Susan T from Sunshine Tea Lounge invited 8 Yelp Elites into her home to sample her menu and get some input into her amazing plans for a cafe unlike any Glasgow has ever seen. The four course menu included home-made crisp bread with a lotus root dip, steamed dumplings with pork & shitake mushroom filling, and another pork & spring onion filling. The main was steamed sliced chicken breast & thigh in a garlic & ginger infused oil with sticky jasmati rice wrapped in lotus leaf, served with lotus root crisp and Asian pickles, and to finish we had Sago Mochi Tong Sui - a popular traditional Asian sweet soup dessert with sago pearls and black sesame filled mochi balls in hot coconut milk.
20 Yelpers were treated to an exclusive, pre-opening breakfast at Something in Clarkston. It was their first night cooking in the kitchen and Justin and Cassandra served up a storm, with Natalie looking after front-of-house.
Popular dishes included the Ankara – fried eggs with yoghurt, mint, aleppo pepper and sumac as well as French Toast – but the one dish that really got the Yelpers talking was The Stornoway (with Stornoway black pudding, of course!).
We're loving all the Perfect Day Glasgow photos and today we've got the fabulous Yelp Elite, Debs M, telling us about her perfect day in Glasgow:
Any perfect day does of course have to start with eating something delicious, and Hyde is an excellent place to do just that - excellent brekkie/brunch options in lovely chilled surroundings, so I’d need to begin there. Then I’d head up Byres Rd, stopping in Tinderbox for a coffee and to watch the world go by, before heading to some of the fantastic vintage shops the West End has to offer - such as Vintage Guru, The Glasgow Vintage Co., Retro and Starry Starry Night. Maybe even a wee look in Relics as that place is always filled with interesting items (and sometimes a sleepy cat or two, bonus!)
Shopping is hungry work, so I’d nip into Nic’s NYC Deli for a grilled sandwich or a delicious hot dog and of course one of their epic doughnuts, followed by a wee stroll around the Botanic Gardens - somewhere which always looks lovely even when the weather isn’t!
Then, you guessed it, more shopping! I adore the shops on Cresswell Lane and they’re always good for a browse even if I never actually end up buying anything - Elements and The Nancy Smillie Shop are two of my favourites, particularly if I need to get a gift for someone but also to get a wee treat for myself! No visit to the West End is complete without having a look in Fopp, it’s also pretty much impossible for me to leave there without picking something up, so I’d definitely need to fit that in before heading through to the City Centre.
Glasgow is full of amazing places to eat, some of which are very fancy and also pretty pricy as a result, but you definitely don’t have to break the bank in order to get a good feed in our fair city! Burger Meats Bun, Bread Meats Bread and Bloc+ all have amazing things to eat and all at very reasonable prices indeed, so I’d visit one of them for dinner. If I wasn’t in a total food coma after that, I’d go for a few drinks in somewhere like Waxy’s, The Howlin’ Wolf, or Slouch for my beloved Sweet Emotion cocktail or one of their other delicious concoctions!
Of course, Glasgow is known for having a fantastic local music scene and as well as the aforementioned Bloc+ and Slouch, The 13th Note usually has some great gigs on - you can usually see a few bands for something like a fiver, which is incredibly good value as far as I’m concerned. I’d try and catch one of them, and - who knows? - maybe even discover my new favourite band!
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We took over Links of London in Glasgow's Princes Square to raise money for Action for Children. 20 lucky Yelp ladies were treated to mini manicures by Makeup by Sacha, hair styling by Colette from Toni Cook Hairdressing as well as private shopping, modelling and information sessions about the beautiful jewellery.
We then headed up to the brand new Caribbean restaurant, Sugar Dumplin' for a menu sampling! We raised over £350 for Action for Children and had a wonderful night of indulgence. Check out the reviews on Yelp and photos on Facebook!
Glasgow Yelp Elite, Sarah A, tells us about her Perfect Day in Glasgow... firstly, with the sun shining from morning (and hopefully lasts) until night time! My partner and I will begin with a healthy stretch and a morning routine of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Meditation Healing at Lansdowne Crescent Lane.
