Scran and Scallie

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Scran and Scallie is a joint venture between two of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. At The Scran & Scallie (which means fun and food in Scottish slang)– the menu is full of proper hearty Scottish pub food; the ultimate comfort food on a chilly autumn day. Every item on the menu is well thought out. When the restaurant opened, the two chefs worked closely with the National Library of Scotland to learn more about the history of Scottish foods and adapted those information to create classic dishes with a modern twist. Tip: go hungry or share as the portions are huge. 1 Comely Bank Rd, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, UK

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Vork en Mes

Just 10 minutes by car from Schipol Vork en Mes (Fork and Knife) caught my attention for its original food, mostly organic and home grown. I choose the surprise menu, which heavily featured all the vegetables from the restaurant’s garden, and I was impressed by the innovative way in which the vegetables were prepared and presented.

The building itself is a work of art: quiet, elegant and serene. This futuristically shaped building is a great place to enjoy modern architecture and food at the same time; with stunning views over the lake and curtains of water you feel like in another world. Paviljoenlaan 1, 2131 LZ Hoofddorp, Netherlands.

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NY – Christmas windows

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During the Christmas season, tourists descend on major cities like New York with holiday-window viewing at the top of their agendas.

Along Fifth Avenue from 55th to 58th Streets you can find (1) Henri Bendel a fashion and accessories boutique that often has New York City-inspired holiday windows. From 57th to 58th Streets (2) Bergdorf Goodman‘s windows are famous for their opulence and the sophisticated details. Last but not least (3) Tiffany and Co always has timeless holiday windows that fill the world with sparkle.

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Paris – Christmas windows

Every year the window displays in Paris’s major department stores are transformed for the Christmas season. The following department stores often feature creations of top designers and remain all throughout the festive season until the beginning of January. If you want to experience the best of French luxury check out:

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1- Au printemps opened its doors in 1865 in a luxurious building on Boulevard Haussmann. During Christmas season the front windows are decorated by gifted artists and designers who create enchanting universes. Printemp’s light displays are a joy for both children and grown-ups. 64 Boulevard Haussmann – Paris, France

2- Galerie Lafayette is a true Paris institution. The decorations of this hundred-year-old department store are a work of art and the Christmas tree situated under the majestic 42-meter-high cupola is an absolute must-see. If you need to warm up check out the ice cube bar – a dome that looks like an igloo from the North Pole. From there you can enjoy a breathtaking view on the city while having some tapas. 40 Boulevard Haussmann – Paris, France

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London – Christmas windows

Christmas windows have become a destination attraction all their own and London knows how to adorn itself for the festive season.


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1- Selfridges has a history of doing more than most stores do with its window displays. Harry Gordon Selfridge was one of the first, in Britain, to introduce window dressing; when he founded his store in 1909, he employed elaborate holiday window decorations, prompting a new trend. Selfridge was also credited for the marketing phrase “Only __ shopping days until Christmas.”. Today, what began as a retail strategy has become an iconic holiday experience. 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London, UK

2 – Hamleys is the world’s largest toy store and is considered one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Hamleys windows become particularly magical at Christmas time when winter scenes are brought to life, sometimes in a literal sense, with live performances and Santa Claus appearances. I would make this a must do part of any trip to London with children. 188-196 Regent St, Soho, London, UK

3 – Fortnum & Mason, one of London’s finest food and drink stores, has been decorating its windows since the 1880.  Now, F&M windows are filled with delicious Christmas treats and beautiful decorations. This shop is famous also for the outside clock that every 15 minutes plays a selection of airs and chimes on the hour while the figurines of Fortnum and Mason come out and bow to each other. 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London, UK


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Edinburgh Restaurants

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The Gardener’s Cottage – This independently run restaurant prides itself in serving fresh produce grown in the garden. The restaurant is, indeed, located in a building from 1836 that was once the cottage of the gardener. This dedication to seasonal ingredients means that the menu changes regularly. The cottage is small and cosy; the two rooms are set with long communal tables. The menu is a five-course set affair but, for those who like to have a choice, lunch is served à la carte and there is brunch at weekends. If you are a vegetarian or allergic to any particular ingredients, request a copy of the set menu in advance so they can accommodate your needs. 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Rd, Edinburgh, UK

Set in a beatiful Georgian townhouse by the Royal Terrace 21212 is a Michelin starred restaurant. The menu explains the restaurant’s name – there are two choices for starter, main and dessert, and only one for the soup and cheese in between. The food is divine, every bite has such depth of flavour crammed into it. The kitchen is on display behind a wall of glass so you can see the talented chef Paul Kitching whiping up his culinary creations. The decor is serene: high ceilings and vast windows, chandeliers and brocade banquettes. 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, UK


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Fishers – There are two branches of this renowned fish restaurant: Fishers Bistro in Leith and Fishers In The City, in the New Town. Fishers in the City is set in an old converted warehouse on the cobbled Thistle Street. Both serve fine seafood and have a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. The menu changes quite regularly and is one of those that sounds so good it’s a struggle to decide what to choose. If you’re not a seafood enthusiast, there are always meat and veggie options. 58 Thistle St, Edinburgh, UK

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Cafe Royal

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Entering Cafe Royal is like time-travelling back to 1863; the building is a lovely example of Parisian-style architecture and the bar features stunning stained glass windows and ornate plaster designed ceiling. Film lovers should recognise this cafe from the movie Chariots of Fire. The food is a mixture of traditional Scottish dishes and the finest seafood; in particular the oysters are excellent. I recommend starting off with the house speciality; 3 oysters and a glass of Veuve Cliquot. 19 W Register St, Edinburgh, UK

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