Taste Buchanan (Glasgow) Event : Review

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This was a nice surprise….lets start from the beginning.

Normally when I am in Buchanan Galleries I hit the shops, and really only go to the top floor if i need to use the toilet (probably like most people). I spotted a while ago there there were small new pop up restaurants, and thought “one day I will stop in and check them out” but to be honest I always kept going to the restaurants around Glasgow and West End and avoided these.

Not that long a go I saw a Competition on Instagram to win 4 tickets to the Taste Buchanan event, I thought “lets try this as I never win anything” and guess what I did so now I had to make sure 100% I would go and I did.

The Event :

On arrival I could see a lot of people already in and getting served, and I was looking about at the pop up restaurants to see what they were. I was greeted by the events manager and congratulated on my win.

We each got our ticket and the event was explained to use.

You have your ticket which you take up to each stall, and select a meal and the stall will stamp your card.

It was time read the options and see what I would want to try….

The Food :

I decided to rather than go 1 to 5 I would select what I wanted to start with.

Stall #4 : The Hug and Pint

Black Pepper Aubergine with PickedĀ Cucumber and rice

This looked nice and REALLY smelt nice so I couldn’t wait to try it.

The flavours of this dish were amazing, and it didn’t stop after the first mouthful.

As you would have expected from me this was gone very fast, and I could have easily had this again or in a bigger sized dish….but tonight it was all little tasters so I didn’t go for another and saved myself for the remaining dishes.

Portion Size : N/A Tonight
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Stall #3 : Mama’s

Chicken Chorizo hot pot with infused rice

I LOVE chorizo so I had to go for this.

This smelled OK and to be honest I was very disappointed, I couldn’t really taste the chorizo which in turn made this dish just so so for me.

Portion Size : N/A Tonight
Flavour : 2
Presentation : 4

Stall #2 : SLO Barbecue

Buttermilk Chicken dippers with chipolte mayo

I saw a few people go back to their tables with this, and it looked interesting and I had to try this option.

WOW so good and again it was gone very fast, and again this would be a perfect in a bigger dish for a lunch or big snack.

Portion Size : N/A Tonight
Flavour :Ā 4.5
Presentation : 4

Stall #1 : Hot Stuffed Bread Company

Banoffee Buntzel and a Sweet Chilli ChickenĀ Buntzel

I had never ever heard of a Buntzel till tonight, so I didnt know what to expect. I saw a few people with what looked like a roll on their tray so I just guessed it was some filled roll…I was wrong.

These are very tasty!!!!, you could say they are the perfect bite full of flavour and extremely moreish.

Portion Size : N/A Tonight
Flavour :Ā 4.5
Presentation : 3

Stall #6 : Daizy Delicious Cafe

Pancakes withĀ bananaĀ and Caramel sauce

You could have several variations of this with mixed fruit, sauces etc but I opted for this as I cant take Nutella (Alergic to nuts) .

What can you say this worked, and pancakes and anything are good.

Portion Size : N/A Tonight
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

During the event we had singer and performer Marc ?Rooney playing on the guitar and singing popular tuned.

View the video on my Instagram HERE

Overall this is a great event that allows you to try different styles of food from different companies. Each month this event will take place with different stalls, so if you come and like one then make sure you visit as much as you can.

The actual cost of the ticket is Ā£10 each, which is VERY good for what you get. This makes it a cheap meal out and also a fun event to take your friends.

To get more information or to learn when the next event is, follow them on Facebook or twitterĀ you won’t be disappointed plus it’s a cheap way to try different dishes that you might not normally try.

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Day Trip to Gretna Green & Gretna Gateway Outlet

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Visit Date : 3rd June 2017

Website :Ā www.gretnagreen.com

I had not been to Gretna Green for many years, and couldn’t really remember much about the trip there and what was actually there so I had a day off work and decided to visit.

If you want the history of Gretna, my best advice would be to take a look at the website as thats going to be a lot more accurate than me.

The weather for today was mixed, it kept changing from rain to sunny and looking at the clouds it was hard to tell what was coming.

The journey from Glasgow to Gretna was very nice, the weather on the way down was nice and sunny and it was really nice to see all the greenery and the nearly clear skies.

After 2.5 hours driving we arrived….

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To be honest there isn’t a lot to do here, but it is a nice little walk around. If your in to history then you can take a few tours, read a lot about each little building and the romantic history.

There are your normal tourist shops, and a few places to eat and relax.

