Ayden and I planned a fun day out. It involved food, a trip up the Lighthouse, bubble tea, a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art and dessert. Now that’s a perfect day.
It began with breakfast at Bill’s, which I had never been to. Bill’s has a nice backstory and avoided the big chain feel despite having restaurants dotted all over the UK. Ayden ordered blueberry pancakes and I had the vegetarian breakfast. If all vegetarian food was this satisfying, I’d give up steak. Maybe.
After Bill’s, we burned some calories by walking to the top of the Lighthouse and taking in the panoramic view of our beautiful city, Glasgow.
Ascending all those stairs was a thirsty job, so we stopped off at Tempo on Queen Street for bubble tea. This was just around the corner from the GoMA, which currently has a neon art installation adorning the front of the building titled We Love Real Life Scotland.
It was almost time to head home, but not before devouring dessert at another location I had never visited—JellyBear. Ayden asked for “the most ridiculous looking dessert on the menu” and was handed a sundae with candyfloss in it.
I live-Instagrammed our day with my Eyefi, which—after a flaky start—has become my favourite toy.
Ayden, let’s do this all over again!
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.
Scotland had its 3 days of summer last week. Alas, I was in a hospital for 2 of them with a respiratory infection. Boo. Upon being discharged, Dan—who was in Scotland for Glasgow Photo Walk—and I headed to Merchant City for iced coffee (check out Wilson Street Pantry if you’re in the area). Merchant City has a lot of graffitied and textured walls, making for the perfect portrait backdrop.
A common excuse amongst hobbyist photographers is lacking leisurely time to pick up their camera. Personally, I think photography can be as accessible as you make it. For example, this brief shoot took no longer than 30 minutes. It isn’t a model from a professional agency—merely a friend who needed some photos of his face.
My point is, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get shots like this. Grab a friend, grab your camera, clock out for a half hour and take some solid shots.
By the way, I’ve just launched my first email course designed to get new photographers into the habit of picking up their camera more. If the idea of shooting regularly and transitioning away from Auto interests you, check out my course.
I shot this at ƒ20 with a 30 second exposure. How did I do such a thing in broad daylight? Because I got a ND filter from Wex Photographic! I’m late to the filter game. I actually have quite a minimal set-up with my equipment (well, I think I do), so I tend to refrain from adding accessories to my camera bag, but it’s fun to do something different. I don’t often shoot landscapes, but I’ll be trying more of them now I have this filter. I’ve even attempted some 5 minute exposures at night, although those didn’t turn out so well… Practice!
I took a break from working on my photography workshop to check out The Steamie, a new coffee shop in Finnieston. Oh man, I love living in Finnieston. New places pop up all the time. It’s really come along since The Hydro was built.
Anyway, The Steamie reminded me of Artisan Roast in Edinburgh. It’s a welcome addition to Argyle Street—a judgement I’m basing on my piccolo and caramel shortbread. Delicious!
P.S. Due to receiving a number of messages on Flickr about buying licenses for my photos to use (mostly web designers), from now on—when I upload a photo to Flickr—you can buy a license to use it in your work.
It’s taken a while, but the bubble tea craze has finally hit Glasgow. Bubble tea bars are popping up everywhere, with this one I visited (Tempo Tea Bar) popping up on Queen Street.
I first tasted bubble tea in 2012 when visiting Prague. It’s taken another 2+ years for it to make its way to Glasgow and gain popularity with the Weegies. Ayden and I treated ourselves to some in between shopping for a New Year’s Eve dress. Those balls.
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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