I just finished one of the best smoothie bowls I’ve ever made!
How I made it: Last night I mixed together 1/3 c. milk, 1/4 c. Greek yogurt, 1/4 c. [dry] quick cooking steel cut oats, 1 tbsp. chia seeds in a bowl. I also sliced and froze a whole ripe banana and half a mango. This morning I added to a blender another 1/2 c. milk, the oat mixture, a lot of mixed greens, a pinch of salt, a drizzle of honey, and the frozen fruit. Then I blended ’til the cows came home (probably also ’til I woke up Madre, sorry ).
This was the thickest and coldest smoothie ever, thanks to the overnight chia mixture + the frozen fruit. Topped with sunflower seeds, Honey Bunches of Oats, and sweetened shredded coconut.
All I need is a tropical beach.
Other fun eats from this week at home:
quick cook steel cut oats (that 1/4 c. serving size is diddly squat) with butter-caramelized banana slices + Greek yogurt with the rest of the caramelized banana, chia seeds, cheerios, and sunflower seeds
half of one of my lunches: salmon and hummus on top of the last of the spinach in the container (fewer dishes FTW)
crockpot split soup – one of my all time faves
overnight oats (made with the quick cook steel cut oats again, because that’s all we have at home), topped with sunflower seeds + Honey Bunches of Oats
leftover split pea soup + salad with homemade honey dijon vinaigrette
I’ve also been eating copious amounts of Boom Chicka Pop’s kettle corn, because once you start you can’t stop.
On Wednesday I had the privilege of hanging out with some of my beautiful friends from Boston University in NYC! Casey, Connor, Louis, Adrienne, and Fiona ♥︎
We met up in Times Square and walked almost 4 miles down to The World Trade Center from there. We lucked out with some gorgeous weather!
I also lucked out when this famous bagel place was on the way.
It’s called Best Bagel and Coffee, which is the most gimmicky name ever, but over 1,000 people on Yelp loved it, so I went. In Yelp I trust.
I went for bacon, egg, and cheese on a whole wheat everything bagel.
Indeed, this was whole and everything.
Confession: This was my first NY bagel in my entire life. Like, I’ve eaten bagels in the state of New York, but I’ve never had a quality NY bagel until this day. I’ve only lived here for 12 years. I’m a slow person in many regards.
My bagel sandwich was absolutely delicious and great walking fuel while the rest of my friends built up a “hangry” appetite for lunch by the time we arrived at the World Trade Center. It’s so interesting being the only nourished one in the group. You just watch everyone else get angry and/or delirious.
After they were all fed at a gastropub called Suspenders, we walked around to the 9/11 Memorial.
Connor is from Maine, so the big city was a bit too overwhelming for him.
sees grass. lays down.
And since I’m queen of navigation when it comes to food places, I brought my pals to Rice to Riches (the most vulgar but amazing rice pudding place you will ever enter)…
…and then Eileen’s Special Cheesecake (it was featured on Food Network, so you know it’s legit).
Holla for International Women’s Day!
A delightful amount of food, a crap ton of walking, and countless laughs with some of my favorite people (I kind of hate myself for the cheesiness of that last one…but it’s true).
When I got home, my body wasn’t sore and had a lot of energy for the first time this whole week, so I did a quick 16 minute workout in the basement (30 seconds work/10 seconds rest/4 rounds):
- front squats (36#)
- pike up spider lunges
- bent over rows
- reverse lunges
- KB swings
- pushup to T
Yesterday started with that smoothie up there + a manicure and pedicure with Madre early in the morning, because I had to take a train right back into the city for lunch with Pop, my brother, and Christine from Boutiquefull (also my good friend from BU)! Christine met my brother and dad in NYC, since they all work down there, so Pop asked to take us out to lunch one day.
I wouldn’t usually take a 40 minute train + 20 minute subway ride just to eat lunch in NYC, but I’d do it for these folks 🙂
We went to Harry’s Italian, and let me just say, thank God for complimentary focaccia bread.
Also for giant meatball subs, one of my favorite meals on the planet.
It was so fun catching up with Christine and hanging out with Pop and bro Ben!
