Good evening! I hope you are thoroughly enjoying your Saturdays. The day completely got away from me today, so this is going to be a bigger post than usual.
Yesterday I used up the last of my walnut almond milk and added frozen berries, grapes, and Puffins. Filling and delicious!
Yesterday was R-A-I-N-Y! It was also very windy, so whatever umbrella you may have brought with you (which I did not…) was basically functionless. I dodged the drops and met Caitlin for lunch in Union Square. We’d planned on venturing out to someplace a little farther out of our comfort zone than Whole Foods, but it was so miserable outside that we just decided to eat at the hot bar.
As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with samples of Sweet Leaf iced tea. I’d never tried this before, but I loved both the taste and their cute Grandma-themed packaging!
I loaded my salad box…
- mixed greens
- steamed kale
- roasted sweet potato
- vegan “chicken” salad
- baked tofu
- wasabi salmon salad
- Shanghai dumpling
We also were given samples of mini cupcakes for filling out a mapping survey. Great day for free treats!
We stayed inside for quite some time, taking shelter from the storm. I sipped on a nonfat cafe au lait with a shot of espresso to warm up:
When the rain started to let up, we ventured over to Barnes & Noble to do a little research. On our way out, we popped into the music department and spotted The Upwelling‘s An American Stranger on display!
Caitlin snatched up the last copy, and we promptly demanded they order more.
Then I made my way home to take care of my pup’dog.
I immediately raided the fridge, and found these baby green plums.
I had a little snack of yogurt, one pear, and one green plum.
When I went through the mail, I found a package from Sarah.
She’d sweetly sent me the cup that I demanded to use every time I went to her apartment in Minnesota… it made me so happy! I hope you’re drinking plenty of tea in Russia, Sarah.
I spent the rest of the evening going through my closet and getting rid of old clothes. I had a glass of Black Box Wines‘s Sauvignon Blanc to help me out…
I really liked this. Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite wines, and this was pretty good. If I hadn’t poured it myself, I wouldn’t have known this wine came out of a box! Much better than the Franzia & Carlo Rossi more economical beverages of my college days.
I’d planned on cooking, but the weather was just too nasty and I wanted to stay inside and be cozy. Instead, I ordered a bento box with shrimp shumai, sashimi, and a spicy tuna roll.
It also came with a small salad with carrot-miso dressing…
… and a hot cup of miso soup.
I was very full! But of course, when Ari called and asked me to meet him for Tasti D, I couldn’t turn him down 😀 I got a small cup of oreo cookie peanut butter with Reese’s pieces.
Ari had to leave very early this morning to get ready for their tour, and although I had every intention of getting up with him at 8, I slept in until 11. Whoops! When I did get myself out of bed, I had a quick yogurt bowl with an apple and green plum.
I met my little red-headed friend for lunch; we went to the Manhattan Diner for California Veggie Burgers (avocado, Swiss cheese, sprouts & salsa).
The first time this came out of the kitchen, it was literally frozen cold. The second time, it was burned to a crisp… I ate it anyway, with half of the bun.
After Ilana and I met up to pick up our race numbers and T-shirts for tomorrow, I went to Citarella to get groceries. Somehow I happened upon a cupcake sample station…
These homemade cupcakes are made with sour cream and buttermilk. This was one of the richest, juiciest bites of cake I’ve had. So good! I may just have to pick some up soon.
When I got home, unloaded my groceries and soothed my aching & blistery feet (trying out new boots the day before a race might not have been the best idea), I snacked on an apple.
Ilana came over and I made a cozy and comforting dinner for us. We started with a mixed green salad with leftover carrot-miso dressing.
The star of the meal was Bon Appétit‘s Multi-Grain Penne with Hazelnut Pesto, Green Beans, and Parmesan.
I added a little more lemon juice than the recipe called for for a little extra zing, and I think it worked.
We dined in bed like queens, and enjoyed a glass of Black Box Sauvignon Blanc.
Ilana’s review: It’s not sweet. Very refreshing, but that might just be ’cause it’s cold. Not my favorite, but not bad. Would I buy it? I think so. It’s growing on me.
We’re still in bed, watching The Devil Wears Prada. The race starts at 9:20 tomorrow, so we have to get to bed early! I’ve been mulling over this dilemma all day: I don’t have an armband for my iPod (it’s such an old model that they don’t make them for it), but I also want to run with my camera. The ultimate question: to double-fist or not to double-fist? Is it a terrible idea to run with both hands full? I need your help!
Many thanks to Erin, who awarded me this award. Thanks, Erin!
I’m very, very behind on your blogs, but I will catch up as soon as possible. Love you mucho and have a great rest of the weekend!