Way To Go Bear!

May 20, 2009

Two grand things happened today – A graduated with a Masters degree in Education (not that he’s not heading back to grad school next year or anything) and we each got a free day off work to attend the ceremony.  A’s family came in for the ceremony and we made quite an event of the day.

We sucked as much sleeping in time as possible out of the morning and ended up running around like headless chickens to run our errands – picking up dry cleaning and buying a belated Mothers Day present.  The in-laws got to town in time for lunch so we headed to an Italian spot in the Slope.

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Everything was tasty tasty.  They brought yummy bread to the table with dipping oil.

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The special thing about this spot is that the dipping oil has tomato paste in it.  I ate one piece with dip.

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And then a half a piece.

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My lunch special came with an appetizer so I got the fresh mozzarella,

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and I ate a piece of my s-i-l’s bruschetta.

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For my actual meal I got grilled salmon with veggies.

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The sauce was a balsamic reduction and it was delicious.

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The service was good but it was soooo slow.  The guy was super sweet and brought us complimentary pours of a Port dessert wine.

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Then we headed up to the city for graduation.  Pace held it at Radio City Music Hall this year which was pretty sweet.

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The ceremony was super-long.  Myself, and several others!, caught a few zzzzz’s at several points!  I snacked on a Cookies and Cream Luna Bar to keep myself awake.

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The in-laws and I actually left the ceremony a little early to grab Starbucks for the ride back.  I got a Frappuccino Light Coffee with an extra shot of espresso.

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Since I’m the best wife ever I also bought A a tuna sub from Subway.  I took a few blurry bites in the car.

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Once back in the Slope we went to an Italian Cajun spot (Two Boots) for dinner.

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I ordered a Super Cajun Bloody Mary Absolut Peppar with our homemade spicy tomato juice mix, in a 16oz mason jar, garnished with house pickled okra & a Tomolive.

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I am all about the Bloody Marys lately.  I never drank them before this year but I have really been digging the spiciness.

The in-laws ordered nachos for the table so I had a small plate.

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And a second small plate with jalopeno salsa.

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My meal choice was the Big ‘Ol Cobb Salad blackened chicken, avocado, tomato, bacon & pepper jack cheese over greens with a creamy green onion dressing.

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I ordered mine without bacon and with dressing on the side.

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They basically gave me a platter!  It was super tasty though; I used a few splatters of dressing but mostly enjoyed it with the creaminess of the avocado.  I only about about 3/4 so I went Sarah-style and packed up the rest to go.

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Then we said our goodbyes and headed home.  We think A’s sister and her husband might come visit us next weekend so we are pretty excited.

Now we are watching “Red, White, and Brown” and I am eating a bag of Walkers chips from last weekend.

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Prawn Cocktail yuminess.  And bed 🙂

Where did you graduate from?  I haven’t earned my masters yet and I got my undergrad from University of Miami.

FYI – Pretty Green Girl is giving away some pretty sweet soy stuff.  And Melissa is offering a chance to do a three day clense with Blueprint.  And Diana is giving away a Vitatops treasure trove.

More BAM’ness –

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Best of Intentions

February 22, 2009

Not much school work done today (I know, I know!) but I did make it to the gym!  I ran the .65miles there because I’m always late to warm up.  Then I took a 45minute Pilates class, which I adore even though I’m out of shape.  On the way out I spotted a “People: Style Watch” and convinced myself to do 15minutes on the stepmill at level 7.

When I got home I found out that friends in Williamsburg wanted us to come up for drinks so I had to take a quick shower to get dinner started in a hurry.

We had quite the spread:  Salmon Patties, Roasted Purple Cauliflower, and since you always need something fried with a burger, Oven “Fried” Okra.  The cauliflower was roasted in the usual way, and the okra recipe can be found here, but here is the recipe for the patties-

Salmon Patties, 2 servings

  • 2cans (6oz each) of boneless skinless salmon
  • 1t Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 a small onion, grated
  • 1/4C Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  1. Mush all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.  Once everything is combined form 4 patties.
  2. Cook with 1t evoo in a pan on medium high heat, time will depend on your settings

The cauliflower tasted just like the boring kind, but it looked much prettier.

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And the okra was fantabulous.

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I made a dipping sauce of ketchup, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar for the side.

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And I took the two smaller patties so A could have the bigger.

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All together.

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After dinner I was still ravenous.  I can’t understand why I’m so hungry!  I ate some Liberte Low Fat Honey Flavored Goat Cheese as dessert.

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Just kidding, I don’t know why they call it cheese, it was basically just Greek yogurt.

After dinner we headed off for the long trainride to Williamsburg.  We stopped to get a to go small skim hot chocolate for the commute.

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{Caution: Contents of this cup may be very delicious!}

We had a great time seeing our friends, we went to a couple of cute bars in the area; I really love Williamsburg.  Plus, for some reason we all decided it’d be good to walk the 20+ blocks to the 1st bar instead of renting a car, so I got to treck!  I had, unphotographed, a glass of red wine at our friend’s apartment and a Red Stripe at one of the bars.

On the way back to the Slope (much too late!) A had to pee so badly he made us get off the subway!  While we were out we ended up getting YUMMY pizza.

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Tired and stuffed, we fell into bed without even setting alarms which is why my post for Sunday will be rushed this evening! 🙂