Welcome Back!

Wow! Has it really been almost 2 years since I posted? Several things have changed since then. I decided to close my nutrition consulting business. With a full-time job, it was costing me more to keep the business going. It was a difficult decision but God always has a better plan! We started a new company at my current employer and with that new company came a new voice over gig that paid very well.

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Fast forward to February 2016 when my husband and I found out we were expecting! Fast forward again to October 29, 2016 – our beautiful Addie Grace was born!

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Life has been a bit crazy since then! She will be 4 months old next week. As you can imagine, nutrition was last on my mind during the last several months. Although, I am thankful I did not gain much during my pregnancy. I stuck to my workouts as much as possible (thank you Orange Theory!). Over the last month, I have started cooking and trying to get us back on track.

They opened a Sprouts near us and boy was I excited to check it out! We went the other night and spent a small fortune. Their produce is beautiful and they have an excellent organic selection. I purchased Daikon radish mainly because it was pretty. Turns out they are high in potassium and vitamin C. What does on do with Daikon you ask? I did not know either so I started researching. Most of the recipes were stir-fry and salads. I decided to shred it using my Salad Master tool along with some rainbow carrots. Topped with sesame oil, rice vinegar and soy sauce it was a perfect combo! My plan is to start posting recipes again! Happy Friday!

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New York City – A Culinary Experience

My mother and I embarked on our most recent trip to New York this past weekend. Each visit usually has a theme and this trip was all about FOOD! We stayed at 49th and Lexington so we were within walking distance of most of the places we wanted to visit except for the restaurants we chose which were about a 20 minute train ride.

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When we arrived on Friday we happened upon Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant, The National. We were able to walk in at lunch without reservations and get seated right away (which never happens). We enjoyed our lunch so much that we made reservations for breakfast our last day. I recommend the Steak Tartar; it was fabulous! Friday night we made reservations at L’Ecole, at The International Culinary Center.

The restaurant is located in Lower Manhattan on Broadway and Grand.  We each had the tasting menu which in my opinion is the best bang for your buck in the city. We try to only eat at restaurants that have that option.

The pictures are of the seared octopus with fava beans,

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a canape of scallop ceviche,

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and Hazelnut-Gianduja Cake with Earl Grey Tea ice cream.

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Yes, everything was as wonderful as it sounds! I did not photograph everything as I was trying not to be completely tacky with my flash in the restaurant 🙂

Our second tasting menu experience and by far the most impressive was Bouley. The restaurant decor evokes a french countryside. Each dish was a culinary masterpiece. I did not feel completely comfortable bringing my camera out since the table are close quarters and it is a higher-end establishment. I suppose I could have claimed I was a food critic which isn’t entirely untrue… I was able to snap a quick photo of the New England Big Eye Tuna which was mouth-watering.

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An added bonus at Bouley is the bread cart. A very nice man rolls a bread cart up to your table with a choice of 8 different fresh-baked breads which are sliced right at the table. Normally, I pass up bread when I eat out, but this weekend I indulged! Who can pass up saffron walnut bread? I need a larger vocabulary to describe how delightful this dining experience was for both of us!

Another great restaurant we visited was in the Upper East Side called Orsay. A friend of the family runs this restaurant and he told us to come on by so we headed there for brunch on Sunday. This was also a culinary treat!  If you make it over there, try the goat cheese salad pictured below. So good!

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It is always a good idea to make reservations when dining in the city; especially on the weekend! Try Open Table as they have access to reservations for thousands of restaurants accompanied by reviews. You can also earn points toward gift certificates! Many restaurants offer a tasting menu (Prix Fix) which is usually a better option than a la cart.

Bon appetite!