The Scran & Scallie

030413the-scran-and-scallie-bar003-2It’s a restaurant truth universally acknowledged that, if you’re a well-known chef with a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can charge whatever you damn well please and people will pay it, even when the food is mostly the same mediocre deep-fry fest you can get at any other pub. Or the chippy next door.

This is clearly the philosophy Tom Kitchn’s working off of at his popular Stockbridge gastropub, The Scran & Scallie. Kitchn’s best known for being the owner of The Kitchn and for being the youngest recipient of a Michelin star. The Scran & Scallie opened up a few months ago, and given his reputation, I was intrigued. Though the menu was…not terribly inventive, I thought there surely must be some hidden surprises. The fish and chips weren’t just fish and chips, right? Surely there was some curry spicing in the batter or something to elevate it a little above what you could find in any middling pub?

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The Father of Geology

On 3 June 1726, the Hutton family of Edinburgh welcomed a new member: little James. James Hutton would go on to become a scientist, physician, chemical naturalist, experimental agriculturalist, and the first person to put forth the idea of uniformitarianism—the assumtion that the same natural laws and processes that operate in the universe now have always operated in the past and apply everywhere in the … Continue reading The Father of Geology

Places to Eat: Angels with Bagpipes

Once upon a time, it was enough for a restaurant to just churn out good food. But then the foodie culture invaded, everyone became a critic on their blogs, and the ante was upped. To be considered a really good restaurant, it wasn’t enough to simply get your duck breast perfectly medium rare or your braises fork-tender. Now, your plates needed to look like they … Continue reading Places to Eat: Angels with Bagpipes

Remembrance Sunday

On 11 November 1918, World War I–the horrific conflict everyone hoped would end all wars–ended with the signing of the Armistice in France. Ever since, the millions dead in that conflict and the ones that came before and after have been lovingly remembered on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For weeks leading up to the day, poppy brooches start appearing on lapels–cheap paper … Continue reading Remembrance Sunday

A Real Knockout

It’s a day that every woman should celebrate: on 4 November, 1847 a distinguished Scottish physician named James Young Simpson discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform. Before long, Simpson—chair of Obstetrics and Midwifery at the University of Edinburgh and personal physician to Queen Victoria—would begin using his discovery to ease the pain of childbirth. Simpson was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, the youngest of seven … Continue reading A Real Knockout

Trivia Thursday: Twin Cities

This Week’s Question: What do Rome and Edinburgh have in common? Last Week’s Question: The first complete English-language Bible was printed on this day in 1535. What was it called? Answer: It was called the Coverdale Bible in honour of the man who compiled and published it, Myles Coverdale. Before 1535, English language versions of either the Old or the New Testament were available, but … Continue reading Trivia Thursday: Twin Cities

Places to Eat: Number One at the Balmoral

Yesterday was husby’s birthday, and birthdays and other special occasions mean a night out at a good restaurant. On the recommendation of my chiropractor (man, how yuppie does that sound?) I secured a reservation at Number One at the Balmoral. I’ll have to thank Stuart when I see him next. The Michelin-starred restaurant did not let us down in any way. The moment we walked in we … Continue reading Places to Eat: Number One at the Balmoral