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I try as far as possible to eat local food but I do draw the line at Scottish wine (fruit wines do exist but I haven’t tried them) and the climate in Scotland isn’t hot enough for slices.

So, Lupe Pintos in Tollcross,  Edinburgh which specialises in Mexican/American/Spanish food is one of my favourite delis. For a long time, we just bought the chorizos (best in Scotland) and guacamole but a couple of wine tastings this winter introduced us to fabulous Spanish wine. Now, we buy lots of wine as well as the rest of the stuff.  If you are into Tequila (I’m not), then they have a great selection. Lots of chillis, imported food from the US, hot sauces and great Guacamole and tortillas.

The pictures below show you what it’s like – if you are in Edinburgh – go there – you will not be disappointed.  Doug (the Hat Man) is friendly and knowledgable about food and wine (La Copa Garnacha is great value IMHO).

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We enjoyed the Bia Bistrot the last time we went there (see this post) and when we made a last minute decision to go out to eat, we thought we’d try it again.

I like to try different things and was intrigued by the beef marrow starter with red onion marmalade. It did not look that appetising but was very tasty – like warm beef jelly. Mail course was coley (a sustainable fish) with surf clam and vegetable chowder. Really very good. Others had Old Spot pork and duck breast for mains and they were equally good.

Wine was from Catalonia (Portal Terra Alta) – a blend of 4 grapes which I was a bit dubious about but which was excellent. Great atmosphere on a Friday evening – we were lucky to get a table.

Visited February 2011. About £30 each – recommended. Worth a journey to Bruntsfield.

Roasted bone marrow, red onion jam, toasted sourdough
Coley fillet, surf clam and vegetable chowder

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The Spoon Cafe is in what was Nicolson’s cafe – reputedly the place where a penniless J. K. Rowling spent her days writing here first Harry Potter novel. It’s a light and airy space and a short distance from the Informatics Forum in Edinburgh where we were meeting. Working lunch – pork and leek sausages and mash, excellent ginger beer. The fish and chips my colleague had looked pretty good too.

About £14 each – main course, soft drink and coffee

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