I packed these for work, but there didn’t end up being too much for me to do in the office so I went home early and just ate the dried fruit.
My mom and I had planned on having dinner together at De Santos, but since I got off work early we decided to make it a lunch date instead. But wait! This was not just any lunch.
We wandered into L’Ecole, the restaurant inside the French Culinary Institute. It’s staffed and run by the school’s students, who, while enrolled in classes, are simultaneously working at the restaurant to prepare and present delicious meals.
I didn’t want to spoil my appetite with bread, but my mom said it was delicious! After we ordered the prix fixe lunch deal (which is a real NYC steal), we were brought amuse boûches of smoked trout and chive puffs.
The whole menu was creative and interesting, so we wanted to share everything. We started with the yellowtail tartare with lemongrass, coconut & wonton citrus salad:
Crab consommé with shiitake mushrooms and lemon jam with the most unbelievable crab broth… the broth was brought out in a teapot and poured over the crab and mushrooms. Presentation is so important!
Sautéed sea scallops with oyster mushrooms & coconut curry sauce… these were my favorite:
Grilled halibut with béarnaise sauce and summer salad:
Oof, it was a lot of food. It was all so delicious that we pounced on every scrap and practically licked the plates clean. And then, of course, came dessert…
Hazelnut and plum Napoleon… it was out of this world. From the sweet hazelnut cream to the crunchy, nutty layers… I could eat this every day.
Peach tarte tatin with crème fraîche ice cream:
It was all so good, and such an unexpected meal to have at lunchtime! We loved it. I went home in a bit of a food coma that only daytime television could revive me from. Finally, I roused myself from the bed and, after much deliberation, decided to go for a run. I was still upset about Monday’s run, so I decided to take every precaution.
I started out with Yoga For Runners to stretch and warm my muscles. I debated going for my long run, but ended up playing it safe and running 2 miles in 19:40. Not bad. No failure! When I got back, I did Level 3 of 8-minute abs. Although I’d been tempted to call an informal “rest day”, I ended up getting a total-body workout! Not bad, not bad at all 🙂
After having a heavy, five-star lunch, I was in the mood for something very simple for dinner. It ended up looking a lot like breakfast! I had an Ezekiel muffin (last one 😦 ) with almond butter, jam & honey, baby carrots, and a strawberry Oikos. I ate in bed while watching Nights in Rodanthe (uh…) , which was nice, but… although I am very, very proud of Ari, I miss my boo very much.
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