Category Archives: South Side Glasgow

Silent Sunday Retrospect – 27 May


Sun, sound  and blue sky bliss at the Southside Festival

Enjoying music at Southside festival in Glasgow

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Escape the city for something green and magical

With over 90 parks and gardens in Glasgow, it’s understandable that you might not get around to seeing them all.  But the South Side’s Pollock Park is not to be missed.   There is so much to this fantastic sprawling space – and the Burrell Collection is only part of its charm.

Woodland wonder

Pond in Pollock Park, GlasgowFirst up are the woodland trails – each one with its own attractions.   I’m keen to find the big dray horses and visitor centre but I’m overruled by my husband and the boys – and so our quest for the Fort begins.

Admittedly it’s not as freakishly balmy as a few weeks ago but it’s still good to be out walking in the woods, taking in the scenery and soaking up the sights and sounds.  Even learned a little about ‘predator pikes’ but didn’t see any lurking in the pond.

Breathe in the history

We reach the Iron Age Fort and it’s amazing – and apparently one of the best preserved.  You can see the ringed ditch with earthen banking on both sides – and even though you might need a bit of imagination to fill in the rest, the history is heavy in the air.  Admittedly the boys aren’t as impressed by its historical significance and would rather duel with their wooden sticks than admire a 2000 year old artefact.

Feeling adventurous we stray off the trail for the rest of our walk following the path of beautiful forget-me-nots and daffodils that lead us to a peculiar looking loveseat carved from a tree-trunk – a rather magical discovery.

Easter egg challenge anyone?

It’s  easy to spend the entire day here – and it’s well worth checking it out over the Easter weekend for the egg treasure hunt on Sunday – or explore the visitor centre.  And if you’re feeling extra bold, enjoy a dray ride with the Clydesdale Horses.

– B

Silent Sunday – 11 March

Sunday splendour in Glasgow’s South Side

Queens Park, Glasgow

 

Silent Sunday – 12 February

Sweet  Sunday goodness at Tapa Bakehouse….

Sweet goodness at Tapa Bake House, Glasgow

 

Food shopping gets interesting

Admittedly it’s not every day that people get excited about their weekly shop. But hear me out.

On a quest for healthy food after the excesses of Christmas I found myself in on the South Side of Glasgow in Giffnock.  At the end of what feels like the longest road is bright lights shining big, bold and welcoming.   Simply put, this is not just M&S – because it’s not M&S.  It’s Wholefoods.

Great balls of cheese at Wholefoods in Giffnock, GlasgowI’m greeted by pyramids and pyramids of the shiniest looking fruit, everything from apples to exotic figs.

I am Alice in healthy Wonderland where samples of food with Eat me and Drink me entice me to try wonderful things like blood orange juice and butterscotch chocolate.  And here bigger is better – in the distance I see colossal balls of cheeses and huge perfectly formed meringues.  Heavenly!

No ordinary peanut butter

Churn your own peanut butter wholefoods in Giffnock, GlasgowEven better are the clever gadgets to make buying your food that much more interesting.  Wee porcelain scoops for the spices  actually work out much cheaper than the supermarket, 69p/100gms chilli powder.

My personal favourite gizmo is the churning machine that allows me to magically turn (churn) peanuts into peanut butter – and for the more discerning taste there’s cashew butter!

The helpful man working behind the fish and meat counter – who rushes to my rescue when I’m in danger of walking away without pricing up my spices and peanut butter – is reflective of the friendly accommodating staff at Wholefoods.

Satisfy your soul and your sweet tooth

And if after roaming around the wares your appetite is awakened,  appease your hunger at the far side of the shop boasting a comfy café and a selection of stalls, a delicatessen and you can even create fresh sandwiches or build tortillas.  And don’t forget to  satisfy your sweet tooth at the decadent cake counter – rocky road and bumpy brownies galore.

I leave Wholefoods  feeling remarkably ‘whole’ with my bag full of carefully selected goodies, but £20 poorer – admittedly the jury is still out on whether I’d shopped wisely.  Among my finds I seem to have acquired two random coconuts obviously bought in the height of excitement.

–          B

Silent Sunday – 15 January

Sundays are made for exploring Glasgow…
…so what are you waiting for?

Beautiful sky at Queens Park in Glasgow

Tapa bakehouse improving the world one grain at a time

I am greeted by an extraordinary selection of sweets and wonderful aromas.  Tapa coffee and bakehouse in the South Side of Glasgow is heaven on earth – especially for any bread-loving, café enthusiast like me.

It’s a busy, bustling cheerful place and popular with young, old, families and friends alike.  It has an everyone-is-welcome kind of feeling – my kind of place.

Delicious soup, sandwiches and so much more

Tasty food at Tapa Cafe in GlasgowThe staff are as welcoming as their wares; the service is with a smile.  And then there’s the food.

Although this award-winning café specialises in appetising sandwiches served on a variety of enticing homemade organic breads, I cannot pass the up their puy lentil and pine nut burger on focaccia served with a side of relish and tobbouleh (£7.95).  This is only perfected by possibly the best chips I’ve ever had.  Ever.

Their hearty breakfast (£8.25) is also highly recommended or of course there’s a the slew of unique sandwich selections ; you probably won’t find the ingenious grain mustard, red onion relish, veggie sausage and sliced egg anywhere else.

No ordinary bread – ‘you’re in for a treat’

Bread heaven at Tapa Cafe in Glasgow's South SideAlthough sadly we are too stuffed for dessert, we cannot leave without getting a loaf of bread to take away.  After much debate over the rye, sourdough, and even malted pumpkin seed, we opt for sunflower wholemeal.   Our very friendly server assures us that we are ‘in for a treat’ – and he is so right.  This is not just any bread – it’s life-invigorating, grainy goodness.

So all you West End or City Centre dwellers who never venture far from your spot – I assure you that making the short trek across town to this South Side treasure on Pollockshaw Road is worth it!

Their acclaimed espresso blend coffee, scrumptious cakes, breads and wonderful staff and surroundings will not disappoint – and will certainly entice us back time and time again.

And next time I’m having dessert!

-T