Boy, I feel like I’ve been all over today! There’s a reason most people drive places: it’s so much easier!
This morning I biked to the gym, climbed the Stairmaster with a magazine for 30 minutes, did a few sets of push-ups and the ab wheel roller, and biked home. Only to shower and get back on my bike to head to the lightrail! I was mildly sweaty when I got there (about a 7 minute bike ride) and had a touch of helmet hair, but I cooled down quickly on the train.
I had a few crackers before the commute to take the edge off my hunger.
I met my friend Michelle for lunch at Feast. The place was kind of empty and both of us have had bad service there before, but the menu always looks so good I wanted to go back. Today we had great service!
I ordered a fantastic Mushroom + Shrimp Soup –
And had the Arugula Salad with beets, apple, walnuts and goat cheese croutons and balsamic on the side. It was a HUGE pile of greens and I almost cleared my plate!
Afterwards I almost got TCBY but decided I was a bit full. We have very few yogurt places in this dumb city and none that I can drive to.
I did stop at a Farm Stand and get some FIGS! I’ve never had one plain, but these are claimed to be really good. They are! Kind of like grape meets plums meets peach. With seeds.
I am going to find a Lowes Foods and a Chobani yogurt to have for a snack. Might be a hunt though. I’m going to call ahead so I’m not disappointed if I get there and they don’t have it.
Ahh, look at those succulent figs – hopefully they’ll be available here soon!
Grounded Fitness says
that soup looks amazing. it looks kind of like eggdrop soup.
i HATE arugula. its one of those things i wish i liked, so i always keep tyring it, but it never tastes any better.
isnt that the definition if insanity? doing something over and over and expecting a different result?
hmmm….i guess im insane…good to know
honestly, I am almost ashamed to admit that I haven’t had a fresh fig ever either! Oh and your a.m. activity is just like my life as a college student with no car…always out and about with so much to do in this city.
i’ve never had a fresh fig either!!! only dried. let us know how they taste 🙂
Carrie H says
Kath, I have a random question cause I know you garden … Can you freeze fresh squash for later? We have an awesome squash plant that is just starting to produce, but I think we’re going to get more than we can use all at once! Thanks,
CHOBANI yogurt is good and a cheaper option (somewhat cheaper not that much) but I really think Fage is the best I have had so far.
Let us know what you think of Chobani
living in New York and walking/biking everywhere I go, I always forget that other people don’t do that. It’s weird to me to think of it as exercise and not a means of tranportation.
Yesterday, I made onion rings using Fiber One cereal from a recipe out of the Hungry Girl cookbook. Not bad at all (especially when sprinkled with salt and dunked in ketchup and bbq sauce)! Has anyone tried any of the Hungry Girl recipes? If so, how did they turn out?
Lunch looks excellent… and I have never had a fig either!
I had to tell you that I went to a frozen yogurt place nearby (details are in my blog), and because of you, I suggested wheatberries as a topping! If they add your topping to the list, you get 5% off for life. So…If this gets accepted and you are ever in DC, I owe you some free fro’yo!!!
Kelly L. says
My mom and I are headed to NYC for a mother/daughter trip. This isn’t our first visit but we’d like to try some good resturants rather than just do the typical “this looks good”. Any suggestions?
Kelly L, I’m not a New Yorker but I love this place and try to go every time I’m in NY:
It is a very fun mom/daughter/girlie place. With yummy lunchy breakfast food ;D
Figs are soooooo good. Seriously one of my favorite fruits.
Anne P says
fresh figs are good! weird, though, since they aren’t that sweet and you are expecting the sweet dried consistency and flavor. they have a very earth flavor i thought.
Kelly, Where about in NYC are you going? In Midtown (“Hell’s Kitchen”) There is great restaurant (appropriately..) called Hell’s Kitchen on 9th avenue between 46th and 47th. It has the most incredible homemade cornbread and guacamole- hands down! Also in the same area is a great “thai-french fusion” place, called Breeze. Its also on 9th. I hope these suggestions come in handy- check them out online if you can!
oh yum. i l-o-v-e fresh figs! the first fresh fig i had was from a random fig tree on campus when i was an undergrad! thankfully, i’ve found san fran has tons of fig growers that were out in full force earlier this summer (and there’s a tree a couple blocks from my apartment, too)! hope you’re a convert 🙂
Fruitie I live in San Antonio and if I could walk to places I would but everything is really spread out. I envy you. I wish I could walk a little more.
Gosh I read your post Kath and got tired. I went for six mile run this morning and cut it to four when I realized that I really shouldn’t be running alone at six am. the good people of starbucks set me straight. I just got home from attempting to set up my classroom. Hey are there any other teachers here on the blog?
I have been looking all over for the Chobani brand of greek yogurt. All I can find is okios and fage. I just have to be patient, a year ago, I couldn’t find any at all without driving 30 minutes!
one food guy says
Oh fresh figs, yum! When I was in Switzerland in May, my friend made a delicious salad of lamb’s lettuce with fresh figs, fresh mozzarella cheese, and aged balsamic vinegar, it was amazing. I absolutely loved the figs!
