisbon

I also have a stopover in Lisbon, as I usually try to do when flying from Brazil to Europe, so have a few projects lined up there too. Most of the time I shall be involved in capturing more sights of the city but, of course, there will be food and drink in the mix.

Old windmill used to pump water from the salt pools, Moxia, Marsala, Sicily

The months of June/July will find me in Sicily where I shall continue my search for the world’s best cannoli as well as trying a number of traditional Sicilian delicacies and wines.

National Monument of Scotland, Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Then I return to Edinburgh for an indefinite period in order to try to focus on both traditional Scottish cuisine in addition to finding the best vegetarian, vegan and Italian restaurants in the city.

Really looking forward to this trip!

As ever, if anyone would like to commission images or articles from this trip, please contact me so I can see if I have room in my schedule (I still have a couple of weeks in which to finalise my travel plans).

I have a couple of days set aside in Sicily for a Photographic Tour – an educational day trip in which participants can gain some practical tips on landscape / travel photography. I have provided the details in a post earlier this week.

Please contact me for details of my projects and check out my site Shoot Stock.

Photographic Tour of Western Sicily

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After a very warm Easter in UK what better way to see out the end of Spring than to spend a few days in Sicily!

I spend a lot of time in Sicily which is an enormously fascinating country – and photogenic too. I shall be there in June / July to welcome anyone with an interest in learning more about photography to spend a day with me exploring towns like Marsala, Erice and Corleone.

Apart from the opportunity to get fresh air and see parts of the island, you will gain an understanding of how to control your camera and to see landscapes with a different point of view.

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What you will learn:

  1. Starting: Camera basics – body, lens and sensors
  2. Seeing: Composition and objective
  3. Capture: How to use the camera’s shooting modes
  4. Control: Making the most of aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  5. Lighting: Daylight and artificial light
  6. Histograms: what they tell you

What you will need:

  • A digital camera with the ability to control exposure:
    • Programmed Auto (P)
    • Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
    • Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
    • Manual (M)
  • Flash (optional) There may be a flash incorporated in the camera that you have
  • Standard/wide-angle. (Telephoto/zoom lens – optional)
  • Tripod (optional but useful)
  • Water and warm clothes

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The Tour (conducted in English)

This will be a whole day session with an early start!

We will meet at the railway station in Palermo that will enable us to get some good views, to stop and chat about what we are doing, and to discuss/answer questions.

We will stop half-way through to have lunch (cost not included in the package) and talk through any issues. There will also be time to try cannoli or ice cream.

In the afternoon we have the option of seeing either the old and infamous town of Corleone or to visit the archaeological site of Segesta and the salt pans of Marsala (where we may stay on to sample the famous fortified wine).

Total time from start to finish will be about 10 hours.

Don’t forget to ensure you have a fresh memory card and fully charged battery in the camera. If in doubt bring back-up!

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Freshly made cannoli

Price

£200.00 per person (excludes flights)

£100.00 on booking to secure place (non-refundable)

Balance to be paid on the day of the tour.

When

Date: 12JUN19 or 19JUN19

How to get there

Fly to Palermo. There are direct and indirect flights from various UK airports.

A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh

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Palm House at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh

Nature was in a good mood. The day proved to be relatively sunny and mild, sandwiched by cold wet days that prompted me to think about cancelling my visit to the gardens.

I arrived at the East Gate entrance, a gate festooned with metal flowers on a wire background. After purchasing a ticket to enter the Glasshouses I bought a coffee and snack before starting my photographic tour of the gardens. The first subjects were the colourful crocuses and daffodils near the gate.

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East Gate (pedestrian) entrance to the gardens

My walk took me, with the bright winter sun in my eyes, up to the left of the entrance and among bushes at either side of the path. The gardens are, in the main, wheelchair friendly with signs indicating which paths were, or were not, accessible.

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Direction signs on path

The only real issue with photographing the gardens at this time of year is the fact that some plants are not yet in bloom, and many trees were still bare. That said there were plenty of colourful plants to see and photograph and I came away with about 400 pictures for the day.

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As I reached the Nepalese garden the clouds gathered overhead so I made haste to the Terrace Cafe for lunch. I arrived just in time as the heavens opened and it rained quite heavily for an hour. Although hot food was available I decided to have a Coronation Chicken wrap, followed by a cherry slice and a cup of hot chocolate. At £10 for this simple meal  I was not unhappy but have heard comments that the food is regarded as expensive by some people.

