How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Ice Cream

Saturday was the first day of spring. I’m visiting my family in New Jersey and my dad made waffles. I had them with some of my sister’s Artisana macademia nut butter and my dad’s homemade syrup (he taps our trees every year and boils it down).

After breakfast we walked over to Rita’s for free water ice. Every year on the first day of spring, Rita’s opens and gives out free cups of their yummy flavors. I actually opted for sugar-free rootbeer. One of my food rules is that sugar is more evil than fake sugar. We all enjoyed our ices.

Back in the city, after dinner, I got ice cream at McDonald’s. That made my night. Another one of my food rules is that McDonald’s cones are okay occasionally.

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Today my brother was in town (he actually came last night and brought our piano) so we took him to brunch at Quantum Leap (vegan place by NYU) as thanks. It was not very good! I ordered the macro plate because I was missing Souen this weekend but QL’s was so disappointing.

After my brother left I made corned beef for dinner that I had picked up at Pennington Market back in NJ. (It was a special packet that included the seasonings.)

Corned beef recipe – cover beef with water (1 inch above), add spice packet (looks like a tea bag), bring to a boil (uncovered), cover and simmer for 3-4 hours. Add cabbage for the last hour (chopped up roughly).

Eat with kabocha and mustard. I pulled a Heather and had my second bowl with whipped cream cheese. Oh. My. Goodness. That was the best.

Dessert was another McD’s ice cream cone (2 nights in a row!) and exercise was a walk on the Upper West Side to look at a couch and arm chair from Craigslist (which I think we will get).

I am now officially over my rambling and I am off to bed. I hope your weekend was as lovely as mine. What did you do?

Long Busy Day + Cake

Today was the longest day. The internet was down at work all day (and I was the one on the phone trying to get it back on again) and now I think my blackberry is dead! At least I have cake.

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I bought this chocolate piece of heaven on Saturday during my Whole Foods trip with Marina; Bobby and I broke into it last night (it was one of my Valentine’s day presents to him). Then we had it again tonight – it is a chocolate cake with rich fudgey topping.

I wanted to share one of my presents from Bobby:

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Sabon soap! This one is a coconut and olive oil base, and it’s vanilla and coconut scented. It’s great for the skin. I adore Sabon and it’s closeby.

After dessert (pictured above) I had dinner:

bacon veggies cream cheese

  • goodies: bacon and coconut oil and whipped cream cheese
  • healthies: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas, and corn
  • spicies: cinnamon, chili powder, garlic powder, and Kikkoman ponzu sauce from Foodbuzz (love this stuff!)

I also had some black beans. My acupuncturist told me to eat black beans so I obliged. I topped them with some maple syrup, salt, and more whipped cream cheese (Heather, I blame you for this addiction!). I think I will have to try without the syrup next time – too sugary.

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Moving on… I wanted to do an exercise update. I am back to my gentle routine of walking, and I couldn’t be happier. I walk to work in the morning (2 miles) and I try to get in another half mile or so throughout the rest of the day (running an errand for example). I haven’t been doing as much yoga. I did do my DVF exercises (Diane von Furstenburg exercises) 3 times this past week though. They are relaxing stretching moves.

Just goes to show, you don’t have to exercise a lot to stay thin! Moderation is the KEY. (I can say this but moderation is still the thing I struggle with.)

Another cool thing I’m doing right now is soaking my feet in hot water with epsom salts and lavender (it’s a lavender oil that the sweet Clare sent me for Christmas). Both Coco and my acupuncturist recommended this, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s relaxing but the water cools quickly and I have to keep reheating it.

I am off to do some work that I did not get done today (no productivity since there was no internet). I’m glad I have blogging to de-stress 🙂

What’s your de-stressor?

Brunches and Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! What did you do?

Bobby and I went out for a Valentine’s day brunch because we weren’t sure what we were doing tonight (and because we love brunch). We still don’t know what we’re doing tonight… takeout pizza perhaps?

