Talk of the Town: Taste testing city’s eastern promises

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SCOTLAND’S biggest city has long held sway as the centre of all things curry-related north of the border.

But Edinburgh’s spice maestros are catching up – so much so that two Glasgow bloggers are about to devote a month’s worth of coverage to goings-on in the Capital’s curry houses.

Trampy and the Tramp, authors of the Glasgow of Curry blog, have reviewed dishes in places such as Barcelona and Sri Lanka but have yet to explore eastern delicacies closer to home.

It seems Edinburgh’s thriving supper club and pop-up dining scenes have tempted the pair our way – not that they’re not being cautious.

“When it came to kicking off our month-long examination of Edinburgh curry, it seemed natural to treat it for what it was philosophically – a foreign country,” they said ahead of their odyssey to the Capital, which also coincides with the Festival.

I don’t care how you get here, just get here in a can

EDINBURGH might be hosting the only festival season deserving of note at the moment, but the lesser-known London Festival has been deemed worthy of a mention in this column . . . because it’s bringing an event north.

Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back has been described as “madcap”, with a series of short films arriving in cities across the UK by bicycle, horse and cart, motorbike and sidecar, by mobile ceilidh and on board Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The “relay” arrives in Edinburgh on Sunday, with a free screening at the Filmhouse.

A small step for Mankind

AMERICAN wrestler turned comic Mick Foley begins his stand-up show at The Assembly Rooms tonight but feared he might not make it to the Capital from mainland Europe.

He tweeted yesterday: “HELLO EDINBURGH! Got through Amsterdam security without a single mention of my missing teeth.”

Vouching for our cheapness

ACCORDING to the stereotype, we Scots are cheap and always on the scrounge for a bargain.

Well, new figures from online voucher company MyDealPage suggest that’s not entirely inaccurate, revealing more than £3 million was claimed in Edinburgh alone in money-off deals over the first six months of the year. With an average saving of 64 per cent from a total of 148,056 vouchers downloaded, it clearly pays to be thrifty.