Bobby and I spent this weekend up in Ithaca, NY for our college reunion. We didn’t stay in the dorms and go to all the CU Reunion events; we stayed at the Super 8 next to Wegmans with our best friends and we went to a few events that sounded fun (wine tasting!).
It all started Wednesday night…
We left work a little early Wednesday so that we could get to NJ in time to see my dad’s softball game (they lost, unfortunately, but it was to the best team in the league). After the game we went to pick up my Grammie’s car that we borrowed for the trip.
On Thursday morning we woke up early because our friends were supposed to be getting into Philly at 10am and we were picking them up. After waking up and getting ready though, it turned out their flight was delayed by 4 hours (!). This ended up working out because we hung out with my mom all morning, chatting, picking strawberries and peas at her CSA, and then I ended up getting a manicure at the mall on the way to PHL.
We finally picked up our friends and drove, in pounding rain, up to Ithaca. The rain would continue all weekend until we left on Sunday.
That night we went to Simeon’s for dinner, a bistro/gastropub place. I got the wedge salad, which had iceburg, tomatoes, NO red onions, applewood smoked bacon, house bleu cheese, and a balsamic glaze. I ended up breaking my pescatarian streak on this trip. Not sure how I feel about that. The salad looked like this:
Of course we got drinks too. As DD I limited myself to 1 drink plus sips of other drinks. So long since I’ve had to drive and worry about stuff like that
Friday we took a leisurely walk around campus until it was raining too hard. We saw the old house we lived in senior year (it’s been painted) and got lunch in the cafeteria at the hotel I used to work at on campus (the Statler). After that (still raining) we went to Six Mile Creek Winery for a wine tasting. That was very enjoyable. We walked away with 6 bottles; 4 for us and 2 for my parents.
I think we ended up taking a nap after the wine tasting. Then we went for dinner at ZaZa’s, a fantastic Italian restaurant in downtown Ithaca that my old Italian teacher owns (or maybe it’s owned by her family, I forget). I got the gnocchi with meat sauce, yum yum yum. After dinner we went to Purity Ice Cream, where Bobby and I split a scoop of chocolate peanut butter, again yum yum yum. After dinner we hung out at our hotel.
Saturday was much fun, but still raining. We got lunch at Aladdin’s (I got the veggie chili with cheddar; Bobby had a falafel wrap) and then dropped off our friends on North Campus for bowling. B and I went to the Ithaca farmer’s market! I loved that place. We made a pit stop at the hotel before going back to campus for another (free this time) wine tasting. Wandered around, bought Cornell mugs (which I am drinking my coffee out of now).
After a lot of walking and running into people we hadn’t seen in years, we drove down to the Ithaca commons to walk some more. We bought some stuff (gourmet oils and vinegars, CTB bagels) and then went to the place we were meeting for dinner a bit early to get drinks. We ate at Bandwagon Brewpub, a gastropub right off the commons. I got the veggie burger on a bed of lettuce and one of their drink specials, the “summer refresher” (mint muddled with lemon juice and vodka, on the rocks). The burger looked pretty much like this:
After dinner we went up to the Chapter House for more drinks, socializing, live reggae, and some pool. Overall, a great night. We got back to the hotel at around 1am and crashed into bed.
Sunday we got up early and were on the road by 9:30. We got our friends to Philly by about 2pm (with a couple rest stops) and then we were in NJ by 3pm. Hung out with my brother and his girlfriend, and my mom (who gave us fresh veggies for dinner), and then we got dropped off at the train station in time for the 5:14 train back to NYC.
At home we went for a short run (being stuck in a car for 5 hours will make you want to exercise your legs) and then made a fresh dinner from the veggies my mom gave us (Bok Choy, lettuce, snap peas, radishes). We had veggie sausage and Broccolette in the fridge so I used that too. And we had the bagels from CTB. And some wine that we needed to drink or it would go bad soon. Blurry pic:
So delicious. We both felt so healthy after having homecooked, organic food again. We watched the game (go Miami!) and fell asleep.
How was your weekend? Have you gone to any reunions yet? (College, high school?)
This was my 5-year college reunion. I went to my 5-year high school reunion back in 2009. College reunion was so much better.