Monday 9 December 2013

Rogano, Glasgow

Situated in the city centre and specializing in Scottish fish and seafood Rogano has been a Glasgow institution since 1935. Known for its art deco decor, Rogano is the oldest surviving restaurant in Glasgow serving the finest fish and seafood in the world from Scottish waters.

Wee Lorz and I were recently invited to an indulgent bloggers lunch at Rogano. I'd heard amazing things about Rogano over the past nine years and looked longingly at ladies sipping wine surrounded by piles of shopping bags as I walked past the terrace, but had never actually been before.

We were greeted with a glass of champagne and a selection of Scottish and Irish oysters.

scottish oysters

The oysters looked amazing; I love oysters but unfortunately have developed an allergy so had to miss out. I tucked into some warm, fresh-baked rolls while everyone else debated whether they preferred the Irish or Scottish oysters. It was a split crowd but everyone who had them enjoyed them as I looked on longingly.

scottish salmon

Our starter was Marrbury Sliced Smoked Salmon with Caperberries & Lemon. So simple but so delicious! I love smoked salmon and Scottish smoked salmon is so good you really don't need to do much for it to be amazing. I looked around the table and everyone was part of the clean plate club--always a good sign!

roasted sea bass

We had a choice of two mains: Fillet of Sea Bass with Parmesan Polenta & an Olive, Sunblushed Tomato & Shallot Dressing or Venison & Red Wine Pie with Mashed Turnip & Buttered Baby Carrots. Lorz and I decided to be klassy and went halfsies! We both loved the sea bass; Rogano are known for their seafood and it was obvious why. The venison pie was nice as well but for me it could have been beef pie as it didn't taste particularly venison-y to me.  I'm not a pie person really in general but that being said it was still really good and Lorz all but licked the plate clean of her half!

venison pie

Lorz had to scoot back to the office but luckily I had a bit of time to stay and have some Clootie Dumpling with Drambuie custard. If you haven't tried it before Clootie Dumpling is a traditional Scottish dessert named after the cloth it's cooked in. I'd never had it sliced like this before but it wasn't heavy like a lot of fruit cakes can be.

sliced clootie dumpling

Since we were gluttons for punishment of course that was followed up with petit fours and coffees.  I can not say enough about the level of service at Rogano.  Their staff was extremely friendly, efficient and professional. There were a few food allergies at our table and instead of just finding out if the food was safe to eat or not the servers brought up a separate plate they knew was 100% allergen free. As someone with a random allergy and a child with an allergy it was great to see this.

cafe mocha

It was an amazingly indulgent lunch and I'm looking forward to going back again soon!

The Rogano Christmas lunch starts at £25 Saturday-Thursday, £35 on Fridays.

If you can’t fit all your festivities into the month of December, take advantage of a fantastic January offer to prolong the seasonal spirit for less at Rogano, with a 2 course lunch for £13 or 3 courses for £17, available throughout January and February! Excludes February 14th.



Rogano glasgow

11 Exchange Place
 Glasgow G1 3AN
0141 248 4055

Open daily for lunch at noon with last reservations at 2.30 pm. 
Afternoon tea is served from 3.00pm with last orders at 5.00pm.
Dinner served from 6.00 pm with last orders at 10.30 pm. 

Thursday 28 November 2013

Freshgo, Lunch Delivery Glasgow

Sometime us lassies get lazy. If it's raining outside we really can't be bothered going out for lunch and will duck into the first place and are back again and well we end up with some nasty lunches. Luckily for us Freshgo have come along to save us from the rain and nastiness with fresh and delicious lunch delivery. We jumped at the chance to try out a week of their delivery service.

Freshgo delivers your lunch directly to your desk. All food is prepared in the morning and delivered that lunchtime so it truly is fresh when it arrives on your desk. They offer a menu comprising of a variety of bases such as rice, wraps, noodles, salads and pita and the fillings and toppings are left up to you--that way you choose what you like based on your tastes and your nutritional requirements.

Chicken BurritoWee Lorz and I started off with a chicken burrito each, both of which were served with a mixed greens side salad topped with feta cheese.

The burrito was good but we both thought it was missing something; maybe some cheese or avocado just to add another layer of flavour. The side salad was really refreshing since side salad in Glasgow often just means iceberg! The mixed greens, feta and tomato were crisp and was lovely with the ranch dressing.

We also both chose to heat our burritos up but they came wrapped in foil so it would be really easy to eat on the go if you choose to take your box on the go!

Feta Edamame Wrap

Next I had the Fetamame Wrap and OMG it was amazing. The wrap had edamame, tomato, mixed salad, feta, cucumber, ranch dressing and I literally could not eat it fast enough. I love feta and I love edamame so this was the perfect mix for me.  

