Slange Var Drink Event

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26 Bell Street
Glasgow G1 1LG

V: 5th February 2019.    W: www.slangevar.com


Tonight’s event was held in Glasgow Merchant City’s new restaurant Mharsanta, which I have now added to my list to visit and try the food.

I love finding new drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic…

Over the past few years, I have dipped my taste buds in Rum, Wine and Gin and this year its Craft Beers. When I got the invite to this event, it sounded interesting and I added it to my calendar.

The event tonight was to introduce us to a new drink hitting the market, a cocktail making section, tastings and music…this sounded like a fun event and I couldn’t wait to go.

The drink is called “Slange Var” and its a fresh, zesty and alcohol-free. Tonight I got to try this drink as a mixer in several styles of cocktails and on its own.

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The room the event was in was decorated very nice, and it really complimented what tonight was about.

 

I got speaking to the founder of Slange Var her name was Sarah, she was a lovely lady and she told me that Slange Var is intended to be a sipping drink, rather than one you would finish very fast.

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Sarah came up with the idea of an alternative to a soft drink / sugary drink that you could have when you go out for the night. Sarah noticed that everyone who had an alcoholic drink would be sipping, but the people who had non-alcoholic drinks were finishing fast.

I got speaking to a few people since the event of different ages, who don’t drink alcohol and they also said this is one of their issues when they go out as they are always finished first.

During the event, I got up and took a little cocktail lesson, where I mixed a cocktail with Slange Var. I choose a raspberry one as I have a sweet tooth, and as you can see from the photo below I took it very seriously but really enjoyed making it and drinking it.

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Slange Var on it’s on is a nice refreshing drink and would be perfect for a nice summer cooling down drink. Slange Var used as a mixer, with tonight’s cocktails were very good!! there was a cocktail that had whisky and one with red wine (This was my fave).

Overall

Firstly a big thanks for my invite to tonight’s event, and it was lovely meeting everyone from Slange Var and all the bloggers I connected with.

Tonight’s event was a very good one for me, I got to chat with many different people and connected with a few other bloggers which is always lovely to do.

I learned of a new drink and liked its taste, which was good. For me, it was better as a mixer for a cocktail, but I have a very sweet tooth. On its own, I would probably have it with ice, and on a nice sunny day to cool down.

I look forward to trying this drink again soon.

Check them out www.slangevar.com

Cheers

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Glasgow Wine School Posh vs Plonk Event

Zizzi
31 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow G1 3AJ

V: 28th August 2018      T:  01786 396 044  W: www.glasgowwineschool.com

I was lucky enough to be invited along to tonight’s Glasgow School of Wine’s wine tasting event, the event was located in Zizzi at Royal Exchange Square and tonight’s tasting was hosted in the private area upstairs.

A good few years ago I saw someone in Glasgow doing something like this, and wanted to try it but never got around to it so I had to now.

The event was titled “Posh vs Plonk: The Battle of the Bottle” and everyone tonight was going to learn how to smell and taste the difference between a cheap wine and a more expensive one.

I know nothing about wine apart from the colours it comes in, and that’s really it so tonight was going to be very interesting.

In front of me, I noticed a printed sheet and a pen, so I knew I was going to get a little task to do tonight.

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Also sitting in front of me were several glasses of wine, 4 had white and 4 red….now the sheet in front of me made sense.

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The event started…

The event was hosted by Justin Hoy and he introduced the evenings plan to everyone and information about the Glasgow School of Wine.

After the introduction and a little about the cost of wines, and the reasons they are priced at a specific cost it was time to taste.

The Wines…

The first two wines were: Gufetto Pinot Grigio, IGT Italy 2017 vs Stell Alpina Pinot Grigio Alto Adige, Italy 2017

This was very interesting as I wasn’t really sure if I could tell the difference, I won’t tell you what one was the cheaper one and what was more expensive as you can go on this course to learn and guess yourself.

We then continued comparing the white and then moved on to the red wine.

The red wine for me was the hardest to judge, but it was fun to try and pick out all the different tastes.

For the whites, I got them correct, and for the red…well I got 1 out of 2 so not that bad…but it does mean I liked the cheaper wine over the more expensive 🙂

Overall

If you want to learn about wines or learn more about wines then this course and the courses Glasgow Wine School offer is perfect for you.

