A book worm and foodie, studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow, writing about food, books and travel while aspiring to be a writer.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The MacDog. Lunch at The Crafty Pig.

So I'm spending my Sunday as one should; somewhat hungover, in my pyjamas and watching Netflix... with some course reading thrown in so I feel I'm at least doing something worthwhile-ish. Whilst I was eating my hotdog flavour Walkers crisps (good, by the way) I found myself thinking about a slightly more substantial lunch I had earlier this week, not for the fainthearted.

If any of you read my blog from the other day, you will know that I've been wanting to go to the newly opened 'The Crafty Pig' on Great Western Road. Brewhouse and smokery, their craft beer menu is just as impressive as the American BBQ style food selection, consisting primarily of burgers, hotdogs, ribs and pizza. Earlier this week me and Lauren went, not only to check it out, but as a ceremonial 'new-flat' celebration... and one that marks the end of eating out for a while at least.

I'd only been to the Little Urban Achiever's Club once, but the new interior is definitely more cosy. A fusion of sports bar, casual restaurant and games tables it feels friendly and fun. The real trouble began when we got the menu though. I had looked at it before but not in detail, and it's not an understatement to say I was torn. It is reasonably priced, the portions are huuuuge and there is a big variety, you will want everything. There is also a lunch menu during the week for £4.95 which has a really good selection of dishes on it which was very good value for money, not that either of us ended up going for it though.

Lauren; pre food-coma
What we did go for is something so bad it's good. Not just good, amazing. The MacDog. A hotdog, covered in macaroni cheese, and more cheese on top. Yes. Served with a mountain of skinny fries to boot.
Not exactly first date food, or second, or even third, it was messy. In fact, don't even go there unless your love interest is very much committed and won't be put off easily. Mustard and cheese was everywhere by the time I had finished eating, and it was a good thing I looked in the bathroom mirror before I left because there was a massive blob right on the end of my nose, sexy.
The portion was huge, I didn't quite finish my hotdog. I managed all my fries though, of course.

It was as amazing as it sounds, the macaroni cheese was excellent, the hotdog was good quality and the fries were amazing. We didn't have beer, as I'm not much of an expert, but I'm sure for those who are interested you could definitely find something you fancy. Whilst the booze is a bit more expensive than some other places, you're paying for quality and individuality which gives the place a nice edge.

(two pictures wasn't enough)

But I'll cut a long story short, because trust me I could harp on about the MacDog for a long time, even though I don't think a hotdog covered in macaroni needs anyone to do it's talking for it.

I will definitely be going back to The Crafty Pig, to probably have the Cow Bell bun (pulled beef, coleslaw and BBQ sauce, mmm) and absolutely to try the fried pickles, which I am very intrigued by.

An excellent place if you want to pig out (quite literally) but yes, don't take your date there the first time you go out... and maybe not if you plan on wearing a tight dress at any time during the next month.

Lindsay x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Back to Glasgow and Blogging; Hillhead Bookclub's new lunch menu.

With my return to Glasgow comes a return to my blog, yippee! Unfortunately, there was only so much in Aberdeenshire to write about and between my job and well... sleeping, I couldn't quite sustain it. 
But now that I am back in the beautiful west end of Glasgow there is no excuse, apart from university I suppose, but that didn't get in the way last year. I'm also looking for a job this year, so if anyone knows of anywhere looking for either a retail assistant or waitress preferably in the west end PLEASE drop me a comment and I will be forever in your favour. 

Term hasn't started yet, but freshers week definitely has. Me and my new flatmate Lauren live right on the main path from halls to uni. Several times this week I have been smiled at by sympathetic Freshers helpers, who obviously think that because I am in Tesco on my own I'm a complete social pariah and have made no friends, or am possibly lost. I keep getting swept into tours and don't even get me started on the flyers. I feel like I should be wearing a t-shirt which says '2nd Year' on it, because I'm the first to admit I still don't look old enough to be at university full stop. 
Mind you, if you're going to give me free stuff... 

I've been here less than a week, which has mainly been spent building things from Ikea (I can now proudly say I have three functioning bookshelves to my name) so there hasn't been anything wonderful going on in my kitchen yet. I did however, introduce one of my friends, Sarah, who has just moved to the West End to the wonders/necessity of Hillhead Bookclub, discovering that they have a new lunch menu. 
Sadly, the brisket sandwich, which was one of my favourite things in life, is now gone, but the new menu isn't short of exciting new offerings (and still contains the burger, thank goodness). I had the new book club veggie sandwich, which is their veggie version of the club. Filled with mozzarella, hummus, roasted vegetables, a chickpea fritter and pesto it was amazing and had that wonderful feeling of being healthy, even though there were six bits of bread involved. I had it with chips too, of course. 

Sarah had the new chorizo meatball baguette, as indulgent as it sounds, with BBQ sauce and sour cream (if I remember correctly). It was huge, and whilst I'm not the biggest lover of chorizo in the world it looked amazing and I'm pretty sure it will become Lauren's and Calum's new favourite. Next time I go for lunch though, possibly very soon, I'm going to try their homemade sausage roll and beans; ultimate comfort food. 
Washed down with a raspberry daiquiri and (cough) maybe more than one gin and tonic, (only £2 though mum) it was the perfect welcome back to Glasgow.
I've not had a look at their new dinner menu yet but from the Instagram posts it looks just as tempting... And with bingo coming up this Wednesday who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and win the first round again. 

There seems to be a variety of new restaurants popping up all over the West End, all of which I am way too excited to try. Me and Lauren might be heading out for a celebratory 'welcome to the new flat' lunch soon though, and one place I'm desperate to try is 'The Crafty Pig', which has opened on Great Western Road, in what used to be the The Little Urban Achiever's Club (next to Viper, for all you students). It's a brew house and a smokery and glancing at the menu tells me that the one thing it looks like they do with relish is, you guessed it, burgers. With relish... Geddit? Hawhaw. 
So hopefully that will be the next thing I blog about, but regardless I will definitely posting reviews and recipes regularly once more! 

For now though, I have to go and vote and take the bins out and finish reading 'The Tempest' by Shakespeare. Not my favourite so far, to say the least. 
So, happy voting, be nice to everyone and if it all gets to much, I would recommend an impartial burger to ease your woes.
 Lindsay x