Monthly Archives: February 2012

Cold be damned; don’t miss the most important meal of the day

It’s cold – bitterly freezing cold.  All the more reason to sleep in and stay snuggly warm in your bed this weekend, right?

Well…. allow me to lure you out of your warm hiding place with the promise of Glasgow’s best breakfasts.

Delizique Cafezique

You weekend late risers fret not because Delizique Cafezique  offers an all-day breakfast menu every day until 5pm.   So whether you’re after the big fry up (£8.95) or eggs in a variety of enticing ways, you can find it in this laid-back welcoming eatery.

Always a good sign – the smell of something wonderful fills the air and everything is the freshest of fresh because the cakes, breads and other baked goodies are all made locally – in fact next door.  In warmer weather this West End treasure’s outside seating is an absolute must.

Two Figs

The quirky and cosy Two Figs is great spot for meeting up with friends the- morning-after-the-night-before to refuel while nursing sore heads or wounded egos.  The figs’ weekend brunch runs from 10am – 5pm and here it’s totally ok to have curry for breakfast.

So if you’re looking for something spicy, look no further – their Thali breakfast is a flavourful aubergine, cauliflower, masala potato and flatbread mash up (£6.95).  A true taste sensation and a nice change from the basic bacon and eggs, though they are also on offer.

Corinthian

Corinthian veggie breakfastPopular for dinner and late night fun and frolic, the Corinthian  may still have yet to be discovered as a fantastic breakfast spot.  Or possibly its 8am– noon breakfast is too early for most on the weekends.

But if you can get yourself out of bed and into the Merchant City, you’re guaranteed a seat in splendid surroundings.  Their breakfast of champions will set you up for the day – and possibly leave you wanting very little for dinner.

Corinthian’s fantastic selection makes facing the cold and braving an earlish morning bearable.  Once there my hardest decision is choosing between griddle pancakes (£4.95) or toasted soda bread with smoked salmon and fluffy scrambled eggs (£5.75).   Even if you’re not a veggie, it’s hard not to be tempted by the hearty full veggie breakfast that includes vegetarian sausage, fruit pudding, vegetarian haggis, hash brown, tomato, mushroom and your choice of egg (£6.95).  This is exactly what I go for.

Adding to my delight is the almost-too-exquisite-to-eat macaroons served on Cuppa with macaroons at Corinthianthe side of every cuppa.

Outta bed lazy bones – breakfast calls

So this weekend get yourself outta that bed because these places will make you believe that breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day – but the most delicious.

– T

Sharmanka: a unique vision worth seeing

Enter if you dare….

The lights are dim, haunting music plays;  I’m surrounded by machines and consumed by a slightly uneasy feeling of eeriness.

Horned creature at SharmankaI have no idea what to expect at Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre at Trongate 103.   The exhibition is a  mixture of sculptures that combine bizarre carvings of animals and distorted human figures with pieces of scrap.

Frankenstein meets Bambi

Monkeys, rats and skulls nestle amongst kitchen utensils, assorted wheels and sewing machines.  Unusual – creepy even.  But the end result is hugely intriguing – especially when you consider when and how the sculptures were built.

Living under the Communist Regime – the work was created by Russian Eduard Bersudksy.  In his one room apartment he crafted a unique and bold vision that bravely fell outside the realms of art at that time.

Do stay for the show!

Sharmanka  at Trongate 103You can wander around the exhibits for free – or for a mere £5 you can experience Sharmanka in all its glory by watching the incredible 40 minute show (free for kids with accompanying adult).

Trust me and stay for the show; it brings the sculptures to life; the magical story unfolds before your eyes.  Light and sound stir your emotions as the glaring red eyes of a miniature cheetah swinging on trapeze holds your gaze.  It will certainly stay with me a while.

The Nickodym and the Forget Me Not Russian Troika are among my favourite sculptures.  But you must see it to believe it.

Words are not enough.

-B