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    Terrace Cafe near the Nepalese Garden

The rain cleared as I finished my lunch so I then made my way towards the Glasshouses, passing the huge beech hedge and the Queen Mother’s Memorial garden, then the rockery and finally the Glasshouses themselves. I entered via the Palm House which has palm trees (obviously!) and orchids.

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One of the many species of orchids on display

One then passes (after the ticket desk) into the series of 10 huge glass houses, a couple of which are very hot and humid!. A note here to those with cameras – the lenses will steam up as the camera/lens units will have come from the cold outside ambient temperature to a hot humid environment. I had to hug my lens for about 15 minutes, to bring up its temperature, and wipe the front lens with a micro-fibre lens cloth to clear the condensation. I also had to remove my jacket as I too was suffering from the heat (ironic considering I live in Brazil where temperatures are high).

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Amorphophallus konjak, also known as the Corpse Flower, in bloom

The exciting feature of the visit was the Amorphophallus konjac, also known as New Reekie or the Corpse Flower, which was in bloom for the first time in many years – a rare event. I have a poor sense of smell so did not notice the famed bad odour. Interestingly the plant is used as a source of vegan food in its native home in Indonesia. New Reekie was in the last of the 10 glass houses so I then retraced my steps back to the reception area.

A day trip to Dundee (part 2)

As mentioned in my last post, I went to Dundee for a day trip at the end of last month which took about 90 minutes by train from Edinburgh. It was a cold grey day with a light rainfall starting as we crossed the road from the station. We first visited the newly built V&A Museum on the Riverside Esplanade, where we had lunch, before moving on to visit to the SS Discovery, now known as (Royal Research Ship) RRS Discovery, an exploration ship built about 115 years ago to undertake research in Antarctica.

Discovery Point, in which the history of the Discovery is exhibited, is located in an octagonal building on the Riverside Esplanade, across the road from Dundee railway station, with the ship itself moored between the museum entrance and the V&A Dundee.

After paying the entrance fee, which entitles visitors to unlimited return visits for a year, one follows the history of the Discovery via a series of multi-media exhibits that include films, pictures, models and relics that illustrate aspects of the construction of the boat, its crew and the research voyage.

The exhibition is well organised and informative.

Life-size diorama of the ship’s construction

Once through the final display area, one exits the building to board the Discovery, crossing via a gangplank.

Helm of the Discovery

Full-size diorama of the biologist, Thomas Vere Hodgson, “fishing” for marine specimens through the Antarctic ice

Tour guide providing information about living conditions in the dining area if the Discovery

The route takes one around the main deck of the ship, onto the upper deck, and through various sections below deck, including the coal store, food store, galley and sleeping quarters. In the dining space, bounded by senior staff quarters, was a long table surrounded by comfortable wood and leather chairs. The guide, who was in this area, explained that many of these furnishings were upgraded after the first World War since the vessel was partially stripped for action during the war.

On returning to the building we entered the souvenir area. Plenty on offer in respect of mementoes relating to the ship, the town, and Scotland. Across the lobby is a cafe (Cafe at the Point) that serves refreshments.

The visit was educational and informative – well worth visiting.

How to get there

Train from Edinburgh to Dundee. Exit the station and cross the road. The Discovery and the V&A are immediately visible from the station.

A day trip to Dundee (part 1)

Literally the only thing I knew about Dundee, till now, was that the city had given its name to a marmalade and a cake. In fact someone mentioned that the city was founded on jute, jam and journalism (the latter referring, I believe, to the Beano and Dandy comics!).

It took about 90 minutes to reach Dundee by train from Edinburgh. It was a cold grey day with a mist hiding the horizon. Exiting the station we crossed the road and entered the newly built V&A Museum on the Riverside Esplanade, next to SS Discovery, an exploration ship built about 115 years ago. The museum opened just less than six months ago (SEP18).

 

Water feature near the entrance to the V&A

The receptionist indicated that there were just two exhibitions on, both free admission: the Scottish Design Galleries covering elements and examples of Scottish design through the ages, and Rules of Play which featured work and interactive displays by a local artist.

Spacious cafe area on the ground floor

Downstairs, ahead of the reception area, was a cafe that seemed to provide self-service snacks, drinks and light lunches. We decided that it woukd be better to see the exhibitions first and then have lunch.

Across from the cafe was an area selling books, writing and drawing materials and souvenirs of the V&A visit.

We took a lift up to the second level where we found a restaurant – Tatha Bar and Kitchen – where we booked a table for 12:45 before heading off to see the exhibits, starting at the Design Exhibition.

