Breakfast: Kiyo and I brought back an entire bag of goodies after our trip to Minneapolis, including Grandma’s seven-layer bars. They’re meant as a dessert (made with graham cracker crumbs, condensed milk, walnuts, shredded coconut and butterscotch and chocolate chips) but I had one for breakfast last week, accompanied by a cup of iced coffee with almond milk. Yum!
Snack: I followed my one-hour vinyasa yoga class with an Aloha green juice packet, mixed with some Ultima electrolyte replenisher.
Lunch: I went for a quick run and it was so hot out that I was literally dripping sweat, even just after 1.5 miles! (The selfie is taken outside the really cool Museum of the Moving Image.) Afterwards I heated up a cheese roll that Kiyo and I made with my cousin at Grandma’s house (we carried a whole bag of them back, frozen). I ate it with two garlic-stuffed olives and it was delicious, the first savory items I ate all day so I was really ready for something not-sweet by that point.
Snack: I had to go babysit and was a little hungry again, so I ate a banana on the way. When I got there I had five pieces of Frosted Mini-Wheats.
Dinner: Kiyo and I met some friends for dinner at Cafe Triskell, right off of the N/Q 36th Avenue subway stop in Astoria. I only found out we were doing dinner right after I ate my banana; if I’d known what a delicious, hearty dinner was in store, I probably would have eaten less during the day! Six of us split two bottles of white wine and everyone wanted to order appetizers, so Kiyo and I split the French onion soup. It was so hot out, but the soup was awarded best onion soup in NYC last year by NYC Daily News, so we had to try it. It was definitely the best French onion soup I’ve ever had! It was loaded with sweet, melt-in-your-mouth onions, a bit of soaked bread, and topped with a generous helping of delicious Gruyère and swiss cheeses.
For my main course, I ordered one of the appetizers for myself, the frisee salad. The menu proclaims that it’s “Chef Philippe’s favorite!” It’s a warm salad topped with a poached egg, blue cheese, bacon and croutons. The portion was perfect and after my half of the soup, I was totally full and satisfied with this salad. I loved that they chopped up the frisee, because when it is served in larger pieces it can be so difficult to eat without making a mess. The dressing was delicious too.
Dessert: I thought I couldn’t possibly eat any more, but our four friends ordered two Nutella crepes for the table to share for dessert. Our friends are regulars at this restaurant, so the chef also sent out a lemon and sugar crêpe for free, and one of his new creations he wanted to test on us: Nutella and cinnamon. That last one was mine and Kiyo’s favorite! Our friends were purists and preferred the plain Nutella, but all the food we had was delicious.
Total estimated calories: 2,200
What did you eat today?