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Meet the Geeks
To me, food means great comfort, enticement, fun, joy, and almost always making a mess. Edinburgh is my haven; we’ve enough eateries and food fanatics to keep every waking hour of life deliciously fulfilled. You’ll find me discussing the delights of baking, discovering our city’s restaurants and devouring homely comforts.
I geek out over: culinary events, foodie photos and my grannie’s fairy cakes
I like to experiment with ingredients and make something new and exciting with things otherwise old and familiar. Food is a big part of my day to day life and in the family so it’s always very social – nothing better than good food and good company to make time fly. I’m something of a competitive cook and like to perfect my own versions of recipes through trial, error and practice so weekends are usually filled with one food-based project or another, and making a lot of mess…
I geek out over: Old Cookbooks, Unusual Ingredients, Bread Making
I love eating, drinking, baking, cookbooks, being a greedy guts – pretty much everything to do with food. I started blogging when I first moved to Edinburgh as a way to remember and share my favourite places to go and to document my favourite bakes.
I geek out over: Baking, seasonal produce, anything sweet!
I love all things food. Food food food food food. My not so secret indulgence are fancy restaurants which cause you to have a Meg Ryan, When Harry met Sally moment, right there in front of the other diners. My Twitter name was borne out of an obsession with Macarons…spending hours at a time perfecting those little french fancies is my idea of fun and time well spent…
I geek out over: Macarons, Michelin Stars, Baking
Together with MJ, we are on a quest to find the best lunch places in Edinburgh and beyond. We love lunching with new friends, particularly fellow food bloggers, so drop us a line and come and join us on a quest, soon.
I geek out over: soup, restaurant reviews, cardamom
Blog: Lunch Quest Edinburgh
Edinburgh Foody is passionate about food and is keen to celebrate the wonderful producers, products, restaurants, chefs and foodies we have in Scotland. I love to travel, so you’ll always find pieces of food further afield too. I love to bake bread, grow vegetables and eating out in great company.
I geek out over: sous vide, great food, bread-making
Hello! I’m Andrea and originally from southern California but now I call Edinburgh home. My passion is to understand food, its complexities, what it means to people, and its history. I’m fascinated by how food can form and build cultures, how it evolves across centuries and transcends so many elements of humanity. It is a medium where you genuinely express yourself. I am a professional baker and if you can’t find me in a kitchen then I’m most likely to be found under a pile of culinary books in the library.
I geek out over: Flaky puff pastry, finding the best hot chocolate, and food history.
Having conquered some of her childhood food fears (mushrooms, seafood et al) Leila started up her blog in the summer of 2009. Since then she has ploughed appetite-first into a world of tweets, posts, photos and recipes. Events manager by day; intrepid food blogger and reviewer by night. She is also known as Bite Magazine’s Gourmet Girl, with a monthly column touring Edinburgh’s finest food emporia. Only mildly concerned by her expanding waist-line.
I geek out over: Good bread, steak and organic eats
Mildly offensive, hugely obsessive, highly opinionated, frightfully charming food geek.
Cooks a bit, eats out a bit and likes experimenting.
I geek out over: Charcuiterie, modern techniques and Bearnaise
I host a fortnightly secret supper club in my Edinburgh flat, called My Home Supper Club. I love cooking for others. I am passionate about supporting Scottish producers and local artisan food businesses. The food I cook is seasonal and organic and sometimes a little bit left field. I like to look to the past when developing recipes; I am a traditionalist. I have yet to be convinced by some of the hallmarks of the fine dining experience, I prefer unpretentious, decent food cooked well.
I geek out over: cooking, sourcing produce, feeding others
I’m originally from Alabama, USA, and have been in the UK for a bit over 5 years. I’m currently finishing up my PhD in poetry writing at the University of Edinburgh. I teach English Lit tutorials at the uni, work part time at Edinburgh Books, do some freelance copy writing, am a partner in a publishing company based in the States, am the Managing Editor and founding partner of The Istanbul Review, founding member and write for Lunchquest Edinburgh, and I am very attached to showing American Quarter Horses and find that somehow, most things come back to horses, Italy, and getting a book published.
I geek out over: Baking bread, Italian cooking, food of the American South
Blog: Lunch Quest Edinburgh
An Edinburgh-based freelance journalist, I find food completely fascinating. Who grows it, makes it, cooks it, eats it – and why – are questions that are only becoming increasingly relevant. And of course there’s the never-arduous task of cooking it, eating it and learning about it myself…I find reviewing adds a web of extra enjoyment to a meal – very rarely is a meal perfect, and very rarely is it all bad. Considering how, why and in what measure this balance is reached is one of the most enjoyable aspects of dining out.
I geek out over: Feeding children properly, passionate food producers and ‘scientific’ cooking
I spend most of my days walking, eating and drinking around Edinburgh as the Yelp Edinburgh Community Manager! This puts me in the very fortunate position to seek out new foodie places to try and then share them on Yelp! I moved to Edinburgh in January 2011, having studied and worked in Glasgow for 7 years, and am already in love with the foodie-fuelled Capital. Eating out is a hobby and passion of mine, usually combined with talking about food. I like to keep a bit of balance with running and yoga, a lover of online social trends and geek-chic.
