Good morning, ladies and gentleman! I am SO excited for today. It’s Friday, I slept in, I have the next three days off work, and my little red-headed friend has come home!!! It’s going to be a great weekend. What do you have planned?
Yesterday I experimented a little with my breakfast. I had a lot of leftover rice in the fridge that I wanted to get rid of… I often make too much of things like grans and beans, and they end up going bad. Anyway, I decided to try making a breakfast cookie with rice!
- 1/3 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 banana
- 2 T skim milk
- 1 T PB2
- toppings: cinnamon, dried apricots, dried cherries, 1 walnut
This was actually pretty good! It ended up being a lot creamier than the cookies made with oats. I would definitely make it again… don’t you love coming up with new uses for leftovers?
I ended up making it to my yoga class just in time, with only enough time to stash my stuff in a locker. I did a 60 minute Vinyasa flow… I was definitely rusty, but it felt great to get back into it again. The class was a little unconventional… the instructor played lots of music, like L7 and Ella Fitzgerald. I really want to start taking more yoga classes. This may be a steep goal for me, in terms of time, but I would love to be able to go to a class at least once a week. Yogadownload.com is great, but a class is such a different experience.
I was pretty hungry after class, so I picked up an apple at a fruit stand on the street.
After I showered and made myself presentable, I met Caitlin for lunch at Chelsea Market. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’d never been there before! It’s a big arcade-style collection of specialty food shops, cafés and bakeries; each place, like the Ronnybrook Milk Bar, is very “New York” in its nature. After we looked around at everything (a terrible thing to do when you’re hungry!) we settled on Amy’s Bread.
I’d been to their Hell’s Kitchen location before, and my dad used to pick up their olive and chocolate twists on the way home from work, but it had been a while. Everything looked incredible!
It was hard to decide what I wanted, but I ended up going with a salad. This had romaine, avocado, cannelini beans, roasted tomato and zucchini, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and a lemon vinaigrette.
It came with an olive roll.
It was a perfect lunch.
When we finished, we set off in search of dessert. Hooray for Thursday Treat Day! First, we went to Eleni’s, a picture-perfect cookie and cupcake shop.
Their cookies looked too pretty to eat…
… and their cupcakes were GORGEOUS. (See those Obama cookies?!)
I decided that one dessert was not enough for me, so I got one of their “Petit Sin” brownie bites with walnuts. Caitlin got a beautiful chocolate cupcake with white buttercream… they made a funny picture next to each other!
It must have been fate that we ended up at Eleni’s, because they were selling a Manhattan Cupcake sampler pack 😀
Next up, we went to Fat Witch Bakery for brownie samples.
Caitlin has raved about these brownies for years, so I was really excited to try them! They were pretty good, but I think my Eleni’s bite was a little better. And I’m going to be a bit of a snob here and say that the brownies my mom and I make are pretty hard to beat!
My next and final dessert stop was at L’Arte del Gelato.
I was really full at this point, but thought that I should have gelato. Riddle me that!
I got a cup with 1/2 peach sorbetto and 1/2 chocolate hazelnut. This was amazing! The peach sorbetto was fat-free, and so full of flavor.
We finally left Chelsea Market and walked up to the High Line to move a little and check out the new site which just opened on June 9.
We’re going to picnic up here next time.
Can’t you just see Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda lounging on these chic chaises?
Eventually I had to leave for work, so I walked across town to the East Side to the restaurant. While there, I snacked on a Maple Nut Clif Bar. Love these!
The restaurant was pretty slow last night… I was able to leave at 9, though. I made a decent amount of money for the time I was there, and got to watch Project Runway! Do you watch the show? What did you think? Do you have any favorite designers so far?
I took my dinner to go last night. Ramon made me a mixed green salad with walnuts, beets, Italian tuna (!), oranges, and Bufala mozzarella. I added a little hummus to it at home… it may sound strange, but tuna + hummus is a great combination!
I made a BIG yogurt bowl for dessert with nonfat plain, a peach from the Farmer’s Market, peanut butter and cinnamon.
I ate a little more than usual yesterday and was pretty much in a constant state of full-ness since lunch. I still woke up hungry for breakfast this morning, though!
Hope your Friday is off to a great start. Have a lovely day!