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Pum update…What’s been happening?

Hello, I’m back!  It’s been nearly 6 weeks since my last blogpost but for good reason, I’ve been very busy…

The start of October was taken up with birthday surprises and treats (I have definitely been spoiled).   Then I was off for the big trip to visit big sistas Keeks in New Zealand and Biff in Singapore.

I’ve just about shaken the jetlag and feeling almost back to normal.

The past month has been filled with sooooo much good food and drink.  I’ll need to do some specific posts on a couple of highlights (namely the Peat Inn where Josh took me for my birthday and Raffles in Singapore for brunch, treated by Biff).

 

In the meantime here’s a little taster of the amazing food I’ve been enjoying…

Beautiful Michelin star dinner at the Peat Inn in Scotland

Brunch in New Zealand (Lake Taupo)

Lovely lamb and beef shank dinner in New Zealand (Rotorua)

Incredible chilli crab in Singapore

Delicious desserts in Singapore (top of Marina Bay Sands)

Street food in Singapore

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg I’ve been so incredibly lucky to have experienced so much in the past 6 weeks.  2016 has been a good year!!

 

Pum x

Pum update…How The Scandinavians Do It

Carrying on with my work travel series I’m recently back from a work trip to Sweden and Copenhagen.  My trips last year covered Italy, Portugal and Spain which were all brilliant, but it was really nice for me to get the opportunity to go to Scandinavia where I’ve never been before.

Food

Scandinavia is a fantastic place for seafood and I managed to try some delicious salmon, char and fish eggs while I was there.  We went to a great little restaurant Hambergs Fisk in Uppsala which I’d definitely recommend.

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In Copenhagen I had uhhhmazing thinly sliced duck with dark cherries.   Not a typically Scandinavian dish but excellent nonetheless.

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And a trip to Denmark isn’t complete without a Danish pastry…or three!!

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Sights

I was really impressed with both Uppsala and Copenhagen.  There was so much to see and the architecture was so interesting.  We took in some beautiful botanic gardens, lovely canals and of course a visit to the Little Mermaid!

 

Exercise

I packed my gym stuff with great intentions but lack of time and tiredness from the travelling prevented me from unpacking it.  We did manage to keep up the steps while we’re there as we were both in agreement that walking is the best way to take in a city.

 

All in all a fun and balanced trip!

 

Pum x

Pum update…Sunday Snapshots

Sorry to have been a bit MIA and haven’t put a post up in a couple of weeks but I’ve been a busy bee.  I was away with work to Sweden and Denmark (which I’ll blog about soon) and just catching up with things now on a perfect lazy Sunday.

So much has happened over the last couple of months that I’ve not yet put into blog-form so thought I’d do a quick roundup in pictures…

Trips and Events

  • Annual Harry Potter related trip with bezzi Vivi (WB Studios tour and the Cursed Child play)
  • Sarra and John’s wedding (red dress from ASOS)
  • Edinburgh Fringe (pictured with big sis Biff)
  • Sarah and Craig’s wedding (pictured with the handsome bf)

 

 

Eating Out

  • Amazing seafood at Ondine in Edinburgh (seabass with gnocchi, roasted shellfish platter and scallops)
  • Steak dinners at Grill on the Corner in Glasgow (rump steak with handcut chips, apple tart and after eight coffee cocktail)
  • Pies at Bridge Inn, Ratho (steak pie with chips and lovely coffees for afters)

 

 

It has certainly been a good summer!

 

Pum x

 

 

Pum update…Eating Out Lately

In the last month or so I’ve been eating reaaaallly well.  And by well I don’t mean particularly healthy but just absolutely delicious food!

Here’s an update and a bit of a review of where I’ve been eating and what I’ve been enjoying…

Yauatcha Soho

I spent this past weekend in London (don’t worry I’m likely to dedicate an entire post to this fantastic weekend!).  One of the highlights of the trip was catching up with an old friend over a fantastic meal.

She recommended we go to Yauatcha, a Michelin stat dim-sum restaurant in Soho.

My first Michelin star experience (hopefully not the last) and I was not disappointed!

We had an amazing selection of dim-sum, pictured below is the char siu bun, venison puff and prawn cheung fun.

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The Ship on the Shore

A couple of weekends ago Josh and I spent a lovely Sunday in Edinburgh.  We went to a seafood restaurant in Leith which I would recommend so much.  We has mussels, seafood chowder and lobster paella.  I love fresh seafood and this was just great!!