I geek out over: Rare steak, Rioja and Margaritas
Hilary Sturzaker (aka Mymonkfish) is a fanatical food blogger who is passionate about eating ‘local’ and supporting ‘local’ suppliers. A recent obsession is the underground restaurant and guerrilla dining scenes which are still a fairly new concept to Edinburgh. Can often be found eating cake, drinking tea and talking food in her favourite local haunts Broughton Deli and Earthy Foods.
I geek out over: eating ‘local’, guerrilla dining, food and drink matching
Edinburgh born and raised lover of all things wine and food related: always an enthusiast, never a snob. My blog, Jemma Eat World, is my third attempt at keeping track of my adventures in gastronomy: the first followed my challenge to eat well on $2 (£1.20) a day, and my second attempt simply had photos of what I ate for lunch (I thought it was art). My inspiration to start a real blog came when I read “Eat My Globe” by Simon Majumdar, and realised that being a professional food writer would be the best job in the world. Of course, I’m happy being an amateur as food blogging is pretty much the best hobby in the world, too.
I geek out over: Artisan cheese, foodie travel, diamond in the rough eateries
I’m a South African but I have been living in Scotland for nearly 8 years so I’ve been here long enough to call it home. I am by no means a professional chef and I probably produce as many culinary mistakes as successes but every now and then I do manage to produce something edible, according to my husband anyway, and I think these discoveries are worth sharing with anyone who can be bothered to listen. Having discovered the foodie scene in Edinburgh I’m now also a great advocate of all that’s exciting and new… and most importantly delicious!
I geek out over: Unusual flavour combinations, good cookbooks (which I read like good novels) and all kinds of kitchen paraphernalia (I’m a sucker for a shiny new spatula!).
A Dubliner living in Edinburgh. I truly believe that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Food for me is a way of connecting to others. Food is universal, something which connects all people and something which most definitely should be shared. I have a love for all things culinary. My time is spent cooking, baking, studying cookbooks, writing, talking about food, sharing recipes and most importantly eating! I very much consider myself a home cook: cooking and baking comforting, family recipes. I love nothing more than exploring the amazing selection restaurants and cafés that Edinburgh has to offer and of course writing about these culinary adventures afterwards!
I geek out over: old family recipes, using ingredients in recipes where you wouldn’t expect to find them and dinner parties
I started blogging about my adventures with food as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family back “home” in Canada. Through blogging I’ve discovered an incredible and supportive foodie community that has helped me to develop my own repertoire and to overcome my fears in the kitchen. Since moving to Edinburgh I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of events and groups dedicated to celebrating food and I’ve vowed to get involved in as many as my waistband will allow. I’m always on the look out for a great cup of coffee and a scone…
I geek out over: bread, devilled eggs, scones
I enjoy eating good food, I aspire to cook good food. There is nothing better than a plan that comes together and a table full of happy diners.
I geek out over: new flavours, technique, MasterChef
Hello I’m Janis. I work for a charity and I live in Edinburgh. I love food and as a result I have to go to the gym about three times a week or I would be the size of a house. I have always loved to cook and in particular bake, I find it strangely relaxing. My other vice is caffeine but they work well as tea goes with any type of baking!
I geek out over: Cakes, baking and man vs. food
I am Arianna; Italian by birth but living in the UK now for several years, I am an academic by day and an affectionate amateur cook, baker and kitchen-gardener in my spare time… I am passionate about nature, seasonal food and drink, growing, cooking and eating vegetable and fruit and generally trying to live in a way that is not too onerous for the planet… follow my musings on seasonality, what’s going on in my shared garden and in my kitchen!
I geek out over: baking, growing fruit and veg, seasonality
I grew up on my parents farm in the Scottish Borders, so food, and being very aware of its origins, has always played a big part in my life. I’m not a trained chef, just a normal person with an abnormal obsession for food and all things food related, whether that’s reading through cook books or watching my favourite chefs on TV, dining out with friends or cooking/baking at home. Quite simply, I love food!
I geek out over: Cooking/eating Indian food, baking, and my monthly subscription to Delicious Magazine!
Hi I’m Alaster, I’m something of a booze and food geek, and when I can combine the two I go into geek overload.
I love to experiment with matching drink to food, the more unusual to combination the better. They don’t always work, but that’s the only way we learn, right?
I geek out over: Experimentation, matching food to drink, tasting things for the first time.
I’m a cook, food blogger and general culinary enthusiast. I spend an unhealthy amount of time obsessing about ingredients, poring over recipe books and dreaming of gorgeous restaurants, and document all of these gastronomical exploits in my blog. I don’t think you need to be a professional chef or a millionaire to enjoy fantastic food – a little creativity, interest and passion is all you need to eat delicious meals, every day. Following a couple of years of globe-wandering, I’ve recently moved to Edinburgh from my home town of Newcastle and am discovering, to my delight, that it’s a total haven for any self-respecting foodie!
I geek out over: French patisserie, porridge, impromptu dinner parties.