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Hello, hello from Upstate New York!


Even though spring has officially arrived, the lake remains frozen.  Before I left practice Wednesday, my teammates said I should drill a hole and hop in for some open-water swimming.  It sounded like a great idea to me, but my mom shot it down—ha!

Anyway, it feels so nice to be home!  My tiny hometown is basically the exact opposite of New York City, and although I love living there, I do like escaping the concrete jungle every now and then.  My train yesterday arrived almost an hour late—you’re killing me, Amtrak!—so lunch was on my mind. (Not that there’s ever a time when I’m not thinking about food, but you get my point.) Luckily, my mom had some Easter grocery shopping to do at Wegmans, so we went there for lunch.


Holy cow—I’ve missed Weggies so much!  I planned to get the citrus tofu roll, but it wasn’t available, so I went with a spicy tuna roll, plus a side of roasted mushrooms and asparagus.

For dinner, my family went to Circa, our favorite local restaurant.


Luckily, my sisters and I “like” Circa on Facebook, so we knew there wasn’t wine—and alerted my parents, so we came prepared!  Salad and turkey mole for dinner.



Breakfast after my swim this morning was my standard spinach and egg white breakfast sandwich, and I enjoyed a delicious bowl of homemade black bean soup after my tempo run.


Black bean soup never photographs well, but trust me:  To.  Die.  For.  I also chased it with an orange.


Speaking of orange, Syracuse beat Indiana last night and advanced to the Elite Eight—woohoo!  I’m so happy the Cuse-Marquette matchup will start at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon; the past games have tipped off around 9:40 p.m., which is past my bedtime. (Seriously.)

I’m going shopping with my sister now—enjoy your Friday!

Do you certain meals or visit certain restaurants when you’re home?

Déjà Vu at the Pool

Happy Friday, everyone!  This week flew by, right?  Having a holiday in the middle of the week seems throws things off.


Last night, the family and I went to Circa, one of our favorite local restaurants.  Prior to last night, I hadn’t been there in a few months, so I was looking forward to going back.  Plus, since its menu changes every week or so, there are always fresh dishes that reflect seasonal foods and flavors.  For my meal, I ordered the spicy shrimp gumbo.


I really, really wanted to love it, but it was just OK; I hoped for a spicier, more flavorful dish.  I ate the shrimp and sausage and left most of the rice; I had plans for dessert—for Christmas Eve, my sister made a roasted pumpkin gingerbread cake, so I had a slice.


It hit the spot!


Back to an old favorite this morning.


An open-faced spinach and egg white sandwich with Sriracha.

Workout – Swimming

Good news—the local pool was open today!  I headed over around 11 a.m. for 45 minutes of drill work. (On a semi-related note, I’ve been loving sleeping in, eating breakfast, and having a relaxing morning before working out.)


Back when I was in elementary school, there used to be a “kids night out” event, which allowed students to hangout at this facility—it includes a pool, a few basketball courts, etc.—for a few hours on a Friday night, and I remember swimming in the pool and thinking it was absolutely huge. (After today’s workout, I can assure you it’s a standard lap pool!) In addition to this déjà-vu/blast-from-the-past moment, I also recognized the on-duty lifeguard who currently goes to my alma mater. (He’s actually the same age as my younger sisters.) We chatted for a few minutes—I had to tell him I graduated in May, ha!—and then I got to work.  I didn’t have high expectations for this swim because I hadn’t been in water for about one week, but it went surprisingly well; plus, it felt really good to swim since I’ve only been running while being home.

As I progressed through my drills, I noticed a few kids enter the pool, and they seemed to be goofing off—lots of laughing and very little swimming—which is totally fine.  Anyway, during my final set of 5x100s, one of their kickboards hit my arm, and instead of getting angry, I simply batted it away and thought to myself, It’s going to take more than a tap like that to rattle me.  Oh, open-water swimming …

I’m sure I’ve shared this before; it never gets old!


At home, I heated up half of a leftover chicken breast and wilted some spinach for round one.


This didn’t fill me up after swimming, so I also finished up the last of the jalapeño-stuffed peppers, plus some wild rice.


Mmmm!  I then proceeded to eat my weight in chocolate-covered raisins—ha!

What’s the most recent (or strangest!) déjà-vu/blast-from-the-past moment you’ve experienced?

