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Pasta, the carbs of happiness. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love pasta (well, unless you live a Gluten-Free life!). My favourite? Tagliatelle, Linguine & Penne. So when the chance came up to transform myself into a pasta making Italian Goddess, I snapped it & headed to The Restaurant Bar & Grill in Princes Square for the evening. Slightly ignoring the fact that I am neither Italian or a Goddess, but my very vivid imagination allowed me to dream!

I arrived with my friend with no idea what we would be doing (or let ourselves in for!) & sat down with a complementary glass of Shiraz Mouvedre Percheron Red Wine from South Africa (small glass £4.25, large glass £5.75 & entire bottle for £15.50). I took one sip of it & I fell instantly in love. I rarely drink alcohol but my oh my if I could have hugged that glass of wine, I would have. My love affair with that wine began.

We were then shown into the function room with 7 other class members and met by the Head Chef & his Boss who was here for the occasion. Tables were laid out with the key ingredients for our pasta adventure along with aprons and paper chef hats. The chefs then spoke about the history of pasta and discussed various types of pasta before demonstrating how to make the dough for pasta. It was then left up to us to make our own! Scary thought!

The ratio that they use to make Pasta is 100g strong flour to 1 egg, pretty basic. Flour was poured onto the table, a well made & egg cracked into the middle making a well. The mixture was then worked on a flour bench until it all comes together resulting in a smooth ball (same texture as a boob, according to the chef!). The dough is then cut in half, patted with flour with the palm of your hands then you are ready to pass it through the pasta machine changing numbers from the highest to lowest passing it through several times on each number. We were told that some places pass it through the machine around 20 times which seems a little excessive but I’m sure the pasta would have been so smooth and silky! Stephen and I opted for 6 times. Passing, folding, passing again, dusting with flour, passing, folding on repeat until we got the pasta as thin as we wanted. I decided to make ravioli whereas Stephen decided to make Spaghetti, Tortellini & a letter P for Pasta with leftovers. My ravioli was stuffed with Ricotta Cheese & Spinach, cut & then folded over. Egg yolk was then used to stick the ends together before using a cutter to make little wiggly corners. That is when it got a little difficult! The room was so warm that the pasta started being sticky so we had to keep flouring the table to rescue our pasta. Thankfully it was all in 1 piece and we put it onto our trays for the judging panel! Nerve racking getting our pasta judged by appearance, consistency & texture when it was the very first time we EVER made pasta.

While the judging was taking place, we all sat down to dinner. For appetizers, Bread with Olive Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar dip and Olives in Garlic & Herbs. For main course, I decided on Linguine ai gamberetti (Sauteed king prawns, chilli, garlic & parsley). Stephen had Tagliatelle alla Bolognese (Slow-cooked beef & tomato ragu). Both dishes were amazing. I’ve always loved eating at The Restaurant Bar & Grill but this was the first time I ever ate pasta there. I was not disappointed at all. The king prawns were cooked perfectly, the pasta so soft and silky & the herbs complimented it all. Stephen’s ragu was the perfect mix of beef, tomatoes, garlic & herbs. I kept stealing some of his it was that good! After the main course we had a little break before dessert & I abused my love of Shiraz Mouvedre Percheron ordering a few LARGE glasses of it. It is the type of wine that is rather dangerous because it is so easy to drink. I loved it so much, I had to ask Rosanna the Events Manager to send me the name of it the next day as there was no way I would have remembered it. Tipsy on red wine is so much fun! I still have a love affair with that wine, every time I go to the restaurant, I have to have a glass of it with dinner. But enough about that wine, the dessert needs to be discussed! I had the Summer Fruits pudding with clotted cream & Stephen had the Limoncello Cheesecake. Aaah puddings how I adore thee! I think that is the quickest I’ve ever ate something & wish I ate it all over again. The meal as a whole was superb & I couldn’t shut up about it for days afterwards!

