Week 40 – Toko

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a ladies night out – and it’s been even longer since I saw some of the girls I used to work with 5 years ago! So when one of them, LM, put together a whatsapp group and invited us to get together for a night out, there was no way I was going to say no!

I was glad that the place chosen was somewhere I’d never been before because then I get to tick it off as my something new for the week… and so here you go πŸ™‚

We ended up at Toko, located at Vida hotel Downtown. They have Wednesday night ladies night – it gets extremely busy in the bar area so definitely get there early!

Unlimited grape for ladies from 7pm – 11pm, and an extra bonus is that they are in the entertainer so food is buy-one-get-one on top of the free drinks. Winning!

We were a little let down by the service on the night – a couple of things seemed to go wrong for us. Might have just been an off night for us though as I doubt the place would be that busy all the time if their service was constantly off like that.
The food was exceptional which absolutely made up for it! We ordered a few platters and just shared them – a mix of lamb, beef and chicken. Exceptionally yummy!

Definitely a good option for Wednesday ladies night if you have entertainer as it keeps the cost down drastically – hopefully you don’t have an off night like we did if you go πŸ˜‰


Week 39 – NutriBullet

When I started making plans to move into an apartment on my own, one of the first things I knew I needed to do was get back to healthier eating – a.k.a cooking for myself etc.

So I decided to splurge a bit and buy the NutriBullet so that mornings could be easy to throw some fruit into the bullet, whizz it up and head out the door.

And what a great purchase it has been!

This past week I tried out a different recipe every day, and still have soooo many more varieties to try out. When I started looking into recipes, I found loads of pages on Google, each offering 50 – 100 recipes… and then if you expand the search just a bit and don’t restrict it to ‘nutribullet’ – well, you get hundreds more!

I tried some with peanut butter, some with cottage cheese, some with oranges, kiwi, mango, peaches… you name it.
And they’ve all had varying degrees of success in my book – whether that’s because I got the consistency wrong, or the balance of fruit vs liquid, or I hit the nail on the head (so to speak)…. I’ve had a great time trying out some random recipes and I cannot wait to keep trying them out.

My goal in all of this is to have a smoothie for breakfast twice a week, and then boiled egg three times a week. Weekends I’m often all over the place so don’t restrict myself to ‘breakfast plans’…. but if I can at least get the weekdays sorted, then I know that I’m setting myself up each week to start the day off right and hopefully continue to eat right the rest of the day / week.

Bluberries, banana, yoghurt, almond milk

Pineapple, cottage cheese, honey, vanilla, milk

Peanut butter, banana, yoghurt, almond milk

Orange, kiwi, peach, coconut water

Week 38 – Student (?) life?!

They say that moving is pretty much #1 on the list of top stressful things in life… and while I initially thought that my move had been plain sailing, there have been a few niggles here and there that have cropped up and made it feature (thankfully not near the top, but there anyway) on my list of recent stresses….

And one of the biggest things on my niggle list was the gas connection.

When the gas guys came out to connect my gas, they discovered a leak. Following this was a lot of frustrating back and forth to the building management to get it resolved (which took nearly 3 weeks!)… so while waiting for this to be resolved, I obviously did not have a stove, or oven. Which meant a lot of two-minutes noodles, toast, or deliveries for dinner πŸ˜€

That is, until a friend suggested I get my hands on a hot plate… and so I did. And it changed my life (for all of about 3 days when the gas then got fixed! LOL)

So for those 3 days, I felt like I was a student making do (I am kinda a student anyway, right?!) and I had a good time making pasta and popcorn using my hot plate!