Apr 15, 2014 - 0 Comments - Dinner, Eating out, Healthy, Lunch, Winter -

Cuckoo’s Bakery / Pancho Villas / Muscle Show


The other week I went to visit friend-from-school-friend Cree and show support as he took part in the Adler Complex Premier Body Building Show, and I was in good company as his girlfriend Jess attended also. Saturday morning we woke up early and drove from from Edinburgh to Dundee. The entire show is run from start to finish both in the morning – when the judges make their decisions about who wins what prize – and then again in the evening where the prizes are given. Each category sees the contestants stand up on stage posing in various positions, showing off their crazy muscles. They then take it in turns to as I described it ‘Do a muscle dance routine’ to music. I must admit, I was doling out the loud ‘Woos’ a lot more in the latter part of the day after a few ciders! There were people from all walks of life there, and it was a friendly crowd. It was my friend’s first competition, and he did amazingly well, coming second. The dedication involved is impressive – strict diet and vigorous gym attendance are mandatory. Not to mention the pre-show rituals – no water for 18 hours for starters. I believe in regards to this particular pursuit I will always be a voyeur rather than a participant!

Pancho Villas, Edinburgh
That night we went to a Mexican restaurant in Edinburgh called Pancho Villas. If you love a strong margarita and some decent nachos as I do, then this is a great place to go for both. The service staff were both efficient and attentive. Plus anywhere that will allows a swap rice for fries as a side wins my affection. I had the chicken quesadilla my main, and a pina colada to finish, all perfect. I only wish I had taken some photos to further encourage you to visit it!

Location: 250 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8AB
Tel: 0131 557 4416
Open: Mon – Sat: noon – close, Sun: 5pm – close, Open all day throughout summer

Cuckoo’s Bakery, Edinburgh

After all of that dieting, Cree allowed himself one night of food related debauchery. The next day, Jess sensed that we would fancy something healthy as the night before we ended up eating a pound of chocolate between us. We visited Cuckoo’s Bakery which manages to run together salads and cupcakes in one tea room seamlessly. The salad I had came with grilled vegetables and a marinaded chicken. It inspired me to make a big tray of roast veg in the future to tupperware as an addition to salads. Although hugely tempted by the full size cupcakes, I opted to take out some mini ones instead, which were a variety of salted caramel. They were delicious and everything a cupcake should be. I devoured them in one sitting.

Mini Cupcakes

Location: 150 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5DQ
Tel: 0131 556 6224
Open: Closed Mon, Tues – Thur: 10am – 5.30pm, Friday & Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm

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