Tree Howf Staycation, Craighead Farm, Dunblane

All you staycationers out there, take note — I’m lucky to have found another spot for glamping in Scotland, and it's possibly my most favourite of all time! The Tree Howf, located in the humble Craighead Farm near Dunblane, Perthshire, is a gorgeous timber house built around the branches of an existing tree. Settled atop a hill on the farm, step inside for a 360º panoramic view of the beautiful Ochil Hills of Stirling. Plus, you'll meet some of the cutest animals — think donk

The LookOut by Gardener's Cottage, Edinburgh

We had the luxury of visiting one of Edinburgh's most attractive restaurants, situated in the heart of the city and at the top of Calton Hill, with a magnificent 360° panoramic view of the city and surrounding landscapes! I'll be honest, my choice to visit this quaintly sized restaurant was primarily for the view, but the quality of food and service clearly didn't disappoint as I'm already planning my next trip back here. We started off with some wine and snacks, to prepare o

Islands Chocolate, London

​ ​Attention all chocolate lovers! You've got a new chocolate player in town and its name is Islands Chocolate! These artisanal Caribbean bars of goodness are sure to leave you wanting more! A bit of background on Islands Chocolate: the cacao sourced for these beauties come from St. Vincent in the Caribbean. Working with the most experienced local cacao farmer, Mr. Robert Jacob, since 2011, Islands Chocolate only sources and harvests the bests cocoa pods to be made into thes

Tempo Tea Bar New Menu Launch Party, Glasgow

In celebration of this amazing summer and the rare occasion of the glorious sun shining over Glasgow for more than a month now, I wanted to share some exciting news with you about what Tempo Tea Bar and owner, May Gem, has in store for the future of Scotland's favourite bubble tea franchise! Recently, Tempo Tea Bar hosted a Menu Launch/Taste Test Party at the Strathclyde Student Union in conjunction with a fun K-pop dance party. While listening to the latest summer K-Pop hits

Locavore, Glasgow South Side

When I lived in the South Side of Glasgow two years ago, I used to do my grocery shopping at a nearby neighbourhood grocer that stocked vegetables of different varieties, fresh farm chicken and duck eggs, as well as meats from ethical farms. It was my go-to grocer for non-packaged foods and fresh produce. So, I was super happy to learn that their business has now flourished and grown into something much bigger and better! ​ ​ ​Locavore was once a small space in Nithsdale Road

Yardworks Festival 2018, Glasgow

Earlier in May, I went to SWG3 in Glasgow to visit the Yardworks Festival. Tickets were £5.16 and I bought mine online, but this can be bought at the door too. I was just a little to excited and wanted to secure my tickets beforehand. So, this festival had 120 talented street artists, internationals and local, who attended and painted the walls of the warehouse, filling the area with energy and colour on a gorgeous sunny and warm day. A great way to celebrate graffiti and

Glasgow Coffee Festival 2018

Last weekend, Dear Green Roasters hosted the annual two-day Glasgow Coffee Festival at the Briggait in the city centre. For coffee professionals, enthusiasts and lovers alike, this festival was a huge celebration of the ever-growing coffee culture here in Scotland. During the event, there were coffee exhibitors, cafes, roasters and baristas featuring their best coffees alongside hosting workshops, masterclasses, cupping sessions, presentations and demonstrations in the space.

3 cheap pizza spots in London

London is a super expensive city, we all know that. So in order to save some money while balancing your need to eat out, you're gonna need to find some eating spots that fill up that hungry belly at a cheaper price point. Don't worry, I got you covered! And what better way to satisfy your hunger than affordable and delicious pizzas! Here are 3 cheap spots I can recommend to you in the centre of London: 1) Pizza Union, Spitafields Next to the busy Liverpool Street, you can fi

Favourite Lunch Spots at Glasgow for under £10

I'm always on the look out for the best spots to have lunch in the city especially since I'm often in town for work. Although I'm open to spending money on delicious foods, I try not to spend over £10 every time I'm out for an afternoon meal. So here's a list of my favourite spots to eat lunch in Glasgow, from the cheapest option to the most expensive one. Let's go! 1) Accento Cafe | £5.00 It's not a secret that I love Accento Cafe. It's one of my go-to spots in Finnieston,

Glasgow Coffee Festival Coming Soon!

