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Parents vacay – part II

Got up and at ’em by 9 to meet the parents at 10 in midtown. Naturally, Kyle and I stopped at Starbucks en route for some early morning caffeination. Soy misto!! Then we headed to MoMA for the Van Gogh special exhibit. I was so excited! We got into the exhibit by 11 and then checked out the rest of the museum after for a few hours. Then it was lunch time! Since we were already in midtown and only had an hour until Young Frankenstein, we went for a quick lunch at Europa Cafe. I got a tuna salad sando (eek, meat!) on a whole grain roll with peppers, tomato, and alfalfa sprouts. It was the perfect amount.

After lunch we walked to 42nd Street for the 2 pm show of Young Frankenstein. Hilarious! I loved the dirty jokes! True, it was a little awkward to be sitting next to my dad while people were singing songs about sex, but what can you do. After that, we headed off to Union Square so I could show the rentals where I work (and grab a starbucks pick-me-up too). We chatted in starbucks until 7 pm (I wasn’t to concerned since our dinner reservation isn’t until WAY late). Then we headed home to get ready for dinner.

We met up at 9 pm for some pre-dinner drinks at SideBar in Union Square. I eye this place on the way home from work all the time and it always has a fun scene, so I wanted to check it out. It had football and booze, so that’s really all that matters. Our dinner reservation was definitely on the late night (10:15 pm). For dinner we went to Union Square Cafe. We wanted to go to USC and since it has been recommended by everyone under the sun, that’s the only time we could manage. We got several apps for the table including the Organic Kabocha Squash Soup with Toasted Almonds, Rosemary and Mascarpone (I shoved the almonds and cheese aside) which was really good and light. For my entree I got the Pan-Seared Branzino with Olive Oil-Braised Potatoes, Phillips Farm Spinach and Olivada. It was good, and I thought I chose the best thing on the menu until I tasted a bite of my mom’s entree. She got the
Seared Yellowfin Tuna Tonnato, Greenmarket Beet-Watercress Salad and Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette. It was SO good, my mouth is watering just remembering how savory it was. We had a lot of wine with dinner too, and then grappa with our dessert. Talk about gag reflex. Grappa is disgusting! Good thing we got desserts for the table, including the Flourless Chocolate Cake with Espresso Zabaglione AND the USC’s Banana Tart with Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream and Macadamia Brittle. I felt like I was gonna pop after all this food! Kyle and managed to roll ourselves back to the subway and then home, but barely.

Parents vacay – part I

I set my alarm for 5:30 am because that’s when my parents’ flight was set to arrive. But being so early after a work night, I fell back asleep in less than one second. I woke back up at 6 when they called from their hotel…it seems they were not quite ready to start the day yet either after the long flight. So, I had some coffee, dates and a soy yogurt before meeting the parents at their hotel. I walked to their hotel (that’s going to be my exercise for the day) which took about 30 minutes…and helped work up my lunch appetite 🙂

For lunch we met up with Kyle (so my parents could go up and see his office and meet his coworkers) before going to a little cafe near his work. We went to Printon 56, which is a standard for the finance lunch scene (good enough, but not crazy exciting). I made my own salad, since I wasn’t too hungry yet. I got chicken in the salad, which was weird, since I haven’t had meat in months. But I already decided that while my parents are in town I would have to de-vegan for a few days. It just seems a waste when we are planning on going to such baller ass restaurants.

After lunch Kyle went back to work and the parents took me shopping. We all met back at our apartment for some pre-dinner drinks. Then we went to dinner at Klee. I have been waiting to go here FOREVER!! The chef (Daniel Angerer) was a patient of mine, and ever since I have been wanting to go to his restaurant. The week before he was featured on Iron Chef America in a duel with Chef Bobby Flay. The secret ingredient was beer (how fun!) and he WON. His menu was featured at the restaurant too as a tasting menu. We got some apps for the table including the Alsatian thin crust pizza with creme fraiche, smoky bacon, Vidalia onions. I ordered Murray’s free range chicken, which came with grilled chicken-apple sausage, Brussel sprouts, and chestnut whip. It was mmmmazing…as were the rest of the meals. I tried some of mom’s fish and there were a few extras sent out as compliments from the chef, too. We finished off the night with dessert and spiced apple cider. It was great to see Daniel and Lori, and the meal exceeded all my expectations. We explored the neighborhood on the way back to the subway (it was halloween) and there were great costumes everywhere. So fun. Once back in midtown we went for late night drinks at Faces and Names. The music was halloween themed, and we were having a blast, singing along, trying to guess who the celebs were in all the paintings decorating the bar. By 1 am I was yawning and ready for a snooze…so we headed back home.

did i mention i’m free?

