What I Ate Wednesday, Astoria & New York

Tahini cinnamon smoothie

Breakfast: Absolutely delicious, organic, creamy cinnamon tahini smoothie I adapted from this recipe by Nutrition Stripped. Here’s my version (serves 2 – roughly 250 calories per serving):

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts 
  • 1/2 packet of stevia (about 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of tahini
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ice cubes

apples with cinnamon

Mid-morning snack: 1 organic apple with cinnamon (not pictured: matcha green tea with stevia and lemon juice).

Little Collins NYC latte

Lunch: I met my friend Geneve for lunch at my favorite café near work, Little Collins. I ordered a small unsweetened latte, which came with a very tiny, nutty cookie.

Little Collins turkey sandwich

I also had a turkey confit sandwich with fried onion and mustard seeds, and a very small arugula / dried cranberry salad on the side. It was absolutely as delicious as it looks!

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Dinner at Waverly Diner, New York

Waverly Diner Exterior

Even though it’s a family holiday and an American tradition, I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving since 2007. Last year, Kiyo and I ditched the cold and escaped to Jamaica for an amazing long weekend. The year before that, we both stayed in Saratoga, bundled up in his big house vacated by his roommates for the holiday, and cooked ourselves a mini-feast. The year before that, a friend and I drove to Connecticut to have Thanksgiving dinner with Maggie and her family (and we stopped to visit my grandmother in Rhode Island on the way). The year before that, I was in Minnesota with my mom’s family, and before that, I went to New Jersey with my roommate.

I guess you could say that my Thanksgiving tradition has become to not go home for it. This year I wanted to, and even had my ticket to Hawaii booked, but work was too crazy to make it. So Kiyo and I decided to go to a city nearby that we’ve heard great things about and have been meaning to explore: Toronto. I know, it’s not even in America, which makes us very unpatriotic. But last year we were in Jamaica, another foreign country, so it’s not the first time.

Waverly Diner Salad

Since we didn’t want to miss out on the feasting and family time, when my dad was in New York last week we decided to go to dinner with him at a diner and order a Thanksgiving plate. It began with a small salad with neon dressing, that we each took a few bites of.

Patty Melt Waverly Diner

We ordered two plates to share between the three of us, the first being a cheeseburger with onion rings on top and french fries, coleslaw and a pickle on the side. This was great, traditional American diner food and we enjoyed it. What’s more American than processed cheese, am I right?

Thankgiving Diner Plate

Unfortunately, this is the only picture we got of our turkey plate, which came with canned cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, and mashed potatoes. The turkey was fine, as was the gravy. We knew what to expect with canned cranberry sauce and corn, and to be honest, I like those things. The stuffing wasn’t good, sadly. Diner food can’t be compared to a gourmet meal, so we weren’t expecting anything incredible, but this also definitely didn’t compare to a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner…

Dinner at Waverly Diner

But I was able to spend a great evening with my dad, and that’s all that really matters. I hope all of you back home in the US are having an amazing Thanksgiving!

Waverly Diner

Location: 385 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014 Phone: (212) 675-3181

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Lunch at The Gentleman Farmer Diner, Charlestown

turkey dinner gentleman farmer diner RI

This weekend my friend Nicole and I went to visit Maggie at home in Connecticut. She lives super close to Rhode Island, so we spent a lot of time there. On Sunday we stopped for lunch at the Gentleman Farmer Diner in Charlestown, Rhode Island. I had a turkey plate, which was essentially a Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. It was classic American diner food and I really enjoyed it. The turkey was juicy and the stuffing in particular was very flavorful. The plate also included one side and either soup or salad, all for only $10! I had coleslaw as my side and chicken escarole soup (not pictured) which  was very good. Nicole thought it was a bit too salty but I added my oyster crackers and was happy.

Roast chicken and spaghetti gentleman farmer RI

Maggie loved her omelette (not shown) but Nicole wasn’t thrilled with her meal (half a roast chicken and a big plate of spaghetti) since it wasn’t piping hot. We all three really enjoyed sitting outside though, on the nice sunny day, and the prices were incredible. It’s a standard American diner that perhaps doesn’t wow but also doesn’t disappoint.

The Gentleman Farmer Diner

Open: every day, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: 4349 S County Trl. Charlestown, RI 02813 Phone: (401) 364-6202


What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria & New York

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookie

Pre-run snack: one oatmeal chocolate-chip espresso oatmeal cookie (I made them on Sunday). Run: 3 miles.


Breakfast: Delicious La Colombe coffee with milk…

Green Smoothie WIAW

and green smoothie:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • .5 cup frozen spinach
  • .75 cup frozen raspberries
  • 4 tbsp. ground flax-seed
  • stevia

(Serves two)

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Breakfast at Progress Coffee, Austin

Jalapeño Biscuit Sandwich

When Kiyo and I flew into Austin early Friday morning this past President’s Day weekend, we were ready for breakfast immediately after checking into our hotel. I had of course done extensive food-related research, and had a couple of places in mind that I knew I didn’t want to miss. We asked our kind Hilton doorman how to get to Progress Coffee, and he voiced his approval for our choice before sending us in the right direction.

The cute little coffee shop was just east of the hotel and we ambled over leisurely, taking in all the street art, storefronts and bars along famed Sixth Street on our way. Once we arrived, we decided to sit outside (it was warm and sunny which considering it was February and we’d just flown in from New York, we couldn’t get enough of).

Progress Coffee Iced Lightening

In preparation for a full day of walking around the city, we each ordered an “iced lightening,” a strong iced-coffee drink with hazelnut, chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Even Kiyo, who usually drinks his coffee black, was obsessed with this beverage. The sugar and caffeine jolt was perfect and the flavors were so satisfying together that I was definitely sad to finish. I pocketed a chocolate chip cookie for later – this was also a good idea and the cookie was also sweet and satisfying.

Progress Coffee Austin Sandwich

Kiyo always prefers lunch over breakfast, so he ordered a sandwich special that came with tortilla chips. The sandwich itself included turkey, bacon, avocado and red onion. It looked simple but good.

Progress Coffee Biscuit Sandwich

My breakfast sandwich was so delicious. I wish I could find this near my office in New York. The “Progress Breakfast Biscuit” is egg and cheese (I also requested bacon) sandwiched between a warm and flaky cheddar jalapeño biscuit. The result is cheesy, salty and spicy goodness, balanced by the sweetness of the buttery biscuit. There is the option to add in or substitute tomato, avocado, sausage, roast beef or turkey as well. My only complaint is that it’s not very big, so even though it’s rich, I was still hungry shortly afterwards. Since there was much more eating that day, that was probably a good thing, but any other day I could have probably eaten two of these sandwiches, it was so good.

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