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Singl-end

I caught up with the lovely Emma over lunch on a recent Saturday and she recommended we went up to a little place on Renfrew Street in Glasgow.  I would never have know this was there without her telling me!

I had the delicious meaty baked eggs which was eggs oven baked in a casserole of homemade pork and fennel sausage, cannellini beans, tomato and chilli!

We then split 2 of their selection of gorgeous cakes; the peanut butter and jelly cake and the millionaire shortbread.  YUM!

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India Quay

I took Chris for a late father’s day dinner/movie date and decided on the India Quay since it was close by to the IMAX.  I had been there before and know it’s a great choice for just a really good Indian meal.

We ate a lot…

A sharing platter of starters (not pictured), 2 different curries with rice and naan.  We were absolutely stuffed but it was worth it!

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Krispy Kreme

Now I’m not sure if this really qualifies as eating out but I had a coffee and donut with Kathi in Krispy Kreme and I loved it so it’s made it onto the post!

Chocolate dreamcake for her and PB&J for me!

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I pity people that don’t enjoy eating out as much as I do…it’s just so great!

 

Pum x

 

 

 

 

 

Pum update…Busy June

Waw…it’s only when I’ve sat down to write this post that I’ve realised how much fun I’ve had in June so far!

A lot of amazing food and spending time with friends and family, here’s my roundup of all recent things diet and exercise…

Eating In

Cooking for myself I’ve been fairly consistent in keeping up with salads and increasing my veg intake.  Although I really can’t get enough feta cheese which is upping the calories but it just tastes sooooo yum.

 

I’m also lucky that Josh likes to cook (and admittedly is good at it).  Last night he adapted a prawn and smoked sausage recipe from Pinterest that was really tasty (albeit a bit too spicy for me…blew my head off!).

 

 

This month it was my big sister Biff’s birthday and she came home for a visit from Singapore.  Over the weekend that she was here there was a lot of eating!  My mum and Chris put on some food for the family and the highlight for me definitely was the carrot cake birthday cake…amazing!

 

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Eating Out

Carrying on from above since Biff was over for such a short time we had a few meals out to celebrate her birthday, not seeing her since December, my Papa’s birthday and father’s day.

We had brunch in Forgan’s in St Andrews (full breakfast not pictured, it was wolfed down too quickly)

Then it was Scotts in Troon for lunch (always a winner…those mussels were to die for)

And to round off the long weekend it was Harvey Nichols (starting point of all brilliant shopping days in Edinburgh) and Tigerlily

I’ve also enjoyed a couple of delicious meals with friends.

CAU (unbelievable steaks) and Paesano (ohhh the pizza) both in Glasgow

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Exercise

In spite of the above decadence I’ve managed to keep up a fair amount (and varying forms) of exercise this month.

I went down to Lake Windermere with friends for a weekend and tried kayaking for the first time which I loved!

I’ve kept up the walking as planned and also continued my gym-going with a lot of boxing, TRX and stability ball work.

 

Keeping track of my steps and still aiming for the 10k per day!

 

My weight hasn’t really changed over the past few months which to be honest I’m happy with.  I’m having a great time enjoying myself and think I’ve struck a pretty good balance between health and indulgence.

I treated myself to a new dress for a wedding coming up and still comfortable in a UK size 12 which I think it a better indication than weight anyways (sorry for the poor picture quality, I’m sure I’ll have better photos after the wedding).

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Pum x

Pum update…Buys, Gifts, Eats and Beauty

New Purchases

After an embarrassing gym leggings ripping incident last week (yes at the crotch!) I decided it was about time I topped up my gym wardrobe and took a visit to H&M.

I love H&M’s gymwear, it’s so reasonable and I find so well-fitting.

I picked up 2 tops and a pair of gym leggings (which I really love because they’re high-waisted plus a drawstring tie…nothing worse mid-burpee having to readjust!).  Hopefully this will tide me over for a bit.

 

Gifts

My amazing mum just treated me to some gorgeous plates from the halo collection I just love by Denby.  I’m determined to complete the collection by the end of 2016!

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Such a beautiful design.

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Eating Out

I had an absolutely brilliant meal at Porter & Rye in Finnieston during the week.  We shared the scallops to start which were just perfect.  I then had a fillet steak (rare obviously), served with aged barbeque sauce and truffle fries and Josh had the ribeye steak, langoustines, béarnaise sauce and beef dripping handcut chips.

We also tucked into a fair few cocktails!!

All delicious, I’d highly recommend.

