Yesterday was a day full of family, food, and exploring NYC. My family first sat down for a big breakfast, but I wasn’t in the mood for a lot of food, so I just had a croissant off of a big bread plate.
I love croissants! I rarely have them (high fat, low staying power) but today was an exception to the rule. I also had a clementine- for some vitamins, of course. 🙂
We then headed down to the Lower East Side to see my half-sister’s new gallery space that is currently under construction. It was very exciting!
It is going to be really nice when it is finished! After we saw the space, we walked around the neighborhood. The Lower East Side is a really interesting mix of old tenements and factories (industrial spaces), Chinatown, gentrification (cool, hip young people), and old Jewish establishments.
It was a cooooold, windy day out, but obviously I had my camera out and was snapping photos as we walked.
Then, we headed to Katz’s Deli! Katz’s has been around since my parents were little, serving up everything you would want to find in a Jewish Deli. I actually have never been to Katz’s (gasp) but I have walked by a million times and wanted to try it. Yesterday was the day!
It was a bit of a madhouse inside and impossible, at first, to figure out how to find a table. When we finally got settled in, the waiter brought lots of pickles to our table. I was happy!
I wasn’t in the mood for a super meaty sandwich (my sisters got Pastrami and Corn Beef) so I went for a nice, juicy hot dog topped with sauerkraut and a side of cole slaw.
I also had a hot chocolate to drink (weird combo- I know- but it was cold outside!). The hot dog was amaaaazing- really flavorful and juicy. The cole slaw I could have done without- it was way too mayonnaisey and too sweet for me. I had a couple of bites and shared it.
I love lots of condiments on my hot dog- but not too much that they overpower the dog. It’s a science, really.
My family wanted to show off their food, as well, on the blog. My nephew ordered some beef chili which he said was really gross. My brother-in-law (pictured) tried it as well and concurred!
My sister ordered a Reuben with Corn Beef. We tried bites but agreed it was too fatty without enough flavor.
My dad and brother-in-law ordered knishes (mashed potato wrapped in a thin dough)- a very typical Jewish food. I had never had one but my dad has always talked about how he ate them constantly throughout his childhood. I had a bite and liked it! I took a picture but it got totally messed up! :(. I think I need a new memory card- funky things are happening.
We took the subway back uptown…
And I had a green apple before heading to the gym.
I did 45 minutes of cardio- the elliptical and the bike- because I needed to move!
We ordered in dinner and I tried to keep it very light. I really wasn’t in the mood for much. I had a salad with carrots, hears of palm, and corn.
And one slice of thin-crust veggie pizza. It was just veggies and tomato sauce- no cheese. And it was actually just fine without it!
I also had a little bit of spinach on the side.
I was very proud of myself for just sticking to what I had ordered. When my family orders takeout, they order WAY too much food and everyone tends to overeat. While I had 2 bites of someone else’s chicken dish, I promised myself to just eat what I had ordered and nothing more. So I didn’t feel ill or too full after the meal. I actually had room for dessert- fruit!
I love pineapple! Had a bunch of it.
Now off to enjoy a sunny day! It’s cold out but beautiful. I will be back later with a recap. Hope you all are enjoying the weekend!