Morning, blog world!
Yesterday I felt great all day. Those 9 hours were like magic! I also felt really good taking a break from exercise. I usually feel worse on my “break days” just because I feel a bit groggy and out of it all day, but I didn’t at all yesterday. I guess I needed the day off!
For breakie yesterday, I made one of my all time favorites: a good ol’ breakfast burrito.
Nothing fancy here, just scrambled eggs (1 egg, 1 white), a mashed quarter of an avocado, and whole wheat TJ’s tortilla. With lots of salsa and hot sauce. And a mug of Chai Tea with almond milk, of course.
It hit the spot! As much as I love oats, I think that savory breakfasts will always have the #1 spot in my heart. Sorry, oats.
I snapped some photos of lunch + snacks before leaving the house. I think I like this trend. Much easier for me not to carry my camera to work (its bigger than a pocket camera, weighs about 4-5 lbs… just guessin). Anyhow, lunch was simple and delicious!
A humus and avocado sandwich on Quinoa bread. I ate 1/2 the yellow pepper with lunch and 1/2 as a snack. I also munched on the grapes and strawberries throughout the day. Didn’t get to the carrots, but I’m sure I will sometime this week!
Post-work, I met my sister, Elizabeth, for dinner in Manhattan. She wanted to take me out to celebrate the Secret-Very-Good News that I can’t share yet with you guys (Sorry! I wish I could… use your imaginations :)… remember: I am not trying to be a food writer or write a cook book. I am trying to do something else…).
It was great to see her and catch up. While we both live in NYC, she lives on the Upper West Side and I live in Brooklyn…. that’s like two far away lands in NYC terminology. Not really, but it’s about an hour on the subway. We are both really busy, so its hard to meet up. Well, she took me out to a great Italian place called Dell’anima in the West Village.
It was yummy! We both had a glass of Merlot. They gave me kind of a small pour (maybe 4 oz.?) but that was fine by me- it was the perfect amount to feel relaxed and cozy. The restaurant had a great ambiance, with an open kitchen and dark wood floors and tables. Sometimes restaurants with open kitchens can get really hot, but they had the door open, so a nice, cool breeze came through the restaurant.
And the food was great!
We started out with some bread and bruschette, or dips. One was avocado and EVOO, one was a scrambled egg kind of mixture, and one was a walnut pesto. The pesto was a little bitter for my taste, but I loved the others. I had 2 small pieces of bread and dip. Didn’t want to spoil my appetite!
(It was very dark, so I had to use flash).
We split an Endive salad that had a light anchovy dressing and pecorino cheese. It was lovely to eat!
And for our entrees, we couldn’t resist the pastas. They are all made in-house…. who can say no to that? Not pasta lovers like us! I think its in our DNA- we both loooove anything that includes carbs + cheese. I think we would both say that, hands down, pasta and pizza are our favorite foods.
I ordered the Garganelli with mushrooms, lemon, and EVOO. It was excellent!
Came with lots of Pecorino shredded on top! What I loved about this dish was that the mushroom:pasta ratio was about equal, so I didn’t feel that I was eating straight up carbs. There was a blend of three meaty mushrooms mixed with the homemade pasta, and it was all perfectly cooked. The pasta was incredible- thin, light, and not starchy at all.
My sistered ordered a pasta dish with egg, ham, and pecorino. You can see it back there. She shared a bite and it was delicious!
We both left feeling satisfied and happy, but not overstuffed. It was the perfect meal! Thanks, Eliza!