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Reluctantly 38. Unnaturally blonde. Funny-ish. Potty-mouthed. No internal filter. Former cynic. Barely used. Not for resale. Blood type: cava.

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Pizza Punks, Glasgow 30/05/2017

GIVE ME YOUR PIZZA, PUNK!

Pizza Punks, Glasgow Over the last couple of years, pizza restaurants have been popping up all over Glasgow, both in the city centre and also near where I live in the west end. I have tried a few of these, but once I tried Pizza Punks I felt like I had finally found my true pizza home. I could stop looking - this was my one true love. Pizza Punks is situated on St Vincent Street so is smack bang in the middle of the city centre, easily accessible whether you are popping into the city via public transport, or just looking for a lunch break away from the office. It is fairly large, which is good, as it seems to be pretty popular! I'm actually not sure whether you are able to book, I can't see any reference to it on the website - but both times we've went in we've been seated straight away, even on a busy Saturday evening! Now Pizza Punks main selling point is that you can choose all the toppings you want and it won't cost you any extra. You know how it is in so many places . . . yes, you can get extra toppings if you want but you have to fork up (pun intended) for each additional portion of topping. Not so in Pizza Punks. Here you get to create your own pizza for a mere 9 pounds . . . regardless of how many additional toppings you want! And there are a LOT of toppings to choose from, different meat, veg and various types of cheese. There's even a choice of two sauces - your more conventional tomato based one, as well as a white panna sauce. All on a gorgeous sourdough base. The only thing ...

Vegetarian Recipes 15/05/2017

EASY MUSHROOM CURRY!

Vegetarian Recipes A few months ago I had a mushroom bhaji curry at one of my local Indian restaurants. It was delicious and made me wonder - I've made loads of curry myself before but I've never tried to make one with mushrooms as the main ingredient. And this was how this particular recipe came about... *****What you need***** ***Approximately 250g mushrooms, chopped into smaller pieces ***1 small red onion, diced ***Half a red pepper, sliced (to be honest you can use more red pepper if you want, I only had half of one left though!) ***2-3 cloves of garlic ***A tablespoon of olive oil ***200ml passata ***1 tsp coriander ***1 tsp cumin ***1 tsp turmeric ***1-2 tsps. hot chilli powder (or more if you are an absolute spice fiend) ***Sprinkling of chilli flakes ***1/2 tsp bouillion powder *****Let's get cooking!***** 1) Add your olive oil to a frying pan and heat it up before throwing in the mushrooms and fry them for a couple of minutes 2) Add in the onion and garlic and continue to fry for a few more minutes before adding in the red pepper 3) Add the passata and bouillion, you can also add a bit of water if you feel the mixture needs loosened at all. 4) Get those spices added and let it all simmer together for another ten minutes or so. 5) Serve up with rice and stuff it in your mouth. Nice and easy to make, and totally delicious, pinky promise. Well, as long as you like mushrooms, that is . . . (I originally posted this on my blog back in January, but when I spotted the vegetarian ...

Stema II, Sidari 01/09/2016

A SIDARI GOOD TIME!

Stema II, Sidari Ever since me and the fella started going to Corfu in 2014, we've kept going back every May. We always love the places we stay there but they always seem to be up in price the following year and we have to choose somewhere else. We always have been lucky enough to end up with a wee gem though and Stema II was no exception to this rule! We absolutely loved it. We got an amazing deal on it because we were flying on Friday 13th - we hadn't been aware this was actually a known phenomenom but apparently because it's a superstitious day and people don't want to fly then, the prices are much lower! (I don't like flying anyway, so the date didn't really bother me.) It cost us around 240 pounds each which is definitely a brilliant dea! Although the low price was the main factor for us, the pictures and reviews of Stemma looked so good we weren't worried at all that we would be short-changed. From the second we arrived and were personally greeted by Paula straight off the transfer coach (where we immediately bonded over our shared first name, before we were all taken personally to our apartments) we knew we had made the right decision. She and everyone else in the apartments were so friendly and the apartments were spacious and comfortable. The pool area looked and was amazing, there was never an issue getting a sun lounger although it was relatively quiet due to it being so early in the season. However, some places I have stayed in the past I've had difficulty getting a lounger ...

