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SISTER ACT Haim WEST END STORY Village life and style JUNGLE BEAUTY Laura Whitmore WIN… £500 to spend at Common People

Under review Food places 2013


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Issue 96 December 2013


ON THE COVER 16 Sister Act Haim 22 Jungle Beauty Laura Whitmore 28 West End Story Village life and style 70 Under Review Food places 2013

NEWS AND VIEWS 12 Eye on the City Inspiration for December 36 Fashion 60 Health and Beauty 64 Homes and Interiors


08 i-on events Maggie’s Masked Birthday Ball 10 WIN… £500 to spend at Common People 18 Edinburgh Live Music events 20 You and Me Colin Church and Martin Luney 22 i-on People Beauty, food 26 My i-on Edinburgh Alex Buchanan 68 Introducing… Duepunti Milano 56 Being Mum 77 Food news 78 Drink Talk 82 At the Back




WORD ON THE STREET Last month we asked how you were planning to bring in 2014. Here’s what some of you said…

i-on Edinburgh this month  We’ll be having dinner and drinks with friends and loved ones then using our Access All Area passes to see the Pet Shop Boys where we have the best view of the fireworks at the foot of castle. Anneka Moncrieff, Facebook.  We’re throwing a @SailorJerry rum party to bring in the New Year! #cocktails. Barkohl54, Twitter.  We’ll be sailing into 2014 on board Leith Luxury Liners cruise ship, complete with vodka oyster bar and temporary nautical tattoos, all in aid of the wonderful Linkylea trust. Pyrus, Facebook.

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t’s Christmas and festive treats are aplenty. Whether you choose to hit the markets in St Andrew Square or to visit the boutiques in the West End for the special late night shopping evening on 05 December, this month’s issue of i-on helps you look your best with some style essentials for men on page 44 and our fabulous fashion story of evening dresses on page 38. We talk beauty secrets with Get Me Out Of Here Now! host Laura Whitmore on page 22 and find out about independent girl band Haim on page 16. If you’ve yet to pick a restaurant to celebrate the season we also give you a run down on some places to dine out in our best of 2013 reviews on page 70. Congratulations to last month’s winner, Natalie Gyles, who won a Nespresso coffee machine. This month’s prize is for the gents with £500 to spend at menswear boutique Common People in Stockbridge. A very merry Christmas to all of you from the whole team at i-on. We’ll see you again in 2014. Until then, enjoy i-on.

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What’s the best thing about Christmas? Occasion Maggies Masked Birthday Ball Place The Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1 Festival Sq, EH3 9SR. photos Derek Anderson

Gavin McLellan, head fundraising manager, Maggie’s, “It has to be all the delicious food and time off you can enjoy with loved ones.” Gavin wears suit from Moss Bros and mask from The Sentry Box toy shop in Glasgow.

Mairi Mickel, family business consultant, “The excitement of the children and all your loved ones coming together.” Mairi wears a Diane Von Furstenberg dress, shoes from Ooh! Ruby Shoes and vintage mask.

Vivienne Coventry, works for Alzheimer Scotland, “Family, celebrations and Champagne.” Vivienne wears a dress bought many years ago from Jane Davidson, Charles Jourdan shoes and mask from Monsoon.


Allyson Reid, self employed hospitality, “People that are kind and help each other. I also love the snow, log fires and Christmas carols.” Allyson wears a vintage dress, wrap sourced from a garage sale, lace gloves given as a gift and mask from America.

Roddie Paterson, property developer, “The enthusiasm and excitement of my children is infectious. I also love the skiing.” Roddie wears a tux from a boutique in Nice and mask from a shop in the Grassmarket.

Mike Polson, lawyer, “Family parties and get-togethers with friends. It’s a time when everyone feels happy.” Mike wears a suit from Kinloch Anderson, Barker shoes and mask from


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eritage meets athlete this season at menswear boutique Common People. The AW13 look book touches on the sober days of the US prohibition with its lines and shapes, whilst also fusing elements of the typical well trimmed gent with classic sportswear. Common People classics move in a new direction too. Tradition isn’t forgotten though; it’s being stylishly modernised with a technical twist. Vintage finds are supported with the use of nylons and Airtex linings. And even the signature, well tailored classics, Mackinaw and Norfolk jackets, are fabricated in knitted woven looks. Born in Stockbridge and pioneered by Kestin Hare, formerly of Nigel Cabourn, Common People has moved from shop to shop and country to country with stockists in London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, New York and Munich. Common People is at 46 St Stephen St, EH3 5AL, Tel: 0131 220 5859,

THE PRIZE We’ve teamed up with Common People to give one reader the chance to spruce up his wardrobe with £500 to spend on the AW13 clothing line at the Stockbridge boutique.

TO ENTER For a chance to win, visit by Tuesday 17 December or scan the QR code for the online entry form. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the January issue of i-on magazine. Subscribe to the i-on weekly newsletter at for more exclusive prizes.

Terms and conditions: the prize is as stated and there is no cash alternative. The voucher can also only be used on full price clothes, not any sale items, shoes or collaborative pieces.

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EYE ON THE CITY Inspiration for December

PASTURES NEW See the work of up and coming Edinburgh artist Sally Fisher at her first exhibition Cattle at the Whitespace Gallery from 06-12 December. The range of cow oil paintings will be on display following a successful Kickstarter project. Whitespace Gallery, 11 Gayfield Sq, EH1 3NT,

SPELLBINDING Ding-dong the witch isn’t dead… in fact she’s coming to Edinburgh with Wicked in November 2014. Tickets are now on sale for the global musical phenomenon that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz with music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz. For tickets from £20, Tel: 0844 871 3014 or


NEW YEAR SHENANIGANS Let the games commence and join 1,000 revellers at The Corn Exchange’s Hogmanay Hoot this New Year. You’ll be treated to supper, drinks and live entertainment from The Scott Leslie Ceilidh Band, cabaret act Paolo Martini, DJs and Pipers. Tickets from £42, VIP packages from £52. The Corn Exchange Edinburgh, 10 New Market Rd, EH14 1RJ, Tel: 0131 477 3500,

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FESTIVE CHEER Get in the spirit of things at the West End’s late night shopping evening on Thursday 05 December. From a giant polar bear ice sculpture being carved at the corner of William, Stafford and Alva Streets from 3.30pm onwards to Christmas carols and mince pies from Nikki’s Sandwich Bar, many of the boutiques will also be serving mulled wine.

