THAIKHUN SILVERBURN | NEW MENU REVIEW*

Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Silverburn

Last year, I was invited along to the launch night of Thaikhun in Silverburn shopping centre and had a great night sampling some of the dishes, so when they got in touch to ask if I'd like to try out their new menu I jumped at the chance.

Thaikhun Menu Curry Stir Fry

Adam and I headed there on Saturday, and after some shopping went for our dinner then to see Suicide Squad, so we had a great day. Especially when the weather's miserable (what summer?) it's good to have an indoor place like Silverburn to spend the day.

Street Sipper Cocktail Thaikhun

We got started with some drinks - we had a cocktail each and mine was so delicious. It was the Street Sipper, made with gin, passion fruit and orange - and served in a plastic bag! It was sweet and refreshing, and I could have drank many more! Adam had the Thai Takeaway which combined vodka, rum, pineapple, lime and coconut. Not my thing at all but he enjoyed it.

Thaikhun Moo Ping Pork Skewers Starter

To start, I went for the Moo Ping pork skewers and Adam had Moo Dad Deow - deep fried pork strips. Both dishes were lovely, but we both agreed the Moo Ping was the nicer of the two as the sticky marinade was so good! It also came with a chilli dip, the slight sweetness of which complimented the marinade perfectly.

Thaikhun Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob

My main was a dish famous in Bangkok called Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob. It was slices of pork on a bed of rice topped with a sweet barbeque sauce. It was very nice but I would have liked some more sauce as it was so tasty but there just wasn't enough of it! There was, however, a lot of meat (two different types of pork) and I just couldn't eat it all. Just one type of pork with more sauce would have been perfect.

Thaikhun Panang Thai Red Curry

Adam went for a classic Thai Red Curry called Panang. He said the sauce was very light and refreshing, and you can choose what meat you want with it which is a good option. He went for the duck and gave the meal two thumbs up! Again, the portion was quite big (there was a lot of meat in that bowl!), which is great, but as we were having three courses we did struggle to get through everything!

Thaikhun Thai Waffle Green Tea Ice Cream Dessert

Earlier in the day I had a craving for a sweet waffle but was unable to find any, so it seemed like fate when I saw it on the Thaikhun dessert menu! It was absolutely heavenly, drizzled with toffee sauce and topped with green tea ice cream, which I had never tried before but was surprised at how much I liked it. Adam went for chilli chocolate ice cream, which he enjoyed but the spice got a bit too much in the end, especially after a curry!

Singha Beer Thaikhun

There's a huge selection of restaurants in Silverburn and it can be overwhelming to decide where to go, but Thaikhun is well worth a visit, especially because you're guaranteed to get something a bit different there - whether it's a cocktail in a tin can topped with jalapenos, interesting flavour combinations you'd never have considered or even real creepy crawlies for the kids (!!) And please, do yourself a favour and get the waffle dessert - you will not regret it!


*Our meals were kindly provided by Thaikhun for consideration of review. All opinions are 100% my own as always. See my Disclaimer for more info. 

COULD DAIRY BE HARMING YOUR SKIN?

Does dairy cause acne?

If you've ever suffered from acne, you'll know the huge toll it can take on your confidence. You'll know that you end up spending tons of money on all kinds of skincare products, only for none of them to work.

I've been there. It's not something I've ever really talked about because I've always been embarrassed to, and didn't want to draw attention to my skin at all. But now that it's looking much better I feel more comfortable discussing it. Yes, I've tried countless different skincare brands and techniques, I've been prescribed a million different antibiotics which never made the slightest difference and I've spent hours researching skin online. I even went on Roaccutane which is a very harsh drug and the side effects were so unbearable that I had to stop taking it, even though my skin had started to improve a bit.

The only thing that has actually helped my skin in any meaningful way is cutting out dairy. I want to point out here that everyone's skin is different and it's also wise to speak to a professional before making any big changes to your diet. This is my story, it might not work for you but I hope it does. Also, there are no before photos in this post because even though my skin isn't bad now, the thought of posting photos from when it was is still terrifying!

The curious thing about this is that there's not a ton of scientific research to back up the claim that dairy can cause acne, but a quick Google search will show you loads of anecdotal accounts from people who swear it was the main contributor to their acne. I have spoken to many dermatologists and while they all stress that there is not enough evidence to firmly state that dairy can make acne worse, most agree that they often see a difference in patients who cut it out. The last dermatologist I saw said she never consumes dairy for that very reason.

