Halfway Home

May 13, 2008

Hi all! I’m taking a break in Hillsborough to post breakfast and lunch before I drive back to Charlotte. I am in the middle of a great audio book so I’m eager to get on the road!!

I got up early this morning to get in another great run around my grandparents’ neighborhood. I looped all around and will sure miss it when they move. I did about 4.5 miles, I’m guessing.

For breakfast, oats again :)  This time with dried peaches, 2% milk, cinnamon sugar, raspberries + strawberries and TJ’s Trail Mix that I brought from home.


My grandparents have always drank instant coffee, so I decided to try some. It was actually pretty good and so quick to make!


And the mothers’ portions!


Our flight was fantastic – on time, efficient, quick. Three cheers for SouthWest! I had peanuts and a few pretzels along with seltzer mid-flight to tide me for our late lunch.


Local Color

For lunch my parents and I walked to the Gulf Rim, one of Hillsborough’s charming restaurants. The space has changed restaurant concepts many times since we’ve lived here, but I like the flare they have going on. Here’s a shot of the store front


My dad and I split the infamous Flyin’ Mayan, a burrito filled with black beans and sweet potato with all the classic fixin’s and a mole sauce (I got them all on the side). SO GOOD! I’ve got to remember this combo to make at home!


I had 1/3 of it with a little of each side


I also ordered a side salad with a lime-cilantro dressing – yum! Can’t have lunch without some veggies. But it was heavy on the garlic, so I’m fuming now :(


From above, with unsweet tea


I’m hoping my grandfather’s pitch makes it on TV tonight. It’s supposed to happen at 6:50. He’s a huge Orioles fan and his company, Legg Mason, arranged the event in honor of his 90th. He’s been practicing his throw all weekend and had on his jacket at breakfast :)


To the highway I go!

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1 Katers May 13, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Aw, I hope his pitch makes it on TV too! Drive safe!


2 Suzanne May 13, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Oh that would be so great if his pitch makes it on TV!

haha…that’s right you HATE onions But garlic too? I agree with the onions – hate them. But I LOVE LOVE garlic!But, that sucks that you couldn’t enjoy the dressing with your salad.

Well, you’ll be home soon enough and back to controlling what goes in (and doesn’t go in!) your food. :) Have a safe drive home!


3 rachel k May 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm

kath–i really enjoyed reading that blip about your grandfather. he sounds like a neat man. makes me miss my grandfather! they come from a very unique, inspiring generation.

glad you had fun with your family;)


4 Shannon May 13, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Your grandpa is just adorable. awwww. So cute!


5 fashionista May 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm

To all the beautiful New Yorkers!

I am asking for any advice at all as I am caught up in a whirlwind.

I am living in Cape Town, South Africa (but am Canadian ) and got an amazing opportunity to do an internship with a Fashion company in New York City – my favourite city in the WHOLE WORLD!

Anyways everything ended up being really last minute as I just got confirmed yesterday and just booked and paid for my ticket today! So while I have an internship + ticket I am extremely confused about accomodation! I leave in 2 weeks!!!!

If you guys have ANY advice or know of ANYONE that needs a roomie for JUNE/JULY then let me know ( [email protected]). I have heard of Craigslist & have applied at a Womens residence but have not heard anything back. I would appreciate the slightest bit of advice on what areas are the best as the City is quite crazy ( + expensive). I will be working on 39th- between 7th/8th ave. SO I would ideally like to live somewhat close but am up for heaps of walkingm so the location is not too much of a deal.

Any help would be wonderful. Thanks a million.

Lisa xx.


6 Jenna May 13, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Aww you guys are too cute! Glad you had a great trip! :)


7 Heather May 13, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Oooh, what audiobook are you listening to?

Your grandfather is so cute! That’s really exciting about the pitch, too. Hope they broadcast it!


8 Betsy May 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm

seriously, your grandfather is just the cutest thing ever. and yes-southwest rocks. i fly it whenever possible.


9 Dale May 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Hi Kath,

First time commenter here, but I love your blog! I just had to comment to say how cute your grandfather is! I am a life-long Marylander and live not far from Baltimore. I’m going to try to watch to see his pitch tonight!

Go O’s!


10 Allyson May 13, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Unsweetened Iced Tea is my favorite!! :)

Safe Travel Home! :)


11 Becca May 13, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Have a safe drive home! I’m impressed you ran outside this morning, too cold for me and I’m guessing it wasn’t much warmer in Baltimore!


12 Romina May 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Aww your grandpa is so cute!!


13 Allyson May 13, 2008 at 3:10 pm

p.s. what book are you listening to? I listen to audiobooks all the time.


14 Another Kelly May 13, 2008 at 3:14 pm

I love sweet potato black bean burritos. Moosewood has a low fat recipe that is fantastic:
They are very good and freeze really well. I made up a whole batch and froze the extras before they were baked and then I would pop them out of the freezer and bake them when I needed a quick weeknight meal. Delicious!

fashionista- You may also want to try Facebook. I know a lot of college students use that to sublet their apartments.


15 rhodeygirl May 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I LOVE Southwest! I fly SW to see my fiance every other weekend!!! And I love their credit policy etc.. and it is SO EASY to build up to free flights!

have a safe drive home! I hope your grandfather has fun tonight!


