New York, New York – A Foodie’s Dream – Part 2

Okay, since I’m writing this post two months after my NYC trip which I took in April so I’m going to do my best to re-cap the rest of the trip. Here we go!

Tuesday

Tuesday morning we wanted to some shopping. Liz had a meeting with her agent, so we went to a Starbucks around the corner for breakfast. I got one of their spinach and feta egg white wraps, which was a perfect healthy breakfast! We sat inside to warm up and get away from the rain.

Beth and I then walked around Bryant Park while we waited for Liz. We had lunch at Pax Wholesome Foods. It seemed like an okay place to get a quick lunch. They had tons of different foods on display behind glass windows (with the calories posted! yay!) I’m pretty sure I ordered a turkey sandwich. I remember the bread being really tough to chew. It wasn’t the best I’ve ever had that’s for sure, but we weren’t too familiar with the places to eat around here so we settled for Pax.

After a quick lunch, we wandered around more, and found Le Pain Quotidein, a cute little cafe/eatery right on Bryant Park. Little did we know they had a place to sit down and eat real food! If only we’d waited and walked around the corner. Oh well! We went in anyway and sat down for some dessert. This place was so cute!

I ordered a chocolate mousse cake. And it was to die for. Here it is already half eaten.

chocolate mousse cake in new york city makes me very happy

Beth and I hung out here for a while and chatted (away from the rain) and when it let up a little bit we walked around and did some window shopping. I think we went to Gap and Barnes and Noble where we then met up with Liz.  Time to go back to the hotel and take off the rainboots for a little while.

We ended up meeting a couple of their friends at a cute little Thai place not too far from the hotel called Aura, which was nice. I ordered the lemongrass chicken: grilled marinated chicken with lemongrass sauce served
with a side of papaya salad and sticky rice.
This was seriously some good chicken! If I were still eating chicken, I would order it again if I ever happen to go back to this place. I also tried the plum wine. It was a little too sweet for me, and that’s saying something! It kind of tasted like juicy juice! For dessert I tried the Fried Honey Banana with Coconut Ice Cream. Divine! I only sampled a bit of it though, but it was tasty.

After dinner we decided to see what kind of bars were around the area, and since we were staying in Hell’s Kitchen, we walked by tons of them. We decided on one that looked really cool called Zanzibar. The music in there was really funky and the lighting was cool. And it wasn’t too crowded, probably because it was a Tuesday night!

We sat down on the little couches and ordered our drinks. I got a Riesling.

I realized I am obsessed with huge wine glasses. 🙂 And Riesling. We hung out here for a while, but we were tired from walking around in the rain all day so the hotel bed was seeming nicer and nicer…

Wednesday

Today was the day we wanted to go to the museum! First we needed breakfast, so we went to a cute little cafe around the corner called Bis.Co. Latte. You can always find something good around the corner in New York.

these bright colors would wake anyone up in the morning!

It was lovely! We needed caffiene so I ordered a green tea and the girls ordered coffees.

For breakfast I tried my first bowl of steel-cut oats. It was love at first taste.

Sitting in this cafe on a New York City morning was delightful. I enjoy New York.

So, after breakfast, we went to the Jacques Torres chocolate shop! Mmm chocolate, my love. Jacques Torres was actually there at the shop too so it was kind of cool to see him! At first I only wanted to buy one thing, the breakfast bar! I was trying to be healthy! But a ginormous chocolate chunk cookie was calling my name, so I bought one and ate the whole thing! No regrets! I saved the breakfast bar for another time. 🙂

After chocolate, we headed over to the Rubin Museum of Art to see the Himalayan Exhibit, and that was really interesting. There is something relaxing about quiet museums. I don’t know what it is.

I’m pretty sure we fit lunch in there somewhere…I believe we went to this place called the Hollywood Diner, where I ordered a healthful veggie burger with no bun. But I remember it being pretty good.

