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Bella Italia Dunfermline Review and Amazing Service!

Bella Italia

Address: Unit 7a Fife Leisure Park, Whimbrel Place, Dunfermline KY11 8EX
 
Phone:01383 729133
 
also you can follow Bella Italia on twitter @big_bella
 
 

We Went to Bella Italia Dunfermline for dinner on Tuesday the 19th March 2013 around 7pm ish. The first thing i would like to mention is it was quite busy with a really relaxed and calm atmosphere and it had a nice ambience about it.
Our server for the evening was called Craig.

The walls were decorated with mirrors and nick nacks but in a tasteful way the seating was all dark wood and every table had a candle on them

For Starters we ordered a Garlic and Mozarella pizza bread and it came out quickly and efficiently and tasted very nice. For main course i Had Spaghetti alla Carbonara and my friend had an Americano burger, The Carbonara came out with way too much parsley o ntop but as i started to remove it our server Craig asked if i wanted the kitchen to remove it or make me a fresh one i said no it was alright and he asked if i would like parmesan and Black pepper
I had parmesan but no black pepper. I just ordered some diet coke to drink which was served with a slice of fresh lemon. My friend had a Gaelic Coffee,

The Carbonara was to die for the pasta was perfectly cooked and the sauce tasted amazing. I asked my Friend what he though of his dinner it was very well presented on a board with chips in a little white bowl very Rustic and pretty looking. After main courses we had Puddings to share we choose Cookie Dough, Honeycomb ice-cream , and 2 small mini desserts these were a Chocolate torte and a cheesecake with a strawberry on the top they were very well presented and were absolutely divine.

I then mentioned to Craig that i thought the girl who came for our drinks order was a bit stand offish and rude and he told me he was the Assistant manager and apologized. I also went and had a word with the chef as she wasnt very confident but i went to reassure her her name was Laura and she has talent to run the kitchen on her own at a young age.

All in all i was really pleased with the experience and the attention to detail from Craig was wonderful i would recommend here and for a Chain restaurant certainly worth a visit and one of the better ones i have been to. I look forward to dinning there in the future

FISHER’S IN THE CITY!!!

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http://www.fishersbistros.co.uk/fishers-in-the-city.php 

58 Thistle Street

Edinburgh EH2 1EN

Tel: 0131 225 5109

I went to fisher’s in the city to work for a day in the kitchen. When I arrived I was shown by the Sous chef what I was required to do.  I really enjoyed working in the kitchen here and it was valuable experience on my food journey. Basically I did as I was told doing jobs like chopping and preparing vegetables, chopping herbs making a béchamel sauce cooking fish taking skin off monkfish .If it’s cooked with the skin on it shrivels up and doesn’t look or taste very nice! I don’t have a lot of experience in a professional kitchen and I am only learning but in time I think I could be a great chef.   I am very interested to go and learn in other kitchens for a day here and a day there. Everybody was perfectly pleasant and although I don’t personally eat fish it is a wonderful place.

This restaurant is situated in Thistle Street, tucked away just off George Street in Edinburgh.  From the outside it looks like a normal restaurant, open the door to receive a warm welcome in nice relaxed settings. Everything was dark wood, very well presented and the service was truly exquisite.

I would recommend a visit to this place its well worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in Edinburgh. They also have an extensive wine list and an a la carte menu to choose from.

2012 in review

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Complaints And not Happy!!!!

a newspaper published an article on Thursday stating that ” i was now writing food columns for them”  so i contacted an event which i attended in good faith on December 1st.  I tweeted both the paper and the event about obtaining a press pass and  the event added me to the press list. i didnt think there was a problem as said paper tweeted me saying thanks Rona. On  Monday (3rd December) at teatime i had a phone call from said paper who had said that i didn’t  work for the paper and i was in no way associated with said paper. i said  i had a column in said paper and  behaved appropriately. the events organiser was most unhappy by how i conducted myself apparently all i did was speak to people and ask opinions, However i did criticise one celebrity  chef who failed to wash her hands after blowing her nose and still served the food to members of the public.  But i think this is important for people to hear!  if people like her dont wash her hands  then what hope do any of us have. this chef has won awards. Now i will apologize if i got my wires crossed but i genuinely thought  after the paper saying i was writing for them that  i was writing for them as a freelance food and drinks journalist.  or certainly that my column would be going live.  This was my one big chance to prove myself and ive somehow managed to complicate things before i have even started. However i wont give up on my dreams i have the statistics for my blog  and in the last month have hit 1000 hits so i think i am getting through to people. but as i said i don’t think ive done anything wrong and  will continue to blog here. please please let me know your thoughts on this and where i go from here?

Foodies Festival Edinburgh EICC 1st December 2012

Went to the Foodies Festival , I must say what a terrific day out it was and how impressed I was with some of the fresh local produce thats available  right on our doorstep.  One Company that really stood out for me was a company called Trotters  Independant  Condiments. they are a company based in  Upper Largo Fife and regularly  attend the various farmers markets throughout the kingdom of fife! the product that really had me interested was the Hot Pepper Jelly,  you can use it in  all sorts of things and you will even find a recipe for  Hot Pepper Chocolate Cake Here http://trottersindependent.co.uk/Condiments/Recipe_ideas/Entries/2010/3/17_Hot_Pepper_Chocolate_Cake.html  interesting and its on my to do list.

 

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Another thing which i really loved doing was the  Christmas Wine Tasting with the lovely Charles Metcalfe, I had a chat with this man after the wine tasting and he has written two books and is a very experienced wine critic. I really learnt a lot at this class.

We tried a Jim barry Lodge Hill Riesling 2011,Clare Valley, South Australian wine first  it was paired with some Thai prawns, Second wine was a De Bertoli wines Windy peak Chardonnay 2010, from Victoria and it was paired with some smoked salmon.

the 3rd wine was Stella Bella Cabernet Merlot 2008 , Margaret River, Western Australia and was paired with somesmoked ham.

the 4th wine i personally did not enjoy it was Yalumba the scribbler 2009 Barossa Valley, South Australian wine and  itwas paired with Turkey

the 5th wine was Peter Lehman Botrytis semillon 2009 Barossa valley south australia and was paired with a strawberry pavlova

and last but not least the last wine was Tempus two moscato 2011 Riverland, South australia it was simply divine the way the bubbles popped as you drank it. and it was paired with some christmas pudding! i never knew there was so much to learn about wines and i truly enjoyed it. his website is http://www.charlesmetcalfe.com

The highlight of my Day was Watching Mark Greenaway cook. i will add  his recipe at a later date we also saw Carina Contini But i wasnt impressed with her she made a Pumpkin Risotto and she blew her nose with a tissue and didn’t  wash her hands  then started to cook food which the public then ate. I asked her about this and she said there wasnt  hand washing facilities but  Mark Greenaway demonstrated in the Same room earlier that day and managed to clean his chocolate covered hands.

makes  you wonder sometimes.

That is enough for today i shall write some more tomorrow maybe