Big Kids in the Big City

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):

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


altogether now


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!


9/11 Memorial and University of Maryland Pt. 1 {MIMM #7}

Happy Columbus Day and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

This four-day weekend has been filled with fun activities! A little trip to the city, a little trip to Maryland, workouts, and sleep. “Delicious sleep” as my mom calls it, which I think is quite an appropriate term. I definitely needed a refreshing weekend without a jam-packed list of plans and overwhelming homework, and I hope you all have had a lovely weekend as well (whether you are celebrating Columbus Day or Thanksgiving)!

Alrighty, I think it’s fine time to jump into the marvelous events of this weekend. This might be my most extensive MIMM to date! Stop by Katie’s blog to see more marvelousness from other bloggers!


Marvelous is…

Winning Courtney’s giveaway for Love Grown Foods products! I’ve never won a giveaway before, so I am pretty stoked. Plus I’ve been wanting to try Love Grown Hot Oats ever since they came out. Thanks again, Courtney!

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Marvelous is…

Lunch in the city with my dad and visiting the 9/11 Memorial. We went to a Japanese/Asian Fusion restaurant right next to the memorial called Koko that my dad’s colleague recommended. Unfortunately though, the sushi wasn’t that great. I guess it’s hard to please this sushi connoisseur 😉




Miso soup


Eel avocado and tuna cucumber rolls

It was a chilly, slightly drizzly, windy day, but that sort of elevated the beauty of the 9/11 Memorial in my opinion. The security to get in was sort of like an airport with all the scanners and walk-throughs, but it went by pretty quickly. We pre-ordered tickets for $2 just in case there were a lot of people, but otherwise, entrance is free (donations are suggested).




The memorial is breathtaking. There are two pools– North in remembrance of legal personnel and officials, and South in remembrance of civilians–where the towers used to be.






Marvelous is…

Dinner (with Groupon–what else?) with the whole family at a restaurant called Harth. It was kind of upscale and the food was quite tasty.

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Smoked prosciutto pizza and crab cake as appetizers for the table to share

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Mahi Mahi with corn and roasted pepper risotto for my entree. Not bad! The crust of the fish was way too salty, but it was cooked nicely and I liked the risotto.

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Dessert for the table (mostly Ben and me)–creme brulee that was a lot more liquidy than most creme brulees. But Ben and I thought it was good.

Marvelous is…

Road trippin’ to Maryland with mom! We’re going to the University of Maryland Open House, and I’m pretty excited because Maryland is one of my top choices. It might actually BE my top choice, but we’ll see after the event today! I’ll share more of my thoughts tomorrow probably.

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Marvelous are…

Some kick-butt workouts! Friday was actually a pretty lethargic workout day for me, but on Saturday I completed two workouts from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. I tried this CrossFit workout that she posted on Instagram that involved lots of rowing. I’ve totally underestimated rowing in the past, but after doing that workout, I respect the rowing machine. Talk about burnin’ glutes.

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I followed that workout with her Legs on Fire tabata…and my legs….were on fire. Go figure. It’s such a good one.

When my mom and I arrived at our hotel next to the University of Maryland, we took advantage of the awesome fitness center. They had fresh towels, apples, bananas, quality equipment, amazing water, and lots of space! My mom and I were kinda having a ball in there. We appreciate nice hotel gyms.

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I did 10 minutes on the elliptical before doing one round of this workout from Michelle at Peachy Palate. She must me a woman of steel, because I always only get through one round of her workouts that say “Repeat 2-3 times.” Humorous. I was dripping with sweat and wiped after one round of that doozy. I finished my time at the fitness center with some more burpees and leg presses.

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That’s a wrap! Actually, there’s an amazing dinner that my mom and I had last night that I want to share with you all, but we’ll save that for WIAW. I’ll leave ya hangin’ for now though 😉 Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Do you like the rowing machine? Any good restaurants you’ve gone to recently?