Fanciful eateries

We took the bus first to Portobello and later to Musselburgh.  It’s the first fully sunny day we’ve had but much colder–a couple of degrees above zero–and so walking along Portobello’s promenade left us gasping for soemthing hot.  That was when we tumbled into the Blue Bean Coffee Shop.  Its basic layout seemed plain enough but rarely have I read such an obscure menu!  Among the offerings:

tortillas with brie and cole slaw, or with tandoori special (unspecified special), or with greek salad

jacket potato with chorizo and mozarella

a panini chicken masala

nachos with bacon

or the far more traditional black pudding on a roll      img_0895

Instead of consuming much there, we pushed on to Musselburgh and had a delightful, although chilly, walk around half the town–that is, around the outskirts of half the town, which seems to be home to an inordiante number of primary schools, including the private Loretto and the public St Peter Pinkie (the latter hardby Pinkie Fieild, which has a football pitch and a 17th century dovecot). We ate lunch at the aptly named Caprice Restaurant.  The menu was expensive, inexpensive and heavily Italinate.  The toilets even more Italinate:  silver or aluminum sparkles embedded in lucite, for the toilet seats, set off to strange effect by a revolving red light. An experience not to be missed, accompanied as it was by a trip up a staircase lined on one side with photos of Italian opera and pop music stars and on the other by historic–largely turn of the 20th century–shots of Musselburgh.  The food was fine but I would have paid six pounds seventy-five just for the visuals.




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