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Hair

To chop or not to chop?  I loved my hair when I first got it cut and it’s now getting to that mid-length decide to grow, maintain or chop stage.

I need to find a new muse!!

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Cooking

Still loving my cooking, I’m recently getting really into making different kinds of sauces and dressings with my nutribullet.

I made an awesome almond pesto that I served with trout and brown nice, so yum!

I’ll blog this soon…

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I feel like I’ve been so busy lately but things are going well, happy spell for Pum!

Have a great week ahead!!

 

Pum x

 

 

Pum update…How The Portuguese Do It

So this is a continuation of my last post ‘Pum update…How The Catalans Do it’ and should really be entitled ‘Pum update…How the Portuguese Do It aka My Love Affair with Pasteis De Nata’!

FYI: https://pumdiets.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/pum-update-how-the-catalans-do-it/

After leaving Barcelona on Wednesday we flew to Lisbon and checked into Lagoas Park Hotel in Porto Salvo Lisbon which was a really nice hotel. We got in fairly late and hadn’t eaten so just decided to do room service. As I mentioned in my Barcelona post, Wednesday’s eats were quite healthy in my books and I continued this by ordering Pumpkin Soup and Tuna Salad and boycotting all dessert options (don’t you worry this was to be remedied on Thursday and Friday).

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My manager and I made an agreement to continue with the good exercise routine we had going and wake each other up to go to the gym across from the hotel. I’m so glad we did because it was a fab gym – huge and so well equipped. I managed treadmill, rower and an intense kettlebells session so felt knackered when I was done.

I was too self-conscious to take any snaps in the gym but did managed to take a picture outside the gym building, how beautiful…aren’t you impressed gym done before sunrise?!

Highly doubtful that I’ll continue this routine at home.

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I was absolutely starving after this so had a doubler for breakfast; eggs and tomatoes, then muesli and yoghurt with fruit (the South-Central Europeans do love their muesli options at breakfast!).

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Our office for the day was just round the corner from the hotel and was in such a stunning setting…why can’t I work here always?!

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We were treated to a restaurant lunch again (lucky girls) where I had the Cod and plenty of fresh salad. The lunch options on this trip were so fresh compared to what I’m used to at home. I hate how the UK culture is to have pre-packaged sandwiches for lunch as opposed to sitting down to enjoy fresh seafood (which we have an abundance of!).

As we wanted to make the most of the last night of our trip we moved hotels AGAIN, this time into the centre of Lisbon. We checked into the Epic Sana Hotel Lisboa…this was pure 5 star luxury! Fancy coffee machine on the bedside table, chocolate truffles on the bed, shower in the middle of the room, spa toiletries in the bathroom, TV the size of the full wall…I was in hotel heaven!

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Thursday night was my favourite night of the trip; Lisbon is such an amazing city and I’m 100% going to go back. The sites were beautiful, lots of great shops and so affordable in comparison to other popular European cities.

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We had dinner in quite a fancy restaurant at Terreiro do Paço called Aura. The food was the best of the entire trip! We shared an Artisan Cheese Platter to start, then I had Tuna Steak with Tagliatelle and of course I had to have dessert on the last night of my trip! I don’t even remember what the dessert was called but it was extremely tasty…

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On Friday morning I got up super early to enjoy the spa facilities in the hotel. As I said pure luxury! I had the pool to myself and managed 20 lengths and a good sauna/steam before breakfast.

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Now breakfast…before I get onto this, do not judge me. This is an outrageous breakfast.   Are you ready?

I was desperate to try Pasteis De Nata (the famous Portuguese Custard Tarts) and was so excited when I saw these at the breakfast buffet.

Here goes…

My first plate consisted of; 2 freshly made waffles with hot Nutella, 1 Pastel De Nata, 1 yoghurt dish and mixed fruit.

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This was sooooo ohmygoodnessamazingly delicious that I had to go back up and fill my plate again.

My second plate was filled with; 1 almond croissant with more hot Nutella, ANOTHER Pastel De Nata, grapes (because health obvs) and a little cake I’m not sure the name of (which to be honest I only got because it was in a martini glass).

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SHEER GREED!

After this wonderful breakfast it was back to the airport to return to sunny Scotland.  As you can see I’ve had an absolutely brilliant week and can’t believe that this was actually all with work! I’m a very lucky girl.

I did try to have balance and did probably the same amount of exercise as I would on a normal week, but I definitely consumed far more sugar than I should have…I admit I’m now a little scared to get on the scales again but I don’t regret one bite.

Pum x