Awesome in October | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Awesome in October

Awesome in October | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve only been back for two days, and I’m already doing a catch up post. It’s cool because October is the best, even when you do practically nothing.

We finally found a good Mexican restaurant in Glasgow. If you haven’t been to Bibi’s Cantina yet, book a table right now. It’s small and intimate, and if you show up and there’s not a table available, you’ll be really sad. They give you a sample of their margarita as soon as you walk in, and there’s complimentary chips and salsa, as there should be. Everything was awesome, and I want to go back.

We’re also in the planning stages of remodeling our bathroom. We currently have the dumbest bathroom on the face of the earth, so I can’t wait to gut the whole thing and start again. Do you want to see the progress?

I’m currently reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I’m possibly the last person on Earth to read this book, but just in case you haven’t, it’s so funny and engaging. I love a book that keeps me laughing. Once I’m finished, we’re going to watch the Amazon Prime series, so I’d love to hear your feedback if you’ve seen that, as well.

I’ve mostly been reveling in the change of the leaves. Autumn is my favorite time of year, even though it doesn’t actually get hot here in the summer. There’s something magical about the blazing trees and the crisp air that I never get tired of. The colors can make even the most depressing places suddenly beautiful. It’s all a matter of perspective.

This might also be my favorite time for internet food. Here’s what I loved.

Are we still allowed to eat things for breakfast that aren’t covered in avocado? I hope so, because I’m dying for these Chocolate Cardamom Morning Rolls from A Cozy Kitchen.

Whenever I go to a new to me Italian restaurant, I always order the Bolognese because if that’s good, everything else will be. Can’t wait to try The Best Bolognese recipe from Broma Bakery to see if it stacks up.

Michelle of Hummingbird High is out with a new book, Weeknight Baking. It looks amazing, and I hope I can get a copy soon. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake has got me swooning.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes during this very quiet month on Awesome on 20 were Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Parmesan Fried Gnocchi. We’re feeling savoury this month, I guess. I like it.

I’m diving into big changes right now, and I hope you’re with me. Let’s make it awesome.

Awesome in March

Awesome in March

To be honest, my friends, March hasn’t been that awesome. Having two wires coming out of your little finger is more restrictive than you might imagine. The wires should come out in about a week and a half, but my finger will be in a splint until at least the 1st of May. I realize that a broken finger is no great tragedy and that there are people struggling with much more than this. Injuries and poor health get me down, and I haven’t yet figured out how to stop that.

We did manage to get out and do a few things this month. We celebrated our 8th anniversary by getting into our wedding clothes and going out for pizza at Pizza East. We drank Toffee White Russians and toasted my mom’s birthday at what we thought was The Duchess but was actually in the process of becoming Palais. We hope to get back there soon and try out the new menu.

We also finally managed to eat some really good Eggs Benedict at Hutcheson’s. I don’t think we’d be able to afford to eat there any other time of day, and while the brunch menu is a bit pricey, it’s not outrageous, and the quality definitely matches the price.

We also saw Captain Marvel and had a lot of fun. I liked that they never made any comment about her being a woman (apart from in her past human life), her appearance was never an issue, and she never had to use sex to get what she wanted. I also loved the 90s music and her simple grunge look. Oh how I wished I could look that effortlessly good in jeans and a t-shirt. I’m sure I’ll be taking a picture of Brie Larson with me the next time I get my hair done. But beyond that, it was a really fun super hero movie, made all the more brilliant by the presence of Samuel L. Jackson. Go see it. Take all the girls.

Here’s what I want to eat this month. If I could wake up to this Shakshuka Chilaquiles, I think I would be happy all day.

I’ve loved cornbread since childhood, and this Polenta Cornbread looks absolutely beautiful.

This Oatmeal Cream Pie Cake looks like it might make all my texture dreams come true.

Your favorite dishes this month were Passion Fruit Green Tea, Parmesan Fried Gnocchi, and Mint Brownies. You guys are geniuses.

April is going to be rough. Let’s find some beautiful moments, friends. Be awesome.

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?

Awesome in May

Awesome in May

Awesome in May

May was miles long, and an emotional roller coaster at that. We reveled in the sunny days that May brings by grilling out, enjoying brunch at Cafe Hula, and taking plenty of long walks, including 10 miles along the Kelvin Walkway. We hit up a mediocre food festival where we nonetheless ate some awesome cheese fries. We watched Portugal win Eurovision with a truly beautiful song. And most importantly, I avoided Mother’s Day like a boss. When your mom is dead and you also happen to be in the top 10 of worst moms ever, it’s a horrible horrible holiday. We wrapped it all up with pizza from Pizza Punks before I have to head off on another dreaded camping trip. Looks like June’s gonna be a doozy, too.

What else is up? I finally finished reading The Stand after more than two months. It was good, but not life changing. I just felt so accomplished getting through 1325 pages. We also saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and were thoroughly entertained. 

The internet is delicious as always. This Golden Chai Layer Cake is just completely beautiful. I love a spice cake, but this is just next level gorgeous. 

I definitely want this Minty Mango Margarita Punch to show up at my next party. 

It’s a struggle to find a proper buffalo chicken sandwich in Scotland. This Healthier Oven Fried Sweet Tea Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is singing my song.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorites this month were cheese-stuffed meatloaf, classic crunchy peanut butter cookies, and double chocolate muffins. As always, I’m coming over for dinner. 

June’s a deep dive into summer mode. Get ready to celebrate.

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Awesome in January

Yes, I know we’re solidly in February by now, but January completely kicked my ass there at the end. A bunch of stupid crap that nobody cares about has sapped my energy, but to be honest, I almost wish I had been in a coma for the past couple of weeks so I wouldn’t have to wake up every morning and read the horrible, scary news. But guys, we’re gonna get through this together and be more awesome than ever before. The struggle is real, but so is my love for humanity and my desperate desire to evolve into Star Trek culture where we finally figure out that we’re all connected and can stop wasting our energy fighting each other and start focusing on sharing some damn compassion.

Woe, that went off the rails a bit. Right. January. Good stuff.

I saw La La Land and was totally won over. I’ve had crushes on both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling for ages, but they really broke my heart here. If only they’d spent a couple more weeks in dance class working on their arm extension and general epaulement. If you’re not a former dance teacher, you’ll never notice it, and even if you are, City of Stars will still make you cry. This film is completely immersive. See it in the theatre to be fully transported.

Or if you’re not up for leaving your house, watch Sing Street on Netflix. I promise you’ll be very very happy.

I ate some outstanding schnitzel at Bavaria Brauhaus in Glasgow. The food was stellar. You’ve gotta check it out. We also had some fancy burgers at Drygate Brewery. I’d definitely do that again.

Best news of all, we got a cat!!! I am a full on cat person, but because we were renting, I’ve lived in a cat free home since 2009. I’m so happy to have Leeloo in our house running around chasing shadows, knocking stuff over, and being generally awesome. I will never stop posting her picture. She’s a beauty.

Internet food is always my friend. Scottish people do a lot of things well, but they don’t really do Mexican food. I can’t wait to try making my own Spicy Chorizo Queso Dip a la Love and Olive Oil. I just hope I can find the right cheese.

Also, Taco Frachos, ’cause duh.

I’m totally smitten with these Chocolate Hand Pies from Sally. They’ve almost got me wanting to be into Valentine’s Day. 

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your January favorites were Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies. I could probably eat about 47 peanut butter cookies right now.

February will be over in a flash, and before you know it, the light will be back and we’ll be singing in the sunshine. Get into it.



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