Well hey there! Long time no blog. It’s been a whirlwind weekend, and probably the best I’ve had in a long time. It was just about perfect, and definitely marvelous.
Fasten your seat belts, it’s gonna be a long one.
Friday we headed down to NYC- me and the boy (we were sort of celebrating our anniversary). We live about 2 1/2 hours north of the city. We stayed with a friend in the Upper West Side, and I brought some treats. After making Gracie’s cake batter blondies a few weeks back, I decided I’d try Andy’s from scratch version to bring as a hostess gift.
Everyone loved them! They were super easy, and I prefer to bake from scratch. The two recipes are very different though. These ones taste more like super thick cookie bars- I think it’s all the brown sugar.
We ordered Moules Provencale, frites(fries), and stewed steak tips, which were the best part. I do prefer the Belgian bar in our hometown for mussels though (drool), but this place definitely met our needs.
Luckily the theatre was a block away, and we made it to the show just in time for Moe. to start.
It was a great show!
After waiting for a cab in the frigid cold for what seemed like forever, I wised up and grabbed a subway back uptown. Not, of course, before we got street food to eat late night. Bad idea. About as bad as drinking a sf red bull right before the show ended. I never sleep well after drinking those things, and my stomach made the situation worse. Bed at 2:30, up at 6:30, back to sleep at 8:30 for 3 more hours. Yuck! You live you learn- you never eat street meat!
Since the radiator in my friend’s apartment was hissing loud enough to drive me nuts during my insomnia, I did manage to watch the Office On Demand episodes from last week (what’s up with the Brian thing???).
I was up in time for our brunch reservations at the French Coast. My food was less than tasty, but I ate it anyway since I was starving.
Egg white scramble with spinach, tomatoes, herbs de Provence, and goat cheese. Meh. Everyone else’s food looked way better.
Sidenote: I try to eat clean most of the time, but I gave myself a “break” this weekend. We walked everywhere (my feet were killing me by Saturday night, and I had to buy some Dr. Scholl’s gel insoles to make it through the 2nd concert). I didn’t go overboard but I wasn’t going to make a fuss over anything. I know my trainer has blogged about this, and I’m hoping she’ll back me up. When in Rome!
I also now know for sure my body is happier with cleaner foods (since my incidence of heartburn was like- all the time. JK. Kinda.). It’s all about experimentation, finding what works for you, and now I know.
Next we went to the American Museum of Natural History. I’m not much of a shopper so when my friend asked I opted to do this instead. One of my goals this year is to do different things, go different places, and have different experiences- so I’m glad we got a chance to check it out.
Prepare for a slide show.
Clearly I was getting tired, but I was excited to find the museum gift shop.
After grabbing some (wayyy too strong to drink) coffee, we headed home to change and head back out to dinner. Our first spot was packed, and didn’t accept reservations for parties after 6. Too bad, because it looked gorgeous. But our alternate random spot, Yum Yum, Too, turned out amazing. They named it right.
The lighting was dim (seemed to be a theme), and I hate using the flash in the middle of dinner, so here’s my best shot. Trust me, the Karee Curry Chicken is where it’s at.
Just go try it.
We grabbed some Dr. Scholls at one of the million Duane Reeds at every corner, and made our way to the show.
I also encountered the most unfriendly woman I dubbed the Moe.witch who refused to let anyone stand near her. It was a General Admission show. Granted, she was short, and so am I, but she told me she didn’t want me standing in front of her, or next to her. She claimed she had been to 200 Moe. shows, and asked how many I had been to. It was almost comical, since she was so excessive with her territory, as she yelled at anyone who stepped near her.
Usually, in jam band scenes people are for the most party really friendly- that’s one thing I like about it. You make friends through your love of the music. But I don’t know where this lady came from. But she will ever be remembered to me as the Moe. witch.
We met up with Courtney after the show for some late night karaoke in Korea Town. We got our own private room for about 2 hours. It was a little ridiculous, and I can’t sing for the life of me, but I did. The girls kind of took over with The Boy is Mine, Spice Girls, and N’Sync among our choices. I’m not even sure the boys actually sang. Oopsieskittles.
We hit up another spot for breakfast, Big Daddy’s, which has THE BEST music. Like, early 90s R&B and Motown, Janet Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Confession: me and Court may have had another quai-karaoke session right in the restaurant.
It reminded me of a Johnny Rockets but without the singing and dancing- and the menu was crazy. Spiked milkshakes and cookie dough pancakes, FTW?! I ordered an eggwhite omelet with fruit, and stole some of the boy’s tater tots. No pictures though, sorry. If nothing, I’d go to hangout and sing along with the music.
After that we headed home. I slept most of the drive home, and had intended to join the boy at a friend’s superbowl party, but I needed to prepare myself for work on Monday.
I like to settle in at home before rushing back into the work week. I’m glad I did, because I grabbed some Chinese for dinner and ate with my Dad. I still have to youtube Beyonce’s performance, but I did catch Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook chorus. He watched the game, and I played with my sister’s new puppy. Beautiful. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen what a cutie he is. I’m so jealous! I may end up stealing him.
I also chose the best time ever to finally decide to make the haul to our local Trader Joe’s which opened maybe a year ago. It’s always packed, especially on weekends, when I like to do my shopping. But at 7:30pm during the SuperBowl? Dead. Score!
I was able to cash in on some of the fun products that other bloggers rave about, and items that are basically staples to clean eating/fit bloggers, but I refuse to pay shipping on (i.e., Chia seeds and coconut oil)- and found them for so cheap! Produce is organic, and cheaper than regular produce at my grocery store (Courtney was right!). And it seemed like most things were cheaper. I can’t shop there for everything, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
I’ll have to do another post about all my fun finds, since this post became a monster. So thanks for reading if you’re still here. Hopefully I can post something sometime soon (I’m so vague and mysterious), but this week is a bit beastly busy.
Happy Monday everyone!
Did you watch the Superbowl?
Any fun plans this weekend? Or for the week ahead?
Any Trader Joe product suggestions? I tried their light guacamole- holy avacadoes it’s good! Also cookie butter and coconut chips (as mentioned by Janeetha)- I’m in heaven.