P&J Live, Aberdeen’s brand-new events venue, opened last August and has already welcomed thousands of visitors to concerts and conferences.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I took my family out for an evening meal in Kingussie at the tail-end of last year.
By the time you read this, Christmas will be a distant memory.
As the year draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to look back at the high points of 2019.
McBain’s by the River is a relative newcomer to the Inverness restaurant scene having only opened earlier this year.
Growing up in Dornoch many years ago, going out for dinner was a real treat.
After a chilly autumn walk at Crathes Castle, some food was in order to warm us up.
The Station Hotel in Rothes has a long and varied history, dating back as far as 1899.
A piano plays by itself in the main reception area while a large stag with feathered wings flies over the bar.
When I was a student living on Rosemount Place, I’d often pop into the Co-Op up the road for a tin of beans and a loaf of bread – the staple diet of any self-respecting young scholar.
I love Italian food, and like to think I can tell the difference between a good Italian meal (Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como – delizioso) and a bad one (Rome Ciampino Airport – disgustoso).
In the future, if anyone asks: “What’s the poshest thing you’ve done in your career?”, I’ll be able to tell them in a flash.
They serve a large slice of heritage at The Esslemont, and very tasty it is, too.
Rain lashed down, pelting our roof like hailstones on concrete. The wind was no better, howling like a pack of wolves galloping through the sand dunes behind us.
I’m suffering from a serious case of hanging-basket envy.
There is a man in Bangladesh who must wonder from time to time what became of his old rickshaw, which used to lurch around the streets of capital Dhaka to earn a crust.
On a recent trip from the Highlands to Aberdeen, we decided to break up the journey with a spot of lunch in Nairn.
The newly opened Uig Sands on Lewis markets itself as a restaurant with a view.
Fishing fans turned out in their thousands over the weekend for a major event celebrating one of Peterhead’s most valuable industries.
It was the penultimate night of the school summer holidays and we decided to take the kids out for one last hurrah.
In Admiral Lord Nelson’s Navy, a captain was not only judged on his fighting ability in savage sea battles of the time, but also on how good a table he kept.
When the sun shines and the clouds part, nowhere on Earth comes close to matching the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
Figment hasn’t even been open a year yet and already won Best of Aberdeen at the Scottish Cafe Awards.
Food and drink enthusiasts turned out in droves this weekend for Elgin’s ninth annual celebration of local produce.
Fully paid up member of the Nosey Parker Club (NPC) that’s me.
For years, each time I’ve driven along the A9 past Pitlochry, the sight of the grand Atholl Palace Hotel standing high above the town has made me utter the following sentence:
Local producers and their stories will play a key role this year and one duo in particular are looking forward to setting up temporary home in the new Turriff pavilion.
A pair of north-east brothers have been given permission to transform a disused quarry into a whisky tourist destination.
Organisers of the north-east's biggest agricultural show are promising visitors a taste of something new this year.
Nature laid on a perfect feast for our journey from Aberdeen to Douneside House on Royal Deeside for dinner in a former country mansion.
July is the ideal month to get your hands on courgettes – they’re very easy to grow as they basically look after themselves.
Under blue skies I was gazing upon a seductively curved bay with small yachts bobbing in the harbour.