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Issue 54 January/February 2014


ON THE COVER 06 26 28 56

WIN… an Electra bicycle from Alpine Bikes Music Neneh Cherry Wedded Bliss Real life weddings, big day inspiration and honeymoons Snow Business Val d’Isere ski report

NEWS AND VIEWS 08 42 46 52 58

Eye on the City Things to do this winter Fashion Health and Beauty Property and Interiors Food and Drink

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My i-on Glasgow Jason Blane i-on people Euan McWhirter on Style Gillian Kyle on Design Leanne Donovan on Beauty i-on Events i-on Homes Lisa Trainer Dinner Review The Western Club Restaurant Take Three The Anchor Line, The Restaurant Bar & Grill and Gamba At the Back




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2014 has been a crazy, frantic but, on the whole, fun year here at i-on Towers which has seen the team celebrate an engagement, a wedding, a pregnancy and even the birth of our latest ‘baby’, i-on Aberdeen. With the potential for 2015 to be just as manic, my first New Year Resolution is to book a break and indulge in some serious ‘me time’. While I was tempted to give Val d’Isere a try after reading Nicky Howden’s great report on p56, I’m now being pulled in the direction of Venice, one of the destinations recommended in our honeymoon special on p38. That feature forms part of our annual New Year look at weddings and is joined by the stories of three couples just starting on their own very personal new beginnings on p28. For those with getting fit rather than getting married on their mind, our competition is a must enter as we have a cult Electra bicycle courtesy of Alpine Bikes up for grabs. These cruiser bikes really look the business and our lucky winner will be able to choose one up the value of £600. Congratulations go to Christine Henderson, the recipient of our last competition prize of those his and her designer watches from Kennett. That’s Christine’s 2015 off to a stylish start. Until next time, enjoy i-on

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ethinking your fitness or maybe looking for a more eco-friendly commute? This month’s competition could put you on the right road as we have one cult Electra bike up for grabs, courtesy of Scotland’s leading bicycle shop, Alpine Bikes. Electra, the US’s best-selling collection of modern cruiser bicycles, offers a myriad of innovative and bikes that are uncompromising on style and practicality, all geared towards everyday transportation. Launched in 1993, the Californian brand can now be found in Glasgow at Alpine Bikes, part of the Tiso Group. These bikes are priced from £400 with a number of exciting models available including The Townie, shown here, which uses patented Flat Foot Technology® to set a new standard in comfort and control. Widely regarded as the ultimate commuter bike for those with an aversion to the lycra look, this seriously stylish bike offers an upright seating position and allows users to place their feet flat on the ground. Even for cycling novices, or those who haven’t been on a bike for a while, there’s nothing to fear as Electra bikes are incredibly easy to ride and are as comfortable as they

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LISTEN UP 2015 gets off to a great start for fans of Scotland’s premier exponent of modern funk, Federation of the Disco Pimp, with the January worldwide release of Inamorata, their Brooklyn recorded new album. Featuring a huge Scottish theme and special guest artists including Eric Krasno and Aaron Livingston, The Admiral Bar will hold a listening party in for the record on 15 January association with Loud & Clear and Linn, ahead of the official launch on 17 January at The Arches.

SUITE DREAMS If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to Christmas then why not indulge in one last festive fling, courtesy of Scottish Ballet. The story of The Nutcracker is a young girls’ magical journey into a dream world where toy soldiers come to life as they travel into the Land of Ice and Snow, set beautifully to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. The Nutcracker, 07 -10 January 2015, Theatre Royal, 282 Hope St, G2 3QA. Tickets £8.50-£36.50. Bookable on 0844 871 7647 or

SOUTHERN SENSATION Set in the Deep South, this adaption of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird comes direct from London’s West End, where it received rave reviews. As racial injustice envelops a small-town community through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout, brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. To Kill a Mockingbird, 03-07 February 2015, Theatre Royal, 282 Hope St, G2 3QA. Tickets £7.50-£44.50. Bookable on 0844 871 7647 or


OUTTA THIS WORLD The adored and critically acclaimed Olivier Award winning rock spectacular Return to the Forbidden Planet is back on a 25th anniversary UK tour. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as Great Balls of Fire, Young Girl and Gloria with stunning special effects and a cast of actor musicians this is one crazy night out to remember. Return to the Forbidden Planet, 09-14 February 2015, King’s Theatre, 297 Bath St, G2 4JN, Tel: 0844 871 7627. Tickets £12.90-£48.40. Bookable on 0844 871 7647 or

I SPY FUN Following yet another sell-out Edinburgh Fringe, one of comedy’s elder statesmen and all-round arty mischiefmaker Mark Thomas continues his 8th nationwide tour with a comedy of betrayal in Cuckooed. Telling his true story of how Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, came to spy on a comedian, this five star, multi-award-winning, critically acclaimed tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit is devastatingly good. Don’t miss it. Cuckooed, 10-12 February 2015, Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, G1 5HB. Tickets £14. Bookable on 0141 552 4267.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron UK release date 24 April The biggest challenge facing Avengers: Age of Ultron is how it ups the ante from the massively successful first outing in 2012. It is always going to be a problem when you assemble a crew of Earth’s mightiest heroes in one film to find a villain who can pose a significant threat to match the dream team of Iron Man, Hulk, and the rest. Director, Joss Whedon, has found such a threat in the form of Ultron, a super intelligent creation of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, gone awry. In a genius piece of casting, James Spader has been drafted in to provide a motion capture performance, as well as lend his silky, sinister voice, to bring him to life. A sneak preview of the film caused quite the stir among the guests of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, showing glimpses of the dark new direction the series is going in. When the first full trailer landed online there was certainly enough to reinforce that we are in for something special, with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson joining

the team as magic brother-sister duo Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Combine that with over the top action, and a thoroughly creepy antagonist and Joss Whedon’s superhero smackdown should deliver again. Jurassic World UK release date 12 June It’s been over 20 years since the killer T-Rex made ripples in a cup of water and Steven Spielberg’s dino-disaster flick wreaked havoc in the multiplexes, and while the law of diminishing returns suggests not to get your hopes up for the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park series, there are plenty of reasons to be cautiously optimistic. For a start Spielberg is on board, albeit as executive producer; a title that doesn’t guarantee success, but it’s a start. It also boasts an impressive cast, featuring the ever so hot right now Chris Pratt in leading man duties, and a strong support from Bryce Dallas Howard, New Girl’s Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan.

