The Best Three Courses
Hello, I hope everyone has been having a fantastic weekend. I’ve been revising for a good portion of the weekend (boo hiss!), but it was my Mum’s birthday yesterday, so we went out for a special meal. We went to Mitchell’s Wine Bar and Brasserie, which is local to my parents. It was such a nice meal that I want to share some photos with you, but please forgive the poor quality. It’s an atmospheric candle-lit place, which does not make for attractive photographs. Hopefully you’ll get at least an impression of how good the food was.
To start with I had melon and ham with basil olive oil and cracked black pepper.
The olive oil, basil and pepper was an unusual combination, but it really worked!
For my main course I couldn’t decide between salmon and the vegetable and bean enchilada. Mitchell’s specialises in fish, but I wasn’t sure that I was in a fishy mood, so I plumped for the enchilada in the end.
This photograph is truly terrible, but the food was amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had an enchilada before, but this is definitely something that I’m going to be recreating at home in the near future.
Because it was a wine bar we had to indulge in a glass of wine, of course. I had a gorgeous glass of Rioja (my favourite at the moment) and Mum had a Shiraz.
I don’t know who the lady in the purple is, but I thought that it was quite amusing that she ended up in my photo – I didn’t realise she was there when I took it!
My starter and main were fairly light, so I definitely had room for pudding! I had a baked blueberry cheesecake, which was divine!
That’s a big blob of cream that it’s served with. I really dislike cream on it’s own, so that was left, but I did rescue the strawberry from the top. My Mum reckoned that her dessert looked better than mine – judge for yourself:
It’s a marbled chocolate torte … it did look good!
Today I’ve mostly been chained to my textbooks, but I did schedule in a 6 mile run before lunch. I was uncharacteristically unenthusiastic for this run – I just didn’t want to go. I forced myself to get changed into my running gear and kept saying to myself “I can just go slow and I don’t have to push it”. I wore my Garmin, but I didn’t look at it because I think I’ve been getting too preoccupied with pace recently, although I like to wear it so that I can review how I’ve done when I get back. I started slowly and then just got into what felt like a plodding pace. The weather was gorgeous and my legs actually felt good, so I began to enjoy myself. I was listening to my running soundtrack and got into my groove. I still felt good during the last mile, so I picked up the pace – it wasn’t premeditated, it was just what I felt like doing.
When I got home I was super-sweaty, but on an amazing runner’s high – I couldn’t believe that I was so reluctant to go out. When I looked at my Garmin I was delighted that I ran the last mile in 8:25 and my overall average pace was 9:05 min/mile. That’s the fastest that I’ve ever ran in a training run, so I’m optimistic that I can pull off a good pace in the 10k I’m entered for next weekend. I think I run faster when I don’t look at my Garmin – I’m not too sure why. Maybe I limit myself when I’m monitoring my pace and I’m better off doing what feels good instead.
Runners – do you pay attention to your pace when you’re running?
Baked blueberry cheesecake or marbled chocolate torte?