I love Glasgow. The architecture, the hustle and bustle of Buchannan Street, the parks from Victoria to Kelvingrove. But I can’t imagine how my great love of this city would have developed without being able to see it. Until now.
Terra Incognita, run by Artistic Director and theatre practitioner Victoria Beesley, has been working with a group of volunteers with sight loss and visual impairment to create a unique walking tour of Kelvingrove Park.
Glasgow from a different view
Through a series of weekly workshops, these amazing tour guides have explored their relationships with Glasgow – the smell, taste, feel and sound of the city; highlighting a side of the city that most of us may miss. And now you can experience this unique perspective through their walking tours.
The tour guides have a range of experience from Frank, a professional musician; Kathy, an experienced midwife, Emmanuel originally from Nigeria and Joseph who has lived in the Gorbals all his life.
This Saturday join them in Kelvingrove Park to experience the walking tour for yourself. Tickets are free but you need to book. And if you can’t make the tours in-person, an audio tour of the walk will be available listen in the Arches Foyer from Monday 10 November.
These amazing insightful guided walk and audio tours are brimming with history, personal stories and let you experience Glasgow in a totally different way.
Check it out if you can!
What are you going to do with your extra hour today?
Eat something delicious at Once Upon a Tart on King Street.
Glasgay 2014 kicked off this week and is also celebrating its 21st birthday. There’s still time to check out their exciting programme on till 15 November. And that’s what I’ll be doing.
Eat, art and a dash of sport
I’m going to start by combining two of my favourite hobbies – eating and art. I’ll add a little sport for good measure.
First up a visit to Rose and Grants Café for their delish Goat’s Cheese salad with a calorie-free dessert in the form of the Sporting Heads exhibition. The enticing showcase looks at the rise in sportsman come outing in recent times like Tom Daley and Gareth Thomas.
If I can manage a ticket, I’ll be getting down and dirty with the “Pope of Trash” and legendary filmmaker John Waters when he talks about his new book This Filthy World Vol 2.
His impressive back catalogue includes Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester – and for one night only he’ll be wowing at the O2 Academy on Friday 14 November. If I don’t get tickets, I’ll catch the 11:15pm showing of Cry-Baby at the GFT.
I’ll be finishing up my Glasgay celebrations at the CCA when Cryptic presents These Delicate Things by Josh Armstrong.
The perfect combination of art and classical music in the most unexpected and invigorating way.
There’s a huge selection of LGBT events and performances – truly something for everyone. So, go on – check it out.
If you find yourself starving on Sauchiehall Street after a late night rendez-vous this weekend, don’t settle for any old guff.
Yes you’ve been working your moves in a dancing frenzy all night. And yes you deserve food. But walk pass those noodles. Don’t even look at that questionable fish and chips and for goodness sake, turn away from the killer kebab.
You’ll regret it in the morning.
There’s only one place to take safety, solace and satisfy your hunger.
Walk towards the light…the wonderful glowing neon Pommes Frites sign will welcome you in with promises of the taste of Belgium.
Variety is the spice of life – especially on chips
It really is cheap as – ahem – chips. A small cone (aka their regular) is actually massive. And it’s only £1.75. Even better, you can treat yourself to a variety of seasonings and sauces. Garlic and parmesan with pesto mayo is delish. As is blackened cajun and garlicky mayo. Or spice it up with cayenne and paprika seasoning. There are endless choices – and they’re probably all delightful.
Unlike other late night haunts, this place still taste great in the light of day. So if you’re on the west-end of Sauchiehall Street, try it out.
Today is #worldmentalhealthday. And this month the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) is happening across Scotland – shaking up perceptions and preconceived notions about mental health.
Some of the events you can catch in Glasgow include screenings of See Me I’m A Young Carer at Café Nemo – created by a group of young carers to share the issues they face on a daily basis. Or check out the French Canadian film Gabrielle at the GFT – an intimate look into William’s Syndrome told through a love story.
Check out the The Vacuum Cleaner Presents: The Assessment at the Arches 14-15 October to delve into your own mind to look at common mental health conditions and diagnosis.
I also recommend Vanishing Point’s Tomorrow at the Tramway. I enjoyed this insightful look into the life of George in the grasps of old age and dementia – and his carers.
