Food & Drink

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS BOX OF DELIGHT From Valvona & Crolla to Harvey Nicks, Au Gourmand to Grassroots - specialist food shops and delicatessens are only too happy to cater to our festive season desires. Below are just a handful of suggestions to help satisfy the gastronomes on your gift list.

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DELIZIQUE The hampers (pictured) at this West End Glasgow deli are a bit special. They might include organic chocolates. fudge or toffee all made in the shop —ltalian lemon liqueur made with Amalfi coast lemons, hand-made Italian breadsticks. whole Colston Bassett stilton cheese, or Garth Cottage basil olive oil. Then there are the shop's wines. many of which are not found elsewhere. Delizique, 66 Hyndland Street. 0141 339 2000.

LUPE PINTOS Doug Bell is the chilli maestro of the Central Belt and every year he manages to come up with another batch of spicy festive season numbers at Lupe Pintos shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can get hot chilli hampers with his choice of best stuff off the shelves or alternatively bespoke boxes can be arranged. Also available are Turron Spanish Christmas sweets, fine tequilas. such as Tapapatio. and the ever popular “dynamite stick' hot sauce holder. Call 0131 228 6241 or 0141 334 5444 or visit wwwlupepintoscom.

PECKHAMS As expected. Peckhams with shops across the central belt has more than 15 different hampers with everything from “Coffee Lovers“ to ‘Beer' boxes and two especially designed for him or for her. The 'Provisions Box' includes items such as Royal Edinburgh shortbread fingers. Lily O'Brien's chocolate tub. a quarter bottle of Remy Pannier cabernet, Wooley's of Arran oatcakes and Jensen's luxury pate. Visit

LES Vle DE FRANCE This company's managing director, Charles- Emmanuel Husson. comes from a family of champagne makers in France. But he decided to set his stall in Scotland and sell an exclusive range of fine French wines from six regions. Husson's mail order business is based in Glasgow's Southside and his hampers are designed for a bit of Christmas ‘a la Francaise'. with a selection of champagne and wines, foie gras, chocolates and more. Visit wwwwinesforsalecouk or call Les Vins de France at 0141 636 9347.

HEART BUCHANAN A range of goods from Antonio Carluccio will be part of the choice at Heart Buchanan this year. as well as chocolates from Spain (with saffron or lavender flavouring), aged Stilton cheese. home-made fortune cookies and a sweet vegetarian salami made from dates. The shop has a flock of geese that are being reared organically in Scotland on grain. grass and fresh rosemary. and can be ordered for Christmas. Meanwhile. roast suckling rare breed pig is planned for the takeaway menu. which is always a bit special during the festive season. Heart Buchanan, 380 Byres Road. 0141 334 7626 or visit (see also The List's Hot 100. page 28)

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An award winning restaurant that brings together the exciting flavours of Thailand and North India in a luxurious contemporary setting

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Open Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 2pm, 6 - 10.45pm

Open on mondays during the Christmas period. Also open on Christmas Day. Boxing Day and New Year‘s Day


Unit 9

9 Commercial Quay

92 Commercial Street Leith

Edinburgh EH6 6LX (Opposite Scottish Office) Private car parking

Tel: 0131 554 4000

Fax: 0131 554 4337

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