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WIN A TASTING EXPERIENCE Dinner at Andrew Fairlie A TALE OF TWO CITIES Winter in Glasgow and Edinburgh TECH FORECAST 2017 Gadgets to have and to hold SCOTL A ND’S LIFEST Y LE M AG A ZINE


Jewellers Jewellers forfor generations generations www.hamiltonandinches.com www.hamiltonandinches.com






3 course festive menu Available 1 – 30 December Lunch £36, Dinner £39.95 Open continually from noon - 11.30pm (last reservation) 7 days a week www.thewitchery.com 0131 225 5613

3 course festive menu Available 1 – 30 December Lunch £29.95, Dinner £36 Open continually from noon - 11pm (last reservation) 7 days a week Festive Afternoon Tea £22.50 (2.30pm - 5.30pm) Edinburgh’s Best Brunch (10am - 12.30pm) www.tower-restaurant.com 0131 225 3003

3-course festive menu Available 30 November – 5 January Lunch £35 (12-2pm), Dinner £44 (6-10pm), Festive Afternoon Tea £25 (2-7pm) www.prestonfield.com 0131 225 1333


Issue 131 / December 2016

REGULARS 12 Editor’s letter 18 Win a tasting experience at Andrew Fairlie 33 The Lifestyle Edit Local news and favourite finds 128 i_online 130 Bit at the Back


Checklist Things to see, do, read and watch The Hot ticket Scotland’s music scene

FEATURES 54 Music The 1975 56 Incoming Tech for the year ahead 60 Is fashion truly an art form? 94 Wanderlust 2017 Five places to visit

FASHION 62 68 70

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Well plaid Tartan and metallics Men’s Fashion Women’s Fashion

INTERIORS 84 Ten Instagram tricks Design lessons from social media 92 Black and gold

HEALTH & BEAUTY 100 Trending: sheet masks 106 The grey hair obsession


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110 Beware of the Christmas feast 112 On the radar 114 Chocolate heaven 124 All about street food


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A To u c h o f. . .

Gold Inspired by the Moon’s soft reflection across the winter sea, a mystical staircase to the stars. Sheila’s new Moonlight pieces are created in glowing 9ct yellow gold with a beautiful white opal and brilliant handset diamonds. Also available in silver with Moonlight enamel. Sheila specialises in collection sets and designer rings. Modelled right is the Skyran collection inspired by one of Scotland’s oldest scripts, Ogham. Skyran necklet is set with a constellation of diamonds and reads ‘Heaven’. A wonderful selection awaits you in Sheila’s shops and online. All Sheila’s jewellery is made specially for you in our Orkney Workshop. Order early for Christmas!

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Tidal, Venus, Swirl made to measure with handset stones in yellow, white and rose gold





I-ON THIS MONTH It’s December and wow, what a year it’s been. We launched the new look i-on, held our first Scotland wide Food and Drink reader awards and started our i-on reader events, the first of which kicked off last month at Norn in Edinburgh. But it’s not just been a busy year for i-on: it has been filled with exciting life changes for me too. I became a Mrs having got married at the beautiful Borthwick Castle and am soon to become a mummy with our little one due later this month. And so, before Bump and I head off on maternity leave and hand over the reins to the very capable i-on team, I bring you a magazine packed with inspiration to travel, get creative and embrace all things festive. On page 94 travel experts Lonely Planet name five of the mustvisit countries for 2017. We ask Georgina Ripley, curator of modern and contemporary fashion at the National Museum of Scotland, the controversial question ‘is fashion truly an art form’ (p60) and fashion stylist Ian Tod shows off his take on glitz, grunge and tartan in the fashion story

on page 62. If your home interiors need a boost and you’re lacking inspiration, find out what Instagram accounts you should be following on page 84. Foodies have lots to read about too with our reviews of the latest haunts in Edinburgh and Glasgow (pages 112-123) and for last minute present ideas, you’ll find some inspiration on page 74. This month’s competition beats Christmas dinner hands down… A culinary extravaganza for four at the renowned Michelin starred Andrew Fairlie Restaurant at Gleneagles. To enter turn to page 18. Congratulations also to last month’s winner, Emma Cormack, who won a Hogmanay package in Edinburgh thanks to The Arches at New Waverly. Until next year, enjoy i-on and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2017. I’ll see you soon.

Nicky Howden, Editor

i-on magazine distributes 40,000 copies monthly. Pick up your free copy in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Read online at www.ionmagazine.co.uk.






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THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BYLINES IAN TOD Edinburgh based stylist Ian Tod took care of our fantastic fashion story on page 62. You can see more of his work at www.iantod.com. Favourite boxset? Nighty Night for the dark comedy, it’s my humour and I love it. Most memorable Christmas gift? My pet monster I got from my mum, I still have it in my bedroom now, it’s almost 30 years old.



Photographer Hamish keeps busy behind the lens shooting everything from portraits to fashion to beauty. See his work on page 62 or online at www.hcampbellphotography.com.

Bethany does freelance writing whilst studying English Literature at St Andrews University. She wrote our feature about the science behind chocolate making on page 114. Where’s on your travel hitlist for 2017? I’d love to go to Mykonos. I love the Greek culture, especially the amazing food. How are you spending NYE? I’m going to be in Edinburgh with family and friends. Where else than the home of Hogmanay?!

Favourite holiday destination? I love the Western Isles. The landscapes and expansive skies. The beaches and cold blue waters. They have a spirit unlike any other. Most memorable Christmas gift? I got ‘The A-Team Campsite’ when I was eight. Some of my fondest memories were made with Hannibal and B.A. in my pocket.

Scotland's largest lifestyle magazine Published by Treacle Productions Ltd, Suite 9, 2 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH6 6JA Tel: +44 (0)131 555 4126, Email info@ionmagazine.co.uk, www.ionmagazine.co.uk Directors Laura Cully, Jo Morris, Design Paul Dickson, Editor Nicky Howden, Lifestyle Editor Susie Cormack Bruce, Features Editor Dean Newton, Digital Editorial Manager Rebecca McCosh, Account Director Amy Falconer, Head of Creative Solutions and Brand Development Zoe Schmid, Business Development Manager Amanda Southey, Business Development Executive Eloise Leeson, Traffic and Distribution Manager Becky Conway, Head of Photography Susie Lowe, Contributors Hamish Campbell, Bethany Ferguson, Emily Murray, David Pollock, Ian Tod.


OPEN LATE THIS CHRISTMAS For more information and detailed opening hours please visit shopsilverburn.com




here are very few restaurants or chefs in Scotland with the ability to transcend a plate of food into a sublime dining experience, and only one with a pair of Michelin stars to prove it. Andrew Fairlie’s eponymous restaurant flies high on every self-respecting foodie’s bucket list, delivering opulent fine dining within the world class hotel and resort of Gleneagles. Here diners can enjoy high end culinary craftsmanship in the comfort of a relaxed salon environment. Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, PH3 1NF, Tel: 01764 694267, www.andrewfairlie.co.uk.

THE PRIZE i-on has teamed up with Andrew Fairlie to offer one reader the chance to win the ultimate experience gift voucher (value £515). The prize includes a bottle of Champagne on arrival and the eight course dégustation tasting menu with special wine pairing for two people. TO ENTER For a chance to win visit www.ionmagazine.co.uk by 9am on 19 December 2016. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the January edition of i-on magazine.

For more exclusive prizes subscribe to the i-on weekly newsletter at www.ionmagazine.co.uk. Terms and conditions: the prize is as stated and there are no cash alternatives. Over 18s only. Blackout dates apply, bookings must be made in advance.




Clockwise from bottom left 1 DISHOOM EDINBURGH - Prepare for some seriously tasty Indian food from the London based restaurant Dishoom, now open at 3a St Andrew Square. 2 SMART HANDBAGS – Bags by luxury brand Gianoi charge smartphones and discreetly light up to notify of calls, messages and social updates. Exclusively at Harvey Nichols. www.harveynichols.com. 3 MADEIRA CALLING - The beautiful volcanic island offers cultural sightseeing, activities, fantastic food and now, cheap direct flights from Edinburgh. Book via www.jet2.com. 4 GAME ON - Glasgow becomes home to Scotland’s largest escape room experience when Escape Reality opens on 08 December in the vaults of Merchant Square. Book at www.escapereality.com. 5 PRIZE WINNING SELFIE - Photographers or artists born, living or studying in Scotland could win up to £5,000 in The Scottish Portrait Awards in Fine Art and Photography. Find out more at www.scottishportraitawards.org.



Best Western Plus Bruntsfield Hotel

il Calice Cocktails mixed to perfection, prestige Italian wines and light informal dining in elegant casual surroundings. Book now for a most stylish Christmas.

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Restoration Yard Christmas Shopping Day

SCOTLAND’S FAVOURITE BUILDING REVEALED Topping a shortlist that included a theatre, a bothy and a kirk, Princes Square in Glasgow, designed by architects Hugh Martin & Partners in 1987, has been announced as the winner of Scotstyle – a celebration of 100 years of Scottish architecture. www.foa2016.com.

DECK THE HALLS Full of winter warmth and celebrative decorations, get in the festive spirit at the Time & Tide Christmas interiors pop-up shop at 53 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh. www.timeandtidestores.co.uk.

Get into the Christmas spirit and join i-on and the Restoration Yard for a day of Christmas shopping and festivities on Thursday 15 December. The unique shopping destination, located at Dalkeith Country Park on the outskirts of Edinburgh, spans two floors and is rammed to the rafters with stunning homewares, fashion, furniture and food (read more about it on page 73). Our very special reader event will give you the perfect opportunity to finish your Christmas shopping as well as enjoy complimentary refreshments. From 4-8pm relaxing massages will also be available and throughout the day i-on readers will receive an exclusive 15 per cent discount on any purchase. Booking essential.

NEED TO KNOW The event takes place from 10am - 8pm on Thursday 15 December 2016 at Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh, EH22 2NA, Tel: 0131 654 1666, www.restorationyard.com. For more information and to book your free ticket visit www.ionmagazine.co.uk.





has been eating this month…


WAHACA Now open at 16 South Andrew Street, Edinburgh, turn to page 117 to read our verdict on the Mexican eatery. THE REFINERY Another new addition to St Andrew Square, this slick new bar and restaurant gets the big thumbs up.

