Met up with Ravi and Maggie in the Oxford Bar at 7.00pm for pre dinner drink. Then onward to Dusit Edinburgh Thai restaurant where they seated us this time. Booking a retaurant is a new concept to me.
We shared two starters between us:
Miang – Secret Garden
A light salad of apples, mangoes, melons and leaves with a tamarind & coconut dressing
Koo Saneha – A Loving Couple
Char-grilled scallops and jumbo king prawns served with garlic and chilli dip
I especially liked the Miang salad.
We then shared three main courses. Much argument, I was going to order duck, but was persuaded to order beef, and Ravi then ordered duck!!!
A rich, creamy medium red curry with fresh chillies, kaffir lime leaves and holy basil.
Pad Ped Prig Tai Ong
Stir-fry of meat with baby aubergine, imported fresh peppercorns,
fresh chilli, grachi and holy basil, with beef
Ravi’s choice, I can’t remember [Ed’s note: thought you said it was duck?]
The Panang was lovely, nice thick creamy sauce to it, and enough bite to know you are eating a curry. The other two dishes were beautiful as well.
This Thai restaurant has a reputation amongst my friends of being the best Thai in Edinburgh, and I think it is well deserved. The service was good, the waiters were friendly and the food arrived quickly and on time.
Afterwards we parted our ways, but will be meeting up in Essex in a couple of weeks time.
Made it to Edinburgh this week, staying in a hotel on Lauriston Place, a Best Western hotel. The hotel includes breakfast and is slightly cheaper than most I stay in. You can see it’s cheaper because there were tradesmen staying there.
Met up with Maggie and Ravi for a pint on Rose Street. They asked where to eat, so I suggested Dusit in Thistle Street. After one wrong turn we found the place. Alas no booking, so they were not able to seat us. Maggie and Ravi suitably impressed that this restaurant was fully booked on a Tuesday made a booking for 7.30 on Wednesday.
Where to now? I had mentioned the Oxford Bar earlier, being that it is on the same street as Dusit. Maggie, having read all the Rebus novels, was keen on the idea, so off we walked. A couple more pints, and some chicken and mayo rolls were consumed in the side room of the Ox. We completed the tour by walking on to Charlotte Square, and then back down Rose Street, Maggie pointing out all the saunas to us. I am still not sure why.
After several weeks of dry weather, the weather had to change. We had prepared for the annual tog of war against Tony and Cherie Blair’s new village. Food and drink had been purchased, the river blocked to raise the water level, nettles cut.
Again like last year, the weather Gods stepped in and said “No. No tug of war today, mate.” So we cancelled and will hold it in August. Maybe by then Tony and Cherie will have moved in and will be able to join in. Let’s wait and see.
Spent three days and two nights in Bristol. Arrived in Bristol on the Monday, called my company to book a hotel. The only one they could find was £150 a night. I was able to find a Premier Inn on the waterfront on Kings Street for £65 a night. Was quite adequate, though the mobile phone connection for 3G internet access on the ‘3’ network was very poor in my room.
Trying to remember what I ate. The first night I ate at a Turkish restaurant called the Bosphorus. Started with a very lovely mezes dish, and then a main course of I think chicken, but not sure now. The mixed mezes was very good.
On the Tuesday evening I ate at a tapas bar, very full for a Tuesday evening, probably due to the band playing in the background. Several glasses of wine later I left.
The company I work for had the services start of year conference at the Radisson hotel at Stansted airport. The day was full of talks about the company and its direction for the future. The evening was spent eating, and networking with colleagues who we often don’t see from one year to another, but whom we are in contact with via email.
There was some dancing, some karaoke and a little bit of drinking.
Amazing, several days without rain. The weekend was fabulous. The BBQ was used twice. BBQ English leg of lamb on Saturday, and then little, spatchcocked poussins on Sunday. Even now several days later the sun is still about.
At home the birds are nesting, we have four little ducklings on the field pond. Rosemary has yet to see them. Of course there could be a few less with the number of crows, magpies, rooks etc marching around the field. Then we have a great tit nesting. They ignored all the detached homes we put up for them last year. Instead they are nesting in the cavity wall of the utility room, just by the entrance door. Rosemary is very concerned that I don’t go around slamming the door as I come and go.
Preparations are under way for the annual tug of war against Wotton Underwood. I don’t expect we will be seeing Tony and Cherie Blair participating in the event. I wouldn’t think they would have moved in by then. Maybe we will see them next year?
Due to circumstances, like the fridge not working we were destined for supper at the P&A. Yes, as soon as Rosemary came home on the Monday, she asked why was the fridge not working. Didn’t you notice it was 20 Celsius inside the fridge and what about that horrible smell. I said no, and then related my coffee saga. So out with most of the contents.
So to the P&A for a few beers, and then a trial of their new menu. We have not eaten at the P&A since the new lower cost menu has been in place. We went for the standard menu and had a starter and the main course. Rosemary enjoyed her Thai fish cakes, while I ate some mussels. The mussels and the sauce where definitely up in the much better than average ratings. The sauce had a hint of chili, but was also a creamy sauce. Um it was very yummy. Much better than the Edinburgh Mussel and Steak on the Grass Market.
Main course we both had the same, BBQ ribs. I had been tempted by the pasta dishes. The BBQ ribs are the P&A signature dish, and they are massive. The meat fell of the bones, was a massive amount, very filling and very enjoyable. Yep I reckon the P&A is back on track.
Rosemary was away for the weekend. She went away on some girly get together with her mates from school. This left me to my own devices. Alas the sun did not shine much, and there was definite rain during the days, the net result was no lawn mowing and much time spent on the PC upstairs. I turned all my CDs into MP3s. Yes yet again. There had been some problems with the previous rips of the Rammstein albums. Must check the new rips are better.
Had a cup of Cappuccino on Sunday morning, was slightly impressed by the solidness of the froth I produced. It was almost the constituency of expanded polystyrene when it floated on the coffee. Next coffee I approached the milk with a little more trepidation. Decided the milk was off, put it back in the fridge as it was a long way before its expiry date. I was sure Rosemary would want to take in back to Tesco and claim her refund.
Saturday evening was in the pub with George and Annie. Sunday late evening was in the pub on my own with the fabulous staff. The Georgian girl was finding it hard, stuck out in the sticks, no transport, living on the premises.
Spent the a week in Edinburgh. On Thursday had an evening in Whistle Binkies where I managed to watch three bands play. Managed to get some photographs of them as well. The bands of course were all rock bands and played some excellent music. music.[jalbum_iframe_album:http://www.blasdale.com/pictures/2008/WhistleBinkies/index.html,100%,600px]