DECORATIVE GEMS For a treasure trove of jewellery from around the world and an impressive Christmas tree, ornamented with robins, baubles and peacocks, head to Stockbridge. Tucked down a little lane in an old 19th century Bakehouse, Galerie Mirages offers all sorts of festive treats and gift ideas. Galerie Mirages, The Lane, 46a Raeburn Pl, EH1 1SL, Tel: 0131 315 2603,

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What brings you to Edinburgh? I’m in the spectacular new production of Limbo in the Spiegeltent in St Andrew Square. It includes heartstopping illusions and breathtaking dance moves… people really should expect the unexpected. What’s the highlight of your career so far? Performing in Limbo - travelling with amazing performers is entertaining and challenging. Swallowing multiple swords, eating and breathing fire and whip cracking is great too. What’s your prized possession? My antique swords would be very hard and expensive to replace. What’s your dream? To see the world, luckily I might just get to do that touring with this show. The best thing in life is… coffee. For tickets visit

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ne of the breakthrough acts of 2013, Los Angeles group Haim have got everything going for them. Three beautiful young women with talent would rarely find it hard to avoid attention, of course, but it helps that the trio of sisters at the core of the band are sharp, articulate and seemingly unable or unwilling to play the pop game on anything but their own terms. Their debut album Days Are Gone was among the best of the year, a breezy indie selection whose two greatest influences

were the upbeat melodies of Stevie Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac and the smart, streetwise rhythms of female R’n’B groups like En Vogue and TLC. Sisters Este (the eldest), Danielle and Alana (the youngest) Haim are all ‘Valley girls’ from Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, and they grew up in fairly middle class surroundings. Their parents are both estate agents, and they informed the girls’ love of ‘70s and ‘80s soft rock by groups like Fleetwood

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Mac and the Eagles. In fact, their parents went one step further – when they were younger, the family all played together in a classic rock covers band called Rockinhaim. They inherited their love of driving rock, they say, from the fact you have to get in the car to go anywhere in LA and you might as well have the stereo on. Danielle and Este were also in the briefly signed group the Valli Girls. With six years and multiple instrumental skills between them, the trio also benefit from Este’s academic musical background, while Danielle has played in the backing bands of Jenny Lewis, the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas and Cee-Lo Green. All through this period, Haim the band was active as a semi serious hobby, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the sisters gave it real focus and it became a going concern. After that things moved quickly, with their debut EP Forever debuting earlier in the year, their appearance at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas winning them a record deal, and tours of the US with Mumford and Sons and the UK with Florence and the Machine following before the year was out. It was also around this point that they released their first real signature song Don’t Save Me, an irresistibly summery sound which was followed up by the equally memorable Falling and The Wire. There’s been something hard to grudge about their continued rise over the last few months, from singing onstage with Primal Scream at Glastonbury to seeing Days Are Gone hit number one upon its release, and it’s a momentum which makes you eager to hear what they might do next. Haim play the ABC, Glasgow, on Sunday 12 December.



Stu Todd showcases a smorgasbord of music events happening across the city this month

MUSIKA @ LIQUID ROOM Back at The Liquid Room with the first in a series of Snow Bombing parties, Musika presents a night of two of the biggest names in the business - Eats Everything (pictured) and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. The combination of the two makes for a mouth watering prospect. Doors 10pm-3am, tickets £14.50.


GILES PETERSON @ 99 HANOVER STREET Radio 1 stalwart and champion of everything that is great and good about music, Giles Peterson makes his way to the intimate surroundings of 99 Hanover Street this month. He’ll be joined by the duo of Gino and Fryer (Motherfunk) out of retirement for one night only. Doors 11pm3am, admission free.


GASOLINE DANCE MACHINE @ CABARET VOLTAIRE If you’re a club minded reveller and prefer the comfort of warmth and free flowing drinks than the street party on Hogmanay, Cabaret Voltaire offer both in abundance. Amiable hosts Gasoline Dance Machine will offer an unrivalled atmosphere, next level dance moves (and that’s just from residents - Cheap Picasso) and fantastic sound track courtesy of label du jour Wolf Music Medlar and KRL. Doors 11pm-5am, tickets £10-15.



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dinburgh born Colin Church (pictured right) and Belfast native Martin Luney became business partners in the early noughties and are now the proud owners of Big Red Teapot Edinburgh Ltd, The Blackbird, Hamilton’s and Treacle. Here they discuss business, friendship and being semi-naked in wigs. Colin on Martin “At times Martin and I do argue like brothers. We always make up in the end and then normally have lunch. Actually he’s more driven about food than anyone I’ve ever met. “We’ve faced many obstacles in the last five years, opening Hamilton’s, Treacle and The Blackbird are obvious ones. The best part of working together is that we trust one another and we’re friends. We both have determination to stand out in a highly competitive market and never stop thinking about where we’re going. “We also help support each other on a work and personal level, which is key to any relationship. He even helped me pick out my fiancé’s engagement ring and is the Master of Ceremonies at my wedding.” Martin on Colin “I knew we would instantly get on because my first impression of Colin was him almost naked, wearing a Rod Stewart wig. “We’ve been through a lot, so we’re a lot closer now. We both have very different creative processes and the combination of the two allows us to have a very individual approach to everything we do. We’ve always had different tastes – that’s why we work well together. It’s great to have a business partner to bounce ideas off; the fact that we are friends just makes it more enjoyable. “The bar industry is very challenging in today’s market. There are many challenges every day for us but we are always planning new ideas and projects, so 2014 looks like it’ll be quite exciting.”

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aurie’s the manager of Jake’s Place, a specialist American/Scottish craft beer, whisky and bourbon bar on Market Street. When he’s not working he keeps things quick and simple in the culinary department to make the most of his time off. Your signature dish at Jake’s Place? It’s our slow braised giant turkey drumstick with hickory BBQ sauce, it’s a beast. You’re off work, where have you always wanted to try for food in Edinburgh? I’ve still never been to Restaurant Martin Wishart which is terrible as I’ve lived in Leith for over 10 years. The chef you most admire? I’d probably go for Anthony Bourdain, the author of Kitchen Confidential. It’s a great book and really lifts the lid on hospitality and some of the horrendous conditions that chefs endure. If you could invite five famous people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would they be? George Best, Keith Moon, James Hunt, Oliver Reed and the legend that is Sir David Niven. Those boys would be a riot and have a few stories to tell. The only thing I wouldn’t look forward to is the hangover.

MY I-ON EDINBURGH Alex Buchanan photo Susie Lowe


n Edinburgh man who now lives in the Borders with his wife, two boys under five and their dogs, life is never quiet for Alex Buchanan. He’s also co-founder of the Catering in Scotland website and the successful CIS Excellence Awards, for the hospitality and tourism industry. Your earliest memory of Edinburgh Washing my face in the dew on Arthur’s Seat one morning, aged about five. Which areas best reflect your personality? I’d like to say Bristo Square and the University of Edinburgh buildings (wise and historically relevant) but I’ll just go for the area around Arthur’s Seat (friendly and open). What would place Edinburgh more firmly on the map? Better facilities on our beaches and decent looking parliament building. The city’s best kept secret? Bell’s Diner in Stockbridge; there is no point in eating any other burger. Ever.

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The hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s West End is returning to the network of Georgian streets from the west end of Princes Street through the newly reopened Shandwick Place to Haymarket Station. Home to a host of award-winning independent retailers, much loved pubs and restaurants, Edinburgh’s West End combines a quaint setting with the best in beauty, fashion and interiors.

