Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Lifestyle: Byron Calvin Haggis Burger

When it comes to gourmet burger restaurants we are spoilt for choice here in Glasgow but the one place that has caught my eye and I've been dying to visit since it opened is Byron Burgers

I was lucky enough to be invited along and brought my friend Shauna (and fellow burger lover) to try the Calvin Haggis burger that's exclusive to Scottish restaurants (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow) for this week only - Monday the 23rd to Sunday the 29th January to celebrate Burns Night. 

This delicious burger was created by one of the Glasgow waiters Hayley who entered the bunnovater competition. Hayley's creation won the competition and they were so impressed they decided to put Hayley's creation - the Calvin Haggis burger on the menu for Burns Night. 

The Calvin Haggis burger is made up of a 6oz burger, haggis, bacon and onion relish, a tattie scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, a fried egg, blanched white onions finished off with Byron sauce. 

The Calvin Haggis really is quite a mouthful and not what I would usually go for (I'm a plain old cheese burger kinda girl) but I thought I would be brave and try something different. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty the combination was. The haggis compliments the beef burger while the tattie scone acts like a sponge soaking up all the juices and flavour. My absolute favourite bit was when I placed the burger bun on top of the burger, pressed down on it and burst the runny egg. Let me tell you, it was pure egg porn.

As well as the Calvin Haggis we also had a side of mac and cheese and sweet potato fries (totally kidding ourselves that we were picking the healthier version of fries) and a Reese's freakshake which was to die for. We were both stuffed by the time the freakshake came but we gave it a good go. The freakshake is a milkshake stacked high with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, a huge slab of chocolate brownie, Reece's peanut butter cups and crushed honeycomb. 

Before we left our waiter was kinda enough to put a doggy bag together of our left overs which I demolished for my lunch the following day. And it's true what they say, food tastes even better the next day. 
*This meal was given to me in return for this review but these views are my own. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Lifestyle: New Year Fitness Goals with St Enoch

I have to admit, throughout most of December I barely stepped foot in the gym, my main excuse being the weather. I find it so hard to drag myself out of bed for an early morning Metafit class or leave my cosy sofa for an evening Pilates class when it's cold and dark outside.

Like most people over the festive period, I have eaten my weight in chocolate and cheese and drank far too much but now we are into a New Year it's time to start getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthy.  I was delighted when St Enoch got in touch and challenged me to find the ultimate workout outfit/accessory. I thought this would be the perfect motivation to get me back to the gym and set some New Year goals so here they are:

Go to gym at least three times a week
I aimed to do this last year but if I'm honest, there were very few times I made it to the gym three times in one week. This year, I aim to be strict with myself and for me, new gym clothes are the perfect motivation. JD Sports have a great range and this is where I picked up this grey Adidas top so I can look stylish while sweating away in metafit. I also spotted this Adidas zip top which will keep me warm when walking to and from the gym so no more excuses about the cold mornings/nights.

Drink more water
I do opt for water over fizzy drinks and fruit juices but I don't think I drink enough of it on a daily basis so I bought myself this funky water bottle from H&M to keep me hydrated though out the day. I figured I would drink more if I had a large bottle in front of me. It's practical and very instagramable - what more could a girl want. 

Improve my running
I've never been much of a runner but I would love to be able to run for a decent amount of time and maybe even attempt to run a 10k. I don't think I push myself hard enough so this year I'm going to be to do just that with the help of these Nike running shoes from JD Sports.

Move Around More
Having a desk job means I don't move around as much as I would like but I'm going to make a point of going out for lunch time walks and taking the four flights of stairs up to my office everyday. My new Fitbit Flex from Debenhams (on sale for £55 in store) will motivate me to do this, especially when I see how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have worked off every day. I have set a goal of 12,000 steps and so far I have reached this so I might up it  ever so slightly and beat it everyday.

Get 8 Hours Sleep Every Night
I have a terrible habit of falling asleep on the sofa in the evening while watching tv. I then wake up around 11pm to get myself ready for bed and find myself wide awake when I'm actually in bed. Some mornings it can be a real struggle to get out of bed which is why I'm determined to improve my sleeping pattern by going to bed when I feel tired instead of napping on the sofa. Another use my Fitbit Flex as it tracks my sleeping pattern telling me how long I have slept for, when I'm restless and when I've woken up from my sleep. I'm hoping this will encourage me go to bed when I feel tired and get a better nights sleep. 

If you are looking for some new workout gear, St Enoch has great range from the affordable range at H&M to the new stylish Lorna James range in Debenhams or be on trend with the latest Ivy Park range in JD sports. There really is something for everyone and don't forgot to swipe your St Enoch Rewards card while shopping to benefit from some fantastic offers.

You can use the St Enoch Rewards card by downloading the app on your smart phone or by picking up a card in the centre. I find the app easier to use as you can keep upto date with latest offers, check participating retailers and to check what level you are at. The reward card offers three levels and the higher the level, the better the rewards. By registering the card you will collect one point which starts you on the bronze level, each time you shop in the participating retailers spending £5 or more you will collect a point. To move on to the silver level you will require three points and a further 25 point to reach the gold level giving you access to  more offers. I'm currently on the silver level which gives me access to offers such as: a 10% discount in Fossil, a sample goodie bag plus a free make over from The Body Shop and a free Benefit make-up lesson in Debenhams.

What are your New Year goals?

*Thanks to St Enoch and The Big Partnership for providing me with a gift card to purchase these items.