We actually had a very busy Sunday but the title references something later in the post! Really, we had the best weekend ever. I know I say that every time Adam and I have a weekend together, but this one was my new favorite! We walked around the Lower East Side eating all of the things, took a long walk through Williamsburg/across the bridge, and made fancy sandwiches which we ate in bed while laughing hysterically at the latest SNL.
Adam and I both worked this weekend, so we didn’t have a lot of fun, but we did have some good snacks. Highlights included…
Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice protein smoothie. Mild flavor, good spice, and pretty filling.
Whole-wheat matzoh with melted cheddar. I haven’t fully sold Adam on matzoh brei yet but he’s onboard with the bread as a vehicle for cheese.
Howling Gourds is officially our new favorite pumpkin ale! It’s fairly hoppy and cinnamon-forward but most importantly it is 7% ABV which is higher than most other pumpkin beers we’ve tried in the past.
Clean-out-the-pantry pasta that was surprisingly good. Whole-wheat rotini with steamed broccoli, sautéed radish, Trader Joe’s vegan chorizo, and marinara sauce, topped with Manchego.
Highlights from this week include – truly epic snacks, a mid-week date night with the husband, and homemade dinners featuring fantastic sausages that I found at Whole Foods. I had a weekend comp day and a holiday comp day and was off Monday-Tuesday, which was just lovely!
We were easing ourselves back to work so we kept my birthday weekend pretty low-key. Adam and I made super exciting, sprinkle-packed coffees and walked around Cold Spring Harbor admiring the flowers in the morning and then got sushi take-out for dinner and I video-chatted with my parents while opening presents. And the next night we met up with friends for drinks/dinner/a long walk around Park Slope. It was perfect!
An epic yogurt bowl – – plain Greek yogurt with cashew butter, plum, plucot, apricot, and Bueno Bar.
I left key lime pie off of my list of favorite foods the other day, but it’s definitely in the top fifteen! Westbrook’s Key Lime Pie Gose is fantastic. I also made a wonderful key lime pie cocktail with lime juice, vodka, sweetened condensed milk, and key lime seltzer.
Birthday sushi. I got seaweed salad, a roll with egg and pickled vegetables, and a roll with king crab, crunch, avocado, and spicy mayo.
Chuko Ramen. I got the kimchi ramen with soy eggs. It was so great to see friends for the first time in months… we were sitting outside and only took our masks off to eat and we all felt pretty safe about it.
Cross your fingers for me that it’s an easy transition back to work, please!
Today is my birthday! Woo-hoo to getting another year older!!
We were supposed to be home in St. Thomas to celebrate so Adam and I have actually been on vacation staycation this week. A tropical island is obviously always the preferred option but social-distancing fun in the best city isn’t a bad second choice. We’ve taken several long walks, had lots of cuddling time with Webster, and watched a ton of Seinfeld and The Office. Plus we’ve eaten so many good things! If I was going to name ten of my top favorite foods I’d say Diet Cherry Coke Zero, vodka, espresso, sweetened condensed milk, soursop, nachos, cheeseburgers, ice cream, roasted green beans, and Pad See Ew and I’ve eaten all but three of those things in the past week.
A ton of yummy things from Win Son Bakery. The standouts were the mochi doughnut and the Fan Tuan (rice roll) with egg and Chinese cruller.
A fancy picnic (from Ellen’s) in our car at the end of the North Fork.
and a quad, non-fat, iced latte with toasted marshmallow syrup
and ate while walking around and admiring the water.
Lunch from Lunch Lobster Roll in Montauk. We got lobster rolls for take-out and ate near the beach. They gave us so much lobster!
Drinks from Sweet Polly in Park Slope. The fact that social distancing rules have pretty much killed open container laws in NYC is a giant silver lining. This pina colada was perfect for enjoying on a long stroll.
Dinner from Takumen in Long Island City. We got take-out and ate on the water!! <– best ambiance of the weekend
Hoji-cha bubble tea with oat milk.
Karaage fried chicken.
Ban ban chicken ramen for me. Topped with chili oil and a soft-boiled egg.
We officially went back at the hospital full-time this week and I’m not going to lie, the transition was rough. Sitting in the ICUs means I have to wear an N-95 mask all day long which comfortwise is a big change from charting in my kitchen next to an iced coffee. Thankfully I had a few days off mid-week so I was able to ease into it.