Discover Isle of Bute Gift Box : Review

About

IG : @visit_bute and @butekitchen_

Welcome to our delicious taste of Bute!

Visit Bute along with everyone on the island would like to share with you some tantalising and downright crummy items that have been provided by our small local providers.

Our stunning island is only around the corner (90 mins from Glasgow and you can be on the beach eating an ice cream!) So please visit soon. We are perfect for a day trip or a long weekend.

The Delivery

I received a box at work, and spotted it said “Bute” on it so I couldn’t wait to get home and open it.

This is the inside of the box, and under all the cardboard straw there were more goodies.

The Goodies

Are you ready to see all the amazing goodies? continue reading 🙂

Isle of Bute Cheeses : Largie

About : Largie Cheese is a Caerphilly cheese, made on the Scottish Isle of Bute. It is an Artisan, hand made, from pasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet. The milk is sourced from Largievechtrean farm who have a single herd of Holstein Fresien cows.

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Recently I have started to try different cheeses, as there are so many and I have always just stuck with the main ones so I couldnt wait to try this one.

I opened the packet and it smelled ok, so I grabbed the oatcakes that were also included in this and cut a few slices and took a bit without the oatcake and with.

Lets start with the taste on its own, this was really creamy and had a lovely subtle flavour….and with the oatcake again mmm so good.

I had more of this the same day, as I really did love how creamy it was and its nice flavour.

If you like cheese you will love this!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ritchie’s : Oat Smoked Scottish Cheddar

About : Carefully chosen Scottish Mature Cheddar is enhanced with careful smoking to achieve good permeation of the smoky flavour, but not so strongly as to mask the taste of the cheese

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FB : @ritchiesofrothesay

Another cheese woohoo I was spoiled and the “oat smoked” really got my taste buds tingling as I couldn’t wait to try it.

I cut the packet open and instantly was hit with the oat smoked smell, this was so good completely different to the first cheese I tried so just like the first one I grabbed some of the oatcakes that were included and started tasting.

On its own it was lovely and the flavour was very nice, the oat smoked gave it a lovely taste and again with the oatcakes again it was mega mmmmm

You have to try this cheese!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Butes Fruits : Lemon & Lime Marmalade

About : Bringing you the Fruits of Bute…..Jams, Chutneys and Preserves inspired by seasonal produce from the Isle of Bute

IG : @butesfruits_

I love a good marmalade, and when I saw this I knew I was in for a great treat.

I decided to make myself a wee snack to have while watching Netflix, and this is what I made.

Firstly on its own, this was an explosion of flavour in my mouth. It had the perfect mix of lemon and lime, not one of them stood out for me more than the other.

Now on toast, ohhhh just as nice and just and mmmm

I highly recommend you try this if you love marmalade, as its really good and when I do visit Bute I will be sure to get some more.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ritchie’s : Oat Smoked Salmon

About : Specially selected fillets, dry-cured and lightly smoked over a traditional fire of oak dust, then finally hand-sliced. Delicate and buttery with good length of flavour.

Occasionally for a Saturday breakfast I will have salmon cream cheese on a bagel, so I was happy to see some Salmon included in this gift.

As always I tried it on its own first and it was very fresh and excellent flavour, I could easily see myself buy this again and again.

Now with the bagel…

This was so good and mega moreish, everything you could taste and worked amazing together.

Fresh, tasty and very morish.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sheese : Sweet Chilli Spread

About : Our creamy spreads are a spreadable dairy- free alternative to cream cheese. Original, garlic and herb and cheddar style

IG : @sheeseuk

When I saw this at first I thought oh this could be very interesting, so again I had to try it on its own and with some of these amazing oatcakes.

WOW this was very very very mmmmmmm it was very smooth, creamy and the sweet chilli flavour was subtle but just perfect.

I have to admit half of this was finished in the one sitting, I really loved this!!!

This is another one I will be looking out for and getting again.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mount Stuart : Tablet

IG : @mount_stuart

Firstly how cute is the packaging for this? its super cute!!!

Tablet is something that is easily started and finished very fast for me, as I have very sweet tooth.

I opened this cute package, and saw the tablet inside and it looked and smelled amazing.

It would be rude not to eat it, so I took a piece and took a nice big bite.

Perfect! perfect texture, sweetness, creamy so so so good!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Butes Fruits : Tomato Kadundi (Indian inspired Chutney)

About : Bringing you the Fruits of Bute…..Jams, Chutneys and Preserves inspired by seasonal produce from the Isle of Bute

IG : @butesfruits_

This was another little surprise I was happy to see, as since I am cooking more I am sure I can use this in a dish.

