Brunch at Sacred Chow (Again)

This morning I met up with 2 of my fellow New York bloggers – Marina and Missy. We get together for brunch every once in a while and we like to go to yummy vegetarian/vegan places. Today we headed down to Sacred Chow (I’ve been there with Bobby and my brother – sacred chow salad number 1, sacred chow salad number 2!).

Instead of salad I opted for a brunch special – I got the tofu scramble with fruit (instead of home fries) and salad with lemon-miso dressing (I think) ($13.75). Poor Marina ordered a glass of orange juice that came out to be $8 – ridiculous! The scramble was delicious though. I almost finished it (and of course finished the fruit and salad) and brought a few bites home for Bobby (he just ate it with toast). We actually all got the scramble. Last time we got together we all ordered the same thing too.

On my way home from brunch I picked up a decaf coffee at Whole Foods – no matter how much coffee I try, Whole Foods’ coffee is always my favorite. I like it with soy milk (just a splash) and Z-Sweet (a natural zero-calorie sweetener).

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The coffee was hot, and it is *hot* again today (90s), so I poured it over ice when I got home and enjoyed a cooling fresh iced coffee.

Exercise of the day: the first part of Crunch: Burn & Firm Pilates (the cardio segment; ~35 minutes). The instructor is Ellen Barrett (again! yes she is my favorite!). This workout is a short warmup (<5 minutes), cardio (~30 minutes), and mat work (~10 minutes; I didn’t do this part). The cardio is with weights but I didn’t use weights (I don’t have them) and it was still a sweaty workout. This is yet another free Netflix exercise video. I also walked about 20 blocks or so (1 mile) to get to brunch from Union Square. Yesterday’s EotD was Ellen Barrett’s Self: Slim & Sleek, Fast! (again).

What do you do for exercise on the weekends? Do you stick to the same things you do during the week or do you play it by ear? I tend to do more walking on the weekends so I don’t always do a video/podcast.

Brunch at The Mudspot: Perfection

A few weeks (months?) ago (here) we went to The Mudspot with friends for brunch. It was delicious! This weekend Bobby and I took my mom there for brunch on Mothers Day. She absolutely loved it. I think she said it was the best meal she’s ever had.

Brunch ($12.95) comes with coffee (“mud”) and your choice of a mimosa, champagne, or orange juice.

We all got coffee; I got a mimosa, Bobby got orange juice, and my mom got champagne. The cups for water are small jars, which I love. I always drink out of jars (even smoothies).

My mom got the special, which was an omelette with tomato, basil, mozzarella, and prosciutto. Home fries on the side and the most amazing 5-grain bread I’ve ever had.

Bobby got the bagel and gravlax, which is a bagel with cream cheese, salmon, tomato, and onion. He got this last time too.

I got the big love salad, which is mixed greens, fresh goat cheese, guacamole, roasted peppers, pico de gallo, and roasted corn. I got the vinaigrette and the 5-grain toasted bread with butter. I want this bread! I asked and they said it is from Amy’s. Must go.

I’ve been mostly vegetarian lately, but haven’t been able to shake the cheese or butter. Not that I’m trying! Just something I noticed. I do like my cheese, especially goat cheese. And I adore butter on anything and everything. (The other thing that keeps me from being a full-on veg-head is shrimpies. I love my shrimpies.)

What’s your favorite brunch food? I like pancakes, but only if my dad makes them. I also like French toast, but… only if my dad makes it. So when we go out I tend to stick with oatmeal, eggs & bacon, omelettes, or yummy salads with extras like goat cheese and guacamole.

The Top 5 Mothers Day Activities

These are my best 5 ideas to treat your mom on Mothers Day.

  1. Take her shopping and get her something nice, like a cool necklace.
  2. Treat her to brunch at The Mudspot. (They make the best “mud” – coffee – ever, which is always important to a mom… or at least my mom.)
  3. Love her a lot.
  4. Don’t drag her around buying yourself shoes… (sorry Mom! I’m addicted to Aldo).
  5. Let her chill out, and make sure she knows she’s appreciated for all she does.

Thanks for being the best mom ever, Mom! I love you very much. I had a wonderful weekend with you. Come again soon!

Thanksgiving Recap

Before the recap – look what I did!

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I got a milk frother at the Foodbuzz Festival the other week and I finally used it… for coffee. Did you know you can froth coffee? I did not. It’s really cool. Unfortunately this is decaf instant coffee courtesy of Nescafe, but the froth made it better.

Yesterday Bobby and I (and we brought our friend, Justin) spent the day in New Jersey with my family. My Grammie hosts Thanksgiving every year and I was really excited and happy to see her – I hadn’t seen her since January!

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Everybody futzed around in the kitchen for a while (Mom, Grammie, Dad, Bobby)…

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More futzing (Justin, Uncle Rudy, Aunt Mattie)…

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Playing with cameras (Rob, my brother)…

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Then it was time for the food. Somehow we ended up with 3 Tofurkeys (!), but it was actually the perfect amount. They were cooked with onions (from the garden), carrots (from the garden), and potatoes (not sure – probably from the garden). We also had sparkling cider (I opted for sparkling wine instead). Everyone in my family (grandparents included) loves Tofurkey.

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Dinner is served! (Julia – sister, Rob, Dad, Justin) This was actually lunch; we ate around 1:30 or 2pm.

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There was real turkey too, of course. A little dry, but remedied with lots of delicious (vegan) dressing.

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Creamy chestnuts were great – always a favorite of mine.

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My mom’s sweet potato pie (from the Moosewood cookbook) stole the show. It had pecans and a cheddar-poppyseed crust.

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I didn’t get a picture, but there was also a bowl of pureed squash that I attacked without mercy. Grammie made it – must get the recipe from her. She wasn’t sure what kind of squash she used; it was bright orange (but not kabocha, butternut, buttercup – possibly hubbard).

Other things that were unpictured: Brussels sprouts, stuffing (one vegan and one from the turkey), cucumber salad thing, pickled beets, … I think that was it.

Dessert was impossible pumpkin pie, apple pie, and an apple-pecan dish. Served with whipped cream.
I actually skipped out on dessert in the afternoon (though I did have a generous bowl of whipped cream – real cream) but I brought home leftovers and had them last night with supper (more leftovers).

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I think my favorite was the apple pie; the apple-pecan thing was amazing but a little bit sweet for me. And the pumpkin was pretty delicious as well… I just have a fondness for apples.

I didn’t do any Black Friday craziness today, but I’ll probably go out for a walk in a little bit and maybe do some yoga later.

How was your Thanksgiving?