So, I think I forgot to mention that I am no longer on orientation…as of this week I am officially FREE. I now get all the credit when my patients make amazing recoveries. Woohoo!

Let’s just say, I am now thoroughly enjoying the fact that I don’t have anyone following my every step – for christ’s sake, I think I can dot my i’s and cross my t’s by now (it has been 6 months)!!
Ok, 5 am – Bruno’s coffee. 1 pm – lunch. Side note: I made a lunch, and didn’t even realize until I sat down to eat that I left it in the fridge. Soooo, I bought a (make-your-own) salad at Bruno’s with corn, carrots, cranberries, and a double serving of avo. Their salads are good, but muy $$$. Looks like I shall be having the lunch I packed for dinner.

Here’s the sando I had packed for my lunch. A street bread, hummus, ff greek yog, lettuce, and smart deli “turkey” (nothing too inovative). That wasn’t enough to fill me up though (duh!). So I had some stawberry lemonade and a vanilla silk soy yog (I don’t like this kind of soy yogurt, but it has been sitting in the back of the fridge forever…so I sucked it up and had it).

Needless to say, I will not be buying this brand of soy yogurt anymore.

At this point, I probably should have been full. But my mind is not as rational as it should be. In actuality here’s what was going on in the inside of my head “Oh, why not have some more food…I’m not full enough to pop yet, so I still have a ways to go…” And so away I went. I had the above pictured hummus with 5 pieces of bread. Yes, I ate the entire container of hummus. BTW, this is a NEW kind of hummus. After falling in love with Sabra, I was reluctant to try another brand, but at the same time, I was eager to experiment with healthier versions. I got this kind at our whole foods, it has less fat and was more grainy because of the veggies that are in it. I really do like it. Probably not quite as much as Sabra, but Sabra is an indulgence, I can’t really justify so much rich food.
Bed time, yes ANOTHER day of work tomorrow.

chronic corner

Dude. Work is exhausting. Most of the patients on the unit are chronics, so they should really have 1:1 care (which of course they don’t). Post op day 57?! Oy vey! (yiddish words in honor of Beth Israel)

Anyways, the day began with coffee (Bruno’s) and the paper (Metro). About 11 am I had this odwalla bar that I brought in. Second only to the superfood flavor, this flavor (strawberry pomegranate) is my fave. It’s new. Actually, it may have just taken over the favorite spot.

For lunch I had a sando with hummus, mustard, smart deli, and broccoli slaw.

After work I had a decent work out. I ran outside because it was crisp and I just wanted to exercise at a medium intensity. It was nice, and I love using my PINK belkin ipod sport armband.
Today I felt like greens. Sometimes nothing sounds better than a big ol salad (which always reminds me of seinfeld).

Here’s the edamame tofu salad that I added to the lettuce/salad.

To make this!

Que delicioso! Too tired to elaborate on much else. Work again tomorrow, so time for the zzzz’s.

homebody

Today’s highlights include: wearing my sweatpants all day, having 3 cups of coffee, and football (lots of football). The rest is just details.

All the way to the last drop. Not very much foam today, I guess? Still the same magic formula of skim plus and ff vanilla “creamer.”

I went to the gym to watch the Giants game. This year, having 2 fantasy football teams is really confusing. I can never remember who is on which team, and when to cheer and when to boo. Sometimes I go an entire game thinking one player is on my team, and then find out that after rooting for him for 2 hours, he is actually playing against us. Grrr…

Lunch=strawberries+chocolate o’soy yog
That didn’t hold me over too long, so next up was an apple (healthy!)
Dinner = Soup or salad? No, soup AND salad!

Looks like I kinda went overboard with all that corn in the salad, huh? Well, nothing wrong with corn…

This soup was a squash soup with TONS of veggies in it. Unfortunately, it was WAY too healthy and did not taste good at all. I dumped salt in it to try to salvage it, but it was a lost cause. After 4 spoonfuls, I dumped it. I should have known not to stray from my fave split pea.
Too tired to write more. I’m lazy and I have work tomorrow. Night!