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This of course wouldn’t matter one jot if it fails to deliver on nail-biting, action sequences and impressive dinosaur scares. Director Colin Trevorrow seems intent on staying faithful to what made Jurassic Park a success in the first place, confirming that the CGI special effects will be accompanied with animatronic dinosaurs, as it was in the previous films. The story also gets back to basics. Set 22 years after the first film, it focuses on the horrors that can occur when things

Inside Out UK release date 24 July It may be a sacrilege to even suggest it; but by their own lofty standards, Pixar have been in a slump since the magnificent Toy Story 3 in 2010 (Brave was decent, but Cars 2 was decidedly poor). Inside Out should mark a return to the exceptional. Written and directed by Pixar royalty Pete Doctor, the film follows the trials and tribulations of Riley, a young girl going through a lot of upheaval, as told from the perspective of her emotions; Joy, Disgust, Fear, Sadness and Anger, who live in her head. It’s a charming concept, and with the studio relying more and more on sequels to established franchises, its originality is refreshing. Featuring a highly talented voice cast of top American comedians, including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader, it is certain to bring in the laughs, but with real heart at the centre of it- Doctor’s last film was the poignantly moving Up after all. Expect then an emotional roller coaster as the oddball characters inside Riley’s head strive to help her make sense of a scary world.

12 | FEATURES Silence UK release date November How do you follow up a loud and obnoxious super hit like The Wolf of Wall Street? Adapting a piece of historical fiction about Jesuit priests in 17th century Japan doesn’t seem like the obvious answer. But then, Martin Scorsese has never been a director who does the obvious thing. Based on the 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo, it has become a passion project for Scorsese, who has had his eye on it since 1989. The plot focuses on Andrew Garfield’s Father Rodrigues, a Portuguese priest who travels to Japan in search of his mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), who is


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rumoured to have denounced his faith. The source material features much brutality and suffering, as Rodrigues is faced with the concept of martyrdom, which should make for uncomfortable viewing. The director has a fascination with religion, having tackled the subject matter in previous works, The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun. And while a film that focuses on the roots of religious faith may seem like a tough sell, after the three hour headache that was The Wolf of Wall Street, a little Silence sounds pretty good. Star Wars: Episode VII UK release date 18 December Dust off those Lightsabers, practice your Yoda impressions, and use the Jedi Mind Trick to forget that The Phantom Menace ever happened, because the long awaited third Stars Wars trilogy hits cinemas in time for Christmas 2015. A long, long time ago, in a Galaxy not so far away, George

Lucas was the king of adventure sci-fi thanks to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and their battles against the evil empire. Then the lacklustre prequels came along, creating a massive disturbance in the force. And just when it seemed we were all ready to move on with our lives, in 2012 Disney purchased Lucasfilms, effectively giving the series a rebirth, with a third trilogy of films set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi. Unsurprisingly, the details of the plot are being kept under lock and key, but the announcement that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their iconic roles is clearly a step in the right direction. J.J. Abrams is in the director’s chair this time around, and as his work on the recent Star Trek films has proved, he is the master of revitalising classic sci-fi franchises. With a promising cast featuring Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Max Von Sydow, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o, the Force should be strong in this one.

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As general manager of the Infiniti Centre at Braehead, Jason Blane spends each working day surrounded by luxury, high performance cars. But it’s not motor racing that fuels Jason’s free time, as this super fit Dowanhill resident gets his kicks on two legs rather than four wheels. A keen runner, snowboarder and gym goer, Jason’s certainly a man on the move. What gives Glasgow its spark? The people and their character. The Glasgow banter is unrivalled. Your preferred area in Glasgow? The West End. I have just moved there but my girlfriend introduced me to it a while back and I loved it. It has such a great atmosphere.

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Euan McWhirter photo ∙ Susie Lowe

Euan McWhirter is a bespoke jewellery designer who returned to Glasgow from London in 2010 to set up his label. Since then his bold, colourful designs have been spotted on Kylie Minogue, Emma Thompson and Shirley Manson to name a few. My favourite place to shop in Glasgow is… Princes Square. It’s a luxury destination for stylish shoppers, with great restaurants and bars. And a quiet haven from busy Buchanan Street. The person whose style I most admire is… Courtney Love. She’s one of the few people who can carry off a ripped babydoll dress or Versace couture. My favourite recent find was… my orange tweed trainers by Jaggy Nettle. They brighten up my walk to work. If money were no object on the fashion front I’d buy… several pairs of acne jeans, the fit is good and they last. I go through so many pairs of jeans. My big fashion no-no is… skinny jeans that are too tight. More men tend to be guilty of this than women. My fashion tip for 2015 is… buy bespoke. It doesn’t necessarily mean expensive and you will own something completely unique that you just won’t find on the high street.



Gillian Kyle photo ∙ Susie Lowe

Gillian Kyle is a Glasgow-based textile designer and director of Gillian Kyle Ltd. Her work is a celebration of Scottish popular culture, with a focus on iconic Scottish brands such as Mothers Pride and Tunnock’s. What’s your favourite room in your home? Definitely our sitting room. It’s full of my husband’s beautiful paintings and ceramics and has a lovely wood burning stove and lots of original features, including the original Edwardian artnouveau fireplace. What makes a house a home? Comfort, a sense of calm and a lot of personality - in that order. How would you describe your ‘signature’ look for your home? Magpie chic - I fill my home with things that I love and things that have a story, not things that match. Biggest design faux pas people make? Buying wholesale into a trend or brand and leaving no room for their own personality or style to shine through. For a good housewarming present I’d buy… A pack of Tunnock’s Teacakes. With some of my own Tunnock’s kitchen textiles and mugs thrown in too, of course.

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Leanne Donovan is chief beauty therapist/ floor manager at Taylor Ferguson Hair and Beauty in Glasgow city centre. One of the city’s most experienced beauty professionals, her looks belie her years in the business, with the beauty expert citing exercise and exfoliation as her two beauty essentials. What’s your hero skincare product? Germaine de Capuccini’s The Cream GNG. I’ve worked with this range for years now and this product transforms the skin’s texture and is capable of reversing the signs of ageing – and who doesn’t want that? Favourite salon treatment? Our Crazy Angel tanning product that develops in an hour. It’s fast, effective, the results look fantastic and it gives you an instant feel-good factor. Best new treatment you’ve recently tried? The Germaine De Capuccini Vitamin C facial which produces an immediate, intense luminosity. There’s also a great home care range which complements the facial. Beauty top tip? HD brows – I’m known as the Queen of Brows and have trained over many years. I’m a great believer that strong, shaped and defined brows enhance your face and can take years off you too.


