A Day In NYC

Posted on December 24, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Technically, yesterday started at around 4am when I woke up hungry and had a bowl of oatmeal with NuttZo. I didn’t bother taking a picture because I was hoping that wouldn’t be the most exciting part of my day(though NuttZo is always tasty);-). After I got back to bed, my alarm went off promptly at 6:45 and we hit the road by 7:20. The plan was to drive to a Stamford, Connecticut to take the train in to NYC. The car ride was such a great time to relax and get away from anything; I read 3 out of 5 magazines I’ve had lying around since October! Bliss. Somewhere along the way I “made breakfast”.

2% Chobani With Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal, Barney Butter, And A Vitabrownie

I think being a sort of food McGuiver is so much fun! I had a bag packed of snacks and I was determined to make something healthy and well balanced out of it and I think I did. I mixed a packet of vanilla oatmeal with Chobani, salt, and stevia and let that sit and soften the oats. Then I added some Barney Butter I was sent to sample and review a while ago and this was the perfect opportunity. On the side, for good balance(or chocolate. Yeah, definitely chocolate) was a vitabrownie. This was delicious. I liked the Barney Butter more than I remember and might pick up a jar if I see it on the shelves. At 11:30 after a 60 minute train ride we arrived.

Grand Central Station

It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be the day before Christmas Eve but still when is NYC not hustling and bustling? We had to rush to meet our Georgian friends for lunch at 12 at Carmines. They’ve wanted to eat here for years and finally got reservations. Honestly, the restaurant couldn’t have been a worse fit for me. The whole mindset behind it was gargantuan portions of meat and pasta served family style(I don’t have anything ethically against pasta, I just happen to be one of the few Italians who doesn’t like it). Still, I stuck with my guns and found a meal somewhere in there.

Apple Pear Vinagrette Salad, Grilled Marinated Portabella Mushrooms

The salad was OK; very oily. The mushrooms were good with salt and red pepper. At the same time, I don’t think mushrooms should ever constitute a meal. Everyone else at least had a good time and had their fill of fried calimari, meatballs, penne, and lemon cream sauce chicken.

Aunt Chris And Mom

Afterwards we had to finish up and rush off to a 2 o’clock matinée. It’s a tradition that we always see a play when we meet them in New York. It’s not my cup of tea but they’re a very artistic family and enjoy this stuff. It’s always a surprise what we’re seeing because they go to the box office that morning and find the discounted shows and choose from those. This year it was Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins On Broadway

The show was great; technically it was probably the most amazing one we’ve seen. With trap doors and wires, they had Mary flying through the sky and even replicated her bag that holds far too much. I might have dozed off a bit during supercalifragilisticexpialidocious but it was only because the theater was so nice and warm. Midway through I had a snack.

Lemon Ginger Gnu Bar

That definitely curbed my hunger for the rest of the show. Afterwards, we had some time left with them so we worked out a new plan. My dad, knowing Goji Gourmet cookies were on my Christmas list, located some in the city so we decided to walk to a coffee shop that sold them. Of course, we took in the sights as we walked.

Times Square

Interestingly, the numbers still say 2009; when do you think they’ll change that? It was cold out–about 26. I managed to step in not 1 but 2 puddles. I’m a genius, right? Fortunately, we were able to find the little coffee shop and grab some cookies which now are under the tree. We also convinced the man behind the counter(who probably thought we were crazy tourists and was sooo right) to get a group photo.

The Sterns And Thomas Family

We 3 are on the right and the other 5 are them. Really, what was going through our mind was “Please take 20 more so we can stand in your warm shop without having bought much”. After that we walked back into the car they rented and drove around to take in some of the sights that were too cold to walk to.

Pop Culture Yogurt Fruit And Nut Bar

I grabbed this while we were in the car. This bar was also sent to me and it seemed perfect to save for a day like this when yogurt would not be as handy. overall, it was OK. The yogurt coating was soooo good, but the fruits and nuts were a little M.I.A. But with probiotics and 4g fiber, it was a good deal. We drove past the tree at Rockefeller center and then ended up back at Grand Central Station where we said our goodbyes until we see them again in July.