16 Hannah May 13, 2008 at 3:28 pm

I LOVE your grandfather! He’s too cute.


17 flipflops May 13, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Hey, is there a such thing as a northern belle and can I be one? Love that china. Go Grandpa, throw it good. But I still have to root for the Sox. My gran, age 97 (almost 98) is a Mets fan. She goes to games with her shawl and knits! I LOVE that restaurant Dogwood photos/menu. Would be nice to get down South. May be in Raleigh this summer (combo back surgery consult (yuck!/but lucky to fix stuff) and visiting friend. Welcome back.


18 kwaze May 13, 2008 at 3:35 pm

My husband will be at the O’s game tonight…he will be on the lookout for your Gramps!!!! How cute:)


19 Janna May 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Basically everything is gonna be really expensive unfortunately. Have you thought of commuting from New Jersey? You can find housing A LOT cheaper there and so many people live in NJ but work in NYC, the commute is really not bad. Other than that I would try to find a sublet in Chelsea, craigslist is not a bad place to look, keep checking hopefully something will open up. Best of luck!


20 Mom May 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Kath is reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, an intriguing story set in nineteenth century China.

Thanks everyone for your sweet words and good wishes about my ninety year old dad!


21 Korin May 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I swear I could eat veggie burritos daily!

I can’t stand it when people talk about the elderly like they are babies. I’ve worked with older patients in the health care setting and just have this pet peeve about people talking to or at or about them being “the cutest thing eva, omigah!”


22 Sidi May 13, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Hi Kath’s Mom, your family is just gorgeous. Happy to see you caring so much for each other. Great example!


23 Ally May 13, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Aww, you and your grandpa look so cute! I hope his pitch makes it on tv as well!

I’m glad you’ve had such a great trip and that burrito is calling my name!


24 Kiala May 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Your willpower with burritos astounds me.


25 Ashliqua May 13, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Your pic and blurb about your grandfather (esp. that he has been practicing his throw!!) made me smile so big–he seems wonderful. It is so important to spend time with our grandparents while we have them, because they will not be here forever and they can have such an amazing effect on our lives. I totally agree with rachel k. that theirs is a very interesting and inspiring generation.


26 hk May 13, 2008 at 4:22 pm

mm sounds like a great combo in the burrito! glad it was a fun weekend with family! Happy travels :)


27 Allyson May 13, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Hey guys-

Does anyone have a recommendation on a good food/cooking mag? I’m thinking about subscribing to Cooking Light because I need some new ideas for recipes!



28 VeggieGirl May 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Great oatmeal, great burrito, and great salad (I’m a garlic fanatic, so that salad sounds PERFECT to me, haha).

Love the photographs of the town, and of you and your grandfather :0)

Have a safe trip back to Charlotte!!


29 Suzanne May 13, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Allyson –

Everyday Food is great too. Definitely subscribe to Cooking Light!


30 Tina O. May 13, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I subscribe to many, but I really like Bon Apetit.


31 lainb May 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm

What audiobook did you/are you listening to? I’ll be doing quite a bit of driving this summer and plan to get 1-2 audiobooks so I’m looking for recommendations! thanks in advance!


32 Melanie May 13, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I had a baked sweet potato with black bean chili on top for lunch today!! Love that combo! Hope you had a great trip!!


33 Cassie May 13, 2008 at 6:45 pm

hmmm sweet potato and black bean burrito – def on my recipe to try list!!!!!!


34 Kate(the teenager) May 13, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Cooking Light is AMAZING!! It’s been around for over 20 years, and they KNOW what they are talking about!!


35 Amanda @ Down Home Dieting May 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Black bean and Sweet potato is an awesome combo! Your burrito looks delicious…


36 Kelsey May 13, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Fashionista –

Since it sounds like you are only going to be here for a couple months, perhaps you should look into housing at NYU or Fordham. Sometimes they rent the dorms to people with internships.

Check out http://www.studenthousing.org.

If you’re looking for an apartment, check realestate.nytimes.com. I would definitely consider somewhere outside of the city. I am apartment hunting myself too and have had a lot of luck in Astoria (Queens) and different areas of Brooklyn.

Good luck!


37 mel May 13, 2008 at 7:51 pm

omg kath, your grandpa is so so cute!! Don’t you just love grandparents!! they are the best


38 sarah May 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm

AHHH! i love the flyin’ mayan. that restaurant must be a renamed version of the flying fish, which is the hillsborough version of the chapel hill flying burrito. anyway, i LOVE that burrito.


39 Sheila Srinivasan May 13, 2008 at 10:17 pm

LISA: Hi, I live in Brooklyn, which is slightly more affordable. I’d suggest checking out craigslist.org and trying the neighborhoods “Park slope” “fort greene” “brooklyn heights” “carroll gardens”… these are nicer neighborhoods near trains. Try rooms/shares, you are very likely to find something!! Good luck, have a good summer :)


40 Janna May 13, 2008 at 10:46 pm

nyu housing is all booked, and has been for a while now


41 Liza May 14, 2008 at 1:25 am

That burrito combo looks delish! How did they season the black beans and sweet potato? I want to recreate it at home. Thanks!


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