Tuesday, 18 November 2014

in the gym #34


FOOD

My body fat is down and muscle is up again. I'd of liked it to be down more but considering I've had a few "cheat" meals - all the food and cocktails I had at The Filling Station, plus the champagne and birthday cake this weekend - I think I'm lucky it's down at all! We're away on holiday soon so with that and the festive celebrations coming up, my goal for the rest of the year it to at least maintain my current weight. 


EXERCISE

Monday - Boxercise
Tuesday - Circuits
Wednesday - Metafit & weights.
Thursday - Weights. (and my only long lie of the week!)
Friday - Metafit.
Saturday - Kettlebells & metafit
Sunday - Rest day.

I'm loving the early morning classes! It fires up the metabolism and the endorphins keep me in good spirits for the rest of the day, plus I have more energy in the morning so put in more effort - especially with metafit. Do you prefer training in the morning or evening?

Christy xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas at The Filling Station

The Filling Station launches their Christmas menu today! I'd eaten in an Edinburgh branch of this classic American restaurant but never ventured into the Aberdeen one until recently. Last Tuesday I skipped my usual kettlebell class to go along to a preview of the seasonal food and drink they have to offer. Gordon came along as my plus one (he does have to drive me through after all!) and we arrived to a (literally) warm welcome of mulled cider cocktails.


Delicious! My first and favourite cocktail.

The evening kicked off with a bit of a cocktail masterclass from award-winning mixologist Andy Pearson. He was charmingly funny and spoke passionately about his Christmas creations, sharing the ideas and family traditions that inspired the cocktails, which are exclusive to the Filling Station.


Andy invited a few bloggers behind the bar to teach them the tricks of the trade. First up was the Mimosa - or bucks fizz, American style. A brunch favourite that is enjoyed by many on a cold Christmas morning!

Joelle from February Girl shaking her stuff! 

Next up was Egg Nog... I tried egg nog for the first time in a Santa-filled beer hall in the west village of New York last Christmas, so the memories it brought back to me were very fitting to the occasion. Andy's version contains gingerbread syrup and is topped with rum-infused raisins -yum!

The chocolate orange martini was up next and Laura was a pro! It's not Terry's...

Laura from Liparazzi 

After all the booze tasting it was time to line our stomachs for round 2. Andy Hamilton, the Filling Station's Assistant Exec Chef introduced himself, and talked us through the dishes we'd be sampling and how they came together.


Our first course was actually a taste of a vegetarian main dish - the creamy mushroom risotto - and goat cheese bruschetta bites. Both were full of flavour and I'd definitely have them again. 

Russian Spring Punch


For the next course we were served a mini version of 2 main dishes that I think will be very popular. The Maple Bacon Burger was my favourite by a mile - it's the first thing my eyes were drawn to on the menu and definitely lived up to the chef's hype! The sweet and savoury mix is perfect. You get a strong but not too sweet or owerpowering taste of the maple syrup and we even used the chips to mop it up!

Red Berry Cheesecake 


Of course it wouldn't be Christmas without the traditional turkey and trimmings - my first one of the festive season and it was a good one! You can't really go wrong with it to be fair. I was pleased to see pigs in blankets on the plate as there would of been absolute devastation from Gordon without them! Roast potatoes are my fave but the pork and sage stuffing was a highlight, and I really enjoyed the cranberry sauce too. It ticked all the boxes anyway!

It was starting to feel a little too much like Christmas with our stuffed bellys, so it was time for a break...


Being the only man at the event, it was only a matter of time til Gordon was picked on. Andy invited him up to tackle the final cocktail of the night - The Snowman! It's a little too creamy for my taste but is probably the cutest drink I've ever seen...


Last but not least, was dessert. We were treated to the Cookie Cheesecake. This double layered oreo slice of heaven is made specially for the Filling Station so you won't find it anywhere else. It's 100% worth the visit just for this! 