LILY LUNA Lily Luna aims to become the most stylish independent jewellery boutique in the capital. A treasure trove full of stunning unusual pieces carefully sourced from all over the world, ‘unique’ isn’t just an empty word at Lily Luna. The store works exclusively with many award-winning designers like Catherine Weitzman from Hawaii, Swedish design Lite Kalabalik, French brand Vlum, and talented local designers such as Betsy Heilmann. Every collection offers eclectic style and different price points, but always with the same level of quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Local brides will also love the sensational handcrafted bridal adornments and accessories.  Lily Luna, 43 William St, EH3 7LW, Tel: 0131 4678 245,

SKIN SOLUTIONS MULBERRY HOUSE Skin Solutions is Edinburgh’s original skin care clinic and the first company in Scotland to offer permanent IPL hair reduction. Its therapists are dedicated to offering high quality professional tailored treatments to ensure that every client experiences first class service and excellent customer care. Especially popular at this time of year are the amazing Caci Ultimate Facial (£45 -£65) and the almost magical Bioslimming treatment to help you get into that little black dress in time for the Christmas and New Year Party. A little oasis in the heart of the city Skin Solutions Mulberry House is offering all new clients a 25 per cent discount on their first treatment until 31 December. not in conjunction with any other offer  Skin Solutions Mulberry House, 21 Manor Pl, EH3 7DX, Tel: 0131 225 2012,


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SAM BROWN The philosophy at Sam Brown is to offer something different from the high street at affordable prices. In the store’s first year they were included in the Drapers prestigious top 100 inspiring independent shops and many of the labels in store are exclusive to Edinburgh including Masai, Great Plains, Bohemia, Avoca and Seasalt. Sam Brown is what an independent fashion shop should be all about: amazing products, great customer service, and a fantastic shopping experience.  Sam Brown, 5 William St, EH3 7NG, Tel: 0131 226 7732,

TEUCHTERS, A ROOM IN THE WEST END Teuchters has 17 beers on tap, including craft and cask and 20 wines and bubblies by the glass. The much loved bar oozes bonhomie; famed for the rugby, mugs of stovies, cullen skink and teuchter dogs. Downstairs in A Room in the West End, creative and substantial Scottish food goes down equally well with large groups as it does dining a deux in the intimate alcoves. The restaurant and freehouse have now notched up 14 years. Toast that achievement from the 90+strong malt whisky list which promises a tour from Aberfeldy to Tullibardine. Open until 1am every day. Slainte!  Teuchters, 26 William St, EH3 7NH, Tel: 0131 226 1036,




Legal advice might not be at the top of your Christmas list as you prepare for shopping madness and family celebrations, but you can rest assured that help is at hand should legal matters be on your mind. At Johnson Legal Solicitors, Beverley Johnson (pictured) provides you and your family with solid legal advice and a sympathetic ear in a full range of family legal matters. Her team of lawyers are also on hand to support you with wills advice, power of attorney, and tax/asset protection.  Johnson Legal Solicitors, 22a Rutland Sq, EH1 2BB, Tel: 0131 622 9222, and

This cosy local has won over many west end hearts with its twist on classic British dishes, a wide range of craft beers and impeccable wine lists. Selected by Shortlist magazine as one of the UK’s top ten gastro pubs, the new winter menu at The Westroom offers pub grub with a foodie-focused flare; the duck leg stovies and Arbroath Smokie risotto are worth a visit alone. Book ahead if you’re planning to visit as the weekend brunch busies the bar up early and the chef’s roast dinner often sells out long before closing time.  The Westroom, 3 Melville Pl, EH3 7PR, Tel: 0131 629 9868,

FRONTIERS BOUTIQUE Frontiers is home to a cool mix of prints, knits, cocktail dresses, cashmere, bags, and gift ideas. And because the boutique is known for its knitwear, you’ll find more gorgeous pieces than ever before by some wonderful British designers. Look out for labels such as Goose, Chinti and Parker, Quinton and Chadwick and the fabulous Muir and Osborne who, like owner and designer Jane Forbes, all focus on attention to detail in the design and quality of their knitwear, resulting in pieces to keep and love.  Frontiers Boutique, 16 Stafford St, EH3 7AU, Tel: 0131 476 3449,, Follow on Twitter @Frontiers_Edin





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THE EDINBURGH LARDER BISTRO Inspired by local ingredients, The Edinburgh Larder Bistro serves the best of Scotland’s landscape on a plate. In 2012 the Larder brought the reputation of the Blackfriars Street café as the place to eat delicious, locally sourced and seasonal food to the West End by opening the downstairs Bistro on the corner of Alva and Queensferry Street. Proud to work closely with suppliers who treat Scotland’s wild, natural resources with honour, the Bistro offers a uniquely Scottish food experience with a range of Scotch malt whiskies, Scottish brewed beers and artisanal, locally roasted coffees.  The Edinburgh Larder Bistro, 1A Alva St, EH2 4PH, Tel: 0131 225 4599,

ARKANGEL & FELON Named by the Guardian as one of Edinburgh’s top 10 independents, and listed in the Telegraph’s top 50 UK boutiques, Arkangel and Felon is a style lover’s treasure trove, proud to offer a shopping experience that’s a cut above the usual high street humdrum. From gorgeous frocks to unique jewellery, you’ll find something contemporary, individual and wearable whatever your budget. Exclusive stockists for Sarah Pacini, American Vintage, Almost Famous, Paul by Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Denim, Lilith, Melissa shoes & Mirabelle jewellery, boutique owner Sarah Cosgrove has styled for Hello!, Saatchi and Saatchi, BMW F1 and high profile celebrity clients, bringing years of experience to help you find fun and flattering pieces to suit your personality, taste and figure.  Arkangel & Felon, 4 William St, EH3 7NH, Tel: 0131 226 4466,

BIRRELL RAINFORD OPTICIANS Experienced opticians Jim Birrell and Brenda Rainford base their service on strong customer care and values. The business has grown rapidly since opening nearly three years ago and they have now been joined by Lyndsay Brown, formerly of her own Marchmont practice. The team at Birrell Rainford Opticians are dedicated to giving you and your family the highest standard of expertise and advice on all your visual needs (including those associated with dyslexia) in a welcoming and friendly environment. Contact them for a free NHS eye examination including digital retinal photography.  Birrell Rainford Opticians, 15 William St, EH3 7NG, Tel: 0131 226 7833,


ODYSSEY BOUTIQUE Odyssey Boutique sells the latest lingerie and swimwear designs from Stella McCartney, Lascivious, Simone Perele and Heidi Klein. It’s also home to a clever in-house salon offering immaculate waxing among its capsule menu of treatments. Owner Sarah immerses clients in the perfect environment, giving them the confidence to bare all and experiment with the dynamic lingerie and swimwear ranges sourced from around the globe. The only fusion beauty and lingerie boutique outside of London, Odyssey sets a high standard from the moment you walk in the store.  Odyssey Boutique, 39-41 William St, EH3 7LW, Tel: 0131 220 2908,

GALLERY TEN Gallery TEN shows contemporary and applied arts, specialising in original print and studio glass. The winter exhibition comprises the Spektrum Print Collective, jewellery from Silverhub, lithographs from Hole Editions and gallery artists. They include Catherine Rayner, Holly Belsher (jewellery), Dave Cohen (ceramics), Lindean Mill & Peter Leyton (glass), Paul Furneaux RSA, George Donald RSA, Alfons Bytautas RSA, Douglas Davies RSW, Claire Beattie & Ray Richardson. Exhibitions runs until 24 December. Admission Free.  Gallery TEN, 10 Stafford St, EH3 7AU,

SYGN Fresh from a recent refit, Sygn has re-emerged with a pared back interior. But, as always, the emphasis is on top quality food and drinks. Already famous for their burgers, the kitchen team have introduced delicious stonebaked pizzas and gourmet ‘haute’ dogs to the menu. Try the popular chilli dog for a really mean kick.  The drinks list has also been overhauled with cocktails such as the ‘Belvedere popcorn sour’ proving a hit thanks to the unique live aging process that the bar team has pioneered. And if you’re in the mood for a golden oldie, you can always check out the £5 signature cocktail menu.  Sygn,15 Charlotte Ln, EH2 4QZ, Tel: 0131 225 6060,


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AFTER DARK Stylist: Ian Tod, ∙ Photographer: Chris Park, ∙ Photo Assistant: Carmen Haigh  Model: Bethany Brown, The Model Team  ∙ Hair: Lisa Alexander at Dickson Reid ∙ Make-up: Kimberley Dewar, Colours Agency Location: The Waldorf Hotel, Edinburgh

Black and lace beaded basque, £35 by Topshop; Talbot Runholf black velvet gown, £1065 at Jane Davidson; About gold heels £100 by Carvela Kurt Geiger at John Lewis; Bex Rox London Alabama Cuff gold and black, £240 and Bex Rox London Black Onyx necklace £620.



