Girl’s Night at Quantum Leap

Hey there, and happy weekend!  Life has gotten in the way, yet again, of my regular posting schedule.  I think once I’m settled in a routine it’ll get back to normal, but until then, I’ve just got to learn to be flexible and go with the flow.  I’ve got a great giveaway in store for you to supplement your already fabulous days, so keep reading!

Yesterday I was in the mood for something a little different for breakfast, so I made a HUGE cereal bowl… the picture doesn’t do the size justice, so trust me on this one! I mixed Kashi GoLean, some kind of raisin bran, and granola, topped it all with banana, and added a generous portion of skim milk.

Cereal & banana

I had an errand to run in the city, and took the most roundabout route getting there.  I rode four trains, when I’m pretty sure I would have been fine on two! It’s a little embarrassing that I’ve lived here my entire life and still have the worst sense of direction and navigation. I packed my lunch to go (salad with romaine, carrots, broccoli, Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burger & TJ’s three-layer hummus).

Lunch to go

I also brought an apple and a peach-flavored Chobani yogurt.

Apple & peach Chobani

I ended up eating while standing on the corner of Canal & Lafayette… since when did eating a meal on a crowded city street become the norm for me?

Salad on Canal

Again, I found myself close to the gym with my heavy gym bag, but all I wanted to do was go home and take a nap.  So that is just what I did.  When I woke up, I snacked on a Ginger Snap Larabar, said hi to this guy…

Ginger Snap Larabar

…before heading into the city to meet some lovely blogettes at Quantum Leap.  I was a little late when I got there, but immediately felt right at home with Missy, Elise, Marina, Ada, Olga, and Megan and had a great time chatting with everyone.  Ada and I ordered the same Tofu & Veggie Salad:

Quantum Leap Tofu Veggie Salad 1

This came with marinated vegetables, grilled tofu, bean salad & tahini cole slaw, with balsamic and carrot-miso dressing on the side.

Quantum Leap Tofu Veggie Salad 2

To be perfectly honest, this salad just didn’t do it for me.  There were only three small pieces of tofu, and I didn’t find the vegetables to be particularly flavorful.  Strangely, it filled me up pretty fast and I only ate about half of the salad.  Everyone else’s food looked pretty good, though, so I do want to go back to Quantum Leap to try out some other things.

Blog Dinner

Poor Ellie organized the whole event and ended up hurting her back and hip and spending the day in the ER!  She was greatly missed.

Most of the girls went out for ice cream afterward, but I left to meet Ari and go to a housewarming party in Williamsburg.  We didn’t stay very long (“We just want to warm the house, not make it too toasty,” said Ari) and I had about half of a vodka-soda.  When we got home, we dug into the brownies from Liz.  I had one Cookies & Cream brownie and half of a Chocolate one.

Brownies & wine

I also had a sip of wine, but I wasn’t feeling the alcohol… I really just wanted to go to sleep! Yes, I’m turning into a bit of a ninny, but so be it 😀  I took the day off from exercising yesterday and haven’t done anything physical yet today (other than cleaning).  When I skip one day, it’s always pretty difficult for me to go the next.  I don’t want to do anything too strenuous that would ruin my race game tomorrow, but I think an easy two miles should be fine.  We’ll see.  It’s turning out to be a very lazy day here at LVP headquarters!

And now for the giveaway! Chobani has graciously offered to send one lucky reader a case of Greek yogurt. To, simply comment on this post.  For an extra entry, link back on your blog (if you have one), or post the contest on Twitter and leave another comment to let me know you did.  Contest ends Monday October 12 at 10 PM EST.  Good luck!


53 responses to “Girl’s Night at Quantum Leap

  1. love chobani.. and love ari’s comment about just warming the house a little. haha!

  2. It was nice seeing you again! We may be doing a lunch or dinner thing at Wild Ginger within the next few days (before Olga leaves), so if you want to go, just let me know!

  3. It was so fun to hang out, I’d love for us to try out more restaurants together once I’m permanently replanted back into Brooklyn. 🙂

    Mmmmm…Chobani. Delish!

  4. AWESOME group of bloggers and yay for still loving the brownies 😀

  5. OMG I am soooo wishing I could have hung out with you lovely ladies!!!!!!

    Funny story..yesterday I thought that Liz (VG) had made you those brownies. I wrote her asking her for the recipe. Didnt realize they were from a company and not her kitchen.

    I’d love some Chob.

    And I have a homemade vegan macaroon contest going on on my bloggie right now 🙂

  6. love greek yogurts!!

    btw, i LOVED your vegan biscotti! They were perfect. hahah my family fought for the LAST piece. Thanks again!

  7. Yay for Greek yogurt!

    What’s funny about NYC for me is that I can navigate the city like a pro when I’m visiting my boyfriend (probably as a result of heavy map studying before I go anywhere), but when I’m at home in the Dallas suburbs, I get incredibly confused. I’m not great at driving, but I am pretty dang good at public transit.