First Trip To Chipotle

Hi, everyone!  First off, I loved reading your comments on yesterday’s post about Ryan Gosling; I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s slightly obsessed.

OK, so back to regularly scheduled programming.  Before talking about the awesomeness that is Chipotle, let’s wiz through the past few hours.


Last night, my parents, sister, and I went to Circa.  Since the restaurant changes its menu every week or so—which ensures both seasonality and true locality—we try to go a few times a month to try ever-changing entrees.  I hoped the menu would feature salmon, and I got my wish.

This was my first time having the ivory version of this fish, and the tomato and cilantro sauce complemented the salmon’s mild, buttery flavor.  Perfectly crisp, the corn cakes were also delicious.  Last night’s dinner is easily one of my top meals I’ve had there.


Even though I went to bed relatively early, I had a difficult time waking up this morning.  Knowing temperatures would only continue to rise—today’s projected high is 80 degrees Fahrenheit—I bribed myself out of bed with some java.  Never underestimate the power of two cups of coffee and a baller playlist (very similar to my half-marathon one.) Once I had some caffeine in my system and synched my iPod shuffle, I laced up my sneakers and hit the road.  I ran for time today—about 40 minutes—and covered 5.25 miles.


After a sweaty run, overnight oats in a jar sounded perfect. (And luckily, I did the prep work last night.)

Plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats, 1/3 cup of almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries, and chia seeds went into the jar.


Onto the moment you’ve all been anxiously awaiting.

And Ellen with the photobomb.  We had quite a few errands to run today—Bed, Bath & Beyond, Office Max, Barnes and Noble—so when lunchtime rolled around, we decided to go to Chipotle.  I honestly don’t know how I’ve never eaten at this Mexican chain; this branch opened a few years ago, and when I studied abroad in London, I managed to make it inside a Chipotle without ordering anything.  And now that I’ve enjoyed a meal, I can see that was a huge mistake.

I went with the vegetarian burrito bowl:  brown rice; black beans; peppers and onions; medium-spicy sauce; guacamole; and lettuce.  Holy yum!

Have you been to Chipotle?  What’s your favorite dish to order?

Edited to add:  I received an email this afternoon that said Fitness and Frozen Grapes is now featured on this site.

Foodie Friday

You know that feeling when you prepare and eat a delicious meal?  That’s the best, right?  Well, if you multiple that by three—no numbers involved, I promise—that what I experienced today.  Talk about holy yum!

You saw my bowl of overnight oats, which set the tone for the day.  Shortly after, I went to Wegmans to pick up some produce, and I already knew I would be getting some sushi for lunch.  But not just my standard salmon roll.  This plan was in the cards since yesterday afternoon when I saw this billboard.


Firecracker sounds spicy, which is music to this Tabasco-loving girl’s ears.  Sold.  Well played, Weggies.  Well played.


One Wegmans firecracker roll.

Plus homemade carrot fries.

All together, now!

The firecracker roll tasted delicious, but it’s definitely a “special treat”—crispy fried tempura shrimp tossed in “firecracker” sauce with asparagus, roasted red pepper, and koshihikari rice rolled up in a pineapple-habanero wrap. (It packs 360 calories.) To up this meal’s nutrient profile, I coated carrot sticks with a little extra virgin olive oil and a few dashes of S&P and baked them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.


Dining at Circa was on the menu (pun unintended!), and I started off with a glass of New Age wine.

The family split two orders of Curry Mussels.

For my main dish, I ordered the sea bass.

Such a great day of eating!  Have a great night!

What a Bummer

Hey, everyone!  How’s your Tuesday night shaping up?  Originally, I planned to go to Women on Wheels at 6 p.m., but when I arrived at the meet-up location, there was no one to be found.  I kept my fingers crossed and waited about 15 minutes, but no dice.  Between my unsuccessful attempts swimming at the YMCA and now no biking with Women on Wheels, it’s been a tough couple of days for my triathlon workouts.  What do you do when your workout plans fall through?  Normally, I would’ve gone for a ride solo or went for a run, but my parents were going out to dinner, so I decided to join them.


We hit up Circa, our local favorite, around 7 p.m.  I quenched my thirst with a glass of New Age white wine.  Served on the rocks with a slice of lime, this light vino was super refreshing.  Two thumbs up!

For my main meal, I selected a spicy shrimp and Asian vegetable medley.

And now it’s time to break out the frozen grapes.  Have a great night!