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
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.
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I dont know how many of you saw the news and the fact that tesco were selling beefburgers that contained quite a high volume of horsemeat. Now I for one am very careful about what goes into a lot of products and what i eat the fact of the matter is if it had been labelled properly then it would have been acceptable and given the Consumer the right to choose. how many people would buy these if correctly labelled?? i can be emailed at email@example.com I would not knowingly eat horsemeat as i was brought up with horses and think it is morally wrong most people wouldnt eat their best friend ie a Cat or a Dog ( although in some countries they are bred for meat) why is a horse different?
however what was the horsemeat doing in beefburgers in the first place. The factory does not use horsemeat or deal in it so how it ended up being there is seriously worrying. I think serious questions need to be asked to Tesco and why this was allowed to happen. Also Hygiene standards and cleanliness too.
People from different religions ie muslim also found pork in products labelled Beef so in a way there is a lot of cheating going on i think this is important and if tesco would like to answer my questions ill publish them that is all for now on this subject! also the scandal in the Daily Mail tesco making ill timed tweets and jokes http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2264394/Horse-meat-scandal-hit-Tesco-centre-Twitter-backlash-customer-care-message-told-followers-staff-hit-hay.html
On the plus side I am visiting Scothot wth college who is all going? and id be interested to have a chat with you x
Firstly id like to say i hope you all had a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year too 2013 is Definately going to be my year! I have decided im going to concentrate on my cooking and also i gained my intermediate 4 qualifications in hospitality so i am well pleased. Back in the college kitchen tomorrow and boy have i missed it! have a new apron to wear and feeling fabulous the only other thing i am concerned about is my weight , my diet and the amount of junk i actually eat so im going to join Slimming world tonight with some friends so we can motivate one another i will be thinner and prettier by this time next year. i know it. i will be blogging more often this year but i had to take a break over xmas and new year! love Rona x
Made some Chocolate Truffles with the Children last night http://eatscotland.visitscotland.com/content/3744191/mark-greenaway-truffles its a Mark Greenaway recipe. Here is the recipe i used the kids they had a lot of fun with these and they would make fabulous christmas pressies wrapped up in small bags. please do try this recipe with your kids if you have time and they look and taste amazing!! very moreish
15g of Fresh Yeast or 7g of Dried Yeast
300ml of Warm Water
2tbsp of Olive Oil
Half a Red Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
Course Sea salt
2 Sprigs of Rosemary
Sieve Flour onto Surface to make a bay
Mix the yeast and water to add to bay and add the olive oil and mix all together.
knead for 5-10 mins and leave to prove in a warm place for an hour
Chop Onion and Garlic Finely
Then Knock back and divide into 3 Shapes each piece into an oval and then with knuckles press into the dough. Sprinkle with olive oil Red onion Rosemary and Garlic.
leave to rise again and bake in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes
Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little extra olive oil and enjoy
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?