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