Impractical Jokers 10/11/2015

IF YOU DON'T WATCH THIS, THE JOKE'S ON YOU!

Impractical Jokers I don't really watch a lot of new TV shows, but one I've became rather partial to of late is one on Comedy Central called "Impractical Jokers". It's a tv series where the four main "characters" play jokes on the unsuspecting public, and each other, in front of a hidden camera, and I find it really hilarious. The four characters in question are four members of a comedy troupe named The Tenderloins (what a name) and actually grew up together and went to the same school as kids. They are Sal, Joe, Q and Murr and they are all extremely likeable and incredibly funny - and generally willing to do just about anything not to become the big loser at the end of each show. So how does it work? Each show will have several games that the four play and their aim is to not lose! The games can take many forms and have different outcomes which are needed to be achieved in order for the guys not to win. So, for example, they might do a prank where they have to approach a stranger, think of a reason to have to shake their hand... and then shake their hand for as long as they can. Whoever fails or gets the shortest time loses that game. Another example of a task, which is probably the one which I watched and got me into the show properly, was that they each had to show someone around their "house" with the aim of getting the person to agree to housesit for them. But when each of the jokers took their turn, they would be instructed on things they needed to say or do to put the person off.. and ...

Admission (DVD) 09/11/2015

LET THIS FILM IN . . .

Admission (DVD) Occasionally when we're in a big supermarket, the fella will gravitate towards the cheap DVDs to see if there's anything that catches our eye. The film "Admission" was located based on one of these little adventures. I wasn't sure what to expect, having never heard of the film... but it starred both the hilarious Tina Fey and the adorable Paul Rudd so I figured it was a win-win situation! "Admission" is meant to be a comedy - I'm not so sure. While it has its funny moments, I think it was a bit darker and more serious than that. Tina Fey plays Portia, a go-getting admissions officer for Princeton University, earnest, ambitious, and hoping that she can get promoted to Dean of Admissions. She's been hiding a secret for years though - the fact that she got pregnant and gave away a child. So imagine her shock when she discovers that her son may in fact be a boy who is looking for admission to Princeton. Although brilliant, he is not conventional by any means, and is probably not going to be considered Princeton material... so how far will she go to ensure he is actually admitted to the university? I found this film interesting and a bit different. I liked finding out how the admissions process worked when it comes to prestigious establishments like Princeton - I'm pretty sure I wouldn't get in there! Like I already mentioned, I didn't find it particularly funny despite it being touted as a comedy - but I didn't really think, based on the subject, that it NEEDED to be funny. ...

The Rewrite (DVD) 05/11/2015

REWRITE NOT REQUIRED!!!

The Rewrite (DVD) I've always quite liked Hugh Grant. I'm not sure what it is - I just think he looks like he would be a good laugh, and that he probably is a lot like a lot of the carefree man-boy characters he seems to have virtually specialised in playing over the years. And in "The Rewrite" he revisits that typecasting once more, playing Keith Michaels, a jaded faded screenwriter who has a flagging career and an eye for the laydeez. Keith can't seem to sell any of his films anymore so he reluctantly takes on the one writing gig he CAN get - which is as a writing professor in a university. Not quite what he's used to, and he doesn't cope with it well, ensuring that he predominately accepts only students into his class that aesthetically please him. Nice! :-/ But probably the silliest thing he does is get involved with one of his students. This proves to be a bigger mistake than he could have ever anticipated. He's ably assisted in this charming if predictable romantic comedy by a fine cast of superb actors, including JK Simmons, Allison Janney, Chris Elliot and - one of my favourite actresses - Marisa Tomei, who I've loved since the film "Only You". She plays Holly, who is a mature student who has to feistily fight her way into his course . . . and ends up striking up a friendship with him, against all odds. Is there more to this than friendship though? Well, Hugh is in his 50s now so a student of regular age is, even by Hollywood standards, probably still a tad too young for him... so ...

MacDonald Arms Hotel, Balbeggie 03/11/2015

LOVELY STAY . . . JUST DON'T FORGET TO GO TO BREAKFAST!

