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A Canadian's Guide to Doughnuts in Glasgow

Did you know that Canadians eat more doughnuts than any other country? Or that there are more doughnut shops per capita in Canada than anywhere else? Maybe it has something to do with Canadians ranking third in the world when it comes to coffee consumption? And so, if there is anything we Canadians are semi-pro at, it's eating doughnuts, drinking coffee, and scoffing at what other nations consider to be "winter".  So, we decided to put our innate doughnut-judging skills to the test and sample some of Glasgow's finest. Just a word of warning though: we opted to sample freshly-made doughnuts from independent shops rather than multinational chains. Yes, the Canadian institution that is Tim Hortons is now in Glasgow...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Strathbungo

Let's be honest: some people are pretty divided about Strathbungo. And being Glaswegians, they have strong opinions on the matter. When the Guardian featured Glasgow's Southside in their February 19th 2016 weekly column, Let's Move to... one Glaswegian shared their opinion, which might be shared by quite a few:   We, however, love Strathbungo. True, property is overpriced (why!? What is even happening over there?), a person can barely manage to walk on the cramped pavements (assuming a car hasn't parked on it) and there are WAY. TOO. MANY. CARS. parked on the narrow streets. Full disclosure: we are based nearby in Pollokshields (considerably cheaper even though we could probably slingshot a stone from our window over onto Moray Place).  Ok, I hear you...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Partick

R.I.P. Velvet Elvis Here at LAKE&LOCH, we're big fans of Partick - we lived in Partick for many years and have fond memories of our time there. For those that don't know, Partick is on the periphery of the West end of Glasgow, but not outrageously priced. Just yet anyway. Some of our greatest memories of Glasgow were formed when we lived in our one-bedroom flat on Peel street, across the road from Stumps pub. From strolling through the Farmer's Market at Mansfield Park (every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month) to hitting up Cottonrake Bakery for some amazing pastries (sadly now based on Great Western Road) to whisky sessions in The Lismore to rummaging through all the secondhand shops dotted...

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LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE // SPOTLIGHT: Maryhill

I have this thing with Maryhill.  You see, when I first moved to Glasgow way back in 2006, the first flat I ever rented was in Maryhill. Technically the postcode fell under North Kelvinside but in reality, it was Maryhill through and through. It was a one bedroom flat on Garrioch Road, just behind Tesco. It was close enough to the West end for it to be convenient but still cheap and close enough to the heart of Maryhill to still be crazy (at times). From the drunk 3am fights outside my bedroom window to the local (underage) kids asking me to buy them alcohol to walking along the River Kelvin walkway, I have fond memories of my time living there....

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"Canada was built on dead beavers" - Margaret Atwood // Why We Love Beavers and So Should You

When we were setting up LAKE&LOCH, we knew we wanted to somehow incorporate beavers not only into our designs, but ethos as well. You see, as a Canadian-Scottish business, we love beavers. Beavers are famously busy and hugely influential in our ecosystem by creating wetlands, encouraging other creatures and nature to flourish. In fact, beaver dams have been found to help remove up to 45% of harmful nitrogen from water. And did you know that the world’s largest beaver dam, at 2,790 feet, is visible from space and is in a remote area of Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada? Beavers are also historically important to the founding of modern Canada as well. In the 16th century, beavers were hunted to...

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