Good morning and happy Wednesday! How is your day going so far? Mine’s going just fine, although I can’t figure out how it’s already 10:30! The same thing happened last night: I got home at 7:30, had dinner, and all of the sudden it was after midnight. Crazy!
Yesterday, as I mentioned, I slept through the alarm. My training plan had 2 easy miles scheduled in for the day, and since I had to intern and go to an event in the evening, there was really no other time to go. So I threw on my exercise clothes and raced – slowly, of course- out the door, jamming along to the Gaga.
Total distance: 1.96 miles
Total time: 20:54
Maximum heart rate: 176 (89%)
Average heart rate: 166 (84%)
Calories burned: 216
When I was back and showered I was already running late, so made a quick breakfast of plain Chobani with 1/2 banana, and a piece of whole wheat toast with the rest of the banana, honey and cinnamon.
There didn’t end up being too much for me to do at work, so I was able to leave after lunch. My mom also had a little time in the morning before her flight to Paris, so she met me in the Village and we had a nice lunch at Doma.
I found this cafe on my first day of back in June, then couldn’t find it again until yesterday. I have a pretty terrible sense of direction. I wanted a salad but couldn’t decide which one, and at the last minute decided to go for the soup + 1/2 sandwich combo.
The soup was black bean (I removed the white and creamy sour cream):
I chose a grilled gruyère sandwich to feel a little more française.
Everything was good, but the sandwich was a little tough and I left craving veggies.
After lunch, we strolled around and somehow found ourselves in front of a pet store. I took this to taunt Ari with send to Ari…
No, a pup did not come home with me. It was sad, but it would be sadder if I couldn’t afford to feed it. Anyway, Mama and I moseyed along until we hit The Light Choice. We both got what we agreed was the best Tasti-type flavor yet: Almond Joy! It tasted just like Gena‘s Raw Almond milk, but frozen.
We also stopped and picked up two late-birthday presents: a new gym bag (I’ll post pictures of my old one later… it was gross) and new running shoes. My mom finally had to leave to go to the airport (I really had to twist her arm 😉 ) and I went home.
My friend Howard invited me to a cocktail party and kitchen demonstration at Smallbone of Devizes, an upscale kitchen boutique on the Upper East Side. I knew there would be a lot of good food and I didn’t want to be ravenous when I got there, so I had an apple before I left.
The party was hosted by Architectural Digest and catered by Daniel, one of the fanciest (and tastiest) restaurants in New York. Everything was amazing, and I really wish I could have documented it for you! Unfortunately, AD was covering the whole thing and wouldn’t allow outside photography. Trust me when I say that my fingers were itching to whip out my camera and snap photos of the chef poaching partridge breast in Napa cabbage leaves. I may not eat those myself, but I can appreciate the skill it takes to prepare such a lovely dish. Two glasses of wine later I left and went home to eat dinner.
My knee was really hurting so I didn’t want to schlep all the way out to the grocery store; instead I stopped at Gourmet Garage and picked up some sashimi.
I also had a few bites of cold pasta.
Although I’d already had a treat once today and enjoyed two glasses of wine, I’d been thinking about dessert all day. I really wanted to contribute to Julie‘s tribute to Gourmet magazine, so I made myself an individual portion of the magazine’s Caramelized Banana Splits with Hot Chocolate Sauce, from their 2009 “Quick Kitchen” booklet.
I adjusted the recipe to be a little more LVP-friendly, substituting Brummel & Brown for butter, skim milk for heavy cream, and La Loo’s Mission Fig Goat Milk Ice Cream for regular old vanilla.
This ice cream, by the way, is unbelievable.
The Banana Split was amazing: the bananas were perfectly caramelized, the toasted nuts gave the smooth chocolate a spectacular crunch!, and the fig ice cream was a wonderful surprise that complemented each different flavor.
We still have the November issue of Gourmet to look forward to, but I can’t imagine a holiday season without their Christmas cookie special. I’m sure Gourmet‘s demise is going to open all kinds of doors in the world of food media, but it’s going to take a lot of getting used to. I foresee poring over back-issues from the 1970s in my future…
Except for the lack of vegetables consumed, it was a pretty great day. I did, however, spend the last few hours with my knee bound up like this…
…icing on and off. When I went outside to walk Charley, I felt like I could barely walk. A man, who was clearly on his first few days of crutches, passed me on the street. I will admit, I’m a little discouraged. I’m really hoping this isn’t serious, because I am just starting to feel like a real athlete, and that maybe the 2010 NYC Marathon is a goal within reach. We’ll see. I’m going to take it slow; I’ll try using the bike at the gym today and see how that feels.
Do you push through an injury or go straight to the doctor?
Have a great day!