The Yorkhill Easter Egg Run

I’ve lived in Glasgow for many years, but the Yorkhill Easter Egg Run is something I still love to watch (it gives me goosebumps :-)) Where else can you see a convoy of motor bikes, with riders and bikes all dressed up (bunny ears aplenty!) riding through the streets? If you stand at the side of the road watching it takes a good 15 minutes for them all to go by. Starting at the SECC, the run ends at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital. This video is from the 2011 run.

 

 

2015 is the 36th year the run has taken place and you can find out more about its history here. Although it’s called the Easter Egg Run, bikers are now asked to get sponsorship, raising money for the Yorkhill Children’s Charity, who do amazing work at the hospital.

If you want to see the bikes go past, they start at 11 and here’s this year’s route:

SECC Carpark; Stobcross Road; Finnieston Street; Clydeside Express Way; Argyle Street; West Campbell Street; Bath Street; North Street; Woodlands Road; Park Street; Great Western Road; Crow Road; Rosevale Street; Beith Street; Benalder Street; Old Dumbarton Road; Dalnair Street; Through Hospital to Yorkhill staff car park.

 

 

North Star Cafe Glasgow

North Star – my favourite Glasgow Cafe

You could write  a book on Glasgow Cafes, but making my first blog post about my favourite one seems like a good place to start.

Maurizio and Ester took over North Star Cafe 2 or 3 years ago and have developed it into a warm and friendly place, where it’s often nearly impossible to find a seat.

The cafe is open from 8 in the morning (except on Sundays when it opens at 10) until about 5.30 in the evening. They serve breakfasts (the french toast is particularly popular) and breakfast rolls, panini, homemade soup, sandwiches, foccacia and lots of homemade baking including gluten free cakes. They also make excellent coffee and make freshly squeezed orange juice.

But what really sets this Glasgow cafe apart are the lunchtime specials.¬† Maurizio is an excellent chef and every day you can choose from one of 2 specials, which he cooks from scratch. (so you do have to wait a bit) Many of these traditional Italian dishes, some have a Scottish flavour and he often cooks what’s fresh that day. If you take a look at their Facebook Page you’ll see lots of pictures of the yummy things he creates. The dish in the picture was amazing and we even got to sit outside.

Gorgeous prawns in fresh tomatoes.

Gorgeous prawns in fresh tomatoes.

Ester keeps things running like clockwork and remembers everyone’s name. For many locals, North Star has become a 2nd home.They are very much part of the Queen Margaret Drive Comminity which is a thriving area independent shops and businesses. There are 2 street festivals a year and the picture at the top was taken during the Winter Festival where Maurizio was making crepes outside the front of the cafe.

If you’re up in Byres Road or visiting the Botanic Gardens, it’s only a 5 minute walk up to Queen Margaret Drive, so you have no excuse not to check it out.