Olive green gown by Talbot Runhof, £1095 at Jane Davidson; ROX diamond bracelet, 4.28ct, £8,000; ROX Fancy diamond bracelet,1.56cts, £3,495.


Black bow by Joyce Paton, POA; black and champagne jumpsuit by Temperley, £859 at Jane Davidson; Sadie black cut out heels, £80 at Topshop; ROX Entwine diamond pendant, 1.91cts, £4,995; ROX Fancy diamond bracelet, 1.56cts, £3,495; ROX tanzanite and diamond ring, 6.67ct, £8,500; ROX Enchanted diamond ring, 2.79cts, £6,995.


Jane Davidson, 52 Thistle St, EH2 1EN, Tel: 0131 225 3280; Joyce Paton, East Terr, South Queensferry EH30 9HS Tel: 07879 407336,; Rox, 54 George St, EH2 2LE, Tel: 0131 541 2209,; Topshop, 30 Princes St, EH2 2BY, Tel: 0131 556 0151


Gold and green lace gown, £1949 by Temperley; black bow by Joyce Paton, POA; black belt, £8 at Topshop; ROX Entwine diamond pendant, 0.99cts, £2,995; ROX Sapphire and Trillion cut diamond ring, 3.37cts, £9,950; ROX Embrace diamond ring, 1.70ct, £5,995; ROX Diamond cocktail ring, 1.79cts, £3,995; ROX Fancy diamond ring, 0.87cts, £1,995; Bex Rox London Art Deco cuffs rose gold, £240 each.





MEN’S FASHION Focus. Finds. Flair

CONSIDER THIS Bye, bye smart casual. Hello casual but considered. More relaxed than the former style statement, this look does nonetheless require some thought (hence the considered part) especially with the finishing touches. We think Gant does the look exceptionally well, as seen here. Gant,, 90 George St, EH2 3DF, Tel: 0131 226 8640,

OFF THE CUFF If you’re looking for a fun Christmas gift or stocking filler, these pirate skull cufflinks might just be the answer. Made from solid silver, rubies pop into the eyes when the jaw drops. £295 at Daniel Henderson Jewellers, 188 Rose St, EH2 4BA, Tel: 0131 466 1745,

MAN UP Beat the cold this winter in a Moncler jacket. The French brand, renowned for its cosy down filled jackets, has A-list fans including Kayne West and Justin Timberlake. Moncler Hymalay padded jacket with removable hood, £674 at Cruise, 94 George St, EH2 3DF, Tel: 0131 226 3524,


COTTON ON Channel a modern casual style with this rustic yet stylised heavy Cobblestone boot, £110 from Dune. The cotton canvas panels and leather have a richly aged quality for a relaxed lived in look. Available at

OUR FAVOURITE FIND Whether you prefer a loose, classic or slim fit, forget the high street and tailor make your shirt at The shirt company offers a one-to-one measuring service at work or home, more than 100 different designs and a selection of collar and cuff styles to choose from. You can even add extra touches such as  initials or a colour contrasting inside collar. Yours for just £69, including delivery and fitting… bargain. 

EXCESS It’s excess all areas with the high street heaving with looks that prove too much of a good thing is wonderful. There’s a strong cross cultural feel to this season’s take on embellishment. This faux fur trimmed coat from River Island is a prime example.

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‘Tis the season for a new party dress and this pretty lace shift dress will do the job nicely. A sophisticated style and flattering cut, dress it up or down with bold accessories. Per Una Speziale lace shAift dress, £99 at Marks & Spencer, Gyle Ave, EH12 9JY, Tel: 0131 539 9000,


Christmas Chains Silk Scarf, £75

HOLLYWOOD SPARKLE Make like Elizabeth Taylor and Naomi Watts and splurge on Chopard’s stunning Red Carpet Collection. Sparkling with coloured jewels and heart shaped precious stones; the super luxe collection is available exclusively by order from LAING Edinburgh. White gold earclips set with 84 diamonds, 5.25cts (pictured), £57,870 at LAING, 29 Frederick St, EH2 2ND, Tel: 0131 225 4513, Chunky Rose Gold and Silver Watch, £69.95

Gold Chain Chandelier Earrings, £119

Khatakali Tote, £275

PIN IT Made from sterling silver with copper detail, this dinky hand crafted robin brooch will add a quirky touch to any lapel. £49.99 at Palenque, 56 High St, EH1 1TB, Tel: 0131 557 9553,

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BAG IT Introducing the gorgeous new oversized clutch from MiH jeans. Part of it’s first accessories collection with English heritage company Globetrotter, the large zip poche, £95, is available exclusively online at

If you’re putting a wish list together you may want to add these stunning emerald cut diamond earrings. Set in 18ct white gold, the Halo design will set you back £975 at Robert Anthony, 108b Rose St, EH2 3JF, Tel: 0131 226 4550,


I-ON LOVES… these super sleek Boulevard ankle boots, £78 from Office. From the cool colour to sky high heel and sensuous shape, there’s nothing we don’t love about these boots. Also available in black. Office, 79A Princes St, EH2 2ER, Tel: 0131 220 4296,

ALL STAR FIND Go classic and chic with the Driver square dial watch at Links of London. Reminiscent of a Cartier style, you’ll look the part without blowing the budget. £350 at Links of London, 3 Multrees Walk, EH1 3DQ, Tel: 0131 558 1239,



Rosie Sugden Leopard Beanie - £95 Twist & Tango Abby Sequin Pocket Top - £55

Tokyo Jane Kaja Bracelet - £40

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T Hudson Black Velveteen Jeans - £195 61 Thistle Street 0131 226 2317

he trendy new Italian brand Duepunti Milano is creating a buzz in the jewellery world. Made from a unique fusion of two opposites, the classic diamond combined with the unconventional material silicone, Duepunti’s minimal and contemporary design of rings and bracelets are available in 19 rainbow bright colour combos and three different sizes – each include a brilliant cut diamond, 0.02ct, in a sterling silver setting. Duepunti Milano rings, £60, and bracelets, £70, available at Ernest Jones, or visit



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Wishing all of our customers a Very Merry Multrees Walk Christmas MULBERRY A chic minimal design, the Clemmie Clutch is a timeless evening bag featuring the signature postman’s lock. The streamlined style has a secure main compartment and can be easily handheld or carried under the arm. Pictured in metallic mushroom goat leather, £695.

NORTH AMERICA TRAVEL SERVICE North America Travel Service has recently relocated to Multrees Walk. Established for more than 40 years, they specialise in tailor made holidays to the USA and Canada for the discerning traveller offering everything from weekend breaks to family holidays and honeymoons to fly drives.