  8. Looks like such a fun night- I am so upset I missed it! I still really want to try Quantam though, so let me know if you want to meet for lunch one day 😀 (also on my list to try: Green Symphone, Caravan Of Dreams and ‘Snice!)

  9. I know what you mean with the subway, sometimes I take the weirdest paths to get places but as long as I get there, I guess it’s ok! 😉 As for Quantum Leap, I really LOVE their restaurant (and I tend to get the macro platter which is really tasty, but my friend last time got the philly cheesesteak sandwich (made with seitan) and it looked SOOOOO good. Hope you go back and give it another go!!

  10. Oh, and I just updated and added you to my blog roll. Just an FYI!

  11. megzzwinsatlife

    It was so nice meeting you!! We defiantly should get together again soon!!

  12. Girl nights are always fun. Gotta love the Chobani too!

  13. Chobani is my favorite Greek yogurt! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  14. LVP Headquarters! Hah! You are so cute. I’m linking back to you right now. Thanks for the entry!!! XO.

  15. those brownies look insane good!

  16. Looks like you guys had fun!!:)

  17. i was ABOUT to say i should have gotten your dish (mine wasnt so hot either) but then your review changed my mind. whatevs. more reasons to go to bonobos i guess…

    CHOBANI! pickmeeee!!

  18. traynharder23

    i love chobani peach flavor!!!!!!!!!!! i wanna win!

  19. busylittlelexi

    I can’t find chobani anywhere around here. I hope to win. Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. busylittlelexi

    I tweeted! @ramblinglexi

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  22. Oh goodness Cookies & Cream brownie sounds right up my alley!!

  23. yayyyy for fabulous bloggers! i hope you all had so much fun!

  24. I had such a great time meeting you too! I totally agree with your review of the salad, it definitely wasn’t anything mind blowing. When I got home I was so hungry that I had an entire other meal haha.

    We should definitely do Grom next week while you’re puppy sitting. I am pretty flexible and can do any day except for Monday or Wednesday so just let me know what works best for you:)

  25. hello there I’d love to enter the giveaway, i love chobani and finally I am in the US so I can join the lottery 🙂

  26. You’re not alone. Part of the reason that I don’t drink very often is that alcohol just makes me relaxed and sleepy. Gone are the days when I would drink from 7PM until 3AM and wake up refreshed at sunrise!

  27. Hahah I love the streetcorner eating. I’ve done that too and only feel semi-weird about it. Whatevs, it’s NY, no one cares. ha.

    I feel the same way about skipping workouts- I always have a hard time getting back into the game.

  28. Love reading about your life in NY…and I would love to win some Chobani! I haven’t been able to find the pineapple anywhere!

  29. SO excited about this giveaway, girl!!! I can’t wait to see the winners!!

    Oh and that ginger snap lara bar looks great! never tried that flavor!!

  30. I’ve never tried Chobani and I would love to win some! Greek yogurt is definitely a staple in my diet and I haven’t found a flavor that I don’t like 🙂

  31. Looks like a great day to me even if you had to stand and eat lunch! And Liz makes the best blondies/brownies ever…its a gift! 🙂


  32. a whole case of greek yogurt! yum! I hope they ship to Canada…

  33. ah this is my favorite giveaway ever! my chobani stock is running low right now so this would be perfect timing!

  34. The bean salad in your dinner salad looks delicious–I feel inspired to whip up a tasty bean salad now. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  35. I have never tried Chobani and would be delighted to!!!

  36. lvoe chobani!

    Gorgeous blogger girls! Never been to QT, so it was great to have a review

  37. im dying for some more Chob in my lifE!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  38. I would love to win these Chobani! 🙂

  39. I think the only thing I could love more than Chobani would be a whole case of free Chobani. What a great giveaway!!

  40. mmm I would love to try some Chobani….never had any!

  41. Never tried chobani, really would love to 😀

  42. I have not been able to find Chobani in my food stores. I wish they would stock it.

  43. great giveaway! love chobani!!!! been wanting to try the new flavors as well!

  44. chobani = heaven! fingerscrossed 🙂


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  46. Now that Caitlin turned me on to your blog, I read it every day! Talk about coming full circle.

    I would love me some Chobani, so good, yet so bad ($$).

  47. Great meeting you! And I loveee some Chobani!

  48. The cookies and cream brownie looks so GOOOD! Would love to try the Chobani!

  49. Looks like a fun night! I loooooove Chobani!

  50. Aw, sorry I couldn’t make it to that dinner! But I’ve been to Quantum Leap in Queens and the boyf and I love it there. Actually I just had some QL leftovers for lunch just now! They do great tempeh stir frys. 🙂

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