Category Archives: wine

Kickboxing kicked my tush

Yesterday, I got an email from Lauren saying that she was going to an outdoor kickboxing class along the Hudson, and did I want to join. Kickboxing? Pretty views? Outdoors? Sure, I’m there.

I was pretty excited for the class. The view was great and the weather was perfect. Still, the class turned out to be a bit of a mess for me. I’ve taken kickboxing classes in the past and loved it. This was different. We spent half the time doing bootcamp moves, such as squating, jumping jacks, and lunges. I can’t do any of these because of me knees, so I was the idiot jogging in place. Then we did a lot of ab work. My abs are fairly strong from Pilates, but we did these movements so fast and they didn’t take the time to show us form. Now my neck is killing me today. I know I should have just slowed down to do the moves properly, but the instructors were really into it and yelling, so I felt bad slowing down. Overall, it wasn’t a good workout for me, and I had to cancel Pilates today so that my neck can stop throbbing. Still, I’m always up for trying outdoor exercise classes, so it was worth a try.

After kickboxing, I came home to find a much awaited package. I ordered a cashmere/silk blend cardigan from the elusive Brooks Brothers. With the combination of sales reductions, a gift card, and a store credit, I paid $12 for this beauty. Cashmere and silk is bound to make any sore neck feel better.

Silk Cashmere Cable Cardigan

Chris made it home in time for dinner and volunteered to cook if I ran out for some wine. Done! He made a delicious dish of pasta with Morningstar Crumbles “meat” sauce.

Paired with my favorite type of wine Cotes de Rhone:

Lastly, I finally made banana softserve!!!

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I Don’t Know How to Relax

Yesterday I was excited all day to hit up Anthropologie for their bi-annual Tag Sale. In the past, the sale supposedly was awesome. I even asked Chris to make sure that he could come home from work at an acceptable hour to let Hadley out for a walk, so that I didn’t have to rush my shopping. I figured I could pick myself out a nice birthday prezzie. There was a lot I was lusting over.

Why won't you go on sale?

Sadly, the Tag Sale was a huge let down. Most things I liked weren’t on sale. In fact, very few things were on sale. Stop playing games with my heart Anthro.

You know you gotta stop, you're tearing us apart.

I went home feeling somewhat down, but was quickly made better when I realized that Chris and Hadley were at the dog park. The dog park is such a happy place. I was able to witness Hadley chasing around a Wheaten and rolling in the mud. That sure put a smile on my face.
 

Hadley at the dog park meeting another Welshie. This is my happy.

What else put a smile on my face? I have been craving chocolate chip pancakes for a long time, so last night I decided to have them. I complained to Chris that I was feeling lazy and wished the pancakes would just make themselves. Well, the next best thing to magical pancakes happened. Chris made me my pancakes and served them with a glass of white wine. Pancakes cooked by your boyfriend and a glass of white wine? I’ll have seconds please.

Not my actual pancakes, but you get the idea.

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Tonight I’m excited to have plans. I was good at scheduling things to do on weeknights before vacation, but have been lazy since I’ve been back. I am one of those people that suck at just relaxing, so without plans I tend to get bored and cranky. I guess after 3 years in law school of constantly being on the move, you just get used to the lifestyle. Anyone else suck at relaxing?

Tonight I’ll be attending Pilates (second class this week – I’m back, baby) and meeting my friend Lauren to try out a new falafel place. We then are going to catch up and watch my favorite show still on TV, Modern Family. I just watched last week’s episode last night, and the puppy made me so happy.

So give me advice: are you any good at relaxing? What do you do with free weekday evenings?

“Sometimes I Really Just Love NYC” Sunday

Best way to start a morning? If you guessed freezing rain, then you are wrong. If you guessed Dunkin Donuts coffee, then ding ding ding, you are correct.

Few things both relax and perk me up like a D&D coffee. When I saw it was a rainy mess this morning, I took the opportunity to grab a cup of hazelnut coffee from D&D. Morning saved. I’m enjoying the coffee with a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats and a baggie of assorted dried fruit.

Yesterday was a wonderful Sometimes I Really Just Love NYC Sunday. Often, I find myself screaming at NYC (usually to/from work, because I can’t stand the area of the city I work in), but some days, the City gets it just right. Yesterday was one of those days.

The day started at a NY Vinters wine-tasting class. The wine store offers a variety of wine classes. Cheryl and I bought a Groupon some time back, and used it yesterday to attend their Wine 101 seminar. I highly recommend this class if you have an interest in wine, but little knowledge about the drink. The classes are held in the back room of the wine store, where you’ll find two long beautifully set tables.

You take your seat and sip on a glass of bubbly while you wait for class to start. The class itself is informative and covers the basics of how to judge a wine on appearance, taste, smell, and acidity. The instructor is down to earth and makes you feel okay to ask questions. It is in no way a pretentious wine-tasting and most the wines tasted sold for under $25/bottle. You’ll taste 3 whites, 3 reds, and a dessert wine. To clean your palate, there are assorted crackers, cheeses, and olives on the tables. The pours are heavy with nearly a half glass for each wine – if you were planning on drinking them all you would walk away needing a nap after the 2-hour class – but there is a pour bucket so there is no need to get sloshed. Overall, if you are looking for a good wine class, I highly recommend NY Vinters. They offer a lot of different classes, such as pizza and wine pairings and cheese and wine pairings. They also host on occasional Fridays an 8-course dinner and wine pairing, which I am tempted to try out sometime. I have pictures of the tasting that I will add as soon as I locate my camera cable.

After my wine education, I made my way to Greenwich Village, where I stopped in a nail salon to get a manicure. I have an important meeting this week, and Cheryl and I both agreed that I couldn’t go without evening out my messy nails. The salon was friendly and clean, if not a little over priced, but I guess that’s what you get when you get your nails done in the Village. I choose a light yellow color, because it said Spring! to me, and I am very happy with the sunny results.

My nails match the post-it notes.

When my nails were dry, I wandered on my own through the Village and peered into many stores as I made my way up to Union Square. I had initially planned to go to Trader Joe’s, but there was a line to get in. Who waits on line to get into the supermarket? Instead, I used my new found wine knowledge and stopped into their much less crowded wine store and picked out a bottle of red and white. I came out with 2 wines for under $15, which made me love TJ’s wine store. I popped into Whole Foods, which was surprisingly not crowded (all of NYC was perhaps at TJs?) and picked up some goodies for the week.  Look forward to new product reviews and recipes!

I ended the day, meeting Chris for dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant and watching the new Army Wives. It really was the perfect way to spend a NYC Sunday. Plus, I got so much walking in that I felt sufficiently exercised.

How did you spend your Sunday?