Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sometimes I’m healthy …

And sometime’s I eat a chocolate muffin. Like now. But what’s life without a chocolate muffin every once in a while?

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Surprises and Sniffles

Chris just came home from work with a rented car! He is taking Hadley and I on a surprise mini vacation for our 3rd anniversary! I have packed my dayquil, tissues, and OJ, so I think I’m all good to go. 🙂 Post when we return.

Sicky McSickerson

Chris and I have this habit of making up weird nicknames for Hadley. Amongst them are the simple like Hads or the the random like Didley or the amusing such as Sniffy McSnifferson. Well today, call me Sicky McSickerson.

I jinxed myself last week when I said I was so proud of making it through the entire winter without a bad cold. Yesterday, I woke up with a wonderful cold that kept me sneezing all day and today it advanced to that “I can’t think straight, do I also have a fever?” level. I made it into work despite the rain and hoped if I had a filling breakfast I would feel better. I never buy breakfast, but today I ate this:

Paired with orange juice.

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After eating breakfast and still feeling like the world was spinning, sneezing, and starting to sweat through my pretty work dress I wore in hopes that it would make me feel better, I decided it was best for me to go home.

I have been spending the rest of my failed day cuddling in bed with Hadley, consuming glasses of OJ, and watching Friday Night Lights. I also enjoyed a big lunch. I know they say “feed a fever, starve a cold”, but I have decided from past experiences that feeding is really a good strategy for colds, too. So I ate this:

My get-well pack.

Yup, I ate the whole sandwich. I was too full to eat any of the soup – good thing I have a lot of tuperware. I also have a Chobani calling my name for snack later. As you can see, I also had myself some Dayquil. So basically, I’m fighting this thing hard. Chris and I are celebrating our 3-year anniversary this weekend, and I know he has some surprise in the works, (I LOVE surprises) and I don’t want to miss out on it. Here’s to fighting the good fight!

Big News

I’ve already told the story of my dreadful knees, how I was a runner during high school, and how I had to give it up half-way through due to those dreadful knees. But, nine years after throwing my hands in the air and deciding I would never be able to run again, I decided to give it one more shot. I mean medicine advances; maybe the doctors and PT could fix me this time?

So I went to physical therapy and learned some drills and got back into running shape. I probably still cannot ever run long distances – I always say if I sign up for a marathon, I may as well just also sign up for a  knee replacement surgery right afterwards – but I am currently up to a small amount of mileage.

With that being said my big news: I am signing up for my first 5k in 9 years!!!!

My friend Kelley, who is also new to running, is going to participate with me. We found a race on April 9th in Jersey City, which seems cool because you run along the NYC skyline. I figure looking at the pretty view may keep me entertained. Plus, we get t-shirts! We haven’t signed up quite yet, but I think we will pretty soon.

To train for my 5K, I created a plan based on some plans I’ve read online. I already was up to two miles, when I started last week, but I was taking a two minute break between each mile. Last week, I focused on running the two miles straight. This week, I upped the mileage to 2.25 miles. I plan on going up .25 miles until I reach 3.5 miles, which is slightly longer than the 5K. I run all but my last mile at 10 minute pace currently, and my last mile as fast as I can, with my current best around a 7:55.

My goal by race day is to complete the 5K under 30 minutes, which I know isn’t a huge deal to most people, but to someone with shotty knees who hasn’t run in almost a decade, it’s a big deal.

What are you current fitness goals?

Oats in the News

Today the NYT featured an interesting article about my beloved oatmeal. I eat oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast. I find it soothing and more filling than most other breakfast options. I also prefer sweet to savory most mornings, so once again oatmeal comes out on top. In fact, I am currently eating a packet of Quaker’s Instant Maple Sugar oatmeal with some dark hot chocolate powder from my morning cocoa added in. Yum.

The article speaks towards how commercial food chains, specifically McDonald’s take something healthy like oatmeal, and completely ruin it. They add “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.” And they charge you over $2 in NYC.

McDonald's oatmeal

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The article also provides a link that teaches you how to make your own oatmeal packets. Considering I hate spending the hyped up price of Quakers Instant in my area, and I know that it’s not the healthiest version of oats out there, I will be buying these ingredients (most which I already own), and try to make my own oatmeal ready-to-go packets soon.  

Some recommended ingredients.

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What would you put in your own oatmeal ready-to-go packets?

Controversy

Fro-yo for dinner or dinner than fro-yo?

