You know you are ageing when you find yourself reminiscing about the good old days. And when you start believing things were much better in the past, you know you are getting on a bit.
If you are in Oban and fancy a slightly different vibe, why not take a trip across the bay to the restaurant at Kerrera’s marina for a nautical feel.
For me, steakhouses can be a hit-or-miss affair.
Had I been driven there wearing a blindfold – stay with me on this one – when the blindfold was removed, I’d have thought I’d been magically transported to the Swiss Alps.
Every weekend, I travel around the north-east of Scotland following the fortunes of my footballing son. Saturday morning is for school matches, and Sunday sees me cheering on his club team.
A colleague was coming up to Aberdeen from Dundee and suggested some food and cocktails after work. Never one to miss an opportunity for an evening out, I suggested a fairly new bar in town, The Spiritualist.
They’ve been having a whale of a time in Fortrose recently.
North-east rugby fans are being asked if they have the bottle to help set up the sport’s only youth programme in the north of Aberdeen.
Standing on the white, sandy beach, the water gently lapping the shoreline was a beautiful shade of turquoise blue. The sun was beating down from a cloudless sky and the only sound to be heard was the occasional twang of a mast halyard of a wee yacht moored in the harbour.
This first-class restaurant in the heart of Aberdeen has a name that isn’t easy to pronounce and everyone seems to pronounce it differently. On its website it even spells out Chow-pry-a, named after the main river in Thailand, Chao Phrya.
Aviemore is a holiday destination that truly has something for everyone, whether that be nightlife, exploring the great outdoors or treating yourself to a bit of pampering. But what about eating out? Sure, there are plenty of little eateries dotted throughout the main thoroughfare, but where should the discerning YL restaurant reviewer head to carry out an undercover critique?
Christmas has arrived at Fochaber’s festive hideaway and award-winning café with the launch of its Winter Festival.
When choosing a restaurant to visit, I always like to act on recommendations. So after finding out that a friend used to work at the Learney Arms in Torphins, I marked it down as next on our list to visit.
The Pier cafe bistro was always a favourite of ours on family visits to Aberdeen beach, so I was saddened when it was destroyed by a fire at a neighbouring restaurant.
Dornoch Castle Hotel is one of Sutherland’s landmark buildings and sits in a prime spot opposite the 17th-Century cathedral once at the centre of a media storm after pop singer Madonna – then at the height of her fame – and film director Guy Ritchie had their baby Rocco christened there 18 years ago.
With the weather making Scotland feel more like Spain at the moment, a trip for some tapas seemed an ideal choice.
It’s unsettling to realise it’s more than 40 years since I first went for a curry and a few drinks on a Friday night. Then, of course, I tended to be heading into the restaurant at about half past 11 having spent an evening in the pub with friends.
I am not sure how the name Miller and Carter came about, but even although it might sound like an obscure comedy double act, one of its newest restaurants in Aberdeen is drawing a lot of appreciative applause from what I can see.
The last time I was in the village of Strathpeffer it was with a friend from Austria.
There’s one sound I hear that takes me back to my childhood in an instant - the distinctive “clanging” sound of rigging hitting masts.
It's eight years since I swapped Aberdeen for a life in the Highlands but I still visit the Granite City regularly. Each time I return I'm struck by how the city continues to evolve and grow, and that extends to areas outwith the city centre, such as Dyce. What was once a sleepy parish is now bustling alongside Aberdeen International Airport. With holidaymakers, business travellers and thousands of offshore workers visiting each week, Dyce has more than its fair share of places to eat, but new venues are always welcome.
"How do you fancy going out for lunch?” Words which are sure to raise my spirits. As soon as my other half had uttered them I was imagining a nice cosy bistro or perhaps one of those trendy minimalist modern establishments. I was salivating at the prospect.
No sooner has Christmas passed and it is birthday month in our house. None of us has ever dared attempt Dry January or count the calories, as every week there are celebratory meals out, copious amounts of birthday cake and of course a cheeky fizz!
“Anchors away!” is usually the cry that signals a safe and welcoming haven for ships at sea, but we bumped into not one but two anchors on sentry duty just inside the entrance to The Silver Darling restaurant at Aberdeen Harbour.
Airport hotels live in a peculiar world which revolves around flight timetables and guests arriving or leaving at speed and possibly without much expectation about the cuisine, such is the basic functionality of it all – a bed for the night and then off again on your travels.
Isn’t it strange how you can sometimes get completely the wrong impression about a place.
A business lunch with colleagues from Dundee and a suggestion to meet halfway between Aberdeen and Dundee to save on travelling seemed like a sensible idea.
Not being a regular flier, it had been a long time since I’d been out by Aberdeen airport. So I was amazed to see the changes that have taken place when I found myself in the area recently. Not least the arrival of Dyce Farm, sandwiched in between the new Crowne Plaza and Moxy hotels, and opposite the Aberdeen International Business Park.
Ballater, just over an hour’s drive from Aberdeen, is a favourite destination of ours. When our children were younger, we enjoyed camping weekends there and regularly walked our dogs on the scenic paths around Loch Muick.
We were definitely having a better afternoon than our pal from Finland – in my humble opinion.
Following its successful launch at the end of last year, Aberdeenshire-based jazz singer Cindy Douglas’s venture, Eat to the Beat, has now hit the road, with dates being planned for all around Scotland.
In 45 years of writing cookery books, Mary Berry has seen many a newfangled device bid for a permanent space on her spotless worktops. But the latest one – the spiralizer – hasn’t passed the all-important Berry test.