Again the side salad was great and this time was topped with roasted edamame. I've only ever had edamame as it's served in sushi restaurants so having them roasted was new to me. They were really nice and added a different texture to my lunch.
Chilli Shrimp Noodles

Wee Lorz loves a bit of spice so for her second lunch she went for Sweet Chilli Shrimp. Here is what she thought: My sweet chilli prawns were delish, good size and tasted really fresh! You get a tub of sweet chilli on the side which I really like as you can add as much or as little as you like. The winner for me though was the edamame when I first saw they were toasted I wasn't sure but they were awesome really added to the whole dish for me! Love this and can't wait to try more of Freshgo delights!

Peri Peri Wrap
The final meal was tasted the Peri Peri Chicken Wrap; Stephie got called away unexpectedly so we called in our Laddie Scott who was more than up to the challenge!  Here is what Scott thought: The lettuce was fresh, the feta tangy and  cherry tomatoes juicy. The light Caesar dressing was nice, although I kept it to a small drizzle so as to not overpower the juice from my lemon slice. The wrap was stuffed tight with peri peri chicken, lettuce, tomato and more feta (yay). It held together well and held a nice balance between each ingredient. It was also thankfully mayo free so no soggy-ness or yucky slime over my fingers. I can definitely see myself sampling more of the Freshgo menu in the near future!

Freshgo is a great option if you are busy and on the go or are just looking for something better than just a limp sandwich for your lunch. We can't wait to try out the rest of the menu! What would you try first?



Delivers to G1, G2 postcodes in Glasgow
£20 for weekly subscription (5 lunches delivered Monday-Friday)

Friday 22 November 2013

Brelliant Christmas with Brel Bar, Glasgow

The Christmas lights have been turned on in Glasgow and Christmas season is definitely upon us. Lots of restaurants and bars have come out with their Christmas menus and the lassies were invited to see what Brel Bar in Ashton Lane had to offer.  

It certainly was cold enough to be Christmas but I was greeted with a glass of hot mulled cider which smelled amazing and warmed me up into a holiday mood. Our table in the Conservatory overlooked the dancing trees in the garden and was set with crackers and name cards so you really got the full holiday feeling.

Dancing Trees Lights

First up we tried two of the Christmas starters:

Chestnut tart

Caramelised chestnut, wild mushroom and baby spinach tart, spiced tomato chutney 

Perfect Smoked Salmon

Home cured Tobermory 16 year old salmon, pickled vegetables, horseradish creme fraiche

My favourite of the two was definitely the salmon which was so delicately cured I could have eaten a plateful! I was surprised that I liked the tart though, too. I'm not that keen on chestnuts or savoury tarts if I'm honest but it was very nice.

Next came the main courses:

Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings

Roast turkey, stuffing, chipolatas, cranberry sauce 

Slow Braised Beef

Slowly braised brisket of beef, truffle mash, pancetta, horseradish 

Fish and Shellfish en papillotte

Cod, salmon and clam en papillotte, saffron, fennel, white wine

I ended up with the turkey and if I'm honest I'm not usually the biggest fan of Christmas turkey. The turkey was moist and not even slightly overdone and went so well with the gravy and cranberry sauce---I wish I'd had some mash to mop up the rest of the gravy it was so nice.  I managed to snag a taste of the cod and beef as well which were also lovely.

Perfect Pavlova

I finished off with the most massive portion of Orange, mango and rosewater pavlova I've ever seen! It was perfectly crispy but gooey at the same time just the way a pavlova should be. I'm never one to not clean my dessert plate but the portion was so big I couldn't manage.

The Christmas Menu at Brel Bar is available as lunch (12noon - 3pm) for £20 per person or evening (4pm - 10pm) for £26 per person for three courses.


Brel Bar & Restaurant

Brel Bar glasgow

Ashton Lane
Glasgow G12 8SJ
0141 342 4966

Open Monday-Saturday 11am-Midnight, Sunday Noon-Midnight.

Sunday 17 November 2013

Bread Meats Bread: Gourmet Street Food, Glasgow

When we hear about a new restaurant opening in Glasgow the lassies can't wait to go give it a try. When we hear there is a new gourmet street food offering burgers, sandwiches, grilled cheese and more we start salivating. We first headed to try Bread Meats Bread at their pre-launch at the end of last month where we got to have tasters from the menu.

Stephie and Wee Lorz fell madly, crazy in love with their chips and Scotchbonnaise, a spicy mayonnaise dipping sauce--those two love a bit of spice! Bread Meats Bread has three types of burger: House Blend, Red Label (beef & pork) & Black Label (premium aged beef). I personally loved the Spartan, a red label burger topped with tzatziki. I LOVE tzatziki. I dip potato chips in it but I'd never thought to stick in on a burger before.

