Striking photos of 60s & 70s Scotland

Between 1968 and 1971 Nick Hedges photographed some of the dire housing conditions in Glasgow and Edinburgh for the charity, Shelter. Nearly 50 years later he has agreed that the photos can be used in an exhibition in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.  Until now usage had been restricted to protect the families featured. Nick remembered how one woman told him that just a few days before, she had been in bed

Pretty vintage glassware at the Antiques & Collectors Fair, Edinburgh

Vintage tea and coffee sets always look beautiful but they sit neglected in cupboards for years on end taking up space because the cups are too small for modern builders tea. Vintage glassware on the other hand gets used all too frequently. At the Edinburgh Antiques & Collectors Fair, the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston there’s a great selections of glassware that is often no more expensive than a box of

A modern take on men’s cashmere

Edinburgh company, A Tailor Retailored, has launched a range of modern limited edition cashmere for men. From August until Christmas you’ll be able to check out the cashmere for yourself at their pop up shop at number 6, The Grassmarket. The duo behind the brand are John MacEwan, a former marketing consultant to large retail brands, and Richard Olive who has worked on knitwear design for labels such as Michael Kors,

Innis & Gunn opens first pub in Edinburgh

Innis & Gunn opened their first pub on Lothian Road in Edinburgh on Friday 24 July. Fans will be able to buy their beer fresh from the brewery along with pub grub at The Beer Kitchen, a welcome addition to Lothian Road. In years gone by the area was never viewed as a going out destination but, with the opening of Red Squirrel and The Hanging Bat, and now The Beer Kitchen,

Strapping sheep shearers plus food and drink! It’s the Royal Highland Show

Strapping sheep shearers, horsemen and women wearing impossibly fitted clothes, and quack commandos rounded up by a blind sheep dog, are some of the eclectic combination of attractions at the 2015 Royal Highland Show running until Sunday 21 June. Here at Avocado Sweet however, we try not to be too undignified in our rush to the food hall, now known as Scotland’s Larder Live.   The event hosts over 100 food and

Mimi’s Bakehouse, Edinburgh

Mimi, aka Michelle Phillips, wanted to create a cafe and bakery where customers felt like they were being given a big hug. That may sound sugary  but the pretty retro decor, designed by Eskimo, does indeed feel comforting and the huge old-fashioned shop counter of generously portioned strawberry cup cakes, rocky roads and millionaire shortbreads is a sight for sore eyes.  If none of that works then Scott Clearie, son-in-law

100-year-old pictures of Scotland

Love these century old pictures of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Might be the ‘boulevards’ or the gardens but both cities look a bit like Paris. There’s also pictures of Perth, Portobello, Largs, Rothesay. Thanks to one of our featured Fife Creatives, Clive Ramage for sharing the pictures. Above, Edinburgh and below, Glasgow  Below, Portobello Below, Perth, Rothesay and Largs

A Californian Thanksgiving in Edinburgh at Calistoga

The whole of America will be travelling to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones tomorrow. In Edinburgh, Calistoga, the Californian-inspired restaurant is welcoming people to their version of the holiday with a Wine Fair, buffet and dinner. But apart from being the first to embrace every new food trend going what exactly is Californian food? At Calistoga, their version of a Californian menu seems to be comfort food – pork loin

Join the nights owls at the award winning Edinburgh Zoo Nights

Do you turn into an animal on a night out? Then this might be for you. Back for its second year is the award winning Edinburgh Zoo Nights. Last year’s events sold out several weeks in advance so this year the Zoo has released four dates for you to party with the animals: 23 May, and 6, 20 and 27 June.  The Nights are adult-only afterhours events where you get the