After lunch, I headed uptown to meet with a couple of the Sisters of Life. I signed up to be a co-worker for them, which is essentially a volunteer to help women in crisis pregnancies (with resources, babysitting, material donations, praying, just being a friend, etc.), so we just chatted about that and all about life (duh).
All the Sisters of Life are just pure JOY. Ugh. Love ’em.
stopped into this church as I was speed walking to catch my train back home
Last night we went to flavor town (as Guy Fieri would say) for dinner. In other words, I roasted/grilled a bunch of veggies, Madre made salmon and rice, and we dug in.
grilled eggplant with s+p
Moroccan roasted carrots (olive oil, salt, pepper, Moroccan spice, brown sugar)
honey balsamic roasted brussels sprouts!!!
the crispy leaves are the best, and I pretty much ate all of them straight out of the oven
homemade roasted bell peppers for the first time ever
Madre’s perfectly cooked teriyaki salmon
Madre bought apple strudels, so I ate one a la mode of course
Fancy, eh? The occasion was our friend Brother Sam visiting for the night!
‘Twas a lovely evening of food, fellowship, and watching embarrassing home videos with the guest.
I’ll catch ya back in Boston! I need to buckle down and study, because I spent 75% of this spring break reading blogs (#noragrets).
Hope you all have a blessed weekend!
So tell me:
Do you like to sip or eat your smoothies? Eating them out of a bowl with a spoon is the superior way, but your opinion is still welcome.
Have you ever eaten a real New York bagel?
One fun thing you did this week!
12 thoughts on “Big Kids in the Big City”
Can you believe I’ve never tried a meatball sub?! They’re not really a thing here. I see them at Subway though but they don’t look promising.
There’s nothing better than a super thick, ice cold smoothie bowl that you have to eat with a spoon. You’ve got me craving one now!
JO! Come eat meatball subs with me in Boston or NY!! 😀 It’s one of the finer things in life.
Was it the best bagel ever?! That name totally made me think of the coffee shop scene in Elf when Buddy gets to new York. Hope you’re having a great break!!
It was indeed the best bagel ever!!
You just gave me the hugest and most random craving for Honey Bunches of Oats. It’s finally warm enough over here to crave cereal! Yesssss. And… now I’m scrolling further down in your post and I want a bagel sandwich. I just should never read your blog while I’m hungry. Alas. Off to go find myself a snack.
Also, you had just about the most gorgeous day in NYC! My goodness. Thank you for writing about Sisters of Life. That looks SO interesting! I’m not Catholic so unfortunately I could not volunteer (I don’t think), but maybe I can find something comparable? Ahhh. This is something I’d love to get involved in!
Aren’t Honey Bunches of Oats the best!? An oft forgotten cereal, but so good.
And I think you can volunteer even if you’re not Catholic! Here’s the link: http://www.sistersoflife.org/our-co-workers
They are based in the northeast, but they appreciate any help across the country. I’m not sure about any other similar organizations/programs though. I would love to learn more about others as well! It’s such an important ministry. ❤
Yes yes yes to crispy brussel sprouts!!! Also, I totally second that eating out of the yogurt container. Saves me some dishes. Also x 2, I relate to being the restaurant navigator of my friend group / family.
Fun things from my week: was invited out of the blue to fill and got free stuff out of it then on Friday night I went out for dinner and drinks with some friends, something I hadn’t done it a while! Much needed laughs were exchanged. 😊😊😊
Sounds like a fun week! Laughter is the best medicine/one of the best things in life in general 🙂
I’ve heard so much about NY bagels, but I’ve never had one; what makes them so good? It looks absolutely awesome. And I love how you ate out of the yogurt container; that’s about as GOOD as finishing up a PB container. 😀 NYC is such an awesome city; it seems like you would never get to the bottom of it; it’s got so many amazing food places, sights, and cool people. That complimentary focaccia bread looks so good too.
I didn’t know what made NY bagels so good until I tried one— they’re so much more doughy and not nearly as dry as store-bought bagels!
Aw this sounds like so much fun!! and that bagel sandwich. OMG- drooling!! Bagels are the best. This is making me wanna go to the city!!
Come visit me in NYC!!