Tuesday, 14 November 2017


  • Castles, castles, castles. And Midhope Castle did not disappoint. Mainly because it is also known to some as 'Lallybroch' from Outlander, and I got to fan girl all over the place.
  • This gin collection of mine just keeps growing and growing with the most recent addition being a bottle of Edinburgh Gin Cannonball. This Navy Strength stuff is 57.2% so if you are trying it for yourself I would definitely stick to singles!
  • Zombie Princess freaking out the neighbourhood for Halloween. It's worrying how seriously Ava is starting to take this over-commercialised calendar date. Especially since it's my turn to do the costume next year..
  • A day spent in Inveraray is most definitely a day well spent. Particularly when it involves the picturesque scenes of the A83 and some delicious seafood next to the log fire in The George Hotel
  • Some very good coffee from It All Started Here and a wander around Shawlands with friends on a cold, drizzly Saturday afternoon. I had forgotten how many cute and interesting little stores and charity shops Shawlands actually had.
  • I drive past the derelict Sir John Maxwell school building in Pollokshaws almost very single day and I am dying to get in there & explore!
  • Still loving my new found love of whisky, and still a major fan of an Oban! This one was enjoyed in the cosy surroundings of the bar at Inn On The Loch while enjoying some lively folk music after eating way too much in the restaurant.
  • Beautiful serene scenes taken in Ardgartan on a leisurely drive home from lunch at The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar.
  • There's something about a big bowl of steaming hot pasta on the cold, dark nights that just makes me feel so cosy and satiated. And it's also incredibly easy when I have been too disorganised to stop at the supermarket and pick up stuff for dinner. I threw some penne, cream, shallots, mushrooms, peas, garlic and white wine together the other night and came up with this. Totally hit the spot.
  • Looking forward to the weekend and finally trying some of these amazing little 50cl miniatures from The Gin Bothy. These boxes make the perfect Christmas presents so I highly recommend you get on their website and get ordering for your nearest and dearest gin fan friend or family member. I already have!
  • Dirty Martinis at The Boyd Roderick. I heard a sneaky rumour that these guys are giving away a meal for 2 on their Facebook page. Check it out here.
  • Exploring the abandoned railway station underneath the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow a couple of Sundays ago. 

  • The Cafe Royal in Edinburgh looking very pretty lit up in the dark. We finally made it through to Edinburgh recently to try some Mexican food at Wahaca (somewhere I have wanted to go for ages). Not only was the food good but it even got a massive thumbs up from Ava so we will definitely be back!
  • Speaking of trying new places, I finally got myself down to Surf Dogs for some gourmet hot dogs. The Currywurst with Sauerkraut was a definite a winner. So much so that I may have eaten there again last night.
  • Sweeties galore at the Busy B 2018 launch night last week. We got to peruse all the beautiful new stuff they have designed for 2018 as well as drink fizz with edible flowers, eat delicious canapes and get our very own diary for 2018 personalised in calligraphy. This was such a lovely event and I can't wait to get ordering some beautiful new diaries for all of my friends this Christmas. You can view their full collection on their website.
  • Gnocchi is something I love but for some reason I just never cook it. Until I discovered The Body Coach's Chicken & Leek Gnocchi Bake recipe and then made it twice in one week.

  • Churros, all the chocolate and caramel dips and some tasty ice-cream at Loop & Scoop in the west end. If you haven't visited yet then this is a must for anyone who likes to indulge. Ava's already been twice and will not stop asking when our next visit is.
  • Cosy early nights in bed with Scotland Magazine & cups of Chamomile & Honey tea. I'm not a great sleeper and have suffered with bad insomnia on and off for the past couple of years. I recently started having one of these teas every evening before bed along with a Magnesium supplement pill and have been sleeping like a baby ever since. If you have trouble sleeping then I highly recommend you get some Magnesium down ya, they honestly work!
  • I did that thing again, didn't I? Where I accidentally used the same photo twice in the same blog post? I want to be bothered enough to change it. But I'm not. Because I am lazy blogger personafied. Soz.
  • Finally, delicious seafood pasta at (relatively) new Celino's Partick in the west end. This dish was pretty bloody tasty, but the pate starter was out of this world. For years I have been trying to find somewhere that does better pate than Celino's and it's still not happened. If you pay a visit then please order it as a starter. You will not regret it.

1 comment:

wholelottarosie said...

Ava looks ace here! My preferred comfort food is a delicious creamy risotto - a hug in a bowl and perfect for frosty evenings.