Happy Memorial Day weekend!
I never had a chance to blog yesterday afternoon because I was running around from one thing to the next, but it was definitely a fabulous Friday. Here’s a quick recap!
After breakfast, I headed to Secret Physique Barre Studio in Pembroke for a workout. After taking a Core Fusion class a couple of weeks ago (and getting my butt kicked), I’m now in love with barre classes. So when Chrissy, a CNC reader, invited me to attend one of the classes she teaches at Secret Physique, I was all about it.
Secret Physique offers all sorts of barre classes as well as TRX. The class I took was called Secret Physique Barre, which combines ballet work, Pilates, yoga, and strength training.
The class was an hour long and alternated between strength work, which worked each muscle to exhaustion, and stretching, which felt, oh, so good. (I rarely stretch nowadays, so I embraced every opportunity to stretch in class yesterday.)
The class started with upper body work using free weights (I used 2-, 3-, and 4-pound dumbbells. The size always makes me laugh, but, man, when you use them the right way, they seriously pack a punch!) After the upper body workout, we put away our dumbbells and moved onto hip, thigh, and glute work on the bar. Once again, I was a big baby and had to take multiple breaks during this part of the class. (Why are these barre classes so damn hard?!?) We finished on the mat with abdominal and core work and some stretching.
This morning, I woke up feeling pretty sore all over, so I definitely got a good head-to-toe workout yesterday. Thank you, Chrissy! The class was also a great reminder that I need to incorporate different kinds of workouts into my regular exercise routine, so you’ll definitely see Secret Physique on CNC again in the near future.
Mal and I have been so busy lately, poor Murphy has spent a lot of time home alone lately. I figured he needed a trip to the park to run off some of his pent up pug energy.
A few hours later, Mal and I drove to Cambridge to meet his parents for dinner at Lord Hobo to celebrate his birthday.
In the past few months, we’ve heard such great things about Lord Hobo, so I’m glad we finally got to check it out””it definitely lived up to its hype!
The beer list was outstanding! Lord Hobo has 40 beers on draft and even more in bottles!
It took me awhile to decide which beer I wanted to order, but, eventually, I decided on a Stone/Bear Republic/Fat Heads Collaboration brew, which was awesome. It’s a super hoppy brown ale brewed with brown sugar and molasses, so it was sweet-ish with tons of hop flavor. There was a lot going on in this beer, and I loved it!
Mal and I were starving and his parents weren’t expected to arrive for another hour, so we ordered some truffle fries from the “5 to 7 Specials” menu to hold us over until dinner.
The French fries themselves were good, but the truffle aioli was really something special. It had SO MUCH truffle flavor. Holy yum! Mal and I ate the entire appetizer in about 10 minutes.
A little while later, Mal’s parents arrived and coordinated a special surprise (from his sister) for the birthday boy: champagne!
As an appetizer, Mal and I shared the Roasted Pork Belly, which was my favorite dish of the evening. The interesting combination of flavors (pork, avocado, chipotle aioli, cheese, maple syrup) really made the dish. Each bite was a tasty adventure!
Mal and I raved about the truffle fries so much, we ordered another batch for the table. Mal’s parents loved them too!
For my entrÃ©e, I ordered the Seared Scallops, which were amazing and, thankfully, a small portion. I was so stuffed after eating all of those appetizers!
After dinner, Mal and I planned to meet up with friends, but we were both so exhausted, we headed home and went straight to bed. We also had an early morning today, so we figured we should just get some sleep.
What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?
I’m going to the CrossFit Regionals today, running the Run to Remember Half Marathon and then going to the CrossFit Regionals again tomorrow. Fun weekend ahead!