Florist Lorraine Wood shares her tips to help create your own stunning festive wreath at home. ƒƒ To get started, you need a mossed ring, which you’ll find in any good florist, and a reel of wire. The rest of the materials can be picked, found and foraged. ƒƒ Foraging for foliage is a great way to get all the family involved, especially the little ones. So, get outside and look around. There’s no need to restrict your design materials to pine; try some berried ivy, fresh holly, twigs for dressing and a few pine cones. ƒƒ Working clockwise around the ring, place the foliage flat against the moss, binding foliage to ring as you go, slightly overlapping each stem. Once you’ve completed the base, let your creative side take over and garnish with aromatic decorations such as cinnamon sticks, orange slices, pine cones and sliced pomegranate. ƒƒ Once your festive masterpiece is complete, keep it fresh with a good spray of water and a cool place to hang. If it’s for inside display, then it’ll require a good soaking every other day.   Lorraine Wood Flowers specialises in floral displays, arrangements and bouquets. They also run creative floral workshops. To find out more, Tel: 07795 101 000 or visit www.lorrainewoodflowers.co.uk.


Divino Enoteca

DIVINO ENOTECA WINE DINNER A chance to meet wine makers, this monthly wine dinner includes four courses paired with wines. www.vittoriagroup.co.uk. HORN PLEASE The Glasgow restaurant specialises in contemporary Indian cuisine with a nod to street food flavours. Read more on page 117.



Book Club

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL INSIDE VOGUE - A DIARY OF MY 100TH YEAR by Alexandra Shulman Find out what it’s like to be the Fashion Editor of one of the world’s most iconic magazines with this candid, entertaining and sharply observed account of life at the centre of British fashion and culture. THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE by Meik Wiking A perfect coffee table book to curl up with, this book is full of recipes ideas and suggestions to encourage you to get the most out of life. POCKET IRIS WISDOM by Iris Apfel Iris Apfel is a 95-year-old fashion icon in NY and this gorgeous little book is full of her witty one liners, pragmatic quotes and razor sharp remarks. A perfect stocking filler. JAMIE OLIVER’S CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK by Jamie Oliver A good one for foodies, this cookbook is jam packed full of all the classics for the big day itself and lots of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party foods and drinks. CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS by Karen Swan A gripping festive tale set in the Canadian Rockies, this is a complex and clever novel about love, hate, secrets and lies, new beginnings and second chances.



Maxi Jazz Best known for fronting electronic dance band, Faithless, Maxi Jazz has thrown us a funky blues curveball with the release of the debut album, Simple… Not Easy, from his new band, Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys. We get the lowdown. You’ve been doing electronic dance music for over 20 years, was it difficult to cross over into a funky blues guitar band? My E-Type Boys sound is about as far removed from my usual electronic dance stuff as possible so it took a while to get there. With Faithless, I would get onstage and just rap over music. Now I multi-task – I have to sing, hit the right notes on guitar and perform. There’s nine of you in the band – can that be difficult? It can be harder working with fewer people because if two people fall out, it affects everyone in a much more direct way. We’ve got a great vibe going on, we all get on like a house on fire. Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys play Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Wednesday 07 December 2016. For tickets visit www.maxijazz-etypeboys.com. Read the full article at www.ionmagazine.co.uk.



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LOCH LEVEN’S Larder This Christmas

Enchanting walks, winter wildlife, traditional events, festive food and stunning contemporary gifts and accessories. Late Night Shopping & Supper Evenings 1st, 8th & 15th Dec Festive Foodie Market 3rd - 4th Dec, 11am-4pm Festive Gin & Food Pairing Evening 16th Dec from 7pm Simple and nutritious Japanese food in the heart of Glasgow; from noodles and rice to bento boxes, sushi, tempura and kushiyaki. Sit-in or takeaway. We are just a two minute walk away from George Square and Queen Street rail station. 52 Queen Street Glasgow G1 3DS 0141 204 4200 www.ichiban.co.uk


* Set menu. Offer not available during public holidays and over the festive period. Terms & conditions apply. See website for details.


Festive & Fruity Wreath Workshops with Amanda Clayden 1st & 14th Dec from 10am

For full information on all events, visit lochlevenslarder.com Channel Farm, Kinross, KY13 9HD 01592 841000





It’s the rare time of year where couch bound laziness is actively encouraged. Here’s where to find some great viewing ‘on demand’. APOCALYPSE NOW Regularly appearing on the top 10 movies of all times lists, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic very nearly wasn’t made thanks to cast issues, huge budget and scheduling overruns and a typhoon ruining much of the set. Amazon Prime Video. CAPOTE Widely regarded as the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s finest hour, the film is a retelling of


Leo Di Caprio’s barren Oscar cabinet finally got some contents thanks to his astonishing performance in this gritty thriller, wait ‘til the kids are in bed for this one. Available on NowTV and Sky Movies.

a compelling period in the life of author and screenwriter, Truman Capote. Investigating a gruesome small town murder which would become the basis of his most famous novel, In Cold Blood. Netflix. ATTACK THE BLOCK Described as a ‘hoodie horror’ mashup of Gremlins, ET and old monster B-movies. Attack the Block featured the big screen debut of Star Wars’ John Boyega and Joe Cornish’s first cinema foray into screen writing and directing. Amazon Prime Video.

Apocalypse Now

THE CROWN If the Queen’s speech has sparked a bit of regal curiosity then this new serial, Netflix’s most expensive yet, is for you. It’s a biopic of the Queen as a 25-year-old newlywed, exploring the pressures of wearing the world’s most famous crown and her relationship with Sir Winston Churchill, played by John Lithgow. Netflix.



The Hot Ticket An insight into some of the hottest tickets on sale now for Scotland’s music scene. Get your diaries out and get booking.


DRAKE 25/26 The former teen JAN actor Canadian turned rap virtuoso is in the UK for the first time since 2014. Sure, the tickets are pricey. But Drizzy is at the top of his game. SSE Hydro, Glasgow, £70.

GLASS ANIMALS Making that difficult second album look like a breeze, Glass Animals (pictured below) stop off in Edinburgh as part of a world tour. The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, £16.


THE WEEKND Since hitting the scene in late 2010, Abél Tesfaye’s rise has been stellar, now the Grammy winning artist embarks on his first world tour. SSE Hydro, Glasgow, £35.


NIGHTVISION 31 Dec @ The Liquid Room Jackmaster, Alan Fitzpatrick, Butch and Boxia

HAÇIENDA CLASSIÇAL One for the grown-up ravers, Madchester meets orchestra in this fantastic clash of worlds. ‘80s and ‘90s acid house favourites are reimagined with orchestral backing. SSE Hydro, Glasgow, £35.

SUBCULTURE 31 Dec @ Sub Club, Glasgow Gerd Janson, Jackmaster, Harri and Domenic

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS A rare chance to hear Valli’s genre defying array of hits with his Four Seasons band. The Rock ‘n Roll hall of famers have an arsenal of 29 top 40 hits. Playhouse, Edinburgh, £65.

GASOLINE TWEAK MACHINE 31 Dec @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh Residents from GDM and Tweak




FRACTAL 30 Dec @ The Caves, Edinburgh Secretsundaze with profits to Joshua Nolan Foundation

Hogmanay Gala Dinner Celebrate the New Year with friends and family at The Principal Edinburgh Champagne and canapé reception Traditional Scottish bagpipe entry to the King’s Hall Four course menu of seasonal Scottish classics Disco, and live music from the Funky Bumpers Arrival from 7pm | Dinner 7.30pm | Carriages 2am

£129 per person Call us on 0131 240 7111 or visit THE P R IN C IPA L HOTE L .COM / E D IN B U RG H for more details


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Food + Drink + Style + Beauty + Health + People + Travel + Interiors + Events + Property

life style edit The

a handpicked selection of the best of life in Edinburgh and Glasgow this month



DANISH DESIGN COMING SOON Contemporary Danish design for the home is about to get a whole lot better thanks to the new BoConcept store, opening on 22 December at 16 Rose Street. For an advance preview of their ranges call the Glasgow store, Tel: 0141 341 4920, to receive a free copy of their catalogue. www.boconcept.com.

SPOTLIGHT ON… St Andrew Square Business is booming at the east end of town and the latest bar and restaurant group to join the likes of Wahaca, Refinery and Dishoom - all now open for business - is Di Maggio’s (the group behind Café Andaluz, Amarone and Cadiz). Restaurateurs Tony Conetta and Mario Gizzi have announced plans for a £2 million luxury development set within the grade A listed Edinburgh Grand (the former RBS headquarters) on St Andrew Square, and the development will encompass a restaurant for 200 covers and two bars to form part of The Registers, the premium development by the Chris Stewart Group.



EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY Celebrate the festivities with the talented team at Milk. They’re serving up festive lunches at the quirky Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Newhaven or for those on the hunt for something more exclusive, they have the private dining experience at Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery. Available for parties of 20 or more, the Festive dinner costs £45 per head and is available until Friday 23 December 2016. www.cafemilk.co.uk.

Who: The owner of Bon Tot, an online and bricks and mortar store that sells modern, ethical kids' clothing and toys. She moved to Edinburgh from Philly 10 years ago when she fell in love with a strapping local while on holiday. Signature style? Utilitarian, simple, tough. I have always preferred menswear and the way men look in clothing, so I tend to fill my wardrobe with clothing that most reminds of men’s styles. Your style icon? I love Diane Keaton. She knows what she likes, what works and sticks to it. You’re off work, where do you like to go shopping? Thistle Street to Kakao by K or Victoria Street/ Grassmarket to visit The Red Door Gallery and Hannah Zakari. I have a great network of independent brands that I shop online with as well, like STALF for clothing and Charlie Fiest for bags.

MY STYLE, MY WAY Kristina Currie

Best Christmas gift for a little one? A pair of Christmas PJs - fun and perfect for pictures. To shop online or find out more about Bon Tot visit www.bon-tot.com

photo Susie Lowe



CHANGES ON GEORGE STREET The eagle-eyed Edinburgh residents amongst you will have noticed there have been some big changes on George Street, with The George Hotel undergoing an extensive remodelling and relaunching as Principal Edinburgh. Each of the 240 bedrooms is now decorated in a contemporary, earthy colour scheme and the ever-changing seasonal menu at The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen continues to impress. Rumour has it the hotel’s doing so well it’s heading west and opening another hotel in Glasgow in 2017. Principal Edinburgh, 19-21 George St, EH2 2PB, Tel: 0131 225 1251, www.phcompany.com.


SMELLING GOOD Looking and smelling divine, we’re loving the new look Arran at 63 George Street. Its new Christmas range - advent calendar included - and hero products look better than ever. www.arran.com.

UK bathroom designer of the year 2016

Since 2004 Development Direct have delivered Edinburgh’s most unique, beautiful and talked-about kitchens and bathrooms. Our passionate and friendly design team have won multiple accolades including both the UK kitchen designer of the year and UK bathroom designer of the year and our in-house installation team are renowned for their trouble-free service and flawless finish. We will create your perfect space. Visit us at our unique Edinburgh studio and be inspired. Display sale now on.

the place for kitchens

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ONE WAY TICKET Want to discover somewhere new? Consider Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, because WOW air has just announced a new route from Edinburgh starting in June 2017. One way fares from £119.99 at Wowair.com.

