I CAN'T help noticing that people from Northern Ireland are becoming the cheery face of hospitality these days.
Let's just put you in the picture here.
Zucca introduces itself as an "artisan Italian restaurant, located in the west end of Edinburgh's theatre district, a firm favourite with the pre-theatre crowds, tourists and locals alike looking for great food without too much fuss and formality".
Some places feel right as soon as you walk through the door.
This is a selection of the most interesting places to eat at the moment in no particular order.
The unique selling point for Veldt is that it is "Glasgow's only Scottish/South African fusion deli".
I have been in this movie before.
Is there a more interesting shopping street anywhere in Scotland than Edinburgh's St Stephen Street?
321 Leith Walk,
I never fail to be impressed by the magnificence of Glasgow's Royal Exchange Square.
About that sign, then:
It's becoming quite a demographic trend, French people who have come to the Scottish capital, fallen in love with it, stayed, and set up food businesses.
I will fast forward to the end here.
My steak tartare at L'Escargot Bleu was made with Dexter beef, a rare breed which originated in south-west Ireland and which is famed for its quality.
We haven't booked and it's very busy, so when we're invited to climb on to some high seats at the bar we do so with relief that we're getting in.
I spent Christmas in Istanbul, a restorative break of sunny blue skies, ancient culture and endlessly interesting food.
A selection of the most interesting places to eat at the moment in no particular order.
If you happen to be on the A96 near Nairn and Boath House flashes up at the roadside then take a turn in, if only to have a peek.
Bindi describes itself as a Gujerati/East African fusion restaurant and cook school.
And now for something completely different.
Two things - it turns out that my mate Leo knows someone who knows the owner guy.
Jacker de Viande
I'll say it now because hopefully the evil spell has been broken, but it has been hard to find good restaurant openings in Glasgow this year.
I know, I know.
All over France, there are small informal eating places that run along "sale-sucre" lines.
Struggle against it all you like, but there is no escaping winter.