I published this post yesterday and then my site got hacked. I can’t remember what I wrote, but the gist of it was: breakfast at Kelvingrove Cafe was good.
Chad and Scott booked a week in Warsaw, Poland and I invited myself along for the weekend. Wanting to get away for a winter adventure, Warsaw was perfect for mulled wine, 2-for-1 hotdogs, card games and history.
I didn’t have a bad meal or coffee in this city. I also played my first game of Jenga.
One of my good friends invited me to Oyster Happy Hour at Hutchesons. I got to witness Ayden trying oysters for the first time, so I couldn’t decline such an invitation. I like oysters, and Hutchesons delivered both in terms of presentation and taste. (And price as it’s £1 per oyster during happy hour.)
We washed ’em down with cocktails. An amaretto sour and parma violet, to be specific. 10/10, will be back.
Having visited South Queensferry in July, I vowed I’d return with my camera. Brittany and I enjoyed a burger at Orocco Pier, followed by a stroll around the quaint town centre. At 28, it was my first taste of a vegetarian burger (definitely no substitute for beef, but I’m trying to eat less of that).
All in all, a fabulous day before I throw myself into a busy week of work.
Imagine walking into Krispy Kreme and being told you can have an unlimited amount of anything you want, for free. That happened to me this evening.
Krispy Kreme has finally arrived in Glasgow (Braehead, to be precise). Yes, it’s overdue, but this evening’s VIP event more than made up for it.
As well as eating as many doughnuts as we’d like and drinking all the milkshakes our bellies could handle, we were given a tour of the kitchen and an insight into the process behind those delicious doughnuts.
Doughnuts are my kryptonite.
Thanks for the invite, Ayden.
I love a deli. I recently discovered The Wilson Street Pantry in Merchant City. Its iced coffee and coolers lured me in on a hot day, and I returned this evening for the wine, deli board and chocolate brownie. Both Lindsay and I left feeling stuffed.
Friendly staff, lovely food, nice light. 10/10.
It’s Laura‘s first visit to Glasgow, and with our combined interest in coffee and cameras, I had to take her on a tour of the independent espresso bars we have on offer. What followed was an afternoon of sampling coffee, photographing coffee, eating cake with our coffee, and tasting yet more coffee… I can’t think of anything more perfect, can you?
The photos are in chronological order.
Riverhill Coffee Bar
Riverhill is new on my radar. I’m disappointed it’s taken me this long to sample their delicious coffee, and equally delicious food. I had a tuna and fennel sandwich alongside a cappuccino, both of which got our tour off to a perfect start. Free WIFI, gourmet sandwiches and great coffee, the only downside is the sheer busyness of the place. Because it’s so small, I felt pressured to leave before I was ready, simply to free my seat for somebody else. It’s definitely not the kind of place you could sit in all day with a laptop and crank out some work, but—with its central location—it’s perfect for a quick caffeine boost and bite to eat.
This is my go-to haunt for city centre coffee. I love the industrial, minimalist decor. Laboratorio Espresso is definitely quieter and slower paced than Riverhill, which might initially mean it feels lacking in ambience. However, a coffee shop without a mad rush is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon sampling different blends. Oh, and the floor-to-ceiling windows letting in an abundance of natural light makes for great photographs of your lunch. The staff also generously gave us recommendations, not only of what different blends we should try, but what other coffee shops are worth a visit.
After three cups of coffee in quick succession, we were fed up of caffeine and feeling twitchy. Recommended to us by the staff at Laboratorio Espresso, we decided we had one more coffee in us and headed to Pena. Tucked down a lane in the West End is an understated coffee shop coated in artificial grass. Inside is equally… unique, with the cheap, colourful chairs and tables reminiscent of a primary school cafeteria. I like my luxuries, so I wasn’t overly impressed with this set-up—it felt more like a pop-up shop than an espresso bar, but it seems to be a hit with the locals. We sat outside in the Autumn air and ordered a vegetarian toastie to share (very tasty) and a Bulletproof coffee (made with coconut oil and grass-fed cows milk butter). Personally, I won’t be rushing back to Pena. With Artisan Roast just a few steps from here, I’ll save my West End hit for that.
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A deli board and red wine. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Monday afternoon. This was taken a few months back, when my friend (Lindsay, pictured) and I visited Manchester for one day. We were on the hunt for a deli board and came across Wood, a deli and wine bar in The Northern Quarter. It was perfection. These were the only two frames I shot in Manchester. As much as I loved the food and drink, the city didn’t excite my eyeballs enough.