Pittsburg © Dave DiCello

CHRISTMAS WRAPPED UP Bonus points to Tigerlily this month, they’re offering a complimentary gift wrapping service (no booking required) meaning after a stressful day’s shopping, you can pop in for a festive drink or two while the team wrap your gifts – genius. www.tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk.

JUST LAUNCHED Be one of the first to get your hands on the new jewellery collections at Hamilton & Inches. Created to mark the Edinburgh-based jewellers 150th year, the Signature Suite (picture above) and Lily II collections fuse tradition and modernity and feature everything from diamond collars to handcrafted silver bracelets. Tel: 0131 225 4898, www.hamiltonandinches.com.




with Jason Cormack photo Susie Lowe

Jason co-owns one of Edinburgh’s hottest new cocktail bars, Bryant & Mack Private Detectives. Edinburgh born and bred, he shifted to the drinks industry from DJing and event promotion. Here he talks cocktails and best bars with i-on. Your signature drink? We do classic drinks with a twist. Currently our Toasted Coconut and Burnt Pineapple Daiquiri, Figroni (our fig infused gin take on a Negroni) and Sazerac are very popular. Favourite bar worldwide? Amor Y Amargo, an intimate neighbourhood bar in New York specialising in amaros (Italian liqueur), aperitifs and stirred down drinks. I also love Le Croco Bleu in Berlin, a massive industrial art space with restaurant, gallery and bar.

My Christmas ƒƒ Tips for a stress-free Christmas: A good winter jacket, a stock pile of coffee and delegation. ƒƒ Christmas tipple? Mulled wine or a good Old Fashioned; some nice Bourbon over a large hand cut block of ice, mmm. ƒƒ Favourite Christmas food? Pigs in blankets and stuffing, the trimmings are the best bit of Christmas dinner.

Key to a successful bar? Serve great drinks to nice people. We're still very new to the scene so we don't see ourselves as being successful just yet. The next big thing is… Low ABV drinks and cocktails. Not everyone wants a booze heavy drink. The best things in life are… My soon to arrive baby boy, my girlfriend, my dog, carrot cake and an Old Fashioned. Find Bryant & Mack Private Detective cocktail bar at 87-89 Rose St N Ln, EH2 3DX.


WINNER OF THE BEST NEW BUSINESS Drapers Imdependents Awards 2016

Christmas Sparkle

A warm thank you to all our loyal customers for their continued support throughout 2016. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017. Winter Sale starts 27th December.


35 Dundas Street Edinburgh EH3 6QQ T: 0131 556 5554



Wishing you a Very Multrees Christmas CASTLE FINE ART Visit Castle Fine Art for an intriguing exhibition of Dan Lane’s aka Mechanica’s work including The Saint & The Sinner, £495, a duo of mixed media sculptures inspired by an industrial version of life. Runs from 03-11 December 2016.


NESPRESSO Discover the new Touch Sleeve Dispenser, £27, a compact and convenient way to display six Nespresso capsules sleeves thanks to a 360° rotation system to easily reach your capsule.

MULBERRY The small zipped Bayswater, £995, is inspired by the iconic original, with the added security of a zipped closure. In a twist to the classic design the postman’s lock is used to secure two belted straps.

NORTH AMERICA TRAVEL SERVICE Escape the winter blues by booking a short summer break. With non-stop flights from Edinburgh, three nights at the Manhattan NYC in New York City costs from £799 per person or at the Doubletree by Hilton in Toronto from £745 per person.

Harvey Nichols Louis Vuitton Burberry Michael Kors Mulberry BOSS Nespresso Links of London Tommy Hilfiger Castle Fine Art Kurt Geiger Pandora North America Travel Service Sandro Swarovski Bravissimo & Pepperberry Sassoon Salon JoJo Maman Bébé The Pen Shop Reiss Caffè Nero Boots Valvona & Crolla VinCaffè Tesla




Ewan Grant’s


Photo by Susie Lowe

Ewan Grant has worked in some of the UK’s finest establishments and now has the privilege of being general manager at Borthwick Castle, a luxury, exclusive use Scottish castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh. “Anyone who has visited the castle will understand its appeal,” he says. “It breathes history, mystery and magic. I am a very proud Scotsman and working somewhere with such rich heritage and so immaculately restored is a pleasure. It may be the city’s best kept secret, and a pretty remarkable one at that, but it won’t be that way for long.” Here he tells i-on about the other things he loves most about the city.

Where you’ll find me ƒƒ Favourite bar? The Bow Bar on Victoria Street for an ale or dram of whisky. ƒƒ Favourite restaurant? Ondine (pictured above), the best place to enjoy utter seafood gluttony. ƒƒ Best place for a date night? The Kitchin in Leith will always make a great impression.


Best thing about Edinburgh? The skyscape and the size of the city – nothing is too far to walk… so long as you don’t mind the odd hill. Worst thing about the city? The weather, of course. Where in or around the city do you go for a quick escape? Stockbridge feels like a village within the city. The food scene keeps getting better and the Royal Botanic Garden is a great escape on a sunny day.

752 Santa Stops sold this year Thank you for your continued support in 2016. We wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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THE ARCHES Contemporary Delights beneath 140 years of history, The Arches on East Market Street are a row of historic C-listed Victorian arches accommodating some of the most exciting new independent retailer, café and restaurant operators to be found anywhere in the UK. Visit Gannet & Guga for gourmet sandwiches and ethical homemade food, Tempo Tea Bar to sample the latest craze of bubble tea drinking and Baba Budan for some of the best artisan coffee and doughnuts in Edinburgh. Try independent fine wine at Vino Wines, enjoy superb steaks at the Chop House Bar & Butchery and organic raw cold-pressed juices at Juice Warrior. High-end football fashion can be found at 6 Yard Box, plus contemporary art and photography at Mudo Art and inspirational boho designs at Elk & Wolf. Get professional make up tips at the Lauren Gollan Academy, with nails and relaxing manicures provided by Buff Concept Store. To plan the ultimate Christmas party drop into YOURgb EVENTS and if you’re thinking of giving your wardrobe a New Year makeover then Atticus Boutique is the place to visit.

Come down and join us on Thursday the 1st & Saturday the 3rd of December for our Christmas Shopping Shindig. For more information find us on.... Twitter @archesnw and on Facebook @thearchesedinburgh


ENJOY THE OUTDOORS New Waverley’s new public square will be home to a host of exciting promotions and activities geared at attracting more visitors to this fascinating part of the city. This includes The Food and Flea Market, a year round venue which opens on 14th December, from 7 days a week between 11am - 10pm, offering mouth watering street food and drink. During the weekends will be our Flea Market where you can search for hidden treasure & trinkets on Saturdays & Sunday from 11am - 6pm. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @thefoodnflea

STAY & RELAX There are plenty of places to stay in the heart of the Old Town. The new 146-apartment Adagio Aparthotel overlooking Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and the new public square opens for business in mid-December. There is also a Premier Inn and a hub by Premier Inn hotel on East Market Street, which opened earlier this year providing a total of 248 bedrooms, including a Costa Coffee shop and Ronaq, a new Indian restaurant opening soon. For more information about New Waverley, visit www.newwaverley.com or on Twitter @NewWaverley




YOU FEELING HUNGRY, PUNK? Glasgow’s burgeoning pizza scene has just welcomed a new contender and a tasty one it is too. Newly opened, the 160 cover Pizza Punks with its neon signs and industrial décor looks like it’s been plucked out of the Bronx and replanted in lower St Vincent Street. The pizzas themselves are first class but what really sets Pizza Punks apart is the pricing. Where else in the city can you craft your own pizza, deciding exactly which toppings you want (there’s over 40 options available) at no extra cost? And considering the all up price per pizza is £9, that’s quite a deal. There’s also a decent selection of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits – try the tank beer, a first for the city. Pizza Punks, 90 St Vincent St, G2 5UB, Tel: 0141 237 8020, pizzapunks.co.uk.


ALL ABOUT YOU Scotland’s newest make-up school has opened in the West End. The brainchild of celebrity make-up artist Terri Craig, pictured, YOU School of Makeup is aiming to target women wanting advice on their make-up, as well as complete beginners looking for a career change. Courses start at £90. www.youschoolofmakeup.com.



with Fallon Carberry photo Susie Lowe

While many of us will be dreaming of a white Christmas, Fallon Carberry has probably something a little more colourful in mind. That’s because she’s the name behind Glasgow’s award-winning #BLOW salons, Scotland’s only official Manic Panic® Color Asylum and responsible for the stunning rainbow and pastel hair colours dressing the heads of the city’s brightest bloggers and stylistas. Her motivation for setting up her original Finnieston salon was to recreate a place that offered a fun social experience and went all out to offer clients popcorn, cocktails and some seriously cool show streaming as standard when visiting #BLOW. i-on met Fallon in her new Shawlands salon to talk all things festive. Love or loathe Christmas? I LOVE Christmas. I go totally over the top; the bigger the better. I’ve always been really creative but I can get a little carried away at times. But who wants to be practical at Christmas? Favourite Christmas movie? Jack Frost. Who doesn’t love a good sob over a Christmas film and Jack is swoon worthy. Plans for the festive period? I’m moving into my new home over Christmas so I’m super excited about cooking Christmas dinner for all the family in front of the fire. It’ll be a big affair. I’m having a New Year party in the house too and hiring a DJ and bagpiper for the occasion.

Everyone has to wear something tartan and I’ll be serving up tasty Scottish tapas. I’m beyond excited.

How will you look back on 2016? It’s been a wild ride for #BLOW. Highlights include opening the new salon and a training academy in Shawlands, training with my hero and inspiration, Guy Tang, in Miami, and Miley Cyrus regramming a picture of our glitter roots.

Any New Year Resolutions? My resolutions for 2017 will be to be better than I was last year, to keep grinding and stay focused.




Photo by Susie Lowe

Gift Fans of luxury skincare brand Germaine de Capuccini should start dropping hints now for the brand’s cult anti-ageing Excel Therapy Premier Gift Set as along with the acclaimed The Cream, you also receive the partnering product, The Serum, worth £150 for free. Available at Taylor Ferguson, 106 Bath St, G2 2EN, Tel: 0141 332 0397.

HOME COMFORTS Looking to spruce up your pad before the rellies descend for Chrimbo? Scottish design studio bluebellgray’s first dedicated showroom at 17 Park Circus Place offers customers the opportunity to browse and buy products. Tel: 0808 164 0130, www.bluebellgray.com.


Glasgow live Glasgow’s own Twin Atlantic are adored as their Barrowland residency proves. Their fourth album GLA landed earlier this year so expect tracks from that to dominant the set list when they play Barrowlands, from 13 - 15 December. music.twinatlantic.com.