I-ON EVENTS Lipstick Lounge Launch photos ∙ Elliott Hatherley


1 The STV news team was out in force at 29 to celebrate the launch of presenter Kelly-Ann Woodland and celebrity make-up artist Annette Wiseman’s new beauty website, The Lipstick Lounge. Along with Ciroc vodka cocktails and cupcakes from Eilidh Dunn, guests were treated to a goody bag from House of Fraser and an exclusive look at some of the video tutorials that will feature on the site.



1. Moviejuice’s Grant Lauchlan and Lipstick Lounge co-founder Annette Wiseman. 2. Georgia Reid and Megan Nixon work their lipstick print dresses. 3. STV’s Raman Bhardwaj, John MacKay and Sean Batty get lippy. 4. STV’s Laura Miller, Lipstick Lounge cofounder Kelly-Ann Woodland and her husband, Stuart Woodland.




6 8 5. Regional sales manager for Gleneagles Hotel Ashley Thomson with professional golfer Carly Booth. 6. Susan Ripoll, Laura Hamilton and Dee Ripoll. 7. Bar staff weren’t without their lippy either. 8. Make-up artist Emma Leigh with musician Emma Nuelle.




Busby Hotel Opening photos ∙ Anthony Curley


1 Following a £2.5 million refurbishment, The Busby Hotel celebrated its grand reopening with an entertainment packed evening. Singer Eleanor Green and musical trio Caspia entertained guests while Manorview Hotel and Leisure Group’s managing director, Steve Graham, hosted the night, along with his niece and operations director, Fallon Cowley, and her husband, Anthony Cowley, Manorview’s project development director.



1. The quiet before the storm. 2. Manorview’s Steve Graham, Fallon Cowley and Anthony Cowley. 3. Staff ensured the fizz flowed all night. 4. Caspia’s trio of musicians performed for guests. 5. Manorview’s Steve Graham was joined by Barclay’s Helen Hutchison and Jamie Grant.


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6. Eleanor Green serenading the room. 7. The chefs keep the canapes coming. 8. The party in full flow.



I-ON EVENTS Cruise Fashion Show


photos ∙ Scott Douglas


1 Ingram Street was more stylish than usual as hundreds turned up for the Cruise AW14 Collections fashion show. The in-store event began with refreshments from Scavi & Ray and Peroni on the ground level where guests had the opportunity to browse the current collection on the shop floor. The action then moved upstairs with the fashion show featuring the latest looks from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Dolce and Gabbana, Moncler, Stone Island and Michael Kors. 1. The Justified Sinner jeweller, Dauvit Alexander, in tartan. 2. Guests gather downstairs for pre-show drinks. 3. Kelly Donaghy, Ashleigh Greenwood and Becca Donaldson. 4. Model Emily Shararji wearing Matthew Williamson.






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NENEH CHERRY words ∙ David Pollock


he’s been such a chameleonic musical presence in her time as to be entirely invisible for a number of years now, but anyone who remembers the dayglo streetsound explosion that was Buffalo Stance in 1988 should know that Neneh Cherry’s not an artist to underestimate. The new year will see her head out in support of last year’s Blank Project, her first album in 18 years and unexpectedly one of the finest records of 2014. Born in Stockholm, precisely 50 years ago as Neneh Mariann Karlsson, Cherry was raised in Sweden and in the later years of her youth in New York, where her mother Monica married the jazz musician Don Cherry. Upping sticks and moving to London in her mid-teens, she became involved in the latter days of the city’s punk scene, playing

with groups like The Slits and Rip, Rig + Panic - it was with this group she met her close friend Andrea Oliver (mother of the television presenter Miquita), with whom she presented BBC2s cookery show Neneh and Andi Dish It Up in 2007. Despite this underground activity, her first flush of success came with the distinctly different sound of Raw Like Sushi, the album which followed a few months after Buffalo Stance and which took its style from hip-hop era New York street jams and a helping of contemporary soul. The record was co-written and recorded with Cameron McVey aka Booga Bear, who Cherry went on to marry, with input from Buffalo Stance’s remixer Tim Simenon of Bomb the Bass and future Massive Attack members Robert Del Naja and Andrew Vowles.

MUSIC | 27 Her early promise wouldn’t find itself delivered on, however, with 1992's Homebrew and 1996's Man finding only modest success, although the latter did feature the Youssou N’Dour collaboration 7 Seconds. After her third record Cherry stepped back from music to be a full-time mother, dabbling in television and occasionally returning briefly to the studio, for example with her half-brother EagleEye Cherry on Long Way Around in 2000 or Gorillaz’ minor hit Kids With Guns in 2006. What makes Blank Project such a surprise, then, is not that it’s appeared in age where no classic artist stays out of commission for so long, but that it’s so good on its own terms. It’s resolutely not a nostalgia project, but a smooth and smoky record which sounds utterly contemporary amidst the sparse electronic groove of producer Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Hebden and vividly emotive, thanks to Cherry’s softly experienced tones (fellow Swedish pop star Robyn also contributes one vocal). Sadly, in part instigated by the death of her mother in 2009, she has said its creation is an attempt to act out the sense of urgency which this encounter with mortality has given her.

Neneh Cherry plays SWG3, Glasgow, on Friday 30 January. The album Blank Project is out now on Smalltown Supersound.



REAL LIFE WEDDINGS Three couples share their big day with i-on


Ana Cruzalegui & Alasdair Polson Married 12 April 2014


marriage made at, Ana Cruzalegui and Alasdair Polson wed on 12 April 2014 in the small village of Aberlour. When it came to the inspiration for her big day, make-up artist Ana turned to fashion royalty. “I absolutely loved Margherita Missoni’s wedding. The lace detail and romantic atmosphere was beautiful. I also wanted a lot of delicate textures in keeping with a romantic feel so went for white roses and peonies, lace, ivory and pale shades of blush. “More importantly I wanted a wedding that spoke about Alasdair and me, with our own personal touches and adding in a bit of my culture, as I’m originally from Peru.” As Alasdair grew up in Aberlour, the couple decided to marry there with the church service at the Sacred Heart, then walked the guests down the hill to the Fleming Hall with the entire Aberlour Pipe Band leading the way. Being that Aberlour is so famous for its whisky, the couple incorporated this into their style of wedding invitations and outside decoration with the help of the local cooperage who lent them beautiful casks to use as outdoor tables.

