Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Cup for Cocktails & Desserts Review

Last Thursday evening, Bex and I went to meet Diana and Linsey for food and cocktails in Cup Tea Lounge in Glasgow city centre.

Located in a beautiful old building complete with stunning wall and ceiling tiles, Cup is a lovely chilled out oasis to relax from the hustle and bustle of a shopping trip or, like us, provides somewhere to unwind after a busy day at work.

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Once again we had a voucher to use (I think we are a bit spoiled as all the best deals seem to be in Glasgow city centre, the west end or southside so between us we always seem to have a voucher or two on the go!) this time from 5pm.  It included one savoury sharing platter between two, one dessert each and either one cocktail or one glass of prosecco, all for £9 per person!  Great value when the cocktails are between £5 - £7.50 each on the menu.

As there were four of us, we decided to order one meat platter and one cheese platter to share between us.  We were even brought some extra bread for the platters by the chef, before we even had to ask, given there was four of us and lots of yummy cheese, meat, olives and relish to go round.  The platters were delicious but definitely more of a light bite, especially when sharing between two.  This was perfect though as we had to leave room for dessert!

After much deliberation we finally chose the desserts we wanted, from a list of seven or eight which included sticky toffee pudding, creme brulee, apple pie, cheesecakes etc. but all served with some kind of unique twist or ingredient provided by the Cup chefs.  The desserts arrived and we were in heaven.  I had opted for the sticky toffee pudding and wasn't sure if I would regret playing it a bit safe when the other more exotic options the girls had picked arrived, but it was fabulous.  The pudding itself was served in a bowl with lots of hot toffee sauce and on the side, served in a miniature tea pot was lots and LOTS of extra hot toffee sauce, caramel ice cream and caramel foam (really light, whipped cream type fluff that tasted amazing!).  It was easily one of the best desserts I've ever had.

Bex here, I chose the pear and ginger cheesecake with basil ice cream and thyme infused pineapple.  I wasn't sure about having so many herbs involved in a dessert but was intrigued enough to try it and I'm glad I did!  The basil ice cream was lovely!

The treats are also available to take away, just look at those amazing cupcakes! My favourite, the one I'm pointing to(!), had a bounty bar on top!! :)

All of the staff members in Cup were lovely and we had a great night, I would recommend heading along to Cup to sample some of their delicious desserts and cocktails and keep your eye out for any future vouchers on itison or livingsocial.

Roz xx

Ps the cocktails were pretty amazing too! Between us we had some Pear, raspberry and ginger ale mules (mmmmm!), Cherry & Almond fizz (which tasted exactly like a bakewell tart!), an Apple & ginger mojito, some kind of tea infused martini and a lovely glass of bubbles!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Glencoe with Gems Part 2 - The Clachaig Inn and beyond!

We walked through Glencoe village to the country road to the Inn and happened to pass a Spanish lady wearing a fab olive green waterproof coat!  Lovely R went to ask her (and practice his Spanish) where it was from for me!  Sadly it is some little known make which I've never found.

The walk along the tree-lined road was lovely, especially after a couple of wines, I was a little hyper and running ahead or lagging behind to take photos.

I love coming across heart shaped things in nature and spotted this heart shaped leaf (which I suspect someone placed) sitting perfectly in a tree trunk!

We soon arrived at the Clachaig and ordered dinner and a few pints of cider...

The serious business of saucing!

Happy tums and happy faces!  :)

Steak & Ale pie, chips, cabbage and clapshot.

R rocks my sunglasses!

The next morning we packed up and had croissants and bread with bovril for breakfast before splitting into teams! Gemma, Margie and R all did the fit thing of hiking up the Pap of Glencoe, whereas Nik and I went for a flat walk round Glencoe Lochan hunting for shrooms!

Taken with my Nikon D300s

Taken with my Nikon D300s

Taken with my Nikon D300s

Taken with my Nikon D300s

 Taken with my Nikon D300s

Taken with my Nikon D300s

Imagine that view from your front garden!

So much blue sky!

Pap of Glencoe from the village

Purple Shrooms!
Taken with my Nikon D300s

This slug had devoured one of the shrooms!

After picking up the guys from their hike, we headed to a cute little cafe by the village for lunch before heading back down the road to Glasgow.

Rainbow over Rannoch Moor (taken from moving car again)
We enjoyed a P!nk  and Kelly Clarkson sing-along (although I'm not sure the boys did!)  It was SUCH a fab weekend, we're so lucky it's only a couple of hours away from Glasgow and we can head up there for a day trip or a quick weekend away.

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