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Glasgow When David Farrell first hit our screens, you’d be forgiven for not recognising the face but finding his voice very familiar – at least if you were a Clyde 1 listener as he was the radio favourite formerly known as Romeo. Now firmed established as David, you’ll catch him most evenings presenting Live at Five, STV Glasgow and Edinburgh’s lively magazine programme. What do you love most about living in Glasgow? I love the buzz of Glasgow and the pockets of the city that have their own identity and characters. The city’s best kept secret? I loved when Tontine Lane was opened and turned into a food and drink destination. The Empire neon

Where’s the best place for ƒƒ A quick coffee? Sarti’s, best coffee in Glasgow. ƒƒ Drinks? Bar Soba (pictured below), love the cocktails. ƒƒ Pizza? Shilling Brewing Company – great new place, good pizzas and good beer. ƒƒ Gigs? Barrowlands and King Tuts.


sign and the tiled walls on the alley made it feel very New York. It would be great to see areas like that opened back up again. Favourite city shop? Ted Baker – although it’s a high street store, there are nods of Glasgow’s pioneering and creative heritage around the store. Describe your ideal Friday night out? I stay in town so have some great wee bars around the corner. Or there’s some great bars along Woodlands Road if you’re going for a sociable few, you can then nip into any of the restaurants around Gibson Street for a bite to eat.






CALIBER STRAPS They say the simpler the idea, the greater the impact, and that’s certainly true in the case of Glasgowbased accessories brand Caliber Straps. Frustrated with the lack of colour options in mens’ watches, founder Peter Gemmell created the brand in early 2016 with one simple philosophy in mind; to deliver colourful, premium quality Perlon straps to alter the look of any watch. The collection is now available in a host of striking colours, sizes and design to accommodate any brand of watch from high end luxury timepieces such as Rolex to casual sports watches. From £10 at www.caliberstraps.com.

PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has sprinkled some festive magic over the Spence showhome at its Castle Grove development in Newton Mearns, with a beautiful tree and shimmering decorations now decking the halls of this luxurious five bedroom home. Located just 20 minutes from the city centre with excellent transport links and within the catchment area of some of East Renfrewshire’s top schools, Castle Grove is ideal for those keen to combine work in the city with a relaxing home life in an idyllic, leafy suburb. Prices from £689,995. www.macmic.co.uk.



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measure of just how far The 1975 have come in their short life together as a band arrived at the beginning of November when they triumphed at the Q Awards with their second album, taking home the award for Best Album in a category which also included David Bowie’s titanic legacy Black Star and Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams. It was an impressive footnote in a year which also saw the Cheshire


formed group nominated for the Mercury Prize and – no mean feat, by any stretch – achieving the number one album spot on both sides of the Atlantic. That all of this occurred while the record in question being touted is called I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It is frankly even more miraculous. Their 2013 debut was the far more simply titled The 1975, and it was also a UK number one

and a modest hit in the US. On this evidence, when the story of the decade’s most successful bands is told, they’ll be high up that list. If so, it’s a title which will be richly deserved. The quartet – singer and guitarist Matthew Healy, guitarist Adam Hann, bassist Ross MacDonald and drummer George Daniel – create a sound which is perfectly pitched for pop listeners, but which has matured over the course of their career.



The debut record encompassed the jangly summertime pop of Girls, like an indie Duran Duran; the glossy anthemics of Settle Down; and the sparse, winsome balladeering of Sex. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, meanwhile, takes in the frosty chillwave and synth-pop collision Somebody Else, the lush electro-funk of The Sound, and the sleek, jazzfunk styled UGH!. They unashamedly

make music which is focused on romance, sometimes lustily so, but Healy also does a good job of adding a bit of emotional texture and borderline self-parody. The single Love Me, in particular, did well to find the axis between Bowie, Prince and Duran Duran, with its shout of “declining standards are what we accept!” over a jagged funk groove. It’s been a meteoric rise for a band who went to school together in

Wilmslow (although Healy’s parents are the Brit actors Tim Healy and Denise Welch), but they’re blessed with a proper pop star out front and a team of musicians who can do familiar and fresh sounding within the breadth of a song. However famous they get, it’ll be deserved. The 1975 play the Hydro, Glasgow, on 19 December. the1975.com.








SNAPCHAT SPECTACLES For the Snapchat devotee in your life comes the Spectacles by Snapchat. The fun fashion glasses have a camera built right into the frame. Ideal for making point-of-view videos or taking instant snaps. www.spectacles.com.

KOBI While autonomous lawnmowers are nothing new, one that mulches the trimmings is. The Kobi will also take care of snow from your drive, best yet, it’s connected to the internet so knows when it’ll snow before you do and can clear the drive before you’re ready to leave in the morning. www.thekobi.com.

NINTENDO SWITCH Before you splash out on a Playstation or Xbox, take a look at the Switch. It’s Nintendo’s first all new console in the last decade and you can tell they’ve taken their time over it. The versatile machine can be played at home or on the move and the controller can ‘switch’ into various modes such as multi-player or pro. The biggest news for the hardened gamer is that they’re allowing third party developers for the first time. The only kicker is that it’s only available for pre-order at Christmas so will only suit a patient recipient. www.nintendo.com/switch.

HOME Those clever boffins at Google seem to have mastered the AI assistant with the ‘Home’. As our homes and lives get ‘smarter’, easier ways to manage this technology are surfacing. The voice activated Home can take requests and queries such as “play dance music on the living room TV” or “add cheese to the shopping list”, you can also use it to control any other smart devices in your home such as lights, heating or door locks.



MISSION E Porsche have just green lit their first fully electric car with a billion dollar investment. The stunning Mission E (pictured) will sport some Star Trek level tech such as augmented wing mirrors, eye tracking instrument display and inductive charging – achieved by driving over a plate in your garage. Fast in every respect, the car will achieve 80 per cent charging in just 15 minutes and hit 60mph in under 3.5s. www.porsche.com.

DAYDREAM There can be no doubt now that VR (virtual reality, that is) is the next big thing in the tech world, every tech maker is clambering to harness the platform and Google have created an entry level access point to help bring the tech to the masses. Enjoy a whole new level of immersion in games, movies and 360 degree photos and videos with this new VR headset.

VIRTUIX OMNI One of VR’s biggest issues is how to achieve realistic movement in the virtual world due to the constraints of physical surroundings and tethering to a computer or console. Virtuix’s omni-directional treadmill ingeniously solves this issue, adding an extra layer of immersion and a work out at the same time. www.virtuix.com. Virtuix Omni


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he best fashion designers like Vivienne some of the most memorable catwalk moments Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier have with shows such as Voss (spring/summer 2001), constructed to resemble a mental hospital holding pushed boundaries with directional and cell and more recently Gareth Pugh, iconic collection but is fashion truly an whose spring/summer 2015 show was an art form? “Whether it is or not has always been in debate but essentially depends immersive presentation featuring highoctane video installations, dancers, and on your definition of art,” explains Georgina. “Fashion is concerned with architectural set pieces. The spectacle beauty and design, as are the fine and of these sorts of shows leads the whole experience to be more about art than decorative arts. It can also be incredibly about commerce.” conceptual, particularly as designers exploit advances in technology to push And from the catwalks to installations and exhibitions in museums, fashion the boundaries of what clothing can be. has firmly - and successfully - taken Designers such as Zandra Rhodes, who founded her own fashion and textile its place. The latest fashion and textiles collection on display at National museum precisely for this reason, Museums Scotland in Edinburgh is one passionately believe in fashion as an of the most significant in Europe with art form. Others believe you cannot compare an artist to a designer. Hussein over 50,000 items in its collection. “Fashion and Style presents over 400 Chalayan, whose interdisciplinary approach to fashion has earned him a years of fashion history, looking at how reputation more as a conceptual artist designers, producers and consumers have all shaped fashion at different times, than as a fashion designer, hates the tracing the impact of new technologies very word conceptual. “Important figures in fashion have and cultural exchange, and considering the issues dominating the industry,” helped to change the perspective over explains Georgina. “Many of the great the years – Charles Frederick Worth in names in 20th century fashion feature, the mid 19th century was among the first to “sign” his work, establishing such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Paco Rabanne, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, the concept of designer as artist. Elsa THE SPECTACLE Saint Laurent, Comme des Garcons and Schiaparelli in the 1930s famously OF SHOWS BY married fashion and art in a literal Alexander McQueen, as well as rare THE LIKES OF historic garments from the 17th and sense through her collaborations with 18th centuries. It also has a changing surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali, ALEXANDER Jean Cocteau and Leonor Fini. I think display of cutting edge contemporary MCQUEEN AND fashion to bring the displays up to date.” there’s also been a shift again more GARETH PUGH recently –Iris van Herpen, for example; LEADS THE WHOLE her collections utilise 3D printing and To find out more visit www.nms.ac.uk she is considering how to integrate or Tel: 0300 123 6789. National Museum EXPERIENCE TO BE of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh, emerging disciplines such as 4D printing MORE ABOUT ART EH1 1JF. and nanorobotics into fashion. THAN COMMERCE “There are designers who have treated the catwalk more as a space OPPOSITE PAGE Jean Muir outfit inspired for performance that have had a by the Great Barrier Reef, Australian Bicentenary Collection, 1988. THIS PAGE: lasting impression – Viktor and Rolf for Woman’s dress, multicoloured optical floral example, or Hussein Chalayan. Certainly print, of cotton poplin London, England, by Alexander McQueen, who has created Mary Katrantzou, Resort Collection 2016.



well photographer Hamish Campbell, www.hcampbellphotography.com. photographer’s assistant Beech. stylist Ian Todd, www.iantod.com. model Zoe McKinlay at Model Team. hair Alison Stewart. make-up Stacey Whittaker. Shot on location at Studio 128, Edinburgh.



Tanzanite and diamond cluster ring in 18ct white gold with large octagonal cut tanzanite in a rub-over settings surrounded by a tier of diamonds on a spilt raised shoulder band, £34,000, Hamilton & Inches, www.hamiltonandinches.com; Dr Marten boots, £50, and sporran, £85, both at Armstrongs, www.armstrongsvintage.co.uk; fish net tights, £3.50, John Lewis; metallic leather jacket, £79.99, Zara, www.zara.com; multi-coloured kilt, £450, Le Kilt at Harvey Nichols, www.harveynichols.com; mesh black top, £24.99, H&M, www.hm.com.



Studded gloves, stylist’s own; black ring choker, £4.99, Pie in the Sky; selection of bracelets, Hamilton & Inches; black bra, model’s own; gold fitted trousers, £25.99, Zara, www.zara.com; embellished tru racerback crop top, £375, by Alice + Olivia at Harvey Nichols; classic blue mini Morgan tartan kilt, £395, by Le Kilt at Harvey Nichols, www.harveynichols.com.



