Is December going by in the blink of an eye for anyone else? I can’t believe Christmas is less than two weeks away, and I’m still to buy any presents. Usually, I’m quite good at being organised, but this year its just slipped away from me and before you know it, the day will be here.
But before I start to have a freak out about how much I’ve got to do, I thought I would mention everything I was loving last week.
After reading this post back, the majority of it has reveovled around food, which is just the way my life is going at the moment. Is it even Christmas if you don’t look like a Christmas pudding?
On Tuesday evening, I dolled myself up for my work’s Christmas party at Artisan in Manchester. We’d hired the whole of the top of the restaurant because there is so many of us, and we had a three-course dinner and drinks. There was a free bar all night, but I was actually quite well behaved and got home around 1:30am, which was a few hours before a lot of other people by the sounds of things. It was really lovely to be out with work people as everyone really let their hair down.
2. We Blog North
Wednesday evening was the We Blog North’s Christmas party so I made my way into Manchester after work and over to Randall and Aubin. It was so lovely to catch up with everyone, and the food was delicious. I had a salmon terrine to start, baked cod and an apple pie with custard. We played pass the parcel, got a few Christmas treats and had a really lovely evening.
3. Alchemist Lunch
One of our suppliers at work came in for a meeting this week, and very kindly took me and the rest of my team to The Alchemist in Alderley Edge for lunch as our Christmas present. I had a cajun chicken wrap with sweet potato fries, and everyone else got the chicken katsu curry which looked and smelt amazing. I always think going out for lunch in the week is a little treat.
4. Friday Pamper
I had an evening at home alone on Friday evening, as Jordan was out at his work’s Christmas do, so I took the chance to have a proper pamper and chill. I had my pj’s on by about 7pm and caught up on TV shows I’d missed and watched Elf to get me in the Christmas spirit. It was a really lovely evening and reminded me that I need to have a chilled evening every once in a while.
5. Enzo Brunch
I was invited to a blogger’s brumch on Saturday morning at Enzo in the city centre. I’d been there once before when it had just opened, but didn’t make it for very long as I was at work in the day. It’s primarily a pizza place so I was intriuged by their brunch offering. It was a lovely little morning with some old friends and some new: I’ll be doing a full post on what I thought next week so look out for that one.
6. Tapeo and Wine
On Saturday evening, a couple of girls from work and I went for tapas at Tapeo and Wine as a bit of a pre-Christmas treat. I’d walked past the restaurant a few times before (it’s on Deansgate, if you know Manchester), but never been in so we thought we would give it a try. We had the Christmas tapas menu and the food was honestly some of the best tapas I’ve ever had. We had a whole selection of different dishes, and my favourites were the king prawn in a chilli infused oil, the Spanish omlette and the cured meat board. I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re in Manchester.
7. Sunday Morning
I felt like I hadn’t had a great week of sleep this week, so when my alarm went off on Sunday to get up and go to the gym, I turned it off and decided to have a morning in bed instead which is just what my body needed.
8. Catch Up
I met up with my friend Rosie on Sunday for a catch up as we hadn’t seen each other for a couple of months, and in that time she’s managed to move house and got herself a new job. We ate blueberry French toast at Pot Kettle Black which was the most indulgent breakfast ever (it was Sunday after all) and if that wasn’t enough, we took a trip to Teacup in the Northern Quarter and shared a cake afterwards. The most foodie weekend ever!
9. Sunday Dinner
If eating multiple courses of sugar for brunch wasn’t enough, Jordan and I decided to cook something from the Jamie’s 5 ingredient book for dinner, because my life is all about balance. We went for the garlicky breaded chicken which was super easy to make and really tasty.if you don’t own this book, I would suggest getting it!
This week I’ve really been getting into Vlogmas videos and I’ve loved having a few to catch up on. I will be the first to admit that I have a bit of a YouTube addiction, but I find it comforting to watch them before I go to bed, and it’s the best time to be snuggled up watching your favourite bloggers.
Do you feel Christmassy? What were you loving last week?