Month: August 2011

A Wonderful Evening at the Crescent Secret Supper Club

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Earlier this month we went along to Crescent Secret Supper Club hosted by Jethro & Calum – friends and recent graduates – in Calum’s mum’s lovely home in central Edinburgh.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know how much I love these wonderful dinners hosted by cooking enthusiasts in their own homes. It’s always a pleasure. And it’s very exciting to see more pop-up restaurants popping up in Edinburgh. We’ve so far tried Charlie & Evelyn’s table, Kitchen Porters and My Home Supper Club all of which have been superb.

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All but one of the food pictures are from Jethro & Calum’s website. You can see more pictures here.

Calum and Jethro really like to give themselves a challenge. As if cooking for 12 paying guests (harsher critics than friends!) weren’t enough, they offer choice for each course. To start we chose from scotch quails eggs with mustard mayonnaise and cress or roasted pepper and tomato soup with homemade basil bread roll.

Quail eggs

I had the quails eggs which were divine. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, without the eggs being overdone. A mouthwatering start.

For main, the vegetarian option was grilled haloumi with butternut squash and sweet potato rosti with green beans. As you can see it looked beautiful and those who chose it said it was delicious.

Haloumi

I opted for the pork loin and apple sauce with gnocchi and broad beans in a pancetta basket. What a treat! I particularly liked the inventiveness of the pancetta baskets. They were super. And the gnocchi within was crispy rather than soggy, which is how I prefer it. A real triumph

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Pork

To finish, orange possett with a chocolate-dipped olive oil biscuit and caramelised orange slice.  Rich and creamy this was an mmmm and mmmm heavenly note on which to end a delicious meal.

Organge posset

Our hosts Calum (left) and Jethro joined us afterwards for a glass of wine. They’re such lovely guys. They are only doing Crescent during August. It’s proving very popular and although there are dinners every Friday and Saturday evening. There are now only spaces left for one date. Find out more here

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And I can’t end without a mention for the lovely Becky, she and Ewan (Calum’s brother) were wonderfully attentive and looked after us all evening while Calum and Jethro did fiddly things with quails eggs and made baskets out of pancetta for our pleasure. It was worth it guys. A lovely evening. Go if you can!

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Flying high at SKYbar

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At the end of July over 50 us had a fabulous evening at SKYbar. This unique venue with incredible castle views is open to the public on the last Thursday of each month at The Point Hotel.

I don’t have pictures from last night so here’s a picture from January showing the fabulous views.

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Great views from SKYbar from my pre SKYbar launch visit in January 2011

We loved it so much we’re going back this month, on Thursday 25 August. The cocktails were delicious and SKYbar also does a barbecue so you don’t need to rush home for dinner first.

As if the great views, brilliant company and barbie were not enough, we also have a complimentary drink thrown in.

imagePicture by Richard Scott, Maverick Photo Agency for SkyBar

Come along and meet us for a drink. All the details are on our website here.

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Fringe Shows

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DATES FOR YOU DIARY

Here’s a list of what we’re seeing so far. You’re welcome to buy tickets and join us. (Drop me a wee text to 07881 900 251 so I can let you know the meeting up plans etc for any shows you book).

WED 10 AUG

7pm POMMERY CHAMPAGNE BAR – Signet Library, Royal Mile (next to St Giles Cathedral) drinks and a few laughs. Maybe shows later…
http://www.thesignetlibrary.co.uk/pommery-champagne-bar/


THURS 11 AUG

6-7.30pm UNTITLED LOVE STORY – St Georges West – £15
http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/david-leddy-s-untitled-love-story

9.15-10.15pm LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT – Assembly George Square – £12
http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/music/le-gateau-chocolat

10.25-11.30pm AUDIENCE – St Georges West – £10
http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/audience-ontroerend-goed


FRI 12 AUG

3pm FOODIES FESTIVAL – Holyrood Park – £5 with 2for1
http://www.foodiesfestival.com/edinburgh/

6pm THE MAGNETS – Assembly George Square – £14
http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/music/magnets


TUES 16 AUG

12noon JUNGLE CITY – The Botanics – Free
http://www.jungle-city.org/

TUES 23 AUG

5.30-6.45pm HAMLET HOUSE OF HORROR – The Playhouse at Hawke & Hunter Green Room – £10.50
http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/hamlet-house-of-horror?day=23-08-2011&performance=1%3A32750#book

WED 24 AUG

3-5.30pm THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART – Ghillie Dhu – £15 – SOLD OUT
http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/strange-undoing-of-prudencia-hart

SAT 27

12-1.10pm CIRCOLOMBIA – Assembly Hall – £14

http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/dance-physical-theatre/circolombia-intimo-urban

Sunday Brunch Club Events – August 2011

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While our main website is down, we’re putting our events here so you can view and book via email.

