You may have passed the black box of the Dakota at Eurocentral on the M8 many times but have you ever thought of going for dinner or even better to stay over for the night? A number of our friends kept telling us about amazing nights they had in this Edinburgh and Glasgow based hotel, where they drank great cocktails, ate good food and slept in trendy rooms. So this Hogmanay, Colin and I decided to be a little bit anti-social and treat ourselves to a night in this mysterious black box of a hotel. From the moment we pushed aside the velvet curtains in the entrance way we were relaxed.
Fancy learning a new skill in the new year? Then look no further than Sew Confident in the Hidden Lane, Finnieston, Glasgow. Crafts such as sewing, knitting, cake baking and decorating have come back into fashion over the past few years and this dinky studio is a modern day sewing haven.
I drive along Great Western Road every Monday night and watched with anticipation the creation of Chequers, a cocktail and grill bar as a new addition to the Westend. It opened not long before Christmas and I was pleased to get a sneaky wee table for some pre-birthday drinks and some food with friends….
As per usual after a December filled with festive cheer, mince pies, Christmas cake and a good slosh of wine to wash it all down with, I have been mentally ticking off a well rehearsed and constantly repeated list of New Years resolutions. I am sure a lot of you are making the same sort as me: lose weight, exercise more, have the perfect beach body by summer 2016. However, this year I am going to try and do it slightly differently…
Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow, is one of my favourite places to go for a sneaky cocktail, a thermal spa (aaaand relax….) or food. So I was super excited to go the Sunday before Christmas for my birthday with my lovely hubby and family and boy did we enjoy it. As my 3 year old niece said “Today is all about food because it’s a birthday day” (I think she is going to take after her Auntie)…..
At this time of year a charity gift can be a great option for that friend or relative who has everything. I also find a donation to charity can help appease some of the feeling of constant spending and excess during the Christmas season. So if you are shopping for last minute gift ideas I have put together a list of 5 local charity gift ideas, some with a food twist:
My husband Colin has been counting the days for Roasters Deli in Partick to open. Situated at Partick tube station, this New York inspired deli, offering both sit-in and take-away has been creating a social media buzz about its opening since June. We spent 2 weeks in New York in January and loved the deli sandwiches, hence Colin’s mouth has been drooling every time he saw a tweet or facebook post about Roasters. So we rushed down on its 4th day of opening to sample some delights….
I love My Home Bakery on Hyndland Street, Glasgow. It is just round the corner from my house which makes it an all too tempting option for a quick wee cake or delicious lamb and mango chutney sausage roll…yum!!!! Let’s face it…you know that anywhere that says ‘Diets end here’ on the door is going to be yummy.
Mediterraneo can be found on Ingram Street, in Glasgow’s Merchant City. This is a great location for a Friday or Saturday night in town, with lots of great bars and clubs nearby. It advertises itself as a restaurant, pizzeria and champagne bar.