The Scran and Scallie – Edinburgh

I didn’t get to try Edinburgh’s  Michelin starred restaurant, The Kitchin, but I did try their other venture, a gastropub.

I love trying out gastropubs because they mostly serve classic pub dishes, but with a twist.

BBQ pastrami ribs & chips… This was their newest creation.  The meat was tender but was too salty.

fish pie…. Their famous classic fish pie but it tasted like normal fish pie.. carbs overload!

steak pie with bone marrow….. This was quite interesting! I’ve never seen bone marrow jutting out from a pie before… The pastry was so flaky but the steak was a bit too tough….

I was really looking forward to this meal but I think the food was a bit overhyped.


The Scran and Scallie

1 Comely Bank Rd, Edinburgh EH4 1DT, United Kingdom

Phone:+44 131 332 6281

The Gardener’s Cottage – Edinburgh

I’ve been pretty much obsessed with all things Scottish ever since Outlander entered my life.. to the point I just have to visit the Scottish highlands.  So this year, I planned to visit Scotland before heading to Scandinavia.

Royal Mile

The most anticipated meal in Edinburgh was a 7 course dinner at The Gardener’s Cottage.  When I was researching, I saw that it has a lot of good reviews and recommendations.

It really is a stone cottage and has vegetables growing in the gardens!

The 7 courses tasting menu is more like a tapas meal because the portions are really small.Pinecured trout, BBQ rhubarb mayo carrot, wild garlic.….

BBQ asparagus, fresh cheese….

Rabbit, tomato, smoked mushroom, salsa….

Cod, clams, leek, ricotta and wild garlic agnolotti.…..

Seeded sponge and mousse…..

Scottish cheeses…… I don’t like cheese so it took me forever to finish this…
Chocolate and hazelnut with mint ice-cream….

Petit-four with Scottish shortbread.

We were a bit disappointed with the meal because none of the dishes really stood out.  Even though the setting was homey and cozy, the service was a bit distant and cold.  I think this restaurant is more hyped than it should be….


The Gardener’s Cottage

1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5DX, United Kingdom

Phone:+44 131 558 1221

Bullocks Bistro- Yellowknife

Apart from aurora viewing, there’s actually a lot of daytime activities to do in Yellowknife.  Between dog sledding, ice-fishing and snowmobiling, we decided to pick the most thrilling one.. snow snowmobiling on Great Slave Lake!

Afterwards, we decided to have a late lunch.. but which became an early dinner at Bullocks’ Bistro because we had to wait so long for our table.

Bullocks’ is famous for its fish… and also for the most exorbitant prices for fish and chips!

House made cumin feta bread….. freshly made and baked in front of us!

fish chowder... so good! we wanted seconds but was sold out….

Deep fried white fish, pan fried pickerel and grilled Arctic char….. all this fish were so juicy and tender.  It was so good that we re-ordered the fried white fish.


Bullocks’ Bistro

3534 Weaver Dr, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2S9, Canada

Phone:+1 867-873-3474

Aurora hunting in Yellowknife

To cross off another item of my bucket list, I travelled to Yellowknife to see aurora borealis.  We studied about Northwest territories back in elementary school and the only things I could remember are ice, ice-fishing and more ice.  Because of that, I didn’t think I’ll ever visit that part of the country.  It’s just so cold!!  But for the last year or so, I’ve seen a lot of aurora photos on Instagram and also, a lot of people in Hong Kong has asked me if I’ve been to Yellowknife to see the northern lights.  I guess it was time for a trip to the north!

We traveled to Yellowknife in February, one of THE coldest months of the year. We spent 2 nights outside looking for the aurora in -33 degrees celsius….. if we could survive in that temperature.. cold weather will not faze us ever again!  We were so lucky to see the aurora 2 out of 3 nights.. it really danced in the sky!

We stayed at The Explorer Hotel, the best hotel in Yellowknife (even Prince William and Kate stayed there!).  Their restaurant is also ranked the best in Yellowknife but the food was really average and overpriced. We ate there for 2 nights because we were too lazy to put on our snow gear and walk 2 blocks to the main street.

What we ordered:

duck confit spring rolls……

Mussels meunière…extremely salty……. Don’t know how mussels could be that salty… when I ordered it the 2nd night, I requested the chef to tone down that salt.. but it was still so salty….. really.. I don’t know why….

sacchetti with black truffles….. this was the only good dish because it had strong truffle taste…

grilled arctic char……. it looks like salmon but the texture is a bit different and the taste is milder…

Pan seared lemon pepper whitefish

Shrimp stuffed pickerel with tarragon cream..

FAIM? un peu…

Trader’s Grill @ The Explorer Hotel

4825 49th Ave, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2R3, Canada

Phone:+1 800-661-0892

Rimping Village Hotel – Chiang Mai

We stayed at Rimping Village Hotel, which was relatively close to the city centre and it had a free breakfast buffet.

They had the regular breakfast spread of breads/pastries, egg station and fruits.. but my favourite was the mango sticky rice….. the sweetest ripest mango…. so good!


Rimping Village Hotel 

13/1 Soi 2 Chiangmai Lamphun Road T. Wat Gate A. Muang Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

Day Trip to Golden Triangle

We did a day trip out to the Golden Triangle, where the mountains of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand overlap.

Prior to the trip, the highlight of this day trip was the boat trip to Laos…disappointingly, the part of Laos we docked at was just a flea market for the Golden Triangle visitors.

We also stopped by the breathtaking Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple)..

and the Karen Long Neck Tribe village….it actually feels a bit weird because these women are on display.. like at a zoo….

For lunch, our guide took us to a buffet restaurant but with my weak stomach,  I decided to only eat cooked veggies…

Our guide stopped the car a few times to buy us snacks to try..

watermelon crispies… couldn’t taste the watermelon but it was crispy!



Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School – Chiang Mai, Thailand

When in Thailand, you have to take a class at a cooking school!  We picked Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School because it had great reviews on Trip Advisor and it was a very good choice.

They didn’t have a class planned for the Sunday but opened one just for us!

The ingredients were all prepped for us but we still have to grind our own peppers for the curry!

Our finished product: tom yum soup….

pad thai…..  this is the real deal! authentic pad thai shouldn’t be too orange-y in colour or be ketchup-y.  The slight orange tint is from the tamarind paste.

fish curry…. We get to pick what curry to make so I picked this.  I first had this in Bangkok, and wanted to re-create this.

papaya salad

I felt like a real chef when cooking this but when I tried to make the pad thai at home but couldn’t re-create this taste.  It’s probably because we don’t have the fresh ingredients.


Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School

Address: 6 Moo 8 Sriphoome Soi 8 Sriphoome, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Phone Number: +(66)93 267 9572