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REAL LIFE WEDDINGS | 31 “We also had plenty of Aberlour 16 to go round and that may have contributed to the party atmosphere,“ says Ana, “And from what I heard the party kept on going until 7 in the morning.” As the couple have both lived in Glasgow for so many years, they also wanted to incorporate a few touches from the city. “Our seating chart was a poster of the old underground map and we even used real tickets as our place cards, stamping the date of our wedding on them. Thank you SPT for helping us with that.” Ana also created a Peruvian cocktail for people to try; with her father having bottles of Pisco, a grape brandy, flown over from Lima.

Favourite photo: The photo of our church service (pictured right); our friends and family formed a choir and sang Somebody to Love by Queen led by my Man of Honour Fraser Gilmore. Totally unconventional. It was amazing.

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Katy and Chris Orr Married 13 September 2014


aty and Chris Orr grew up together in Cardross and Chris surprised Katy on Hogmanay last year by getting down on one knee on an overnight trip to Dunblane Hydro. Nine months later they wed in St Peter’s Church in Partick followed by a reception at nearby Cottiers. “We had quite a hard time trying to find a venue with lots of character,” says Katy. “When we saw the theatre at Cottiers, we didn't need to look anywhere else. The building is as beautiful inside as it is outside and it made for an atmospheric yet relaxed location for our wedding, which is exactly what we were looking for” A traditional Scottish wedding in theme, the boys wore tartan on the day, Chris' cousin piped the newly weds into the reception followed by a good bit of ceilidh dancing to music provided by ceilidh band Ceilidhonia. “They were amazing,” says Katy. “They play a nice mix of ceilidh, classics and current music with a Scottish twist. We were so happy when they were available for our wedding and they did not disappoint” “We’ve got lots of special memories of our big day,” says Katy, “but there’s one photo that’s a particular favourite. It’s

of the whole wedding party outside Cottiers. I think it's taken in between posed photos and we are all just milling around, chatting to one another. Everyone looks happy and relaxed, it just catches the essence of the day”. Katy’s advice to other brides? “Keep it simple and don't sweat the small stuff. The most important thing is that everyone has fun.”

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Ashley and David Hitchon Married 05 September 2014


hildhood sweethearts Ashley and David first met at Lenzie Academy and were married on 05 September 2014 after a two year engagement. David popped the question on a romantic weekend in Edinburgh. Ashley said ‘Yes’ and the bride-to-be immediately started to scour the internet and bridal magazines for inspiration for their big day. “For a venue we instantly fell in love with the Auditorium in Oran Mor in the West End and loved how unique the room was. The location was also perfect as it was local for all of our friends and family, which was important for us.” The venue was also the inspiration for her colour scheme. “Our

wedding co-ordinator at Oran Mor suggested using a colour from the room décor, which I liked, so we used blue for the bridesmaids’ dresses, the kilts and in the flowers.” Reflecting on their big day, the couple have no regrets. “Everything was perfect and we particularly loved the speeches. They were all incredibly funny and very touching. But, the most important thing for us was that we were getting married and then celebrating with our friends and family.” Honeymoon for the new Mr & Mrs Hitchon was a trip of a lifetime with a multi-trip tour of America stopping off in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hawaii and San Francisco.


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The Big Day doesn’t get much more special than this. No matter whether it’s an evening party, a reception, a blessing or the most chic of civil ceremonies, The Glasgow Mal is the perfect partner for your nuptials. From the well-stocked wine cellar and bar to the outstanding Honours brasserie in all it’s divine glory, your wedding will be like no other

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INSPIRE ME | 37 Phase Eight Pastels are a huge wedding trend this year and this lovely bridesmaid dress from Phase Eight is as bonny as a bon bon and just as sweet. Paperchase This Tiffany blue stationery is called Gatsby and features wedding invites, thank you cards and a writing set. The coordinating dress box, hat boxes and photo album also make beautiful keepsakes.

Blushbooth A remake of a classic, Scotland’s Blushbooth is the 21st century way to capture special moments without the hassle of a photographer. The portable photo booths allow you to design instant photography around your perfect day – fuss free.

Inspire Me Special touches to add wow to your wedding

Biscuiteers These beautiful biscuits are from the Biscuiteers’ Love Birds collection and are guaranteed to put a smile on your guests’ faces. There’s even next day delivery at if ordered before 1pm.

Love Vintage Events From dress-up photo shoots to make-up and hair master classes and vintage dance workshops Love Vintage Events puts the glamour and elegance back into hen parties, unleashing creativity and the love for all things vintage. They are also specialists in bespoke wedding styling too. Tel: 0141 611 5070,

Burton Menswear This three-piece suit is the perfect choice for a modern, summer groom. The waistcoat adds an air of formality but the colour keeps the look fresh. Although we would recommend socks though…





CANCUN Romance and excitement are at your fingertips as Cancun offers an outrageous array of honeymoon delights. History, culture, ecological reserves, nature reserves, sports, shopping and dining are integral parts of a Cancun honeymoon but don’t forget to take time to relax on the white sand beach. Top Pick: Hard Rock Hotel, all Inclusive. Receive up to $3,600 resort credit to use on spa, golf, excursions, room upgrades and more. To live like a rock star means never being far away from the action and the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Cancun puts you right in the middle of it. Located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the hotel pays homage to a lifestyle of excess and unsurpassed services. £1,895 per person based on 09 May 2015 for 14 nights from Glasgow.

BARBADOS   As a tropical island Barbados is home to many beautiful beaches. Barbados beaches are as diverse as the island, making it a honeymoon island worth exploring. With romantic settings, varied landscape and sunny climate, Barbados is a perfect location for newlyweds. Top Pick: Sandals Barbados, St Lawrence Gap. Free Beautiful Beginnings Wedding. Sandals Barbados has been re-imagined from the ground up with wide-ranging renovations that include  the introduction of seven new gourmet restaurants bringing the total to eleven, full refurbishment of the resort's 280 existing rooms as well as numerous other additions and enhancements that offer Sandals guests the newest levels of their Luxury Included® experience in line with Barbados' reputation as one of the region's most sought after destinations. £1,695 per person Caribbean Village Deluxe Room  based on 27 Aug-22 Oct 2015 for 7 nights from Glasgow.  


