Cleaning out the Fridge

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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. If you’re traveling for the Christmas holiday, wishing you smooth, safe travels. Anyone else been eating strange things in an attempt to clean out the fridge before heading out of town for a few days?

egg whites with veg messThis was a steamed potato with an assortment of veggies and scrambled egg whites—topped with hummus because, well, why not? It may not be pretty, but this bowl was packed with nutrients and kept me full for hours.

I’m looking forward to spending a couple days with my family. And writing some kind of “year in review” post. Or at least commenting on last year’s resolutions

What are some of the concoctions you’ve come up with when cleaning out the fridge before a trip? Any travel plans for Christmas or New Years? 

What I Ate Wednesday #135: Toronto to New York

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This week, What I Ate Wednesday kind of feels like a Monday to me, as I have been off for a few days. Yesterday, I shared my Saturday in Toronto, so here’s what I ate on Sunday, which started at the ass-crack of dawn in Canada and ended in New York City. Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

I never get daylight savings right. Having gone to bed way later than usual, I was up at 4:45 a.m., unable to get back to bed. Part of it was that my stomach was growling, so I ate half a blueberry crisp Cliff bar that was in my suitcase. After some debate, I decided to hit the gym in the building I was staying in, figuring a little cardio (while reading this) would either give me an endorphin boost to get me through part of the day—or tire me out. Toronto Gym

Thankfully, it did the latter. I slept another two hours and suddenly it was time to go get brunch. After eating an energizing meal at Cora’s (which reminded me a little of a Canadian IHOP), we headed into the city, where we walked around the Distillery District until it was time for me to go to the airport.

Fortunately, my trip home was smooth.I used to be terrified to fly, and I had a to of anxiety about getting to/from the airport, but that seems to have mellowed out a bit. So there’s one good thing about getting older…

Here’s what I ate on Sunday, starting with my early-morning blood sugar-saver.

  • Snack: Cliff bar, half before my workout, and half after my nap
  • Breakfast/Brunch: At Cora’s: skillet au gratin with potatoes, veggies, and a poached egg. I think the cheese was cheddar. The fruit on the side was delicious too. I also had a lot of coffee.
  • Lunch/Snack: Edamame salad from the kiosk at the airport; an unpictured olive oil dark chocolate truffle from Soma chocolate.
  • Dinner: Yellow split pea & cabbage soup with nutritional yeast on top
  • Snack: Plain yogurt with cereal, pumpkin butter, PB & fruit after an unpacking session (ugly to look at but did the trick)

What kinds of foods do you eat when you travel? 

Toronto, Day 1

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Good morning! As promised, here are some pictures from my trip to Toronto this past weekend. When I visit a new place, rather than feel like I need to see All the Sights, I like to do a mix of touristy and everyday local people things.

After a late dinner Friday night at 360, a fancy restaurant at the top of the CN Tower (I ordered the lamb chops), I slept really well. Unfortunately, the friend I was visiting was feeling really sick and needed to rest, so after some French toast and salad, I ventured out armed with a hand-drawn map and a suggested itinerary. I don’t like to admit when I’m terrified, but the truth was I’d never traveled alone before, much less explored a foreign city by myself. Still, I had awesome directions and a vague idea of how the streets were laid out. So what if it was a raining a little?

After some walking along Spadina, one of the main roads, I found myself in Chinatown and standing in front of a sign for a David Bowie exhibit that just so happen to be at the AGO. If you’ve been with me a while, you know how much I love David Bowie, so of course I had to check it out. It was awesome! The combination of video and audio was the perfect rainy-afternoon activity.

I spent a good few hours at the museum before realizing I was starting to get hungry, so I headed to the Yorkville neighborhood for lunch at Cafe Nervosa, which had come highly recommended. I had a great time sitting at the bar talking to the staff and watching all the lovely dishes come out of the kitchen. I went with the seafood salad and a glass of prosecco.

By this time, it was getting way too late to attempt another museum, so I vented back through Chinatown until ending up at the Dark Horse Espresso bar. I sat down with an essay I’d been working on and ordered a cappuccino. It was really nice.