I was debating and debating what to get. I kind of wanted French toast or I kind of wanted eggs, but I had eggs on Friday, and a scramble yesterday (Saturday), and I’ll probably have eggs again tomorrow (Monday).

So I ended up getting something I haven’t had in ages – fruit and cottage cheese! I made sure the cottage cheese was the full fat kind, not the diet one. This plate was only $8.95 and it was quite large (I did finish it). I also ate Bobby’s salad that came with his rice and quiche.

I’ve been experimenting a little bit with dairy (maybe I’m not as intolerant to it as I thought) and it’s been working out very well. So I will be eating more yogurt and cottage cheese, and especially cream cheese on my veggies… yum.

I went vegan for brunch yesterday – I met up with Marina and Missy down at Blossom on 9th Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets). Blossom is an organic and vegan cafe. We all decided to get the same exact thing: the Tofu Scramble ($13). I got extra ketchup (click here for my ketchup recipe) for my scramble.

Description from the site: Fresh tofu sautéed with onion, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and soy sausage. Served with toast; salad or fries. Missy and I got salad and Marina went for the fries. The salad was okay – I didn’t really like the dressing much, and I don’t like those silly spring greens that are so popular with the organic crowd. I like romaine and iceberg.

After brunch Marina and I moseyed over to Whole Foods in Chelsea (7th ave and 23rd street) and got some goodies. Then I went home, and later… I bought my wedding dress! I so wish I could post it here, but Bobby refuses to let me show him (I tried), so I’m not going to ruin it for him. UpdateHere are pictures from my wedding day. And more here.

I think we are actually ordering pizza (Domino’s pizza is now really good), so I am going to go watch the Olympics and hang out with my valentine.

Go give someone a hug!

What’s your favorite brunch food?

The Great Fat Animal Experiment

Nope, I’m not talking about these lazy boys (cats… or as we call them: fats).

I’m talking about some new dietary things I’ve been trying. The changes involve fat and animals. Like steel-cut oats cooked in water and almond milk, then topped with organic butter and maple syrup:

I take food to work in these containers. Here is another, better picture of steel cut oats from the other day (this is after the butter had been stirred in).

I cooked (makes ~3 servings):

  • 4.5 cups of water and almond milk (I did half and half)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats (the “serving size” is 1/4 cup)
  • few dashes of salt
  • cinnamon optional
  • …in my rice cooker.

Just be careful as it cooks – unless you have a very large rice cooker it will overflow. What I like to do is let it start to boil (on the “cook” button), and then turn it to “warm” and let it sit overnight. In the morning you have creamy, chewy, luscious steel-cut oats. They’re just as good as Jamba Juice‘s.

Or how about this guy…

Veggies cooked in 1-2 tablespoons of organic butter, topped with whipped full-fat cream cheese. I actually didn’t have this yet because my boss bought us lunch today (snow day!) – so I saved it in the fridge for tomorrow.

What are your thoughts on diet and healing? Do you think that food can really have that much of an impact on your well-being?

Salad, yoga, & shopping

Salad of the day:

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  • 1 romaine heart base
  • toppings: veggie “kinpira” of carrot, mushrooms, peas, cinnamon, sugar, & chili powder (sauteed in sesame oil)
  • protein: 2 tablespoons parmesan
  • dressing: annie’s lite honey mustard vinaigrette (new!)

Yoga of the day:

The other day I mentioned that my favorite dressing is newman’s own lowfat sesame ginger.  Whole Foods didn’t have it today, so I got some others to try – annie’s lite gingerly vinaigrette, annie’s lite honey mustard vinaigrette, and whole foods organic ginger soy vinaigrette.  So far I’ve only tried the honey mustard; it’s delicious.  It’s not as good as newman’s own though.

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I got this interesting jerky made by SnackMasters – Ahi Tuna Jerky!  I hope it’s good.  Bobby and I both love tuna.

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I’m headed off to yoga in about 10 minutes… What’s your favorite new/recent product discovery?  I’m actually not sure what mine is.  I have been loving dairy, and I just found Wallaby’s organic lowfat yogurt.