Photo by Glasgow Coffee Festival | Glasgow Coffee Festival will be tackling landfill waste by banning disposable cups! Dear Green Coffee Roasters is bringing their sell-out Glasgow Coffee Festival back to The Briggait for a fourth time this May. This year, they’ve said no to all disposable coffee cups in an effort to pioneer a culture change, and embrace reuse. The event organisers have requested ticket holders to bring their own reusable cup to combat the 30,000 tonnes of co

Blixen, Old Spitalfields Market, London

Photo by Samad | Interior of Blixen In Spitafields, there are a number of eating spots that you can try and sometimes, without doing any research, I tend to fall into the trap of wanting to try a place because the interior design impresses me. Well Blixen was one of them, however I can't say that I'm entirely impressed by the food we tried for lunch. ​Photo by Samad | Mozzarella Burrata, Chicory, Fennel, Orange and Pecan Nuts (£8.00/£16.00) So I'm gonna start by sharing m

St John Bar & Restaurant Smithfield, London

Photo by Samad | The bar area Photo by Samad | Red wine at the start of our night (about £6.00 each)! I have a friend in London who was raving all about this place called St. John in Clerkenwell and how they have amazing roasted bone marrow and I was like "whaaaaat, gotta try that". I have never had a dish dedicated solely to bone marrow ever, unless they're being used for beef stock in ramen or Malay Malaysians sup tulang (bone soup) so I was incredibly excited to know wha

Crosstown Doughnuts, Shoreditch, London

Photo by Samad | Interior of Crosstown Doughnuts! While in London, you can often find me venturing out through the quaint, busy and very hipster streets of Shoreditch, discovering street art while nibbling on a trendy piece of pastry made famous by Instagram. This time, my cravings directed me towards doughtnuts and luckily for me, Shoreditch delivered. Along London's most hipster street, Brick Lane, you'll find Crosstown Doughnuts inconspicuously located next to other fu

Maltby Street Market, London

Photo by Samad | View of the street Street markets have become a widespread across every corner of the big bustling city of London, ranging from touristic ones like the Borough Market to slightly smaller and less busy ones like the Maltby Street Market in the LASSCO Ropewalk. I visited the Maltby Street Market because I wanted to avoid the crowds. Much to my relief, the market wasn't as jam packed as others I've been to, which made my whole experience a lot more comfortable

Sambrook's Free Brewery Tour, Battersea London

Photo by Samad | Entrance towards the taproom So I'm back with another educational experience, this time involving one of London's oldest craft beer breweries, Sambrook's Brewery. Settled by the river in Battersea, London, is a moderately sized building where Sambrook's beer is made and (fun fact) was once the location where the first seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine were filmed and created. Note: the brewery is 15 minutes walking distance from Clapham Junction Subway S

Tea Tasting with Good & Proper Tea, London

So I was invited by the wonderful people of Good & Proper Tea to attend a tea tasting in their quaint tea bar in Leather Lane. First off, loving the interior! The owner of the tea bar, who was also hosting the event, mentioned that she opened this up as a way to introduce a new hot spot for tea lovers and wanted it to have similar cafe vibes as all the hip coffee places in London, and I think they did a good job. Moving on, a little bit of background about Good & Proper Tea.

Chocolate Tasting with Cocoa Runners, Prufrock Coffee, London

Photo by Samad | Prufrock Coffee Recently, we were invited to attend a Chocolate Tasting hosted by Cocoa Runners at Prufrock Coffee in London. Before we get into the chocolates, let me first give you a background on who the Cocoa Runners is! So Cocoa Runners is basically a club started by and for chocolate lovers and enthusiasts. They find craft chocolate made by chocolate makers who source out premium chocolate beans directly from small farmers from different parts of the

Bibimbap, Glasgow

Photo by Samad | Bibimbap facade So recently in Glasgow, we've been experiencing very cold winters and even heavy snow fall, to the point that the whole country seems like it's shut down. For me, when it's freezing outside, I often look for hearty meals that can warm me up, which means I'll be looking for spicy soups, and lots of it! Glasgow, being a small-to-medium sized city itself, has plenty of foodie spots to choose from, however the selections of Asian cuisines still

Platform, Glasgow

Photo from Platform Official Facebook Page | Platform signage! Photo by Samad | The cool interior ​ Hooray! After much anticipation over the passed few months, Platform has finally opened up in the Arches to fellow Glasgwegians over the first weekend of March! Platform is another street food space located right in the centre of the city, under Glasgow Central Station. The space is magnificent! I remember the Arches only as a nightclub, so seeing the space being used for s

Bar Gumbo, Glasgow West End

Photo from Bar Gumbo Facebook Page | Bar Gumbo's interior Photo by Samad | Bar Gumbo's fancy bar area Bar Gumbo along Byres Road in West End Glasgow has had a face lift and is now launching their new menu focusing on steak and seafood. The overall theme still stays true to the character of the New Orleans American South vibes. We went for their menu relaunch night and upon arrival, we were greeted with a glass of wine in a vibrant and lively atmosphere! It was quite a party