The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Vapiano

Vapiano

New to The Glasgow Veggie Diaries? This series is where you’ll find me sharing the most awesome meat-free food options around town, so whether you or a member of your posse are vegetarian, feel free to use this as your official guide to who is doing it right!

You can also catch up with all of my previous Glasgow Veggie Diaries entries here

The first time I tried Vapiano was a couple of years back, when Gary and I went to to their Soho restaurant during one of our London jaunts. Their relaxed approach to dining, plus the ability to customise pretty much any dish from the menu, made me wish we had one in Glasgow! Fast-forward to January 2018 and Vapiano have now opened their doors at 235 Buchanan Street – making Glasgow the latest addition to nearly 200 restaurants that Vapiano have under their belt.

Vapiano

I couldn’t wait to have some of Vapiano’s hearty Italian food in my home town, so I popped along last week for a pizza the action (sorry!)…

The Restaurant

Vapiano opened their first restaurant about 16 years ago and now have locations in over 30 countries. Their newest is in the former Virgin Megastore on Buchanan Street – an iconic Glasgow building and one with a lot of personal memories for me!

The first thing that hit me when I walked in was how they’ve really made this space their own, with bright, spacious seating areas and a huge staircase.

Vapiano

The Menu

Vapiano offer a range of classic Italian dishes – pasta, pizza, risotto, antipasti and lasagne are served alongside soup specials and salad options. It’s somewhere between table service and self-serve, with designated counters for different types of food. You want pasta? Go see the pasta guy. After some pizza (and I’m always after some pizza, let’s be real!)? The pizza counter is waiting, mama…

There are several options available on the menu, but one of the main attractions of Vapiano is being able to pick everything that goes into your dish. And I mean EVERYTHING! Ordering pasta, for example, I got to pick the type of pasta, the oil it was cooked in, the type of garlic that went in, you name it. The chef will then cook your meal in front of you. For veggies, vegans and buddies with other dietary requirements, the love is in the details – and being in control means you can order, chill out and enjoy your meal!

Also, in each area of the menu, the meat-free dishes are helpfully signposted in their own Vegetariano section. 

Vapiano

What I Ate

I started with some pasta and the Crema di Funghi was calling out to me. I’m so glad I answered the call, you guys! It was so creamy, yet light and packed with oyster and button mushrooms – I asked for extra garlic and parmesan and it took it to another level. I’m not sure if I could order from Vapiano and not get this pasta again!

Vapiano

Anyone who knows me will know by now that pizza has a special place in my heart so it wasn’t too long before I headed over to the pizza counter and ordered the Verdure (roasted vegetable) pizza. This was ready super quick, full of flavour and plenty for one hungry person or a couple of people to share. Pro tip: get a pasta and a pizza and split them between two people – that way, there’s no need to choose!

I really wanted to try the salad, and by that I mean I really wanted to try the raspberry-maple house dressing (HELLO, IS IT ME YOU’RE LOOKIN’ FOR??) so I ordered a small side salad. I loved the dressing and have a feeling it’ll taste really awesome on one of the main salads with goats’ cheese…

Towards the end of my meal I must’ve found my second wind because I went from “oh no, I couldn’t possibly” to “I’ll have the tiramisu” in the blink of an eye. Trust me, at Vapiano you’re going to want to leave room for dessert – and anything you can’t manage can be boxed up and taken home to enjoy later.

Vapiano

Final Thoughts

Vapiano’s easy-breezy dining style makes their new Glasgow restaurant the perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal. And, by ordering with the chefs directly, you’re able to fully customise your dish, making the experience for vegetarians easy-breezy too!

Have you visited Vapiano? What’s your favourite dish? Has a salad dressing ever inspired you to sing Lionel Ritchie songs?

Minty Fresh: Balmain x Specsavers

Balmain x specsavers

There’s nothing like going along to a press day filled with beautiful eyewear to give you that little kick in the pants to go and get your eyes tested! After spending way too much time swooning over the new Balmain x Specsavers collection in December, I made a mental note to self to book into my local Specsavers opticians to check up on my peepers.

It turned out, according to the team at my appointment, that it had been about three years (whoops!) since I had a proper eye test so it was definitely a welcome reminder! My appointment was super thorough – checking my overall eye health as well as my vision.