Fish net tights, £3.50, John Lewis; Dr Marten boots, £50, vintage leather Topshop jacket, £65, and leather fringe skirt, £26, all at Armstrongs, armstrongsvintage.co.uk; tartan shirt, £225, by Joseph at Harvey Nichols, www.harveynichols. com; black ring choker, £4.99, Pie in the Sky; Angers black diamante clutch bag, £157, by Pinko at Harvey Nichols, www.harveynichols.com.



Dr Marten boots and fish net tights (as before); velvet black panel bodysuit, £26, Topshop, www.topshop.com; red gloves, stylist’s own; Fratino leopard print pencil skirt, £151, by Pinko at Harvey Nichols, www.harveynichols.com; red tartan leggings (worn on arms), £10, Fifi; Tartan bracers, £8, Armstrongs; Selection of bracelets, Hamilton & Inches; Ametrine dress ring in 18ct yellow gold with large octagonal cut Ametrine, £3,000, Hamilton & Inches; Gala scarf, £205, by Dries Van Noten at Jane Davidson, www.janedavidson.co.uk.


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TOM FORD, HENRY Keep Scotland’s low winter sun in check with Tom Ford’s new clubmaster style shades in tortoiseshell. £230 at www.harveynichols.com.


EDITION SCOTLAND, WOVEN SCARF While this traditionally crafted scarf is made with 75 per cent lambswool and 25 per cent angora, it’s equal parts luxury soft and functional. £95 at www.frontiers-man.com.

TOPMAN LUX, PINSTRIPE TROUSERS The LUX range isn’t your run of the mill Topman garment, they incorporate fine detailing and use high end technical fabrics with super directional cuts. Find these trousers at www.topman.com.


RIVER ISLAND X YMC, KHAKI JUMPER This piece from the River Island Design Forum capsule with YMC could almost certainly pass as a Christmas jumper but could be worn well into spring. £50 at www.riverisland.com.

FEIT, HAND SEWN LOW These handmade semi-cordovan leather court sneakers are pure luxury. The leather is tanned slowly and treated with natural oils and the shoe is made by one master craftsman. £530 at www.harveynichols.com.


Ex-Hire Kilt Sale Starts 8:30am Thursday 1st December Fantastic selection of ex-hire kilts, jackets, waistcoats and accessories in-store at unbeatable prices Aberdeen 10 Bon Accord Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6EL Tel: 01224 212334 Ayr 184 High Street, Ayr, KA7 1RQ Tel: 01292 261730

Glasgow 165 Howard Street, Glasgow, G1 4HF Tel: 0141 552 7171

Dundee 80 High Street, Dundee, DD1 1SD Tel: 01382 305141

Inverness 15 Union Street, Inverness, IV1 1PP Tel: 01463 663350

Edinburgh 100 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DF Tel: 0131 220 4343

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DREAM TEAM FRILL SEEKER Feminine and flirty, it’s the season to add some frills and ruffles to your wardrobe. Chiffon blouse, £34, at Topshop, www.topshop.com.

We love a collaboration but this little beauty from the makers of luxury lifestyle boutique PAD Lifestyle and Patience Jewellery tops our list. Look out for Art Deco inspired cocktail rings, diamondset charms and this gorgeous fully diamondset pineapple pendant. Tel: 0131 225 9012, www.padlifestyle.com.

STATEMENT JEWELS Vamp up your ensemble with the Butterfly green, black and gold earrings. Part of the Aurora collection, they’re £39 at www.butterfly-jewellery.com.

MULBERRY LUST Stocking fillers just got a whole lot more interesting with the latest arm candy from Mulberry. Postman’s Lock Mini Satchel in Fiery Red Small Classic Grain, £395, is in store and online at www.mulberry.com.


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SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO… Restoration Yard


ased in gorgeously renovated 18th century stables around a pretty courtyard, Restoration Yard at Dalkeith Country Park is on a mission to offer something different with its unique range of homewares, fashion and gifts. Brainchild of Amanda Pratt, previously creative director at leading Irish retail and food brand Avoca, it opened at the end of July. As well as shopping inspiration galore, there’s also a light-filled café with a delicious menu featuring lots of locally sourced ingredients. A beauty and aromatics section has a focus on the organic and the natural. If you’re gift buying, look out for the soft bundles of Restoration Yard socks and soaps, while the foodhall is packed with artisan goodies. Upstairs, the furniture

loft, accessed by a “secret staircase” also has ceramics, glassware and an exceptional lighting selection. LOOK OUT FOR The Wellbeing Lab. Offering yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes, early next year they’re launching a full holistic programme of events and workshops designed to restore mind body and spirit. Restoration Yard Store, Café & Wellbeing Lab, Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh, EH22 2NA, Tel: 0131 654 1666, www.restorationyard.com.


CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED Whether it’s for a foodie, style hunter or beauty junkie, we bring you a selection of gifts for all the family…

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You’ll find the perfect gift of luxury, handmade, men’s accessories at The Edinburgh Bow Tie Co. From classic to contemporary, tartans to silks, with cufflinks and pocket squares to match, visit the stalls at Edinburgh Christmas Market (Princes Street Gardens) and the Royal Mile Market (Tron Kirk), www.edinburghbowtie.co.uk.


Bring a bit of Scandinavia into a loved one’s life. Stylish reindeer hides, hats, coats, gloves and handmade crafts at Nordic Outdoor offer the natural blend of design and functionality Scandinavians are known for. 20 Bruntsfield Pl, EH10 4HN, Tel: 0131 228 9100, www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk.



The perfect gift for gin lovers, the Triple Tipple gift set from Pickering’s Gin miniatures includes the 57.1 per cent (100 proof) Pickering’s Naval Strength, the crisp and refreshing with a spicy kick Pickering’s Original 1947 Gin, and the smooth and flavoursome Pickerings Gin, £17. www.pickeringsgin.com.

There’s a scent to suit everyone in this gorgeous new range of hand poured soy wax candles, £20. 65, exclusively at The Owen Bisset Boutique. They look great and gift worthy too, packaged in elegant matt black glass holders. Hyndland St, G11 5PS, Tel 0141 357 0268, www.owenbisset.com.


Spoil a loved one with a gift voucher for a treatment at award-winning Montgomery Beauty Boutique. The perfect place for a pampering manicure. Quote i-on to receive a 20 per cent discount. 12A Montgomery St, EH7 5JS, Tel: 0131 558 1857.


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Blooming Marvellous green tea paired with a tea infused soy candle, makes the perfect gift for tea lovers from eteaket. Visit the new retail Tea Store at 111 Rose Street, EH2 3DT or the eteaket Tea Room 41 Frederick St, EH2 1EP, Tel: 0131 226 1292, www.eteaket.co.uk.



These beautiful socks inspired by needlepoint created by the late Duchess Jane are one of many beautiful and unique gifts available at the Restoration Yard. Prices from £10. Restoration Yard Store, Dalkeith Country Park, EH22 2NA, Tel: 0131 654 1666 www.restorationyard.com.

From Italian made dinner suits and premium cotton evening shirts to pure silk scarves and bow ties, Hawes & Curtis’ exquisite eveningwear collection will keep you looking sharp this party season. 60 George St, EH2 2LR, 131 Buchanan St, G1 2JA, www.hawesandcurtis.co.uk.


If you’re looking for lavish lampshades, bold wallpapers or luxurious velvet cushions for the interiors lover, Edinburgh based soft furnishings label Mairi Helena combines vibrant colours and textures, influenced by Scotland’s landscapes. This contemporary collection will add a pop of colour to any living space. Tel: 07969 350062, www.mairihelena.co.uk.


Stylish, silk scarves… what’s not to love? Designed by Nikky d’Aguilar and made in Italy from a light, matt silk, all scarves are printed from her oil paintings, which are inspired by her wild lochside garden. www.nikkydaguilar.com.



Bookworms will delight in a choice book from the carefully curated selection of the best non-fiction, fiction, art, children’s books and gifts from independent bookshop Golden Hare Books in Stockbridge. Browse at your leisure at 68 St Stephen St, EH3 5AQ. Tel: 0131 629 1396, www.goldenharebooks.com.


Life Story concept store is the perfect place for lovers of Scandinavian design and hygge. Try the coveted HAY gift boxes, available in various sizes and combinations. Themes include office, kitchen, bath and decoration, each one individually packaged in a beautiful gift box. 53 London St, EH3 6LX, Tel 0131 629 9699, www.lifestoryshop.com.



Cadenhead’s Whisky Shop, Scotland’s oldest independent bottler, offers a wide range of whiskies from famous and obscure distilleries. Gift vouchers for the whisky connoisseur in your life are also available. 172 Canongate, Royal Mile, EH8 8DF, Tel: 0131 556 5864, www.wmcadenhead.com.

Contemporary Interiors specialists Catalog Ltd have opened a Pop-Up Gift Shop. Head there for a selection of fantastic gift ideas, cards and wrap from Kartell, Normann Copenhagen, LSA, Rue De Marli, Ocelot Chocolate and more. 2 - 4 St Stephen Pl, EH3 5AJ, Tel: 0131 225 2888, www.cataloginteriors.com.


Speciality coffee shop Brew Lab offers coffee training courses for coffee enthusiasts, hosted by award winning baristas. Prices from £29. 6-8 South College St, EH8 9AA, Tel: 0131 662 8963, www.brewlabcoffee.co.uk.


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These 18ct gold Drop Earrings by Londonbased Catherine Martin are breathtaking in their sensual play of light and form. £1,700. Created with unique and miniature objects, make a statement with Grainne Morton’s Cross Hook Gold Dangle earrings in gold plated silver, £340.

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S PA R K L E S Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, The Scottish Gallery is the perfect place to source beautiful, handmade jewellery. Full of unique and hidden statement pieces from a variety of contemporary jewellers, it’s time to drop some hints for these top picks.

Featuring delicate 18ct yellow gold components nestled amongst a string of rubies, this necklace by Grant McCaig is guaranteed to go down a treat. £2,400.

These 18ct yellow gold Cube Cube drop earrings by Jo Hayes-Ward are intricate and sculptural with an architectural aesthetic. £1,755.

Malcolm Appleby is known for his intricate engraving work and this Amethyst Damascus ring in 18ct yellow and white gold is a perfect example. £3,050.

