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.
Another Monday down and only four days to go until the weekend! Unlike many of my lucky family members and friends, my office did not have off for MLK day. I don’t usually count down the days in the work week, but work has been so busy and hectic lately – I really hope it calms down soon. I also have (another) dentist appointment tomorrow morning which I will be happy to be done with. I’m getting some work done that I have been putting off for too long It’s all good though and I will be done in a few more weeks.
I have found some interesting links lately that I wanted to share:
Monday Link Love
- The Nitrate & Nitrite Myth: Another Reason not to Fear Bacon: This article “debunks” the idea that nitrates and nitrites can cause serious health problems (cancer, heart disease). Honestly – I want to believe it; I just don’t know if I can. Apparently nitrates and nitrites are found in much higher amounts in natural foods like celery and even in our own saliva than they are in hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats. Even if they are – aren’t they different? Wouldn’t our bodies treat “natural” (whatever that means) nitrates/nitrites differently than artificial ones? I have no idea. I’m not a food scientist but I would really like to know the truth behind processed meats. (Because I love bacon. Who doesn’t?)
- Breaking the Cycle of Emotional Eating: Just some goods tips for leading a happy, healthy life. I especially like #5 – Unleash Your Creativity and Do Something You Love Every Single Day.
- Homemade Lotion Recipe: I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like it really couldn’t be simpler.
- Slow-Cooker Squash Stew: Butternut squash, chard, and parmesan? Count me in.
- 7 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging a Good Night’s Sleep: I may not always agree with him, but Mark Sisson just about always has an intelligent, well-thought-out response to just about every question or problem anyone could possibly have. In this case I do agree with him. The article is from November but particularly applicable now that I’m trying to sleep earlier. He makes good points – 1) are you getting natural light during the day? 2) are you eating too late? 6) do you have a nighttime ritual? and 7) are you simply staying up too late? –> These 4 all right true for me.
- Vow to Get More Sleep in 2013: Another sleep article. Tips include 3) turn the heat down, 4) unplug (what I should be doing now!), 5) meditate, 6) do yoga (OK!), and 7) stop puttering! (That means no chores after 9pm, yes I am talking to you my fellow type A’s.)
And I also just wanted to share some other random things…
Monday List Love
- Currently enjoying a glass of red wine with frozen mango chunks (Trader Joe’s). It’s like a homemade chilled sangria. Delicious.
- Wanted to share this pic of dinner the other night. I was out of the city all day Saturday (went to my hometown in NJ for a friend’s baby shower) and when I got home, Bobby had prepared this beautiful meal! It’s a salad with hard boiled egg, bacon, onion, and homemade dressing. I had no idea he could cook – he totally outdid himself. He also made butternut squash ravioli (from TJ’s) with sauteed veggies and he cooked up a cheesy mushroom flatbread (also courtesy of TJ’s). The salad is served in a really beautiful dish from my mom.
- Bobby used this salad recipe for the dinner salad and dressing. It was supposed to be spinach but I prefer romaine as a salad base.
- I promise, I promise – I will have renovation pictures soon. We are still waiting on the countertops. (Damn you Home Depot! You are the slowest part of my whole renovation. Not impressed.)
That’s all I have… I’m off to do some reading and relax before I go to sleep (early). Hope your week is off to a good start.
My Dad and I sometimes send each other recipes and pictures of particularly good meals. He happens to follow a mostly paleo/primal diet, consisting of lots of veggies, some meat (free-range and organic if possible), and minimal grains. He does do the running thing which is not really primal, but he likes it; what can I say. I have sort of been a runner in the past and while I can get into it, it’s too hard on my knees! (And his too, but he loves it too much, ha.)
Anyway — about a month ago he sent me this picture:
He says: London broil (grass fed), green bean salad with cherry tomatoes, and cooked greens. The meat was a little tough but good.
I think the beans, tomatoes, and greens came from his garden in the backyard.
I see wine up there in the corner too! Good thing wine is primal – every “diet” needs some treats, don’t you think? My eat-everything-but-in-moderation diet includes treats – they usually look like ice cream (sometimes Tasti Delite and sometimes the real thing – I like both).
This is the green bean salad recipe. I’m not sure if he modified it – looks like there is some feta added in there. About a week before I got this picture I had been visiting in NJ and he made the salad but I ate it all before he got to try (oops) so I’m glad this time he actually got to eat the food he made. (I do that all the time when I am down there.)
This week has been a little bit crazy for me. Work has been interesting, to say the least. I got to yoga only twice (Tuesday and Wednesday), so I am hoping to go tomorrow and Sunday (Sunday there is a restorative class I like to take). Had a contractor in today to look at the bathroom and kitchen – hopefully renovations will be coming soon. I have an upcoming trip that I will talk about once everything is finalized (for work).
Poor Bobby has been sick the last day or two so we haven’t done much. We bought NyQuil this evening – he ended up taking some, but afterwards I started looking at the ingredients and that sh*t is scary. The ingredient list sounds more like a chemical-y shampoo rather than something you are supposed to consume. It also has 2 of my least favorite “food” ingredients – BOTH high fructose corn syrup AND sucralose. Why? WHY?! Why would you have 2 terrible sweeteners. Can’t ya use honey or something? I will stick with my Airborne and Emergen-C.
And now — I am about to brush my teeth and hit the sack.
What is your favorite way to eat beans? Have you ever taken NyQuil?
My favorite way to eat beans might just be this salad above (with feta), and no, I don’t think I have ever taken NyQuil. I haven’t really ever taken any OTC drug except for Advil/Tylenol. I’ve only been on antibiotics maybe… twice? I think the last time I took them I was about 13 years old and a cat had scratched me in the eye. Maybe I was younger. My mom was never a fan of using prescription or OTC drugs unless they were really necessary (thanks, Mom!). Speaking of Mom… Mom, give me a picture of one of your dinners
P.S. I was featured in Blisstree’s feature article today, Fall And Winter Pantry Staples. My staple? Wild rice. Check out the article for more fun tips.