The entire event was a huge success. Sadly Stephen & I didn’t win first place in the judging competition but we all left with goodie bags which had an apron, a recipe guide on making pasta at home, a £10 voucher to use within the restaurant & a little box of chocolates. I had an amazing time at the event put on by Rosanna & would recommend it to anyone wishing to do something different one evening! The event & dinner lasted around 4 hours and cost £30 which is a bargain if you think about it! The food within The Restaurant Bar & Grill is by far my favourite in Glasgow & even if you can’t make it to any of the events they put on, I would recommend that you have dinner there at least once. I found the restaurant by chance & haven’t looked back. To die for.

I have to say a huge thank you to Rosanna & the chefs for putting on a great event! Can’t wait until I get to the next one…. cocktails anyone? *hiccup*

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Flowers. What girl on earth doesn’t love receiving them? I love how they brighten up any room, they smell amazing & when you are feeling down, they instantly put a smile on your face. So when I was asked if I would review an online shop that delivers flowers, I snapped it up. Who could really say no to flowers?

Wiggly Wigglers is an award-winning, natural gardening company based on Lower Blakemere Farm in Herefordshire. They supply everything that they need straight from their farm & in this instance, grow their own flowers which go into their bouquets.

Each gorgeous, unique arrangement is made using what is available locally and seasonally. Our generous bouquets are wrapped in craft paper, hand tied with a big raffia bow and come with a message card. Wiggly bouquets are despatched on an overnight courier service with their own small reservoir of water and absorbent pad in our specially designed packaging to ensure they arrive in perfect condition.

I started off by going onto their website & taking a look through everything they had to offer. With the floral bouquets, they have sizes ranging from small to large which is good if you don’t want to spend so much money, but still want to have a pretty bouquet! I was given a free large bouquet to review for the company & my mom pretty much had her eyes set on it before it was even delivered!

The Wiggly Wigglers website is very informative giving you information about eco-living, growing your own vegetables & gardening tips as well as an online shop dedicated to those various topics and much more! The simplistic layout is easy on your eyes & very easy to navigation throughout. I love the fact that each section is extremely detailed giving you handy tips & also reviews from other customers on their purchasing experience. The reviews are a welcome addition as sometimes when you buy things online from stores you haven’t used before, you have no clue what the end product will look like & if it will actually live up to it’s description.

I ordered the flowers & picked my delivery slot, awaiting their arrival. I love that you can choose an allocated time slot just like when you online supermarket shop. It means that you do not need to be stuck at home all day waiting for your goodies! My delivery then arrived on the day I requested by next day delivery (I opted for a Tuesday & they were posted out out the Monday).

The flowers were packed very well within specially designed packaging along with a reservoir of water and a absorbent pad to ensure ultimate freshness. The box was a little bashed when I received it but I put that down to the delivery guys who do not care if something is fragile or not! I opened the box slowly and was met by a wonderful smell. The color contrast of all the flowers in the bouquet was amazing. The blues, purples, greens & yellows worked wonderful together. Giant Sunflowers were the main attraction (my mom’s favourite!). I was 100% happy with the bouquet which was all homegrown within the grounds of Wiggly Wigglers & would recommend them to anyone wishing to send a bouquet with a difference to someone in their life!

Way back in April I wrote about Mateo who is signed to Krucial Brothers record label Krucial Noise. I fell in love with his voice after downloading his mixtape “Love & Stadiums” & FINALLY he has released his first single called “Say Its So” featuring background vocals by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. This will be featured in his up-coming EP “Love and Stadiums Pt. II”. I’m loving his voice on the track & the killer beat!

Listen to the track below which was released in September:

Say Its So featuring Alicia Keys by Mateo

If you love it, buy it on iTunes for 99¢/79p or visit Mateo Online to learn more about him 😀

Finally! It’s taken me forever to upload the videos from Adele in concert but at long last they are all up! I added them up on my YouTube page for you all to listen to & enjoy! I also created a playlist of the videos I took as it’s easier to showcase them here instead of embedding a million videos!

Hope you enjoy the videos as much as I loved the concert <3

P.S: That isn’t my crazy singing in some of the videos, it was some annoying girls standing next to me who I wanted to hit with my handbag to make them shut up.