THAILAND Home to stunning sandy beaches, fascinating temples and lush tropical forests, Thailand is perfect for those looking to explore the great outdoors. Or for those who prefer there are bustling markets, fantastic shopping options and cuisine that is popular across the world. Top Pick: Bandara Villas Phuket, Bed & Breakfast. Honeymoon offer is complimentary beachfront candle lit dinner for two, special honeymoon room set up with sparkling wine and four free bonus nights. Set on a tranquil hillside and overlooking a picturesque horseshoe bay on the southeast coast of Phuket, this brand new retreat commands an exclusive location as one of the only hotels on this stretch of powder soft sands. £1,459 per person for one bedroom pool villa based on 03 May 2015 for 14nights from Glasgow.

MULTI CENTRE A Multi Centre Honeymoon caters for all types of couples, especially if one person wants a busy atmosphere and the other a relaxing one. You could have some time in a vibrant and exciting city with plenty to do, then go onto a relaxing beach holiday. Top Pick: San Francisco – Las Vegas – NYC. 3 Nights 4* San Francisco, 4 Nights 4*Las Vegas, 3 Nights 3* New York City. £1,399 per person based on 05 March 2015  for 10 nights from Edinburgh.


ITALY What can be more romantic than Venice? Enjoy gondola rides down fairytale canals, walk over narrow bridges, get lost in narrow lanes whilst admiring the breathtaking architecture. Venice is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and memorable honeymoon locations in the world, and perfect for couples who don’t want to travel too far. Lying in northeast Italy in the lush Veneto region, timeless Venice is a floating city of opera, melodrama, tragedy and comedy that has been the gateway to the Orient for hundreds of years. Top Pick: Viktoria Palace Hotel in Venice (Lido of Venice) is minutes from San Nicolo al Lido and close to St. Mark's Basilica. This four star hotel is close to Rialto Bridge and Squero di San Trovaso. £859 per person based on 23 May 2015 for 07 nights from Glasgow.


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Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, or the “Caley” as it has become affectionately known in Edinburgh, was and still is the epitome of style and excellence. So sweep through our doors and watch your dream wedding come to life in the timeless elegance of The Caledonian. At Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh we work with each couple to create a bespoke wedding package that is tailored to your special day. You can celebrate in one

of our beautiful, listed and unique suites with views to Edinburgh Castle, vaulted ceilings and magnificent chandeliers so whether you plan to celebrate with a small intimate gathering or a larger traditional wedding we will ensure everything is simply perfect. For a full wedding brochure, to organise a show round or for further information please contact our dedicated Wedding Planners on 0131 222 8888 or email Caledonian_weddings

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MEN’S FASHION Focus. Finds. Flair

KEEN AS Bored of basic white t shirts? Dollop on the mustard or, as White Stuff are calling the shade, autumn yellow. It’s a surprisingly versatile colour and this long sleeved version, £29.95, is a great base layer for chilly weekend mornings. White Stuff can be found at House of Fraser, 45 Buchanan St, G1 3HL, Tel: 0141 221 3880.

LUXE LAYERS The key to stylish layering is interchangeable wardrobe classics that will never go out of date. Camel is a great alternative to black or grey and will earn you some serious style points. Try adding subtle hints of pale blue to keep it fresh. Coat, £699, blazer, £129, shirt, £79, trousers, £129, all by Collezione Made in Italy by M&S and holdall, £179 by Autograph at M&S. Marks & Spencer, 2-12 Argyle St, G2 8AA, Tel: 0141 552 4546.

IN THE BAG Channelling the colour block trend, Ted Baker’s Lefonz satchel is effortless enough to take you from work days to weekends. The detachable strap makes it easy to go hands-free and that contrasting luggage tag adds an extra style detail. £229 and it’s yours. Ted Baker, Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, G1 3JN, Tel: 0141 221 9664.



WOMEN’S FASHION Focus. Finds. Flair

WATCH THIS FACE Folli Follie’s Watchalicious collection just keeps getting better and brighter. Popular with celebrities like Millie Mackintosh and Laura Whitmore, the bracelet style timepieces start at £260 with dial colours including pink, blue, white and green and bracelets in a variety of metal finishes. Folli Follie, St Enoch Centre, St Enoch Sq, G1 4BW, Tel: 0141 221 7730.

LOCK AND ROLL BRIGHT YOUNG THING Rework your favourite little black dress with one strategic pop of colour. These scarlet beauties, the appropriately named Strutt, £65 from Office, should do the trick. Office, 54-56 Buchanan St, G1 3JL, Tel: 0141 248 8346.

We all know Mulberry does an iconic collection of bags but did you know its jewellery collection is just as covetable? This luxe Bayswater bracelet, £225, features the signature postman’s lock to match its iconic namesake bag. Mulberry, 207 Ingram St, G1 1DQ, Tel: 0141 248 6456.


RED ALERT 13 certainly won’t be an unlucky number for anyone interested in this fabulous little red frock from Primark because £13 is all you’ll need to hand over to get it. Primark, 56 Argyle St, G2 8AG, Tel: 0141 229 1343.

PUSH IT Number 11 Royal Exchange Square is home to The Cambridge Satchel Company’s first pop-up store in the city. Located in the former Bag & Baggage shop, the pop-up will stock a range of the company’s bestselling core collections including the new Push Lock collection, seen here, as well as exclusive in-store collections and a selection of the company’s new prespring ’15 collection.

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Pretty up your look with Clarins new Garden Escape 2015 make-up collection. We especially love the Limited Edition 6-Colour Eye Palette, £32, used here, with its luscious greens, petal pinks, snowdrop white and woody brown shades in a mix of satin and pearl finishes. Available at Clarins counters from 12 January 2015.

SAINT OR SINNER? Lipstick Queen’s Saint range of lipsticks contains 10 per cent pigment, giving just a hint of long-lasting super flattering colour. For more power to your pout each easy wear Saint shade is also available in the 90 per cent pigment Sinner formulation for a creamy, matte finish with full coverage. £20 each. John Lewis, Buchanan Galleries, 220 Buchanan St, G1 2GF, Tel: 0141 353 6677.


PRIME TIME You’ve heard of the LBD, now meet the LBP – Estee Lauder‘s genius Little Black Primer, £20. All the best dressed lashes will be wearing this triple treat product which primes, subtly tints and acts as a waterresistant topcoat. It’s the first how-did-I-manage-without-this product of the year. Previewing exclusively at Estee Lauder counters at Boots from 21 January 2015.