NESPRESSO The new Nespresso  Boutique opens just in time for Christmas with great gift ideas for coffee lovers, including the new  U&Milk  machine with integrated fresh milk solution and Aeroccino3 milk frother, available in cream or black. Buy any  Nespresso  cappuccino machine before Christmas and receive a free £70 gift card. U&Milk machine from £179.

LOUIS VUITTON A clear reference to the history of Louis Vuitton, the signature materials of the House come together and enhance each other in this unique creation. Freshness, modernity and elegance, the latest addition to the Louis Vuitton family has every sort of appeal.

ANNE FONTAINE Designer Anne Fontaine creates special pieces inspired by her chic and romantic universe in Les Précieuses, her exquisite collection of unique designs, crafted by the finest French and Italian artisans, chosen for their technical skills and expertise. Erna Mesh blouse with embroidered feather, £1,650.

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Helen Wilson, clinical psychologist, NHS Borders photo Susie Lowe

The family unit: Helen, 33, husband, Paul, 39, Lawrie, 3 and Clara, six months (photographed at four months).


found out I was pregnant with Lawrie on Christmas morning 2009. I was so excited that I made my husband drive around Edinburgh to find a pharmacy that was open so I could buy another pregnancy test just to be sure… Another few tests ensued in the first 12 weeks. With Clara, I trusted the first test I did. “I have very fond memories of both pregnancies and labour (rose tinted perhaps) and would happily go through them again, much to the fear of my husband. “As a mum I do miss the spontaneity of going out for lunch with the girls and getting home at 3am. In general things have

changed a lot since having children, but it’s all for the better. It’s easy to lose sight of what is truly important in life and I think you gain a certain perspective when you have children. I can rationalise and move on far more easily than I did before. I like being closer to my parents and Paul’s family, and I’m guaranteed a laugh every day when Lawrie says or does something new. Mostly though it’s immense the capacity you have for loving your children. “As a family, we make an effort to have one family day at the weekend and we don’t really care what we do. We would happily take Lawrie to any park and we enjoy walks along the



Water of Leith to feed the ducks. Porty beach on a sunny day is lovely, and Lawrie would go anywhere that involves steam engines or fire engines so often our weekend trips involve one or other of these vehicles. “I think we’re quite spoilt in Edinburgh so it’s a good place to raise a family. It has a huge variety of activities and facilities on its doorstep as well as being steeped in history and opportunities for learning. I can access whatever I need without any real effort (although I find having a car very helpful with two children). But I also miss the community feeling that you gain in more intimate, rural or suburban areas. “Our ideal family home is a detached rural property somewhere between Edinburgh and my work in Selkirk. It would need some renovation for my architect husband to get his teeth into. Our flat in Edinburgh is great and we have loved living in Leith for the last 12 years but it’s now time to move on.”



CHRISTMAS CAROL By Charles Dickens

Adapted for stage by Neil Duffield


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Royal Lyceum Theatre is a Registered Company No. SC062065. Scottish Charity Registered No. SC010509.

Maddie and Marks soft play on a quiet day (eg Tuesday or Wednesda y afternoon) East Links farm, Craigie ’s farm and Almond Valley are all excellent for day trips. Bo’Ness steam engine museum and station is great for enthusiasts. The gadget I can’t reco mmend enough is… Gro-Clock transforme d Lawrie’s tendency to get up and come into our room in the middle of the night. The shop you’ll always find me in… John Lewis pretty much cap tures my shopping needs, plus they do gre at scones in the café. The best bit of advice I can give a mum to be is… For the difficult stag es, always remember it is temporary. You’ll get through it and move on.


FOR A RAINY DAY Kid friendly ideas


ONE TO WATCH Spread the joy of Christmas amongst the whole family with A Christmas Carol at the Lyceum. Starring Christopher Fairbank as Scrooge, the classic tale shows Scrooge the error of his miserly ways through visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. With Christmas carols, evocative sets and the odd flurry of snow, it’s bound to melt even the hardest of hearts. Suitable for ages six-106, A Christmas Carol runs until 04 January 2014. Tickets from £14 at

A winter walk at Pressmennan Wood near the village of Stenton in East Lothian is right up our street, and it’s one walk that even the kids will love. Artist Robin Wood has let his imagination run wild and created a magical world of Glingblobs and Tootflits who live high up in the trees and on the forest floor along the hour long trail. Lovely.

DEAR SANTA Good boys and girls can see the main man in person before the big event at Santa’s Grotto in Princes Street Gardens until 24 December. He’s busy at this time of year though so book a time slot at Tickets are £5 per child and include entry to the Christmas Tree Maze and Elves Workshop.

WHITE CHRISTMAS Monsoon’s childrenswear may not be the cheapest on the high street but it is very pretty, especially the girls’ Christmas party wear. There are lots of sugary, pastel shades available but we like this winter white ruffled dress, £55 and faux fur cape, £26.




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an intensive Callanetics Programme with guaranteed results. You have to complete 10 hours of Callanetics in 14 days. Your body shape will change, muscles will be firm, inches will be lost from waist, abdominals and thighs, buttocks, knee and bust will lift, cellulite and skin will be smoother. £100.

Classes taken by Karin Mackenzie, master teacher, and the team Tel: 0131 447 8414 / 0784 8041070


the perfect christmas gift Moi gift vouchers make the ideal present, available for all treatments and values.

Vamp it up for the festive season with the Old Hollywood collection from Bobbi Brown. Celebrating the glitz and glamour of iconic silver screen sirens, you can get the look with star products including the retro red lip colour, £22, and limited edition eye palette, £59, featuring nine eye shadows ranging from soft silver to charcoal shimmer. Bobbi Brown is available at Jenners and John Lewis,

LIMITED EDITION Whether it’s the emerald, baroque style bottle or sensual floral chypre scent, we’re not sure what we love more about Sisley’s Eau du Soir Christmas 2013 limited edition.. All we know is that we want it, now. £178 at Jenners.

28 Comiston Rd, EH10 5QE, Tel: 0131 447 6611 14-16 Morningside Dr, EH10 5LY, Tel: 0131 629 4532


PARTY ESSENTIAL Lift the brow and open up your eyes with YSL Touche Éclat. Éclat The multi-functioning wonder worker helps conceal tired eyes, builds light reflection and even acts as a primer to hold your eyeshadow in place. £25 at YSL counters.

HAIR RESCUE Banish dull hair and treat coloured locks to this limited edition System Professional gift set. set. Brilliant for locking in moisture and restoring damaged hair, the kit includes SP Color Save shampoo, 250ml, and conditioner, 250ml, with added hair treats like a Shine Define Shampoo and Mask, 30ml, for added gloss factor. £27.50 at all Cheynes Hairdressing salons,

The Cosmetics Practice Now open at The Edinburgh Clinic Regular clinics with esteemed local cosmetic surgery consultants. Call us or visit our website for an appointment, today.