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he historical streets of the Old Town’s Greater Grassmarket are the perfect destination for Christmas shopping. Bursting with independent boutiques and speciality stores for foodies, fashion and interiors lovers, you’ll find something for everyone. Then, once you’ve ticked off the shopping list, refuel at any one of the huge variety of bars, cafés and tasty restaurants. Starting at the top of Victoria Street, why not try Walker Slater, the home of Scottish tweed, for a great place to add a touch of luxury to winter dressing for men and women. Carry on from there down the hill and you’ll be tempted in to see the mouth-watering cheese curation on offer at I J Mellis where staff will happily provide samples and advice for gifts. Next door is Demijohn Liquid Deli, full of delicious olive oils, spirits and other produce. Seville orange, damson, gooseberry and chocolate orange liqueurs are just some of the delectable flavours on offer. Then top up energy levels a door further down at Oink, Edinburgh’s best hog roast, the perfect way to treat your taste buds and warm up. Towards the bottom of the street, known as West Bow, you’ll find Isle of Skye Candle Company, perfect for gifting some hygge this Christmas or cross over for something bespoke for a loved one at the Cambridge Satchel Company. Classic satchels and bags are available in a whole array of colours and shapes which can then be customised with some embossed lettering and symbols. For lady gift heaven pop over to Candlemaker Row to visit Hannah Zakari. Here you’ll find a selection of fashion accessories, beautiful jewellery, stationery and prints. Then continue your gifting journey up the street for a fantastic assortment of quirky stores to finish off your list. All done? Then stop off for a well-earned drink at one of the cosy pubs of the Grassmarket and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

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nce upon a time I found my interior inspiration in beautiful bars, hotels and restaurants across the world. I spotted fantastic fabrics in Finland, learned about luxurious rugs in London, and marveled at mirrors in Morocco. And then two things happened: 1, I had kids, and the nights out and holidays abroad became far less frequent; and 2, Instagram. Of course, Instagram has been around for a while now (since 2010 to be precise), but it’s only recently become a sensational source of interior inspo. Instagram advises on its blog that ‘Choosing specific tags will help you connect with other like-minded people on Instagram’ and this is something the savvy interior Insta-community has taken to heart. Add in the fact that Instagram is increasingly used by aesthetically aware home owners and not just the mortgage free selfie generation, and you get an idea of the interior amazingness that awaits. To help you sort the good feeds from the bad, and home in on the hashtags that matter, here are my top 10 Insta interior inspo tricks…

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COLOUR CODE YOUR BOOKS One of the most impactful – and least expensive – ways to bring the rainbow into your home is arranging your books according to colour. As Fiona Douglas, colour coded bookshelf owner and founder of Glasgow based textile brand Bluebellgray (@bluebellgray) says, ‘colour coded books just make me really happy.’


IF IN DOUBT GO DARK The #styleitdark hashtag has proved to be very popular since it was recently launched by a stylish group of interior experts @artynads @cowboykate_ and @jazzierere. Check out this tag for ideas on how to swap your white walls for dark, and create a gorgeously moody-yet-luxe vibe in your home.





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PLANTS ARE THE ANSWER Indoor plants, whether faux or real; succulents or cheese, are a huge deal on Instagram right now. For plant styling perfection, visit the verdant feeds belonging to @deecampling, @ eleanorhorwell and @thejungalow, or try the tag #greenupyourgaff


THE RULE OF THREE Super stylist @em_henderson wrote the New York Times bestselling interior book Styled, in which she advocates the ‘rule of three’ when it comes to styling home decor. Peruse her profile with beautiful vignettes of her own home, which demonstrates how to put her rules into practice.



FIND YOUR PINKSPIRATION If there’s one colour Instagram loves above all else, it’s pink. So, if it’s pinkspiration for your home you’re after, look no further than hashtags #ihavethisthingwithpink, #colorcolourpink and #dspink (from the US interior blogger @designsponge), or such accounts as @pietronolita, @aww.sam and my own @pinkhouseliving.


KEEP IT COSY The clever interior community knows how to keep warm while staying stylish. A noteworthy hygge-heavy feed is that belonging to @cowboykate_ who sells stunning British rare breed sheepskins in her online shop, and showcases how to style them on Instagram. Dreamy.


WALLPAPER WEDNESDAY The #wallpaperwednesday hashtag is, as you might expect, your weekly source of wallpaper inspiration. Users of this targeted tag seem to have an uncanny ability to seek out the coolest wallcoverings known to social media.




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BAN THE BEIGE Along with fellow Insta-enthusiasts @ carnivalofcolour_ @nicolabroughton38 and @plasticvintage (all of whose feeds are worth checking out in their own right) I recently launched the colour specific hashtag #colourmyhome. Well worth a look if your home’s begging for a pop of colour – or 10…


HOTEL STYLE STEAL Instagram is the perfect place to pick up hotel style ideas, even if you ARE stuck at home with the kids. My current favourite is eccentrically arty @artistresidence, with its stunning parquet floors, freestanding bathtubs and sumptuous sofas. They’ve just opened interior shop and separate Insta account @ salisburycointeriors too.


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CHOOSE A CURATED ACCOUNT For a one stop account that does a great job of alerting you to the best of interior inspo on Instagram, visit Fiona Cameron’s @around_houses feed. Fiona is also host of the #myhomevibe hashtag, which is basically a collection of some of the prettiest interiors around. What more could you and your home ask for? For more information on The Pink House visit www.pinkhouse.co.uk or follow on Instagram @pinkhouseliving.

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HOW I BECAME… a multi award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer Colin Wong, creative director of Development Direct, Edinburgh, explains why he swapped the showrooms of Gucci for the private homes of Scotland. “I was born in Scotland of Asian descent but curiosity took me back to my roots in Asia where I entered the shop-fitting industry and worked for European fashion houses including Gucci and Prada. When I returned to the UK, I worked for a developer sourcing the best companies to undertake the kitchens and bathrooms. I soon realised that there was nothing out there that ticked all my boxes so I launched Development Direct as a design focused kitchen and bathroom studio.”


What do you love most about your job? I love the buzz of transforming a drab box into an uplifting haven. Kitchens are central to a great home life and it’s no coincidence that all parties end up there. I’m lucky to work with so many diverse clients and to win awards for doing something I love doing. What’s your signature style? I don’t have one. I believe every room has an optimum spatial layout and it is my personal quest to uncover it. Everything else should fall effortlessly into place. Your favourite room in your house? My kitchen – and it was my hardest and most argumentative client. It has an industrial shabby chic vibe with a giant swing facing a big floating fire. Tell us something different about you? Computers and cad programs baffle me. I use scraps of paper and a stubby pencil.



TOP INTERIORS TIPS In open plan living, never let one element overpower anything else. Everything should work in harmony so don’t over clutter or over accessorise. Look at how art galleries work – there’s always a feeling of space and an understanding of the focal points.


Be individual and never follow current trends. Nobody wants a kitchen or bathroom that dates quickly. A great design should be timeless and show the real personality of the owners.


Tell your designer how you want to feel in your new space. The design is all about creating a feeling that is capable of altering your mood in a positive manner. Design to enjoy and never to impress.


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Canada Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health. Marking 150 years since confederation, the elongated birthday party promises to be heavy on bonhomie and highly welcoming to international gatecrashers. And, with a weak Canadian dollar pushing down prices, the overseas visitor should have plenty of pocket money to spend on Canada’s exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine. Sesquicentennial or not, you don’t need too many excuses to visit Canada. With vast expanses of barely trammelled wilderness stretched across six time zones, alongside a solid infrastructure and straightforward entry requirements, the country beckons like a giant adventure playground.

COLOMBIA Finland Fought over by Russia and Sweden for 800 years, Finland finally gained independence in 1917. The Finns will celebrate their centenary with gusto, with events planned in every region. Expect everything from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintagetravel-poster exhibitions. There’s even a new national park, an 11,000 hectare chunk of land in Hossa, studded with pine forests and crisscrossed with rivers. Stroll through Helsinki’s design quarter to find clean lines, quality craftsmanship, bright pops of colour



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and quirky patterns. Dip into the New Suomi food scene to discover chefs breathing fresh life into traditional, foraged ingredients and age old smoking and pickling techniques. But don’t forget to join the Finns in doing what they love best: getting out of the cities and back to nature. More water than land, Finland’s patchwork of tens of thousands of lakes, pristine forests, well marked trails and cosy cabins means it’s easy to find your own slice of beautiful isolation.

Domenica Locals joke that if Christopher Columbus rose from the grave and returned to the Caribbean, Dominica is the only island he would still recognise. One glimpse of its prehistoric ferns and deserted shores, and you’ll see what they mean. For decades, an absence of shiny white beaches has helped keep at bay the resort development that has swept through other parts of the Caribbean.


Colombia Decades of civil war and violent crime meant Colombian passport stamps were once for hardcore travellers only. Fast forward to the present day, and the lost years seem but a dust speck in Colombia’s rear-view mirror. There are no world wonders, but the country’s mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms. From Cartagena to Barichara, it offers some of the most cinematic colonial preservation in all of South America. Towering Andean peaks, lush Amazonian forest and enigmatic, jungle-hidden ruins draw connoisseurs of the great outdoors. Wild and windswept beaches battered by cerulean waters on two coasts lure sun worshippers, whale-watchers and beach bums to its idyllic sands. Over a decade into its dramatic about-face, this South American jewel is even expecting a visit from the world’s number one Catholic. When Pope Francis kisses Colombian soil in 2017, it will mark the Andean nation’s first papal visit in 30 years.

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Coconut palms are the only skyscrapers you’ll see here. Visit before Dominica gets its first large scale chain resorts in 2018, which will pave the way for a new era of tourism. Eco adventurers whisper Dominica’s name as though it’s the fabled lost City of Gold, but it’s not just the environment that gets fans raving: it’s the Lilliputian guesthouses and locally flavoured boutique hotels; it’s pulling up for lunch at a charming roadside shack doling out delicious Dominican comfort food or salty-fresh seafood; and it’s mingling with friendly locals, who have quietly picked themselves up and rebuilt after a 2015 storm almost cleaved the island in two.

Nepal Even natural disasters can’t keep Nepal down for long. The 2015 earthquakes caused devastation, but what is most striking from a traveller’s perspective is not how much was lost but how much remains. Landmark temples crumbled, but others came through with just the odd tile out of place, and whole swathes of the country escaped serious damage, including most of the popular trekking trails. Nepal has all the skills required to repair monuments and infrastructure, but what it does need is income. By visiting Nepal now and supporting local culture and people, you could help a nation rebuild and bounce back even stronger. In Kathmandu and the towns of the Kathmandu Valley, rickshaws still pick their way through cobbled bazaars and temple bells ring out from hidden courtyards. Rhinos and tigers lurk among the elephant grasses in Nepal’s national parks, and rugged trails snake through villages of ancient stone houses on the flanks of the world’s highest peaks. Reproduced with permission from Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017, © 2016 Lonely Planet. To read the full top 10 list of countries to visit in 2017 visit www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 also features the top 10 cities, regions and best value destinations.