I’m thinking fro-yo for dinner.

Update: Fro-yo for dinner was the way to go. 🙂

Parisian Pizza

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of Chris and my favorite things to do when we travel is to try out the local cuisine. Paris is by far my favorite city to take on this task. Every street is full of delicious restaurants, patisseries, and cafes. I started every morning of our trip off with a croissant and a café au lait. Lunches were usually light – a sandwich from a street vendor served on long crisp baguettes and filled with all sorts of goodies. Dinners were long and wonderful. One night, we even managed to get a outside table at a restaurant with heat lamps (it was October) that looked directly onto the Eiffel Tower. It being Europe, they didn’t mind that we took way too long with our dinner in order to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle over and over again. I think eating a banana split at that restaurant in front of the Eiffel Tower is one of my best memories ever.

That is not the meal I tried to recreate last night. I could make a banana split and stare at the Empire State building, and I may do that outside from my apartment building’s patio when it’s warm out, but it would never be the same.

The story that goes along with the meal I recreated last night goes like this: Chris and I traveled to Paris to meet our friends Evan and Yara, who were both studying abroad. We decided it would be fun to get a late dinner.  After much deliberation, we decided on a restaurant that looked onto a busy street for prime people viewing.  It was a pizza place. A pizza place with many pizzas unknown to my American eyes, one being tuna pizza.

 I love tuna. I love tuna fish salad like any good Jewish girl, and I love seared tuna, and tuna sushi, and really I just love tuna. When I was little, I was the annoying little kid that would bring the stinky tuna sandwich to lunch every day. So when we saw tuna pizza on the menu, Yara immediately dared me to try it. Challenge accepted. The pizzas took a long time to be ready, but when they did come out, mine was amazing. I would have polished off the entire pie if I had the room. It was the best midnight dinner I have ever eaten.

I completely forgot about my tasty tuna pizza until Yara reminded me of it during our recent trip to Pastita. Last night, since I had a pizza crust left over from the weekend, and because Chris (who hates tuna fish, silly boy) was working late, I decided to recreate my Parisian meal. Don’t knock this combination until you try it. Just trust me on this, it’s good.

 Parisian Pizza

–          1 pre-made pizza crust

–          Fresh mozzarella (I didn’t measure how much I used)

–          Shredded mozzarella (I didn’t measure how much I used)

–          1 packet of tuna fish (or can)

–          ¼ of a white onion

–          1 egg (optional)

–          Salt, pepper, oregano, garlic to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice up the mozzarella and place on pizza crust. I left space between the slices. Cover the entire pizza with shredded mozzarella. Slice the onion and add it to the pizza. Open the tuna packet and drain. Add the tuna to the pizza. Sprinkle seasonings to taste. I suggest going heavy on the garlic. Bake for five minutes. This next part is optional, and I know it sounds weird, but be adventurous and try it. Crack the egg into a cup. This gives you more control than just cracking it right on the pizza. Pour the egg onto the pizza. I did it in just one corner, in case I didn’t like it, but you can place it anywhere you choose. Bake for ten more minutes or until the crust is golden. Serve it like the French, with white wine!

Oh yum. The egg was good on the pizza!

This Week’s Loves #6

This is a weekly post where I take time to be thankful for the small extras that made me happy this past week.

– Teaching Hadley to jump on the bed on the count of three. This is both cute and convenient.

I like to learn new tricks. I'm smart like that.

– Trying out a new falafel place near my apartment where I got to add my own toppings.

Maoz.

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– NYC soaring to 60 degrees on Friday.

– Wearing my awesome Nordstrom’s Rack find for the first time.

My most favorite heels ever.

– Watching Hadley go mud-splashing in the dog park. He needed a bath afterwards, but he had so much fun doing it.

– Rocking a denim mini skirt from AE out on Friday. I haven’t been able to wear a denim mini since 1L year.

My first purchase off my Spring Wish List.

 – Having a family sleepover after dinner on Saturday night.

– Enjoying pizza I made in my own oven.

Out of the oven.

– Running my first sub-8 minute mile in probably as many years.

– Purchasing the Victoria Secret yoga shorties I have been eyeing for over a month. Pilates makes a tush look good!

– Having a three day weekend to celebrate our Presidents.

Thanks Mr. Presidents!

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What are your loves from this past week?

My Weekend: The Relaxing plus Pear and Blue Cheese with Caramelized Onion Pizza

As I mentioned, my weekend was a mix of on the go and relaxing. Sunday began the relaxation. I started the morning with Pilates. Pilates isn’t super relaxing, but it is fun! I feel myself getting stronger every time, and it was a great way to start the morning.

