|Gratuitous Farmers Market haul photo :)|
We couldn't be happier with the flat - we are within walking distance of some great eateries. New Kids on the Block and Old Timers. I'm very much looking forward to paying a visit to the Glad Cafe and Butterfly and Pig in it's new Southside location, as well as revisiting favourites such as Tinto Tapas on Battlefield Road, Frousoulla's Greek restaurant (formerly Glasgow institution The Greek Golden Kebab - everyone seems to know this place!) and Ian Brown's in Giffnock (the latter not quite walking distance but a mere 3 stops further South along the train line).
With not having internet access at home yet I've been spending a few relaxed mornings plugged into the WiFi at local cafe Deli Zola. This French bistro-style cafe on Skirving Street in Shawlands has a pleasantly dark and quirkily decorated interior, cool tunes, nice staff and good coffee. (How I missed places like this in Madrid!!) In a rare departure (ahem) I enjoyed a slice of homemade fruit loaf topped with sugar crystals - like a fruity madeira cake - with this morning's latte. Light as a feather and gone in about a minute. They make French bread on the premises and have a varied and interesting menu. I've also noticed it's popular place for fellow laptop workers/ self-employed types. You don't feel hassled to clear out when you've drained the last of your latte. Also the staff take the time to chat to their regulars. A special place.
As I mentioned in the previous blog, the Southside plays host to a Farmers Market every second fortnight. I went along this morning bright and early for a look.
|Market Day 7 February|
From the selection I made purchases from those stalls where I had the opportunity to sample the fayre - such as Cedar Cottage with their Steak Burgers (a very reasonable 3.80 GBP for 4). Or where - in the case of Isle of Arran cheese - I was willing to take a chance knowing it's hard to go very wrong with a Scottish blue cheese and some Wooleys Arran Oatcakes! Or 4 massive Thai Fishcakes courtesy of Fantoosh Fish. Having said that, approachability in a stall holder is so important. If you see passion and knowledge shining through from the person behind the table, that goes more than a small way towards encouraging the shopper to invest in that particular product.
|A fine and affordable selection of meats|
|Isle of Arran Cheese Shop Stall|
|Jaw Brew with their fab and welcoming stall|
|Slow Food stall|
|Slow Food West of Scotland stall|
The Slow Food movement is something I didn't come across in Spain - possibly as they are far more reliant on fresh, local produce anyway. According to their pamphlet I picked up the aims include: "(to) help people to think differently about food...campaign about the most pressing food-related issues that we face...educate people about where our food comes from and the effect our choices can have..."
I would love to get on board with this movement - particularly when it comes to offering opportunities through workshops or info days to kids and young people, involving them in community garden or cooking projects.
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