Home Comforts

I love travelling home and seeing my family and friends that I miss so much when I'm in Aberdeen. Sometimes it's just nice to go home and take a break from the craziness that is 'uni life'. Since I've changed my job I now am able to go home more easily — yay! So, before university starts back I thought I'd take advantage of this and have a few days at home.

I arrived around dinner time on Saturday night so my Mum and Dad kindly treated me to dinner before we went home. Eating out is one of my favourite things to do. Honestly, it's like a hobby! We went to a restaurant called Darcy's which is tucked away on the bottom floor of Princes Square on Buchanan Street.

It does everything from breakfast to dinner there is something for everyone. I went for the Penne Carbonara which was pretty good. It wasn't as creamy as I usually like it but that comes from having worked in a traditional Italian restaurant and it still tasted really great! My Dad went for the Pot-Roast Chicken and my Mum went for the Sustainable Fish and Chips which both looked incredible.

As well as the great food menu what also grabbed my attention was the amazing cocktail list! It had loads of gorgeous sounding cocktails including classics like Cosmopolitan and Mojitos but then having some different, more unique, cocktails. A couple that caught my eye were the Basil & Vanilla Berry and the Raspberry & Elderflower Collins. They also had some skinny cocktails for those that are trying to be good! I decided to behave myself and just stuck to a lemon San Pellegrino with dinner. However, as my Mum and Dad treated themselves to a dessert — how yummy does my Dad's chocolate mousse look above?! — I decided I would try one of Darcy's liquid desserts. I went for the Ginger Nut which is a combination of Grey Goose Citroen, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and ginger beer. It was so so so good! Also, I was quite surprised at the size of the cocktail, it was a lot bigger than I was expecting so that was a bonus! I'll definitely be back to try out the rest of the cocktails on that list and I've got my eye on the Sustainable Fish and Chips that my Mum had!

After a lazy Sunday morning catching up on some well needed rest, my Mum, Dad and I headed back into town to look for a present for my 21st. I was looking for a really pretty, modern rose gold ring and after a couple of hours of searching I finally found the most gorgeous ring from Swarovski. After all that shopping I met up with my friend, Katie, for a catch up over dinner and, of course, some cocktails.

We ended up at the Social which is in Royal Exchange Square. Katie had only been here before for drinks so we were both looking forward to seeing what it had to offer for food. I was quite surprised at the selection of food that it had to offer as I always think of it as more of a bar but it had a great selection of pizzas, burgers, pastas and a few other bigger plates — we were spoilt for choice. I was really craving a burger so I went for the Social Steak Burger which comes with fries and a side salad, meanwhile Katie went for the Social BBQ Pulled Pork Calzone. Both dishes were so good and really filling — we were both stuffed!

Drinks wise we went straight for the cocktail list where again there were a few different cocktails from the norm. I started off with the Raspberrylicious which was amazing! It was so fruity — it just tasted like juice! Katie started with the Solero which was a really summery cocktail. It would be the perfect cocktail while lying on the beach. I quickly switched to the Solero too when we found out that selected cocktails were £3 on a Sunday — Bargin! Because the cocktails were so easy to drink we managed to make our way through 8 between us — oops! — so when the bill arrived we were relieved to see that because the cocktails were so cheap and I had a 'Don't be a Stranger' card (which gets you 35% off food in selected restaurants throughout January) it was just under £40 for the two of us! Amazing!  

Monday was my last full day before heading back to Aberdeen so I took this time to catch up with my other friend, Danielle. As we both have so much university work to do we just took a quick break to catch up while walking her very adorable dog, Charlie. Look at his little high vis jacket — So cute!!!

I had such a good time at home and I can't believe how quickly it went! It was so nice to just take a wee break and relax before university starts back properly at the end of the month. I can't wait to go back down in March to celebrate a family member's 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Have you ever been Darcy's or The Social for food or drinks? What did you think? Where else do you recommend in Glasgow?

'Til next time — Laura xo