MacDonald Arms Hotel, Balbeggie Me and the fella tend to find that every couple of weeks we simply HAVE TO go away for a night. This is not the most sensible of options and isn't really good for our bank balance, so we have tried to curb it a bit or at least try and get bargains wherever possible! A couple of months ago we were experiencing withdrawal symptoms from not having gone away for at least a week or something ridiculous like that (we'd not long finished the North Coast 500 and had been needing to get away again ever since), so when the fella spotted that booking.com had a deal on the MacDonald Arms hotel in Balbeggie near Perth, we decided to go for it. It was around sixty pounds for bed and breakfast and had good reviews, so it seemed win-win. We headed up there via the Birks of Aberfeldy (lovely set of waterfalls if you're in the market for a good one), and arrived at the hotel just before six on the Saturday evening. It was on the edge of Balbeggie and as we drove up the country road it just appeared out of nowhere like a little mirage. It was quite small, with the entrance to the hotel part at the back, and the bar and restaurant at the front. We were checked in immediately by a very friendly blonde woman. She asked if we wanted dinner in the hotel and advised the restaurant would be busy shortly, so we booked dinner for about half an hour later and headed to our room. The room itself was lovely - spacious but cosy, with lovely furnishings and a comfortable bed. I'm not sure how thick the ...

Man Up (DVD) 02/11/2015

MAN UP AND GET THIS WATCHED!

Man Up (DVD) ***"You need to man up, Nancy."*** I've always been a sucker for a romantic comedy, and from the moment I first heard about "Man Up" I knew I wanted to watch it. It had an unusual premise that I was instantly intrigued by and I've always had a soft spot for Simon Pegg ever since the "Spaced" days. So while I was unlikely to go and watch in the cinema (I have literally only been to the cinema twice in the last two and a half years, and not been at all this year!) I was definitely determined to watch it soon. And so when it popped up on the fella's on demand, we both jumped at the chance to watch it. Although an English film with a quintessentially English heroine, Lake Bell who plays Nancy is actually American. Having watched her in the Alicia Silverstone TV show "Miss Match" many years ago, as well as the dire "Over Her Dead Body" with Eva Longoria, I knew she wasn't English... however, had I not known, I would have been fooled by her excellent English accent. I thought it was better than Renee's when she played Bridget Jones. Speaking of Bridget Jones, Nancy is a little reminiscent of that character. She's single, unlucky in love and a bit of a mess in general. So, when she gets talking (reluctantly) to the annoyingly perky Jessica on the train, little does she know that this is going to result in her accidentally thieving Jessica's blind date and pretending to be 10 years younger than she actually is . . . Enter Jack (Pegg), who has absolutely no idea that Nancy is not ...

Rock Anthems: The Ultimate Collection - Various Artists 31/10/2015

A ROCKIN' GOOD ROAD TRIP ALBUM!

Rock Anthems: The Ultimate Collection - Various Artists A couple of months ago we were heading off on a weekend trip to Campbeltown, which is a three hour journey from Glasgow. On the day we were going, we realised that radio reception might be poor and we'd listened to all the cds we had in the car loads of times, so we decided to pop to Sainsburys in our lunch break to see if they had any interesting compilation albums. We were pleased to discover that they actually had a bunch that were only a fiver, and one of these was "Rock Anthems: The Ultimate Collection". We checked the track listings and saw loads on there we both knew and liked, so it seemed inevitable that we had to buy it. We still listen to it in the car now four months later so it seems it was a successful purchase! There's a whopping five cds in this compilation - that's definitely a whole load of bang for your buck. Or one pound sterling per cd, if you paid the same amount as us. 100 whole rock songs. Obviously no one is going to be 100 per cent satisfied with every single one of the songs on a 100 track compilation album - that surely would have to be impossible. There are certainly songs I'm not a fan of, or am not sure why they have been included. "Jessica" by the Allman Bros Band - possibly better known as the Top Gear theme tune - fits into both of the above categories for me. There are a lot of tunes on it that I don't like, or the fella doesn't like, or both, so we do spend some time skipping tracks... to be fair you could probably condense our favourite ...

