Places We’ve Eaten

Thought my first entry should be on the places we’ve already eaten and whether they were actually worth a second visit…

Our very first date (after Pete’s friends told him he absolutely couldn’t take me to the cinema on a first date) was to Xscape – and indoor activity, skiing, golfing, bowling place with loads of restaurants inside…we went mini golfing (around a tenner for both of us) which was amazing fun after the first few minutes of first-date-awkwardness (even though we live together…) followed by a HUGE meal at Frankie&Bennys…I had a calzone and Pete had a steak bake thing…followed by a chocolate brownie sundae (tiny for the price though…) – great fun, great food, fairly decent price but still on the pricey side, especially if we were regulars…would probably go back to mini golfing but maybe try one of the other (many) places for eating…

I don’t think we really had a ‘second date’…it was more like loads of trips to the cinema in about two months which gets pretty pricey, but with studentbeans.com 2 for 1 at Cineworld vouchers it works out at £5.70 for both of us, plus however much for popcorn and drinks etc (usually eaten by Pete and i get the crumbs…)…studentbeans also do loads of food vouchers and codes for free stuff, I think you have to have some sort of valid student card code to register but it’s really worth it, I’ve managed to get free Graze boxes (little boxes of healthy food, get your first free and second half price – so tasty!), clothes shop vouchers etc etc…sign up to their news letter and get a top 20 of offers every week…full of news articles and funny stuff too…

Our third meal out was for valentines day – to a champagne bar near Merchant City in Glasgow called Mediterraneo…V fancy (went there with my mum once before but isn’t the same as going for a date – not that I didn’t enjoy it, mum!). It was a set valentines menu, think it was £25 per person not including drinks, but you got a glass of champagne at the start of the meal…such a nice place, really quite expensive so probably wouldn’t go back unless it was for a special occasion, but there was such a nice atmosphere to the place…for starter I had a trio of smoked salmon (yum!), swordfish and tuna, Pete had a grilled chicken salad. Really good sized portions too, and something different to the usual starters we’d go for…for the main meal I had sea bass and Pete had steak…I think…and for pudding we both had chocolate mousse…so so nice, very fancy, perfectly cooked and presented, great service…just too expensive to go back…we got a £10 voucher for our next visit though…just forgot to use it!

The next time we went out was to a new restaurant – a newly opened ASK Italian – I had vouchers from tesco clubcard (we went back recently too, with 02 priority moments codes (if you’re an o2 customer you need to sign up for this and get the app on your phone – millions of codes for discounts in restaurants, shops, online etc etc etc…even got a free coffee last week for being a ‘good customer’ – thanks very much o2!)). The first time we had £40 worth of vouchers – enough to cover a 3 course meal each, not including drinks – so the date was on me that time! We had a garlic bread to share (a huge pizza shaped garlic bread) and Pete had gnocci for starters. For the main meal I had an amazing pasta dish, with chicken (so so succulent) in a mushroom and white wine sauce and Pete had seafood ravioli…pudding was ice cream and chocolate cake…yum yum. Came to £38 plus drinks so that was a really cheap date seeing as we only paid for drinks! Great service, really modern and swanky inside and great food. Would (and did) go back – and would definitely recommend!

2nd visit was with the o2 vouchers. They have 3 voucher codes for ASK – free soft drink when you dine, 2 courses for £10 on the o2 menu, or 50% of pizza and pasta – and you can use them for up to six people! We used the 50% of pizza and pasta, as a dish is only about £9 anyway, so it was going to work out really cheap…we both had the chicken, mushroomy, white wine saucey dish again but went home for desert. Couldn’t fault anything, great service again – Pete even took the ‘ASK Italian’ cork that they use for holding the bill for me – can’t fault him either!

On sunday (last week), we packed a picnic up (sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and chocolate covered strawberries) and took a walk to Kelvingrove Park in the (very rare) hot weather for the afternoon. Was lovely, and pretty much free – did that again today with some friends – even better, our new flat is right beside the park – so many more opportunities for that!

Then this evening we went for a drink at a small Italian restaurant called Bruscetta – ended up getting dinner…Pete had a pizza and I had a mozzarella and basil salad (feeling guilty after all the picnic junk food!) – they had a 2 course dinner menu for about £9, but we didn’t notice until we’d ordered – very good value although my salad was a little small for the £8.95 price…was nice to be able to sit outside in the sun without 5 million layers of clothing though!

So far lots of lovely food in lots of lovely places (with lots of lovely money on Pete’s part!)…next time I’ll post something a bit more interesting – honest!

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