We ended up going back to our hotel after the museum to get our stuff because we had a 4:00 train back to Albany. It was an awesome few days in the city! However, it does seem to rain every time I’m there. I’m really hoping the next time I go, which will probably be sometime this summer, it will be warm and sunny without a rain cloud in sight! 🙂

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Goat Cheese Pizza and Vino Verde

So, I promised I would write about my adventures in pizza making this weekend. Chris and I made spinach, caramelized onion and goat cheese pizza with whole wheat crust on Friday night! We cooked the onions, then thew in the spinach for a bit while I rolled out the dough. First, I spread some Cabernet marinara sauce down, and then heaped on a thick layer of spinach and onions, put some low moisture part skim mozzarella on top of that, then added more spinach and onions, and then crumbled goat cheese! It looked DELICIOUS. I was kind of worried that it might take a long time to cook, but it didn’t! only about 25 minutes at 400 degrees. The crust crisped up nicely and the goat cheese got a little brown…it DEFINITELY added a great taste…not too over powering, but still soooo good. I LOVE goat cheese.

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While we were waiting for the onions to caramelize and the dough to rise, we snacked on Kashi Party Crackers, Monetary Jack Cheese, and Turkey Pepperoni. Yum! Also, we were drinking some Vino Verde. I LOVE THIS WINE! Its so light and delicious. I love it. We polished off the bottle! Overall, a tasty dinner.

 

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Well, I am off to New York City for the next couple of days…I’m sure I will run into some delicious food…can’t wait!

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Mac and Cheese Overload

I started today off great with a delicious breakfast cookie!!! I was surprised at how good this was, with so few ingredients. Yummy. I got inspired by this post on Runner’s Kitchen. I’m so glad I tried it too. I also made a smoothie to go with it…a handful of frozen strawberries, a scoop of chocolate protein powder and about ¾ cup of light soymilk. It tasted like chocolate covered strawberries. A perfect breakfast!

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So this past week was pretty boring with food…I didn’t go out any place special, except for Monday night. I got sushi at Shogun in Delmar. I used to LOVE sushi, but lately my taste for it has kind of diminished. I got the “healthy roll”, with shrimp, carrots, cucumber and avocado. No rice to be found! But it was wrapped in rice paper, I believe. A bit too chewy for my liking, so I just ate three pieces. For an appetizer I got the tofu salad with ginger dressing. I LOVED the dressing, it was so tasty. But the tofu itself was too mushy and bland. I probably wouldn’t order that again. Dessert was the best part. I skipped the cheesecake, so I ordered the peach sorbet, which was fantastic. The presentation of their sorbet is amazing. The sorbet itself was inside a frozen peach, which can be eaten. It was sooo delicious. My favorite dessert there so far…not including the green tea cheesecake!

So this past weekend was pretty laden with delicious FOOD!  Chris and I went to the Mac & Cheese Bowl 2010 on Saturday. And can I say…I haven’t had REAL mac and cheese in a LONG time, pretty much since I started eating healthy. And I definitely got my fill of it. Fifteen different restaurants competed and some had two types of mac and cheese. The cups were so small at first we were thinking we wouldn’t have enough to eat, but we were surprised. We tried all but three places because we were SO FULL from eating so much mac and cheese. And it was so crowded we had to take breaks outside and get water…the pasta  made me so thirsty! I stayed away from the mac with meat in it (I gave my cups to Chris and I ate his seafood ones) It was SO fun though..My favorite was either the lobster mac and cheese from the Prime or the lobster and shrimp mac and cheese from the Pump Station. (The Pump Station won the contest!)

So basically I didn’t get hungry again on Saturday until about 8:00 at night, when I met my cousin at the Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark. I ordered the antipasto, a cold dish, which wasn’t that filling, although rather healthy! I felt good about that, but since I wasn’t too satisfied, I ordered the Kahlua Chocolate Cheesecake, which I believe comes from Cheesecake Machismo. That was superb!! No more cheesecake for a while!! I also ordered a glass of my FAVORITE wine, the Dragonstone Riesling. I love it. So much. Sadly, no photos from the wine bar.

