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Keeping It Classy

Back again from a very short but lovely visit with Ari’s family in Maryland.   Of course I wish Ari could have been there himself, but his parents are warm, welcoming, and put me completely at ease.

As soon as I was picked up from the bus stop we drove to one of their favorite Italian restaurants for dinner.  We split an order of fresh bruschetta (crusty bread topped withtomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and what Ilana claims to be the best tomato sauce on earth).

I ordered freshly-caught Rock Fish from the Chesapeake Bay (with lemon and olive oil sauce on the side)…

… and a side order of linguine marinara.

This was the same restaurant we came to two years ago, when I was meeting Ari’s family for the first time.  Time flies!  After dinner, the girls went to see New Moon (the movie wasn’t quite Ari’s dad’s style).  I’ve only read the first two Twilight books, saw the first movie, and did not have high hopes for this one.  But… I really liked it!  My friends who have read all four books say that Book 2 is the weakest, but I really think Stephanie Meyer nailed Bella’s heartbreak in both the book and the movie.

This morning we all got up early, had breakfast, and got ready for a bridal shower.  The food spread was pretty grand.  We had Beth’s Famous Zucchini-Wrapped Salmon (I helped with the zucchini and dill garnish):

Three different kinds of quiche (spinach, mushroom & cheese), croissants, salad, pasta salad, cheese, crackers, hummus

I ate my fill and then some more.

We had a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows, and pretzels for dipping…

And did I metnion there were Jello shots?

To keep things classy, we also had hot apple cider (warmed in a crock pot) spiked with Goldschlager.

This was my first bridal shower, and it was a lot of fun! I’m sure there will be many more to come.

I ate leftovers on the bus ride back to New York, and feel like I haven’t stopped eating since before the holidays!  It’s kind of nice, since these were all meals I spent with people I love and are thankful for even when it’s not a holiday.  The trip home was very productive… thanks to my good friend Mr. Dramamine, I read Elements of Style in its entirety and moved on to The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society. Nothing really signals that the holidays have arrived like having the time to curl up with a good book.  What’s the best thing you’ve read recently?

As some of you know, I’m headed off to Russia on Monday to spend 10 days with my dad and Sarah.  While I’m gone, are there any burning questions you have about Russian culture, history or food that you’d like me to try to investigate? I’m at your service! Sarah’s informed me that while there will probably be fish available at every restaurant, strictly vegetarian options will be harder to come by.  I’ll let you know how I fare.

Hope your week is off to a great start!


Susan Komen 5k Race for the Cure Recap

Good afternoon! Thanks to all of your wonderful support and comments, Ilana and I had a great race this morning.

Although we both managed to be in bed early- before 11:30- I had a terrible time trying to sleep, I was so excited! I woke up at 1:30 and thought it was time to go… I made the same mistake twice more at 4:30 and 6:30.  When it was finally time to get up, I was pretty tired! I still bounded up, walked Charley, and sat down to a pre-race breakfast.

I had a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, cinnamon, a banana and honey with a cup of coffee.

Pre-Race Fuel

Ilana had a bowl of Mueslix, Puffins, and a banana.

Ilana's cereal

We were tired, but ready to race!

Ready to race!

We packed all of our necessities and hopped on the subway.  We found the Museum of Natural History, and made our way to the starting line outside the front of the building… along with 25,000 other racers!

25000 starting line

You can see that I decided to bring my camera after all… I ran with both my iPod and camera in my right hand, leaving my left free.  Hopefully I’ll have a new iPod for the next time!


We played around a little…

Jump before the race

Fierce Ilana


Ilana stretching

LVP stretching

Then we got in line.  They were broken down by pace, so I decided to try and push myself and got into the 9-minute mile lane.  Worst case, I’d fall behind!

LVP numbers

We listened to speeches by breast cancer survivors, Uma Thurman, Gabrielle Union, Gov. David Patterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Cyndi Lauper (among others), who sang the National Anthem.