Their use of realistic latex masks to depict being stuck inside a body that doesn’t match yours anymore is truly brilliant. But it’s only on until tomorrow Saturday 11 October so be quick or you’ll miss it.
SHMAFF is full of films, exhibitions, exchanges, experiences – and importantly lots of questions and answers about mental health. So check it out.
Winter’s coming. Warm up with a bit of stodgy deliciousness I say – this season I’m shunning salads for comfort food.
Glasgow has the same ideas because in the last year burger joints offering scrumptious filling food have sprung up all over the city. But there’s one that warms my heart and totally satisfies my stomach like no other – Bread meats Bread on St Vincent Street.
More than burgers
And it’s not just their mouth-watering burgers that won me over. It’s more to do with Quebecois delicacy poutine, chips smothered in gravy and cheese curd. Yum!
I knew this luscious treat from my days in Quebec in Canada. And up until now, no one but the Québécois could do it right. But not only does BMB do it right – they possibly do it better. Their flawless original along with a Glasgow inspired variety or a sweet potatoes version, means I’m spoiled for choice.
Of course do try one of their impressive burgers. But make it extra extra special by adding poutine.
If you’ve never tried poutine, prepare for a tasty calorie-rich sensation. And don’t be alarmed – cheese curds don’t melt. They’re squishy flavourful morsels that make good chips great.
Unleash your inner poet at Blue Chair cafe – last Friday of the month
I like a nice gin. So I’m thrilled to discover Glasgow’s first dedicated gin bar – Gin 71.
By day this inviting Renfield Street spot is the Cup Tea Lounge offering delicious tea and cakes. And by night after 6pm, it’s a seductive gin lover’s dream.
Not your grandma’s gin
But this isn’t gin as you know it. It’s better, enticing and beautiful. There are so many – we hardly know where to start.
But why choose just one when you can have three. From the fabulously fruity to the exquisitely earthy and even the exceptionally dry, Gin 71’sFlights lets us sample different artisan gins perfectly matched to specially-made tonics. Sensational!
The Flight trays are impeccably presented. In fact they’re almost too pleasing to disturb. Almost. The delicate ritual of putting it all together is delightful. And the high-powered soda water bottle adds a bit of excitement – go gently.
There are several Flights to choose from but the Fruity Gin Flight is a must. Or if you’re longing for the taste of home, try some of Scotland’s finest with the Homegrown Flight.
And if you’re feeling peckish (or need to coast a little), try something from their food menu.
Beautiful surroundings, alluring tipples and helpful staff equals totally wonderful.
So go on, take flight.
Too cold for ice cream you say. Never! Especially when it’s the absolutely delicious and delightful Crolla’s on Byres Road.
This West End gelateria is the stuff of childhood dreams – filled with the creamiest ice cream, chocolate galore and mountains of sweets.
Their DIY stone cold creations is a must – a colossal ice-cream sundae made just the way you want.
There are so many important decisions to make. Choose from an endless variety of ice-cream, toppings – caramel, nuts galore, chocolate, tablet and more. And top it all off with fresh fruit and the sauce of your choice.
I go for a classic vanilla with heaps of chocolate bits, crushed nuts and strawberries to keep it (ahem) healthy. It’s all combined in a beautiful mixture of edible perfection topped off in more chocolate. Of course.
The result – dessert heaven. YUM!
Glasgow is set to have a last blast of heat before heading into autumn. Stay cool with Crolla’s tasty cool creations.
The celebrations and endless action-packed days may be over. But don’t let that stop you from soaking up the remaining sunshine and sailing away. Because who needs sand and sea when you can have your own adventure on a ship in the comfort of this great city.
I explored the Riverside Museum many times before but I’d always overlooked the Tall Ship parked out back. How or why – well I’m not too sure. But the main thing is I finally got on-board.
Yes the weather is getting a little more crisp but don’t let that stop you. Wrap up and discover all the nooks and crannies. There are many.
Swab the deck and soak up the sun
From the captains quarters – complete with very cute tub – to swabbing the deck and investigating the inner bowels of the boat, it’s all pretty amazing.
And if you meet the pirate your dreams, you can even get married on the ship. Marvellous!
On a clear blue day the view from the upper deck is nothing short of mesmerising. Oh – and it’s all free. Or if you make a small donation, you get a guide all about the Ship.
So go on, have ahoy of a time.