The Glasgow School of Wine have 23 schools around the UK and offer tastings and courses and tonight I experienced one of those.  The Glasgow School of wine is a local wine company specialising in wine tastings, courses and corporate events.

The events are very relaxed and very enjoyable to all with little knowledge or with some knowledge.

I went in knowing nothing apart from colours and left knowing a little which was good and I really had a fun and educational time….plus tasting different wines was fun.

Check these guys out www.glasgowwineschool.com as I will definitely be doing another course or two.

Thanks again to everyone at the School for my invite.

Cheers

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Mozza (Glasgow) Launch Event

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39 Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 1JS

V: 29 June 2017      T:  0141 221 4508    W: www.mozza.it

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I had seen the place where Mozza was going to be brought to life, as I passed the location many times when walking about Glasgow so I added it to my list.

I had recently heard that it was open and heard several reviews, so when my inbox went ding for tonights invite I couldn’t refuse.

First Impressions :

The style inside as you can see from the above photos, is a very modern and minimalistic design. Its got a nice clean and very relaxing look and feel to it.

We had a DJ tonight who was playing tunes, and I have to say I wish I knew the playlist as some tunes were very good. The music was being played at a good level, not loud enough that I couldn’t hear my friend who was sitting opposite me so this was good.

I was seated next to the window so I had a good view of most of what was going on (I like to be nosy), plus I could look outside at the nightlife passing.

Once seated we were brought a glass of prosecco, and then some Garlic bread.

I love prosecco so this made tonight start off really good, and the garlic bread was very nice and a little salty which worked perfect as a nibble while we looked at the menu.

The Food :

On the table there was a menu, which at first looks very full on but once you take a good look and focus on the food parts (it also contains a lot of informational text) then you will be fine.

There were several different pizzas you could have, so I thought lets ask the waitress and find out what is the most popular one and go for that.

Our waitress tonight was very friendly and very helpful, and she told me it was the Number 5.

Number 5
Tomato sauce, spicy ‘nduja’, mozzarella, ventricina salami, ricotta cheese, black pepper, basil, olive oil.

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Before coming to Mozza I had heard a lot of people say the pizza’s were soggy, and I thought hmm not sure about this and I even heard on the night thats what they were like so I was 50/50 about this. I was told this is what the style of pizza is like, as its very thin base and uses oils which could explain the soggy comment.

On arrival it looked and smelled good, so it was time to see what it was like.

Yes I found the base to be soggy, but I don’t know if soggy is the right word to use. Its a very thin base so it could come over soggy its more very soft I would say, maybe not what some people are used to.

I love this, it was spicy bursting with flavour and the crusts were very nice. Don’t let what people are saying about the pizzas put you off, its just very thin and a different style of pizza to what you may be used to but trust me its very nice.

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Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

After the pizza we were all treated to a very special treat, the chef Antonio Starita who has flown to Glasgow just for tonight.

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Chef Antonio Starita is the owner of the famous restaurant Materdei in Naples, and his style of crusts are very famous. Chef Antonio Starita gave us all a nice talk to everyone tonight, so this was a very cool night and an honour to listen to him.

Next up I was recommended to try a light beer, as I am a light beer fan. The one that was recommended to me was :

Curmi Beer 75cl 5.8%
Spiced top-fermented ale made with spelt & barley malt. A refreshing medium-bodied beer.

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I have to admit this was a very nice and good recommendation, this was very light and had a very nice taste. If you are a fan of Peroni or another light beer, please do give this a try.

To finish off the evening Mozza then brought us out a glass of red wine “Rosamaro”

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This was a nice easy and light, and had a really nice fruity taste which was perfect for me. I am not normally a wine person more cocktails, but this I would and probably will have again.

Overall my first impression of Mozza was very good, the food and drinks and staff I couldn’t fault tonight. The design inside was very relaxing and very modern, which suited my style and it looked very nice.

Mozza is now in my top two pizza places in Glasgow, so I do highly recommend here and if you visit do let me know what you think.

Finally a big thank you to Mozza for my invite, I really enjoyed the evening and the food.