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Failure of a Yogini

12 Sep

This past week, I’ve spent a lot in time in classes– math classes, latin classes, and music classes, but no yoga classes! I’m trying to fit more yoga into my schedule, but school comes first. Sometimes I dream of transferring to yoga school 😀 Doesn’t that sound amazing…

Luckily, I got things done today and had enough time to do candlelit yoga downtown tonight. Thank goodness! Lately, I’ve spent more time on the treadmill (boring) than on the yoga mat (interesting). I really need to fix that…

After candlelit yoga, friends and I grabbed dinner at Caracas Arepa Bar, a Venezuelan restaurant in the East Village. One of my friends, Sam, who has eaten at far more ethnic (if you will?) restaurants than I have, holds this restaurant among her top 3 favorite restaurants in Manhattan. After tonight’s dinner, I think I have to agree with her. I got an avocado and plaintain arepa, which is a cornmeal flatbread, and it was amazing.

Note to self: Get the cocada, a coconut-cinnamon-milkshake, when you next eat at Caracas. You will not be disappointed 😀

Huh… I just realized that I intended to write more about yoga in this post, but, well, sometimes it’s simply all about the food 😀 Tomorrow, I will share a couple of my other favorite meals from this weekend. Hope you had a delicious weekend, too.

Smile out loud,

Rachel

Figs, Mangoes, and Mussels

6 Sep

Last night, I went to Pisticci, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan (125th St. and La Salle St.).

This is not your average Italian restaurant. Pisticci’s makes its own pasta and mozzarella daily. Yes, that is as good as it sounds 😀

We started off the meal with…

Fig, Mango, and Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Can you see one of the figs on the right, sliced open with goat cheese in its middle? You know I am a killer for fresh figs

After the salad, I had steamed mussels in tomato basil sauce. It tasted so amazing that I forgot to stop and take a picture by the time it was gone 😀 It looked something like this…

Tiramisu arrived on our table after dinner, but I was far too full to enjoy it! The entire experience was mouth-watering 😀 If you have a chance to go to Pisticci soon, you will love it. If you don’t, make a mango/fig salad and mussels for yourself sometime. It is a meal you will not soon forget!

Smile out loud,

Rachel

Make this Salad Now!

17 Aug

At 1:00 PM today, my boss announced she was going to Spoon, my beloved restaurant, for lunch. At 1:01 PM, I promptly invited myself to come along. You gotta do what you gotta do, right 😀 Above is my Spoon spinach salad, complete with figs, blueberries, blue cheese, and walnuts. I was starving, but I took a quick (blurry) picture with my phone, before devouring 😀

I simply adored this salad. If you’re looking for something DELISH, you must make this salad for yourself right now 😀

Smile out loud,

Rachel

My Doubleheader and Asparagus “Sausages”

12 Aug

This is how I felt tonight, after I finished my doubleheader (of yoga classes, not baseball :D):

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? ‘Nuff said 😀

On to the food!

First, here’s a quick background story for you: On the first day of my internship this summer, I handed my college I.D. to the office building’s security guard for identification. Then, the person behind me also handed over her college I.D., at which point we realized we both go to the same college! We’d never met before that day, but we got to know each other over this summer and she is a very cool person! Coincidentally, she looks exactly like one of my cousins and it still surprises me every time I see her…

Anyway, today was the last day of her summer internship (at a firm 12 floors below mine) and tomorrow is her birthday. If this situation doesn’t qualify for a celebratory lunch, I don’t know what does 😀

She chose a restaurant for us called Dogmatic that specializes in sausage dogs. However, we are not talking about your average dogs. These sausages are free of hormones, antibiotics, and nitrates, and naturally low in fat?! That sounds like some sort of scientific breakthrough to me, but I wasn’t sure my stomach was quite up to the challenge of a sausage for lunch. Instead, I opted for “the sausage of vegetables.”

I loved it, and I don’t even like asparagus very much! So, if you’re looking for something different to have at your next backyard barbeque, stick a couple of asparagus spears in a hot dog bun. A vegetarian will thank you 😀

That’s all I got tonight! See you tomorrow 😀

Plum Sesame Salad

30 Jul

For lunch today, I went to Spoon with a friend, Marlena, who lived on my floor in our first year of college. This summer, we are working in neighboring office buildings–but we didn’t realize it until this week! So, we’ve decided to make up for it with lunch outings and yoga for the rest of summer 😀

And back to Spoon…

Spoon is an adorable NYC restaurant that uses local and organic ingredients. I had this salad:

“Rice noodles with black plums, spinach, black sesame seeds & ginger sesame vinaigrette”

I’m not sure if that sounds good to you or not, but let me tell you, it tastes FANTASTIC 😀

That’s all for now! Happy weekend, everyone 😀