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 

 

The Events Round-up: Glasgow Festivals 2016

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With this year’s West End Festival officially launching over the weekend, fiesta fever has finally hit Glasgow – a true sign that summer has arrived in the city! There are so many fun celebrations taking place over the next couple of months that it’s easy to lose track! From food and drink to fashion and beauty, music, culture and beyond, there’s really something for everyone this year.

Today I’m sharing a few of my top picks to see us all through Glasgow’s festival season – so grab your bunting and let’s dive in…

The Bygone Wonderland: Vintage at Merchant City Festival

Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festivals and events are a vibrant celebration of British fashion, music, film, art and culture of the 20th century. Vintage Glasgow is held as part of the Merchant City Festival and is often one of my favourite events of the year! This year, Vintage Glasgow rolls back into town on 6th and 7th of August armed with dancing and shopping events guaranteed to be dripping with retro style.

The Classic Car Boot Sale will host over 100 authentic vehicles to drool over, with makers, up-cyclers and vintage curators selling fashion, accessories and homeware. You’ll find me combing the car park in my cutest tea dress looking for some mid-century goodies – see you down there…

The Classic One: West End Festival 

Running from NOW until 26th June, the West End Festival is now in its 21st year, and is known for being Glasgow’s biggest festival of culture and community. How big exactly? Well, how does over 400 events across 80 venues sound?

80 venues is pretty impressive, but the spirit of this festival really comes alive when the sun comes out and the outdoor events take place. Even though the iconic Mardi Gras parade won’t be taking place this year,  there are plenty of street parties and open air music events to make up for it! If you can, try to make it along to the Gibson Street Gala on 19th June and get your groove on at Kelvingrove Bandstand with De La Soul as part of the West End Festival Fiesta on 25th June. You can catch a full list of free and ticketed events over at the WEF2016 website.

The One to Watch: North Hop Festival 

Taking over the space at SWG3 over the 18th June, North Hop is the newest festival to hit Glasgow, and it’s certainly worth getting to know! This event started off as a small Highland-based festival for beer lovers in 2014, and has gained SERIOUS momentum since then – and it’s easy to see why. You’ll now find North Hop touring all over Scotland with more than just craft beer (though there’s still plenty of that!), they now include mouth-watering foodie treats, live music, market stalls and more.

I’m looking forward to treating my tastebuds to some yummy street food at this one – time to prepare something stretchy to wear!

These are just a few of the Glasgow festivals that I’m looking forward to, but what about you? Will you be hitting any of these events this year? Tell me about the summer events that you’re excited about!

Here’s to sunshine and celebrations,

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