I tried this on its own to start with, and just like the marmalade this was packed with amazing flavour.

Once I use this in a recipe I will post it on my blog so keep a look out.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mount Stuart : Oat Cakes

As you have seen from the previous photos, these oatcakes have been put to good use with all the cheese etc that was included in this Bute box.

These had the perfect texture, not too soft or too crispy, they melted in my mouth and have a lovely flavour and worked really well with everything in this box.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mount Stuart : Shortbread

I love shortbread, its fluffy, sweet, buttery and yum so I was excited to try this.

I opened this and oh the lovely shortbread smell hit me, and my mouth started to water.

I took a bite and it was so so so good! the way shortbread should be just like I said fluffy, sweet, buttery and very very moreish.

Half of this was gone within 15 mins of opening it 🙂

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a massive thanks to @visit_bute and @butekitchen_ for this lovely box, all the items were amazing.

I loved tasting them and trying them, and finding new products.

I had planned on picking a favourite from this box, but to be honest I can’t every single item was great.

This box is available to buy from Bute Kitchen. A small social enterprise set up to promote, develop and employ local producers. It would mean the world to them if you take them in any posts as well as Visit Bute.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Promo : Gifted

The review posted was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted, all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

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Zest (Edinburgh) : Review

15 North Street
Andrew Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1HJ

V: 17th November 2018      T:  0131 556 5028  W: www.zest-restaurant.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have never been to Edinburgh so much in one year than I have this year and guess what I am back again to review an Indian restaurant.

The guys at Zest were really nice to invite me to come and try a few dishes from their menu, which I kindly accepted and added the date to my calendar.

I took the bus from Glasgow bus station to Edinburgh this time, as the last time I took the train which is mega costly…this time the bus was £10 return which is really good…..so you have no excuse not to come to Edinburgh to try this place or the other places I have reviewed.

First Impression :

On entering I was greeted by the staff and asked where I would like to sit, I told them wherever and they showed me to a window seat so I could enjoy the view while eating.

The atmosphere tonight was very nice, as it wasn’t too busy when I went in, but gradually did get busier….plus they do have music playing in the background but at a nice level it’s not overpowering or disturbing your chats at the table.

Time to look at the menu…

As always the prices in Edinburgh are always that little bit more than Glasgow, but you are looking at about £1 to £3 max so it’s not too much more.

The menu here looked really good, and price wise good too. There were so many dishes I wanted to try, but I selected a starter and a main.

The Food…

The manager? owner? came over to the table and introduced himself and suggested rather than I order a starter and a main he would bring a sample of the starters and a few curries to try……this sounded perfect as I was a hungry boy.

Starter Sample

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Normally I can tell you what the dish name is and its cost, but since this was a sample of a few starters that is a little harder.

On the plate was: Vegetable Pakora, Chicken Pakora, Lamb and Chicken Tikka

I am not just saying this but the Vegetable and Chicken Pakora was really!!!! good! and the Lamb was so so tender it was cooked to perfection.

I am very impressed with this starter, as I was only going to select the Vegetable Pakora so it was great that I got to try more.

Portion Size : n/a
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a

Main Course

WOW, so our table was very full of food once all this arrived.

So we were brought four dishes, and they all looked good. The above photo shows all for together, and individually so you can see them better.

Dish 1 : Matar Paneer

If you have had Saag Paneer before then this is very similar, and just as nice and so easy to eat. It was cooked perfectly and had a really nice taste.

Dish 2 : A Lamb dish (can’t remember its exact name)

Just like the starter the lamb in this curry was so so tender, again cooked to perfection and the best Lamb dish I have had!

Dish 3 : P297 Special

This is a chicken dish, and again just like the starter the chicken was perfectly cooked!

Dish 4: Salmon Country Captain

The salmon just broke up, and the flavours mmmm I am getting hungry just typing this.

And there was more…

I was also given some rice and a Pashwari Naan (my fav)

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This is my favourite naan, as I have a sweet tooth and this is a sweet naan.

The bread was nice and thin, yet just crispy enough and the filling very sweet so it was perfect for me.

I could have easily had more of this 🙂

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a

Overall

Firstly I would like to thank Zest for my invite, and all the really good food.

I would also like to say as always just because I got an invite, the review you just read is 100% my own thoughts and 100% honest.

Overall I am glad I got to come to Zest, I had a really good meal and a very relaxing evening.

Zest will be another one from Edinburgh, that I will be adding to my top spots so do check them out.

Thanks guys and see you soon 🙂

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: n/a due to invite
  • Overall : 5

 

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