The weather may be damp and dreich but today's news is
boozy, sparkling and spicy.
Yesterday, the blog waffled about the increasing numbers of new wine bars opening in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
We also noted that many of them were riding a wave of enthusiasm for natural, organic and biodynamic wines.
Well guess what? There is another newbie in the pipeline for Glasgow.
And yes, organic and biodynamic wines will be to the fore.
The new place will trade under the Tabac name and is slated to open on Friday 6th December.
It will serve all of its wines by the glass.
Which will doubtless prove useful for lots of people who find themselves waiting for a table at the nearby Sugo Pasta which is due to open on the 2nd of December.
Sashay to your nearest chalet
In other news, we are tickled to see that several bars and restaurants have marked the season by setting up variations on ski lodges and chalets.
In Edinburgh, Tonic bar seems to have sprouted a French-style chalet while The Adamson Bar and Restaurant in St Andrews has added an après-ski lounge. Check the fur throws in the main pic!
There have been similar developments at Glasgow's Hutchesons where the 158 Club Lounge has become an alpine lodge.
All feature seasonal cocktails, nibbles and mulled drinks.
This blogger admires the festive sentiment but can't help feel that a rowing clubhouse might be more in keeping with the wet weather?
New Curry King crowned
If you are in need of a little internal heating, you might want to mosey along to Swadish on Ingram Street.
A recently opened Indian restaurant that specialises in fish and vegan dishes (plenty of meat options are also available), it showcases the culinary skills of Chef Ajay Kumar.
Last week, the chef was crowned the Curry King of Scotland at the Spice Awards.
Want to try the Curry King's food? You can book in via 5pm.