Monthly Archives: October 2011

Get your falafel fix!

Spice up your weekend with good, inexpensive eats

I returned from Berlin longing for bicycles, socialising in relaxed open-air bars and would you believe – falafel.  Berlin has some of tastiest on the planet – wonderful delicious delights perfected in stuffed pitas overflowing with oodles of crunchy veg and spicy family-secret sauces.

So, having returned to Glasgow and accepted the fact that frequent rainfall killed dreams of hanging out al fresco and cycling in the city is taking my life in my own hands – I simply couldn’t let go of my falafel dreams.

Falafel Petra

Eating Falafel at Petra on Gibson Street in Glasgow

Falafel heaven at Petra on Gibson Street

And so I found myself face-to-face with Falafel Petra on Gibson Street.  Now from the outside it’s kind of easy to miss – plain even, and doesn’t really look like much.    From the inside, it’s tiny, rustic and simplistic.  And if you’re expecting to be fussed over – forget about it.   Because this place is plain-and-simple about one thing and sugary service ain’t one of them. 

But what they lack in fall-all-over-you service, they make up for in flavourful, inexpensive food.  And even better for me, their eclectic Middle Eastern menu features falafel ranging from just under 3 quid for standard falafel sandwich to 3.50 for the ‘gourmet’ variety that includes falafel, hummus and tabbouleh.  Yum!

Admittedly few falafels will be able to top my Berlin experience but Falafel Petra on Gibson doesn’t require a plane ticket or a bicycle (thankfully) – and can certainly satisfy any cravings without breaking the bank. 

So what are you waiting for – get yourself to Falafel Petra and tell them T sent you.  They’ll look at you funny. They have no idea who I am.

-T

Glasgow – people make the place

The Why

I arrived in Glasgow two-and-a-half years ago with my two young sons.   I moved at the request of my husband, a West of Scotland man yearning to go home.  I’m originally from England, to say I came kicking and screaming would not be far off the mark. 

I knew if we were going to live in Scotland it would be in Glasgow; you can’t take a West of Scotland man and stick him in Edinburgh. What would be the point?   But people in England didn’t quite get it – on hearing I was moving to Scotland they’d reassure me that they had friends who’d moved to Edinburgh and never looked back. 

Magical floating heads of Kelvingrove Museum

When I told them I was moving to Glasgow there was a silence – a look of fear would flash across their faces and then the fixed smile would appear.  Of course none of these people had actually been to Glasgow.

Rescued in the rain

My first visit to Glasgow involved my husband dropping me and the boys off at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum while he went for his job interview.  We arrived to find it was shut due to industrial action.  We were stuck in the pouring rain, god knows where and my husband wasn’t answering his phone.

I asked an old man at the bus stop where the nearest cinema was, he suggested Cineworld on Renfrew Street and directed us towards the bus he was getting on.  As I went to pay I realised I had no change.  From his small purse the old man promptly paid for us to go into town; he refused to take any money from me.  We got off the bus and he walked us to the cinema that was when I discovered one of the most wonderful things about Glasgow… the people.

Get ready for your first tip!

Check us out on Friday to get your falafel fix on!

– B

Life is for the living – but where the heck are the best places to do it in Glasgow?

The what

Whether you are new to a city or have lived there all your life – intermittently you will have to decide exactly what you want to do and where exactly you want to do it.  And you might even want to venture somewhere new. 

As a long-time local you may find yourself stuck in the same old rut and as a newbie you may find yourself in the completely wrong places, missing the mark altogether.

Duke of Wellington statue in Glasgow

The Duke never looked better than when wearing his cone!

So what exactly is a person to do?

Because worse than a bad haircut, a mediocre meal or a second-rate latté is paying for it.  If only you’d known, right?   But don’t feel badly, we’ve all been there.

Glasgow

City of rampant knife-wielding gangs, violence and eternally grey. 

And if that’s truly your view on this city then you really need to get out more.  And T and B are here to tell you exactly where to get out in Glasgow.  Because it’s a truly energetic and eclectic city, with even more amazing people and places to experience!

And who are we? And why should you care?

So just what makes us the experts?  Well nothing really. We’re simply two women with diverse lifestyles, a lust for living and an enthusiasm for sharing the best of the city we so love. 

Of course we could have totally different interest and taste from you (and one another).   But as there’s not a stand-alone site dedicated to all things Glasgow (or at least that we could find) – this is a pretty good starting point to find out where to get the best view in town, have a chilled out drink, taste heavenly ice-cream, have a fabulous food, experience a fantastic free-day out, find the perfect gift or even fulfil you’re inner roller girl or rock star desires… and more. 

Tried, tested and ready to tell all….

Even better – these places have been tried and tested by us (2 gals living and working in Glasgow as opposed to tourists passing through).  Essentially you don’t have to go blindly into the Lion’s den – we’ve been there and will honestly reveal all. 

Consider this your one-stop all singing, all dancing (and sometimes simply sitting sipping latte) Glasgow go-to site.   Note this ain’t about where the cool kids hang, where to go to be seen or breaking the bank on expensive, overpriced outings.   

So stay tuned because over the coming months have we got top tips!  And if you happen to have a few of your own – let us know (aboutacity@yahoo.com)  so we can check it out and share it here.

Also watch out for our silent Sundays featuring our favourite pics of our beloved city.

 – T