Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bringing the edge back to vegetarianism?

Good evening! Thanks so much for your patience and understanding yesterday... sometimes blogging hiatuses (hiati?) are necessary for mental health, ya know what I mean? I'm still going to blog yesterday's eats, so here we go!

Enjoyed some subway java on my way into the city yesterday:

I thought I had an eye doctor appointment yesterday, but it was actually today. Whoops! I wish I could say that was the fist time I'd done that, but I would be fibbing. So, since I was in the neighborhood, I walked over to Bloomingdales to check out the sales and ended up staying there for over 2 hours! Since I put off lunch while shopping, I did the unthinkable: scarfed down sushi in the dressing room. I'm a classy lady, what can I say?

My mom and I went to Forty Carrots for a snack. According to Mama D, it was the first place in Manhattan to serve frozen yogurt. Pretty cool, but why was this the first time I indulged? I don't know if you can tell the scale of the yogurt from this photo, but apparently it was a "small." Friends, this thing was easily over a pint of ice cream! I could barely finish half of it. It was good, but too much sweetness!

The two flavors are Caribbean Coffee and Mango.

I hauled booty to the gym and had a great workout.

30:00 minutes bike
20:00 minutes stairmaster

arm machines

ab series

Time: 1 hour 19 minutes
Maximum heart rate: 182
Average heart rate: 142
Calories burned: 635

I picked up one of these Primal Strips at Whole Foods the other day, and ate one in the locker room for instant energy.

Thai Peanut Primal Strip:

Ingredients: Non-GMO vital gluten (wheat protein), water, unrefined evaporated cane juice, naturally brewed soy sauce (water, non-GMO soybeans, wheat, sea salt), expeller pressed canola oil, peanut butter, vinegar, fresh Thai basil, sea salt, natural vegetarian spices. No MSG.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 74
Total Fat: 2g, 1g saturated
Carbohydrates: 8g
Protein: 10g

Well, I certainly felt "primal" ripping into the strip in public and shredding it with my teeth. Some bits of it got stuck in there, but that might not necessarily be a bad thing... who wouldn't want to save a little taste for later, without having to worry about self-restraint? It had a nice smoky flavor, and at 74 calories and 10g of protein, need I say more? It's a great snack, and a great way to fuel up on protein. I'd definitely try these again, and there are quite a few flavors to choose from.

Stewart had a dinner party at his house, so I high-tailed it over from the gym. He'd set up a nice appetizer spread: eggplant dip, chips, veggies, nuts.

Look at all that eggplant-y goodness!

My mom made Lemon-Pepper Parmesan Crackers from the May 1993 issue of Gourmet. They were delicious, especially when smeared with eggplant.

I had quite a few chips, crackers and veggie sticks, just so I could have more of that dip.

I had a glass of Chardonnay (and another with dinner):

Stewart made the best cod (no joke) I've ever had, marinated in soy and covered with bok choy. I have to remember to ask for the recipe...

My dad brought two onion loaves from the Fannie Farmer Bread Book.

We also had Japanese rice salad with tofu:

Gingered butternut squash:

And last but not least... dessert! Cranberry walnut clafoutis (très français):

Apple raisin walnut cake. YUM.

Stewart found a great way to clean the floor: with his feet.

Winding down with clemmies and dark chocolate:

I slacked a little on the groceries this week, and when found neither yogurt or milk in the fridge I decided to have one of my favorite Queens treats (I haven't seen these anywhere else in the city): an oat & raisin bagel with low-fat cream cheese. De-lish!

Good ole $1.10 coffee:

I had a banana on my way out of the doctor's office:

The drops that the eye doctor put in to dilate my pupils did not sit well with me today. I was disoriented, my eyes were very sensitive, and (sorry to be graphic) I thought I was going to throw up. I wandered around for awhile, debating whether or not I should go to the gym, but the thought of getting up on a machine was nauseating. So, I chose the smarter road and went home to relax.

A while ago I saw Jenna make an egg/broth soup when she wasn't feeling well. I don't remember exactly how she made it, but I tried one of my own.

2 cups water
1 whole egg, beaten
2 tsp Better Than Bouillon base
fresh lemon juice
chives (or any other fresh herb)

Heat water on stove and stir in Better Than Bouillon. When water is just about to boil, remove pot from heat and stir in egg. Season with lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon), chives and pepper. Slurp and enjoy!

It was a lot of soup, but was very tasty and comforting. The egg/chive combo reminded me of the scrambled eggs my mom used to make me when I was sick... classic.

I also had some papaya with Fage 0%, crushed walnuts and honey drizzled on. Perfection.

I met Ari at Starbucks and got a Tall London Fog tea latte. It tastes just like Earl Gray tea, but I think I like the Vanilla Rooibos tea latte bettter.

Off to put on my penguin PJs and do some housework. Hope you had a wonderful day! Do you feel different now that we officially have a new president? Relief? Anything at all?


Anonymous said...

hiati, heheh :D I feel HOPE and excitement for SURE!! I'm a little scared, but that's probably for the best. Hope ya feel better, dinner at your house sounds amaaazing!

megan said...

What a day! But oh my, the party food last night looks amazing. Especially that Japanese rice tofu salad. Oh, and the desserts of course :)
I love your "pint" of ice cream haha.
Have a great night my love!

Laura said...

Those primal strips sound interesting! I want to try one.

I hate having my pupils dilated with those drops!

ConsiderEatz! said...

I bought those Primal strips awhile back and chickened out and never ate it! Im glad to know they were edible, maybe I can saddle up to the challenge again. All the party fair is looking mighty fine, esp that eggplant dip, my fave!
Im feelin lots of hope, and anxious to see how the next days, months, years pan out!

Anonymous said...


i think the idea of vegetarian "beef" jerky grosses me out just as much as the real thing. My dad loves it though!

ginger butternut squash---YUM!

and yes, blogging breaks are definitely necessary for mental well-being at times

VeggieGirl said...

Love the fro-yo!!

Anonymous said...

Great post! What a fun party! I'm so excited for the new president. It's about time!

K said...

Yum - coffee froyo! That dinner spread looks great!

I am so EXCITED for the new prez!

Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) said...

The dinner food looks SO GOOD!!!

I also love that you ate the sushi in the dressing rooms! Hunger will not stop a fabulous shopping trip!!

Fitnessista said...

ahh the sushi, eggplant dip, yogurt, cake-- this post is full of deliciousness!
hope you have a wonderful night!