review, Uncategorized


Coming out of the dark!

I’m still apprehensive about going out and will only do so if I need to and sometimes this ‘need’ is to share food and company. It’s been sad to see, the Glasgow I love, so quiet and still but it’s starting to come alive.

If we see this as a renaissance and embrace the ‘new normal’ while supporting independent businesses we will emerge with a core which is stronger than ever!  Continue reading “Kastriot’s”

Ageism, Uncategorized

Embrace Any Age!

Do you rage when people say this?

“You look great, for your age!”

In my mind I punch the offender slap, bang in the middle of the face, blood spatters all over me and I walk away with my stained, fabulous, self, content in the fact they will learn lessons, the hard way!

Continue reading “Embrace Any Age!”

Mindfulness, Uncategorized

Covid19 Breakdown

Were you struggling to stay positive during this #Covid19 Lockdown?

“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”
Bo Bennett

Now I’m feeling stressed about re-entering civilisation and panicking about the simplest things. So, let’s go gently into the next phase. There is no rush!

Continue reading “Covid19 Breakdown”

Kindness, Uncategorized

Human Kindness

Should we ever fear too much kindness?

Sometimes when people are too kind and we can feel overwhelmed, especially in times of extreme sadness and can reject offers of help.

When Shakespeare wrote;

“Yet doe I feare thy Nature, it is too full o’ the’ Milke of humane kindnesse.”

Lady Macbeth was unsure her king wasn’t ruthless enough to carry out his role.

Is an act of kindness ever wasted? Continue reading “Human Kindness”

Loneliness, Uncategorized

Covid Loneliness

In these days of Covid19 and isolation is it dangerous to play hard to get?

Recently I’ve been contacted by characters of interest whom I have previously rejected and I think it’s, either because they are bored, or their other burd has a virus and they have no access because of this unattainability. Should I be kind and pander to this neediness or be my usual sharp, dismissive self?

Is it cool or unkind to pretend to be unavailable? Continue reading “Covid Loneliness”

covid19, Pandemic, Uncategorized

Sweet Charity!

What have you done to be proud of today?

As I’ve watched some of my favourite eateries close because of the Corona Virus it’s been astonishing how some of them have coped and flourished altruistically. In spite of the horrific situation facing them, whereby they’ve had to let staff go, not knowing exactly how they will be supported financially or emotionally.

What have they done?

Continue reading “Sweet Charity!”

Covid 19, Uncategorized

Open For Whatever?

What is the responsibility of the government?

If we are to go forward based on the reliability of the facts then we are scuppered because the messages we are receiving are muddled, ingenuous and misinformed to say the least!

Do we have responsibility for ourselves Continue reading “Open For Whatever?”

Content, Uncategorized


How Evergreen is your Content?

Many topics are universal and static but still remain crucial to your business. An example would be, how your company started, where you are based and what is your passion as this, generally will not change. Italian Aroma Coffee is a Glasgow based, coffee roaster, they have a passion for Italian coffee and are committed to providing the highest quality possible!

That will not change!

Continue reading “Evergreen”

Florence, Travel, Travel, Uncategorized

Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar!

Table for One – Florence!

I was early back to the apartment and not very hungry but it was far too early to call it a night so I decided to take a stroll and see where the Arno took me? Continue reading “Harry’s Bar”




When I said to The Mary we’re off to Dimora she hit out with;

“Wit dae ye mean? I thought we were going out tonight?

And…why are you talking wi’ an Italian accent?

‘Di Morra!’”

Dimora has a simple philosophy and aim to share their passion for food while offering a modern, authentic dining experience.  Housed in a beautifully palatial property at 222 Ayr Road it’s easily accessible from town.  We were welcomed by the gorgeous Carmen before being introduced to the very handsome Peppe. He’s a charming man who oozes kindness and has an obvious passion for promoting unadulterated Italian food.

Peppe’s grandmother was from Capri and his Grandfather from Sorrento.  Together they introduced him to the art of putting together complimentary flavours using the best available ingredients from the region of Campania on the Amalfi coast. I love this part of Italy and have spent many days exploring nearby villages and towns such as Sorrento, Positano, Sant’ Angello and Sant’ Agata.

Peppe suggested we have the Taster Menu and, to tell you the truth, it’s the most excited I’ve been since I was introduced to coffee in 1972!peppe-staiano-2First thing’s first and The Mary was foaming at the mouth for a Focaccia because she’d not had any for about 6 weeks. It’s been a lot longer for me and I’m not talking dough balls here but that’s another story and not for this forum. The focaccia was perfect. Half rock salt and Rosemary and the other garnished with fresh, vine tomatoes and basil. The Mary was truly nel paradiso della pizza bianca!

Outside of Capri, I hardly ever order a Caprese salad because often you’re hit with a blob of white rubber with tasteless, beef tomato. However, at Dimora, the mozzarella was juicy, succulent and full of milky magnificence; surrounded by six different colours of flavoursome tomatoes at varying levels of maturity. The dressing of olive oil was delicately scented with oregano, served on a base of tantalising, green leaves.

We were then served an original dish created by Peppe’s Nonna made with baked aubergine, mozzarella, tomato sauce, fried basil and, wait for it, a sprinkle of dark, bitter chocolate. It was magnificent. The Mary, actually, fainted and, when she came to, was making embarrassing sex noises.

Food like this is one of the reasons I don’t need a man in my life. It makes me happy, fills me with joy, I can pay to have it when and where I want and possibly, like some of the men I know, I don’t have to be faithful to one dish. At Dimora however I was a wee bit in love and might pledge my troth to be faithful forever more.

That’s how good the scran was.

We had a pasta dish with a sauce so delicious even my English degree doesn’t bequeath me with the ability to describe the taste.

Then the lamb nearly got me arrested because the only way I could describe it was – like biting into a new, born baby’s chubby cheek! When I said this to Carmen she looked both flattered and horrified at the same time. I think she might have been scared to come back to the table for a while and sent over the equally beautiful Courtney.

I was so overwhelmed by flavours, quality and variety I had to ask them to stop or I’d never have been able to drive home. Even the bread, baked on the day, was unbelievably tasty; made with lard, pecorino cheese, pancetta and salami.

Try to imagine it?

We finished off with a nibble, well a slice each, of ricotta, orange and chilli cheesecake and my absolute favourite, Italian Aroma Coffee!

That night I had erotic dreams of Amalfi which consisted of me, walking along the rugged coastline, wearing a dress made of sun-dried tomatoes and an aubergine and chocolate straw hat. As I strolled along the beach Gaetano, Stefano and Mauro (The three Musketeers from Dimora) were throwing pasta shells at me from all angles, guiding me through a path of anti-pasta, which let me back to the door of Dimora!

As we were leaving The Mary asked if they were ‘up for they Italian Awards‘ I said I didn’t know and asked what she would nominate them for to which she sighed?

“Awe the Awards, every, single, one of them!”

Ci Vediamo Presto because I know I only sampled a fraction what Dimora, my new home from home, has on offer!

Con Amore!


To learn more about the Amalfi Coast Click here!