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£299. Beatsthep .rofia Milky Specialities include chocolate fondue. Mousse au Bar. 11 Jivara 21.4 .Dinkyh (‘hocolat and Alsation. a chocolate tart containing de“C’°U$ and WW‘O'YQW : caramelised pine nuts. bra/.il nuts and almonds. pocket. Takes the star prize.:_-'l . . . . . Chocolate 3 “mamas-"v ( hocolate is an ingredient you can have so much like gerbil food. hi fun with] says Roland. ‘.-\nd it’s so comforting to 38:32:21:th eat. There‘s areal feel-good factor in sitting down to savour a warming cup of melted chocolate with full- fat milk. It‘s the richest. purest hot chocolate experience available. Share that with someone special and you'll soon feel that all is well with the world.‘

Meanwhile. across in (ilasgow's West lind. the Byres Road delicatessen lleart Buchanan has just celebrated its first birthday. ()wner lt'iona Buchanan spotted a gap in the fine chocolate market and filled it with a stunning range. "There‘s such a lot of ordinary chocolate ottt there.‘ she says. ‘The difference between a bar of llersheys. for example. and a bar of \"alhrona (irancouvra is immense. They are worlds apart in terms of how they are made and what goes into them. The Valhrona is so pure that it actually has a vintage. Last years was from 'l‘rinidad.’ lleart Buchanan also prepares chocolate desserts daily. ‘We can‘t make enough of the Belgian chocolate brownies: they fly out the door. And the chocolate mousse is rich and super intense. Scientists say that there's a chemical in chocolate that your body produces when you

kiss. So I guess eating chocolate can he a substitute for kissing.’

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An extra dollop of news . g. .

I 10 MAY MARKS THE beginning of ‘National Restaurant Week’, a ten-day celebration of dining out across the UK organised by the Restaurant Association and the American Express company. The website offers details on participating restaurants in Scotland, some of which offer discounts (in conjunction with media sponsor the Daily Express). All plan to donate £1 to Macmillan Cancer Research for every meal eaten during the period.

I AMARYLLIS. GORDON Ramsay's Michelin star Winning restaurant in Glasgow's West End. has passed its first anniversary and cut back opening hOLlrs. It will now be dark on Monday and Tuesday. While some local industry sources (quite poss:bly jealous ones) think that this confirms a fall off in trade. Amaryllls says the new hours simply give staff more time off and parallels the five-day working week of Ramsay's flagship in London. Amaryllis is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Friday and Sunday: for dinner on Saturday.


popped up in a rather unflattering item of gossip on the website Popbitch. According to the tale, in the course of chatting up a woman at a book launch the chef said his old restaurant, Aubergine, was named after his ‘purple bell end’. No doubt Mrs Ramsay sleeps securely at night when hubby’s away.


lasgow chain has been brought to Gibson Street. replacing the parent company's Sal e Pepe restaurant. Still Italian in orientation. it is now more price and family conscious.

I A THOUSAND apologies to Space Coffee House in Morrison Street in Edinburgh. Our popular Eating & Drinking Guide mistakenly listed its fax number. To reach Space, dial 0131 228 9966. Also, Fishers In The City (on page 23) does not offer BYOB; it should not, therefore, also appear in our directory list of BYOB restaurants on page 147.

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