Grand Central Station

Dinner was a bit of a debacle; frankly, I was a little upset having only eaten mushrooms and bars I brought all day and wanted somewhere nice. At the same time, all we could find was chains and ones that served mostly meat. Just when we were about to give up and grab something quick and board the train, we found this restaurant hiding in Grand Central Station.

Charlie Palmer's Metrazur Menu

Yes, it was more meat. But this was good sounding, local meat that I could really get into without questioning. It was a bit pricey but how often do you get to eat in Grand Central Station? My mom wanted just a salad and my dad and I funnily enough chose the exact same entree.

The Natural Chicken

This sounded sooo good. It was a piece of white meat and dark meat chicken in a truffle broth. Underneath were broccoli rabe, oyster mushrooms, and soft and tender potato gnocchi; it was heavenly. I gave my dark meat to my mom(her favorite) and practically cleaned the bone of the other. The desserts sounded good, too, but I figured there’d be enough of those over the coming days and I was full. We ended up catching an 8:10 train and getting to our car at 9:30, driving home by 12:15. In the car I had a dessert of my own.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I found these cookies at the same bakery that served the Goji Gourmet ones. Peanut butter and chocolate; how could I resist? They were also fairly healthy with simple ingredients like whey protein, rolled oats, peanut butter, eggs, brown sugar,chocolate chips, butter, baking soda, and salt. They were really delicious; I thought the protein powder might affect the flavor but not at all. I also ate an apple in the car but that wasn’t nearly as exciting. When we got home, I pretty much passed out in my bed; it was 90 minutes after my bed time afterall 😉 And this morning I got to wake up to a full inbox and google reader. Joy to the world, and happy Christmas Eve!

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 10 so far )

Kicking Off The Month Right

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

December is one of, if not my absolute, favorite months. Why? Snow, Christmas, family, vacation–you get the picture. Thankfully yesterday was perfect for kicking things off. My breakfast(pumpkin oatmeal with smart balance peanut butter and maple syrup and a chobani with blueberry jam and double chocolate pillow) filled me up amazingly well. I was not at all hungry after class got out, so I thought I’d seize the opportunity to go to Eastside Market and Whole Foods! Would you believe me if i told you it’s been over 2 weeks since I walked that way? It has! On the way, I came across the best car:

LDYINRED

Would it be awful to paint this car blue as a very involved April Fool’s joke? Probably. First up was Eastside, which looked mostly the same. I noticed they had brown rice sushi now, which might or might not be new, and for less than $5! I grabbed some for lunch and moved through fairly quickly getting just “the essentials”. Then I hopped over to Whole Foods and was psyched to find this.

December Whole Deal

There’s a new Whole Deal! But it has some pretty awful coupons 😦 I would majorly suggest stocking up on the old ones before you can’t get them anymore. Again, I tried to be quick and dirty shopping here so as to get back to my dorm. Thankfully, it’s a small Whole Foods and not much changes. I couldn’t even find a single Tofurkey roast 😦 Maybe hunting season’s over? I got back at 1:30 so as to only miss half of Days, and unloaded the loot.

Groceries

The Chobani and banana were from the dining hall bought with meal points. Otherwise, it was all from my grocery fund. And while none of it I had a coupon for, I tried to just get sale items and things that were “essential”. Here’s a question: when did I become the type of person who considers fake bacon an essential? The only thing that was really an impulse buy was the Carrot Cashew Ginger soup which, for 75 cents a serving, I was willing to try. I also got this one last thing:

Advent Calender

An advent calender! Frankly, I was a little saddened to find that the 99 cent advent calenders my mom always got us had artificial ingredients I couldn’t eat 😦 Thankfully, this one is made with all-natural ingredients and fair trade cocoa to boot! Here’s to a delicious 24 days.