Komen 5k speakers

I started off pretty fast.  Every article I’ve read about racing has said not to do this, but I couldn’t help myself.  I was excited! I ran past the first mile-marker and saw that I’d been running for 9 minutes and 30 seconds. Woohoo!

I started getting a stitch in the middle of my right ribcage during mile 2, but remembered what K said and inhaled through my nose, exhaling through my mouth.  It still hurt, but eventually went away.  I finished my second mile at 17:30, making that an 8-minute mile. What?!

Although I knew the end was in sight and that this was not the longest distance I’ve run, my legs started getting tired.  Adrenaline pushed me on, though, and I sailed through the finish line after 27:40, with an average pace of  8:55/ mile.  That is definitely a PR for me!

Ilana and I found each other, sweaty but victorious.

Post-race sweat!

We headed over to the swag tents…

Swag tents

Found out some more about the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Komen money

Sampled Fuze (too sweet for my tastes)…

Fuze sample station

… and came home with POUNDS of swag.

Swag Bag

We immediately broke into our samples of Dove milk chocolate… I’m not a huge milk chocolate fan, but this was a pretty sweet reward.

Dove chocolates

When we got back to the apartment, we were tired and hungry.  We decided to enjoy a celebratory lunch at Picnic!  We sat outside to dog people watch.

Picnic Flowers

In honor of my dad and grandparents, who are in Nice eating the real deal, I enjoyed a slice of baguette with butter.

Picnic baguette

Ilana and I both ordered the same thing: quiche & salad.  I had the Alsatian Tarte, which was filled with potatoes, leeks, onions, and gruyère cheese. It was a great post-race treat!

Alsation tart and salad

When we got home, we fell into bed and slept for a couple hours.  As Ilana said, “That’s what Sundays are for!”  I agree.

GO WEST & Badass Orange Rocks

Good morning and happy Tuesday! My mom and I landed at JFK at midnight last night after a wonderful trip out West.  Who knew Utah was so beautiful? I can’t wait to get back over to that side of the country.  Yes, that’s your little East Coast girl talking!

This post is another “greatest hits” mix of road fuel and scenery.  Enjoy!

On Sunday morning, we rushed to the post-wedding brunch.  I was surprised by how many people made it there by 9 (including the groom)… there were quite a few shenanigans on the dance floor, from what I hear… I was a grandpa and was in bed by 11 😉

I loaded up my plate with 1/2 toasted bagel with cream cheese, lox, and onions; fresh fruit; two slices of mini quiche (spinach goat & roasted red pepper) that the father-of-the bride baked himself the day of the wedding.  Impressive, no?!


A couple hours later, I munched on a mini carrot/ginger muffin. This was so good! I was never a muffin person, but I think I’ll be whipping up a batch soon.


We left Park City and drove many miles to Moab.


Wind turbines!


Burger King pit stop… I made do with the BK Veggie (1/2 bun), “apple fries” (more expensive than a Whopper… riddle me that), and a side salad sans dressing.


It got very flat…


As we got closer to Moab, the scenery started to change…


Look at those orange cliffs!


We finally arrived at the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, which is located right in the heart of Arches National Park.


It was absolutely breathtaking.


We went to a wine tasting that was 100 feet from our hotel at the Castle Creek Winery.  I bought a bottle of Unitah White to bring home and enjoy later.


We had breakfast overlooking Arches National Park. Don’t mind my bedhead… it was a little early.


We stopped at the Peace Tree for road food:


I got a cup of “Triple A” juice with wheatgrass, carrot, apple, beet, celery & parsley.


When we stopped for lunch, I had what George called my “Instant Bathroom Stop” salad: mixed grains, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, quinoa, and (by my special request) curried hummus, with a lemon tahini dressing.


Bathroom or no bathroom, this salad was amazing.  I have figure out how to make that dressing! Does anyone have any good recipes for tahini salad dressing?


Another A+ Mother/Daughter weekend! So far we’ve gone to Philadelphia, Montreal, Halifax, Killington VT, NYC (for a shopping staycation), and now Park City/ Salt Lake City/ Moab, Utah.

I wonder where we’ll go next year?