After our workout, we go for a lovely South African inspired brunch, with his usual cup of cappuccino and my usual red (rooibos) latte at Veldt Deli along Great Western Road. Did you know they sell Rooibos tea imported from South Africa itself? They're called Freshpak (I drank these as a kid when I lived in Cape Town).
We then take a stroll along GWR and might end up in 2 places; Lupe Pintos Deli, to get some authentic Mexican ingredients for any night I'm feeling creative and extra spicy in the kitchen, or Cottonrake for some freshly baked cakes or my favourite, macarons!
By afternoon, we'd head towards the Botanic Gardens to relax and sunbath on the incredibly green grass (sometimes we'd take this opportunity to BBQ too!), while watching children, families and their dogs play, and the common Scotsman having a "taps aff" day!
After some relaxation, we'd walk towards Byres Road to Oxfam Music Shop or Play It Again Record shop in Ruthven Lane to browse through some vinyls, hoping to come across a gem or two. And then maybe later, stop by Kember & Jones to pack some freshly baked sourdough bread to eat for the week to come,
By then, I'm probably starving so we'd make our way to Hanoi Bike Shop to grab a delicious and close-to authentic Vietnamese dinner! I love their "local" beef soup, and their Vietnamese coffee reminds me so much of home. :)
Afterwards, since sunlight lasts for more than 8 hours nowadays, we'd probably head to a cool place that makes delicious cocktails, has some awesome tunes and a beautiful beer garden or view, like Brel, Ubiquitous Chip or Vodka Wodka in Ashton Lane. Did I mention how obsessed I am with fairy lights? Cause Ashton Lane has some beautiful ones hovering over the street.
After a perfect day out and about in Glasgow, we will then head back to our humble abode in Cowcaddens.
Beautiful, if rare, sunshine. Kelvingrove Park with good company, for some refreshments and possibly a BBQ, then finish off the evening in one of my favourite locals: BrewDog or Inn Deep. If I venture East, and it's the weekend, perhaps mussels from The Barras, People's Palace, the West Brewery.
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Wake up in a swanky hotel, the kind that I never, EVER get to see. Maybe even one that has more than 2 stars! Howzat! Like the Hotel Du Vin or Radisson Blu. A light breakfast in bed delivered to the room (even just rice krispies and toast with orange juice and coffee!) then head out for some brunch. Maybe Hutchesons, going by the raving over it?
Then, I think I'd head to Partick. Go for a wee wander across the Kelvinbridge, through the Kelvingrove Park and a dabble through the amazing Kelvingrove Art Galleries. A quick pint or two at Brewdog just over the road, then back into town at Kelvinhall Underground - a prefect Glesga day has to have a shoogle in there, after all.
I think personally, I'd like a burger for lunch. And for me, the best would be Meathammer at Nice n Sleazy or Burger Meats Bun, then a wee dram in the Pot Still, before heading to the Buchanan Galleries for some shopping. LEGO STORE, BABY!
A coffee in Laboratorio Espresso before heading out for evening dinner; I'd want something fancy like the Ubiquitous Chip or a big steak dinner in the Butchershop.
Then, being me, a gig. At The Barrowlands, where else? Nowhere like it on the planet, and a few beers beforehand in the legendary Solid Rock Cafe would just set you up perfectly for a night of gigging! Post gig, head to the Cathouse for some more ROCK and a couple of Jaeger shots, and then back to the hotel (obviously via the Blue Lagoon for a cheeky bag of chips first) to collapse.
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We were treated to a Spanish feast by Cubatas Tapas Bar in Charing Cross. Yelp Elites were treated to a selection of tapas; old favourites as well as brand-new dishes from the Cubatas spring menu. The delicious food was washed down with the perfect serve of Brockmans Gin served up by Luscious Liquid's Sarah H.
Yelp's new blog series, Local Legends, takes a look at the faces and stories of the amazing people who make up their home cities, told to us in their own words:
"People in London aren’t afraid to take risks and express themselves in London. We’ve had the most amazing guests visit Cahoots in full vintage attire, swing dancers, artists, musicians, creatives and some pretty eccentric train enthusiasts. We had one guy who works for The London Underground and spent an hour telling me about all the disused tube stations he’s been in and the “undeniable proof” of ghosts he's seen."
- Danni Bluston from Cahoots.
