Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

I used to be so spoiled living a mile outside a major tourist area where people want to spend every day brunching their hearts out. I didn’t realize how good I had it until I moved to the land of the full Scottish breakfast. Guys, I can’t do that much pork in one go. I mean, I love bacon, but it’s just not what I look forward to when I go out for breakfast.

Luckily, we found Avenue Coffee in the West End of Glasgow. In addition to a more traditional breakfast, they also have some lovely baked egg options, as well as pastries and what I’m sure is amazing coffee. 

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

I got a fresh berry lemonade that was delightful. I’ve also had their chai latte, and it was awesome. 

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

This time around, I ordered the French toast with bacon. It was crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. I only wish there had been more maple syrup, but I think that’s an American thing.

Sunday Brunch: Avenue Coffee

Geoff got their version of a Scottish breakfast and absolutely loved it. It included Stornoway black pudding, a potato scone, both regular and chorizo sausage, and one of their lovely baked eggs. 

This place can be a bit crowded as it’s quite small and very popular. I recommend going early if you can, otherwise, you might end up squished upstairs on the mezzanine as we did on this day.

I think Avenue Coffee would also be a great place for an afternoon treat. I’ll definitely be going back. 

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8 Tips for Awesome Street Food

8 Tips for Awesome Street Food

8 Tips for Awesome Street Food

You can’t keep me away from a food festival. Whether it’s a food truck rally, a pop-up event, a farmer’s market, or a county fair, if someone’s selling food out of a stall or truck, I’ve got to check it out. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of the next local street food event.

Survey the Scene

If the event is any good, you’ll have plenty of amazing choices. Before you buy anything, make the rounds and check out what’s available so you avoid the hardship of finding something awesome while you’re already eating.

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Divide and Conquer

If you’re there with a friend or in a group, consider sharing. If everyone gets something from a different vendor, you can mix and match and get to experience more of what the event has to offer.

Consider the Logistics

You’re eating outside, probably without a table, so consider what it will take to get the food into your mouth. Don’t get anything that will need to be eaten with a knife and fork. You’ll never manage it. Choose foods that can be eaten without utensils, preferably wrapped in some sort of carbs. Also consider the possibility of drippy sauces, as these can be irksome for both hands and clothes. There may or may not be plentiful napkins about.

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Have a Balanced Approach to Price

The cheapest food might be amazing, or it might be awful or even make you sick. Conversely, the most expensive food probably has some sort of hipster tax attached because it’s served in a shovel or something stupid. Normally I say cheap is best, but when it comes to street food, it might be best to go more down the middle. Splurge for quality, especially when it comes to meat.

Bring Your Own Drink

I’ve seen food trucks that will try to sell you a jar of lemonade for $10. Even when you factor in keeping the jar, those lemons had better be made from liquid gold. Drinks can sometimes be overpriced at events and festivals, so throw your water bottle in your bag before you head out, just in case.

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Go Early

Food trucks and stalls have limited space, so popular items can sell out fast. Try to get there early if you can to make the most of the selection and avoid lines. This also means that if you want to, you can get out before it gets cramped and crazy.

Always Say Yes to Samples

There’s usually a lo to of competition at markets and festivals and such, so lots of places will be giving out samples. It’s free food, guys. Try everything. You might discover a new ethnic food you never even knew you loved. And if someone is selling packaged products rather than cooked food, they’ll probably let you try their wares before making a purchase. We once tasted 8 cheeses at one booth at a farmer’s market. It was amazing.

Keep It Clean

The restroom possibilities may be limited. If you think you might be heading into porta-potty territory, consider bringing some wet wipes along since you may not get a chance to wash your hands properly. 

If you hear about a chance to get some street food, don’t miss it. Food trucks are so creative, so you’re almost certain to get something great. The impermanence of the whole thing makes it seem that much more special. Get out there and eat something awesome.

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Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Normally, Geoff and I are a team of two when we take the camera into a restaurant or bar to share with you, but when our friends heard we were going for two-for-one burgers at NYC Glasgow, they all wanted to come along. We had an awesomely delicious time.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Beyond it’s amazing burgers and dogs, NYC Glasgow has an impressive selection of creative cocktails. I had the Roasted Toasted White Russian. It was dangerously tasty. I also noticed that they have cocktails on special for £3.50 during the week. There’ so many ways to save money here. Is it any wonder the whole gang wanted to come out?

But you know we’re in it for the burgers, kids. Let’s see what everybody ate.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Up first is the Red Hot. Believe it or not, this is not Geoff’s burger. Though much enjoyed, I think it was outrageously spicy. It’s got jalapenos, pepper relish, and hot sauce. You’ve been warned.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Geoff’s on a bit of a health kick, so he went with the Staten Island, which is a falafel burger. He must have loved it because he was completely finished eating before I even got more than a few bites in me.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

Another friend had the Buffalo Chicken burger. I’ve had this before, and it was the thing that got me so excited about going back to NYC Glasgow. Though I enjoyed the burger I had, I think I’d definitely stick to the Buffalo Chicken from now on. The chicken is tendered, and they’re not shy with the buffalo sauce. 

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

The Philly Cheesesteak Burger is a mashup of the two classic sandwiches into one massive experience. Look at that cheese sauce, guys. Come on.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

The Notorious P.I.G. is a bacon-wrapped dog topped with bbq pulled pork. I always have my doubts about a hot dog served on a baguette because I think chewy bread makes it too difficult to eat, but you’re going to have to go at this with a knife and fork anyway, so I think you’ll be fine.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

The Santa Fe has some great Southwest flavor, and there are tortilla chips on your burger. I’m very pro chips on sandwich, so I have a feeling this was extra awesome.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

I had the Manhattan, and it was delicious. The burger was juicy, and the accompaniments were well-balanced. You probably guessed that I removed the onion rings and gave them to Geoff. It was still awesome.

Burgerology: NYC Glasgow

And somehow, after all this burger action, some people still had room for dessert. The sticky toffee pudding looked great. I’m hoping to get a chocolate peanut butter shake next time I go back.

With all burgers and dogs being two-for-one from Sunday to Thursday, I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t go here for a mid-week treat. The food is great, the selection is impressive, and the cocktail game is strong. Definitely go check out NYC Glasgow next time you need a serious burger fix.

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