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Edinburgh recs -- food and wine stores

darcie Dec 4, 2006 01:26 PM

Hi everyone!
Am heading to Edinburgh for 10 days over Christmast to visit my husband's family. Would like to avoid the usual exercise of buying all food items from Tesco! Am looking for recommendations for:
- good wine store (good, diverse selection of wine, port, etc - am also interested in interesting shop for different "microbrew" type beers)
- a good place to buy produce (I have heard that there is a Saturday market, what will the selection be like this time of year?)
- good place to buy desserts

Thanks in advance!

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    Sea Urchin Ragout RE: darcie Dec 4, 2006 02:42 PM

    I think there's still a farmer's market on every Saturday on Castle Terrace

    www.valvonacrolla.co.uk is a decent Italian deli with good, rare Italian wines

    http://www.ijmellischeesemonger.com/ is the best cheesemonger in Britain

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      DavidT RE: Sea Urchin Ragout Dec 4, 2006 07:10 PM

      Valvona & Crolla is more than just a decent Italian deli. It is most likely the best Italian deli in Great Britain. If anyone knows of a better one, please advise!

      They also serve lunch in a room adjacent to the store. They may now also be serving dinner there as well.

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      caminogirl RE: darcie Dec 5, 2006 01:05 AM

      Valvona and Crolla brought me to my knees. I had tears of joy from my rocket pizza (in the cafe). I don't think I am exagerating when I say it was one of the best meals of my life. The grocery is wonderful if a bit pricey - worth it though.

      Harvey Nichols is another option for groceries/deli, it is definitely beyond a Tesco.

      Good place to buy dessert: Plaisir du chocolat. http://www.plaisirduchocolat.com/
      The selection is overhwhelming, and more than just a little beautiful...little treasures. I had to go back for the bergamot chocolates. A feast for the senses.

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        darcie RE: darcie Dec 5, 2006 01:35 PM

        This is fantastic... exactly the foodie tips I was hoping for!

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