I <3 New York

I don’t have much in the way of foodie pictures from yesterday. Bobby and I got a quick lunch from a street vendor… Last time I lived in New York we called this “street meat”, but I don’t know if that’s a common nickname.

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Street meat is actually really good. Yesterday I got a chicken kebab ($3) which came with some veggies on the kebab. Bobby got the chicken and rice dish ($5), which comes with some salad too. We both shared a little.

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It’s probably not the best thing for you, but it’s not the worst. The meat is fresh and you watch the guy cook it right in front of you. Ours were not very oily and honestly – pretty yummy. I’d never gotten the kebab before; usually I go for a chicken gyro on a pita (lunch on Wednesday, actually). This is from the place next to Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, but I’ve gone to the one outside of JPMorgan on 45th (ish?) and also one on the lower west side – maybe around 26th and 7th Ave?

Yesterday I discovered the amazing world of laundry delivery services. I called up Jeffrey’s Cleaners around 11:45am. He came and got my clothes in less than 15 minutes. After we spent the day walking around, we called him again around 6:15pm to inquire about our clothes (I didn’t really know the process) – again, he delivered them in about 15 minutes. They were perfectly pressed and smelled fresh and clean. They were folded better than I could ever fold them (and I worked at Gap!). And it was cheap! We tipped him but I’m not sure if people normally do; he seemed surprised when we said, “keep the change.”

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Last night we went out to see The Blind Side, which was so so good. Usually, I hate movies. I fall asleep during them. I can’t follow the plot. I get distracted. This movie was completely different. It had Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Kathy Bates – all great. The story was  touching and captivating. I didn’t look at my watch once. What made it even better was the fact that it was based on a true story. Go see it!

Another thing I did yesterday was scope out grocery stores. Then I christened our apartment with 2 nice squash – a butternut and a kabocha.

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Tonight is my high school reunion… I have to figure out what to wear. Any ideas?

Is there something unique or special about where you live? Or habits that people in your area all seem to have? (Like laundry service – which I now love – or a specialty food dish, or a way of dressing.)

OR – what was the last good movie you saw?

Thanks!

I’m thankful for a lot of things. Here are just a few of them…

  • Bobby – 4 years on December 3rd (!) and getting married soon (thanks for all the feedback on this picture)
  • Our family
  • Our cats (Couscous and Bo)
  • Almost 2 years of blogging (here’s my first post)
  • My friends (new and old)
  • My new job
  • The future
  • Salad and frozen yogurt (like Bekah)
  • Kabocha (haven’t had any in a while though! must get on that)
  • Cupcakes from Crumbs (from my boss’s wife)
  • Grits for breakfast (instant! not actually from Metro Cafe; their container was handy though)
  • Yoga!
  • Lots of other things that I’m not thinking of right now 😛

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

I’m lazy when I’m lovin’, I’m lazy when I play

I can only think of two things that were lazier than Bobby and I were today.

Our two fats cats. (Cous and Bo = Couscous and Kabocha.) Oops, look at those dirty socks on the floor.

I did actually manage to give Bobby a haircut, so maybe the day wasn’t so unproductive after all. He’s playing some xbox game here. It has something to do with Japan. Sometimes I “help” him play by watching out for the red dots (those are the enemies) and pointing excitedly. I think I did a good job on the hair; this was my second time cutting it for him.

I also did an easy walk on the treadmill tonight (1.8 miles, 3% incline) while Bobby ran and lifted. When we came back inside I did some nice stretching exercises inspired by Diane von Furstenberg (more on that later).

For dinner I had my two favorite foods: fluffy waffles* with butter and real maple syrup, and kabocha*. The recipe for the waffles is HERE. I made it fattier by using egg yolks instead of applesauce and kefir instead of milk. Bobby did his own thing and went for rice and chicken. I like breakfast for dinner.

I just steamed the kabocha and stuck it in the freezer to cool. All together now.

With these goodies, I had a bit of fluffy bread* that Bobby bought yesterday. There were several persimmons afterwards.* Did you know they are especially delicious with almond butter? Try it.

Did you have a lazy Sunday?

*Edited to add (on 6/14/2011): Holy crap what a carby dinner! No wonder at the time I was feeling a little mushy. This was from back in the days when I still wasn’t eating as much fat and protein as I should have been (though, had you asked me, I would have said I was eating plenty of fats). As you can see, I had carby munchies – the carbolicious dinner only enhanced my cravings for starchy, sugary things, which is why I followed up this large meal with more bread (starch) and more fruit (sugar).