Glasgow Mela (West End) – Event

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Photo from http://www.glasgowmela.com

Date
Sunday 2nd July 2017

Location
Kelvingrove Park

Website : www.glasgowmela.com

Cost : FREE

This was my 4th Mela, and I enjoyed the last 3 so I was really looking forward to todays event. I have to admit the past 3 times I’ve been, 2 out of 3 its rained none stop so I was hoping for a nice day which we kinda got.

The weather today said dull cloudy with light rain, and this was accurate as we did get rain on and off but mostly off so that didn’t put a downer on the day. Todays Mela was the busiest I have seen, which was good for all the stalls and acts that were here today.

If you have never attended a Mela you have many stalls that sell clothes, jewellery, food, toys etc all mixed. Then you have a few stages where there are several types of acts performing, these can range in dancing, singing, both etc so there is definitely a lot to keep you entertained.

My last visit I tried something called a Jalebi, it’s a traditional Indian sweet mostly eaten on its own or in warm milk and is an important part of festivals and celebrations. If you have a sweet tooth this is for you, if not then avoid but do be warned its very addictive well it was for me.

The event starts at 12 and finished around 7pm so it’s a good long day, so if you want to see the acts you have to get there early to catch all the performances.

I won’t go into full details about every act, I am going to mention the ones that stood out for me or you would be reading for hours and hours…..so will keep it short for you.

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Abhinaya Dance Group

These girls were very good, they performed several times to different style of music and dances. Each move was perfectly times, and a smooth transition between songs and dances.

The colours were visually stunning, and the dances were perfect.

Kennedy Cupcakes

Twitter : @kennedycupcakes
Website : www.kennedycupcakes.com

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VIDEO : VIEW VIDEO

This groups is a 1940’s/50’s inspired dance group, all the dances are performed to popular songs from the 1940’s/50’s and they were similar outfits.

This was very cool to see and fun to watch.

Roshan Prince

Twitter : @roshanprince

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Roshan Prince is a Punjabi singer, producer, musician, songwriter and actor.

For me Roshan Prince was someone I didn’t know, films or music (had a look when I got home) so I didn’t know what to expect. When he was introduced the audience went wild, and even more so when he was singing and not just from the girls.

He was very energetic and what I liked was he interacted with the crowd a lot, so it was a very fun performance to watch.

Overall : 

This years Mela was really good, and I was very pleased to see such a large turn out and even more so the rain didn’t last long.

Just like the previous years, I was introduced to more performers, dancers, singers etc which is always good.

Please do visit this next year, as you will see when you get there you will have lots to do and see.

See you next year Mela!

Tuk Tuk (Glasgow) : Review

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Location

TUK TUK
426 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow
G2 3JD

Website

tuktukonline.com/book-glasgow/

Visit Date : 17th April 2017

I missed the Tuk Tuk bloggers event which looked really good fun. I did manage to see a few of the Facebook live videos for this night, which made me regret missing it more as they had Bollywood dancing and more.

I finally got round to coming to try Tuk Tuk Glasgow and this is what I thought.

On entering we were greeted and shown to our table, instantly your hit with multicoloured walls and a modern interior. Its got a very modern and relaxed feel to the place.

The voucher was 3 dishes to share between 2, but I miss read it as 3 dishes each…ah well I didn’t mind as we both had a nice time…anyway on to the food.

You are recommended to maybe order 2 to 3 dishes each, as its Indian Tapa style similar to Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

Drinks :

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Tonights staff were all very helpful explaining all the different dishes, what they were like and flavours. This I had to ask what a Thumbs Up was

Thumbs Up £2.85

This is a brand of cola in India, so I thought I would give it a try as I have never tried it.

It was ok…

The flavour was similar to Coke over here, but not as nice but pleasant to taste. Closest you could describe it as, maybe like a supermarkets own brand of cola.

BENGALI FISHCAKES £4.95
Rustic handmade railway station patties with mint sauce & salad

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I asked the waitress about these and she sold them for me, so I ordered them.

She was right they were really good, a very little spice to them and full of flavour. I would order these again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

CHILLI PANEER £4.90
Cottage cheese cooked in the wok with sweet and sour sauce

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I normally go for normal Paneer but I decided to see what this was like.

It was ok for me, maybe a little too spicy for my taste but was ok. Next time I would stick with the normal one.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4

ALOO GOBI £4.85
Baby potato & cauliflower curry with North Indian tomato gravy

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Normally don’t go for dishes like these, but thought first time here lets try new dishes.

I liked this a lot, it was full of flavour not that spicy and was very filling.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5

LASSIS £3 
An Indian take on a smoothie – a blended yoghurt drink served ice-cold and in a choice of fruity flavours. 

Flavours Available: Mango, Salted, Lychee, Coconut, Sweet

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Anytime I go to an Indian restaurant I always make sure to try a Lassi, normally its the Mango one as that for me is the best.

This was made perfectly, it wasn’t runny like water it wasn’t too thick just the correct consistency and taste was really good.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5

Overall :

Overall my first visit was a very good visit, the staff and food were really good.

The atmosphere was nice, and I liked that I knew a lot of the Bollywood songs playing in the background. (Kick, Happy New Year, Bang Bang etc..)

I will be going back to Tuk Tuk, as I want to try a few more dishes, so keep watching for my tweets or blog posts.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 5