Thursday 11 August
MID-WEEK WALK – CAERKETTON AND ALLERMUIR HILLS
*****CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER*****


Date: Friday 12 August
Time: 3pm
FOODIES FESTIVAL

Meeting point: Outside Queen’s Gallery, opposite the Scottish Parliament Map

To book: Visit the Foodies website or call 0871 230 5573   Quote foodies241
Members and friends
Approx £9 per ticket incl booking fee with 2for1 offer
for all 3 days

Join us in the beautiful grounds of Holyrood Park for a celebration of fine food and drink and culinary talent.

Meet Michelin-starred and top chefs in the Chefs Theatre

* Award-winning chefs prepare their favourite dishes live on stage, passing on hints and tips for you to try
* Taste, sample and buy
* Shop for ingredient from local producers selling fresh seasonal produce and buy speciality food and drink
*Try hands-on food and drink masterclasses led by industry experts, with plenty of tastings
* Enjoy seasonal cocktails
* Taste signature dishes from Scotland’s leading restaurants

If you can’t make this session. Foodies is also on on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August.
Find out more


Saturday 13 August
Time: 10am
OUTDOOR FITNESS AT INVERLEITH PARK

Meeting point: Inverleith Park, East Gate (opp the Botanics)

Booking: Just turn up – pay on the day.
Members and Non-Members
£5

Outdoor Fitness, come along for outdoor, fun and fitness whatever the weather!
All fitness levels welcome, options for people returning to exercise and for exercise junkies who want to be challenged.  Whether you want to get in shape for the beach or boost your fitness this is for you!
With Personal Trainer, Aileen Rankin


Date: Saturday 13 August
BIKE RIDE: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST

Members only
Free


Ride details to follow
Remember to bring:
– water
– snacks, if you think you’ll need something before lunch
– a waterproof jacket
– cycling shorts/trousers or water resistant trousers also a good idea – jeans can be heavy and uncomfortable when wet
– spare inner tube in case of puncture
Members only
Booking:  – email us or just turn up

pictures from other rides on flickr here


Date: Sunday 14 August
Time 1pm
SPARKLING BRUNCH AT CUCINA

Hotel Missoni, 1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD

*****THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Booking: Email us
Members and Non-Members
£22/£27 for 3 course lunch including a pre-lunch glass of prosecco

Cucina at Hotel Missoni is a delight. The hotel is known for its contemporary and colourful design and Cucina Restaurant is its vibrant hub. Authentic modern cooking inspired by classic Italian cuisine, it’s a real winner.
This is the Sunday Brunch Club’s first visit to Cucina and I know it will be popular so do book early. The perfect haven during a busy day of Fringe shows.


– Date: Thursday 18 August
Time: evening tbc
MID-WEEK WALK – DALMENY ESTATE, EDINBURGH
Meeting point: tbc

Booking: Email us or just turn up
Strictly members only
Free

Walk details to follow

Practicalities

You’ll need good walking boots, waterproof clothing and layers as weather can be changeable.
Pictures from walks on flickr here
Find out dates for all 2011 walks here


Date: Saturday 20 August
Time: 10am
OUTDOOR FITNESS AT INVERLEITH PARK

Meeting point: Inverleith Park, East Gate (opp the Botanics) Booking: Just turn up – pay on the day.
Members and Non-Members
£5

Outdoor Fitness, come along for outdoor, fun and fitness whatever the weather!
All fitness levels welcome, options for people returning to exercise and for exercise junkies who want to be challenged.  Whether you want to get in shape for the beach or boost your fitness this is for you!
With Personal Trainer, Aileen Rankin


Date: 21 August
Time: 9am
Meeting point: Outside The Dome, George Street, Edinburgh for car-share – journey time to walk start point approx 2hrs
HILLWALK – BEN LOMOND, LOCH LOMOND

Booking: Email us or just turn up
Strictly members only
Free

One of my first, and favourite munros. A good path up and fantastic views. This is a moderate climb suitable for everyone. There are a few steep parts but it’s mostly gradually ascent. The picture above is from the last time SBC climbed Ben Lomond in April 2009. It was a beautiful sunny day, lets hope we get the same again this time.

