10 Glasgow Restaurants I’m Dying to Try

10 Glasgow Restaurants I'm Dying to Try

As this posts, we’ll be somewhere over Canada, slowly working our way to our new hometown, Glasgow, Scotland. You know I’ve been on Yelp and compulsively making a list of restaurants that look totally awesome. You guys, I’m going to eat everything!

  1. The Wilson Street Pantry— You guys know I brunch like a boss, so when I saw all the hollondaise-covered egg dishes and French toast, I knew I had to check it out!
  2. The Butterfly and the Pig— The name of this place reminds me of The Pig and the Lady in Honolulu, but you won’t find any Asian fusion dishes here. This gastropub serves outrageous looking Scottish comfort food, and I’m ready to dig in!
  3. Sapori D’Italia— I’m accustomed to Italian-American food, preferably covered in gooey cheese. I don’t know if Italian food in the UK is a bit more authentic, but there seems to be no shortage of gooey cheese in the photos from this place. Let’s go.
  4. Avenue G Cafe— We’re having breakfast again, but there’s also fat fluffy waffles, killer pastries, and a photo of a chocolate caramel tart that makes me want to sing and dance. Let’s go here for 3-o-clock chocolate break.
  5. Celino’s— This Italian trattoria/deli looks like it has a bit of everything. Along with meats and cheeses, there’s some creamy dreamy risotto and some killer-looking desserts. Perfect for late afternoon grazing.
  6. Bloc+— Burgers as big as your head. That is all.
  7. Nic’s NYC Deli— You know I’m gonna need some American food. Donuts and chili dogs and killer sandwiches and more donuts. 
  8. Pena— This little coffee shop does sandwiches made in one of those 90’s pocket sandwich press thingies. I think they call them toasties in the UK. Whatever you want to call them, they look really fun and tasty. 
  9. Bread Meats Bread— Greasy burgers, sweet potato fries, milkshakes. I’m pretty much in heaven. 
  10. Trans-Europe Cafe— It’s train-themed and there are lots of photos of runny egg yolks. I’m so ready to have Europe at my fingertips.

There’s no telling how many of these places will prove to be as awesome as they seem, but I’m ready to try everything. Hopefully I’ll get to give you an up close view of some of these awesome looking restaurants soon. See you on the other side.

Awesome in August

Awesome in August

As I sit here typing, nearly everything we own has been packed into four suitcases. The rest of the straggling items have to be wrangled into my cute new carry on, but honestly, I don’t even think it will be that much of a challenge. I’m ready to go and yearning to have my own kitchen to cook in again.

We’ve been spending the whole month saying goodbye to all our favorite people and places. And since our kitchen is devoid of cooking equipment, we’ve been eating out a lot. I insisted on one last breakfast at Sweet E’s, and Geoff had to get in one more trip to the breakfast buffet at Duke’s. It was too dark to take photos in Real, A Gastropub, but you should definitely check it out! 

We also celebrated Geoff becoming a US Citizen just in time to leave the country. At least we’ll never have to apply for another visa for him to return to the country ever again. Seriously, immigration is the worst!

The interwebs made me hungry, as always. I want to dive right in to this Whipped Mexican Grilled Corn Dip from How Sweet It Is. It just looks like a bowlful of summer.

I resolve to get over my fear of frying and make these Crispy Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters from The Sugar Hit while living in Scotland. Can’t stop.

Joy the Baker is setting stuff on fire! I have to try that Meyer Lemon Bar Brulee. I better put a new brulee torch on my Glasgow shopping list.

And somehow you haven’t abandoned me during the summer of chaos. Here’s what you thought was awesome.

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding is so very satisfying. Creamy and squishy and chocolaty and just a touch boozy. It’s got it all.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

You can never get enough of Peanut Butter Fudge, and you’re not wrong. It’s the actual best.

White Chocolate Chip Brownies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I still remember how much I loved eating these White Chocolate Chip Brownies. You need to have some right now.

We have two more days in sweaty, beautiful Honolulu, then we plunge into the unknown. I’m holding my breath and preparing for awesomeness. See you there!

Best of Honolulu

Best of Honolulu | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Last night I had resigned myself to waking up and taking sad, ugly photos of the desperation brownies I made in an old frying pan that we unscrewed the handle from because I’ve given away all of my baking pans. They were delicious and just about the only thing that made me feel better, but they weren’t very pretty.

As of 4 am on the day of writing (which, in case you haven’t figured it out is the day before posting), my desperation turned to joy. My visa is in the mail, and I won’t have to be left behind after all. Let’s celebrate by remembering all the awesomeness that Honolulu has to offer.

Best Brunch

Sunday Brunch: Sweet E's Cafe

Going out for breakfast is possibly one of my all time favorite activities. There are so many outstanding places to get breakfast in this town, but my favorites are definitely Hula Grill and Sweet E’s. Everything on the menu is awesome. Geoff votes for the breakfast buffet at Duke’s Waikiki.

Best Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Bar 35

Coming in a close second to going out for breakfast is hitting up happy hour. Mexico Lindo has great food specials. Bar 35 has the best cocktail selection. Hula Grill gives you the best bang for your buck. But the place I really want to be is Home Bar. Tater tot nachos, baby.

Best Beaches

Waikiki Walking Tour

Honestly, we didn’t hang out at the beach as much as we probably should have. I get sunburned in about 20 minutes. I wasn’t made for a high UV index. We lived near Waikiki, so our favorite swimming spot was right in front of the Moana Surfrider. That’s the old plantation style hotel. The most beautiful beach with the softest sand has got to be Lanikai in Kailua. The best place to go snorkeling is definitely Three Tables on the North Shore. It’s just across from Foodland in Pupukea.

Best Burgers

Happy Hour: The Counter

We are not fine dining people. $20 a day is a lifestyle, people. Burgers it is! My favorite burger is at The Counter. I never tire of making new creations. Islands is pretty dang good, too. And our final meal in Honolulu will be at Cheeseburger in Paradise because that’s where it all began.

Best Adventures

Honolulu Zoo

The most easily accessible hike from Waikiki is Diamond Head, but that thing is super hot. I prefer Manoa Falls, which is also quite easy to get to and very jungly. They filmed Catching Fire and Jurassic World up there, among many others. If you’re feeling generous, you can also make a donation to visit Lyon Arboretum next door which is breathtaking.

We have slightly mixed feelings about the Honolulu Zoo, but I still love visiting the animals there, and I would recommend it if you’re visiting.

By far our favorite thing to do when visitors come to our island is to take them kayaking in Kailua. Combine it with breakfast at Cinnamon’s, then go to Mexico Lindo afterwards and treat yourself to a giant margarita. It’s the perfect day.

There are so many awesome places to visit on this island. I lived here for four years and have still left so many things unexplored. And so many wonderful places I didn’t get a chance to show you. I hope you visit Honolulu soon and find something awesome.

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