Category Archives: Dinner

Eat Ski Eat – Vail (One Month Late)

I’m not going to lie – vacations for me are almost always about the food.  It’s how I like to travel – going from restaurant to restaurant to little cafes, trying all the local fare.

So here we are – one month later, but I couldn’t help but still post pictures of the food and a few adventures in Vail from my little family vacation (beware – massive photo dump ahead):

sushi & japanese food at Yama:

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^best dish of the night.  Colorado bass sashimi.

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Hey, leetle seester.

Amazing dinner at the Larkspur.

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Our yearly lentil stew – I always love this recipe.

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Some cliffs we skied:

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Thanks for taking me down that one, mom.

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Another fantastic meal on the mountain at Game Creek Inn:

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(mmm chocolate)

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yup, we took a snow cat to dinner.

German lunch at Alpenrose:

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Delicious fresh dinner at Montauk Seafood Grill:

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Chillin’ at Blue Sky Basin:

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Chili and cornbread for lunch…

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I love this combo.

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Mmm spicy mocha lattes.

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And more chili and cornbread.

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Egg sandwiches for the road

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Hello, tent (aka Denver airport)

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Look what I found at the airport!

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Goodbye Colorado!  See you soon.

Do you eat your way through vacations?

Where was the last place you visited? What was the best meal you had there?

When Life Happens

Oh hey there. Remember me?  I used to write this little blog and post pictures of food and things.  So what happened?

A whole lot of stuff.  In one word, life.  

For a while now (maybe the past year or so?), blogging has felt a bit forced.  I kept at it, because it gave me something to do.  I was unemployed, and not doing much except job searching, the occasional workout, maybe a lunch with friends, and making and eating a lot of food.  So in a way I felt I had to keep blogging.  Makes sense, right? Yeah, not so much.

Anyway, I eventually I gave in, and gave up the blogging for a while.  I needed to let life run its course and figure some things out.

First off, I GOT A JOB.

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That’s right, I have joined the ranks of corporate america, working a 9 to 5 (kind of. it’s NYC, nobody actually works 9-5) job that I am very happy in.  It’s still kind of surreal actually, after so many hard months of (soul) searching.

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And my parents sent me a very fitting ‘congrats on the new job’ gift.  Chocolate covered fruit beats flowers any day ;-).

Needless to say, this is the first time in my life that I am occupied for 9+ hours a day.  This new routine has definitely taken some getting used to.  And to make things even crazier on myself, I moved. Two weeks after starting my job.

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I didn’t move far (from a sublet in the Bronx to my own place in BK), but I spent most of my free time during the first few weeks of my new job looking for apartments.  Looking for places to live in NYC is so ridiculously stressful! And I’m glad it’s over.

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I broke another plate in the process. This makes three in the past year!  Plates don’t like me much.

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And I finally have my own home!  Words cannot describe how happy this makes me.  I have moved so many times in the past four years (going to college halfway across the country from home, moving dorms every year, studying abroad, senior year apartment lease ending, etc).  i don’t think I’ve been in the same place for more than 9 months at a time.  So that fact that I signed a lease on an apartment – in a neighborhood I love – is a huge deal. So happy.

Shortly after, thanksgiving happened. I went home to Chicago for the week, had a lovely time, and didn’t take any pictures.

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Well, except one of the adorable Callie-dog.  I couldn’t resist.

Before I knew it, it was December!  Which was especially weird because Hanukkah had already started (the first day was thanksgiving day) and it wasn’t even real winter yet.  While I wasn’t the best this year about lighting the candles, I certainly did my fair share of celebrating – at latke fest!

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I had originally planned to do a full writeup of this festival (in short – it was amazing.) but days passed, it was long past Hanukkah, and a late writeup seemed a little out of place.

I had quite a few blog posts planned in December, actually, but after a long day of work all I wanted was dinner, cozy clothes, and a few TV shows.  Not a ton of exciting meals, and no desire to blog, write, or do anything productive.

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I tried to fit in some light movement, mostly yoga and the occasional run.  But even that fell by the wayside – lounging and doing nothing sounded far more appealing.  I found myself mentally spent after work.

Even so, I still managed to spend some time in the kitchen!

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(super soup to help me get over a cold, roasted veggies, baked chicken, and some treats)

Good food is definitely a priority for me, so even when I am busy or tired, I make time to cook.  It’s a stress reliever for me, and I genuinely enjoy cooking and eating healthy foods.  Even on the days when I don’t take the time to cook or make a lunch for work, I always seek out the salads.  Thank goodness the area near my offices has so many choices for fresh salads and other healthy lunches!

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I’m going to get more into a routine of making lunches, mostly to save a bit of money.  That and I like to cook my own food – keeps things interesting.

So there you have it.  Life lately has not been terribly interesting, but blogging was put on the back burner for a bit while I let things play out.  Writing about my foodie adventures makes me happy, and will motivate me to get back into the healthy routine that I love (read – bring some exercise back into my life).  And I like to ramble.

Writers – have you ever taken an extended break?

Those of you working full time in the corporate world – any life advice for this newbie?

The Great Meat Debate

Those of you who have known me for the past few years (or have been reading the blog since I started) my have noticed something different around here:

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Meat.

A little back story – I was never fully vegetarian or vegan.  However, for the past 3 or so years, I’ve eaten primarily a vegetarian, and dairy-free diet.

Actually, I take that back – mostly pescetarian and dairy free.

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I love my seafood, so even through all my “i’m gonna be super healthy and cut out all meat and dairy from my diet” days, I always kept eating fish (and eggs, although I cut those out for a while too).

Also, I would eat some meat when other people made it for me, and when I knew the source.  Organic if possible, please.  But these occasions only happened a few times per year – well, until now.

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So what gives? In short, my body wanted it.

Over the past few years, I’ve gone through lots of ups and down in weight, highs and lows, and over the past few months, I’ve noticed a pattern.  After a few days, exclusively vegetarian meals failed to keep me satisfied.  Even a new recipe or larger portion of vegetarian protein wouldn’t do the trick.

Without fail, I would go back for more food, and eat so many veggies, beans, and legumes, so much fiber that I would end the day hugely bloated, uncomfortable, and still unsatisfied.  Full, but still in need.

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So I gave in.

I bought meat to cook for myself (as much as I hate handling it raw!).  Yes, I splurged for organic or grass-fed as much as I can.  After all I’ve learned about the food industry, if I have the choice of organic or conventional (even labeled all-natural), I’m going organic.  No nasty chemicals in my food if I can avoid it.

To be honest, I’m still not entirely okay with eating meat.  I’ll spare you the details of what goes on in my head, but I’m learning to be okay with the fact that I’m eating right for my body.

How do I know this?  The other day, I was thinking back to how I used to eat before I started thinking too much about food, and I remembered that there was a period of time when I wanted steak for dinner multiple days in a row.  And I would eat it too.  I was a major meat lover, and probably at my smallest.  So yes, things have changed, bodies change over the years, but I’ve been feeling pretty good lately.

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I’m sleeping better, I’m staying full for longer, have more energy (for every day and for workouts), and am less bloated.

I would say I still eat about 75% vegetarian, and almost completely dairy free (my stomach doesn’t like dairy).  But I’ve now added some chicken, turkey, and occasionally, beef into my meals a few days a week.

So there you have it.  It’s still and internal ethical issue for me, but I’m trying this out for a while, in the hopes that my body responds well.

Do you eat meat?  Do the ethics or environmental impacts of it bother you?

Were you ever vegetarian and found yourself craving animal protein? 

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