All three of us agreed that the star of the night though was the BBQ beef brisket. Slow cooked until it falls apart it was absolute perfection. Being a good half-Jewish girl I'm a sucker for proper deli sandwich meats like pastrami, brisket and corned beef (not your gross packed UK stuff, PROPER stuff) so this was great to see on a menu in the UK. Bread Meats Bread gets their amazing buns from Bavarian Bakehouse in Kirkintilloch who make the best pretzel rolls I've had in Glasgow. They are not to salty and really hold up to the burger without going soggy or being too chewy.

We got to speak to Bread Meats Bread owners on the night and their passion for good, quality food really shines through. Everything is fresh--no microwaves and the only thing in the freezer is ice cream.

We enjoyed the taster night so much we decided to come back with our colleague Laura for the soft launch two days later. Obviously word had gotten around because it was packed! Our waitress let us know that several items on the menu were not available, had run out or weren't ready yet. Slightly disappointing but it was still a soft launch so you have to expect that things won't be smooth sailing. We all went for cheeseburgers (mine on a pretzel bun of course) and decided to split a portion of regular chips and sweet potato chips between the four of us.

It took quite awhile for our order to come and when it did we ended up having to send the chips back as they were cold and we had to ask twice for Scotchbonnaise sauce. Not ideal really. The sweet potato chips however were amazing and all of our burgers were cooked perfectly. It wasn't a mind-blowingly (yes that's a term) perfect lunch but we all really enjoyed our burgers and could see the potential that Bread Meats Bread has.

I'm still dying to try the poutine and pulled chicken so I'm sure we'll be back again. I've worked in kitchens, waiting tables and bartending so I know how it can take time to iron out kinks in a new restaurant and get things running smoothly. Bread Meats Bread has all the right ingredients: good food, friendly staff and enthusiastic owners; I'm just hoping that with a wee bit of time they live up to all they can be.


104 St Vincent Street
Glasgow, G2 5UB
0141 847 0396 

Open 12pm to 10:00pm Monday to Saturday, 12.00pm to 6:00pm Sunday

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Martha's, Healthy Food in Glasgow City Centre

To celebrate the launch of Lassies who Lunch we decided to head out for our first official lunch date. It would be rude not too!

Us lassies are all on a bit of a 'health kick' so wanted something delicious and nutritious. Where can you get such treats in the city centre? Scottish Restaurant Awards' Takeaway of Restaurant of the Year Martha's of course! It is only two blocks from our office so we didn't need an excuse to try out their new autumn/winter menu.

Marthas Autumn Winter Menu

Stephie opted for the soup of the day, which was Carrot and Cumin and must have been delicious as we never got much chat out of her until it had been completely devoured. It did smell amazing. Along with the soup you get a slice of freshly baked bread which goes perfectly. 

Carrot and Cumin Soup

Blondie and I opted for the flat bread wraps. Blondie chose the new autumn menu Pagado Chicken with veg, Indonesian coconut, peanut and ginger dressing. Whereas i chose the Chipotle Chicken with a smoked jalapeno dressing and avocado salsa. I was in absolute heaven some of my favourite things all contained in the same wrap...GET IN!! The chicken also had a right good kick, which is always a winner in my books. (Blondie would disagree with me here - not so much a fan of the spice.)

Blonde eating wrap

What I also love about Martha's is the fact they put all their nutritional values next to all items, which makes deciding what to have for lunch somewhat easier at times. My wrap was 485 calories however, if you are looking for something a bit lighter you could skip they wrap and have a main box or go for a noodle crunch salad which is only 111 calories. :-)

As you can probably tell I'm a massive Martha's fan and can't wait til my next visit. Since we went Stephie & Blondie have both been back for soup, too. Next time I'll be indulging in a smoothie; can't believe I haven't had one yet. How amazing do they look??

Healthy Green and Purple Smoothie

My new favourite lunchtime hangout....see you there!!

142A St Vincent Street
Glasgow, G2 5LQ
0141 248 9771 

Open 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 4:00pm Saturday

Monday 28 October 2013

TGIFriday's Glasgow Cocktail Menu

I've been obsessed with TGIFriday's for a long time. I can't remember when the first time I went was but I have so many fond memories from going before a Sweetheart's dance in high school to going to the TGIFriday's on my university campus after monthly sorority meetings. My first waitressing job ever was at TGIFriday's as soon as I turned 19 and it makes me smile now that one of my son's favourite places to it is none other than my striped favourite.

