Eating Out: Howlin' Wolf

Eating Out: The Howlin’ Wolf

Eating Out: Howlin' Wolf

We haven’t been in Glasgow that long yet, and there are so many awesome restaurants to explore here. It’s taken a while to make it back to the same place twice, but we finally made a second visit to The Howlin’ Wolf, a blues themed pub and restaurant on Bath Street in the Glasgow City Centre.

Eating Out: Howlin' Wolf

We came here on our first weekend in Glasgow, and I knew there was more on the menu I wanted to try. The atmosphere here is super cool. Blues music is obviously always playing in the background, and there’s also a bit of a psychedelic vibe in their branding. It’s a basement location, so it’s cozy but not remotely gloomy. I haven’t taken part yet, but I know they also feature live music on a regular basis.

Eating Out: Howlin' Wolf

We went for lunch, and that made it a bit cheaper. I’d say the prices here are not out of bounds but more on the special occasion end of the spectrum. Geoff had a mini pizza with chicken and peppers. There wasn’t a crumb left.

Eating Out: Howlin' Wolf

I tried the spicy meatball sandwich and the skinny fries. My sandwich was great. Full of flavor and just the right size to fill me up without making me feel stuffed. The fries were unfortunately not as crisp as I like.

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Without a doubt my favorite thing about Howlin’ Wolf is the blues singer themed craft cocktails. I had the Blind Lemon Jefferson this time around, but I’ll be stopping in here for a drink again soon to try even more of their creative cocktails. This one was obviously made with lemon juice but also featured Chambord. It was sweet and wonderfully tart. I was sad that it was over so soon.

Ban the blues by treating yourself to a cocktail at Howlin’ Wolf. And be sure to call me because I want one, too.

Maple Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Maple Cheesecake

Maple Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I thought I remembered what 48 degrees felt like. You guys, I was wrong. Hawaii has spoiled me forever. But  let’s not talk about the weather Weather is boring.

Let’s talk about staying awesome when the world is hinting that maybe you aren’t. Let’s talk about continuing to put your voice out into the world, even if you feel like no one is listening. Let’s talk about not giving up, even when it would make life much easier. Perseverance, kids. That’s how to be awesome. Then, let’s talk about cheesecake.

Maple Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Not everyone is a pumpkin fan. I don’t quite understand it, but I hear it’s true. There are plenty of other fall and winter flavors to celebrate with, though. Like maple. Sweet, sweet, golden maple. Just close your eyes and put yourself in a Vermont forest. What’s more winter than that?

Maple Cheesecake is slicked with gleaming maple syrup, giving it a shine that makes it pretty enough for your holiday table. You may not believe me, but this cheesecake is actually not that sweet. It is, however, creamy dreamy good and quite simple to make. And it pretty much has to be made ahead of time, so there’s nothing to worry about while you’re getting dinner together.

Maple Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t let anything get you down, and definitely don’t let anything get between you and Maple Cheesecake.

Maple Cheesecake
Serves 10
Smooth, creamy Maple Cheesecake is dripping with golden maple syrup and winter cheer.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 9 graham crackers or digestive biscuits smashed into crumbs
  2. 3 ounces (six tablespoons) butter, melted
  3. 2 drops maple extract (optional)
  4. 24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  5. 1/4 sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  7. 1/2 cup maple syrup plus more for drizzling
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and pull out your nine-inch springform pan.
  2. Stir together your crumbs, melted butter, and maple extract if you have it until the crumbs are moistened. Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of your springform pan and stash it in the fridge while you make your cheesecake batter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, and maple syrup until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until smooth after each one. Scrape down the side of your pan. Add in the lemon juice, and give it all one last mix.
  4. Put a kettle of water on to boil. Remove your pan from the fridge and wrap the outside in plastic wrap followed by a double layer of foil to keep out the water from the water bath you're about to create.
  5. Pour your cheesecake batter over your crust. Place the pan inside a roasting pan. Open the oven and pull out the middle rack. Place the roasting pan on the rack and carefully pour the recently boiled water from your kettle into the roasting pan until it comes halfway up the outside of your springform pan.
  6. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until your cheesecake is barely wobbly. Turn off the oven, open the door, and let your cheesecake cool in the oven for at least an hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and the roasting pan. Peal back the foil, and allow your cheesecake to cool on the counter until it comes to room temperature. Move your cheesecake to the fridge to chill for at least 8 hours.
  7. When you're ready to serve, remove the collar from your springform pan and place your cheesecake onto a plate or pretty platter or cake stand. Generally pour maple syrup over the top to create a shiny shallow lake of sweetness. Slice and serve and smile.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
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Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Well, I destroyed my first umbrella already. It’s been blustery and cold the past few days. Imagine me not owning a sweater walking down the street with an inside out umbrella, wet shoes, and fingerless gloves. Imagine everyone around me cracking up watching this hopeless Hawaiian girl trying to survive in Glasgow. I’m only mildly questioning my life choices.

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

In other awesome news, Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups taste almost as good with puff pastry as they did when I first tested them in Hawaii with crescent roll dough. I have a feeling Brits would be horrified by dough in tubes. I’m not ashamed to say crescent rolls are one of my favorite foods. When I was sick, I’d just eat a whole batch of them with butter and honey because sick people don’t care about being sensible. They just want to be happy.

These will be awesome with whatever kind of puffy, flaky dough you can get your hands on because that bread is filled with cheese and pepperoni. What could go wrong? If you do have to use puff pastry, you’ll just have to cut your sheet into 8 triangles. Use a pizza cutter. Simple.

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stay dry. Eat Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups. Be awesome.

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups
Yields 8
Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are bursting with cheese and perfect for a game day or party snack.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tube crescent roll dough OR a sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  2. 16 slices pepperoni, cut in half
  3. 4 mozzarella string cheeses, cut in half
  4. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. Pizza sauce for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 for crescent rolls or 400 for puff pastry and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If using crescent roll dough, carefully unroll it and separate the 8 triangles. If using puff pastry, carefully unroll it and cut it into 8 triangles. I started by cutting it into 4 rectangles and then cutting each triangle diagonally.
  3. Arrange four half slices of pepperoni onto each triangle. Place a half of a string cheese at the short end of each triangle. Sprinkle garlic powder over each triangle.
  4. Roll up your cheese and pepperoni inside the dough. You can fold over any flaps on the end. Place your roll ups on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool a few minutes before serving with pizza sauce for dipping.
Adapted from Plain Chicken
Adapted from Plain Chicken
http://awesomeon20.com/
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