Friday, January 2, 2009

Yoga To The People!

Hello and happy Friday, my fine blogging friends! I hope you've all had wonderful days off, fun holidays, and all that fun stuff. I've been hopping around all over the place, so let's backtrack a little bit.

Yesterday Ari and I went to the diner for breakfast. We tried to learn the ways of the heart rate monitor over coffee:

Whole wheat toast with butter (whoops) and grape jelly. I've said this before, but for some reasons toast without butter at a diner is just plain wrong.

For the main event, I ordered an egg-white fritatta with zucchini, tomato, and ricotta cheese. It had sort of a funky taste that I likened to escargot... not exactly what I was expecting out of my breakfast eggs! I was starving, so I gobbled it all up (with ketchup, of course!) and had a couple of the home fries.

Ari's been working really hard, so I didn't want him to have to worry too much about dinner. I whipped up some Gliding Calm tofu and put it in the fridge, along with some steamed green beans and Lundberg brown rice blend.

I made the tofu a little differently this time; I dusted each piece with a little garlic salt on both sides, then dipped them in the combined maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger powder, and that spicy red sauce whose name I am forgetting.

I came home and took a much-needed nap before work; I'm on an early-morning schedule so I get up around 8 but then get really tired mid-day. When I woke up, I whipped up a quick soup using this as a base:

Combined with shirataki noodles and chik'n strips. Fast, easy, comforting.

I also had some Fage with strawbs and blubes:

And some cookies on my way out.

Since people were generous with the coat check tips today, I decided to splurge and get some sushi. I'm so glad I did! I got the sushi combo which comes with a California roll and 7 pieces of assorted fish. Scrumptious.

This morning our way into the city, Ari and I split this Hot'n Healthy bar. I've never tried the Cinnamon Roll flavor before, and we had to eat it cold, but it was still delicious. Ari's not a huge fan of nutrition bars, but he loves these because they taste just like cookies!

Grabbed a coffee with skim on the way to the gym. I only finished half of it because you're not really supposed to drink them inside.

Once I got there I realized I had forgotten my shorts, for the second time this week! I didn't want to give up my workout, so I shelled over another $26 for a new pair. Boo! Once I changed into them, I realized I had also forgotten socks, and I came to the gym wearing tights. (I am so scatterbrained since I also forgot my cell phone and have felt disoriented all day.) Lucky for me there was a yoga class just starting, so I joined that.

Now, I absolutely LOVE yoga, but I haven't done it for over a year. This class was a little advanced for me... I fell over when I tried to do a handstand but did manage to get up into crow pose, if only for a few seconds. I am SO glad I went. I've been a little stressed out recently, what with work and the holidays and very little down time, and yoga was just what I needed. I felt so relaxed afterwards and much more ready to take on the day!

I had a banana in the locker room before showering.

After leaving the gym I rushed uptown to have a girls' lunch with my family. Originally, we'd wanted to go to Alice's Tea Cup (which our very own Heather used to live right next to!), but the wait for a table was an hour and a half so we moved on to Le Pain Quotidien instead.

Because it's Friday and my day off, I had some sauvignon blanc with my water. Woohoo!



You'll have to tilt your head for this one: I ordered an open- faced sandwich with black bean hummus, avocados, zucchinis, radishes, diced peppers and tomatoes and lemon with a spicy tahini sauce on the side. This was delicious. I'm going to try to make the spread myself!

After lunch, we had to make a pit stop at Magnolia. Can you imagine a trip to New York without one of these luscious cupcakes?! I got red velvet with vanilla buttercream. It was good, but I should have gone with my old favorite, devil's food with mocha frosting. Lucky for me, my mama let me finish hers up!

Someone left this Texan cookbook downstairs in the lobby (what we apartment folks do when we don't want something). I'm so excited to use it! I just flipped through and saw great recipes for gazpacho, spoon bread, Texas toast...

Abby and I shopped the sales for several hours today (I didn't find anything, but she had her first taste of Betsey Johnson) and I am pooped! They're all at a play right now, and I'm meeting them for a pizza dinner at 6. Hope you all have a fun night planned!


ConsiderEatz! said...

My sister lives nextdoor to Alice's Tea cup! I love that place! Maybe we can rendezvous on my next visit :)

megan said...

I've said this before in a comment: I need to go to Alice's Teacup!
Your second pick for lunch looked yummy though!
And, too funny about the shorts/socks situation. Atleast you got a good yoga class out of it! And, crow pose! I can't do that yet...I am working on it, though! NYR!
In regards to your comment on my post:
your NYR of jam making: please do so! That would be so fun. My jam is from Whole Foods and its Fredericksburg Farms. It is delish! So I can only imagine how homemade apricot ginger preserves would be!
Have fun tonight!!

Laura said...

I hate when I forget my gym clothes! I'm glad you enjoyed yoga! I need to be brave and go to my first class.

I bought some of those noodles for the first time a few days ago. I'm glad to see you like them! I've heard mixed reviews.

Anonymous said...

What a fun day you had!

That boullion is the best...I will never buy the powdered stuff again!

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for cookies, Miss Gliding Calm's tofu, yoga (I do it everyday!!), Alice's Tea Cup, and cupcakes!! :-D

Enjoy your evening!!

K said...

SPOONBREAD!!! I love that stuff!

If you don't have toast with butter and jam at a diner then you're doing it wrong ;) You just HAVE to have it - it's required, they ask you at the door.

Yum to the open face sandwich and the strawbs and blubs look delish :)

Raspberry Runner said...

what a sandwich!! and congrats on crow pose...i fell this morning trying to do that :)

Juliet said...

Yum! I want some sushi too. :) Did you figure out the heart rate monitor?

Anonymous said...

tofu, shirataki noodles, SUSHI! yum yum yummmmm

Sara said...

Great pics - I love magnolia cupcakes!

HangryPants said...

Yay for the Alice's shout out!