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Anyone else relieved we’re halfway through February—and thus, another month of winter?

V-Day red wineDespite the snow, I can’t complain so far about this winter. I also actually had the first enjoyable (aka conflict-free) Valentines Day I can recall since, well, ever. After an amazing, headache-clearing massage, I spent the afternoon working in my favorite coffee shop before meeting up with a girlfriend for a glass of wine.

There was a lady at the bar teaching her clueless man-friend how to eat oysters. It kind of made my night.

I’ve been working a lot of Saturdays at the hospital, so a mellow Friday evening with an early  bedtime suited me just fine. Besides, full moons make me tired.

Speaking of full moons, have you heard about the lunar/werewolf diet yet? Or excuse me, Moon Diet. Though I can get on board with the idea that our bodies might be more inclined to retain—or get rid of—water during a particular phase of the moon, I don’t really see why fasting is necessary. You could do just as well being mindful of sodium intake and filling your plate with bloat-fighting foods that are rich in potassium. Also, losing 6 pounds (of water weight that you’ll probably just gain back) in 24 hours isn’t exactly healthy. Just my professional opinion, of course…

Anyway, happy weekend.

How did you spend Valentines Day? What’s the craziest diet you’ve ever heard of? 

 

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Pause.

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Happy Friday! Hope you’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend ahead. Can you believe we’re already getting into mid-February?

I just want to hit the “pause” button and go back to one of my New Years resolutions for 2014, which was to catch up with friends over drinks or a meal at least once a month. So far I’m really happy that I’ve done well with that one—I feel like I’ve been making up for lost time, even.

spring natural kitchen stir fryLast night, I enjoyed a delicious meal with a friend from grad school at Spring Natural Kitchen on the Upper West Side—everything was perfect: the food, the wine, the ambiance. I already can’t wait to go back. I highly recommend the stir-fry. Ginger-tamari anything is pretty much always a great idea.

What  are you looking forward to this weekend? Any good restaurant meals lately? 

Cute Entertaining Idea

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Happy Monday? Did you enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday? Even though I was a bit of a zombie after work, I threw myself in the shower and headed down to my friend’s place for a lovely gathering. Aside from the Super Bowl, the Puppy Bowl was also playing, and there was a pool table and quite the spread of edibles. We had a good laugh over how domesticated she is now—adorable! super bowl spread

I also loved this idea for labeling desserts…So cute! Super Bowl Cupcakes

Do you use labels for food at parties? Do you ever write cute things on them? 

The Best of Get Real on the Internet Week

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Focusing on life’s imperfect little moments for Real Simple‘s Get Real on the Internet Week definitely helped me laugh about the spectacular day-to-day mishaps. There were some pretty funny ones this week:

Like the time I slept through two alarm clocks:cab view

(which also happened to be the day I showed up for a meeting that wasn’t scheduled to happen until the next day)

‘Or when I spilled coffee all over my desk and breakfast (but somehow not on my white shirt):coffee breakfast

(and yes, I ate said breakfast anyway—I was hungry!)

Or when a frozen sausage flew out of my hands and landed across the room, under the stove:sausage escapee

Clearly, I was having something of a slapstick-worthy week.

One thing that went well at least was a dinner party with a couple of my best girls. We enjoyed salad and this gnocchi and roasted butternut squash dish except with spicy chicken sausage (see above) instead of lamb. One of my lady friends also made a beautiful apple cake for dessert, thus convincing me that olive oil is perfectly wonderful to bake with. I will never feel like a slacker for never buying butter again. Leave it to a math teacher to be a brilliant with baked goods.

Enjoying the company of friends in my studio apartment made me appreciate this piece I saw on Cup of Jo full of tip & tricks to  promote sanity in a small space, especially when sharing it with another full-grown human. Oh, the things we New Yorkers get used to…

A million thanks to Real Simple for hosting such a wonderful event. It was great to share the everyday madness with other bloggers, tweeters (is that a word?) and instagram-ers.

What was your last hilarious mishap? 

