‘Tis the season…
… for long, golden walks!
This weekend I strolled through the sunlit trees and city streets quite a bit. My friend Greg was in town for a few days, so we crunchcrunchcrunch!-ed through the leaves for a couple hours while we caught up.
Charley loves the fall, too. Those big fluffy piles are fun to run around in! He tuckered himself out.
And when there’s time to walk, why take the subway? I subscribe to a few podcasts, whose authors kept me company on a particularly pleasant 5 mile walk on Sunday afternoon.
So, this weekend was just as relaxing and social as I’d hoped. On Saturday night, Danielle and I met Caitlin (who was visiting from Connecticut) for dinner at Josie’s. It was fun to finally meet her in person! Note to self: do not be afraid of the camera! Can’t you tell how awkward I am being on film?!
Every time I eat at Josie’s I order a tofu salad or stir-fry which is certainly delicious, but it was time to branch out and try something new! So I ordered the All Veggie Meatloaf, made with organic lentil, seitan, shiitake mushroom & sweet potato loaf; served over sautéed bok choy with miso gravy.
Ooh, so good! Before I was a vegetarian I never ate “real” meatloaf, but I found this to be just delicious. I know there are so many recipes out there for it so I’m going to have to try one myself!
On Sunday morning, my friend Caitlin and I visited the New York Chocolate Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. One of my friends was able to give us guest passes, so we jumped the (enormous) line and saved the $40 ticket price! I’m so glad we were able to go… along with the rest of the city! It was so crowded.
Different chocolate artisans set up there stalls, showcasing everything from hand-ground cocoa for hot chocolate (what George Washington would have sipped! see photo below) to raw vegan chocolate to chocolate couture. Very, very cool. And of course, there were tons of free samples… we certainly quenched our chocolate cravings!
We loved many of the truffles (including old favorite 5th Avenue Chocolatiere and prize-winning Des Lis), but we both agreed our favorite treat at the event was Salt of the Earth Bakery’s chocolate chip cookie. Holy. Moly. The cookie was perfectly chewy and gooey and the sea salt dusting made it phenomenal. I ate many bites, but they were not enough!
I’ve been craving chocolate chip cookies for weeks now and am going to make my own soon. Sadly, that will have to wait a few more days.
The contents of our kitchen has moved from the kitchen to the dining and living rooms (where there has already been an unfortunate incident involving a poodle and a bag of flour) while we wait for the exterminator’s visit on Friday.
Oh, city life.
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes
Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad
Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll
Week 33: None
Week 34: None
Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter
Week 37: Nut-Butter Crusted Fries
Week 40: Chocolate Cherry Pumpkin Bread
Week 41: Pumpkin Boatmeal for One
Week 46: One-Minute Chocolate Cake
1. Do you like long walks? Do you go alone or with friends, with headphones or silent?
2. What is your favorite chocolate dessert? And please share your favorite cookie recipes!