The Event - MOBOs
Last Saturday, I put my glad-rags on and headed along to one of the largest events to grace the banks of the Clyde: the 18th MOBO Awards.
It was one heck of a shindig, but I couldn't help wondering if the awards really have come of age?
This year was the third time Glasgow had hosted the MOBO Awards and it was surrounded by a wee bit of controversy, poor ticket sales and a lack of the mega watt stars we might expect.
Things have - hopefully - changed dramatically in the years since the Music of Black Origin Awards first took to the stage in 1995.
The music it gives a platform to is largely the same music we celebrate in the charts, at The Brits and on our iPods. However... any excuse for a party!
There was plenty to celebrate too, not just Iggy Azalea and I being on the same page when it comes to pleather.
For me, Rudimental galloping on stage at the start of the night and setting the bar with an incredible tribute to The Fugees.
The rocking collaboration of Cloud 9 by MS Dynamite and Shy FX (who I last met in a muddy field at a festival). Wee yin Tinie Tempah winning both the crowd and the Best UK Hip Hop/Grime Award.
And oh yes, secretly managing to get my hands on an award... (ssh!)
The Food - So La Ti Dough
What's that? The delicious sound of freshly baked pizzas? So La Ti Dough is the new Glasgow pizza brand soon to be hitting our streets.
I love a good pun, which is why So La Ti Dough caught my eye - and there's no doubt the product tastes as good on the tongue as the name.
I popped along - ahead of the brand's first 'official' outing at the Itison Drive In Movies - to a wee VIP launch to sample some of its doughy delights.
The pizzas are all handmade, baked in a beautiful wood-fired oven and offer seasonally fresh and unusual toppings.
In the style of Sound of Music - feel free to sing along - cream-coloured taleggio and crisp broccolini, roast ironbark pumpkin and caramelised onion, Italian salsiccia and fennel that pings, these are just a few of my favourite things!
Sorry. But it's definitely worth grabbing a slice of the action if you can!
For Charity - Lupe Pintos Chilli Cook-Off
Ok, so I've clearly been a hungry cat this week. Last weekend, the Lupe Pintos Chilli Cook-Off hit the streets of the wicked, wild, wild West End.
The charity bean-fest was an idea cooked up three years ago by Lupe Pintos deli-owner Dougie Bell. Ten bars and restaurants in the barrio of Great Western Road unholster their ladles and commit to making their very best chilli.
The establishments are then scored on a shootout card which ticket-buying punters carry around underneath their sombreros.
My beans were on The Roxy to win, but The Leftbank pipped them to the gun-post for the best dish. It's a great day (all in the name of charity) and the perfect way to spend a chilli (sorry again!) Saturday in October.
I recommend some mac lovin' at Scotland's first macaroni appreciation club (SMAC) in Sloans Glasgow.Next Wednesday sees the return of the mac event with a spooky Halloween theme - no tricks, just mactreats!