Friday, 23 December 2016

Want Some Great Advice? Take A Trip To Funky Scottish In 2017...



And don't just take our word for it... 

“GOOD”
The coffee and caramel short cake are the best in the area and the 2 karens that work there are as mad as each other and always happy and polite.  Good place to get a wedding gift got a plate done one of a kind that the happy couple were delighted with and they will never forget the anniversary as the date is on the plate and reasonably priced.  - Reviewer, Trip Advisor

“Worth Seeking Out!”
We went to this cafe on the recommendation of a local person. On this late afternoon visit we enjoyed tea and tiffin. There was plenty of cake choice to tempt us. It is always a bonus to find a creative place, where one can sit and browse the items for sale, whilst drinking tea. The choice local pottery to cushions and handmade cards, all tastefully displayed. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. I would definitely recommend a visit here. - Reviewer, Trip Advisor

“Best Cakes In The East Neuk!”

I love Funky Scottish's Cafe. Hands down the best cakes in the East Neuk. I've been told the cakes are made by a baker in Cupar and they are excellent. The carrot cake is fabulous and there are also usually some gluten free or dairy free options as well. There are also sandwiches and soup. The Illy coffee is a bonus and the prices are cheap compared to other local venues. The service is consistently of a high standard and always a smile to go with your food! Lovely items by the proprietor/artist and on a sunny day the best place to sit outside and watch the life of Pittenweem stream by! - Reviewer, Trip Advisor

See more reviews at our official Trip Advisor page. 

Sailing The 7 C's (Secrets To A Funky Scottish Life...In The Low Season)


Editors Note: Just recently - while curled up on the sofa and reading by candle light - I discovered the craze for a Danish lifestyle concept called "hygge". Apparently, this relaxed and comforting way of life is taking Britain by storm this winter! The thing is though, many of our extended Scottish clan already do everything mentioned on the helpful 'how to' list provided by Country Living.

It's said there's no literal translation but here in Scotland, I think we'd call it...couthie.  



In fact, the blog below - originally posted at Funky Scottish early last year - demonstrates uncanny similarities between the Danish way and our own cosy culture, especially the coothie little rituals we adopt during our coastal winters.  Take a peek and discover our own secret ingredients for A Funky Scottish Life...

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They don't call this time of year the 'off' or 'low' season' for nothing.  Between January and Easter, popular seaside villages become quiet and brooding. The tourist crowds have disappeared, the weather is unpredictable and some people find it all a little depressing.  Others know how to make the most of this special time, especially here in Pittenweem....

Cafe Culture 
There's a unique delight in stepping out of the biting cold, into the warmth of a welcoming cafe and inhaling the aroma of coffee, soups and freshly baked cakes. Funky Scottish is open throughout the winter, so make a date for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea! If you're unsure of our hours during this quieter season, just give us a call on 01333 312 567 to double check.


Cooking Up A Storm

Alas, none of us can spend all day, every day in cute coastal cafes! So, get into the kitchen at home too.  Now is the time to really nourish yourself and your loved ones with soups for the soul, beautiful bakes and warming one-pots. Make big batches and put in the freezer...'real food' ready meals for a rainy day! 

Creative Retreats
Ahead of a bustling 'high' season and The Pittenweem Arts Festival, our resident artist - Karen Edward - uses this precious, quieter time to work on commissions and brand new projects. Whether or not you consider yourself to be 'artistic'', there's no better opportunity to uncover your own unique creativity. Turn old photos into a beautiful framed collage for your wall. Learn a new, exotic language. Write a short story or just send a heart-felt letter to a long-distance loved one. xo PS. We have a lovely collection of note cards in our cafe-gallery-boutique. 


Cosy Knits & Calming Candles

Bundle up in your cutest, comfiest knits and you'll be more inclined - even eager - to embrace the great outdoors. Or, curl up on the sofa, light the candles and enjoy the simple pleasures of your own little sanctuary. Take a peek inside our boutique, on the high street in Pittenweem, for inspiration.


Coastal Walks

Since Victorian times, the health benefits of tangy, coastal air have been well documented and nowadays science tells us there is indeed a healing magic in the seaside ozone! So, wherever you live, head for the beaches and paths around Pittenweem and the East Neuk...we guarantee you'll return home with an un-seasonal high!

Chips (On A Bench, At The Harbour)

If you're out and about, never miss an opportunity to 'warm the cockles' with a bag of chips, perfectly seasoned with salt and vinegar, perhaps accompanied by freshly battered fish...and enjoyed overlooking local boats tied up in their moorings. Remember, there's no better time to visit the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar....without the massive queues! 


Community Spirit

Whether you're a visitor or year-round resident, it's easy to become caught up in the busy-ness of our own lives.  So, the slower pace of the low season offers a special opportunity to get to know local people a little better.  Take the time to shop locally, visit your nearest pub or cafe, say hello on the high street or offer your neighbour a helping hand.  Who knows, you may forge unexpected friendships to be enjoyed for many seasons to come...


So, call it coothie - or hygge - or something completely different. Either way, it's lovely to see we're not the only ones who delight in celebrating simple pleasures.

About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

Wishing You...A Funky Scottish Festive Season!


So, here it is…

Merry Christmas Everybody...(& Happy New Year too!)

We wish to thank all treasured friends of Funky Scottish - regulars and occasional visitors to our cafe-gallery-boutique - for your ongoing custom and support.

If you’re in Pittenweem during the festive holidays, we hope to see you. We are open from 27th - 31st December. We’ll then take a short break for Hogmanay celebrations before returning to Funky Scottish refreshed and ready for 2017!

Meanwhile, have a wonderful festive season and best wishes for a Happy New Year and beyond….


With love from Karen & the team at FunkyScottish xoxoxo

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Funky Scottish Loves...


Funky Scottish Loves...

...coastal-inspired kitchenware by our founder + resident artist, Karen Edward.

(serving suggestion: festive canapes on our pretty platters)

Discover more in the Funky Scottish cafe-gallery-boutique

We're just off the market square in our picture-perfect fishing village, Pittenweem. xo




About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

3 Wise Mantras (For Choosing Funky Scottish Xmas Gifts)



* Seek original, independent, local boutiques

* Remember...beautiful art is for life, not just for Christmas

* Take your time and make time for...

... coffee, cake, conversation, community + celebration

We have a sackful of beautiful, hand-picked gifts ideas in our collection. 

Take a peek inside our cosy little FunkyScottish cafe-gallery-boutique.


We're just off the market square in our beautiful seaside fishing village, Pittenweem....






Funky Scottish Loves...


Funky Scottish Loves...

...sparkly + stylish stocking fillers (for #her).


Discover our hand-picked collection of jewellery in the FunkyScottish cafe-gallery-boutique in Pittenweem. xo

Funky Scottish Loves...


Funky Scottish Loves...

...stylish + original stocking fillers (for #him).

Discover our man candle range in our FunkyScottish cafe-gallery-boutique in Pittenweem. xo


#christmas #gifts