Rockin’ Food NYC Holiday Style

On Monday we had a group of carolers serenade us at lunch in the cafeteria, which was grand.  There even was one older figure who did indeed resemble Saint Nicholas.  I said without a beat, oh look it’s Santa, I know him! Aren’t I quite witty? 😉

Life’s a bit of a roller coaster, don’t you agree?  In terms of first world problems, my iPhone cable broke and so I was forced to wander the streets of New York with a dying cellphone as I searched for a replacement.  Of course the two Apple stores are in complete opposite locations and too far from my apartment or the direction I was heading.  I managed to annoy the 7-Eleven employee enough by asking him to go all the way around the counter, open the safety lock to obtain a charger, go back to the register only to have me realize I just needed the simple cord sold at the register.  He just rolled his eyes and laughed.  No, sir, I’m serious, just the cord.

Well, now that I have the ability to charge my phone with any USB doc possible, I don’t have the ability to load pictures onto my computer.  I’m not exactly impressed by all of Apple’s products at the moment but because I rely so heavily on my iPhone camera, I’ll probably have to invest in yet another charger.  For now, I will resort to sending my pictures via e-mail.  So dedicated, I know. 😉

Onto Monday’s eats as hosted by Jenn at Peas & Crayons.  She’s really a rockstar that Jenn.  I refuse to purchase food for the apartment when I’m leaving on Friday.  I’d rather stock up when I return in a week and start the new year on the right foot.  Actually I’m big about starting fresh, whether it’s with food, a new month, maybe even new clothes J Out with the old/bad and in with the new.  That being said, I’m relying heavily on my roommates and my work to provide for me.  At home we tend to share and I’ve already whipped up a batch of Junk in ‘Da Trunk cookies, my roommate’s favorite, so I don’t feel as bad asking to borrow some goods. Then, we have a pretty decent cafeteria in the building (overlooking Central Park) and are even located near a Whole Foods.  There is also Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and a Juice Generation nearby, so my options for food are endless.  If only my food stipend was…

photo 1Oatmeal w/ peanut butter, coconut, and banana.  Paired nicely with iced coffee (not the best, but ‘twas necessary)

Lunch was once again hosted by the work cafeteria and I can’t complain with their daily selection of vegetables.  Here we have eggplant, quinoa, tofu, acorn squash, green beans, and zucchini.  I debated a cookie, but held off.  Thought I’d try the no sugar during the work week idea.  (failed later in the day)

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I didn’t end up leaving work until around 6 and decided that a day off might help my aching legs.  I still could have used some cardio but decided to avert injury and save my legs until Christmas vacation when inevitably we’d be running on the daily.  So, I walked down to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree in all its glory and even helped a few lovely couples and families capture the moment.  One couple even asked for the “take a picture while we awkwardly kiss for two minutes” and I’m pretty sure I captured 10 pictures.  Who knows, if they didn’t take a picture, it never happened. 😉

I took a picture last year during my visit back east with my dad and thought about replicating it.  Um, no.  Don’t expect any cute pictures when you are wearing sweatpants, marshmallow puffy jacket, and a mismatched headband.  All photographic evidence was deleted, except the gorgeous views of the tree.

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At this point I wasn’t sure if I should walk home or take the metro.  I compromised by metro-ing halfway and walking the remainder in the cold.  Something about walking helped me mentally justify no work out.  Once home I sliced up a spaghetti squash, threw it in the oven and sat down to watch some Revenge (almost caught up to season 3!!!) and of course Christmas shows.

I’ve never been much of a binge-television watcher.  OK, not entirely true as my sister and I would tape all our favorites and watch them after cross country practice on Fridays.  We were quite the social bunch in high school.  I’d also like to say that I’ve converted to Netflix.  After watching seasons 1 and 2 of Revenge on Netflix – 40 minutes straight with no ads – I was not pleased to go back to Hulu with 4-5 ads per show.  Yes, I was a huge proponent for Hulu but what can I say, times change.

photo 4Spaghetti squash with sautéed kale, ½ chicken sausage, bit of parmesan and marinara sauce. 

Spaghetti Squash (Serves 2)

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Slice a spaghetti squash and spread some seasoning over the inside.  Place facedown on a piece of foiled cookie sheet.
  • Roast for about 25-30 minutes until tender. Use a fork to scrape the inside of the squash out.  Place in a bowl and microwave/sauté for a few extra minutes, adding in marinara sauce/garlic if so desired.
  • Enjoy 🙂

Then the whole “no-sweets” thing went out the window.  This happened and it was divine.  Stay tuned for celebratory bark tomorrow.

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“I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.”
– Sara Teasdale

15 thoughts on “Rockin’ Food NYC Holiday Style

  1. Final countdown before home! I think this is the best of both worlds for you- you get to experience a “real” christmas meaning all the white stuff and the cold, but then you get to be with family on the special day which is the most important part! And the oreo bark… stop teasing me with pictures of that stuff!

    • Is it weird I had that song (it’s the final countdown do dooo…) You know that’s a great point – best of both worlds. I get snow and 70 and sunny 🙂 Um, next time we meet I’ll try to make a special bark for you

  2. YUM YUM that dessert looks soooooooooo good! I would definitely break the no desserts thing for soemthing that looks that amazing!

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