Practicalities
We’ll be walking over lunch time so bring a packed lunch and water with you. You’ll need good walking boots, waterproof clothing and layers as weather can be changeable. Remember your sun protection too, you never know!

Car share
We will be meeting outside The Dome (bar) in George Street on Sunday morning to arrange car sharing. If you have a car please bring it as you can always leave it at George Street if there are too many cars. Parking in town is free on a Sunday. Remember to give a contribution towards petrol to your driver. Insist if necessary! If you prefer, you can meet us in Loch Lomond car park at 11am.

Pictures from walks on flickr here
Find out dates for all 2011 walks here


Date: Wednesday 24 August
Time: 7pm
DINNER AT THE HONOURS: MARTIN WISHART’S NEW BRASSERIE
The Honours, 58a North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2 3LU

Booking: Email us
Members and Non-Members
£22/27 for 3 courses

Martin Wishart’s Michelin-star winning restaurant in Leith is renowned for excellent food and service. This new city centre restaurant is a brasserie which opened on the 14 August. Our first visit was so popular that not everyone got a place so we’re doing it again!

Limited places – book early to guarantee a place


Thursday 25 August
Time: 7-9pm
THANK GOODNESS IT’S THURSDAY DRINKS AT SKYBAR

Venue: Skybar at The Point Hotel, 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF

Booking: Just turn up
If it’s your first time look out for Stephanie or give her a call on 07881 900 251 when you arrive.
Members and Non-Members
Free with complimentary drink included

We absolutely LOVED SKYbar last month so we’re heading back again. We’re starting the weekend a day early and moving our Friday drinks to Thursday to go to the SkyBar. It opens on the last Thursday of each month and has fantastic castle views.

Great way to meet lots of new people and have a few laughs.

There’s a complimentary drink for everyone who arrives before 8pm (a cocktail, glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink). Jason’s legendary Singapore slings were a big hit last month.

Remember there’s a barbecue on too so you don’t need to dash home for dinner first.


Date: Saturday 27 August
Time: 10am
OUTDOOR FITNESS AT INVERLEITH PARK

Meeting point: Inverleith Park, East Gate (opp the Botanics)

Booking: Just turn up – pay on the day.
Members and Non-Members
£5

Outdoor Fitness, come along for outdoor, fun and fitness whatever the weather!
All fitness levels welcome, options for people returning to exercise and for exercise junkies who want to be challenged.  Whether you want to get in shape for the beach or boost your fitness this is for you!
With Personal Trainer, Aileen Rankin


Date: Saturday 27 August
Time 12-1.10pm
CIRCOLOMBIA: INTIMO URBAN

Assembly Hall (Main Hall) on The Mound Booking: Call Assembly on 0131 623 3030 or book online
Email us to meet up beforehand.
Members and Guests
£15

A friend in London told me about this show she saw there and can’t wait to see again in Edinburgh. It’s incredible in the true sense of the word.
“Urban, flamboyant circus of awe-inspiring acrobatics and dance. A tapestry of their personal stories where exuberant young Colombian artists charge the circus with their perfectly mastered yet volcanic energy. Co-production Roundhouse London.”
Watch the video here
Book early!


Date: Saturday 27 August
Time: 7.30pm
DINNER AT CRESCENT SECRET SUPPER CLUB

City centre – address will be confirmed to attendees

To book: email us
Members Only
When booking please advise any food allergies or restrictions
donation for a delicious 3 course dinner

The dinner at Crescent on 6 August sold out within hours so we’re offering it again.

After the super evenings we had at Charlie & Evelyn’s Table, Kitchen Porters and My Home Supper Club, we’re delighted to be dining with Crescent Secret Supper Club.

These fabulous secret dining clubs in the homes of enthusiastic foodies are always a thrill.

It looks lovely and has already received rave reviews. Get in quickly though as it seems that Crescent might only be around for August. Find out more on the website.

Please note cancellations within 24 hours must be paid for

Sunday Brunch Club website – Our backend is unwell!

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You’ve reached the Sunday Brunch Club blog because the server for our full website is down.

We’ve got our doctors working on the problem and hope to have the full Sunday Brunch Club website back to full health very soon.

In the meantime please email info@sundaybrunchclub.co.uk or telephone Stephanie on 07881 900 251 for event information and to book events.