Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Osteria Del Tempo Perso has definitely become my favorite Italian restaurant in Glasgow. All the flavors are deep and rich. Every dish I’ve tried has been great. Plus, it’s located in the heart of the city centre, just off George Square, so it’s easy to access for a week night date or long lunch.

Osteria has the potential to be very expensive, but if you order off the set menu, it’s quite affordable, especially for the quality. Lunch is the best bargain if you can manage to get there on a weekday afternoon.

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

I’ve had many great dishes here, but my favorite is definitely the spaghetti bolognese. If a restaurant can’t make the basics outstanding, there’s no point in bothering with fancier dishes. The pasta is cooked absolutely perfectly, and the flavor developed in the sauce is deep and delicious. I never want to stop eating it.

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

Geoff had the lasagna this time. It’s layered with cheese and the same rich bolognese. It’s a classic done absolutely perfectly.

Eating Out: Osteria Del Tempo Perso

We also had dessert this time. They make a different version of ricotta cheesecake each day. We opted fr white chocolate this time, but they also had mango that day. This is a no-bake, fluffy confection. I dare you not to like it.

They also have a selection of wines by the glass or bottle, a few of which are quite affordable. 

I love simple Italian food, and Osteria Del Tempo Person does it perfectly. Go check it out. I promise, it’ll be awesome.

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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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