Here are a few of Danni's favourite places in this expressive city:
Escape Glasgow locked up our Yelp Elite Squad and set them puzzling mind tasks before they were allowed out again!
Split into teams of 5, there were numerous mind-bending puzzles and challenges in each room which needed to be solved. The rest of the Yelp Elite Squad were treated to beers by Heverlee and food by The Blue Chair and some puzzles of their own!
Thanks to our lovely host, Hard Rock Cafe for letting our Yelp Elite Squad take over the Live Lounge for our first Elite Event of 2015! We had a huge squad of Elites and their beautiful +1s enjoy an amazing cookery masterclass by Luke, feast on tasty ribs, wings and burgers and indulge in hurricane cocktails!
There was also a memorabilia tour and bite sized desserts which went down a treat. If you missed out on all the fun, you can read the reviews and check out the photos. Thanks again to Hard Rock Cafe for kicking off 2015 in the best way possible.
Serving up some excellent craft brew & Christmas cheer, Innis & Gunn proved to be the perfect end to the Edinburgh Yelp event season and a great introduction to the wacky world of Yelp events for some of 2014's newest Yelp folks! Our brew master extraordinaire Claire, led us through the homegrown world of Innis & Gunn's old favourites and new staples. Scotch Whisky Porters anyone? Check out the reviews & photos and keep your eyes peeled for more newbie shenanigans in 2015!
Yelp Bristol Elites had an amazing night at Clifton Cakes, making Chocolate Truffles while sipping on some well deserved Bubbles.
Frances, the owner of Clifton Cakes, taught us how to smell, hold and most importantly taste chocolate properly before taking us into the workshop to get started. With our plastic pinny's on, we sat down to personalised Elite cakes and trays of hand crafted truffle moulds. There were huge bowls of chocolate ganache to be flavoured as we please; mint, orange, ginger, coffee - it was all there. We then piped in our chosen flavours, decorated them until they looked beautiful and boxed them up to be eaten at home (or in the car). The cakes on display were incredible and the chocolate shoes just showed how talented a chocolatier Frances really is.
You can see the reviews and photos of the night here
On Tuesday night, Yelpers of Glasgow gathered to enjoy delicious drinks and tasty food – and crafting! Huge thanks to Sarah H from Luscious Liquid who provided us with the AppleStrohDel and Santa's Special. If you want to make these drinks, she's even popped the recipe on the event page, and Inverarity One to One is the place to head for the spirits! The Raven provided us with platters of their delicious smoked foods.
Yelp Shops Local is continuing through December, so there's still plenty of time to support your local businesses. So many of you have already supported these great shops, so thank you for being such generous, loyal and lovely people!
On a cold November night, Edinburgh Yelpers descended on Victoria to eat, drink and snoop their brand new Edinburgh CM! There was mulled cider, there were cute dogs in Yelp gear, delicious pizzas and yes, one or two shimmy hugs were had. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.
Di Mambro's Delicatessen were our host for the evening, and Jonny took us through their four delicious sauces - Meat Meet Meat, Porco Fumoso, Classico and The Nippy One which we sampled with some luscious garlic and fresh breads. Of course, with a mulled wine in the other hand!
Then we were able to try their luscious lasagne and the imported Italian reds and white wines. Jonny taught us all about how real Italian sauces are made and Elites got to taste test the sauces against some supermarket brands. Sharon M (Herby!) was the ultimate winner of the tasting challenge - notable mentions also go to David A and John R!
We played Know Your Yelper - how well do you really know the other Elites? Sharon M (Maulin Rouge) won that round by getting all 25 Yelpers correct!
If you missed out on the fun, you can read the reviews and check out the photos. Thanks to Di Mambro's for hosting our fabulous evening.
The scene was set for an underground party like no other – we were heading underneath Glasgow Central Station to enjoy delicious gin tasting and steak samples at the hottest new addition to Glasgow's dining scene, Alston Bar & Beef. To celebrate the weekend of Doors Open Day, Yelpers received a key upon checking in – Sara T was lucky enough to win the £50 meal voucher for Alston. Yelpers then followed the tasting map around 6 stations of gin – featuring Darnley's View, Caorunn, Brockmans and Fentimans. Canapés were presented and then followed up with some delicious cuts of meat – rib-eye, rump, sirloin and fillet from the Scottish Borders.
