On Saturday my mom came to visit me and bring me some belated birthday presents!! What girl doesn’t love presents?! Especially when they included some new reads, girl scout cookies, and wine.
Power Foods & Heart of the Matter
I originally read about Power Foods on Fit Sugar so I’m excited to dig in and check out some of the recipes!! I’ll be sure to let you know how it is. And if you didn’t know, Emily Giffin doubles as my favorite girly author and way to pass the time on the subway. When I’m reading her books I come extremely close to missing my stop.
After presents, pre-shopping, we needed to fuel up so I decided to take my mom to Friend of a Farmer since we were heading to the Union Square area for shopping. I had been once before and it was delicious + cute so I thought we’d give it a go! The only downside is there is always a wait. Apparently, my mom doesn’t know what Carrie Bradshaw says about waiting, and
she we gave into two seats at the bar instead. (“They say life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. But sometimes in New York, life is what happens when you’re waiting for a table.”)
Sorry, random guy.
It’s decorated of “warmth & wood” according to their website. It does have a farm like, yet home-y feel – adorable! I was jealous of the couple who had the cozy table by the fireplace. I got the boomer special – pumpkin pankcakes filled with walnuts, scrambled eggs, home fries, & your choice of meat. Instead of meat, I decided to go with extra home fries instead of the offered salad. Oops
Savory meets sweet mini pancakes
My mom got the blueberry pancakes and they were served on a skillet! I ate just a few bites of my eggs, but the pancakes were a perfect Courtney size.
"These are ACTUAL blueberries?!!" "Yes, Mom, we aren't in NJ."
We were both eyeing up our neighbor’s assorted breads served with apple butter. Lemon, banana, zucchini, & honey whole wheat. They looked delicious, but we decided that would be a better choice if we ordered omelet entrees, and I couldn’t give up trying the pumpkin pancakes this time!
Mid-shopping we needed a pick-me-up and Pinkberry seemed perfect, especially because I had been craving it since last week. I tried the new blood orange flavor – YUM! My mom got plain with no toppings. Is this not outrageous?! She still loved it, though!
Blood Orange + Raspberries + Dark Chocolate
After a long day, I said goodbye to my mom, relaxed for a bit, then headed to Williamsburg for Mexican with Danny.
Occasionally, I don’t read the details of what I order. I see the word vegetarian and I feel no need to pay attention to much else. Case & Point. I ordered the vegetarian enchiladas and when they came out with steamed vegetables and NO CHEESE I was almost saddened. I luuurve my cheese. Luckily, I had plenty of guacamole, a raspberry margarita, and a sweet date to keep me grounded and happy!
Steamed broccolli just does not belong in Mexican food.
Afterwards, we met up with some friends and because I was f-r-r-r-reezing, I got a hot spiked apple cider.
My Williamsburg tradition.. pretending I'm serious with my friend's fake glasses
Right before I got on the subway back to Manhattan tonight, I was excited to see a food market with TONS of vegetables. I was jumping for joy when I saw the prices compared to the grocery stores near my apartment. Occasionally, in times of desperate need, I have to pay $4+ for a Larabar so I was ecstatic to see $2 price-tags. (Non-NYers I’m sure you’re cringing.)
The goods, plus my new food processor, EEEE!!!
Some of which included: spinach, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, green & yellow zucchini, portabello mushrooms, spaghetti squash (!!!), and my most expensive item – pomegranate seeds, which I am oh so eager to eat! (Already seeded for the lazy girl in me.) After this experience at the store, I am starting think I may be way too enthusiastic over vegetables…. I am almost as animated as when I play Angry Birds.
Check back soon for Jamie’s recap of her race Saturday! I’m so proud of my best friend – she did awesome and it motivates me to keep running & never give up. That’s the best kind of best friend, isn’t it? Love you, little J!!!
college days! <3