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TRENDING: SHEET MASKS They may make you look like the main protagonist in a horror movie but Susie Cormack Bruce reviews the Korean beauty staple that’s become an A-list beauty obsession for fresh party ready skin.


nce upon a time, informing friends of your planned night between the sheets would be met with a raised eyebrow. Today your proposed nocturnal activity is more likely to elicit some envious oohs and ahhs – the loudest from sleep deprived new mums. I am of course talking about an encounter with a sheet mask, the latest beauty trend clogging up your social media feed while promising to unclog your pores.


Like most of the beauty innovations of recent years, sheet masks are Korean in origin and far, far removed from the messy, sticky gel and mud masks of the past. The clue is, naturally, in the name with the hydrating/pore refining/collagen boosting properties of the mask infused into a ‘sheet’ which you simply pop on your cleansed face and then sit back and let the sheet get to work. The theory is that the sheet prevents the active ingredients from


evaporating before they work their magic and you simply massage in or tissue off excess lotion or serum after the recommended time, making them ideal for travel too. There’s an evergrowing number of masks available, all offering different results so this isn’t a case of one mask suits all. Check the ingredients and benefits on the packaging and match accordingly to your needs and wants. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid are great for a moisture surge, while caffeine de-puffs and peptides, along with antioxidants, can help plump skin to minimise fine lines, albeit temporarily. The majority of masks are cotton like in feel but the mask that’s getting lots of love (not least from Victoria Beckham as her Cannes Instagram photo confirms – 183,000 likes and counting) is Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask, £16. Don’t let the Night Repair name fool you as this is the first foil-backed sheet mask and that Powerfoil technology maximises penetration, up to 25 times faster than a cotton mask so you’re looking at a


mere 10 minutes, not an overnight treatment, for impressive results. Never quite wanting to believe the hype, I was initially sceptical but one mask later and I’m a convert. My skin felt amazing, looked cushioned and even a little lifted. The results were akin to a high end facial but without the salon time and expense. I also had no breakouts or redness, which often happens after a facial, making this my new go-to pre and post party quick fix and for those Instagram moments #nofilter required.


PETER THOMAS ROTH UNWRINKLE 24K GOLD INTENSE WRINKLE SHEET MASK Utilising 24K gold to smoothen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this 100 per cent cotton mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate and nourish the skin. £38.75 for six masks. SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT MASK When it comes to hi-tech skincare solutions, SK-II are in the top tier offer a selection of sheet masks, the Facial Treatment Mask most readily available and suitable for all skin types. £60 for box of six.

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THE GREY HAIR TREND The grey hair trend is going nowhere fast so if you’re tempted to take the plunge, now’s the time. You can go all the way with a solid grey, silver or work a bit of grey balayage. “The palette ranges from the purest of slick silver to grungy graphite grey. Tones of smoky violet grey, pure pewter and carbon are also popular,” explains Danny Dowie, a colour expert at Cheynes Hairdressing on York Place, Edinburgh. “The grey tone can also be tinted with other tones such as pink, blue or violet.” “Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, the technique can be as bold or subtle as you desire. The colour can also be placed exactly where you want. But, for those looking for a true clean grey, the best approach is to pre-lighten the hair to a clean base and then apply your chosen grey on top. By doing this you’ll get the best possible colour result.” 

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raditional Christmas dinner gets a bad rep but it can be a pretty healthy meal if we strip it back to the bare bones,” explains NHS weight loss consultant surgeon Dr Sally Norton. “Brussel sprouts, for example, contain more than your daily requirement of vitamin K and plenty of B vitamins such as folate which is important in energy production – for which you’ll be thankful come the mid-afternoon Christmas slump. Steam them to retain as many nutrients as possible. “Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, important for serotonin production (the ‘happy’ hormone) and it’s a great source of lean protein, particularly the white meat, so go for the breast and steer clear of the fatty skin. Potatoes provide potassium and starchy carbohydrate and are best boiled in their skins, where the fibre is. The downside of potatoes is when they’re served as roasties. They’re laden with calories and saturated fat, particularly when cooked in goose fat. The main thing to remember is portion control; three to four will do. According to Dr Norton, parsnips are another source of fibre, potassium and


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vitamin C. The cooking methods are where things can go awry… be mindful about adding honey or Parmesan which will pile on the calories. Cranberries also contain plenty of vitamin C but, sadly, not from the cranberry sauce we know and love as it has a high sugar content so use sparingly. There’s good news on the wine front though. “Red wine is rich in anthocyanin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant. But don’t think this gives you free rein – alcohol is ’empty calories’ and more than a glass or two will add to an already food heavy day.” But it is Christmas, after all, so we’ll leave the decision making to you. For more information visit www.vavistalife.com.

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COMET & BLITZEN, EDINBURGH Nothing much more likely to get you in the Christmas spirit than a festive pop-up, especially one of this calibre. Taking over the art deco spot on 15 North West Circus Place in Stockbridge, Comet & Blitzen are serving festive twisted dining, winter cocktails, craft beer, fine wines and artisan coffee. www.fb.com/cometandblitzenbar.



LOVESCOTCH, GLASGOW The name’s a bit of a giveaway but LoveScotch, formed by the former head bartender at The Finnieston, James Kemp, and Diageo Scotch whisky ambassador Ervin Trykowski (pictured left), is offering a thoroughly modern take on the national drink with cocktails, beats and bar bites. Check it out at 3 West Nile Street, open until 23 December. www.fb.com/lovescotchpopup.


AD HOC, GLASGOW Live music, mulled wine, festive cocktails and a winter menu make Ad Hoc a bit of a Xmas hot spot. The deal’s sweetened further with a pre theatre menu priced at £14 for two courses or £17 for three courses. Ad Hoc will be replaced in January with new Scottish restaurant, Ardnamurchan, date TBC. 325 Hope Street, Glasgow. www.fb/AdhocGlasgow.


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SCOTLAND’S GOLDEN TICKET TO CHOCOLATE HEAVEN Known as The Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett’s speciality is truffles. These award-winning nuggets of artisan chocolate bliss, made in the tiny hamlet of Grandtully in Perthshire, are revered world-wide by the world’s finest hotels and Michelin starred chefs. Here, he explains the science behind the sweetness. words Bethany Ferguson


roudly displayed in his ‘Chocolate Centre’ is a gigantic lace-walled egg, made entirely of chocolate. “It should collapse under its own weight,” he says. “Its real purpose is to show that if you play with the science of chocolate, you can make it equally delicate and strong.” Iain credits this fascination with the highly technical, experimental side of chocolate to the influence of his parents. “My father loved to use really fine Scottish ingredients in his cooking, but he liked to mix them with the more exotic. And my Mum is a real perfectionist. If


you put the two together then you get someone who is interested in food but in a very technical way, and on a really high level.” After years of this commitment to perfection and mastery over the properties of chocolate, Iain’s creations began to spread like wildfire through the country’s top hotels, Michelin starred chefs and eventually, to the dining room of Albert Roux himself. While this would imply that Iain had found the perfect recipe, the reality is that the changing nature of chocolate requires an evolving methodology to maintain quality. He explains, “If we have


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two weeks of warm weather, the cream from our cows changes and we have to alter the recipe, it’s a constant flux of learning – but that’s what makes it interesting. When I make a truffle this week, it won’t be the same recipe that I’ll use next week or a month from now.” These years of painstaking work by Ian and his team have culminated in consecutive “best in the world awards” for variations of his most famous creation, the Velvet truffle. These naked truffles (no hard casing) consist purely of Scottish cream and single-source cocoa from São Tomé with no additives or preservatives, win award

after award in every major artisanal culinary competition. “Coming from a wee village like Grandtully, this is very special. To know that in this little place, my team and I are actually able to make something world class.” Innovation, flare, precision and creativity continue to be the perfect recipe for The Highland Chocolatier. But undoubtedly, his passion continues to be the key ingredient to craft truffle perfection. For more information or to find the recipe for Iain Burnett’s Cinnamon Swirl Truffle visit www.ionmagazine.co.uk/trufflerecipe.



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TACO TIME AT WAHACA EDINBURGH If you love your Mexican food, then you might become a bit of a regular at this new arrival at 16 South Andrew Street. The funky two storey restaurant offers delicious nibbles including freshly made guacamole with tortilla chips (great with a tamarind margarita, £6.95) a wide selection of sharing street food dishes such as crispy prawn tacos, £5.25, and smoky chipotle chicken quesadillas oozing with melting mozzarella, £4.45. For something more substantial the Mexico City style chicken enchiladas, two classic enchiladas filled with grilled chicken, tomato salsa roja and topped with melted cheese, £9.95, are a winner. Go there for fast, delicious food (served as and when it’s ready), a fun vibe and good Mexican drinks. Tel: 0131 202 6850, www.wahaca.co.uk.


HORN PLEASE, GLASGOW The food at Glasgow’s latest Indian restaurant doesn’t always look pretty but boy oh boy does it taste good. From the people behind the popular Spanish eatery Cubatas, Horn Please specialises in contemporary Indian cuisine with a definite nod to street food flavours. 91 Berkeley St, G3 7DX, Tel: 0141 573 3021, hornpleaseglasgow.co.uk.


DINNER @ THE VOYAGE OF BUCK What: A new bar and restaurant in the West End of Edinburgh. Price range: Mains from £9.95. words Dean Newton • photo Susie Lowe


pening a new venue in Edinburgh must be a pretty daunting prospect; with more restaurants and bars per head than anywhere else in the UK there’s short sharp thrift for mediocrity. If you’re also replacing a bar with near legendary status then you better be damn good. Consigned to history is the popular William Street haunt, Bert’s Bar; replaced with The Voyage of Buck and its Art Deco influenced interior. There’s a growing popularity for giving bars a bit of a back story, and this new haunt takes inspiration from the fictitious history of William ‘Buck’ Clarence; a voyager, philanthropist and adventurer, with the menus inspired from the cities he visited including Paris, Taipei, Havana and Cairo. We kicked off with the juicy jumbo king prawns, £6.95, served with chilli, squash puree and pineapple sambal, a smoky sweet combo that lifted the grilled prawns to new flavour heights. Rude not to break up the meal with a cocktail, a recommendation from our marvellous


server, the ‘Rhubarb and Rose Fizz’ with grapefruit vodka, hibiscus infused Aperol, rhubarb bitters, rose water, lemon and prosecco, £7.50, was a tastebud treat; bright, sweet, bitter, light and dry at once, with a hint of that hibiscus to finish. Ooft. Main was a simple choice. Confit duck leg, crisp duck spring roll, chilli plum jam, some choy sum and dehydrated yuzu at £14.95; the clever dish combining traditional and Asian flavours left room only for another cocktail. Keeping it Oriental, we opted for the Anna May Wong made with gin, plum sake, vermouth, purple shizo and the crowning glory, a bittersweet preserved lychee. Straight up flavour heaven at £8. The Voyage of Buck is bags of fun. Go for the cocktails, stay for the food.

The Voyage of Buck, 29-31 William St, EH3 7NG, Tel: 0131 225 5748, www.thevoyageofbuckedinburgh.co.uk.

