What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

WIAW instant coffeeBreakfast: Sorry to reuse some pictures from last week’s WIAW post, but this was the day after and so I had a few of the same things! Again, instant coffee with organic soy milk & stevia…

banana chocolate soy smoothie

Breakfast: I needed to finish up the rest of the soy milk so I also made a smoothie with it: I just used some dark-chocolate syrup and a banana, and it was delicious!

WIAW hummus

Snack #1: six rosemary / olive oil crackers and homemade roasted red-pepper hummus, again.

lemon detox tea WIAW

Snack #2: I had a detox tea and then went to a one-hour vinyasa yoga class.

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Lunch: leftovers! This time it was some homemade honey banana cornbread with butter, and homemade red cabbage cole slaw.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

Another Wednesday, another peek into some of my daily eats… here’s what yesterday looked like:

WIAW instant coffee

Breakfast: instant Starbucks coffee (ew, but I got it for free so I’ll drink it) with stevia and organic soy milk.

WIAW overnight oats

Breakfast: overnight oats (all ingredients organic):

  • .5 cup old-fashioned oats
  • .5 cup soy milk
  • 4-6 walnuts, crumbled
  • 10-20 raisins
  • 2-3 tbsp. coconut flakes
  • 1 cap vanilla extract
  • .25 tsp. pumpkin spice mix

Combine all ingredients and let sit in an air-tight container overnight. Stir in the morning and enjoy!

WIAW hummus

Snack #1: 8 rosemary olive oil crackers and homemade roasted red pepper hummus.

soft-boiled egg over rice WIAW

Lunch: 1 serving (.25 cup before cooked) brown rice with sweet & sour purple cabbage and a soft-boiled egg, sprinkled with salt and pepper. This was really simple but pretty delicious!

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Empire Steakhouse, New York

Dinner at Empire Steakhouse

On Tuesday I met Jenna for dinner at Empire Steak House, owned and operated by the Sinanaj brothers, a duo from Montenegro who grew up on a farm and learned about cattle ranching first-hand. They brought this knowledge to New York and now own and operate the original Empire location at 36 West 52 Street (where I accidentally showed up to at first, be sure to write down which one you reserve at!), as well as Ben & Jack’s Steakhouses.

We began with a glass of the house pino grigio and a bread basket; the onion rolls were so soft and delicious with butter, I was addicted. Sadly I only ate one because I knew we had a lot more food coming and I needed to save room. But I would love one of those rolls right now!

Empire Steakhouse 54

This second outpost of Empire opened in November last year and boasts a total of 4,850 square feet, accommodating 230 guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is supposedly similar to that of the first location, but this newer counterpart showcases more modern decor in a classy but trendy atmosphere. In addition to offering its signature Porterhouse steak, the restaurant offers an extensive wine list: 337 selections and more than 4,500 bottles in its wine inventory. You can see a lot of the wine lining the shelved walls when you walk into the dining room, past the bar. I loved the sparkly chandeliers and how the bar opens out onto the street; I was elated that it’s finally warm out enough that this open-air arrangement was not only possible, but pleasant!


Jenna and split the “salad for two,” a super simple house salad consisting of mixed greens, endive and tomato. We sprinkled it with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and cracked pepper.


Jenna ordered the most popular seafood entrée, a grilled Chilean sea bass. I didn’t try it but it looked pretty! 

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

green smoothie eyechow

Welcome to a weekend edition of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Peas & Crayons. This is what my Sunday looked like:

Breakfast: my usual, a green smoothie! This one packed a whole lot of organic ingredients in:

  • .5 cup pure & unsweetened (not from concentrate) blueberry juice
  • .5 cup water
  • 1 celery rib
  • .5 banana
  • .3 cup frozen spinach
  • .25 cup frozen blackberries
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1 scoop wheat grass powder
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds (sprinkled on top)

Estimated calories: 200 (serves 2)

snack WIAW

Snack #1: Since our smoothie was so low-cal, we were hungry again soon. We shared a small plate of Flathau’s Fine Foods chipotle cheese straws and Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Landjaeger Sausages, both of which came in Mary’s Secret Ingredients Spring 2014 box.

detox tea WIAW

I also had a cup of detox tea.

Socrates Sculpture Park Queens

It was really nice out, so Kiyo and I walked a mile down to Socrates’ Sculpture Park to see the new installations. All the new pieces are huge; in fact, there are only three, since they’re so large.

Leng Thai Brunch Astoria

Lunch: By 1 PM, we were starving again so we walked the mile back and decided to try the Thai brunch at Leng Thai. For $20, you get a brunch entrée and your choice of three beverages. I had a coffee and two pomegranate mimosa (I actually asked if I could order a brunch entrée without the drinks and they said yes, but it’d still be $20, which is ridiculous, so I just ordered all three beverages). It was nice being able to sit outside in a t-shirt and shorts! You can even see the blue sky and trees reflected in my coffee.

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