I’m Okay With a Little Stray

Good morning blog world! Happy Thursday – yay it’s almost Friday. What fun things do you have planned for the weekend?

I have a few things going on this weekend. Friday night I’ll be laying low because I have a 5-mile race bright and early on Saturday morning in Central Park! Then Saturday evening the Hubby and I are having our first 2010 date night (sticking to those resolutions). We’re going out to dinner and then going to see God of Carnage on Broadway. It’s supposed to be really funny – don’t mind the name. I bought these tickets for Hubby’s birthday and when I originally bought them months ago James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) was the lead male. Bill loved the Sopranos, so I was kind of disappointed when they changed the cast. But I still happen to recognize two of the actors in this cast: Jimmy Smits and Christine Lahti. Sunday we are contemplating going to see Avatar. Everyone is raving about it, but neither one of us is too pumped to go see it. Have you seen it – feedback? 

Before I get into yesterday’s eats, I wanted to share this link with you from Foodfit.com – it’s their Winter Guide to Fruits and Vegetables. I get their newsletter and thought this list was pretty useful. There were definitely some fruits on the fruit list that I’d never heard of before, but sounded tasty.

Now onto eats:  I remembered to photograph my breakfast yesterday – it was oatmeal with banana and pumpkin butter. I hadn’t used my pumpkin butter in a while and it’s starting to get low. I also had a side of light cranberry juice.

For lunch I might have had a piece of pizza during our Marketing and Communications celebratory lunch. Some of our publications recently won awards, so we were celebrating. I can’t pass up celebratory pizza! Sorry – no pic. And then a little later I got my fill of veggies with cucumbers, carrots and grape tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

A little later I had a few chippers…

And even later in afternoon I had two clementines for a snack.

I left work right at 5 p.m. because I was soo excited to go have dinner with my friend Katie! I looked for a restaurant near Union Square, but didn’t want to go to big place or a chain place – I wanted something smaller and cozy. I found some good reviews about Vintage Irving on the NY Magazine website, so I decided we should give it a try. It did not disappoint. Our food was so good. Here’s the rundown – I had to use flash because it was very dark and my photos were not coming out at all:

Truffle Chicken Mini Meatballs, thyme-scented sherry wine sauce

This was a Spinach and Artichoke dip, which is not shown on their online menu:

We also had an amazing cheese and meat place from the Chef’s plate portion of the menu. The Manchego cheese was amazing – if you ever make it to this place, that is a must. We both loved this plate a lot (half of it has already been eaten – we dove in before I could get the camera out).

We had a lovely mesclun salad as well, but it definitely fell behind the Chef’s plate.

And finally, we topped the meal off with some cheesecake. It was amazing!!

We also had a few glasses of wine with our many mini meals, of course 🙂 As you can see, I did not limit myself on this outing at all. But I agree with Katherine and Meg’s recent posts that healthy does not have to equal perfect and we should learn to live a little! Plus, I don’t see Katie all the time, so when we are able to get together we kind of go all out. Here we are (I turned it black and white to hide the our wine-stained red lips and mouths):

Don’t you hate when that happens? Or does it only happen to me? Katie’s red stains were not nearly as bad as mine.

So it was a delightful dinner and then I headed right to bed when I got home. How about you – are there times when you stray a bit from your healthy ways? I certainly did last night, but I am proud to say I don’t feel guilty about it at all! 🙂

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9 responses to “I’m Okay With a Little Stray

  1. Ha ha! Great idea to make it a black & white photo! For our wedding I drank only white wine all night just so I wouldn’t have red stained lips/teeth. LOL Also worked out well when I had a glass of wine in hand and had a friend come from behind & hug me…. it spilled a bit, but you couldn’t see it.

    I’m definitely all about the occassional splurge… especially when it involves… wine, cheese or chocolate…. or all of those. 😉

    Hope your race goes well on Saturday!!!!

  2. peanutbutterfingers

    your mini meatballs look tasty!

    i seem to stray from my healthy ways the most when i’m w/ friends – typically celebrating a bday or holiday or something. too many tempting treats!

  3. Your weekend plans sound fabulous and jam packed with fun! If I didn’t think I’d fall asleep mid-race, I’d totally join you for the 5 miler. Sadly, 4 hours of class each night are starting to take their toll on me and I’m only in week 1!

    I haven’t seen Avatar yet, but I’m dying to. Might have to be a weekend treat for me too 🙂

    I would LOVE to start doing weeknight runs here and there, but I’ll know more about my schedule in the next week or so. I’ve got class from 6-10 T-Th so maybe we could meet up on Mondays for a run? If I could bring my puppy, we can run AND I can get him some exercise! He’s good for a solid 4-6 miles 🙂

  4. That is the only drawback to red wine- my teeth/lips get stained so easily! I am a huge fan of Manchego cheese. That spinach artichoke dip looks amaze!

    When I’m out with friends or for a special occasion I definitely don’t restrict myself. Along these lines, I also won’t eat something if I am super full. It’s all about moderation!

  5. I stray from being healthy when I feel like it will count–like a night out with good girlfriends!! But that’s why I eat healthy on a regular basis, so those occasions don’t matter!!

  6. Yes and I used to beat myself up all the time. I’ve recently – within the past few months – learned to forgive myself and move on. It’s part of life!

  7. I agree when you meet up with a good friend that you don’t get to see often, you have to go all out and live a little! It’s not like we eat like this everyday right?

  8. I think it’s good to stray from your healthy ways, in moderation. Right? I stray at least once a day. I stray in small ways though, like a Reese’s pb cup, or a beer 🙂 I wouldn’t call those “healthy”, but very delicious!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

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