BEAUTY SLEEP Clinique’s latest addition to its award-winning Repairwear collection is the Repairwear sculpting night cream which works while you sleep to restore skin’s youthful definition, giving a visibly lifted, defined and firmed contour. Available at all Clinique counters from 02 January 2015, £42 for 50ml.



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I-ON HOMES photos ∙ Susie Lowe

Interior Designer Lisa Trainer opens the door to her beautiful West End home and reveals she’s not afraid to improve on perfection.



hen you spend every day transforming the interiors of some of the most beautiful homes in Glasgow, it must be difficult to reserve some design creativity for your own home. Fortunately for interior designer Lisa Trainer, her own home that she shares with her four children and two dogs is a source of inspiration for her and allows her to experiment with colour and design features. Lisa originally visited the West End house she now calls ‘home’ with a view to renting the property. However, she fell in love with it straight away and knew that as the property had been empty for a while, there was an opportunity to buy it. Both the location of the property and the overall feeling of the house were the perfect combination for Lisa. “I knew I wanted to live in the area as the kids go to school locally but it was important to find the perfect home too and the fact that the house had already been extensively modernised was a real bonus. “I was very lucky that the property was finished to a high standard and, as it was quite neutral, it also allowed me to put my own personal stamp on it. In particular to inject some colour.” Upon moving in, Lisa realised that some changes to the layout of the property would work better for her family. “Originally, there was a cinema room downstairs but, practically, it just didn’t fit with what I needed from the space. It’s now a utility room/larder to fit in with our lifestyle.

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50 | PROPERTY AND INTERIORS I also wanted the kitchen to be double height so we now have a gallery/mezzanine level which has really opened the space up.” Having a big family, the kitchen is Lisa’s favourite room and feels it really is the heart of her home. “It’s always so busy with people coming and going. I also love cooking and eating with the whole family. My kitchen table is my favourite piece of furniture. I had it designed and built for my last home over in the South Side. So much has happened around the table over the years so, when we moved to the West End, I had the table stripped back to fit in with our new kitchen.” As a busy interior designer, Lisa uses Pinterest and other forms of social media to stay connected with emerging designers and up-to-date with new trends but she also credits her children with helping her keep her finger on the design pulse, “I would say I’m very fashion-led when it comes to interiors and design but my kids are also a great source of inspiration to me as they have their own interests in design and textiles too.” As for any other changes, her latest project is likely to ensure that her home is the new West End hangout for her friends and family. “I’m currently having a bespoke wine cellar and bar designed and installed in our basement,” reveals Lisa. “I can’t wait until it’s finished.” We’ll also drink to that.

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INTERIORS NEWS Ideas. Innovations. Inspiration

I-ON LOVES… the Bugatti kitchen appliance range at Amara. Starting at £91 for the Uma scales with timer to £542 for the Diva coffee machine, the range comes in a number of colours and will add sleek Italian style to any kitchen.

Jo Malone London style editor, Charlotte Stockdale, takes us on her travels with her new limited edition home collection, My Wanderlust. Wrapped in an atmospheric watercolour, each item is linked to a travel memory of Charlotte’s. Top of the pick for us is the Caribbean inspired Lime Basil & Mandarin deluxe diffuser, £58. Jo Malone London, Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, G1 3JX, Tel: 0870 192 5171.

PERFECT TIMING These glass optic sand timers from Debenhams are an elegant and fun gift for house proud friends. The smaller size is £15, with the large triple optic version costing £25. Debenhams, 97 Argyle St, G2 8AR, Tel: 0844 561 6161.

TOTALLY FLOORED Inspired by the likes of Jackson Pollock, this simple paintsplat design rug creates a real impact. Priced £150-£250 and 100 per cent wool, it’s available in three colour variations.


KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL Add a hint of colour to your kitchen with this beautiful Shaker Ermine Passion Flower design from Wren. Timeless in style, this kitchen has been inspired by simple country living. The gentle shade of lilac adds a subtle hue of colour and the powdered finish gives this kitchen a luxurious, soft touch. See the complete range and find your nearest showroom at

PADDED SELL Marks & Spencer call this a marble print cushion, £19.50, but we think the print looks more like a watercolour puddle. Viewed either way, it’s a quirky but pretty way to inject some fresh colour into a room. Marks & Spencer, 2-12 Argyle St, G2 8AA, V890-advert-C-138x89-aw-04_V890-advert-C-138x89-aw-04 19/11/2014 10:17 Page 1 Tel: 0141 552 4546.


LE CHARDON, VAL D’ISÈRE Finding a place to stay in the world's top ski resorts can make or break your trip. Enter the luxurious world of Le Chardon Mountain Lodges and you’ll be amazed at how much those little touches count… words ∙ Nicky Howden


ocated high up in the Savoie area of France, 1,850 metres above sea level, Val d’Isère is one of the Alps’ most exclusive resorts and hottest ski spots in Europe. And with its snowy slopes, bustling little town and après ski, it’s got it all going on. For me, skiing abroad has always been on the bucket list but, if I was going to do it, I would do it in style. Checking in at Le Chardon, the largest of the five luxury catered lodges in the collection, I knew instantly I’d more than ticked this wish list box. From the chalet staff lined up to welcome the chauffeured car from the airport to the fluffy slippers by the entrance, there was an overwhelming sense of indulgence and I’d only seen the ‘boot room’ - an area with dedicated ski boot warmers of course.

The traditional five storey chalet has 10 en-suite bedrooms that accommodate up to 20 guests. Every room is sumptuous yet cosy featuring imposing wooden beams, soft plush carpets, luxury linen and faux fur throws. And if you can see past the indulgent interiors, you’ll be awestruck by the picture perfect views of the Manchet Valley. It is undoubtedly the location that’s incomparable overlooking the serene Vanoise National Park, you can literally ski in and ski out of the place during the ski season, whilst non skiers can kick back in the outdoor hot tub, enjoy an in-house massage (the hot stone signature massage is particularly good), or gorge on delicious freshly baked cakes in front of a roaring log fire in the lounge. The chalets are family owned and run (by a Scottish family no less) and the