My skin is now the best it's ever looked.


In 2013 the American Academy of Dermatology reported that studies were beginning to show that there was actually a possible link between dairy and acne, and the Harvard School of Public Health found a "clear link" between regular milk drinkers and acne sufferers. But what exactly is it about dairy that can be so bad for your skin? The main thing is the hormones in dairy, which can encourage over-production of sebum and lead to spots forming. Everyone has a different tolerance for this, which is why the dairy affects some people's skin more than others, and why some people see no negative effects at all.

I now know that dairy definitely has a huge impact on my skin and I can see the difference when I do eat it. When I was on holiday this year I allowed myself to eat it because come on, who can say no to numerous ice creams on a hot day by the pool? When I got home, my skin was terrible, even though it was pretty much fine before I went. I didn't regret having dairy on holiday but I was strict with myself when I got home and after just a week or so being back to dairy-free my skin had almost completely cleared up.

I'm not going to lie, it's been hard. Especially because I bloody love cheese. I still fall off the wagon sometimes and indulge in spaghetti carbonara or a nice lemon cheesecake, but that's okay. This isn't a diet and I'm not going to constantly deny myself things I love or beat myself up over eating some mac and cheese.

My skin isn't perfect and I don't know if it will ever be, but this change in my diet has helped give me back the confidence that I lost a long time ago. It's kind of frustrating, though, that I spent over ten years struggling with my skin, when really the solution was pretty simple all along. I wish one of the many doctors and dermatologists I have seen had at least mentioned dairy as a possible factor, because it could have saved me years of self-consciousnes. Like I said, everyone is different but if you're struggling with acne I would suggest that you consider cutting out dairy for a month or so to see if it helps at all.

Have you noticed a link between dairy and your skin?

2016 GOALS | UPDATE

At the start of the year, I talked about my Plans and Goals for 2016 so here's an update on how I'm getting on with the goals I set for myself in that post.

Books Lolita Just Kids Clothes Music Boys Vivienne Westwood

1. READ MORE

I've definitely achieved this one and I knew I would. Any uni student will know that studying leaves little time to read books of your own choice, especially in that final year. Since I finished uni in May I've constantly had a book on the go (currently reading Lolita) and have been reading my favourite magazines whenever I have any spare time. I'm absolutely loving having this extra time to read and I've discovered so many new authors recently.

2. BE MORE CONFIDENT IN MY SKILLS

I outlined three main ways that I could feel more confident in my writing: write more, read back my work and let others read it. I've taken steps for all three of these and have definitely been writing a lot more in the past few months. When I was at my internship at Kerrang! magazine I had a great opportunity to get feedback from several professional writers, which was so valuable. My lack of confidence showed here in that I was actually very surprised by how good the feedback was. I was told that my feature pitch was one of the best they'd seen from an intern and my album reviews were highly praised too. This gave me a huge confidence boost and I also took on board all the feedback I was given in order to improve.


3. IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY

This is an area I've made a bit of progress in, but not as much as I would have liked. Writing has been my main focus recently so I haven't been spending enough time on my photography to improve it a lot. I have been happier with my Instagram recently though, despite that stupid new algorithm! Next week, I'm going to spend one of my days off working on my photography and trying to take lovely photos for both this blog and my Instagram, so keep an eye out to see how that goes.

4. CHANGE MY OUTLOOK

This has been the hardest goal and the one with which my progress has been the least consistent. I go through phases of being very aware of my thought patterns and actively trying to make them more positive, then after a while I fall back into my old cynical habits. However, I have noticed that I'm generally more conscious about the way I think and often have a little word with myself when I'm getting upset or annoyed about something that's not actually that important. As cliche as it may be, I've been on the lookout for little postcards etc with nice quotes on them to put on the wall next to my desk. Paperchase do lovely ones for about 60p so I usually pick a few up each time I go in, and I now have a nice collection of reminders for myself.

I think I'm doing quite well with my goals so far, and this little check-up halfway through the year has spurred me on to start working harder on the things I've been neglecting. It's so important to assess your progress with things like this, and give yourself a pat on the back for your achievements. I'll do a final update at the end of the year, when hopefully I'll be happy with the changes I've made!

How are you getting on with your goals?

JUNE RECAP

June was a pretty crazy month, with lots of exciting stuff going on, so I just covered the major events here to stop the post being crazy long!