Luckily, my friend was feeling better in time for her birthday dinner at a downtown restaurant. Our table of ten ladies shared some delicious foods like bulgur-stuffed eggplant, seared fish, several kinds of salad, pumpkin pie, and cake.Weslodge Apps

It was really fun to meet so many new people from all over the world. Amazing how we all seem to end up talking about the same damn thing: men, and what the f*** is wrong with them.

I went to bed late and happily exhausted. I’ll be back with more about my trip.

What do you like to do when you travel? What was the last trip you took? 

Back to the Life

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Happy Monday! I am so glad I took today off because I am still feeling all the miles I walked in Toronto this past weekend. I’ll be back with a re-cap post. After I finish putting away all these groceries…groceries

How was your weekend? Do you ever take a day off after a trip to play catch-up? 

Twice as Nice

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Apparently pickiness and food jags are not just for kids. Case in point: How I like my eggs. Though I adore poached eggs, I can’t stand egg yolks that aren’t runny—When it comes to things like omelets and hard-boiled eggs, I’d rather skip the yolk altogether.

Almost two years later, I’m still doing pretty well on my 2012 New Year’s Resolution to eat more brunch (lunch for an early bird like me, but a rose by any other name…). Lately, it seems I can’t get enough of egg white omelets. After enjoying one last weekend after the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, I went with variations on the theme this past Saturday and Sunday while out with friends who are visiting from France. What can I say—I like what I like.

3 Forty omeletSaturday at 3Forty Grill in Hoboken: spinach, shitakes, bacon, and cheddar cheese

cotta ometletSunday at Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side: 3 kinds of mushrooms, parmesan cheese

I’m sure I’ll get the itch to move on to something new eventually, but for now, I’m enjoying my brunch fix. And hey, on the other end of the spectrum, I attempted—and pulled off—a basic comfort food dish I’ve always kind of wanted to learn: meatloaf. I came across this Coconut Diaries recipe for turkey pumpkin meatloaf on another blog (sorry I can’t remember which one!) and figured it seemed idiot-proof. It was also delicious. So yeah. Balance.

What’s your favorite kind of omelet? 

Starting the weekend off right

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Good morning and happy Saturday! Hope your weekend is off to a good start. After working last Saturday, it feels like such a treat to have two full days off! Small pleasures.

Turkey burger & salad=perfect post-Zumba dinner!
Turkey burger & salad=perfect post-Zumba dinner!

Last night I got my weekend started off on a great foot with a Zumba class taught by the lovely Diane of Piece of Cake Nutrition. Thanks for an awesome class, Diane!

Afterwards, I hauled my white, uncoordinated ass home to make dinner and pack for a beach excursion. Somehow, I’ve lived in NYC over 5 years and have as yet to cross a day-trip to a local beach off my bucket list. I’m definitely looking forward to remedying that situation.

Have a great one!

What are you looking forward to this weekend? 



What I Ate Wednesday #121: Newport Folk Festival Eats

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I’ve been all thrown off this week because of having Monday off, but the calendar tells me that yes, it is in fact Wednesday already—aka What I Ate Wednesday.Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

The other day, I got a spam comment saying, “I HATE what you are doing” regarding the whole WIAW thing, but hey, it’s my blog, and I didn’t ask you, robot. So without further ado, here’s what I ate in Newport at the folk festival. This year, my family rented a house since my parents, sister, aunts/uncles/cousins were there a little longer and we cooked dinner every night I was there. We enjoyed some great stuff. Here’s what Saturday entailed:

  • Breakfast: leftover veggies from the previous night’s dinner, topped with an egg and a packet of Wholly Guacamole I found in the fridge.
  • Lunch: My mom and I split a lobster roll and a Greek salad with hummus.
  • Snacks: An unpictured apple; later, vanilla Greek frozen yogurt from Ben & Jerry’s
  • Dinner: Sautéed scallops & shrimp with salad and bread with olivio light spread—I think that’s what it was called, at least; a big glass of wine was also involved
  • Dessert: Leftover fruit salad made with plums, grapefruit and watermelon

Here’s what I ate at Newport Folk Festivals past…

What kinds of things do you like to eat on vacation?