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In the Kitchen

At home I had some more time (and my family’s fully stocked pantry!) to get creative in the kitchen again. I’ve definitely gotten into a rut by preparing the same rotation of dinners after work every day. On my first night home my dad made a delicious dinner of grilled chicken, salad, and grilled veggies. On Friday I put together a Mexican fajita spread and on Saturday we made homemade pizza! It was delicious- my dad has definitely perfected the dough-making technique and his pizza stone skills are pretty solid too. My dad dressed one pizza and my brother and I split the second pie down the middle. In the end we all shared pieces, but it was fun to have my own custom area to decorate. I included tomato sauce, basil, mushrooms, grilled onion, some cheese, roasted red peppers, and oregano. I may be forgetting something, but oh well! It was delicious!

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My flight on Monday was delayed for 2.5 hours, so I got home late and feel like I’ve spent the whole week catching up. Despite the craziness, though, I continued my creative streak. On Wednesday I made veggie burgers and tonight I made a fun veggie dish using the spiralizer. Tomorrow I’m going to the Union Square Farmers Market and maybe stopping by a fishmonger for some fresh seafood.

To end this post, take a look at my walk home today. I love Hoboken!

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Back in the ATL

My visit home was much-needed and turned out to be pretty relaxing overall. Just being able to hang out with my family and do some shopping turned out to be a great time. I even did quite a bit of cooking, which means I’ll have some new recipes coming this way soon. I realize I’ve been stuck in quite a cooking rut lately and am determined to break out and get my creative juices flowing. Tonight I used the spiralizer to make short strands of carrot and zucchini to be used in a veggie pancake type of thing. I mixed the veggies in a bowl with an egg and some spices, then cooked on the stovetop. Unfortunately, the mixture did stick together very well, but it was still quite tasty. Tomorrow I’m planning on putting together some veggie burgers. And I’m already getting excited to pick up some new things at the farmers market on Saturday.

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The Surprise

I’ve been keeping a big secret, but I can finally let the cat out of the bag. A few months ago I bought an airline ticket for home and my dad and I decided we’d surprise my mom. So, fast forward to yesterday: I hopped onto my 7:45 am flight for home and was greeted by my Dad at baggage claim. On our way home we came up with a quick plan to make sure my mom was home. I called her cell and told her I sent a package with some goodies and that FedEx needed her signature. I told her I received an email notification saying that the box would arrive between 11 and 11:30 that morning. She believed me! I hopped out of the car when we pulled into the driveway and my Dad went inside like normal. I sneaked to the front door, waited a few minutes, then rang the doorbell and hid. The rest is in the video. Absolutely hilarious!

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The Seed

Yet another busy, but fun weekend. I relaxed on Friday with some TV and crosswords. Sounds lame, but it was wonderful. On Saturday I met a new friend for coffee before my kickboxing class. She recently moved to Hoboken from Chicago and was introduced to me by a family friend. So happy to meet another Hobokener, especially one who is so nice! On another note, I ordered my first iced coffee- delicious! I can’t wait to make my own this summer when the weather gets hot enough. 

After my final kickboxing class at this particular studio (my Groupon month ended) I did my grocery shopping, ate lunch, and got ready to see The Great Gatsby with yet another Hobokener. I loved the book in high school, so I was pretty curious to see the movie. The cinematography was beautiful, but very trippy. Reminded me very much of “Moulin Rouge”. I recommend it though!

On Sunday I went to a Vegan convention/expo called The Seed with a friend in Soho. Rain persisted throughout the day, so having an indoor activity already planned made the weather tolerable. The space was filled with vendors, areas for speakers, and lots of yummy samples. Among my favorites were baked goods, soups, chocolate pudding, the list goes on and on. Even though I’m not vegan (and have no plans of ever completely converting) I enjoy experimenting with different cooking techniques and getting nutrition from plant-based foods instead of meat. I made the decision in college to stop eating beef and pork, and I only eat poultry/seafood occasionally, so I want to make sure I’m still eating a balanced diet. 

Regarding the speakers, I was primarily interested in learning about sports nutrition. First I saw a presentation from a vegan boxer and followed up with a talk from Brendan Brazier. It’s encouraging to hear about these men being able to achieve so much athletically without relying on meat. Cool stuff. Here are some pics from the day. I didn’t take very many because my camera’s been acting up, but at least it’s better than nothing. 

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In the City

Looks like this past week slipped away from me, so here’s a quick recap:

Saturday:

After my morning kickboxing class I met up with a friend to explore Chinatown for cool ingredients. I walked away with a bunch of produce and none of the frogs in the picture. I can’t believe they sold frogs in a supermarket like this. Crazy!

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Sunday:

Errands! And I spent a few hours in the kitchen making my healthy eggplant parmesan, banana bread, and prepping more for the week. 

