Sunday, 29 March 2015

Lunch at Eclectic Fizz, Aberdeen

Instead of Christmas presents this year, me and the girls decided we'd treat ourselves to a girly spa day. It didn't exactly go to plan... Amy couldn't come & Pure Spa mucked up our appointments. On the plus side we got a good massage, they've offered us a free manicure on our next visit and I finally asked the girls to be my bridesmaids! Lynne and I celebrated with a boozy lunch at Aberdeen's new champagne bar Eclectic Fizz.

A champagne bar could easily be tacky and over the top but Eclectic Fizz keeps it classy. It feels fancy but not stuck up. We arrived at 1 o'clock on a Saturday to be told they were fully booked all day and we couldn't get a table. We decided to have a drink at the bar anyway and after a word with a barman (or 2...keep trying!) we scored a table that somebody hadn't turned up for! 

As expected, the drinks list is a celebration of all things bubbly. They have everything from a £25 bottle of prosecco to a £550 bottle of rose Laurent-Perrier. There's a good selection of wines, spirits, cocktails and booze free options too. If you fancy just the one glass (who are you kidding?) then prices start at £4.50 for a glass of fizz. We opted for a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for £60.

The food at Eclectic Fizz is a pretty decent price as well. Lynne had the fish and chips, and I had the posh scampi. Mine looked like a bit of a small portion but both meals were really good and only a tenner each. For dessert Lynne had a strawberry cupcake and I went for one of their crepes... They do savoury and sweet versions - I'll be having brie and cranberry next time! The waiter recommended nutella and white chocolate. It was served warm with a scoop of ice cream and was amaaazzing! Such a treat.

We spent a good couple of hours and less than £90 between us. Not bad for 2 main courses, 2 desserts and a bottle of champagne. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with one of my best friends, some tasty food and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Next time I'll try afternoon tea with the girls or dinner with Gordon! 

If you fancy a visit you can find Eclectic Fizz at 150 Union Street and I'd definitely recommend booking ahead!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Dinner at Shri Bheema's, Aberdeen

For Mother's Day this year we treated our Mum to a feast. We celebrated a few days early so that Dad could come too, which is a pretty good strategy anyway as normal menus tend to be better than Mother's Day specials (in my opinion)! Mum & Dad got to choose where they wanted to eat (because we're such epic children) and they chose their favourite Indian restaurant in Aberdeen - Shri Bheema's.

 Mmm poppadoms! I love mango chutney.

Chilli chicken - Gordon had this as a starter and it made his eyes water! Mum had this as her main course and loved it.

Dosa - I can't remember what kind! These are basically different types of savoury pancakes with different fillings, all served with different sauces. They're huge, tasty & ideal for sharing! 

 Prawn biryani pot. The King prawns were huge but Dad said he needed more of them!

 Peshwari naan, pilau rice & creamy korma.

Spicy kadai - a mild flavoured chicken curry full of peppers and onion. I could of done with a bit more spice but really enjoyed this dish.

Some sort of chickpea curry... Sorry, I have a rubbish memory! There's loads of vegetarian options on the menu though so Laura had plenty to choose from - everything from chickpeas, to lentils, to aubergine, potatoes and cottage cheese. 

This was my first visit to Shri Bheema's and I really enjoyed it. I want to go back and try all of the dosa! The restaurant is easily missed - there's a wee door tucked away in a corner on Belmont Street, which leads to some dodgy looking stairs but don't let them put you off! It's well worth a visit.

Shri Bheema's - 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen or Balgownie Road, Bridge of Don.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Mug Cake

I've been getting more experimental in the kitchen again (in case you can't tell from my instagram!) and this is one of my latest creations. Eating the same thing over and over gets a little boring but that's what I love about the whole "IIFYM" thing. You can eat anything if it fits your macros. Obviously the "cleaner" and more natural the food, the better but a little bit of what you fancy every now and then isn't the end of the world. This easy peasy mug cake is surprisingly clean anyway.

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp cacao (or cocoa!) powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 egg white
2 tbsp almond milk (or any other milk)
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp natural peanut butter

Mix all the ingredients together in a mug to make a chocolatey batter then push the tablespoon of peanut butter into the middle. Stick it in the microwave for a minute and that's it. Just tip it onto a plate and serve with Greek yoghurt & strawberries. Or eat it straight out the mug - less dishes! 

I was confused about how this makes a cake but it actually does work. I put mine on for an extra 20 seconds because it wasn't cooked completely through but it ended up a bit dry - just stick to a minute!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent A/W '15.

The 80's punk inspired show from Hedi Slimane is about the only one that actually got me excited this fashion month! Models had a bit of a Courtney Love/Debbie Harry look about them. Masculine tailoring with the usual smoking jackets, leather trousers and lots of rocked up tutus with ripped fishnet tights. I've always loved clothes with a rockier edge - I'm really not a cutesy person! It might not be anything groundbreaking but I love the collection.

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