New Stuff

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So I’m sure you’ve noticed that things have been looking a little different around here. A blog redesign was a long time coming—thank you so much for the kind words about the new look and feel. I was super-nervous about taking the leap and seeking out a designer who knows what they’re doing, but sometimes when the signs point to “yes,” you have to get out of your own way and just go with it.

Something else that’s been almost impossible to keep quiet about on the blog is that I’m starting a new job! Though I’ve only been at the facility where I’ve worked as a clinical dietitian for only eight months, I was offered an opportunity to work somewhere that has been on my professional wish list a long time. My new schedule will also leave more room in my week for blogging, freelancing, and what I love most: working with clients one-on-one. For those outside the NYC area, I also do sessions via Skype, gchat, and phone if you’re interested in working together. On top of all that, I have some fun workshops, conferences, and events coming up in the next few months that I can’t wait to tell you about.  Read the rest of this entry »

What I Ate Wednesday #145

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cab viewGood morning and Happy What I Ate Wednesday. It’s also a full moon day. Anyone else ever feel more tired the week of a full moon? Just the other day I was talking to someone about how I’m up like a f***ing shot every morning, but go figure, Monday morning, I totally thought my second alarm clock was a dream, and 7:30 a.m. found me in a cab heading to work. The universe was obviously laughing at me. 

I then proceeded to show up for a meeting that wasn’t scheduled until Tuesday. I’m shocked I managed to stay awake, much less get any real work done. Yet somehow…

Anyway, I thought we’d backtrack a little to Sunday this week, which was spent cleaning and hanging with friends at a cookie exchange party (where the hosts surprised us all by announcing they’re getting married!). As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

  • Breakfast: Savory oats with zucchini and spinach cooked in, later topped with tahini (recycled pic)
  • Lunch: Big salad with pulled quicken, goat cheese, and balsamic; toast with hummus and roasted eggplant
  • Dinner: Chickpeas, kale, and mushrooms in a spicy tomato sauce (similar to this recipe—perhaps I’ll post a new recipe soon)
  • Snacks: Greek yogurt with fig preserves & cereal, bites of a few cookies at the party; an after-dinner chocolate treat from my friend Surkhab; sliced banana with non-fat ricotta before bed

Do you get tired during the full moon? What’s your favorite cookie? 

What I Ate Wednesday #144: Snow day

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Welcome to the first What I Ate Wednesday post of 2014. Or okay, the first one about food actually consumed in 2014. Ironically, this week I’m giving you a look at last Friday, on which I took my last vacation day of 2013.  Whatever works, I guess. It was “use it or lose it,” which is why I took so many random days off in November and December. I am and am not looking forward to working full weeks at my clinical job now that the new year has started. On the one hand, it was nice to have the extra time to do other things, but on the other, it was really stressful to squeeze in as much as I could on the days I was there. So this was a nice way to spend a snow day, and I got to eat a lot of delicious things. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

  • Breakfast: Quinoa with kale, roasted veggies, egg whites, and goat cheese
  • Lunch: Leftover red lentil chili; salad; a toasted whole wheat sandwich thin with hummus and roasted eggplant
  • Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon, cereal, and fig & ginger jam
  • Dinner: Shakshuka at Hummus Place in the West Village, along with some mezze I shared with my friend Anna. We had falafel, roasted eggplant in tahini, and roasted cauliflower. And about a gallon of mint tea, which our server kept bringing. She even sent us each home with a cup to go, on the house. So nice! The restaurant also serves wine and beer, but as I’d had a glass of red wine at a nearby bar before dinner, I was more than happy to sit hot tea. It was the coldest night in 20 years, according to the chitchat on WNYC.
  • Dessert: One of these chocolate-covered cherries my aunt and her husband brought back from Seattle. So delicious!

Man, I could eat shakshuka pretty much every day and not get sick of it. Naturally, Saturday morning, I had to buy eggs and canned tomatoes so I could make my own. Traditionally, you poach the eggs in the spicy tomato sauce, but I usually make a short-cut version in which I just top a mix tomato sauce and veggies with a poached egg. Not exactly authentic, but super-satisfying.

What food could you eat every day and not get sick of?