Always the Bridesmaid - Kelk, Lindsey 30/10/2015

LINDSEY THE GREAT STRIKES AGAIN!

Always the Bridesmaid - Kelk, Lindsey I always enjoy a book by Lindsey Kelk. I've mentioned before that her I Heart series did start to grate on me after a while - series have never really been something I've enjoyed; well, not since Sweet Valley High as a teen - but that was more to do with me being sick of the characters rather than her writing, so I was pleased to see she had a new standalone book out. I actually downloaded it on my Kindle for my holiday to Corfu in May but somehow I didn't get around to reading it. It took me until my more recent holiday to Fuerteventura in October to actually make a start on it... and I was glad I'd finally got around to it! Our heroine is Maddie, who while likeable isn't REALLY much of a "heroine" - she is more just your average girl, just like one of us. She has a hellish boss - and I'm not exaggerating. At the start of the novel Maddie has had to get a mammogram just so her boss can find out if it's painful before she goes for hers. That's not normal behaviour surely? (Although neither is the fact that Maddie actually DOES it) But I think this is a good set-up for both how horrible her boss Shona is, as well as how easily Maddie just goes along with things, just to not create too much hassle and have a quiet life. Maddie's best friend Lauren has just announced her engagement. It couldn't really come at a worst time . . . as on the same day Maddie's OTHER best friend Sarah announces she's getting divorced. Talk about bad timing. You just couldn't make this stuff ...

Westerton Arms, Bridge of Allan 29/10/2015

WELCOMING YOU WITH WESTERTON ARMS!!!

Westerton Arms, Bridge of Allan Being in an unfamiliar town and having to choose a place to eat can be a minefield at times. You just don't know what the venue will be like, and if the food will be to your taste. Thankfully, when we were recently staying in a hotel just outside Bridge of Allan, the Westerton Arms proved to be a great gamble! We couldn't book online unfortunately (I'm borderline phone-phobic although it's not been medically proven) but the boyfriend phoned on our walk from the hotel to try and book... and was informed that you CAN'T book on a Saturday night. We decided to chance it anyway, and wandered in . . . only to find that we could put our name down for a table at the restaurant for when one became available. So... we technically ended up booking? Anyway, we wandered through to the pub part of the building on the other side and I got into the vino blanco, as per. We didn't really know how we were meant to know when our table was ready, there hadn't been a big enough waiting area really for us to stick around in there. The fella headed back around after we were nearly finished our first drink and got short shrift for daring to ask apparently... however, we'd only just started our second drink when someone did actually come to get us, so it looks like we'd done the right thing by checking up! So onto the restaurant. The pub part was your traditional pub . . . the restaurant was lighter with more glass, I think there might have been an extension added to the original building! It ...

Village Urban Resort Aberdeen, Aberdeen 29/10/2015

MORE VILLAGE THAN URBAN . . . BUT VERY NICE ALL THE SAME!

Village Urban Resort Aberdeen, Aberdeen So it was mine and the fella's two year anniversary on the 18th October... so in order to celebrate not killing each other, we decided a wee hotel stay was in order. But neither of us are particularly flush at the moment, probably a lot to do with the fact that we will use pretty much ANY excuse for a wee hotel stay and do it way too much, so we needed to find something relatively cheap . . . but still nice! So after spending way more time than is healthy on a hotel booking site, we eventually opted for the Village Urban Resort just on the outskirts of Aberdeen. One of these has recently opened near to our office in Glasgow and from the website it appeared to be a carbon copy of that one further North... so we were quite eager to see what it was like. And at 55 pounds for a Saturday night, it wasn't going to strain our wallets too much. We worked out that we were not really going to be near anything else as it is on the edge of an industrial estate, but we did some checking and there was a pub and a restaurant, as well as a Starbucks, on site, so we weren't going to starve if we stayed there. Ideal! We arrived at the hotel in the afternoon and luckily didn't have to wait in a queue to check-in. The size of the place was impressive, it's not only got the aforementioned eateries, it's also got a swimming pool and gym, as well as conference facilities, so it's not exactly small! The receptionist was friendly and directed us to our room, which was only on the first floor. We ...