Inside the Design exhibition

The Design exhibition was interesting as it provided examples of everything from traditional tartan designs to modern dresses, architecture and electronics. Some designs were modern but some dated back hundreds of years, thus highlighting the important contribution of Scottish designers in the world.

The Rules of Play featured the artist Gabriella Marcela creating her own unique wooden structures using KAPLA planks. Visitors were encouraged to construct towers or bridges or whatever they wanted, with one man building a tall tower than ither visitors secretly hoped would collapse!

Colourful structures produced by Gabriella Marcela

At 12:40 we arrived at the entrance to the restaurant where a menu stand provided us with an idea of what food choices were available. Our table was ready so we were soon seated and able to order. It proved to be a good idea to make reservations as the restaurant was full.

I ordered an americano coffee while, to eat, I decided on the Arbroath Smokie Royale featuring a small smoked smoked fillet of haddocka speciality of the town of Arbroath (though actually in the fishing village of Auchmithie, a few miles outside Arbroath) served on a tatti (potato) scone topped by a couple of poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and spinach.

I then had a traditional fruit scone with strawberry jam to fininsh.

Arbroath Smokie Royale

Nicely cooked poached eggs sitting on the Arbroath Smokie

Traditional fruit scone with strawberry jam

After lunch, before leaving the V&A, we had a look at the open plan shop area in which one can buy souvenirs, books, art materials etc. One of the featured momentos was a print of the original design sketch of the V&A building, designed by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates.

View of the shop space on the ground floor 

 

The V&A Dundee is a new, airy and interesting building. It has almost 8,500 m2 of space with a mixed yet simple decoration comprising black floors, plain white wall and oak panels. There are stairs and glass lifts that provide nice views all round.

Worth visiting

Part 2 to follow – visit to the SS Discovery museum.

I lost weight!

Weight tracker from Under Armour’s My Fitness Pal app

Ten years ago I used to exercise regularly. I would walk to my local gym every weekday (only about 5 minutes walk) then warm up for 20 minutes on a static bike before my personal trainer started me on my planned routine that lasted about an hour.

Things were going well. I could see muscle format and could feel muscle development. After the gym session I would grab my bike and cycle for 20 kms at a good pace, and do double that distance at least once a week. I was fit.

Then I moved from the south of Brazil to the northeast where I spent some time (a little over a year) working on an on-going photography project and planning/leading a tour group to the Amazon (jungle, not store!). Hence little time for body maintenance. Despite that I remained quite trim till I moved to India.

My introduction to good, genuine Indian food, combined with a lack of exercise, had an adverse impact on my body shape! My weight skyrocketed to about 100 kgs and I could no longer see my knees withough bending forwards! Although based in India I was travelling a lot internationally so it was a struggle to stay in shape. With the help of the My Fitness Pal app and with a couple of colleagues in the same boat I managed to get down to 89 kgs for a short time. I was, unfortunately, not successful in keeping to my lower weight.

About two or three years ago I decided that understanding more about nutrition was not just a good idea for me personally but would also help me in my food and fruit photography business. I completed a number of courses in nutrition and, though not registered formally as a practicing nutritionist, I am at least qualified as one.

I applied my knowledge to a long term weight reduction program that has seen my weight reduce from over 102 kgs to just under 93 kgs – a weight loss of almost 10 kgs that seems to be permanent. My secret?

No secret – simply more discipline – reduced intake and more self-control.

My daily regime diet-wise is essentially:

  • Pre-breakfast: a glass of water
  • Breakfast: 4 dessert spoons of oatmeal, about 50 gms of yogurt, fresh berries or dried fruit and nuts, and a mug of strong coffee (no milk or sugar).
  • Mid-morning snack: a slice of plain cake or a plain doughnut
  • Lunch: beans (green, black or brown), white rice or pasta, salad or boiled vegetables, meat (beef or chicken) followed by a fruit jelly (jello) and a glass of fresh fruit juice
  • Mid-afternoon snack: fruit or cake with coffee
  • Dinner: soup or meat with boiled manioc or yams with fruit juice unless I have soup
  • An apple in the late evening

It looks like a lot of food but the trick is to keep the portions small. I found for a while that my dinner plate was too full. The trick, for me, is to put just a spoonful of rice down first, then enough beans to cover the rice (about a spoonful), then the veg and finally a small piece of meat. Keeping things in balance is key – more veg is ok as that’s where the micro nutrients are and they help to keep you feeling well fed.