It was great to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new people and we had a fun night. Thanks to Hannah and Lauren (and friends) for the good company, and a huge thank you to The Filling Station, especially Lauren, Andy & Andy, for having us! We left feeling festive and suitably full. I'd definitely recommend a trip to The Filling Station on Union Street or you can find the Christmas menu at their other branches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness. At £22.95 for 3 courses, what's your excuse?

Christy xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Revolution Cocktail Masterclass

My friends got married yesterday!! We'll be joining them at their dance this weekend to celebrate but today I wanted to share the pre-wedding celebrations... A hen night full of cocktails and nibbles at Revolution Aberdeen...


Cheers!

Revolution is one of the first bars I ever went to in Aberdeen, around 7 years ago... I loved it then and I love it now.


The hen night fell on Hallowe'en weekend so we decided to set a theme and get dressed up for the occasion. In the end a bunch of excited, champagne-fueled superheroes and villains arrived at Rev. 

A couple of friendly bartenders and some yummy strawberry woo-woos were there to greet us. The food pairing aspect of the masterclass was a welcome surprise! Goats cheese bon bons were served with the woo woos and they were a match made in heaven. To be fair, anything with goats cheese wins with me!


Next up was a mojito - a refreshing minty drink complimented by the chilli flavoured breaded shrimp. A classic cosmopolitan was served with nachos and guacamole. We were talked through all the different flavours and how they work together, as well as how to mix each cocktail. Apparently a cosmo should never be shaken but rocked like a baby instead! Who knew?


The Tennessee Mudshake with chocolate bon bons was probably my favourite. Not my usual kind of cocktail but a good idea for dessert!


Now the best part - mixing our own cocktails! We were invited to choose any cocktail from the menu to shake up ourselves, with a little help from the pros. There was a huge variety of drinks being rustled up - Absolut Passion, Sweetshop, Amaretto Sours... I went for a Pornstar Martini! 


Passion fruit and prosecco make me happy! 

We got to play behind the bar a bit more, playing dominoes with shot glasses and having a race to see who could make their cocktail fastest - resulting in the bride and her bridesmaid downing chilli shots. It was a great day with a great bunch of girls, great hosts and even greater cocktails.


Our package included nibbles afterwards and we were treated to a huge platter of bruschetta, bread sticks, mini battered fish with tartare sauce, cajun chicken, pizzas and fruity mousse desserts served in shot glasses. Not bad for £30 each eh?


Afterwards we headed to my faves Bos'n nearby for some flaming sharing cocktails and ended the evening with cheesy karaoke at Cafe Bardot. A brilliant day/night from start to finish and a perfect send off for our bride!

I'd recommend Revolution's Cocktail Masterclass to anybody. Whether it's a hen night, birthday party or any other celebration you'll definitely have a good time!

Christy xx

Monday, 10 November 2014

in the gym #33


FOOD

This week has been much better for staying on track with my nutrition! Upping the protein and reducing the carbs a wee bit. I had no plans this weekend which made it much easier to stick to my plan (and stay tee-total!). My clothes are feeling a wee bit looser so that's always a good sign... and I'm only seeing one chin in the mirror this week ;)


EXERCISE

Monday - Boxercise
Tuesday - Kettlebells & metafit
Wednesday - Weights
Thursday - Insanity - wore my new Nike Bionics and I love them! The sole is so thin and light it's like there's nothing there, but in a good way - it makes landing soft so much easier and more natural. I can tuck jump to my hearts content (so about 4 times then!) and not feel any impact on my knees.
Friday - Weights.
Saturday - Rest day.
Sunday - Weights & HIIT

This week I've been feeling stronger in the gym and managing to lift a little heavier. I'm still not managing to get more sleep really - I go to bed at 10pm and lie awake til around midnight! Hoping to get to a few more early morning classes over the next few weeks though so that'll increase my cardio and hopefully help tire me out! 

How's your week been? Tried anything new?

Christy xx
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