0131 447 2340 40 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH10 5BT


TRIED AND TESTED Aveda Stress-Fix™ Body Massage words Gemma Haigh


hen hectic city life gets a bit too much, Aveda’s StressFix™ body massage is the perfect remedy, promising to relieve tension and leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated. It’s part of a range of treatments at Edinburgh’s new Aveda Lifestyle Spa in the Scotsman Spa & Health Club. From facials and massages to body wraps and manicures, each of the treatments uses Aveda’s renowned plant-based skin and body care products. The Stress-Fix™ body massage is available in four different timeframes to suit even the busiest of stress heads. I opted for a 45 minute slot which began with the therapist checking whether there were any particular troublesome areas she should concentrate on – shoulders I asked, the bane of sitting at a desk five days a week. The treatment is clinically proven to reduce feelings of stress and uses a relaxing aroma of lavender, lavandin and clary sage

to help transport you to that calmer place. First focusing on my shoulders and back, the therapist used a combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques, working her way around my tense muscles and kneading out knots with a firm yet pleasant pressure. The therapist then moved onto my feet, using foot reflexology and acupressure points to help me further unwind. The treatment finished with a therapeutic scalp massage to ease away any head tension and I was left feeling completely de-stressed from top to toe. Aveda Stress-Fix™ body massage, £65 for 45 minutes. For more information or to book a treatment, Tel: 0131 622 3800 or email Aveda Lifestyle Spa, The Scotsman Spa & Health Club, 1 Market St, EH1 1TR,

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH The Strada, North Fettes

Merry Christmas all!


pen plan kitchens and living rooms always provide an excuse to host and make your home a great spot for socialising. With the festive season upon us, what better way to entertain than in your own contemporary, urban retreat at North Fettes. First time buyers, keep reading. The two bedroom Strada homes are a joint venture between Bett Homes and Taylor Wimpey and the remaining choice of apartments in the


6 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AU 0131 225 5557

Douglas building starts from a reasonable £127,500 using the development’s popular 75/25 shared equity scheme. A straightforward £99 reservation fee will secure an apartment. In fact, the apartments have distinctly been designed with young professionals in mind. The colour palette emphasises elegance and sophistication through minimal shades of grey and black and sporadic splashes of vibrant pinks and blues. Escape through large glass doors to your private balcony some apartments even have two - capturing panoramic views of Edinburgh. The Strada, a term inspired by the Italian word for ‘street’, might not be in Italy but it is only minutes from the buzz of the Stockbridge streets and the tranquillity of nearby Trinity. For further information Tel: 0131 603 5357. Open seven days a week from 10am-5.30pm, or visit

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ON THE HOUSE HUNT For fresh exteriors, better insulation and modern fittings, Mactaggart & Mickel Home blend style and comfort with high quality. From the four bedroom Rannoch at East Craigs (pictured) to two bedroom apartments at Hillpark in Blackhall and two to four bedroom properties at Thornybank Green in Dalkeith, there’s plenty to choose from. A Help to Buy option is also available on selected developments.


PLACE IN THE SUN Put your money on a stylish property in Las Vegas. Not just about the casinos, Las Vegas offers a mix of luxury hotels with luxe shopping, dining and partying and now you can buy a slice of the action at the only private residential buildings on the Las Vegas Strip, Veer Towers. It comprises of two 37 storey towers with condo prices starting from £147,959. For more information, visit

HOLIDAY EARNINGS If you’re turning your back on chilly Edinburgh this winter you might want to consider letting your home over the festive period. A simple way to make some extra cash, Dickins’ letting scheme is on the look out for one or two bedroom apartments in central Edinburgh for holiday or corporate guests. Dickins, 17 Dundas St, EH3 6QG, Tel: 0131 558 1108,

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Warm & Cosy Winter in a Mactaggart & Mickel Home We are currently building great homes in East Craigs, Blackhall, Dalkeith and Dollar



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INTERIORS NEWS Ideas. Innovations. Inspiration


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TASTE OF THE ORIENT For an unusual variety of Asian inspired decorative accessories, Orient Co in Stockbridge is full of unique gift ideas from exotic artificial flowers to silk cushion covers and unusual bronzes. Orient Co, 67 Comely Bank Rd, EH4 1AW, Tel: 0131 315 4059,

TABLE TALK Keep it contemporary with this quirky design from Leitmotiv. The side table features a metal frame with a looping shape that has been covered in a material to resemble rope. Yours for £140 at Elements, 6 Hamilton Pl, EH3 5AU, Tel: 0131 225 5557,


THAT’S ART Bring some Jerry Maguire romance into your home with this print from Coulson Macleod. The artwork is printed onto natural and reclaimed materials including fabric and recycled paper and comes in a handmade wooden frame. ‘You had me at hello’ print £75 at Bank House Living, 1 East High St, Lauder, TD2 6SS, Tel: 01578 722877,

CHRISTMAS SEASONING Impress a foodie this Christmas with some tree pepper grinders. Created by Greek designer Yiannis Ghikas, the mills are available in light or dark stained oak, walnut and ash wood. £82 at Catalog, 2-4 St Stephen Pl, EH3 5AJ, Tel: 0131 225 2888,

The Vintage & Reclaimed Christmas sale starts on the 7th December. We have an eclectic range of gifts and furniture on offer to take away, and reductions on goods ordered in December.

Opening hOuRs: Mon - sat 10.00-6.00, sun 1.00-6.00 (Dec only) 179 Causewayside, edinburgh, eh9 1ph, 0131 662 1300,


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FOOD REVIEW 2013 They say variety is the spice of life and our team of trusty reviewers have spent the year poshing it up, dressing down, jumping from field to the sea, zipping from the far flung flavours of the east to big punchy western bites all in the name of finding the best foodie spots in town. We’ve stopped off at some of the newest places and revisited old favourites. Feast your eyes on 2013’s anthology of places to eat in Edinburgh. words Fiona Pringle

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Andrew Fairlie Although not quite in Edinburgh no list is complete without the two Michelin star opulence of Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. To really get a feeling of his style and finesse opt for the gastronomic feast of the degustation menu. An experience of top notch techniques and unusually delightful combinations it is a journey through the mind of one of Scotland’s greatest chefs.  Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1NF, Tel: 01764 694267, Bar Soba A melting pot of Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai street food Bar Soba is funky, fresh and buzzing. It is casual dining and a great place to start the night before heading upstairs to sample the host of talented DJs that pull in the crowds.  104 Hanover St, EH2 1DR, Tel: 0131 225 6220, Bia Bistrot Bruntsfield’s Bia Bistrot is a delight of fresh and sustainable discoveries. With a mix of French, Irish, Scottish and Spanish backgrounds the husband and wife team blend their passion for food with their extensive expertise to create beautifully detailed and delicious dishes. Try the wheaten stout bread, it’s delicious and made on the premises using Knops beer.  19 Colinton Rd, EH10 5DP, Tel: 0131 452 8453

Bar Soba, photo by Susie Lowe

Edinburgh Newest French Restaurant


2 courses for £13.50 / 3 courses for £16.50 / 1 main course and a coffee for £9.50


3 courses for £32 with canapés and bubbly on arrival


25th of December – book now for lunch from 12 to 3pm. Canapés & Christmas cocktail on arrival, 6 courses for £55 per head.