I have based my diet on:

  • 1500 calories per day
  • Carbs. 40%
  • Protein. 35%
  • Fats. 25%

The only thing I have regularly ie daily without variation is my oatmeal breakfast. It was recommended by a doctor about 20 years ago and I rarely have anything different (exceptions being aircraft breakfasts, hotels that don’t have oatmeal on the menu, or full breakfasts of eggs, bacon etc as a special treat!).

I have to be careful when travelling. I now tend to plan meal/restaurant reviews in advance to ensure I stay on plan … it’s easy, especially with good food, for me to overeat. I was brought up with the philosophy of “take the quantity of food that you want, and eat all that you take” so restaurants that serve large portions will derail my diet. Some nutritionists will say that its better to leave food on your plate as soon as you haveceaten enough – my view is, over eat at one meal and adjust in the next. We waste enough food (30% from farm to kitchen) without wasting more.

My plan is to shed a further 10 kgs or so, taking me to 80 kgs. Anyone with a head for maths will see that my plan is to reduce by 20 kgs or 25% so, yes, theoretically I am obese – just – and certainly overweight. At 80 kgs my BMI will be normal though slightly high. Once I reach my goal I will see if I need to shed more weight. I shall certainly celebrate but will also have a medical check up to see what the doctor says. Next update in 5 kgs!

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NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition and has provided opinions in this post it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate registered practitioners. The opinions provided here are indicative only and may be incomplete or out of date.

I could go vegan! At least for a day!

Full vegan breakfast at Brunch & Supper, Edinburgh (vegan haggis, vegan sausage, baked beans, avocado, asparagus, broccoli, tofu, mushroom, potato bread and couscous)

I have to admit that quite a few years ago I regarded vegans as folk that were a bit off the rails. My first experience of a vegetarian (not vegan) was a lady who was on an eight-day trek with me near Machu Picchu in Peru. The cook, who seemingly forgot her dietary preferences, had prepared a rabbit stew – as far as I was concerned a very welcome and warming lunch at the end of the morning’s trek in the rain. To cut a short story shorter she had started to eat the stew before it was confirmed to be a non-veg meal. She sobbed – it was the first time in her (50+ years) life that she had strayed from her meat-free lifestyle. I had to sympathise, mistakes can happen, but was not really able to empathise.

My own life has been a meat-full one. I have been used to meat-and-two-veg meals for lunch and dinner since I was young. My mother liked to experiment in the kitchen so we had a variety of international and traditionally British meals at home with various animal parts as the core component of the meal.

I have lived for many years in Brazil where meat is a staple. The Brazilian barbecue restaurants are world famous through the health benefits of mounds of beef coated in crystals of salt are definitely negative.

The family of one of my daughters is vegan so I am now able to understand this lifestyle choice. With age comes wisdom. In recent years I have tried to limit my intake of meat. I spent a few years in India where a high percentage of the population is vegetarian, so I managed to adapt to and enjoy, local meat-less dishes interspersed with delicious, spicy non-veg meals.

More recently I have tried to eat more vegan dishes. On the most recent occasion, I tried a vegan brunch at Brunch & Supper (a restaurant in Old Town, Edinburgh).

I enjoy a Full Breakfast be it Full English, Full Scottish, Full Cornish or Full Veggie so, while lunching with my daughter and a friend of hers I opted for a Full Vegan breakfast in order to compare the food to other full breakfast meals. Such a comparison is a bit subjective as, unlike in a wine tasting, for example, I was comparing the dish to memories of previous dishes.

The plate came, nicely arranged with a pair of asparagus spears pointing out from the centre of the plate. I found the meal satisfyingly filling and tasty though I have to say, in respect of all of the Scottish breakfast that I have tried, regardless of the restaurant, that the haggis has always been disappointing. I guess I was spoilt by having haggis for the first time (and a couple of other occasions) served at top restaurants ie real deal haggis. Still, I enjoyed the meal and enjoyed the vegan experience

I honestly doubt if I will ever become a vegan, nor even wholly vegetarian, but I can say with certainty that I am reducing the amount of meat in my diet. I don’t have issues with vegan meals, good food us good food, but I would certainly recommend to any restaurant that they include vegetarian and vegan options on their menu – even non-vegetarians like to vary their diet occasionally. And I recommend Brunch & Supper as a place to eat if you happen to be visiting Edinburgh. Need to book as the place is small and popular!

Brunch & Supper

37-39 George IV Bridge,

Edinburgh,

EH1 1EL

Phone: +44 131 225 6690

Url: brunchandsupper.co.uk

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NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition and has provided opinions in this post it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriately registered practitioners. The opinions provided here are indicative only and may be incomplete or out of date.