Kelly L- Two nice restaurants for dinner is The Red Eye Grill and Shelly’s… both have great food! And a good breakfast place is sara beths which is right by central park
Ohh i love chobani yogurt I have been eating it for a couple of months now…
Kat's Veggie Life says
I have never eaten a fresh fig – please let me know if you enjoy them. Good luck on the Chobani hunt!
Kelly: Community Food & Juice at 113th and Broadway (their brunch is particularly delicious) and Blue Hill down in the West Village (expensive, but a-mazing) are two of my favorite locally-grown/organic restaurants in the city.
My fiance bought me the Hungry Girl book after he saw me looking through it at Barnes and Noble. I made the “guilt free” Red Velvet Cupcakes and they were delish!!! The recipes in there are great and convenient if you’re cooking for one most of the time…
I’ve never had a fresh fig either! I like dried with an almond shoved in, though. Yummmm. Great source of calcium, too!
That salad looks so yummy. Nothing like a big pile of greens when it’s hot!
i looooove fresh figs!!!
hope you find some chobani!
Ooh I love the Chobani Vanilla!
I get the larger tub, throw in a 1/3 cup of oats, some blueberries or whatever other fruit I have on hand, bring it to work and it’s perfectly thick by lunch time and the right amount of sweetness!
Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) says
I’ve never had figs before either!
I have a recommendation for you if you’re interested!
I love a fig with ricotta cheese and either some honey or cinnamon on top. 🙂 It’s a nice little snack!
That soup looks amazing. I love mushroom soup, and I never would have though to put shrimp in it.
I’m glad you like your bike! I got a bike in April, and I had forgotten how much fun was to ride. I hadn’t been on a bike since I was a kid.
I got it so I could start doing triathlons- maybe you will like it so much you will get a road bike too!
hm, fresh figs…i like dried ones, i will have to look into buying some fresh ones though; thanks for the pic/idea!
that mushroom soup looks great; LOADS of shrooms! yummy
I liked them – they were like a cross between a grape and a plum with a touch of peachy sweetness. Quite good!
Haha – I guess that IS the def. of insanity!
I’ve never frozen a raw veggie myself. I would be tempted to turn it into zucchini soup or lasagna and freeze that. I’m not sure how it would be raw. Anyone else tried that?
Rice To Riches. It’s a rice pudding place in SoHo. I ate my WEIGHT in rice pudding that night! They have all kinds of fantastic flavors like cookie dough and hazelnut and everything.
I don’t think it weirds me out because I choose everything I post. While I feel strongly that my food should be accurate (since that’s the focus of the blog) all things personal are up to me. So I don’t really feel like people are spying on me. More just that I’m sharing the ins and outs of my daily life. It’s like having a large group of friends to chat with a few times a day!
Welcome!! I unfortunately haven’t made my own trail mix – it’s Trader Joe’s Nuts Over Raspberries. I love it so much I haven’t needed to make my own. I love the peanuts, the chewy raspberries (which are sparse) and the chocolate 🙂
I think you have a very intersting blog.I hoep you don’t mind me asking this,but I find it a fascinating topic.As your blog audience grows do you ever feel like “big brother” is watchign your life like a fishbowl with so many people out there reading your habits of every single meal snack plus social etc life?Do you ever feel like just skipping a meal or a day?Does it creep/weird you out in any way?
I don’t mean to soung negative,it’s just that personal blogs are such a new thing for this century-I am so curious to see down the line how blogger’s privacy/lives etc will eb affected long term,whether it is a moneymaking endeavour or not.It’s liek we are spying on your world and waiting to see what you do/eat next.
The commentators on here all sound lovely and you seem a lovely person but there is a fine line to all this-I am really curous to see how this develops longterm…
Gliding Calm says
As you may know, I’m a HUGE Chobani fan…so I’m especially interested to hear how you like them!
Have a great evening Kath!
Thanks Kath for your wonderful blog. I love how positive you are about whole grains – so refreshing after years of the anti-carb fad.
Could you share what is in your trail mix? Sorry if this is a repeat question – I did search and look at your FAQs. I think its raisons and almonds and sometimes a small amount of chocolate chips. I’m new to trail mix – my snack has been granola.
Now I want to try a fresh fig too. Bet it would be great with a little vanilla yogurt or ice cream.
i’d probably blanch the zucchini before freezing… i’ve never tried it myself, but that is how you are supposed to deal with other veggies to freeze (corn, beans, etc)
you NEED pinkberry. i can’t live without it. or Red Mango, any of the two. the more natural, the better.
hurry pinkberry hurry, there’s a girl in charlotte who needs you!!!
I am a Kindergarten teacher. I started school yesterday!! Ahhh! I am going crazy! 🙂
You must love Pinkberry!!! You are always mentioning it! I love my Golden Spoon here in AZ, but when I am in NYC or LA I do love Pinkberry!!
Tracy you guys started already with kids? We don’t get kids till august 25th. I am going nuts trying to set up my room and get everything organized. Have a good year with the kiddos.
oh kath – fresh figs are the BEST! They are my favourite fruit – those ones seem very light in colour though, I’ve never seen ones like that. Figs are delicious with parma ham or as someone said above with greek yoghurt, honey and some walnuts…. yum! You’ve given me a craving! I’m going to have to go and buy some tomorrow now.