Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I just can't get enough

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! This is always such a strange day... it feels like it should be a holiday, but it's not. I tend to Grinch-out a little with all the crowds... everyone (including myself!) is frantic trying to find last minute gifts, and it is pure and utter chaos. Humbug!

Last night I ordered something different from work when I finished my shift: veggie stirfry! It was made up of carrots, broccoli, zucchini and fresh ginger, and came with a side of steamed rice. The thing about ordering a stir fry at a restaurant is you never know how much oil it's being cooked in. This one tasted pretty greasy, but it was delicious and I was pretty hungry so I ate the whole thing! I had about 1/3 of the rice.

My dad was nice enough to pick me up from work and drive me from Queens. He brought me a sack full of clemmies, and although I was stuffed I had to taste one (or six) to make sure they were good. They were.

Another citrus-y breakfast cookie:

This guy was made with:
1/2 cup oats (ish)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp PB
1 clementine
2 spoonfulls yogurt
dried fruit (craisins, currents, date)

I slept in a little this morning (meaning, I got up at 8, ate breakfast, and promptly got back under the covers and slept for 3 more hours) and then went back into Manhattan to meet my little redheaded friend (Kalle!) for lunch at Alice's Tea Cup. Oh, you guys would all love this place! It's decorated to look like the Mad Hatter's tea room, and everything in there is Alice themed. It's impossible to go in there and NOT be happy.

We started out with a pot 'o Christmas Tea (note the little kitty that catches the drips!):

I ordered my usual, the Light Fare of a bowl of soup (chickpea artichoke) and Warm Pear and Belgian Endive Salad that comes with roquefort cheese and carmelized onions. So. Freaking. Good. The bread that comes with the soup is also divine... it's soft and buttery and has some kind of herb in it... maybe chive? I ate every last bite of everything!

We stopped at the new Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side...

We each got a devil's food cupcake with mocha frosting. Holy Yum, Veggie Girl!

I almost talked myself out of going to the gym, but I know I won't get there tomorrow or Christmas (there are better things to do!) so I settled for a quick workout.

Stair Mill:
20:00 minutes
1.8 miles
86 floors climbed
227.1 calories burned

shoulder press- 3 x 10 @ 10 lbs
chest press- 3 x 10 @ 10 lbs
lateral pulldown- 3 x 10 @ 10 lbs
lateral raise- 3 x 10 @ 10 lbs

Usual ab series minus plank holds

Sometimes my joints kind of "pop" when I'm doing exercises. Does this happen to anyone else?

I came home to drop off my sweaty gym clothes and found this ENORMOUS container of Fage in the fridge.

I can't get enough of these clementines! I had a bowl of yogurt with one clementine, blackberries, and basswood-flavored honey.

Off to work... it's an early night (I get off at 11) so it shouldn't be too bad. Have a great night!


Simple and Divine said...

I've seen the GIANT TOTAL Fages but never the 0%... Fage Porn. Wohhhh.

My dream is to come to NYC and have you show me the BEST of the BEST and the most divine lil nooks n' crannies! WOuld you do that?!?!?

megan said...

I want to go to Alice's Tea Cup!!!! Eek...that is SO my kinda thing. And that salad you had there looks so good.
And the cupcake: heaven.
Have fun at work tonight, love!

VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, vegetable stir-fry and a cute breakfast cookie!!

Holy yum to that cupcake, for sure!! Haha, thanks for the shout-out, girl :-D

Good luck at work!!

teenageveggiehead said...

aww i love your breakfast smile!
the stirfry looks so good!!

carolinebee said...

11 o clock is early now!?? Man i'm a grandma :D What a cute tea place, and my joints do that too so don't worry! Mostly my hips- i just be sure to stretch a little before, and a lot after..very carefully too :D

Laura said...

I love the breakfast cookie faces you make! :)

I've heard Magnolia cupcakes are incredible. I hope you enjoyed every bite!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Oh Katie, I love your pkg so much! You're the sweetest! I LOVE YOU!
THat teapot - wow. It's so cute! What a fun tea house!
My joints pop all the time when I'm working out. Or even just when I'm chillin at home!!

Erica said...

Busy day! I love stir fry-it is one of my favorite dinners. We had some tonight. That cupcake from the bakery does like super yummy...yayy for sweets ;) Hope work isn't too crazy tonight.

K said...

Stir fries are so hit or miss but when they are a hit - woah baby watch out, it's good! I love your idea of sleeping in - I should try that sometime :)

DELISH soup and cupcake!! I want to visit NYC :(

HangryPants said...

Oh my god!!!!!!!! I love love love Alice's!! I used to live around the corner from the one on the UWS. I miss it so!

just me said...

omg you went to magnolia bakery!??! im' so jealous...iv'e heard so much about it and really really want to go and try their stuff!!!!

love the stir fry and bfast cookie!