88 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, Tel: 0131 344 4295


Blackwood’s Bar & Grill Blackwood’s Bar & Grill depicts Georgian elegance. Be seated on golden upholstered chairs and enjoy the moody lighting as your food is expertly sealed in with flavour on the mother of all grills. The Josper Chargrill adds subtle smokey notes to the dishes which are cooked to perfection.  Nira Caledonia, 10 Gloucester Pl, EH3 6EF, Tel: 0131 225 2720

Blackwoods Bar & Grill

Chaophraya, photo by Susie Lowe

Chaophraya Living by its motto ‘Ow Jai Sai’ ‘from the heart’ is Chaophraya, a little piece of Asia perched high on George Street. Stylish and welcoming the food is lovingly prepared and imbued with the taste of Thailand. Tuck in to a host of authentic curries and deliciously fresh seafood dishes.  33 Castle St, EH2 3DN, Tel: 0131 226 7614 Divino Enoteca You know you’re in the safe hands of true Italian fare at the Divino Enoteca. Classic dishes are spread across the main menu and tapas plates give you the chance to try a selection of the expertly put together dishes. The intimate, cosy atmosphere provides an unmistakably romantic edge to this dining experience.  5 Merchant St, EH1 2QD, Tel: 0131 225 1770

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Field, photo by Susie Lowe

Field If you’re looking for seasonal produce, high quality Scottish cuisine with an inventive twist Field is the place for you. Chef Gordon Craig adds playful twists to standard dishes (cheesecake of the day is always worth a try at very reasonable price.  41 West Nicolson St, EH8 9DB, Tel: 0131 667 7010 The Gardener’s Cottage The intriguingly different approach of this restaurant gives it instant appeal. The menu is dependent on home grown herbs, legumes, leaves and edible flowers from the kitchen garden nestled amongst the foliage of Royal Terrace Gardens. Diners at The Gardener’s Cottage are encouraged to mingle as they dine on a six course set menu in the evenings on long communal tables.  1 Royal Terrace Gdns, London Rd, EH7 5DX, Tel: 0131 558 1221 The Huxley The Huxley hits you with personality. Amongst the eclectic comfort of the leather sofas and textured chairs, The Huxley offers American inspired food made from seasonal Scottish produce. Munch down on a Scotty Dog made from haggis, mull cheddar and Arran mustard mayo. and escape the city’s hustle and bustle.  1 Rutland St, EH1 2AE, Tel: 0131 229 3402

74 | FOOD AND DRINK Jake’s Place American and Scottish craft beers, malt whisky and bourbon, Jake’s Place does chilled out very well. Clam chowder rubs shoulders with slow BBQ hog hind hammers, next to jalapeno cheese sticks and chilli jam. All washed down with some of the best new craft beers on the scene.  9-13 Market St, EH1 1DE, Tel: 0131 226 1446 Mithas Soak up the Eastern inspired dark wood finishes and elegant furnishings whilst enjoying Indian dining at Mithas. Serving up vast dishes of curries, seafood, or, hearty legs of lamb smothered in musallam sauce, a seven course tasting menu is also available for a true Indian fine dining experience.  7 Dock Pl, EH6 6LU, Tel: 0131 554 0008 The Pantry The distinctive, farmhouse feel at The Pantry reflects the produce; the best of Scotland’s larder where you can grab something on the go or chill out amongst the mix matched furniture for breakfast, brunch and much more.  1-2 NW Circus Pl, EH3 6ST, Tel: 07595 432214 Restaurant Mark Greenaway Fine dining smothered in creativity, Mark Greenaway and his sophisticated restaurant hit the nail on the head of modern cooking. The dishes are designed to wow your eyes as much as your tastebuds with elaborate presentation and novelty staging. One not to miss.  69 N Castle St, EH2 3LJ, Tel: 0131 226 1155 Roamin Nose Occupying the building of previous French restaurant La Garrigue, Roamin’ Nose brings the simplicity and flavours of Italy to Stockbridge. Expect lots of perfectly cooked Italian pasta and warming risottos, Sunday live music sessions and lots of cakes and coffee during the day.  14 Eyre Pl, EH3 5EP, Tel: 0131 629 3135

Restaurant Mark Greenaway

The Scran and Scallie

Scran & Scallie Delve into history and read the walls of Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack’s newest venture The Scran and Scallie. Pasted across the rustic brickwork of the gastropub are century old recipes, tying in the old with the new. Echoing Kitchin’s nature to plate ethos expect some exquisite modern dishes such as pig’s ear carpaccio alongside some forgotten classics such as sheep’s heid scotch broth.  1 Comely Bank Rd, EH4 1DT, Tel: 0131 332 6281 Stac Polly Brasserie Above the Dublin Street restaurant Stac Polly Brasserie is markedly Scottish in design. Clean lines with splashes of muted colours dropping from numerous Bute tweed light shades give warmth and the knowledge that you’re in safe hands. Split into meat, fish and vegetarian the menu gives you’re the same quality as the restaurant below but with a more nonchalant flavour.  29-33 Dublin St, EH3 6NL, Tel: 0131 556 2231 Tuk Tuk Street food from the East with a heady dose of industrial design and contemporary finishes Tuk Tuk is as quirky as their promotional rickshaws. Casual and hip the shabby chic interior invites you to sit around with your friends and lap up the Indian street food flavours with an array of tapas style dishes designed for sharing.  1 Leven St, EH3 9LH, Tel: 0131 228 3322

The award-winning Rocca Restaurant is here

Open 2nd December. Enjoy our much loved approach to relaxed dining. Book our festive menu and get a free glass of proscecco. £22.50 for 3 courses. Join us in Rocca Bar every day from 5pm to 7pm for a bit of “roccaccini”, complimentary little tastes of Rocca served with your drinks. We look forward to seeing you.

Rocca Bar & Restaurant | Macdonald Holyrood Hotel | 81 Holyrood Road | Edinburgh EH8 8AU | or call 0131 550 4520

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This year spend Christmas at Ondine. There’s no party hats or hooters just our dedication to providing you with the very best Scottish produce at exceptional value for money.

Chicken Liver Parfait Quince Jam & Crumpets Peat Smoked Salmon Horseradish Cream & Soda Bread Whipped Goats Cheese Pickled Beetroot Salad Clam Chowder Homemade Crackers

Our Christmas set menu priced at only £40 per head is on offer from Monday 2nd December right through to Monday 23rd December. Perfect for those wishing to enjoy a special lunch or dinner.

To F oL L oW roast Duck Crispy Rillete, Cabbage & Bacon Ghia Halibut Smoked Garlic Mash & Puy Lentils Mixed Shellfish Mariniere Persilade Croutons Butternut Squash & Hazelnut risotto Blue Cheese Beignets To F i n iSH

Book Now

Online at or by telephone 0131 226 1888

isle of Mull Cheddar Eccles Cakes Christmas Cake Vanilla Custard rum & raisin ice Cream Pedro Ximenez Chocolates & Coffee Seasonal Menu £40 Seasonal Menu with a glass of Champagne on arrival £50

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FOOD NEWS Sound bites


BRANCHING OUT There’s a second restaurant on the horizon for chef Mark Greenaway (pictured). His latest venture, Bistro Moderne is due to open early December and will offer a twist on the classic French bistro concept with a five course grazing menu matched with whisky, beer and spirits produced in Scotland. Bistro Moderne by Mark Greenaway, 15 North West Circus Pl, EH3 6SX,

Featuring seasonal delights including free range turkey sandwiches, homemade mulled wine and freshly baked stolen, One Square’s festive Afternoon Tea is the perfect winter warmer. Served daily from 2.30pm to 5pm until 26 December (excluding 25 Dec), it costs £22 per person or £26 with mulled wine or hot spiced cider. To book Tel: 0131 221 6491 or visit

LATE NIGHT VENUE Under the guidance of award-winning bartender Iain McPherson, Panda & Sons looks set to hit a high note. The basement speakeasy inspired bar is full of quirky touches including a bookcase entrance and offers an exceptional drinks list, cool laidback vibe and decent beats. Panda & Sons, 79 Queen St, EH2 4NF, Tel: 0131 220 0443,

DID YOU KNOW…? Eight Scottish restaurants were named amongst Britain’s best in The Sunday Times Food List: Cheap Eats guide. The list highlighted the top 130 inexpensive restaurants across Britain where people can dine out for less than £50 per head and chose Edinburgh’s very own Indian restaurants, Khushi’s and Mother India’s Café (pictured), as well as traditional British dining at The Dogs.


