Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Food, food, food
However, things then went down hill as I got stuck at work, trying to finish a presentation and was therefore running late. While speedily completing my drawings I got a call to say that our friends had just walked past Roma Mia and it was closed. They then asked if we'd go to Mulberry Street with them instead and so we agreed to meet there at 7:45 to give me time to get home and change. Unfortunately, the trains were all delayed due to the cold weather and so after 30mins wait I was still standing in Central Station, where I got another call to say that the Mulberry didn't have any tables free. To be honest, I was so hungry by that point I was about to give up and just get some sandwiches from M+S. A texting debate started as we all suggested places to try next, everything from the new African place Camflava, to Cookie, to the Brooklyn Cafe.
The Glad Cafe @ The Glasshouses - 27th December 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Langside Cafe @ Langside Place
One of these is the Langside Cafe, which is located opposite the Queens Park Camera Club. It's traditional bright yellow sign and red and white stripped awning harks back to another time. The café is actually quite small inside, with red booths down both sides, with old style narrow tables, which means you have to stagger the plates to fit them on the table. A long the walls are images of old glasgow and behind the counter are rows and rows of jars of sweets like soor plums, sherbet lemons, Everton mints and the likes.
It was really busy when we arrived, but we managed to get the last booth at the back of the cafe. We ordered a full cooked breakfast and another without the meat, two cups of tea and some toast. The breakfast was ok just what you expect from a greasy cafe, but the cafe itself is unique and worth a visit. There is a huge selection of sweets in jars, large boxes of chocolates and ice cream. So we also bought a small tub of ice cream and a quarter of fudge. Alburt introduced me to the delight of biting a piece of fudge and then eating some ice cream at the same time - it's actually very good.
It was too busy too take many photos but Anne at I like has some really nice ones. We'll try and get some more pics soon
Full breakfast for £3.95
Mon - Wed 9am- 5pm
Thur - Sun 9am - 8pm
Pinkwafer: 36 Battlefield Road, Langside, Glasgow G42 9QH Telephone No: 0141 649 5362
Cupidus: 685 Clarkston Road, Glasgow, G44 3SE 01416333377
Glasgow, G41 3AA 0141 649 3552
Ok thats four but I'm sure there are lots more, who else has a suggestion of where to buy your last minute Christmas Gifts.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Note @ 12 Skirving Street
Currently Note are selling a fun range of kids rain coats, brollies and welly boots which would make great presents for little people.
And once you've picked your gift there is a large selection of cards for all occasions are located towards the rear of the shop, with a large range of gift wrapping paraphernalia.
Note is situated next door to Butterfly and Kisses on Skirving street.
Labels: Gone but not forgotten
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Pigeon Man : Part 2
Not for the faint hearted - here as promised is part 2 of the Pigeon Man.
Labels: Pigeon Man
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
During my wander I ended up chatting to many different people including; a very happy woman about how amazing all the spiders webs looked, a man walking his dog and reading his book, about the dangers inherent in doing both at the same time, a very smartly dressed elderlylady about the fogs of olden days and a man covered in paint about the problems with network rail and his idea for a movie. A nice way to spend an afternoon even if it did mean my one hour walk lasted nearly three.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Southside Studios December Show
Battlefield Rest - 55 Battlefield Road
Built in 1915, back when we built things properly, the "Rest" was a small newsagent kiosk and shelter for tram passengers, it was once described as "The most exotic tram shelter in Scotland". The iconic tiles are in the original Glasgow Corporation Transport colours of green and cream and really make it stand out and give it character. Compare it to the little glass stops we have these days. It must have been amazing back in the day when the Southside was serviced by the Trams, that whole junction must have been jumping with so many people passing through.
Inside, the restaurant is warm and welcoming, the staff are really friendly, though we didn't quite understand some of our waiters jokes. There was obviously some banter going on in the kitchen and when he brought us out our food, he laughed and jokingly said he was going to get revenge on the kitchen staff by putting laxatives into their food. Probably not best timing, to say that while actually handing us our food.
The menu is as you would expect from an upmarket Italian restaurant with all the typical favourites of lasagne, various pastas etc but there are a few twists and specialists thrown in. For example, my favourite starter is the "Battlefield Bruschetta". This consists as you would expect of amazingly moist and juicy grilled garlic bread, topped with fresh chopped tomatoes, vinegar and oil. What makes it special however, is the ingenious decision to add grilled bacon and courgette - one of the best bruschettas, I've had anywhere, I'd probably quite happily eat a giant one of these for a main meal. Word of warning - "Battlefield Bruschetta" is currently not on the menu and I had to ask for it specially, it was worth it though.
My friend had the minestrone soup and for mains we had Lasange and another Battlefield twist - Haggis cannelloni. Both were very tasty and we ordered another round of the tasty garlic bread to mop up our sauce.
Currently they are doing a Christmas menu, and a range of special offers. When we were in, it was £6.90 for a main and a drink. In total for the two of us it was £20 for two courses which is great value considering we had to roll up the hill home we were so stuffed.
Battlefield Road, Glasgow, G42 9JL
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
10% off @ The Dresser's Room on Saturday
Monday, December 07, 2009
Empire Exhibition 1938 - Bellahouston Park
The aim of the Festival was to show off the skills and ingenuity of Scotland and the British Empire to the rest of the world and bring in new orders. A team of nine of the top architects of that generation were employed under the master planning supervision of Thomas S. Tait to create a strikingly modernist vision of a future city in Bellahouston Park.
The main part of the Empire Exhibition project is a intricate 3D digital model of the park and all the principal buildings, which you can navigate with an interactive map. The map can be reviewed on the website but it can also be found at the House for an Art Lover where there is an Interpretation Centre with a continuous loop, a research archive and a small exhibition of memorabilia. The only thing missing from the project site is a proper explanation of the reasoning to build this amazing park of sculptural buildings but then only to give them a shelf life of six months? It’s similar to when the Garden Festival was constructed, it too proved hugely popular but was closed and dismantled a short while later. If they were both still around what would that section of South West be like today?
In the end however, nearly all the buildings were taken down and removed, some found new life in new locations, like the Palace of Engineering which is now at Prestwick Airport, but most were just dismantled for good. The only real survivor is the Palace of Art which is still in the Park but now serves as a centre for sporting excellence. There’s a nice section on the project website where you can compare images from 1938 to how the same scenes looks today.
The images on the site are a glimpse into a fascinating time capsule, not just of the fashions and styles of the time but also of their ideas of what the future might hold. There is a great deal of optimism and a grand sense of hope for this future expressed in both the park’s layout and the individual building designs. It makes you wonder what Scotland might have become if this enthusiasm had been able to grow uncut by the Second World War which began just nine months after the Glasgow Exhibition Closed.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Cookie @ 72 Nithsdale Road, Strathbungo
As mentioned earlier Cookie is not just a restaurant, There is the cooking club, which you can join through Cookies website. If you're interested in cooking, art and design, Cookie offers itself as a resource to its members and will be organising regular events though out the year, with guest speakers, cooks and other people of interest.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Whistle Stop Tour of the Southside