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Dawna



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 7:03 pm    Post subject: Glasgow next week! Reply with quote

Well, it looks like I'm heading to Glasgow next week! I'll be there for ten days, although some of that will be in Edinburgh - any restaurant or pub "must visit" places to recommend?
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JustMe



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dawna, that's great! When are you leaving? I have a cousin who lives half way between Glasgow & Edinburgh. Her brother is also a chef (not sure where). I will try to get you some info before you go!
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Dawna



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm leaving on Tuesday, Aug 2, and it's a loooonnnnng flight from Vancouver! I'll be in Glasgow on the morning of Aug 3. Much of our time is going to be spent at WorldCon at the SECC in Glasgow, but we have a few days after the conference is over to check out Edinburgh.

I've been to Scotland before (although it's been 10 years...) but my partner has never been overseas before. Fortunately, he's a big ol' foodie, too, and is very interested in exploring the wonders of Scottish pubs and Scottish cuisine. Yep, including haggis! And, possibly, deep-fried Mars bars...
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CasaHaggis



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2005 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dawna wrote:
Much of our time is going to be spent at WorldCon at the SECC in Glasgow ...


There's a good restaurant right near the SECC in the CityInn. It's the only good food on the River Clyde IMO. We used to live on the other side of the river and would walk over for lunch with the sun was out, which happens more than one would imagine. Wink

The pub that we salivate for is Stravaigin in the West End. It's upstairs from its excellent restaurant and shares the kitchen. The haggis is some of the best we've had, but the meal we crave is the mussels with chili and coriander (cilantro). The "Kick Ass Olives" are very good and save room for the homemade ice cream. Last time, it was chickpea and honey, mmMMMmmm. If you have the time, the restaurant downstairs is worth its salt.

If you're travelling, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar should be on the list. It's a day's outing and a great way to see some of the countryside.

Another restaurant that's worth mentioning is out of town in Dalry, Braidwoods. They have a waiting list a mile long, but if you're keen on good food, it would be worth seeing if they could fit you in.

Have a wonderful time!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're going to be spending a night in Edinburgh, the Witchery by the Castle is a fabulous restaurant. It's 16th century, incredibly atmospheric and beautiful and specialises in local produce. We ate in the Secret Garden, which is just as gorgeous as the main dining room. The website address is www.thewitchery.com - go and have a look - it's making me want to go back there just looking at it! It also does a VERY good value lunch menu and you can book online.
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Dawna



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, thanks for the suggestions! I've written them into my wallet, and will try to make it to at least some of those places.

Tomorrow, I'm off!
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Dawna



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, we made it back home, despite service interruptions at Heathrow, and kind of wanting to stay longer! I didn't make it to Stravaigin Pub, but I did make it to "Stravaigin 2" the intermediate child between the pub and the original Stravaigin, and a good time was had by all. I also made it to the Witchery in Edinburgh, but unfortunately had to give it a mixed review, as they really dropped the ball on the main course. Lovely place, though... so pretty, and such a good wine list (if extortionately priced).

I'm pretty exhausted from sorting myself out - jet lag, laundry, replenishing the kitchen! - but if anyone wants more gory details, do check out the more complete culinary write up of the trip on my blog - linked here.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear! Did you get stuck in that catering strike? Shocked

Hope the rest of the trip more than made up for it.!
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Dawna



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2005 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, the catering/ground crews strike only affected folks flying British Airways, so the only trickle-down that we got was a short delay (which was made up in the air) to take on additional passengers, baggage, and fuel. My sister was convinced from the badly-worded news reports that all of Heathrow had been shut down, but that wasn't the case at all.

The trip up to Glasgow, routing through a "normally functioning" Heathrow was far, far worse. Despite a two-hour window between flights, we ended up having to sprint a good quarter-mile to make it to our next gate. After, of course, nine plus hours in the air, additional security screening, and immigration/customs!
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