A Scottish Gin Tour – 10 Independent Scottish Gin Makers

A Scottish Gin Tour – 10 Independent Scottish Gin Makers

When most people think of Scotland, one of the first things that comes to mind is Whisky.  Distilleries have been warming hearts the world over for hundreds of years.  More recently Scotland has begun to make a bit of a name for itself in the world of Gin. When a new Distillery starts it takes a considerable amount of time for the ageing process needed to make great whisky.  Unless they have a huge pot of money to keep things ticking over while they wait patiently for 12 years, they…

Independent Scottish Gin Makers of Central Scotland

Independent Scottish Gin Makers of Central Scotland

This is the second part of our story of 10 awesome independent Scottish gin manufacturers.  For this post, we head down into Central Scotland and start our journey in Perthshire before going across into Fife.  We then find the next 2 gins in and around Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh before we finish our Scottish gin trip in the wonderful city of Glasgow.   You can find the first part of the story here. In that last post, the 5 Gins featured were all from the Highlands and Islands in the Northern…

Wine and Chocolate Update – March 2017

Wine and Chocolate Update – March 2017

It’s the first Friday of the month again and that means a trip to Wine and Chocolate at Hernando Cortez Schokoladen in Gertrudenstraße here in Cologne.  Every month Marco painstakingly researches 3 wonderful wine and chocolate combinations, which pairs some amazing chocolate with some fantastic wines. It’s the same procedure every month.  As any British expat in Germany will hopefully know, this is very important in Germany culture.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about then follow the link (here) and read more about the German phenomenon that is “Dinner…

Independent Scottish Gins of the Highlands & Islands

Independent Scottish Gins of the Highlands & Islands

The people of Scotland are an imaginative bunch who like a drink or two (no more mind).  It’s the only place where I have been to an inflatable pub in horizontal rain on a remote island.  The feature picture is of my Brother-in-law Iain and I enjoying the Northton Festival on the Isle of Harris. When most people think of drinking and Scotland, the first thing that comes to mind is Whisky.  Distilleries have been warming the hearts the world over since the late 18th century.  However, more recently Scotland…

Tebay Services – An Oasis in the Motorway Desert

Tebay Services – An Oasis in the Motorway Desert

The journey on the M6 motorway from the North of England gets prettier the further towards Scotland you drive.  With Preston and the M55 junction to Blackpool behind you, the Lancashire countryside starts to make the drive a little more interesting.  Before you know it, the fells of Cumbria and the Lake District start providing you with some stunning scenery that helps the miles pass more quickly.  At some point you need to take a break and stop at one of the many motorway services.  So where do you usually stop?  If…

The Wonderful World of Michel Cluizel Chocolate

The Wonderful World of Michel Cluizel Chocolate

If you love chocolate, immerse yourself in the amazing world of Michel Cluizel.  The company make some of the most fantastic chocolate in the world.  So read on and learn all about the, I first came across the amazing chocolate made by the Cluizel family at one of our monthly wine and chocolate evenings at Hernando Cortez Schokoladen in Cologne.   The evenings are hosted by the fabulous Marco.  I wrote about all the different wine and chocolate combinations in our October tasting recently here.  The chocolate in Marco’s first combination…

Beer-Tasting At A Heavenly Beer Shop in Cologne

Beer-Tasting At A Heavenly Beer Shop in Cologne

I made a fantastic discovery this week.  Just around the corner from Jameson’s, our local Irish bar, I found a heavenly new beer shop that does beer-tasting as well.  I used to be a regular visitor to Jameson’s.  At least I was until Norwich City got relegated from the Premier League.  Now they are in the Championship, there aren’t so many reasons to go anymore. Anyway, if you turn left down the little alley to the right of Jameson’s (looking at the front of the bar) there is a fantastic…

Cafe Flottenheimer – A Great Independent Restaurant in Copenhagen

Cafe Flottenheimer – A Great Independent Restaurant in Copenhagen

We recently had a fantastic trip to Copenhagen.  I always love visiting new places and trying different food.  From amazing breakfast roll selections, smørrebrød open rye bread sandwiches and a huge selection of fish, we really were spoilt for choice.  When I first started this blog, the biggest motivation was to tell the stories of the amazing people running independent businesses.  It inspires me so much to see people putting their heart and soul into what they do and this post introduces you to a DJ who risked everything to…

The Amazing Insiders Guide to the Cologne Christmas Markets

The Amazing Insiders Guide to the Cologne Christmas Markets

The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of a German Christmas Market. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 4: Awesome Tasty Pasties

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 4:  Awesome Tasty Pasties

We have reached the final part of the Cologne expat quest.  This time it’s Cornish Pasties!  Not only will you get to meet Dan and hear all about his Tasty Pasties but you will also get to hear about the German tradition that is “Dinner for One”.  First, it’s perhaps worth having a quick recap of the what we’ve found so far in the quest.  We started off by finding a great cafe that served something other than coffee and cake .  We followed this up with the joy of…