Burns Night.

Yesterday was Burns Night which is a celebration of the life of the poet Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s most famous sons. Traditionally people celebrate by heading to a full Burns Supper but, as Eujin is leaving on Tuesday, she decided to have her leaving do last night instead. We headed to Citation, a beautiful restaurant in Glasgow’s Merchant City, for a meal before heading onto a few pubs/bars in the area. I’d never been to Citation before but the food was really good and excellent value – we managed to get two courses and a glass of wine for under £10! As it was Burns Night, I had Haggis and Black Pudding Fritters to start followed by chicken on a bed of potatoes and mushrooms with a red wine jus which was lovely.

007Haggis Fritters

After that we headed onto Maggie May’s and The Libertine, also in the Merchant City, for a few drinks and what ended up as a ridiculous amount of shots! Although they were two places I wouldn’t normally choose to go to (not cheap or cheesy enough for my liking in all honesty!) I really enjoyed myself and had a great night with everyone – there ended up being quite a lot of dancing to such classics as ‘Summer of ’69’ and ‘Living on a prayer’ which was interesting to say the least.  I’ve never actually been out with Eujin and Rosie properly before which was fun although it’s a shame we’ve never got round to doing it before now. However, Eujin is hopefully heading back to Glasgow for a holiday in December so fingers crossed we can be reunited then for more dining, dancing and drinking!

016Me, Eujin and Rosie at The Libertine

048Me and Rosie at Maggie May’s


Step into Christmas.

The Christmas season has officially started – I’ve now had my first mulled cider, seen the Coke advert numerous times and watched Home Alone and it’s not even December yet!

Today me and Eujin got well and truly into the festive spirit by heading to the Glasgow Christmas Market for a cheeky mulled beverage. However, before that we went for an absolutely gorgeous lunch at Qua, a great family-run Italian restaurant in the Merchant City area. I know I often recommend the restaurants I visit but this place is seriously good and an absolute bargain – a delicious two-course lunch is only £5.95 which is just amazing really!

Enjoying some Bruschetta 

Scottish Mussels with Penne pasta in a tomato, garlic and chilli sauce

After this we had a good look round the shops  (yet more bloody Christmas shopping!) and then headed over to the Market in St.Enoch Square. If I’m being totally honest I expected it to be a lot bigger, for a city the size of Glasgow it’s actually quite small. However there are quite a few stalls and a cute festive lodge that sells traditional mulled wine and cider alongside other wintery drinks such as Amaretto Punch. I opted for a mixed berry mulled cider which was lovely and very warming – any excuse!

Mulled treats!

To keep the Christmas theme going when we got home we settled down and watched Home Alone on Channel 4 with a big bar of chocolate and a cheeky bottle of wine. After a bit of a crappy week, today was just the boost I needed and I’m now feeling stupidly excited for Christmas, even though I know it’s only mid-November! Obviously it’ll be really strange not spending it at home with the family and I think a few cheeky tears may be shed on Christmas morning but I’m ecstatic that I get to see my parents in three weeks time and have an early celebration then 🙂 Not sure if Glasgow is quite ready for the Morrell-Bevans clan yet though!