Sunday I decided to go to the gym to work off some mac and cheese, so I went in thinking, “Today is the day I will run five miles,” and guess what? It happened! I felt so good after that.

During the week I was craving pancakes, so I made oatmeal blueberry pancakes from scratch. They came out a bit too mushy for me…but still tasty. I think I just needed to cook them a bit longer, but I was so hungry I didn’t wait. Instead of syrup I topped them with my aunt’s homemade blueberry sauce, and it was delicious.

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Tonight I am going to make goat cheese pizza, so I will post about that later on to let you know how it goes!

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Co-Op, Justins, and First GM

Ah, the weekend of somewhat unhealthy eating. I usually try extremely hard to make good decisions while eating out during the weekend, but it can be tough sometimes. Saturday I went to the Honest Weight Food Co Op for the first time. Its located on Central Avenue in Albany. It was a little bit intimidating at first, because I had no clue where anything was, but after a while I got used to it. I had my little list and found mostly everything I was looking for!

  • Smooth Roasted Almond Butter
  • Toasted Wheat Germ
  • Whole Grain/Quinoa Blend
  • Good Earth Pomegranate Superfruit Tea (I had a coupon!)
  • Unsweetened Honest Tea “Just Green Tea”
  • Falafel Spinach Salad (from Al Baraki)

I would definitely like to go back for a second try…although the prices are kind of expensive if you don’t buy in bulk, I’d still like to back there to find some specialty items that I can’t find in normal grocery stores.

After the co-op I went to Justin’s on Lark with Chris and Liz for a late lunch. I got the Brie & Apple Sandwich, which was HEAVENLY. I swear, the apple butter they use tasted just like an apple pie. I love it so much. They serve so much food there! For a side I got pasta salad and FRIES, which I didn’t know would be extra; otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten them. Oh well.

So Saturday night I went to the gym on my way home from Albany, and ran 2.0 miles, mostly because I was already tired, but felt I needed to get some kind of a workout in. After the gym, I went home and made my first Green Monster. I was actually pretty surprised at how good it tasted! I was wary about the spinach, but you can’t actually taste it. I tasted mostly banana, which was yummy. I threw in a couple strawberries as well. I’ve had about 3 more since then, including one for breakfast this morning, in which I added some almond butter! A pretty good way to start the day I think!

Sunday I ran another 2.0 miles on the treadmill, and took Monday off. Today during my lunch hour I ran outside since the weather is pretty nice! Probably for about 2.5-3.0 miles, for about 30 minutes. I love running at lunch time, because when I get home I can relax instead of worrying about fitting in my workout or driving to the gym.

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Pizza and Wine

So, tonight I was in the mood for some pizza, but not the UNHEALTHY kind, so I made up a couple of pita pizzas for dinner. I remember this idea from when my mom was on Weight Watchers years ago, and she used to make mini pizzas with pita bread for the crust. I started doing the same thing when I began eating healthier. I use Joseph’s Whole Wheat & Flax Pitas for the crust, plain pizza sauce, and low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese. I topped them with some red pepper and sundried tomato. So yummy! Defintely helped my pizza craving!

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To go with my pizza, I had to have some red wine, of course. This is a bottle of Shiraz from when Chris amd I made some real homemade pizza a couple of weeks ago. I think Shiraz goes great with pizza.

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For dessert, I had to have my Edy’s 1/2 the fat light Samoa Ice Cream. My favorite. AND just because, I put an actual Samoa girl scout cookie at the bottom. It was SO good! They are definitely favorite cookie! I just say that it was my reward for doing so well with exercise this week.

Yesterday I went to kickboxing during my lunch hour, which I love!! And then last night I ran 3.1 miles in under 30 minutes, on the treadmill. This was a first for me! My fastest 5K time so far. I was really happy about that. And then I ran again today on my lunch hour for about 30 minutes, which I think comes about to be about 3 miles on the corning preserve trail. Now my legs are fatigued, but I feel great. A little sore and tired, but I’m happy with my workouts.

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