DRINK TALK Bars. Brands. Booze

MAKE MINE A… DRAMBUIE HOT APPLE TODDY Warm and sweet with a festive, cinnamon kick, this twist on a hot toddy is available at 99 Hanover Street, The Other Place and the Drambuie Christmas pop up bars in St Andrew Square, East Princes Street and East Princes Street Gardens until 05 January. Here’s how to make it at home too. Heat 150ml pressed apple juice, a cinnamon stick, 20ml sugar syrup and 25ml lemon juice. Add 50ml Drambuie to a latte glass and strain in the warm apple mixture. Garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick.

LOVELY BUBBLY SPOTTED Offering over 100 whiskies from Scotland, Japan and beyond, The Devil’s Advocate should be on your to visit hit list. Brought to you by the team behind The Bon Vivant, the intimate bar and restaurant is destined for big things. The Devil’s Advocate, 9 Advocate’s Close, EH1 1ND.

Meet the Piper-Heidsieck Vintage 2006 Champagne. Newly introduced into the UK market, the balanced and fresh champers is currently only available at Harrods in London but should be making its way to Scotland soon. £49.49 at

ON THE GRAPEVINE Jerry Brown and Fran Tomlin from Spirited Wines on Frederick Street give their recommendations.

GOOD VALUE Camillo De Lellis Biferno, Montepulciano, 2009, Italy, £8.35 A real staff favourite this wine is velvety and mellow, brimming with cherries, firm tannins and a wee hint of spice. It goes down brilliantly alongside hearty Italian classics.

RISING STAR Alisios, Pinot Grigio Riesling, 2011, Brazil, £8.51 Quite a fruit explosion, Alisios bursts with peach, lime and a mineral twist from the Riesling. Incredibly refreshing, this is a Brazilian street party in a glass.

CLASSIC Medievo Seleccion Especial, Tempranillo, 2011, Spain, £9.35 Aged for six months in American oak, this is a bold, deep red, full of ripe cherries, blackberries and spicy, savoury cedar notes. This is how a Rioja should be. Perfect served with lamb.






Celebrate at Divino

From only £30 per person for 3-courses and cocktail on arrival






THE BELLEVUE The all-day brunch and breakfast café-bar with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that always delivers quality, fresh, and locally sourced food served with a smile!

Lunch: Monday to Friday 12.30–2.30pm Two mains for £10 Dinner: 7 days a week – Any main plus a starter or dessert of the day for £10 49-51 London Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6LX T. (0131) 556 9808 E. W.

9 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, EH3 5EA 0131 629 0229

Free-from Festivity? Choose from over 500 vegetarian, vegan, sulphite-free, gluten-free, organic and biodynamic wines, beers & spirits at Real Foods

Delivery now FREE on orders of just £24*

Shop online at 37 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU 8 Brougham Street, EH3 9JH

Natural • healthy • ethical • shopping *Free delivery applies to UK mainland only and excludes wholesale bulk items

We are a rustic bar and kitchen serving the best in american and scottish craft beer, malt Whisky, bourbon and rye. We offer a quirky fusion betWeen american and scottish street food. 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE Tel: 0131 226 1446


BLACK BOTTLE SIMPLE SERVES Be one of the first to discover the curiously rich and delicately smoky taste of the new Black Bottle with these delicious simple serves, now available in selected bars around Edinburgh. Black Bottle are offering i-on readers the opportunity to win one of 10 bottles to enjoy at home – simply enter at to be in with a chance to win




The whisky lover’s favourite with a citrusy lift

Old meets new in this subtle & fragrant blend

Glass - Hi-Ball Garnish - Lime & lemon wedge

Glass - Rocks Garnish - Orange zest twist

Glass - Hi-Ball Garnish - Lemon zest twist

Ingredients  1 part Black Bottle Whisky  2 parts Indian tonic water

Ingredients  2 parts Black Bottle Whisky  2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters  20ml sugar syrup

Ingredients  1 part Black Bottle Whisky  20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice  12.5ml elderflower cordial  1 part soda water

A cool, invigorating fusion of citrus flavours

Method Fill glass with ice, add Black Bottle Whisky, add tonic water, add lemon & lime wedges.

Method Stir Black Bottle Whisky, bitters and sugar syrup over ice until chilled (20secs). Twist orange zest over glass to release orange oils and place in glass.

Method Pour first three ingredients into glass, fill with ice, add soda water, stir, garnish with a lemon zest twist.

FOR A HAPPIER NEW YEAR Whether for an indulgent afternoon tea, enlightening gin tasting or an exclusive dining experience, One Square Gift Vouchers are guaranteed to make them smile on Christmas morning.

Available at One Square or

One Square, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh EH3 9SR Telephone +44 (0)131 221 6422 | Car parking available

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Our Favourite Find

Discover the gritty side to New York in Tod Seelie’s astounding new collection of photographs. Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York gathers together 160 images of sides of the Big Apple not written about in travel brochures. Seelie spent more than a decade photographing the city’s subcultures at punk gigs, junk yard parties and in subway tunnels. The glossy book, his first, is nothing short of a love letter to his home town. Released 02 December.

did you know...? Rudolph was created by a department store in 1939. The management of Montgomery Ward asked one of their copy writers to invent a character for a freebie colouring book which was to be handed out by the store Santa. Rudolph with his red nose was a huge hit and Montgomery Ward gave out 2.4 million copies in the first year alone. 10 years later the song was released.

what’s on your christmas list? Although some say Christmas has become too commercial, for many people gift giving generosity embodies the spirit of the season. As kids everywhere start penning their wish lists to Santa, here are four unusual gifts Father Christmas might want to avoid:  Myrrh - The third wise man gave baby Jesus a gift of Myrrh but nowadays few people really know what it is. Myrrh was a perfume put on dead bodies to disguise the smell and it showed that Jesus would suffer and die. Maybe stick with gold this year.  Savannah - During the American Civil War Union General William T. Sherman disappeared with some of his men for six weeks. Then, on 22 December 1864, President Lincoln received a telegraph: “I beg to present to you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition.”  Bespoke links - The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book sells only the most decadent gifts including your very own golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. It will only set you back £580,000 plus construction costs.  Battery powered rodents - In 2009 kids were clamouring for Zhu Zhu Hamsters, a range of robotic rodent pets. Demand was so high that customers at Edinburgh’s Jenners store bought in bulk and sold the hairy remote controlled creatures for hundreds of pounds online.





31ST DECEMBER 2013 HOOT LIVE - The Exchange

VIP HOOT - The Baron

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Pipers on arrival Wine/beer reception - New for 2013 Reserved table - New for 2013 2 course served supper - New for 2013 DJ Scott Paolo Martini cabaret act The Scott Leslie ceilidh band Pipers at the bells Karaoke room

Tickets: £42 per person LIVE MUSIC

Piper on arrival Sparkling wine reception Reserved Table 3 course served supper - New for 2013 DJ Ash Paolo Martini cabaret act Ghillie Dhu ceilidh band Pipers at the bells

• Plus access to HOOT LIVE & karaoke room

Tickets: £52 per person





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