Places To See When Here :Ā 

  1. Blacksmith Shop
  2. Shopping
  3. Eat and Dine
  4. Gretna Outlet

As you walk about there are a lot of little sculptures, with descriptions and also some posters with information and facts about Gretna Green to read which is very interesting.

 

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Before heading to the outlet we sat down and got some Afternoon Tea.

I can’t remember the name of this cafe, its right next to the big hands. The afternoon tea was around Ā£12 for two, and I have to admit for the money it was amazing as you got loads and could have easily fed 3 people.

Fed and watered now on to the outlet…

The outlet isn’t that far away from here, and as you would expect a good amount of shops with free wifi and ok prices.

Outlet Website :Ā www.gretnagateway.com

I did get myself a nice hoodie when I was here, I couldn’t visit and not get something that would just be rude šŸ™‚

This was a nice little day trip out, and was nice to see a very famous area that has a lot of romantic history. I was told people still come from all over the world, just to get married here.

Babs (Glasgow) Pre Launch Bloggers Event

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Glasgow
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V:Ā 14 June 2017 Ā  Ā  Ā T:Ā  0141 248 2240 Ā  Ā W: babs.co.uk

Child Friendly:Ā Yes (well behaved kids)Ā  Ā  Ā Ā Accepts: Cash & Card


I had been hearing a lot of bloggers talk about Babs for a while, and have passed its location a few times waiting for it to open. For the past month or two I hadn’t heard anything, until my Twitter inbox went DING and I saw an invite to tonight’s event.

Think Greek, Turkish and mediterranean food all fused together and you have Babs.

Babs tag line is “Kebabs. Done right” so it would be interesting to see if the tag line is correct.

First Impressions :

This is a classic but modernĀ Mediterranean look inside, and has been well thought out.

On entering you have a nice seating area that is all level and has a disabled toilet so this is a nice touch. You then move up some stairs to a separate seating area, which has tables or booths depending on what you prefer.

The Food…

Selection of Breads with Oil & Vinegar

I am not a big bread and oil fan, to be honest I just don’t get it but I know a lot people like doing this….I just took the bread on its own.

The bread was very nice and very light to eat.

Along with the bread we also got…

Hummus and Ajvar

Ajvar is something you don’t really find in the UK, its roasted peppers, garlic and aubergines.

This was creamy and very good, and worked very nice with the breads for me. The hummus was ok for me, not really to my taste but Hummus is always a little bland for me where ever I go.

Aranchini

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Aranchini are stuffed rice balls which are coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried. Tonights Aranchini were stuffed with feta cheese and spinach. These were one my main favourites tonight, I could have easily had more and more of these.

Chicken Souvlaki

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This consisted of chicken thigh, grilled tomatoes, red onion puree and tzatzaki

I am not a tomato fan so pushing that aside, the whole combination was mega mega tasty. The chicken was nice and tender with a slight BBQ taste, and the rest all just made this one really tasty dish.

Skinny fries with bacon and sauce

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These were very skinny fries, but that’s how I like my fries.

The sauce that was used what ever it was was really good, and worked amazing with the fries.

Cant wait to have more of these fries mmmmmmmm

Next we were served..

Watermelon and Feta Salad

This was to cleanse our palates.

I am not a watermelon fan but I did try it, for me well so so but I am sure if you like watermelon you will enjoy this dish.

Next up was the burger, now this was going to be interesting as Bread Meats Bread is sister restaurant to Babs so if this was bad then not good.

The Burger was medium cooked, moist, no overpowering flavours and this is what surprised me it was very light. I didn’t feel very full after it even though it looked very filling, so I could have easily had another one.

Is this better than Bread Meats Bread burgers? to be honest I can’t actually say as I have still to try more burgers there so till then I will leave it as on par

To finish up…

Tiramisu

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Tiramisu is my favourite Italian dessert, the taste texture everything about it I love.

This was so so, it was nice but it didn’t do it for me. If I was to pin point something I would say maybe lacking in the normal Tiramisu flavour

Overall :

I really enjoyed tonight, the atmosphere and food were all very good and I felt very relaxed.

I had a look at the menu and I was pleasantly surprised at the prices, its about average on other restaurants of this style.

I would like to thank Babs for the invite and the lovely food, also pass a thanks also on to the staff and the chefs.

I will be going back at a later date to try more dishes, as I spotted a few on the menu tonight that I would like to try.

Review Scores ā€“Ā 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 4
  • ServiceĀ : 5
  • The portion sizes &Ā tasteĀ : 4
  • Value for money: N/A as was free tonight
  • Overall :Ā 4.5