San Andreas (DVD) 28/10/2015

CAN THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT STOP THE ROCK?!?

San Andreas (DVD) I love a good disaster movie. I have no idea why - perhaps it's just that they satisfy the morbid part of my mind, perhaps it's the special effects... probably the former though! So when the fella was scrolling through the on demand movies on his telly and I spotted "San Andreas", which I hadn't yet had the opportunity to watch, it was a given we were buying that one. So we all know about the San Andreas fault, right? It's pretty much the one thing that stopped me running away to California to live in Sweet Valley as a teenager. (Well, that and the lack of funds of my own, I suppose.) In this film, the whole fault starts to shift, causing earthquakes all over California. And our hero is Ray (Dwayne Johnson) who is an air rescue pilot in LA, trying to save his daughter in amongst all the chaos. The thing that surprised me the most, before we started watching, was that the movie was a mere 90 minutes in length. This seemed terribly short for a movie, especially one of the disaster genre. And, when the first ten or so minutes were taken up by an unrelated rescue attempt of a girl trapped in a car halfway down a cliff, which purely seemed to be there as a way to show just how skilled and willing-to-take-risks that Ray was at his job, you had to wonder how meaty the plot would actually have the ability to get. Of course, it's first and foremost an action movie so the meatiest thing about it is probably Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson himself. Is that necessarily a bad thing? ...

Bleach Super Cool Colour 28/10/2015

IN THE PINK . . .

Bleach Super Cool Colour ***When it works, it looks great... it's trying to GET it to work that's the tough bit*** So I've been blonde pretty much constantly since about the age of 15. I've never really been tempted to go back to the dark side - I dabble with different shades of blonde, have played about with (pretty subtle) dark blonde to light blonde ombres and do very occasionally think of going flaming red. But overall I've played it pretty safe. However, I've always had a wee notion to go pink. Maybe it's because I loved the cartoon Jem as a kid (anyone else remember Jem?). And I've used hair chalk before but it takes so long to actually put it on in any sort of intensity. So when I saw Bleach London had temporary dyes in pretty pastel colours such as pink and lilac, I decided to give the pink one a go. It was only a fiver so it wasn't breaking the bank and seemed easy enough to do. It wasn't too much of a success at first. I did as the instructions said and put on shampoo'd and towel-dried hair, left for slightly longer than the recommended time . . . and could see not much difference at all. I was going for a pink ombre look as I'm not brave but the only thing that seemed to happen was that my ends looked lighter - which wasn't exactly the effect I was going for! I asked for advice from Twitter and Instagram - a couple of people suggested it might be because it was meant for really blonde/dyed blonde hair but the ends of my hair are REALLY blonde so I figured the colour should really ...

The Arch Inn, Ullapool 28/10/2015

A LOVELY LOCHSIDE PLACE TO STAY IN(N) ULLAPOOL!

The Arch Inn, Ullapool A few reviews ago I mentioned me and the fella's trip around the North Coast 500 in August of this year, driving up to the very top part of Scotland and travelling around the coast. Awesome - you MUST do it if you get the opportunity and, if you're very lucky, you may get the weather too. (VERY lucky.) After staying in Strathpeffer at the start of the NC500 on the Sunday night, we set off on the route on Monday morning, navigating the Baelach Na Ba mountain pass to Applecross and then winding our way up the west coast, stopping at several gorgeous beaches on the way. Luckily the weather was amazing that day! What with pausing at the Applecross Inn for a drink in the sunshine and then constant photo stops at the side of the road, we didn't get to our next stopover destination, Ullapool, until around about seven in the evening. The place we were staying here was the Arch Inn. We had spent around eighty pounds on this hotel (it seemed that NOTHING was cheap on the North Coast 500 route unless you were willing to do the whole camping thing - that is just not me though) so we were hoping it would be worth the money. It DID turn out to be really nice, thankfully! The inn was on the front overlooking Loch Broom, and there was designated parking specifically for the inn right in front of it... although some people, as always, like to park like knobs and one car had managed to take up two spaces (and was then replaced by a campervan in the same two spaces the following morning). ...
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