Skipping Straight to Dessert at Loop & Scoop

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If you’re familiar with my food reviews, you will know by now that I’m most certainly a Dessert Person. It’s the part of the menu my eyes tend to wander to first when friends suggest restaurants and I’ve been known to have more than one pudding in one sitting (#SORRYNOTSORRY).

So, when I first noticed the bright COMING SOON signage outside Loop & Scoop at the start of the summer, the prospect of a dessert-only cafe immediately appealed to me!

Loop & Scoop are the UK’s first Ice Cream and Churro bar and they recently opened their doors on Great Western Road with a bang (only instead of confetti, picture rainbow sprinkles raining down!), much to the delight of Glasgow’s sweet-toothed foodies.

I couldn’t wait to go and get acquainted – so, when a media invite popped into my inbox last month, I was excited to head along to their official launch party and try some of their sweet treats!

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Spread over two floors, the cafe makes the most of its bright (and 100% customised!) space – little windows into the kitchen, plenty of tables and even some classic words from Willy Wonka on the walls make Loop & Scoop a pleasure to sit in. And that’s before you even start eating…

By focusing on gelato, churros and milkshakes, Loop & Scoop know where their talents lie and don’t mess around with other menu items. Besides, when there are so many sweet options to choose from, you really don’t wonder where the non-dessert food is (or at least, I don’t!). All of the gelato is made in-house from an artisan family recipe and the team also plan to switch up the flavours and include seasonal specials. When I visited, it was close to Halloween so ‘Poison Apple’ was the flavour of the week (yes, I tried it and yes, it was delicious!).

There are non-dairy sorbets to try too, so vegan friends in your crew won’t miss out. Their classic churro recipe is also 100% vegan – yay!

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OK, while we are on the topic of churros – let’s talk about loops, baby! I only usually eat churros when I’m in a Disney park because the ones at the Glasgow Christmas markets just don’t do it for me. But now, having tried the freshly-made churros at Loop & Scoop, I can honestly say that I’m no longer resigning churros to a holiday snack.

Served filled, topped, with dips on the side and even ‘looped’ around a scoop of your favourite gelato flavour – there are lots of ways to try ’em! I just loved the dulce de leche filled ones, too good to share!

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I have a feeling that I’ll be skipping straight to dessert at Loop & Scoop again very soon and would love to know if you guys have paid them a visit yet? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter what your favourite flavour is!

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Bread Meats Bread

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

Today’s edition of my Veggie Diaries takes us to Bread Meats Bread, something of a Glasgow success story. There are very few places in our city that people will happily wait in line for, especially as there is so much choice available. But the original Bread Meats Bread (on St Vincent Street) STILL has people regularly queued out the door, dying to get their hands on their famous burgers or a plateful of poutine.

Now, that’s all very well and good for our meat-eating buddies, but what about the vegetarian options? Actually, I’d heard pretty great things!

We headed up to Bread Meats Bread’s newer Great Western Road restaurant for lunch over the weekend to check it out…

The Restaurant

Bread Meats Bread has a big, sunny corner unit just a hop, skip and a jump from the Botanic Gardens. There are plenty of tables inside, which meant we could be seated right away (even though they were very busy!) amongst the cheery yellow booths, smart tiles and industrial light fixtures. The restaurant is also ideally placed on one of Glasgow’s busiest streets – with plenty of windows for people-watching.

The Menu

Let’s get down to it: does an award-winning restaurant with a focus on meat (well, it IS in the name!) have much on their menu for veggies? Surprisingly, yes! As well as seven specially-created vegetarian and vegan dishes and a dedicated section of the menu, some of the grilled cheese sandwiches and sides are also meat-free – so all in all, a pretty decent amount. No token sad salads here!

That being said, a large amount of the meat-free options at Bread Meats Bread are made up of meat alternatives, such as seitan, pastramheat and vegan bacon. It’s not really my cup of tea, but there were still a couple of options that were just vegetables so I wasn’t stuck. I also liked that the menu (and the staff) offered vegetarian and / or vegan alternatives to a lot of what was on there.

What we ordered

The BBQ pulled mushroom bun sounded so tempting that both Gary and I ended up ordering it! And it did not disappoint – a massive portion of sweet, smoky oyster mushrooms served in a fluffy brioche bun with house slaw made this dish a super indulgent treat. I’m not ashamed to say I finished the lot!