After Pilates, I had a pretty chill day. I watched Friday Night Lights and cuddled with Hadley. Then Chris and I decided we hadn’t cooked in too long and decided to get creative in the kitchen. I have been wanting to try to replicate a meal I’ve enjoyed at California Pizza Kitchen, so we made:

Pear and Blue Cheese with Caramelized Onion Pizza

– 1 pre-made pizza crust

– 1 Bartlett pear

– 1/2 white onion

– Fresh mozzarella cheese (I didn’t measure how much I used)

– Shredded mozzarella (I didn’t measure how much I used)

– Blue cheese (I didn’t measure how much I used)

– 1 cup Arugla

I started by caramelizing the onions. To do so, I took a tsp of butter and melted it in a pan. Then I added half a sliced onion into the pan. I stirred the onions continuously until they were brown. Then I put them in a bowl while I prepped the rest of my pizza.

I took the pizza crust and covered it with thin slices of fresh mozzarella. I spread it out and left spaces.  I then covered the whole pie with shredded mozzarella.  I next sliced up the pear and covered the entire pie with slices of pear. Then, I added my caramelized onions. I next crumbled a small amount of blue cheese on top of the pears. I added salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic.

Before going in the oven.

I baked according to the direction on the pre-baked pizza. It ended up taking around 15 minutes.

Out of the oven.

I topped the pizza with arugla mixed in a balsamic vinaigrette. I took a pretty picture of this with actual vibrant color, but because my blog doesn’t allow me to ever post truly good pictures, it will not load. Sad face.

The pizza came out really well. It was crispy and cheesy, but the pears and arugla added a certain freshness to the taste. I will be making this again.

What kind of toppings do you like on your pizza?

My Weekend: The On the Go

This long weekend was the right balance of on the move go and relaxation. Friday night started on the go. It was glorious out in NYC and in the sixties! I took the day off from exercise because my body was asking for it, but I felt so tempted to run outside. I ultimately decided it was a better idea to let my legs have a rest. Especially because I went out in these later that night:

My most favorite heels ever.

I went to dinner at the Corner Shop Cafe with Chris and friends. It was closed for a year and just reopened. Chris and I started out with their much loved on Yelp Mac ‘n Cheese. Maybe I’m not mac ‘ n cheese cultured, but I prefer my Annie’s. For dinner I had a tuna burger. Good but nothing over the top. If you add in the fact that the we waited about an hour and a half to be served, and they brought the meals out one at a time, I won’t be returning. Still, I was with good friends, so it was still fun. We ended the night dancing at a nearby lounge. I was happy I didn’t go running earlier in the day, because my legs would have never approved otherwise. It was fun to dance – I honestly cannot remember the last time I have gone.

Saturday was too fun. I spent the entire day in Lord and Taylor with my mom, aunt, and brother. We even ate lunch there! It turns out their food is yummy. My aunt teased me for taking pictures of my food, but this meal was pretty.

Shrimp ceasar salad and flat bread.

The waitress brought out complimentary mini yogurts for everyone.

We spent the rest of the day shopping, but were unsuccessful for the most part. Still, my mom managed to nab a pair of designer jeans  marked way down. I was proud of myself for not buying just to buy. I’m telling you, my teeny tiny closet is helpful sometimes.

We ended the evening joined by Chris and my cousin at Tavern on Jane. This place is great! I had a restaurant.com coupon to it, which made it even better. The menu wasn’t extensive, but everything we ordered was delicious. The place is small, but not tiny, and they were fine with the fact that we were super late to our reservation. We all shared a calamari app, which was yummy and not greasy at all. For dinner I tried out their seared yellow-fin tuna tacos. This time Yelp reviews didn’t lie. They were oh-so-good. I wish I had pictures, but the place was dark and my little point and shot refused to play along.

Perhaps the most fun part of the restaurant is that the table cloths are paper and they provide crayons so you can draw on it. We had enjoyed a very intense game of hang man, in which my cousin didn’t spell the word we were trying to guess correctly. We aren’t spellers in my family. I think more restaurants should let you draw on their table cloths!

It was so much fun to be out in the city with my family. Whenever my parents visit, we tend to eat in my apartment, so it was great to go try a restaurant with my mom, show her a new area of the city, and even get her to ride the subway. Successful Saturday!