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Too Much Good Food is Still Too Much

Yesterday was a glorious day. We inched our way into the 80’s for the first time in so long. Immediately after work, I took Hadley to the dog park. He ran around in the heat for a good hour and played up a storm. When we left the park, he lied down and refused to get up. I tried to get him to move, but to no avail. Finally, I just carried the lazy bum inside. He’s not spoiled or anything.

Hadley passed out on the hardwood floor fully exhausted while I got out of my play clothes and into nicer duds for dinner with my parents. Chris joined us and we headed out to a brick oven pizza place. My parents brought a cake for me to the restaurant, and I drew a lot of attention. A woman insisted I cut her in the bathroom line as my birthday gift. I actually thought this was a pretty awesome gift.

My dad, Chris, and I split a well done pie with extra cheese and mushroom. Asking for a pizza pie well-done is my pizza ordering trick. It makes the pizza so much better when they do it right. Last night, they did it right and the three of us polished off the whole pie, while my mom munched healthily on her salad. The meal was ended with my yummy birthday cake.

To make up for the extravagance of the past few days, today I am eating healthy all the way. Breakfast was greek yogurt mixed with Honey Bunches of Oats. This is my favorite breakfast ever. Lunch was also pretty great: white rice, broccoli, and a Morningstar Chick Patty all mixed together with a pear. Of course, I’ve been snacking on baby carrots throughout the day. My goal of the weekend is to eat healthy every meal with the potential exception for Saturday night when I’m going out with friends for my birthday. It will be a bit of a challenge, since I’ve been off the healthy eating wagon this past week. Also, my best friend from college, Kelley, is visiting this long weekend, and one of our favorite things to do together is try out different foods and bake. We will just have to focus on eating healthy!

Now I ask you a question. Warmer months means more visitors. We had visitors last weekend, and I ate horribly (wonderfully, but horribly). We are having the lovely Miss Kelley this weekend. We are sure to have more visitors in the near future. When people come to visit, you want to take to your favorite places to eat. Often, those aren’t the healthiest places – they are often your “treat” places. This past weekend, we went with our guests to a great pub, Good Restaurant, Grom gelato, our favorite Indian, place, our favorite Italian place, etc. All were so so yummy, but  I know that my body isn’t the best for it now. What are your suggestions for eating healthy when you still want to show off your favorites to your guest? Hopefully, I’ll have some recs for you after this weekend!

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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 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!

Going Greek

I was lucky enough to spend yesterday and today with my brother, Corey, and cousin, Jason. Jason lives out in LA, but his work has sent him out to my area for a few months. They actually came over late Friday night after my book club, but we didn’t get to hang out until the next day.

We hung out and caught up during the day and stored up energy to go out at night. We started our night at a BBQ place called Brother Jimmy’s. First we enjoyed hush puppies (not so healthy, but we split the app 3-ways). Then for my main dish, I ordered a salad, since there isn’t much at BBQ place for someone who doesn’t eat meat. The salad was surprisingly good. The best part about it was that there was sliced sweet potato in it. I would have never thought to put cold sweet potato in a salad, but now I am going to copy the idea.

We spent the rest of the night meeting up with a friend of mine who also had a cousin visiting. Yay, for family!

Today, I introduced Jason to ABC Family’s Greek and we spent the next many hours pretending to relive college. It’s amazing to see how much the characters have developed and changed since Season 1. I still think it’s amazing that Rusty hit Evan with a pledge paddle.

After Corey and Jason left, I stocked up on produce at my local veggie market. I love this market, because I can get lots of fresh produce for a low price. Check out what I got for $11.

I'm set for the week!

For dinner, and perhaps with Greek on my mind, I recreated a favorite dish from a local Greek restaurant.

Greek Salmon with Roasted Vegetables

I sliced up onions, green peppers, zucchini, and broccoli and put it on a baking sheet with 1 Tbs of olive oil and seasoned with garlic, pepper, and salt. Then I prepped my salmon with lots of lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning. I placed the salmon on the same baking sheet as the veggies and cooked at 350. I didn’t time it, but rather, just waited until the salmon looked cooked through. Meanwhile, I made some instant garlic couscous on the oven and toasted a half piece of pita bread. I served whole thing mixed together with a little bit of low-fat yogurt.