A Night in the Glen | Gleneagles Hotel

At the weekend I had the pleasure at staying at my favourite hotel in the world. Gleneagles Hotel outside the picturesque town of Auchterarder, Perthshire is the epitome of 5 star Scottish luxury and I was so happy to be back. I just had to share with you some of the photos I snapped whilst there.

Having recently been bought by the owners of the super trendy "The Hoxton" hotels I was aware that Gleneagles had recently gone, and is still going through, a series of renovations.

Now, i'm not one for change, so to hear that a hipster friendly company was making changes to the classic Scottish style that gives the hotel its charm and beauty had me in a bit of a worry.

The first major thing I noticed was the beautiful re-decoration in the newly named Century Bar. Being in the bar has always made me feel like I was in the Titanic or something. Without all the disaster of course! The interior can only be described as art deco, so you could easily imagine Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby having a sneaky getaway weekend there.

I am obsessed with these little love seat cozy spots set around the bar. Perfect place to share a drink with friends on a cold winter's day. Although the lighting in the bar is much more subdued in person I am glad this picture was able to highlight the brilliant colours of the seating.

As it was a bit chilly outside I decided on a hot chocolate, but my mum went for the delicious Gilded Cosmopolitan. Being stupid I didn't write down the ingredients but I can tell you it was beautiful.

I was ecstatic to find that our room was one of the newly decorated Estate Rooms. The beds and pillows were luxurious and I had a really good nights sleep. The room was HUGE and had all the amenities you would expect. Just wish we had stayed longer!

One of the things you may hear about when people talk about Gleneagles is their legendary breakfast. This is an all you can buffet like no other. From omelettes to waffles, mimosas to bloody mary's anything you could ever want in a breakfast is catered for. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach so by the time I had finished my round of fruit then pastries I had no more room!!! The fully cooked Scottish breakfast that my mum had looked enticing but I could not fit anything more in.

They even have their own homemade jam bottled up in the cutest mason jars. So adorable.

Doesn't that scream hygge or what? I am obsessed with that word at the moment!

Of course we had to take advantage of the autumnal colours on display in the grounds! Unfortunately it was raining for most of the time we were there, but during a dry moment we had a wander to the Club House to have a browse and I consumed yet another hot chocolate!

Coming up to the festive season the hotel will unveil another new bar, described as an American Great Gatsby themed cocktail bar I can't wait to see what it will look like. Can only imagine it will be tasteful and fitting with the Gleneagles atmosphere that makes people return year after year.

They say that the people make an experience, and this can certainly be said for Gleneagles. It does not matter how many years go by you will always find the same faces on the door, and they always remember you too. It's like returning home!



Revolution Autumn Menu | Review

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending my first ever blogger event! I was super nervous at first, and although I had nothing to be worried about, the “first time” nerves just couldn’t be stopped! I also still don't consider myself a blogger per se, I thought that title was only meant for the big guns with thousands of page views?! So those thoughts didn't help me at all!

Luckily a few other bloggers I met where there for the first time too, so it was nice to have others there to experience it with! We were also treated with the most glorious weather. The sun was shining, we were outside on the terrace and they didn’t even have to put the heaters on! October in Scotland! That is just not heard of! It felt like we were in the middle of a sun-drenched city, not in a place which is known for its grey-ness!

The lovely Julia had got in touch regarding a brand new menu being launched at the highly popular Revolution Bar on Belmont Street. Along with sampling the bar’s autumn cocktail menu we were able to preview their 6 new and delicious pizzas.

I used to go to Revolution A LOT when I was younger, it would be the first place we would head on a Friday and Saturday night. I had forgotten about the range of drinks they had on offer! Everything from pitchers, shots, cocktails and mocktails, their menu surely has something for everyone. Nowadays I’m more likely to head to Rev, as it is affectionately known, for its food. I have never been disappointed and again the variety of meals on offer will suit even the pickiest of eaters.

Now onto the fun bit...cocktails.

To be honest, the choice was intimidating as everything just sounded so darn delicious. Loving a gimmick and an opportunity for a cute photo I started off with rum based It's A Rum Ting. I had had Ting and vodka before and was excited to try it out with a different liquor. 

