Sometimes we all need a bit of a restorative break away don’t we and there is no better place for that than the Scottish seaside. It’s even better when you luck out on the weather like Colin and I did earlier this month. We got in our car, scraped the city of our feet, sang some obligatory Cliff Richard and 2 hours later emerged in our flip flops on the beautiful beach in Elie.
Before I even start this post I need to apologise to all of you westenddazies. I have been a neglectful blogger recently and need a smack across the wrists. Life has run away with me recently and before I knew it I had not blogged for weeks (maybe even months). Anyway fear not I have continued to eat and explore in that time so I have many places to tell you about.
The first of which is the fabulous 111 by Nico, located in Clevedon Road in Glasgow’s west end. This is slightly off the normal beaten track for restaurants in the west end but well worth making a detour to it.
It feels like Spring has sprung this week doesn’t it? The sun is out, ice-creams are in hand and the maxi-dresses are flowing on Byres road. So I thought I would share the perfect spring afternoon I had recently in the Hidden Lane Tearoom for my friend Fiona’s hen party. Who incidentally gets married this weekend- congratulations Fiona and Ben!!!!
So sorry Westenddazies that I have been behind with my blog posts recently. Life has been a bit hectic.
We have been sticking to our clean eating (semi-)religiously and are feeling great for it. However, every so often we feel the need for a little treat. Dinner at the Butchershop Bar and Grill one rainy Tuesday filled this need and more, whilst not totally ruining the diet, which is a big plus. Situated across from Kelvingrove Museum the Butchershop Bar and Grill matches this prime position with great food, service and atmosphere.
Colin and I are doing a clean eating challenge for the first 3 months of 2016, which is great by the way (but I will maybe share more of that later). After 3 weeks of not eating out we were hankering for a wee restaurant bite to eat. It may seem odd to you that we decided to go to Catch, a fish and chip shop and restaurant, in Giffnock. However, after reading a Daily Record article from January which named Catch in its top 10 healthy eating restaurants for 2016, due to its grilled fish options we were willing to give it a try.
So how did Catch live up to the reputation awarded it by the Daily Record. Continue reading
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.
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….
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.
Colin and I are just back from a fab week in London and wanted to share with you some great things we found to do in the Capital. This is in no way a definitive guide to London but just a wee blog about our meanderings. In our 6 days we visited 4 areas of London and here are the highlights from each of them: