Dinner at Grandma Tallie’s

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As I mentioned in my 2014 recap, I got to visit my grandma in Rhode Island twice this past year. She lives in a super cute, very old house (that I have a great picture of, but won’t post it here out of respect for her privacy – so here’s a picture from a walk we took instead).

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My dad and I went to visit her the first time, and we brought a bunch of food from Dean & Deluca (we drove out from NYC).

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Our vegetarian (for my grandma, she’s a serious animal-lover) dinner spread was amazing: bean salad, fingerling potatoes, jarred artichoke hearts, bread, cheese, sesame noodles, cauliflower with pomegranate, sweet potato chips and two types of hummus. Yum!

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For dessert, my dad went all out: cherry clafouti and champagne! It was the perfect takeout / dine in dinner and dessert.

My Cousin’s Wedding, Minneapolis

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Today is my cousin’s wedding and I am a bridesmaid, so exciting! Since it’s a wedding weekend for me, I decided today is a good day to share pictures/food from my other cousin’s wedding, from June 2013 (pictures above). There are seven of us first-cousins on my mom’s side, and he was the first to get married.

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This was my first wedding since I was about ten years old. I feel like people always joke about how awful wedding food is but the food at my cousin’s wedding was really good! Wine was also served throughout dinner, which was nice. It was at Nicolette Island Pavilion. I had the vegetarian option: vegetable pasta. It was really flavorful, and tasted rich (not healthy, despite the veggies); very satisfying!

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One of my cousins had the chicken option, which they said was good, but I think it was everyone’s least favorite of the three entrees.

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The favorite among my meat-loving family was the meat. Served with gravy, mashed potatoes and baby carrots, it was so tender and tasty.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy WIAW… birthday edition!

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Here’s what I ate on Monday, my birthday.

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Breakfast: leftover kim chee fried rice, topped with a fried egg. And coffee with almond milk, of course.

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Lunch: I worked all day, so for lunch, I walked over to Jewel or Juice for a creamy kale smoothie (almond milk, banana, pineapple, kale, whey protein). I also brought a chocolate chocolate chip cookie from home, because it’s totally acceptable to eat a cookie for lunch on your birthday, right? It was from Momofuku Milk Bar (I brought it back with me from New York).

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Snack: (not pictured) a handful of grapes after work. I walked over to HotYoga8, where they gave me 25% off the store for my birthday! So I treated myself to a funny yoga tee and fun Teeki pants. Can’t wait to wear these soon! Then I took a 90-minute Bikram class. It’s my fifth class this month (I signed up for a month of unlimited classes) and each time feels very different, even though the temperature and the postures are the same. I have mixed feelings on Bikram, which I plan to share soon in another post. My yoga style of choice is power yoga, but I wanted to mix it up this month, which is why I’ve taken Bikram classes lately. More on all this soon.

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Dinner: After yoga, Kiyo picked me up and we went to Brew’d, a “craftpub,” for dinner. We were so hungry, we ordered poutine before we even got our water or drinks. They were pretty good, with cheddar cheese, beef, gravy and a fried egg. Not quite as good as poutine in Canada, but still we gobbled up the whole plate.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy WIAW!

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We’ve had friends visiting since December 27, which is awesome although also exhausting because we’ve also been working our regular schedules. Here are a few things we’ve eaten this past week. Of course, I’ve been drinking my morning coffee with almond milk (here in my adorable new hand-painted mug I got from work for Christmas).

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We’ve joked that we’ve only been eating either really healthy or really unhealthy meals. Here’s a healthy breakfast: acai bowl! With granola, berries, banana and honey.

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Here’s one of our unhealthy (but so satisfying) breakfasts: loco moco with fried rice!

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An unhealthy lunch: plate lunch at Keneke’s. I had the mini teriyaki chicken plate with rice and mac salad.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria

Here are some WIAW pictures from this summer that I forgot to post!

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Breakfast: leftover donuts from Smorgasburg… not nutritious, but definitely tasty.

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I had to take my car in to be fixed, and since it was going to take a few hours, I decided to run home and not wait at the dealership.

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I even had time to go to a 75-minute vinyasa yoga class before running back to pick it up.

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Snack: peanuts and dried cranberries.

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