What I Ate Wednesday – New York edition!

Look at that, another WIAW post!

Hosted by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons, What I Ate Wednesday is an opportunity for wannabe-foodies-slash-voyeurs like me to see what other bloggers eat on a regular day. Such an awesome way to think of ideas to get you out of a food rut. However, there’s nothing regular about today’s edition – I’m just sharing all the food I ate on vacation ūüėČ

My parents, brother and I got back late last night from New York after an amazing week with family and friends! Though we were there for a whole 7 days, I was actually only in New York City for the weekend + Monday. The rest of the time was spent all over Long Island (Smithtown, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, Amity Harbor, Lynbrook, Farmingdale…you name it, we went there!) visiting family and enjoying wedding festivities.

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First thing’s first – after arriving Wednesday morning on a red-eye, we went to my grandpa’s house in the evening and asked him where he wanted to go for dinner. He of course took us to his favorite New York pizza spot, Joe’s Pizza in Copiague/Amity Harbor. Those weird worm lookin’ things were actually sausage, and were also amazing and delicious.

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This was probably the one and only healthy breakfast I had the entire trip, haha. Most mornings I slept in till 10 or 11am (I tried to stay on West Coast time while we were there), so we’d just go straight to lunch. This was actually also the morning of the wedding, so it was definitely a good idea to get a good workout and a healthy breakfast in before drinking and eating the night away!

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After a super adorable ceremony at the church, we all went back to the hotel to get ready and piled into the party bus that took us to the reception. First was a Cocktail Hour, complete with 4 food stations just like this one and an open bar. Heaven!

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In the ballroom, a lovely little salad awaited us

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Followed by crab risotto topped with a couple’a shrimp!

{Please note that at least 15 minutes of dancing ensued¬†in between each of these courses. So much dancing….}

My main course was chicken and a side of lasagna, but apparently I dug in too quickly to snap a photo. But I got the cake!

[photo courtesy of my cousin Sami]

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YUM. I’m not a huge fan of fondant, but I definitely liked that there was chocolate and vanilla!

The next day (Saturday) was spent relaxing at my aunt and uncle’s house (the mother and father of the bride) and avoiding hangovers…

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Nothing better than a little hair of the dog, right?

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Someone busted out this amazing PASTA PIZZA. That’s right. PASTA. On PIZZA. I was a little hesitant, but it was seriously amazing. Perfect use for leftover baked ziti! Carbs on carbs on carbs.

After that, it was off to the city for me:

I stayed with my close friends Joanna and Alex, and this is the view from their rooftop lounge in the financial district….. I KNOW.

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On Sunday, Alex humored me by letting me drag him to Rockefeller Center to take my picture at 30 Rock. As soon as I realized Bouchon Bakery was right next door, I HAD to go buy some overpriced macarons. I got the cheaper mini variety so I could sample a bunch: funfetti, caramel, pistachio, and vanilla. Loved the caramel flavor the best, but the macaron texture of the vanilla was so so so perfect!

Oh and then on our way from Rockefeller Center to the High Line, this happened:

Me: “Oh look, Alex! First Date! That’s the Broadway show Zachary Levi is in! He is like the epitome of what I find attractive. Seriously, when I think in my head of what a hot guy looks like…it’s him.”
Alex: “Uh, okay…”
*2 seconds later* *spots Zachary Levi standing 10 feet away*
Me: “OMYGOD OMYGOD OMYGOD¬†OMYGOD¬†OMYGOD¬†OMYGOD¬†”

— Sadly not an exaggeration.

After walking the High Line and making a lil trip to Whole Foods, Alex and I made some awesome “deep dish” pizza:

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Manhattan living…ain’t nobody got time for real baking sheets!

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The next morning I woke up to texts from Joanna asking what kind of bagel I wanted.. YUSSSSS. I went with a whole wheat everything bagel toasted with cream cheese, and it was amazing. New York bagels are seriously in their own league, SO good.

Then it was back to Long Island…

And more pizza from Joe’s! I didn’t get a picture of our second time there, but we got a Sicilian pizza like this one and I liked it even more.

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Fast forward to our last day –> we were headed to my mom’s college roommate Linda’s house and decided to bring Italian Cookies. AKA probably one of my favorite things about Long Island- they’re at all the Italian bakeries there and they are amazing. My favorite are the kinds dipped in chocolate, but my momma likes the ones that have jelly sandwiched between them.

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Little did we know Linda’s daughter had also made us all a yogurt/custard/fruit parfait! We feasted on bagels for breakfast, then sandwich wraps for lunch, and definitely had full bellies when we got back on the plane.

As you can see, we ate real well. Thanks to a couple of workouts, a ton of walking in the city, and a general tendency to not overeat, I think I came out of this vacation with only 1 pound gained! This is a first for me ūüėõ And now I’m trying to brainstorm ways to get back ASAP.

Have you ever been to New York? What did you eat?

What food is your region known for?

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens are alright, but I prefer avocado, hummus, and cilantro lime rice. Here are some of the meals, products, and activities I’m into right now. I started writing this entry before the fracturing of the hand, but I still love them equally, even if I can’t do/eat them properly anymore.

Hope you all had a good July 4th! We had a very successful party, and have yet to tackle any of the cleaning, since we both had to work today. Speaking of which, isn’t it weird having to go back to work today? Oh well. Enjoy!

My favorite things at the moment:

1. Amy’s Organic frozen meals

I’m normally not a fan of the frozen stuff, but with the help of a coupon, I snuck a few of these into my mom’s shopping cart when I was home a few weeks ago. I like how hearty it is, and I could actually taste which veggies were which! Usually, it’s all mush. Plus, I think I’m a mind reader cause now that my hand is broken, frozen meals are a godsend.

2. Going to the gym after a good run

Again, pre-broken hand, so I don’t foresee much of this in my future, but didn’t I look good? Sigh. Also please don’t take note of my short-hair-attempting-a-ponytail afro.

3. Chipotle’s Veggie Burrito Bowl!

After living 2 blocks away for over a month, I finally gave in and had some Chipoodle last week. Burrito bowls are just too good. Corn, black beans, guac, charred fajita veggies…yum. It was perfect as lunch with the leftovers for dinner.

4. Avocado ToastUsually I just mash avocado with salt (the salt is soooo necessary), but sometimes I fancy it up with scrambled egg whites! Paired with a healthy multigrain bread, this breakfast is packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats.

5. Sabraaa Hummus

They are about $5 at Safeway (ick), but my neighborhood Grocery Outlet sells them at half price! When I want to mix up the above breakfast, I often top my toast with hummus instead. This Basil Pesto flavor is good, but my favorites are Mediterranean Olive and Roasted Garlic!

6. New York Bagels

My parents bought a bunch of fresh bagels on their last day in New York, and my mom brought me one the next day¬† when she took me to Kaiser to get my permanent cast. This delicious blueberry bagel was the only thing keeping me from jumping off a building when I saw how large my cast was (this large), and how long I’d have to wear it (6 weeks). WOE IS ME