Blow Finnieston Salon Glasgow


My birthday was on the 12th and as it was a Sunday I decided to celebrate for the whole weekend. It definitely got off to a good start when I found out on the Friday that I had got a 2:1 for my degree! I was so happy, and after changing up my hair at the amazing Blow salon in Finnieston, I headed out for some celebratory drinks.

Maison De Moggy Edinburgh Ragdoll Cat Cafe


I spent the Saturday at one of my favourite places - the cat cafe in Edinburgh! As always, I had the best time cuddling the gorgeous kitties and hiding my cake from the very mischevious sphynx Elodie!

Birthday Dinner Glasgow Prezzo


I turned 22 on the 12th and spent the afternoon having tea and cake at Cup tearoom then had a lovely meal with Adam and my parents at Prezzo. Unfortunately I had tonsillitis and the symptoms started on my birthday so I wasn't feeling too great but I had a really nice birthday anyway, even though I had to spend all of the next two days in bed!

Kerrang Magazine Internship

The following week I was off to London on my own for my Kerrang! magazine internship, which was nerveracking and very exciting! I learned so much during my time there and all the staff at Kerrang! are so lovely - they gave me loads of great advice and I feel even more excited now to finally begin my journalism career.

Strathclyde University Graduation 2016


My graduation was at the end of the month and it was such a great way to bring my university life to an end. I has a brilliant day and thankfully the weather held up so there was plenty of opportunity to take nice photos, and there was also a photobooth which I can never resist! We then headed out for a nice dinner and drinks, and later I ended up dancing til 3am at the Cathouse, despite being massively overdressed for a Wednesday night there!

Big Ben London


This was definitely the best month of the year so far for me, as it was my first full month without any university stress and lots of exciting things were happening. I can't believe I'm now a graduate! Next month will be less eventful but I'll be spending a lot of time writing and looking for jobs, and I'm actually quite looking forward to just chilling out for a change!

What did you get up to this month?

ON TRYING NEW THINGS

I’ve never been the best at stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, but that’s something I’ve been working on recently, and this new found adventurousness has worked quite well timing-wise with what’s going on in my life at the moment. Graduating from uni has meant that my whole life feels a bit up in the air while I’m wondering what the hell to do next. I know I want to go into journalism but I’m interested in so many different topics as well as different platforms. I’d be just as happy writing for a music magazine as I would be for a news website. I’ve been enjoying looking into different areas and shall hopefully be dipping my toe into them all over the summer to find out what’s best for me.

The Trading House Glasgow Bar


In the spirit of trying new things, I was invited along to The Trading House in Glasgow last month for their #ChallengeTradingHouse event, which centred around cocktails. I love a good cocktail but always stick to vodka or gin-based ones (French Martinis are my fav!) The purpose of the evening was to encourage us to give other cocktails a chance and so head bartender Calum asked each of us which spirit we didn’t like and the challenge was for him to make us love a cocktail with that spirit in it.

The Trading House Glasgow Bar


I said I didn’t like rum as I’ve tried it a few times and have never found it pleasant at all, and in all honesty I did not expect to like whatever was made for me. Calum decided to make me their signature cocktail, The Trader. It was made from Bacardi rum, elderflower, apple juice and “English Summer Garden” tea leaves. I never really enjoy floral drinks so I was even more skeptical, but I had to admit, the drink looked beautiful! Apparently a previous customer said the drink looked like it had been created by fairies and I totally got that! I could imagine drinking this on a hot summer's day in a magical forest, and who wouldn’t want a drink like that?

The Trader Cocktail Trading House Glasgow


So, the important part: did I like it? Yes! Honestly, I really did, so much so that I ordered another one! It was so light and refreshing, the total opposite of what I imagine rum to be. It tasted very summery and fruity, and not too strong. The rum didn't overpower the other flavours and I really enjoyed it. Calum said it’s a shame when people automatically dismiss a cocktail because they don't like the spirit in it and I'm definitely guilty of that. This event encouraged me to be a bit more open to different ideas and if I like the sound of the other flavours, I'll give it a go! I had a little sip of the other girls’ cocktails too and let’s just say that I can definitely see why The Trading House was named best cocktail bar in Scotland!

The Trading House Glasgow Cocktails



Now that I have the confidence to be more adventurous with my drinks choices, I can work on transferring that confidence to other areas of my life. I want to try loads of new things this summer and I have a few lined up – I’ll be heading on my first-ever solo trip to London in two weeks, finally starting driving lessons next month and hopefully doing a lot of new writing. This will be the Summer of Newness and I’m so excited for what’s to come!