Bar | Restaurant | Private Dining 140 St. Vincent Street G2 5LA Glasgow reservations@ibericarestaurants.com +44 (0) 141 530 7985 ibericarestaurants.com


MAKE MINE A… BERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS Best drank as an aperitif, here the experts at the awardwinning Dine brasserie and cocktail lounge in Edinburgh tell us how to make this delicious concoction packed with strong, sweet flavours. Ingredients ƒƒ 25ml gin ƒƒ 12.5ml cherry brandy ƒƒ 12.5ml green apple liqueur ƒƒ 25ml lime juice ƒƒ 1 tblsp strawberry jam/ conserve ƒƒ 5 mint leaves Method Combine gin, apple liqueur, mint and lime in a tin and shake with ice. Double/fine strain into a cocktail coupette or martini glass. Combine cherry brandy and strawberry jam into a tin and shake. Strain slowly into the same glass, just near the rim to create a layered effect. Garnish with a skewered maraschino cherry and sprig of mint. dineedinburgh.co.uk.


C H R I S T M A S D AY Enjoy a magnificent Christmas Day meal with all the family at Hadrian’s Brasserie. Enjoy a sparkling celebration with Champagne on arrival before experiencing an exceptional 3-course meal perfectly paired with matching wines and coffee or tea to finish. £195 per person £97.50 per child (under 12) Lunch 12.30pm to 2.30pm Dinner 6.30pm to 8.30pm The Balmoral | 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh | 0131 556 2414 festive.balmoral@roccofortehotels.com ROCCOFORTEHOTELS.COM/THE-BALMORAL-HOTEL

MENU Foie gras roulade, chutney purée, golden raisins Smoked mackerel velouté, poached oysters, caviar Balmoral smoked salmon, Peterhead crab, clementine dressing Warm salad of crapaudine beetroot, bitter leaves, goats cheese, truffle *** Roast Letham turkey, traditional trimmings Roast turbot, butternut squash and chestnut risotto Wild mushroom gnocchi, truffle butter sauce Roast fillet of Blairgowrie beef, beer braised rib, pommes fondant *** The Balmoral Christmas pudding, brandy butter sauce Selection of Scottish and French cheeses, seasonal chutney White chocolate délice, rum and raisin ice-cream Mulled wine poached pear, citrus fruits BalmoralEdinburgh


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F ESTI V E DI N I NG From mulled wine to Christmas pudding, the menu at The Printing Press is bursting with seasonality this December. Three course lunch £24.95 p/p Three course dinner £29.95 p/p Sunday to Thursday, £32.95 p/p Friday and Saturday

HO GM A NAY DI N N ER Wrap up 2016 with our eight course Hogmanay dinner, featuring locally sourced produce bursting with flavour. £85 p/p BOOK YOUR TABLE: 0131 240 7177 21-25 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PB | printingpressedinburgh.co.uk



WEIRD BUT TASTY Cocktail crisps anyone? Lidl have launched the world’s first negroni-flavoured crisps and they’re pretty tasty. Priced at 99p per bag, the Deluxe with Love Negroni Crisps are formulated from flavours including gin, vermouth rosso and orange. www.lidl.co.uk.

Gin71 first launched in Glasgow’s Renfield Street in 2014 when the team behind the hugely popular Cup tearooms decided to rethink the cocktail bar within the tea lounge and create a new, distinct experience. And, before you could pop away the teabags and slice a lemon, Gin71 was born. The ethos is tearoom by day and gin bar by night, with the tea, coffee and cake disappearing at 6pm to make way for Glasgow’s largest selection of artisan gins, 71 to be exact (get what they did?) along with some seriously good cocktails, the Ginlinis being a particular draw. The team expanded the Gin71 brand by carrying the name to their Merchant City venue, previously known as Virginia, and have now opened in the west end of Edinburgh occupying the former surrounds of La Tasca on 9 South Charlotte Street. Go there for all things gin and a quirky seven course tasting menu think gin cured salmon, venison tartare, a variety of tuiles (hard to pronounce after 71 gins…) and a twist on marmalade and toast for pudding. At £59 per head, it’s a bargain. www.gin71.com.



STREET It’s no secret that street food is thriving in Scotland. But has the concept changed as more businesses jump on the bandwagon? Dean Newton investigates.

The Pitt, photos by Susie Lowe


treet food, as a term, feels like it’s lost all meaning. The original exciting context, which conjured images of aromatic carts in Singapore serving up grilled and steaming delights straight off the hot plate, has been gradually diluted to mean, well, nothing. It’s been a big deal since 2009 when it was deemed important enough to have its own peer merits with the British Street Food Awards. As with any exciting movement, the marketeers were quick to exploit. Supermarkets stock street food ready meals and there’s a plethora of street food restaurants, both oxymorons of the highest order, adding to the dilution of a phrase that should be more Pavlovian than corporate strapline. So is that it for street food, another oversaturated fad set to fade to obscurity?


Not if people like Hal Prescott and Scott Kirkham have anything to with it. They’re the driving force behind Edinburgh’s only market dedicated to the culture and ethos behind authentic street food, supporting the vendors that fit the bill and make the grade. “They say imitation is the highest form of flattery,” Hal tells us. “There’s no doubt that street food is enjoying a new wave of popularity, not just in the UK but globally. Part of the appeal is the theatre that goes into it, this just isn't possible in restaurants.” Scott was a chef who began following the street food scene in the States. “I loved the fact that these guys were doing up their own trucks and taking them on to the streets to serve up awesome food in a way that was almost a little rebellious against the bricks ‘n’ mortar food establishment. For the last

street food is enjoying a new wave of popularity, not just in the UK but globally”



for 3 Christmas courses with a glass of prosecco, call 0131 554 5625 to make your reservation 84 Commercial Street, The Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6LX quay84@outlook.com 0131 554 5625



The Pitt every Saturday from 12 to 10pm. December dates are: 3, 10, 17 and 31 (tbc). 125 Pitt Street, Edinburgh. www.thepitt.co.uk. Streat Glasgow host mini street food festivals throughout the year, stay up to date at www.fb.com/streatglasgow. The Food + Flea market starts 14 December then every day from 11am10pm in New Waverly Square, Edinburgh. www.fb.com/thefoodnflea. Fountainbridge Street Food Fridays. Fridays from 11am-7pm behind Akva in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh. www.fb.com/StreetFoodFridays Let’s Eat Glasgow! Some of Glasgow’s best restaurants take over the SWG3 arts centre. letseatglasgow.co.uk. Street Food Putter Club at The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh, on 10 December. www.streetfoodputterclub.co.uk


five years before buying my own trailer I read, watched, downloaded and studied everything I could get my hands on that had anything remotely to do with street food... I was hooked! I do believe street food should be served on the street, moving indoors doesn’t do it for me, you’re taking it away from what it’s meant to be. We wanted to make a space available where street food traders could rock up and serve really fantastic street food... the music, drinks, lights, fires all enhance the overall experience... but the food is the show.” Another proponent of the Scottish food scene is Ben Dantzic whose curious twist adds another social element back into food with The Street Food Putter Club. It’s a bit of a Ronseal name but in case you were in any doubt, SFPC is food, drink, music and other games with a pop-up nine hole golf course. “Street food’s all about quick and tasty foods that are accessible to all,” Ben explains. ”The great thing is that it provides people with the ability to try different flavours and dishes that they may not be used to. There are lots of creative people around with the motivation to really take street food in Scotland to another level and a real community among the traders with a determination to make sure Scottish street food has a presence and develops a strong scene. I really think it’s set to keep getting bigger and better.”

Festive Menu 2016



Here’s a small sample of what you can expect STARTER



LENTICCHIE E COTECHINO Traditional lentil soup with Italian pork sausage and croutons

CANNELLONI RICOTTA E SPINACI Cannelloni pasta filled with ricotta cheese & spinach baked with a tomato sauce

PANETTONE CON CREMA Traditional Panettone gently warmed & drizzled with homemade brandy cream

FRITTURINA MISTA A selection of fresh fish of the day lightly floured and fried. With homemade orange mayonnaise

BACCALÀ ALLA LIVORNESE Salted cod with chunks of potato served with a confit of vine plum tomato, onion & black olives

TORTA DI RISO Baked Arborio rice in a rich mixture of cream, eggs and vanilla Served with orange sauce and dark chocolate




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#i_online Google box A selection of Scotland’s top 20 search queries of 2016 revealed… ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Pokemon Go Donald Trump Conor McGregor Roblox Slimming World

#mannequinchallenge First came the Harlem Shake, then the Ice Bucket Challenge then we were all Planking. Now, the latest viral jape to hit our social media streams is the Mannequin Challenge which essentially involves people… doing absolutely nothing. The world is going crazy for these comedic freezeframe shenanigans for no reason other than it’s something daft to do. Check out our favourites at www.ionmagazine.co.uk/mannequin.


SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE CHRISTMAS When it comes to Christmas, there are two clear camps – the festive fanatics who have Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas on repeat from November, and the Scrooges that refuse to participate in any seasonal shenanigans who the big day. A survey of 2,000 Brits pinpointed the exact date and time most people first start to feel a festive glow – 1:38pm on 01 December. And, apparently, 05 December is the day when folk don a Christmas jumper, put up their tree and get into the holiday spirit. Get the rest of the socially acceptable dates at www.ionmagazine.co.uk/xmasdates.


Poland - Pickle juice

OK, this one sounds a bit odd but there’s some scientific foundation behind drinking pickle juice. It should, in theory, restore electrolytes thanks to the high sodium content.

Romania - Ciorba de burta

A nice hot broth, now we’re talking. Soups are used around the world for restorative benefits. What’s not to like about a nice steaming bowl of something tasty? Except, this one’s made with tripe.

Puerto Rico - Armpit lemons

FIVE WEIRD HANGOVER CURES FROM AROUND THE WORLD Unless you’re teetotal or pregnant then your chances of escaping the ghastly grips of the festive hangover are bleak. Around the world, people have fostered traditional cures, thought to relieve the symptoms of overindulgence and excess. We’ve picked out a few of the more bizarre ideas. You never know... they just might work.

It’s hard to fathom any scientific foundation for this but, apparently, Puerto Ricans have rubbed sliced lemons under their armpits, both to prevent and cure hangovers.

Japan - Umeboshi

These sour and salty little pickled plums are exposed to the elements and then packed with sea salt and shiso leaves for six months creating natural bacteria, enzymes and packing them full of alkaline.

Mongolia - Mongolian Mary

Whoever came up with this was still drunk. This unlikely cure involves downing a couple of pickled sheep’s eyeballs in tomato juice. Seems more like a bushtucker trial than a hangover fix. For more facts and quirky lists visit www.ionmagazine.co.uk.





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