Over 120 Glasgow Yelpers hit the hottest new venue in town (it's official, they won the Yelpie award!) Wild Cabaret on Thursday night for a night of decadence, glamour and a whole load of fun!
We were treated to delicious cocktails by Luscious Liquid, food by Wild Cabaret and Miss Dixiebelle were on hand to style 18 lucky lady Yelpers into vintage vixens! There were also drinks by Eden Brewery St Andrews and Alexander Wines. We were treated to the smooth tunes of The Precious Penny Pluckers and the card assassin extrodinary, George Speirs who was making his debut performance!
We also celebrated all Glasgow's best local businesses by dishing out some awards – you can read all the winners votes below the link! Thanks to all the Yelpers who partied in fine style and our amazing sponsors.
It was time to go back to school for 25 Yelp Glasgow Elites and indulge in some delicious coffee! Avenue G would be our teachers, and showed us all the hottest new home brewing methods – Aeropress, Chemex and V60. Each method was demonstrated, explained and then Elites had the chance to taste and decide which they loved the most! On hand were some of Avenue G's delicious BLTs and MLTs (mushoom!), as well as expertly made espresso martinis to get the party started. We all finished the night with a bit more knowledge, a few new friends and a new appreciation for home brewing!
The Yelp Glasgow Elite Squad jumped on a specially chartered bus, and headed out to Quarrier's Village – a beautiful town which is the home of Three Sisters Bake. We were treated to a feast of the most jawdropping delights in a gorgeous spread – mussel popcorn po' boys, Texas beef skillet chilli, mushroom & gorgonzola arancini, ham hough with swiss & gherkins. If you thought you were full, then the cakes arrived! And what beauties they were – chocolate orange gluten free cake and rhurbard and custard slice were just two of the treats. Finishing off with tea and coffee, it was a challenge to get the Yelpers back on the bus as they all wanted to stay and enjoy the delights of Three Sisters Bake some more!
Read more about the event here.
Thanks to our event sponsor, Three Sisters Bake.
At this super special Elite Event, 20 Elites donned eye masks and dined on 4 courses of Urban Bar & Brasserie's brand new spring menu. Starting with fish soup, followed by goats cheese pannacotta the Elites were delighted to unveil the main of salmon & scallops en papilliotte with ginger, spring onion & sticky rice. Finally we tried the lemongrass crème brulee with saffron shortbread. All dishes were served with matching wines and we were well and truley spoiled by Urban Bar & Brasserie!
Read more about the event here.
To celebrate World Book Night, 22 Yelp Elites gather at Cushion & Cake. Books were distributed, tea was supped and fizz was popped! Cushion & Cake provided a decadent platter of sandwiches, scones and cakes for Elites to nibble. Drinks were on hand (as per the "you choose!" invitation) and a game of Card Against Humanity was played with Elites reading out their best/funniest pairings!
Read more about the event here.
The Gallery is on display! 90 Yelpers headed along to Ubiquitous Chip for the grand unveiling of the gallery. 76 photos adorn the walls of the Brasserie and Yelpers were able to gaze at their glory while dining on delightful canapés by Ubiqitous Chip. Aperol Spritz and Wild Turkey were on hand with the refreshment, while Barry Neeson provided some live art for entertainment (which was later auctioned for Glasgow Women's Aid!). All prints are up for sale for just £10 each. Read more about the event here.
On Tuesday night, 70 Yelpers celebrated the launch of Yelp's Gallery of Glasgow at Stravaigin. Fabulous cocktails were served by Aperol – an Aperol Spritz was a refreshing twist in the depths of Glasgow winter – and a Honey Manhattan made with Wild Turkey. Stravaigin treated us to a selection of tasty canapes – ranging from South Indian dahl on a coconut and curry leaf blini to roast pork belly, kimchi and baby gem baozi and West coast crab and salt haddock with pickled apples and celeriac. We had a fabulous photo booth with some awesome Glasgow icons as props, and a photography masterclass to help Yelpers make the most of their snapping! You can read all the reviews of the event here, check out the event photos on Facebook as well as the photo booth hilarity!
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