Brown Rice Tuna And Salmon Sushi, Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup

My lunch was simple yet amazing. The sushi wasn’t bad at all for $4.89, although I only ever really eat sushi for the fish. I honestly couldn’t care less for the bit of whole grains and small amount of avocado they give you that hardly adds up to a veggie. The soup was delicious! Albeit a little thin. I think I just like stews and thick bowls of oatmeal, but the flavor was rich.

My afternoon felt like a whirlwind. I hadn’t answered emails or read blogs since 9pm Monday night right before my lock-out experience. Rachael Ray, Ellen, Oprah–I think I was there for them all but I wasn’t really “present”. Before I knew it it was 4:30 and I had a rather odd snack craving.

Acorn Squash With Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, And Sea Salt

For some people(here’s looking at you, Heather), acorn squash might not be so weird a snack. For oatmeal and peanut butter boy here, it was. Nonetheless, I complied, cut up my squash, and steamed it in the microwave, adding a little seasoning at the end. It was perfectly spot-hitting. A little later on the munchies came again and I wanted some protein.

Greek Yogurt With Pumpkin Butter And Peanut Butter Chips

18 grams to be exact. For this I just mixed a plain Chobani with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and clear liquid stevia and then added on Sunspire chips–yum! It was such a sweet treat. I love the pumpkin butter with peanut butter for a fall flavoring. As for protein, I don’t generally keep close track of all that stuff; I just aim to have at least 3 high-protein sources through out the day, which often end up being greek yogurt or tofu.

For dinner, the online menu for the dining hall was not promising. Really, there was nothing since even one of the main vegetables was beets which I’ve sworn off for 2 weeks. I still wanted to catch up with my friend, Adam, however, since it’d been nearly 2 weeks since we last had dinner with Thanksgiving being last week. Thankfully, he was fine with bringing takeout to my room, where I whipped up this dish:

Tofurkey Loaf Slice, Broccoli, Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup, Orange Zevia

So I like the soup, wanna fight about it 😉 This was a delicious way to serve up leftovers. I was thinking of adding some flax to the soup to thicken it up but I hate playing around with things and so let it be in the end. We caught up on each other’s Thanksgiving and groaned about how ridiculous these next few weeks of work will be and then said our goodbyes to “write papers”(which in my case meant blog). I’m not a terribly political person so I was happy to skip the Presidential address for some serious snackage.

Chocolate Vitatop With Shortcut Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh my God. What have I released? This was sooooo good. Seriously, has anyone else tried this frosting? If anyone made it vegan with Tofutti I would be mondo impressed/intrigued to hear how it worked out. The Biggest Loser was inspiring, as always. I couldn’t wait to see them do a marathon! That’s really going to make me feel lazy and like I need to get a move on that, haha. The Biggest Loser must make me hungry because at 10 I made a large(r) snack.

Whole Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Cream Cheese Frosting, Yogurt With Cherry Butter, Dried Cherris, And Advent Chocolate

Advent Chocolate In Smart Balance

If I weren’t addicted to running and a health eater I’m sure I’d be driving my doctor nuts. The roll tasted just like a cinnabon; Afterwards I had a better idea for the chocolate. I love how the advent candy was in the shape of a heart. I hope they’re all fun like that. I pretty much gave up work after this(note how there’s a notebook under that food) and just focused on getting a good night’s sleep. I was also inspired to ask myself after watching the Biggest Loser contestants run a marathon why I hadn’t tried to run farther recently? Unfortunately my answer sucked: time. I’ve just always been focused on getting back to my dorm and making oatmeal too much to go the extra mile. And so this morning that’s exactly what I’m going to do(literally). I’m going to challenge myself to go 16 miles. If I have to walk or slow down I’ll let myself and I’ll give myself all the time I need. But that’s why I’m up posting at 6:30–to take a bit of time pressure off as I head out right now. Wish me luck!

So so many giveaways…

Popchip giveaway! Snap, crackle, POP!

Some very sweet nut butters to enjoy.

And an awesome regions best giveaway!

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 22 so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...