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.
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.
The last time I was in the village of Strathpeffer it was with a friend from Austria.
For me, steakhouses can be a hit-or-miss affair.
Boasting a name like No. 1 Bar & Grill means they have a lot to live up to – after all, a kitchen or service mishap can leave a proud reputation feeling like a deflated souffle or overcooked duck.
Isn’t it strange how you can sometimes get completely the wrong impression about a place.
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.
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.
For the fourth night in succession I was in Eden Court reviewing a show.
A standing ovation last night for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at HM Theatre that the choreographer himself would surely be proud of.
Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina. Well, it’s safe to say on this occasion I, for once, didn’t cry during last night’s performance at HM Theatre.
Music is magical. It makes time travellers of us all.
You know it’s a loyal crowd when the singer has to stop to allow the audience to chant the band’s name back at them.
A huge, good-natured crowd gathered at the Northern Meeting Park to pay homage to veteran Scots rockers Simple Minds and fellow enduring 1980s stars, The Pretenders, on Saturday.
If you’re looking for a lorra, lorra laughs and a few surprise surprises, you’d best head down to HM Theatre this week to catch the hit musical Cilla.
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?
If you thought Alison Ozog was good as Sandy in Starlight Musical Theatre’s production of Grease, wait until you see her play Eliza Doolittle in their latest show, My Fair Lady.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Welsh saw Nashville Live at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
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.
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.
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.
I had avoided the temptation to press my nose to a window to see what all the fuss was about at Cafe Harmony – every time I walked by at weekends, it always seemed busy with happy, smiling diners.
Avengers: Infinity War ****
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.
Critically acclaimed Funny Girl had the audience roaring with approval last night, following rave reviews on the west end.
If rollicking and raucous Christmas shows are not quite right for your little ones, there's a delightful and enchanting alternative being staged at Aberdeen's Lemon Tree.
Regent’s Park Theatre's production of To Kill a Mockingbird bridges the gap between actor and audience member in a powerful and direct way.
Having tackled such huge subjects as the Bible, the full works of William Shakespeare and western civilisation, the trio of performers known as "the bad boys of abbreviation" took on the world of comedy during their Eden Court Theatre show.