So it will come as no surprise that when we were invited to TGIFriday's new menu launch we jumped at the chance. To celebrate the menu launch, 100 bespoke artworks are being created from the inspiration of the 100 cocktails on offer, inspired by the colours, flavours and origins included in the menu---everything from manicures by Boom Nails to amazing paper cutting by illustrator Cat Ingall.

Three Blondes Cocktails

My favourite cocktails were the Bubblegum Daiquiri with popping candy rim and the Red Velvet with Friday's foam but TGI Friday's bartenders will mix you up anything your heart desires. Of course we had to tuck into the new tapas too. I know what you're thinking---Fridays? Tapas? These smaller bites aren't your traditional tapas offerings but instead sharing plates including Jack Daniels Cajun Battered Shrimp, Meatball Sliders and my personal favourite Sam Adams Chili Cheese Dip & Pretzels.

Blonde Instagram

We know cocktails and tapas aren't your normal lunch fare but the lassies are allowed to blow off some steam after work too, right? TGIFriday's will always hold a special place in my heart but with their new cocktails and tapas menu I don't think I'll need to do much convincing to get people to join me there. If you still aren't sure just how fun a night at TGIFriday's can be take a look at this video we made and see for yourself!


TGI Friday's
multiple UK locations including 3 in Glasgow
Glasgow Fort Shopping Park 50 Provan Walk Glasgow G34 9DL
113 Buchanan Street Glasgow G1 3HF
Xscape Braehead Kings Inch Road Braehead Glasgow PA4 8XU

11:30am-11:00pm (closing time varies with location)

Thursday 24 October 2013

Lola and Livvys, Glasgow Cafe and Deli

Under Glasgow Central Station bridge is not the first place that springs to mind when you think of eating out for lunch. Which is why it came as a bit of a surprise to find the hidden gem that is Lola and Livvy's in exactly that spot. With a cute, vintage bike sitting outside it's a wonder how I'd never noticed the cafe before or picked up the lovely smell of Italian coffee coming through its open door (especially in comparison to some other odours that lurk around there).

                              lola livvys glasgow cafe deli

The cafe is run by the very friendly and ever present Edwardo who chats to his customers without it being over the top. Even though there is a menu he explained in a bit more detail about what was on offer and had me sold on the homemade spicy tomato soup with the freshly baked mozzarella, chorizo and pesto focaccia. It was an absolute delight and something I think is missing from Glasgow's lunch time menu - homemade food. 

                               Homemade Pesto Focaccia

Other things on offer include baked potatoes, paninis and sandwiches with a variety of fillings. There are also three freshly made hot dishes, including one vegetarian option, and these tend to change daily ranging from chicken ragu to courgette pasta.

As you can tell I cannot rate Lola and Livvy's highly enough so much so I may have accidentally ate part of a brown paper bag trying to tuck into a takeaway focaccia... just a tiny bit! However the only thing I would say is the cakes tend to be the same (carrot cake is never my first option no matter how good it looks) and I also think they are missing out on a trick by not updating their Facebook page or Twitter account. I'm sure Blondie will back me up on this! 

But check it out, it's a lovely, little cafe and finally gives all of us Glaswegians a reason to venture under the bridge. 

Lola and Livvy's
254 Argyle Street Glasgow G2 8D

Open Weekdays 7.30am-7pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm

Meet the Lassies

Three Blonde Girls

We are three Scottish (well one Scomerican) lassies who work in new media in the public sector & love to lunch. Whether we're making the most of our one hour lunch eating out around Glasgow, baking treats for the office or creating the inaugural salad club we never skip lunch. So who are we?

Blonde with Lobster
Wee Lorz:

The smallest member of the team, with the biggest food obsession. She likes to talk a lot about what she's been eating, is about to eat or what she wants to make to eat. In her absolute element when she gets to spend a day in the kitchen cooking up a storm, with a glass of wine of course. Loves Middle Eastern, Mexican and Italian, finished off with a double espresso!

Blonde Flower Headband

Even though she's lived in the UK for over 9 years she still cooks and bakes using American measurements. Her favourite foods include Cincinnati style chili, square sausage and anything watermelon flavoured. She hates oranges and coriander  but the latter only because she's allergic. She also blogs over as Transatlantic Blonde. While these twisted chips with cheese and ranch were amazing she's now trying to eat healthier.

Blonde with cocktail


She has an unhealthy obsession with corn on the corb, cereal without milk and breakfast tea but not at all once. Although she is trying to eat healthily her least favourite lunch is soup... or salad and she has a sweet tooth that can't be ignored.  Stay posted for some baking recipes as she started to bake recently, her biggest success being orange and white chocolate cake (the 4th attempt).

We will always be honest, always accept free cocktails and always share not just our successes but our fails as well. After all that amazing recipe on Pinterest isn't so amazing if it doesn't work in real life!