My 3rd Blogger Meet Up at Topolabamba (Glasgow)

Topolabamba Glasgow : Outside

Event Location

89 Saint Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5TF
UK

Website

www.topolabamba.com

Event Date : Thursday 20th April 2017

This is my 3rd blogger meet up event, and this was held at the Glasgow restaurant Topolabamba.

This time I created a private group on Facebook, where everyone could see the details and select if they were going or not. So this time round I was a little more organised and professional than before.

If you are a blogger in Glasgow, doesn’t need to be food it can be any please feel free to contact me and I can send you an invite to the group.

I was looking forward to this event, as I managed to invite a lot more people and also Topolabamba does good food.

Unfortunately there were a lot of cancellations, due to many different reasons so tonight was just a very cosy crowd. This has got to be expected at any event, hopefully my 4th will have more

On to the food….

Chicken Tinga Quesadillas £4.95

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I have never ordered these and saw that they were a little spicy, so I asked the waitress how spicy they were and she sold them to me as they sounded nice.

I don’t like mega spicy things, so when it arrived I knew this would either be really nice or too spicy and I wouldn’t enjoy it….Lucky it was the first.

This was really good and full of flavour, the spice on a scale of 1 to 10 was only a 1 to a 2 for me which was perfect.

I would order this again!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 3.5

Shredded Beef Burrito £6.95

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I had this the last visit, and thought would try again as I really liked it. Its very filling, and again packed with flavour. Again like last time the sauce with it, it didn’t do anything for me so I left it as the Burrito on its own was better without it.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4.5
Presentation : 4

Extra : I did also order the Smoked Chorizo & Quesos Quesadillas but I ate them before I remembered to take a photo so next time I will comment on them.

I had to have the same dessert as I had on my last visit, as it was so so good since I have a very sweet tooth.

Mexican Chocolate Cup £4.95

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I needed my chocolate burst tonight and this was the fix.

This is a thick chocolate mousse, that is very chocolatey and perfect if your like me and have a sweet tooth.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall a nice night where we had laughs and good food, as I said unfortunately a lot cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances but it was a nice evening.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the waitress tonight, her name is Nicole and she was very helpful and very pleasant so a big thank you to her from all of us.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 5

Glasgow Bloggers Meet Up #1 : Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

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When I started this blog I set it up as a challenge, I wanted to try and improve my spelling and my social life and see what its like to become a blogger. I ate out a lot so I decided to become a food blogger, as I was always getting teased at constantly taking photos of my food.

October 2016 was when I really focused on my blog, as prior to that it was just a little “if i remember to do it” project. At that point I only had 30 odd twitter followers, and just friends on my Instagram. Now January 2017, those numbers have changed a lot.

Over the past few months, I have been to a large amount of restaurants and been invited to a few events. I have also made many new friends along the way, all of them really lovely and would like to keep in touch and see them more often.

Now 2017 my goals for my blog are :

  • Be more critical in all reviews
  • Try more random products to add to the mix of my food reviews
  • Arrange some Glasgow Blogger meet ups.
  • Vlogging

The first two points above are easy to achieve, but the last two not so much.

I have seen and heard from people (mostly heard) that Glasgow  Blogger meet ups have been arranged in the past, but normally a large amount say yes and then only a little turn up or its called off. They also tend to be mostly food specific…why? so thats something I wanted to change.

I used to prepare a lot of events and DJ inside the online game Secondlife for a charity, so I thought lets use that knowledge and bring it to this.

My first task was to figure out location and who to invite, I thought starting small was the best idea.

I won’t go in to full detail, but I meet a few people at the Revolution de Cuba bloggers event and have kept in touch. I have also kept in touch with Emma Eats and Weekends with Wendy since my last meet ups with them. I thought this would be the perfect start and messaged them.

Next was to think of a location, but this was an easy one….Chaakoo Bombay Cafe.

Our Meet Up : Friday 27th January 2017

Location : Chaakoo

As you may have seen from my Tweets or blogs, I have been to Chaakoo a lot. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly. For my first meet up this was where I wanted it to be.

Invited : 14

Just like all events planned you never really expect to have a full house, people plans change, they don’t feel well etc etc. Tonight we had a total of 7, for me this was a success as I was only expecting 4 or less mostly due to it being the first and due to the small amount invited.

The Guests : 

I have to say at this point if you reading this and know me, and wondering why you never got an invite don’t worry I am not ignoring you there was a reason. The people I invited tonight all have similar personalities or I thought would mix well with everyone.

This was a key factor to arranging tonight, I didn’t want to just invite x y and z and hope they mixed so I planned it that there would be some form of connection etc.

The people that turned up tonight were :

  • Chris : This is my best friend and he has been very supportive with my blogging.
  • Irina : My girlfriend

Weekends With Wendy : A travel blogger and friend that I have met a few times since I started blogging.

Twitter : twitter.com/WendyAndrew_
Instagram : www.instagram.com/wendyandrew_/
Blog : www.weekendswithwendy.com

Amy’s Food Blog : I have now met Amy twice, she is a lovely girl and very friendly. Amy is a food blogger and journalist.

Twitter : twitter.com/_Dont_Byrne_It_
Instagram : www.instagram.com/amy_is_a_foodie/
Blog : dontbyrneit.wordpress.com

Tom Jarvis : Amy’s boyfriend, and audio blogger.

Instagram : www.instagram.com/tomjarvis317/
Blog : www.audioordeal.co.uk

Evy, evidently : Evy is a blogger and Vlogger. I have only been in contact with Evy very recently, and again she is a very nice girl to chat with and look forward to meeting and chatting to her more.

Twitter : twitter.com/EvidentlyEvy
Instagram : www.instagram.com/evidentlyevy/
Blog : evidentlyevy.com
Youtube : www.youtube.com/user/evidentlyevy

And me 🙂

As you can see if you take a look at everyones blog, I didn’t just focus on food bloggers. There are a lot of really nice bloggers in Glasgow, and they don’t just focus on food so now its time we have a meet up and meet everyone.

Also my plan is to hold it at a different restaurant every time, as its always good to try somewhere new.

We were welcomed by the staff at Chaakoo and given a nice welcome cocktail, and a lovely set table for everyone tonight.

We all ordered what we wanted and just chatted, and took photos of the food and each other.

I won’t do a food review here as I had some of the same dishes that I have already posted about, so check my reviews out when you get a chance.

I had a fun time, and it was good to see everyone getting a long.

I would like to give a BIG thanks to everyone who attended tonight, and also a BIGGER thanks to Chaakoo who gave us great service and a few freebies tonight as you helped make tonight very special for everyone and me.

If you haven’t tried Chaakoo yet take a look at their website and visit : chaakoo.co.uk

Now I planning on doing another meet up last week February, or first week March I will speak to everyone and see what is best. I discussed my idea at tonights meet up, and it seemed to go down well so now I’ve just to contact the manager and arrange dates and numbers.

If you’re a Glasgow blogger and would like an invite, DM me on Twitter and lets chat 🙂

Next meet up there will be 20 spaces.

It’s time us bloggers meet up more!

🙂