Balmain x specsavers

My eyesight is pretty good (I mean, I CAN spot a Paul Rudd movie when Gary is trying to discreetly switch channels in the next room before I notice – it’s a skill, you guys!), but like anyone using a computer for hours at a time, my eyes can get tired so it’s good to have glasses that I can reach for when I need them. Having an up-to-date prescription is even nicer!

When it came to picking out a new pair from the Balmain x Specsavers range, it was like a scene from Sophie’s Choice. There are 13 very unique frames in the collection and they are all so stylish – I loved trying them on (twice!).

Balmain x specsavers

Eventually, I settled on these minty green ones – the pastel shade is perfect for Spring and the chunky acetate gives them a bit of an exaggerated feel. When it comes to accessories, I can’t get enough of fun, statement pieces and these glasses are no exception! Balmain are known for bold, modern designs and it’s awesome to see the French fashion house inject some of their signature style into our high street.

Whether I’m sitting working on something new, having a movie marathon, or face-deep in a book for a few hours, I’m keeping these bad boys handy from now on.

Have you seen the Balmain x Specsavers collection yet? Any pairs caught your eye (HA!)?

Learn Something New This Year: Glasgow Workshops & Classes You Need to Try

glasgow workshops

Hola, friends! A few weeks back you may remember that I was chatting all about jumping into 2018 with positive intentions and seeing the shiny potential that lies in the months ahead – and my first suggestion was about trying something new! Now, that sentiment can take many different forms BUT one practical way you can really throw yourself into something new and exciting is by signing up for a course or event.

Lately, I’ve noticed quite a few Glasgow workshops & classes have launched for this year and wanted to tell you about the ones that caught my eye and look particularly fun! Whether you’re looking to build a new skill, or just want to spend some free time doing something different, I think you’ll love the look of these.

Here are the Glasgow workshops & classes you need to know about…

Vanilla Ink’s Jewellery School 

With 35 years of combined experience in the jewellery industry, Vanilla Ink’s Kate and Scott have created a comprehensive programme of learning to suit everyone from beginners to more advanced students in their Glasgow workshop. Silver jewellery, stone setting and wax carving are just a few of the awesome classes they offer – check out the full range here!

Papercup’s Barista Basics 

If you love coffee and have always wanted to learn how the pros make that perfect cup, the team at Papercup have you covered with their Barista Basics evenings. Over a 3-hour event, you’ll pick up a mix of theory, history and practical work (including those elusive latte art techniques!) and walk away with an increased knowledge of espresso-based coffee – and maybe a little bit of a caffeine buzz too…

Sew, De-stress and be Social with Sew Confident 

My bestie is one of these clever cookies that can make her own clothes. Like, she’s AMAZING. As in, made her own wedding dress amazing. Do you ever look at that kind of talent and feel a bit in awe? Well, Sew Confident have set up a one-stop shop for upskilling on all things sewing, with crafty classes that cover crocheting, quilting and oodles of clothes and accessories. They also promote sewing as a social hobby that can help you to de-stress and have fun! Find out more about what they do and how to book here.

Laura Elizabeth Patrick’s Brush Lettering 

If your handwriting is more Comic Sans than calligraphy, and you’ve always wanted to learn how to form beautiful lettering, I think Laura’s class will be just your cup of tea! Suitable for first-timers or experienced inkers, this hands-on event will teach you how to create letters with a brush, a pot of black ink and some new know-how. These are one-off classes and there are still spaces available for the March event, so hop to it!

Jewellery Making Workshops with Bonnie Bling

I first revealed Bonnie Bling’s new jewellery making workshops in this post, and, having been along and made my very own charm necklace at Mhairi’s first event, I couldn’t recommend spending an afternoon (or morning for that matter!) of Blinging and blethering enough! Bonnie Bling have just announced more classes and I have a feeling there will be even more to come. If bright, tongue-in-cheek accessories are your bag, this one’s for you!

Let’s make 2018 the year we push ourselves out of our comfort zones (and have a blast while we do it!). And please give me a shout if you give any of these Glasgow workshops, classes and events a go – I’d love to hear how you get on!