The End Of Apple Month

This week I…

  • Tried two new products to review {see below}
  • Drank 6 cups of coffee
  • Worked 3 of 4 days and spent Wednesday in Manhattan
  • Loved the newest season of “The New Girl,” laughed out loud at “NCIS,” and felt totally over “South Park”
  • Ate three different plates of nachos

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highlights…

Sparkling Ice offered to send me some of their new Essence Of sparkling water line.  No sodium, no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, just carbonated water and natural flavors.  10/10, they were very refreshing and I would definitely buy them on my own.

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I enjoyed Lemon Lime and Tangerine alongside my coffee.

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Caramel apple yogurt with cinnamon Chex and freeze-dried apples.

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Caramel apple oatmeal bowl.  Oats with chia seeds, apple, cinnamon, candied pecans, and Booterscotch M&Ms.

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Buttermilk pie yogurt bowl, with a Cara Cara.

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This “Red Hook” paleta from La Newyorkina was the single best thing we ate all month.  Super-strong coffee with cookie dough from Baked.

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Peking Duck Bing at Madison Square Eats.  I knew if I kept trying these crepes I’d find one I loved.  This one was stuffed with peking duck, scrambled eggs, hoisin sauce, and chili paste.

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Lunch on a sunny sidewalk at Delicatessen.

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We shared an everything salmon burger,

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and the Mac Quack with duck confit, white cheddar, fontina, and caramelized onion.

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But the best bites were the Duck, Duck, Goose Dumplings – smoked duck breast, duck confit, foie gras, cherry chutney, brown butter vinaigrette, and sliced almonds.

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We’ve tried Pepperidge Farm Swirl Breads in the past and loved them (p.s. they have caramel apple and pumpkin spice seasonal flavors!!) but they recently upgraded the products with a wider slice and more visible swirl and offered to send some my way.

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We loved the new version too.  I typically only buy us whole-wheat bread and save the white stuff for a treat, and these swirl breads definitely taste like a treat.  Plus, at 80 calories a slice with 3 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar, the nutritional profile isn’t too bad.

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I made epic sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwiches out of the Raisin Cinnamon Swirl.

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Bread with butter // blackberry jam // smoked sliced turkey // sharp cheddar and light Havarti cheese // turkey bacon // and a hot skillet.

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Plus roasted brussel sprouts on the side.

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And Smackintosh Hard Cider (from our trip to Traverse City) to drink.

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Pumpkin Month starts tomorrow!

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