This past weekend we spent a day in Perth, a small city on the Northern shore of the Tay River. We went for a wonderful walk along a sculpture trail, past abstract metal shapes and one impressive sundial, and clumps of lavender in bloom – a sight I never expected to see in Scotland.
When we got hungry, as we inevitably do, we stopped and picked up picnic goodies. The Bean Shop offers dozens of kinds of loose teas and coffee beans from all over the tropical world, roasted in house. Walking in to the tiny shop, we were offered a fresh cup of espresso to sip while we pondered which beans to bring home. Ultimately, we chose a Swiss Water Decaf Blend, an Espresso Blend and a Colombia Excelso. Never able to pass up dark chocolate, we also bought two exquisitely wrapped bars from Coco Chocolate, a tony organic chocolatier based in Edinburgh. The Bean Shop also sells a beautiful selection of teapots, espresso mugs and coffee cups.
Needing something substantial to go with our espresso, we headed down the street to Provender Brown, a gourmet delicatessen stocking all kinds of cheeses, charcuterie, olives, marinated vegetables, crackers and more (you can see their stocked shelves behind Stella in the photo below). We chose a Beaufort from France, two kinds of salami, marinated anchovies from Spain, and olives. We happily ate outdoors, basking in the fleeting sun.
After lunch, we visited St John’s Kirk, the medieval church where John Knox stirred the pot of the Reformation in 1559, followed by a stroll through the city centre.
Stay tuned for more stories of our explorations around our new home, and, of course, tasty recipes.