attention to detail and level of service rivals some of the world's leading hotels. From the gourmet chalet dining to the fine wine and Pol Roger Champagne which are all included in your stay, it's about quality and the finer things in life. A freshly brewed coffee brought to my room at the requested 7.30am on the dot couldn’t be more evidence of that. However, the main attraction of Val d’Isère is the skiing. Host to the Winter Olympics and Winter Championships, its diverse terrain offers some of the most technically challenging pistes in the Alps. It’s also got some of the best off piste skiing in Europe. If you’re of beginner level, there are nursery slopes as well as the easier green and blue runs. My advice would be to hire an instructor from Oxygène Val d'Isère Ski School, even if it’s just for a confidence boost – trust me, they really are great. They also offer ski equipment for hire, Le Chardon can arrange the ski and boot fit for you. The important thing to remember before you go though is to dress for the conditions. In January it can be minus 25 so pack your thermals and ski gear. Val d’Isère town centre is full of top skiwear shops but I’d recommend a visit to Tiso's Blues the Ski Shop before you leave to get labels like Poivre Blanc for slightly less. Plus, even if you don't wow on the slopes at least you'll look good trying. After a hard day's work skiing or riding, soak up the après ski scene at Folie Douce. Located at the

top of the Daille cable car, it’s the go-to bar for live music, drinking and dancing. With a ski season that runs until the beginning of May, Le Chardon, Val d’Isère is somewhere that should be high on your travel hit list. It’s luxurious without being pretentious and, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to return again and again. Top service, sumptuous surroundings and picture perfect views, Le Chardon Mountain Lodges certainly get my vote for families and friends.

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Chocolate Thinking of wooing your loved one with chocolates this Valentines’ Day? Forget the mass market white, milk or plain and think out of the (chocolate) box by choosing some spiced chocolate for your sweetheart. We’d recommend cardamom and cinnamon as great pairings for dark chocolate lovers.



Make 2015 your healthiest yet


igged out on pigs in blankets? Overindulged on orange chocolate? Too many glasses of fizz? Post-Christmas guilt - we all get it. The battle of the post-Christmas podge is the same every year, but what if there was a way to restore the damage done over the festive season without having to step foot on a treadmill? Well, now there is. Juice Garden, Glasgow’s premier botanical juice bar, is the place to be this new year. Found in the city centre on Renfield Street and in a newly opened store on Byres Road in the West End, it is a cool and contemporary, café-style space which caters for everyone in search of a healthy alternative. New for 2015, Juice Garden is launching a range of detox cleanses perfect for re-balancing and repairing your body after your Christmas excess. A range of tasty cleanses, from one to seven days, will be available with each package tailored to suit your needs. Juice Garden cleanse packages are a great way to kick start the January diet. Cleansing will flood your body with super nutrition, providing essential vitamins and minerals and healing the body’s damaged cells. The juices rehydrate

the body which will give you a significant increase in energy to get you through those dark mornings. Naturally low in calories but packed with remedial nutrients, cleansing is also designed to help control your appetite and keep cravings at bay. In addition to the cleanse packages and a vast selection of freshly made-to-order juices, Juice Garden makes delicious guilt-free vegan and organic food. Breakfast pots – packed with super foods such as acai berries – are available in addition to vegan soups, sandwiches made with organic rye bread and super salads with greens like kale and spinach. With plenty options for a healthy meal, Juice Garden is making it easy to keep a healthy body. If your sweet tooth still needs satisfied, Juice Garden can help you get your fix the healthy way with its new range of raw deserts. Free from sugar, flour, butter and cream, Juice Garden has created guilt-free carrot cake, brownies, cheesecake and truffle balls. What’s not to love? Juice Garden, 23 Renfield St, G2 5AH and 223 Byres Rd, G12 8UD,


DINNER @ THE WESTERN CLUB RESTAURANT words Susie Cormack Bruce · photos Susie Lowe


here are some places in Glasgow that hold a certain allure. For me one such place is The Western Club in Royal Exchange Square. As the city’s oldest private members’ club, it’s long held my fascination and since childhood I’ve longed to know what lay behind those doors, all the while glancing up to the windows, each perfectly framing a small table lamp. So when I heard that this great Glasgow institution would be opening its restaurant doors for the first time in its 190 year history to non-members, I made a booking double quick. I wasn’t risking the club’s members calling time on my entry into this revered building. This new venture is the result of a partnership between the club and veteran restaurateur, Alan Tomkins, the man behind a number of Glasgow institutions including Urban Bar and Grill and Vronis and upon entering, first impressions were very good. While there was a definite air of exclusivity, it was still very inviting with my husband and I greeted by a young apron clad waitress who checked our reservation before directing us to the first floor.

The dining room itself is the work of designer Amanda Rosa and she’s managed to bring just the right amount of modern to the space, whilst maintaining some classic old-school elegance. While Rosa’s been clever in her use of mirrors and statement lighting, those looking for a bling-bling style bar vibe to décor or atmosphere should apply elsewhere. We were shown to our table, which offered a lovely double aspect onto the light festooned square, by Andrew, who provided an excellent service for the duration of our meal – especially when it came to recommending the wine, a delicious Chateau d’Eau organic Pinot Noir, £29.95. The menu is similar in design to Tomkins' neighbouring Urban Bar & Grill with a contemporary classic feel to the dishes and an abundance of seasonal Scottish ingredients. To begin, I chose the Devilled Livers, £9.50, and my husband started with his favourite, Cullen Skink, £7.50. My livers were well spiced with a good kick of Worcestershire sauce and melted like a mousse in the mouth while the creamy soup ordered by my other half got rave reviews.

DINNER | 61 For a main, I went with Andrew’s recommendation of Roast Venison, accompanied by a Potato Rosti and Parsnip Puree, £23. The plate also featured a delicious glossy raspberry infused gravy which cut through the richness of the pink, juicy venison. I was more than happy with my choice until I tried my husband’s herb crumbed Rack of Perthshire Lamb, served with potato fondant and a tomato fondue, £22.50. Food envy truly set in as the lamb was nothing short of perfect. Rosy pink in colour and so soft you could cut it with a fork, this was my food heaven. While my husband made a brave attempt at finishing his butterscotch laden Toffee and Walnut pudding, £7, I had to admit defeat on my cheese board, £12.50. Note to self: starter or cheese, never both. The Western Club isn’t the place if you’re looking for a riotous night out – thankfully, as Glasgow has no shortage of those – but if you’re looking to enjoy an elegant night with friends, a special family celebration or an intimate tête-àtête, it would get my vote.

The Western Club, 32 Royal Exchange Sq, G1 3AB, Tel: 0141 248 2214.






