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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?

Beach Days & Holidays

It’s been almost a month since my little visit home for Labor Day and Rosh Hashana (the new year), but I never wrote about it.  Still, I had a lovely time being home for the holidays, and wanted to share regardless.   Cute doggy pictures included.

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Things you learn from working at a cafe – a standard shot of espresso is exactly 1 ounce.  Which means it will exactly fill a shot glass.  Mom was skeptical, but we did it anyway.  Yup!

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Love this ridiculous dog.  (She thinks she’s a cat)

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Morning walks on the beach with Mom & the pup.

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watching the tri-state sailboat race.

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I love the colors on this beach when there’s a storm rolling in.

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Family brunch!  I made us a big frittata to share – eggs, spinach, tomatoes, with toasty bread, local hummus, and coffee.  Eaten on the deck.

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Challah-making for the holiday

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One batch had chocolate sprinkles and sesame seeds on top, the other batch was a cardamom challah.  So delicious.

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Our table! We hosted Erev Rosh Hashana, which is the evening that the holiday starts.  Just a small gathering of friends.

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Kasha Varnishkes!

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Obligatory apples and honey (for a sweet new year!)

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Lemon/herb roasted chicken.  Delicious.

We also had apple cake for dessert that a friend brought, and few other yummy sweets.

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And more quality time with the doggy.

Note to self – take more pictures of actual people and events!  Actually, this is something I’ve always done.  I don’t really like having my picture taken without being asked / prepared for it, so I generally don’t like to impose by taking pictures of other people all the time.  Something to start doing more!

WIAW – Through the Hurricane

I’m generally not an optimistic person.  It takes a conscious effort for me to see the bright  side of things, but I always look for it.  Last week was particularly hard.

Thanks to a little natural disaster (hi, Sandy) that hit us on monday night, all of downtown Manhattan was without power for days.  It was surreal.  I’ve never seen the area so dead in my life.  I wish I took pictures, but I was so caught up in it that the thought didn’t even cross my mind – it was like a scene right out of a post-apocalyptic film.

Not a single building lit up.  Stores empty and abandoned.  Payphones are the only way to make a call.  People lined up for buses to take them uptown or out of the city.

Now, I know I was much luckier than most – I didn’t lose anything, save power and heat and a few days worth of work.  But it was still tough mentally.

I’ve mentioned this before, and I know it’s not the best way to deal with things, but in times like these, food is my comfort.  I look to food to make me happy, and in a time like this, good food really helped me look on the bright side. So, for this What I Ate Wednesday, I’m highlighting a few things I ate through the storm (and the dark week that followed).

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Morning of staying inside all day – pumpkin peanut flour VEGAN pancakes!  They came out perfectly fluffy, but unfortunately I didn’t write down my measurements.  boo.

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Finished cooking right as the power went out – reason why I used flash for this picture.  Roasted squash, kale chips, lentils.  Not the kind of candlelight dinner I would have liked 😛

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Appetite gone.  The first powerless day I had cereal for breakfast and lunch.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  Then, by the time dinner rolled around, all I wanted was some fresh crunchy veggies (the hummus ended up being bad, I tossed it).

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Day 2 – went uptown to escape the dead zone.  And get cell service and wifi.  Went to Le Pain Quotidien for lunch – I can always count on that place for delicious eats.  Started with an amazing sweet potato soup.

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vegan 6-veggie quiche!  more like a lasagna, but still delicious.  I like my plants.

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Ended up staying in LPQ for most of the day, and when it got chilly out, ordered a soy hot cocoa.  Warm from the inside.

Since we were already uptown, the roommate and I decided to hit up Peacefood Cafe (side note – I can’t wait for them to open their downtown locations in a month!) for dinner – we were close by, and both seriously craving some delicious vegan restaurant food.  Yes, this is my kind of comfort food.

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Dumplings.  People say they are like crack.  People are not wrong.

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Chickpea fries.  Indian spiced.  I want the recipe (and that sauce!)

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Then we just got a big plate of veggies to share.  I’m really not kidding when I say giant plates of vegetables make me really happy.  Especially when it includes roasted kabocha squash.

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And, being at a vegan restaurant, I couldn’t pass up a dairy free dessert.  Especially carrot cake! Omigod. This was beyond amazing.  But huge – and I was really proud of myself for stopping when I had enough.  No need to eat the whole thing!

After a couple of days of oatmeal in a freezing apartment, and taking crowded buses uptown just to get working phone service, we headed out to Brooklyn for a few nights.  I can’t remember the last time I was that excited for a hot shower.

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Egyptian food at a little falafel place in Park Slope.

While there, we also went out for Indian food (still can’t get enough!) and then the roommate and I cooked an amazing arctic char for our host.  But, it didn’t feel right to take photos at the time.

So now I’ve been back in my place since saturday.  We had to dump the entire contents of the fridge.  The heater in my room doesn’t work, but at least we have lights, hot water, and all of our things.  And I’ve never been happier to get up early and go to class, run, and have a working kitchen.  Priorities, guys.  I like food, and I’ll never be ashamed of it.

Do you look to food for comfort?

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