We also ordered some sides – Gary went for the maple vegan bacon sweet potato fries and I picked out some good ol’ onion rings. Gary loved the flavour combo on the fries, which came topped with candied vegan bacon, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and coconut. Sweet n’ salty at its finest! My onion rings were also awesome – battered, not breadcrumbed (an important detail, trust me!) and a really generous portion size.

Final thoughts

The food that we had was amazing and we would 100% go back again. The fact that a place that specialises in meat dishes has been considerate enough to have a ton of veggie and vegan options on their menu is nothing short of rad. For most vegetarians, the menu presents a lot of choices! I would like to have had more options that didn’t involve seitan (not today, seitan) but that is just down to personal taste and I’m sure most people would really enjoy Bread Meats Bread’s vegan take on buttermilk fried chicken – after all, how many places in Glasgow are offering that?!

Have you tried out Bread Meats Bread? And I just gotta know: when it comes to onion rings, are you team batter or team breadcrumb?

From Dumbo to Bambi: Trying My First Ever Lash Lift

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There are some beauty treatments that are flash-in-the pan fads – a must-try for everyone for a few months until they are swiftly forgotten about. Remember THOSE weird fish tank pedicures? Exactly.

Others though, have much more staying power, and it’s usually because they seem a lot more reasonable AND the results tend to speak for themselves. Lash lifts are a perfect example of the latter, and have quickly become one of the most popular ways in which we choose to treat ourselves in the last couple of years.

I am someone with long, but poker straight eyelashes – “like an elephant”, one MUA explained…helpfully. And hey, I like to think that I’m at least a cute Disney-esque elephant, like Dumbo. So, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit curious to see how a lash lift might look on me.

When I found out that Melissa, the girlboss behind The Beauty Business and in-house beauty therapist at Pixie Hair & Beauty offered Elleebana lash lift treatments (designed to curl the lashes semi-permanently) I was keen to arrange an appointment and see what all the fuss was about.

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 Could my lashes REALLY go from Dumbo to Bambi? There was only one way to find out…

Some of you might already be aware of Pixie Hair & Beauty, or you may remember them from the time I got my makeup done at the salon (see more about that here!). The Beauty Business within Pixie offers a wide range of treatments, but  their most popular is currently the eyelash lift.

Why so popular? I asked at my pre-treatment patch test (which comes as standard, FYI). Melissa explained that it’s all down to the results, which open up the eyes and leave lashes curled and all a-flutter. For a gallery of amazing before-and-after shots, head over to @thebeautybusinessglasgow Instagram page!

A week later, I arrived for my appointment, which took place in a serene little room, away from the buzz of the salon floor. So, what does the treatment actually involve, then? Well, first off I have to report how little effort was required on my end – in fact all that I needed to do was lie down and close my eyes!

A solution is applied to the eyelashes which adds length, volume, curl and dimension and then a complimentary tint is applied for further definition. There’s no glue or extensions involved – no muss, no fuss (also, no pain or discomfort I might add)! This is all about making your natural lashes stand out on their own without adding falsies.

As an animated speaker, the hardest part for me was probably staying still for long enough when it was required (whoops!).

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So just under an hour later I was good to go, with some top aftercare advice from Melissa. Avoid getting my lashes wet for the first day, and whatever you do, DON’T feed them after midnight! OK, I made that last bit up, but you really do need to keep them dry for a wee while so that the solution can work its final piece of magic and continue to fan out the lashes.

I am completely in love with the result, and definitely feel more like Bambi than Dumbo now! The £35 treatment lasts up to ten weeks, and it’s been just over 3 weeks since my appointment. My favourite part is when people ask me about the mascara they think I’m wearing, but the truth is I’ve not had to wear any! I think I’ve worn mascara twice since the treatment, as my eyelashes already have the volume and curl that I’d be after. Also, I feel like my eyes look more ‘awake’ overall if you know what I mean?

Having now tried a lash lift for myself, I can honestly say that I believe the hype. This treatment is a game changer and I’ve genuinely been raving about  it to anyone I’ve met up with in the last few weeks! If you’re looking to give your eyelashes a little va-va-voom, this is worth checking out and Melissa at The Beauty Business is just the gal for the job. Knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, shel sure knows her way around a set of peepers!

I’m already thinking about booking a second appointment after this set wears off – just in time for Christmas parties.

Have you ever tried a lash lift? Do your eyelashes remind you of a Disney character?

Ever-fluttering,

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First image by Blue Waves Prints on Etsy