 

Monday: 

Kickboxing after work. 

 

Tuesday:

I stopped by an event one of my roommates helped organize to benefit Hoboken’s homeless population. I got to Hoboken really early from work, so I was there on the earlier side before many people were really there. But the venue, Trinity, was really nice and the weather was perfect. 

 

Wednesday: 

Went running after a crazy day at work. I love Hoboken! I also discovered that my basil seeds finally sprouted!

 

Thursday:

I went to 30 Rock for a big meeting and stayed in the city afterwards to meet up with my cousins and some friends. We claimed a table at Broome Street Bar and parked there for the night. Here’s the group and my delicious Mediterranean salad:

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That’s my week! And I have some fun plans for the weekend too! 

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Surrounded

I’ve been working on a big promotion for Rihanna ever since I began working in February, so my bosses decided to reward me and another coordinator by giving us some of the floor seat tickets they purchased. I found out on Monday that I would be attending the concert on Tuesday, so it was pretty late notice but I was still pretty excited. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect since I don’t know too much about Rihanna and had never been to the venue. 

     After work on Tuesday a car drove Laura and I to the Barclays Center and we ventured around for a bit before finally finding our seats. Our seats were the very first row on the floor. The only seats in front of us consisted of some small rows roped off for celebrities- insane! People trickled in closer to the start time and I ended up sitting right behind Stacy Keibler, Tyson Beckford, Katy Perry, and others. It was so weird to see them all in person! Oh, and the woman sitting next to me? The beauty editor of Vogue, you know, that fashion magazine. Holy freaking cow! I never felt so small yet so big at the same time. Here are some pics I managed to snap:

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Revlon Race for the Cure

Last Saturday I woke up bright and early to join NBC’s Team Impact in the Revlon Run/Walk for the Cure in Times Square. We all met up at NBC’s Times Square office and then made our way to the starting area. It was pretty chilly outside, so we huddled together for some pictures then anxiously waited for the race to start. Since I was running, not walking, I made my way to the front of the crowd and watched as Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde did the countdown on the stage in front of me. How could anyone not love Emma Stone? As soon as they reached “zero” giant cannons filled the sky with confetti and we were off. Due to the lack of bathrooms near the start and my love for Starbucks coffee I pretty much sprinted the first mile to Central Park to keep my bladder from exploding. As soon as I saw a bathroom at the park entrance I ran straight for it, probably looking like Forrest Gump. Luckily, I enjoyed the remaining two miles through Central Park much more than the first mile. The weather was perfect and running for such a great cause brought on a major runner’s high. Volunteers greeted me at the finish line with a cute medal and lots of fun goodies. Can’t wait for my next race in the city! 

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Catch Up

Seems I’ve been busier this week than I originally anticipated, so here’s a quick recap of all the fun that’s happened lately: 

Friday: 

After work I took the train back to my cousins’ house to spend the weekend with them. We were all pretty tired, so we spent the night watching a movie and falling asleep on the couch. 

Saturday: 

We celebrated my little cousin’s communion. Rich and I skipped out on the church part and went for a great 7 mile run instead. We met up with the family at a local restaurant, Shore Cafe, for the celebration lunch.

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It was great getting to hang out with my family, as always, but I was pretty tired from the run. So, when we returned back to the house in the late afternoon I took a nice siesta while watching TV, then got ready for the guys to take me out to Red Bank. We went to Downtown, which would have been great since the band had an awesome setlist, but the volume was crazy loud! My ears have never hurt so much and the ringing was ridiculous. I enjoyed the songs as much as I could though. 

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Sunday: 

I started the day with a 3 mile run, then ran errands with my aunt. Afterwards, I made lunch and caught the train back to Hoboken. Constantly moving my stuff around makes me feel like such a nomad. I can’t wait until the day I finally buy a place to live so I know I’ll be there for an extended stay. 

Monday: 

Originally I planned to go to kickboxing after work, but instead went to a work party at 30 Rock. One of the most favored VPs recently made the decision to move to Philly, so we gave her a great send-off by enjoying drinks and hor’doeuvres in the swanky venue. Back in Hoboken I grabbed dinner at Precious with one of my coworkers. The food was delicious of course! And check out the view!

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Tuesday: 

Our department received some good news, so we all went out for drinks at a local spot after work. Then a big fire got in the way of my ride home, but at least I didn’t have any other plans. Oh- I also went on a run outside with a coworker instead of just going to the gym. The recent weather makes me so happy. 

Wednesday:

Free night to catch up with stuff. 

Thursday: 

CNBC softball game! We dominated and run-ruled the other team! And the convertible ride to and from wasn’t bad either. 

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Friday: 

Kickboxing!

 

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