Monthly Archives: April 2013

Silent Sunday – 7 April

Sleazy but nice…and the best burgers in town

Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow

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Behaviour on show

Behaviour  Festival in Glasgow 3 April - 11 May 2013 c Arches picHooray the Arches’ Behaviour Festival  is finally here, kicking off over a month of live performances in Glasgow from 3 April  to 11 May.  And it’s certainly not short on choice – the weird, the wonderful, the must-watch are all on offer.

We’re debating about what to go and see.  The work of international artists alongside home-grown Scottish talent like Gary McNair, Kieran Hurley and Nic Green is all very tempting and with ticket prices ranging from £5 to £12, very doable.

Stand up, rant and reveal intimate secrets

For me Behaviour is a particularly appealing because it’s actually all about us – how we act and react when we’re faced with the specific circumstances of a performance.   Will you squirm in your seat, laugh uncontrollably or even be daring enough to try your hand at comedy at Gary’s Chuckle Hat pop-up comedy club?

I want to see Kieran Hurley’s RANTIN – part of the Auteur’s project –  part living room gathering, part gig, part play, with live music, storytelling with a slew of intriguing (and possibly dangerous) characters.  How can I resist?

T has fallen under the spell of Mammalian Diving Reflex – All the sex I’ve ever had.  And admittedly I can see why.  A total twist on that taboo topic but rather than your typical youth-fuelled take, you’re hearing from senior citizens from Glasgow sharing the evolution of their sexuality over the course of their lives.  Intriguing, possibly uncomfortable and I’m betting endearing.

See it all

Maybe the best way to solve our debate is to simply see it all – the Behaviour Festival pass is a great deal at £45/£35, considering we’ll have our choice of incredible and diverse shows daily from now until 11 May.  And that can only improve our behaviour!

#Behaviour2013

– B

Gold stars for the Golden Thistle

Every now and again a very special day pops up – one that deserves equally exceptional food.

However, if like me, you’ve previously overlooked French cuisine dreading overly rich dishes and a stuffy experience, Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or  will change your mind.   This award-winning French restaurant on West Regent Street boast a menu brimming with alluring choice and the friendly attentive staff are – well – the pièce de résistance.

Salmon at Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Passionate about food

The warm, inviting surroundings perfectly match Brian Maule’s passion for food – apparent in every delectable bite.  And fresh local produce and an ever-changing menu keep things fresh.

The scallops with fettuccine and herb butter sauce starter sets the scene for everything wonderful to follow;  it is both impressive and exceptional.   And my grilled salmon is melt-in-the-mouth good.

Dessert is a must

Creme Brulee perfection at Brian Maule at Chardon d'Or Perfect portions means there is room for dessert.  And when the food is this fantastic, it’s wrong to say no.

And so I happily say yes to a delectable sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.   There are no words to justify how delightful it is – other than, you must try this before you die.   Admittedly this doesn’t stop me from eying and trying my companion’s equally luscious crème brulee with hints of vanilla.  Delish.

Admittedly extraordinary food like this comes at a price.  However, the special lunch and pre-theatre menu is another great way to sample the extraordinary wares without breaking the bank. Two courses come in at £18.95 or you can enjoy three courses for £21.95.

No thorns, only fabulous fodder

So for all those special days – the Golden Thistle (Chardon d’Or) is an absolute treat – no thorns only divine, delicious food that totally wows.

– T