Monday, 25 April 2016

Wagamama | First Try

I've had this post done for ages. I've just been so busy with classes starting back that I haven't had time to go over it and check it is all okay, so I do apologise!

Over the spring break, hate calling it that as it sounds dead American, I travelled back home to spend time with my family and friends to totally chill and disconnect from my new city life as it was getting a bit too much for me anxiety wise. After a week of this I will admit I was starting to miss it so my bestfriend, Kirsty, and I decided we'd go back to Glasgow and meet up for some lunch and that's what we did.

Kirsty and I don't go out for lunch often as we are taking seperate classes at different campuses but we see each other everyday as we live in the same halls, because of this we decided we go somewhere a bit 'special' instead of the usual KFC... We walked up Buchanan street discussing where we could go and what we felt like and we couldn't decided. We ended up at a place called Bread Meets Bread but it was going to be a 25 minute wait and seeing as we couldn't be bothered we went somewhere else and I'm honestly so glad because we ended up at Wagamama.



The Glasgow branch is on West George Street and is huge! I don't know if all Wagamma are that big but there you go. We got seated pretty quickly and the first thing I noticed was that we were sitting beside complete strangers. On one side was two women on their lunch break who sat and talked about their boss the whole time and on the other side was a father and daughter. This was dead weird and I'm really bad for sitting and listening in to other people's conversation and was dead conscious that they were listening to mine and Kirsty's one!

Everything on the menu looked amazing and the smell in the place was incredible. Kirsty and I took ages in decided what we wanted. Lots of people had these big bowl things and we discovered that these were ramen dishes. That's what I decided to go with and got the Wagamama Ramen which is
grilled chicken, barbecued pork, prawns, chikuwa and mussels in a miso, ginger and chicken noodle soup topped with half a tea-stained egg, menma and spring onions. It tasted amazing and smelt amazing. I honestly can't praise it enough! I'm really glad that I chose that but it was dead filling and really interesting to eat what with all the different things in it.


Kirsty is just as bad at making decisions as I am but in the end she went with what the man beside her was eating, Yaki Soba which is soba noodles with chicken and prawn, egg, peppers, beansprouts, white and spring onions garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger and sesame seeds. This was a Teppanyaki dish which  is effectively a sort of stir fry. When ordering the women told us that this was the stores most popular dish. Kirsty said it was so good and I definitely want to try it after seeing and smelling it!

It took us ages to decided what we wanted to eat because everything looked so good on the menu as well as it all looking so foreign. When it was our time to order we hadn't even looked at drinks but our server suggested their fresh juices and it was such a good suggestion! I got the Fruit Juice which had apple, and passion fruit in it and Kirsty got the Blueberry Spice Juice which was blueberry, apple carrot with a spice of ginger. We both had a try of each other's and they were so tasty! 


We didn't plan to get any side orders and in hindsight we probably didn't need them what with their main dishes being so filling but we did get them! Kirsty got Duck Gyoza which is duck dumplings with a dipping sauce and I got Chilli Squid which is pretty self explanatory. In the end we shared the two sides and they were both so tasty! The Chilli Squid was super spicy so maybe avoid that if you aren't so keen on spicy food!



Our time at Wagamama was really good if not a bit strange at times. Why you may ask well we noticed everything we ordered a number would be written on the place mat it took us ages to notice that all of the dishes were numbered so if you claimed they had brought the wrong food then they had proof they didn't! Another strange thing was that the food came as soon as it was ready like my main dish came before any of the sides or Kirsty's main dish. I felt a bit awkward with my dish and Kirsty not with her's so I didn't start until we both had them.

Wagamama describe their food as; fresh, lively food (with soul) and I couldn't agree more! I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu! It you haven't gone then I really recommend you do!

Catriona...

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Short Hair Don't Care Or Do I?


Recently I got my hair cut, by recently I mean Thursday and I will admit it has taken a bit of getting used to! Why? You may ask well because I got it cut short and not my normal length short but even shorter!

When I think about it I realise that I have pretty much been getting the same hair cut since I was in primary 4 which means I was 8 and I am now 19... It was shoulder length maybe a little longer if I was being "brave" with a side parting going to the left side. I would then grow it out till it was just passed my boobs and then I'd do it all again.

This has been my hair routine for 11 years and it's never changed I guess it was because it was what I was used to and also really easy to handle. Why change a good thing eh?

After
But that's the thing I had been wanting a change for ages now. If you know me then you know that I have been saying since November that I needed a haircut and back then I was like I think I want it short. There was even a very small moment of time when I wanted it purple, luckily that idea didn't last long!

Finally I went and booked my appointment and while I was sitting in the chair I was like screw it cut it short and that's exactly what happened... Now while the hairdresser was cutting it I was totally freaking out internally but it wasn't until it was all done that it hit me. I hated it and totally regretted getting it so short.

 Before
I paid and as I walked along the street going to meet my Mum I totally felt like crying I just felt like it wasn't me at all... A bunch of my friends were all saying it looked great and it took a while for me to actually realise it wasn't as bad as I thought plus hair grows!

It has now been a few days since it's been cut and I totally don't hate it now! I mean I'm not totally in love with it either but I do like it now. I've realised it was the middle parting she gave me is what makes me not so keen but I actually like it short.

Going to the gym on the other hand is a bit difficult as it doesn't sit in a ponytail well and constantly gets in my face but I'm just going to have to deal with it.

The annoying thing is that it is a lot harder to manage than my long hair because I could leave it to dry and it would be fine but now I really need to use a hairdryer or it goes all flicky.

Other than that I love all the different styles I can do with it as well as whipping my hair back and forth (remember that song?!).

Hopefully as time goes on I love it more and more! Plus hair does grow so it's not the end of the world.

Have you ever had a hair cut you didn't really like?
Catriona...


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

What A Difference A Break Can Make

Well Hi...

It feels surprisingly natural me sitting at my laptop with a cup of tea about to write a blog post even though I haven't done it in more than 8 months! I know I didn't realise it had been that long but it has and honestly I'm glad I took that break from blogging because I needed it.

A lot has changed in those 8 months I mean I've moved out. I now live in Glasgow in student halls where I have made some of the most amazing friends! City life has changed me I'm a lot more independent and kind of loving it! Maybe I haven't got the whole healthy cooking thing down but I'm trying my best.


My mental health is kind of doing amazing. Of course I have bad days where I really struggle but I can now go weeks without having a panic attack which is mental as there was a time where I was panicking 8 times a day... I now know that life gets better and you aren't going to be struggling forever and it does get better!

Due to my mental health being manageable it means my education is no longer suffering and I can actually make it to my classes. A blog post from about a year ago spoke about my plans which was to go study radio at City Of Glasgow College which is what I went and did and oh my god I'm loving it! I have learnt so much, met some amazing people and improved my radio production skills! I actually only have 9 weeks of my course left and it makes me so sad!

In general, I'm just in such a happier, better place in life and I guess that is why I feel like it's about time I get back to blogging because I've missed it and hopefully I can actually stick to a schedule even though I have no idea what it will be yet!

So if you are reading this I guess thanks for waiting for me to be ready hopefully me being all inspired will last!

Catriona...