Sailor Jerry and Wray & Nephew rums with a dash of passion fruit puree and finished with some fizzy Ting this drink is the perfect way to hold on to the last bit of summer. Drinking this you can imagine yourself sitting on a Caribbean beach soaking up the sun and listening to the sound of the tide going in and out....a girl can dream!

After it went down a little too quickly I opted for the vodka based Ketel Kooler.
This fruity concoction of Ketel One Vodka, Licor 43, guave puree, watermelon syrup and Red Bull Orange Edition would be the perfect way to cool down after a warm day in the office. It's sweet taste reminded me of a Refresher sweetie so it was right up my street.

My choice of cocktails has made me realise that I am certainly not ready for the winter days and nights. Bring me back sunshine (even though we did't have much this year!) and blue skies any day!

All the cocktails that the other attendees chose looked equally delicious, just take a look at them all...

An alcoholic slushie!!!! This is what dreams are made of.

To soak up the booze 6 newly cooked up pizzas landed on our table.

Cured ham, feta, kalamata olives, fresh smoked mozzarella, balsamic onions rocket and olive oil.

Lamb Baba Ganoush
Ground lamb, baba gnash, rose harissa, fresh mozzarella, feta, creme fraiche, coriander and pomegranate.

The Beet Goes On (v)
Artichoke puree, goat's cheese, beetroot, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, basil and parmesan. 

Asian Satay Chicken Pizza
Pulled chicken, homemade satay sauce, peppers, mozzarella, cucumber, spring onions, coriander and lime.

The Hot Italian Pizza
Pepperoni, cured ham, roquito peppers, garlic mushrooms, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and rocket.

Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil.  

Perfect for sharing and the variety of flavours was impressive. Not a pineapple and ham pizza to be seen! 

Overall it was a huge success, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was lovely to meet the bloggers local to Aberdeen, especially when I had spoken to a few on social media. Always nice to put a face to a name! 

Revolution is always a hit with everyone who goes, and the buzz about the place is a good example of its popularity. There was a live DJ on the terrace who provided a great backdrop to the event too. 

I am looking forward to going back to Rev soon, and trying even more of its yummy beverages! 



The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins Book Review

Ok, so I'm very late to the game. The Girl on the Train was first released in January 2015. It gained a huge readership, and became an instant bestseller. I don’t normally read thrillers, so the synopsis just never appealed to me. Also, I haven’t got the best relationship with books that are deemed highly popular. More often than not I would read a book that was recommended by others, and I would finish it feeling flat and underwhelmed. I guess that is the risk you take with hyped up books. You either get it or you don’t!

Once I heard that it was soon to be released as a big budget movie starring Emily Blunt I thought I better pick it up. See what all the fuss was about. Of course there were the usual comparisons to Gone Girl, which I loved, so I was excited to get reading. After having seen the trailers it seems that the producers have been stupid and decided to set the movie in New York. For me the setting of the book sets the atmosphere, and it’s almost a character in itself. From comments I have read online this is a common opinion. I hate it when movie creators decide to change a vital part of a book-to-movie adaptation just to make it more accessible and relatable to a wider (*cough* American) audience.

It’s a well paced, easy read and if thrillers are your thing I would recommend it. The study of the not-so-lovable characters in this book was entertaining, and the intrigue and suspense that filled the pages kept me going.

I adored the descriptions of the mundane lives that the characters lead. They each had flaws, and you could believe that these people could be your neighbours or friends. Extremely relatable if not dysfunctional.

Having spoken to a friend about the book, I was told about the "twist". No spoiler was shared but of course I had to try and figure it out before I got to that page. The thing with thrillers now-a-days is that it is very hard to keep a twist hidden and not make it easy for the reader to figure it out. There have only been a few instances where I have been genuinely shocked by the turn of events, and unfortunately with The Girl on the Train the twist came as a bit of a damp squib. It was predictable, rushed and just not what I had expected. I would love to know what you think. Of course I did want to write my theories on here but that would probably ruin the whole book for any of you who haven’t read it yet!

Although I was not too enamoured by the ending it was still an enjoyable read. The intrigue alone made me want to keep reading. Which I guess is what made the book so popular!

Have you read The Girl on the Train? Will you be going to see the movie? I really don’t know if I will...the reviews haven’t been sparkling and I feel that it might bug me knowing the changes they have made.

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