With Glasgow the final resting place of St Valentine, this is the place to sweep your lover off their feet on the 14 February. Here’s our pick of the places to dine and wine while you woo.

The Anchor Line

The Anchor Line One of the classiest additions to the city’s social scene, The Anchor Line will impress any date. The stunning bar is perfect for posing and people watching while the booths allow you to give your date undivided attention, and should the conversation run dry, the stunning interior has plenty of talking points. ƒƒ Good for… Valentine’s Day veterans looking for somewhere new to try. ƒƒ Expect to pay…£ 7.95 for smoked salmon & tuna carpaccio starter, £11.95 for pumpkin ravioli main and £5.95 for a choice of desserts. ƒƒ Anything else? The bartenders are master cocktail makers so it would be rude not to try a signature serve. 12-16 St Vincent Pl, G1 2DH, Tel: 0141 248 1434.

The Restaurant Bar

and Grill

The Restaurant Bar and Grill With its stylish décor and well stocked bar, this Princes Square venue is a great option if you’re looking for a Valentine's spot with a bit of a buzz. There are tables aplenty but we’d suggest getting your name down for a tub style booth for a cosy date night. ƒƒ Good for… lingering and enjoying post-meal drinks at the bar. ƒƒ Expect to pay… £8 for king prawn tempura starter, £20.95 for rib-eye steak and desserts from £6. ƒƒ Anything else? The restaurant offers the Club Individual loyalty scheme, where you earn points each time you eat or drink there. Princes Square, 48 Buchanan St, G1 3JX, Tel: 0141 225 5622.


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Gamba With two AA Rosettes and award-winning chef-patron Derek Marshall at the helm, you’re pretty much guaranteed a great meal at Gamba. While the menu is predominantly fish and seafood, there are also treats for less piscine friendly palates too but we defy anyone not to love the signature fish soup. ƒƒ Good for… testing the aphrodisiacal qualities of oysters. ƒƒ Expect to pay… £14.50 for six Cumbrae rock oysters, £28 for lobster Thermidor main, desserts from £7. ƒƒ Anything else? Gamba updates its menu every six weeks and has a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. 225a West George St, G2 2N D, Tel: 0141 572 0899.

535 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HN 0141 357 3033


FOOD NEWS Sound bites

I-ON LOVES… Mother India at Home: Recipes Pictures Stories by Monir Mohammed & Martin Gray. It’s a fabulous recipe book featuring some of Mother India’s signature dishes, and a fascinating story of a second generation immigrant’s journey from deepfried pizzas to rediscovering authentic Punjabi cooking. Gray’s photography beautifully brings the cooking and culture to life. Buy a signed copy for £20 at Mother India restaurants citywide.


DID YOU KNOW… that free range eggs have a third less cholesterol, a quarter less saturated fat, two times more omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E and seven times more betacarotene than eggs from caged birds?

The 500 Miles charity, set up by quadruple amputee Olivia Giles, is inviting people to sit down to dinner on 07 March 2015, in a bid to raise £500,000 to help those with mobility issues in Africa. The BIG dinner is a one off event involving hundreds of separate dinners across the world – all linked by social media and a web streamed celebrity BIG dinner hosted by Fred MacAulay. Register or find out more at


SUGAR AND SPICE Sick of mulled wine but still keen on sipping a winter warmer? Try Kopparberg’s Spiced Apple Cider for a pleasing bit of seasonal spice. Served warm in a mug and garnished with a cinnamon stick, it’s sure to heat your bones on cold January nights.

GUILT FREE CHOCOLATE Who says chocolate’s a no-no if you’re on a health kick? Not the clever people at IQ chocolate who have packed their Peruvian cocoa bean bars full of superfood ingredients including coconut blossom nectar. Best of all, they taste terrific and come in at under 200 calories a bar. Glasgow stockists include Wholefoods Market in Giffnock and Roots, Fruits and Flowers in the West End.



If you like a little theatre with your food, Finnieston’s latest restaurant Porter & Rye is big on molecular cooking, fusing natural ingredients with the latest technology (dehydrators, sous vide and thermomix machines) to create amazing taste experiences and visual feasts. Think Heston Blumenthal and you’re on the right track. Porter & Rye, 1131 Argyle St, G3 8ND.

Tastecard membership gives diners 50 per cent off their total food bill or two meals for the price of one at thousands of restaurants nationwide. ‘A la Carte’ is always offered so it’s great for business as well as personal use. With more than one hundred Glasgow restaurants, including NYC Grill, pictured, now accepting Tastecard, it’s a great discount dining option.

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Burns Night is upon us again so don’t forget to indulge in our beloved national dish on 25 January. Buy a biggie and use the leftovers to create homemade haggis sausage rolls or, i-on’s favourite, haggis pakora.


Instead of vowing to lose weight or exercise more, try an alternative resolution that you are actually motivated to keep this year. Here are our favourite resolutions for the year ahead… Pause before posting – it’s too easy to overshare on social media and your boss really doesn’t need to see you posing in front of your bathroom mirror. Print more photographs – scrolling through an album on Facebook is slightly less nostalgic than flicking through an actual photo album. Quit the gym – rid yourself of feeling guilty about spending money every month and pound the pavements instead, should you feel the need that is... Start a bucket list – decide on 10 things you’d really like to do and get on to them. Toss the ‘toxic’ friends – anyone who makes you feel bad about your life/weight/hair needs to go.

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Did you know… 2015 is the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland? The Government led initiative aims to spotlight, celebrate and promote our country’s fine natural larder and quality produce. Keep an eye out for a year packed with events around the country to tickle your taste buds.

At the Hanoi Bike Shop we do things simply. Every plate is made from scratch and sourced as locally as possible, from the freshly made dressings and sauces to the hand-pressed, organic tofu made inhouse every morning. Nestled away in the heart of the West End, The Hanoi Bike Shop brings the spirit of Vietnam to Glasgow. Our vibrant, healthy menu has been designed for you to share throughout the day, from lunchtime until late, seven days a week.

We are offering all ION Glasgow readers our Hanoi Bike Shop Winter Teatime Menu - Two courses, crackers & dip, Jasmine rice & tea for ÂŁ13.95 per person. Call our team on 0141 334 7165 and quote ION Magazine to book. Available Monday to Thursday 4pm - 6pm subject to availability. Ruthven Lane, Glasgow 0141 334 7165

i-on Glasgow | January/February 2015  
i-on Glasgow | January/February 2015