Awesome in March

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

March was actually pretty tough. We started off with a snow storm, got a dog, and haven’t seen the sun in Scotland since I don’t know when. Work has been absolutely ridiculous, and I’ve been feeling like a non-stop failure.

We got to make two trips down to England to visit family. I love a train journey, though they’re slightly less relaxing with a dog. I do love the change of scenery and the chance to get out of the city for a while when we’re down there. It’s also nice not have to make as many decisions or wash as many dishes. We finished the month with waffles and candied bacon at the new Tribeca in Merchant City, and it was absolutely lovely.

I’m thinking I definitely need to eat these Honey Cheddar Scones with Black Pepper. They look absolutely gorgeous. 

This Lemon Sugar Cookie Crumb Pie is just pure genius. I have a feeling I won’t be able to share.

I lost it the first time I saw these Mini Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes. This photo makes me absolutely ravenous. 

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Some of your favorites this month were a buttery nipple milkshake, chocolate peanut butter gooey butter cake, and caramel butterscotch muffins. That’s my kind of sweet tooth. 

We might make it above 10 degrees in the next week. Fingers crossed we’re diving into Spring any minute now. Love ya, kids.

10 More Glasgow Restaurants I'm Dying to Try

10 More Glasgow Restaurants I’m Dying to Try

10 More Glasgow Restaurants I'm Dying to Try

So, a few months ago I went and took photos at a great little restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant City called Smoak. They had a bunch of tasty and creative dishes, including some seriously awesome venison sausage mini corn dogs I think of with fondness on the reg. For various stupid reasons, I had yet to write my post about Smoak, and when we walked past it a couple of days ago, I discovered it has closed down and been replaced by a second location of a West End burger joint. While I’m sure this burger place is good, I’m guessing they won’t be able to give me venison corn dogs, freshly brewed iced tea, or amazing poutine. I hate to see a great local restaurant close. This made me realize I definitely need to go out to eat more often. 

A deep dive into Yelp has led me to a few restaurants I need to try to get to before it’s too late.

Hutcheson’s Bar & Brasserie – Most of Hutcheson’s menu seems a bit upscale for my low-class taste, but the restaurant itself looks beautiful, and the brunch menu sounds amazing. Hopefully I can treat myself to a fancy ass brunch one of these weekends.

Meat Bar – Cheeseburgers might be my all time favorite food. If there’s a restaurant offering up ridiculous burgers, you can bet I’ll get in line. 

The Shandon Belles – Nothing like an old school bistro with classic dishes that doesn’t go overboard with pretentious presentation or trendy ingredients. Just give me some delicious classic food, please. Not outrageously expensive is good as well.

Topalabamba – This is one of the few Mexican restaurants in Glasgow that actually has a good reputation. They have a varied menu that includes smoked chicken taquitos. I’m into it. 

La Fiorentina – We used to walk past this place all the time when we lived on the south side, but we never actually ate here. Their pasta menu is long. That’s what I like to see. It seems like it’s been around for a long time, so that’s a good sign.

The Crafty Pig – This place is right up my alley. Bar food slightly elevated but still unpretentious. Fried chicken, burgers, great drinks. I’m gonna need more than one visit to try it all. 

Firebird – We love pizza, and the ones at Firebird look brilliantly creative. I’m a sucker for a pizza with a runny egg at its center. Must try. 

Eusebi Deli – So basically, everything at Eusebi Deli sounds amazing. They have pasta on their brunch menu, and I’m not mad at it. 

Halloumi – It’s a restaurant named after cheese. I love a place where you can order a bunch of small plates at pick at a bunch of different flavors. And when one of them is grilled cheese, you bet I’ll be there. 

Barolo Grill – This place looks like a great date night. Something you could wear an actual dress for once. Glass of wine, giant bowl of pasta, maybe splurge for dessert, all while sharing stories with the person you love most. 

Now for the most important question. Who wants to go out to eat with me?

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Brunch comes with different expectations in Scotland than it does in America. They’re looking for a lot of fried meats, eggs, maybe some beans and vegetables. As an American with a hardcore sweet tooth, I’m looking for something different. It’s not always easy to find. For me, TriBeCa is the pot of gold at the end of my Scottish brunch rainbow.

All those things that Scottish people are looking for, yeah, they have that. But they also have gorgeous, fluffy giant pancakes, beautiful waffles and French toast, and crispy candied bacon by the pile. It’s the most authentically American brunch place I’ve found in this country. 

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

Geoff and I did actually split the difference and order according to our respective countries of origin. He went for the Manhattan Grand Slam which I’m not sure anyone from Manhattan would actually eat, but it was exactly what he wanted. Just look at all that food, man.

Sunday Brunch: TriBeCa Bar & Grill

While I was tempted to go for a giant breakfast with a bit of everything, I knew that was overly ambitious, so I opted for the Original Brooklyn, which is a big ass stack of beautiful pancakes with a side of candied streaky bacon, which you can see is not skimpy. I really appreciate them bringing me a proper amount of maple syrup. They get it here. That’s why I can’t wait to get back.

Looking at the menu, TriBeCa might seem a bit expensive, but the portions are huge and the quality is great. It’s an excellent weekend treat. It’s totally worth it. No one has yet been able to top this breakfast experience for me. So, when can we get back?

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