Tantrum Doughnuts

Living in the West End of Glasgow, there’s always one place everyone has heard of; Tantrum Doughnuts. Set away from the main streets on Old Dumbarton Road, this cosy little cafe is home to probably the best doughnuts I’ve ever eaten. They recently moved premises from number 35 to 27 to increase their production, but the small set up has not changed at all. All their doughnuts are fresh and “made by people, not machines” as their tagline suggests, and the cafe is dog-friendly so what’s not to love?

In my opinion they are best in the morning when they are extra fresh, as their unique flavours are only available until their daily stock has ran out – so get there fast! Every now and again they bring back old favourites or add limited edition new flavours, and this week was the return of the Blueberry Cheesecake, meaning I had to dash down and grab one before they went away again on Thursday! At Christmas they brought out some festive flavours, including my favourite – Mulled Wine and Spices. My favourites (in order) are:

  1. Yuzu Meringue and Green Tea Sugar
  2. Blueberry Cheesecake (limited edition)
  3. Peanut Butter and Raspberry Jam (discontinued, sob)
  4. Creme Brûlée
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Paesano Pizza

Following on from my last post about going vegetarian, my first test was trying out Paesano Pizza in Merchant City, Glasgow. Having heard great things about their authentic, wood fire pizzas from Naples, I couldn’t wait to head down with the girls from work!

The restaurant is on Miller Street, just around the corner from Glasgow Museum of Modern Art / St Enoch’s Centre and looks small from the outside but is surprisingly big once you’re inside.

The menu is simple, with 8 pizzas to choose from and a variety of side nibbles. I went for the Number 8 – mushroom, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, oregano and evoo (no tomato) and was not disappointed! The food came really fast and the pizzas were huge – at just £8 and one of the more expensive options it was a great value for money!

As it was for a 21st we shared a bottle of prosecco from Friuli, and although it did just come in glass beakers it was one of the nicest prosecco’s I’ve had in a restaurant.

I would definitely recommend a visit – they’re rated best pizza restaurant in the UK for a reason!

Giving up meat for Lent

First of all I want to say I am probably the least religious person you could meet, however this year I have decided to give up meat for 40 days during Lent. I’ve not by any means done this for religious reasons, but more as a willpower exercise. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a good Nando’s, or nugs on the way home from a night out, but I’ve been considering going vegetarian for some time now so Lent seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a real go.. unlike the time I lasted 10 days when I was in Year 9 and came home from school and ate an entire pack of ham..

Since moving to Glasgow I’ve noticed every other person I meet here seems to be veggie for one reason or another, so here are mine:

  1. For the animals – an obvious reason but still number 1 on my list
  2. It’s cheaper – let’s be honest, I’m still a student and meat can be pretty pricey
  3. It’s healthier – on the whole, cutting processed meat out can significantly reduce your fat intake
  4. You can be more creative – I’ve now discovered that there’s so much you can add to food that you don’t even need meat

Also, as vegetarianism seems to be growing in popularity, more and more vegetarian only restaurants are popping up, especially this one near my flat which I can’t wait to try and write about when I’ve been!

I know it’s only day 6 but I’ve not even been tempted yet – this one might actually stick! If anyone has any veggie recipes or eateries to recommend in Glasgow or Liverpool please let me know!