Side Dishes (16 October 2008)
News to nibble on
Sith (pronounced ‘shee’ – Gaelic for ‘peace’) is a new cafe at 459 Dumbarton Road just around the corner from Partick Underground station in Glasgow. Run by two women with strong connections in the Gaelic and Gay/LGBT communtities, it incorporates a café, art and crafts gallery, shop selling fair trade clothing and a simple alternative hang-out space. The food is simple but thoughtful with baked sweet potatoes, tapas, wraps, panini and dinner specials. Coffee is organic fairtrade and there’s wi-fi, board games and various music, knitting, and Gaelic conversation sessions through the week. www.sithcafe.co.uk, 0141 334 9013.
Callum Morrison, owner of Relish deli in Leith, has opened up Rocksalt café at 46 Constitution Street in the old William Nimmo printer’s shop. With more space for tables and a kitchen, he’s been able to develop a full menu with all-day breakfasts, nice salads and a daily stew. There’s a good cross-over with Relish, which will sell food prepared at Rocksalt, while the good local food available at the deli has a place on the café menu and in a couple of small deli fridges. It’s open from 8am daily, 9am at the weekends, 0131 554 9873.
Also on a peace theme Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence mag and one of the UK’s more engaging ecological and spiritual thinkers will deliver the annual Stewardship Lecture at the House of Falkland in Fife on Thu 30 Oct at 6.30pm. His subject is ‘Reconnecting with Food’ and the event includes a Fife Diet supper by chef Christopher Trotter. Tickets £25 from Centre of Stewardship, 01337 858838 or www.bigtentfestival.co.uk