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Snapshot Friday and Saturday

Every time my family visits, I tell myself I’ll be a good blogger, take tons of pictures, and write a really detailed recap about our adventures.  And every time I fail miserably—ha!  This weekend, though, I managed to snap a few pics, so I’ll share those with you.


After rocking my wetsuit at Friday’s swim practice, I spent the day hanging out with my sister Margaret.  First, we ate lunch at Terri, an organic and vegetarian restaurant.


I ordered the “tuna” melt (aka chickpea salad) with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.


It tasted great and kept me full during our entire shopping trip, which included stops at Zara and Kate Spade.

Margaret trying on shoes—YOLO.


I took a class in college with Michele called “He Says, She Says,” so I found this iPhone cover oh so rhetorical.


Even though it was blizzarding in NYC, Margaret and I ordered our first iced coffees Americanos of the season.


Spring better be on the way!

My parents and sister Ellen arrived later that night and brought some goodies from my grandma—homemade sauce and meatballs for the win!


I cannot wait to break into this stash.


My weekend started with a Full Throttle Endurance swimming practice at Chelsea Piers and brunch at my teammate’s apartment. (Er, triathlete brunch, I guess; we ate around 9:30 a.m.—ha!) I didn’t want to be a creeper and whip out my iPhone, but the spread was impressive:  waffles and whipped cream made from scratch, asparagus and goat cheese frittata, plus bacon, Italian biscotti, and sparkling apple cider.  Holy moley, everything was so good!  I also enjoyed hanging out with my teammates outside of swimming, biking, and running.  Yes, we talked triathlons the entire time, but it was great to focus on the conversation without keeping an eye on the clock to time our rest and intervals.

Back at my apartment, my family and I watched the first half of the Syracuse basketball game (I don’t want to talk about the final result) before heading uptown to see Jersey Boys.


Absolutely incredible!


And get this—one of the “swing” cast members played Frankie Valli, and he totally killed it!  He even had his own friends and family cheering section.

Speaking of family …


Doing what we do best—goofing off!

Next, we wandered around Chelsea Market briefly, but it was a bit difficult navigation-wise with all five of us, so we didn’t stay very long.  I was also experiencing some stomach troubles and was so not in the mood to take pictures.

For dinner, we went to a Raymi, a Peruvian restaurant for dinner, and it was phenomenal!  Again, not pictures due to being girl-down, but we plan to go back.

How was your weekend?

It’s Heating Up

Hiya, friends!  Anyone else feeling the effects of today’s hotter-than-hot heat index?

There’s nothing quite like a 100-degree-plus heat index to usher in the first day of summer.


In an attempt to escape the humidity, my mom, sisters, and I went to the mall.  Before starting to shop, we needed to fuel up.  Hitting up Koto, one of our favorite restaurants, was a no-brainer.

I started with a house salad, which came drenched in ginger dressing.

For my main meal, I ordered the Spicy Trio, which included spicy salmon rolls, spicy tuna rolls, and spicy yellowtail rolls.  If you can’t beat the heat, you might as well join it, right?  Promptly after, I slipped into a sushi coma.

It’s one of my all-time favorite food comas, right behind frozen grapes and dark chocolate.

The Elixir of Summer Life facilitated my revival.

Iced French vanilla coffee with skim milk and one Splenda.


If you’re in the market for a homemade black bean burger (BBB) recipe, then your search is over.

My momma’s California BBB, plus roasted mushrooms and green beans.

To ramp up the burger’s nutrient profile, I placed a handful of spinach between the bun and paddie.  I also added a little Tabasco sauce.

CNY Triathlon Club

Wednesday night means CNY Triathlon Club training sessions, but I decided to forgo tonight’s workout—it’s just too hot.  It’s important to be smart about outdoor training, especially during temperature extremes.  Plus, last week’s triathlon was no cakewalk, and the intense heat would only make the three-sport event dangerously difficult for me.  No worries; there’s always next week.  Have you ever opted out of a race or event because of extreme temperatures?

I’m off to organize my Pinterest boards!  Enjoy your night!

Back in Business

Good news, everyone—the “stinky wagon,” aka the septic truck, came to the house around noon to fix our water problem, and we are officially back in business!  Let there be showering, laundering, and dish washing galore!


After my spin class, I was craving a cold and crisp salad.  Most times, I’ll add leftover protein from dinner the night before—like salmon, tilapia, or chicken—to the salad, but there wasn’t a white styrofoam Thai takeout container to be found.  Instead, I used extra-firm tofu and followed a new recipe.

I topped a bed of greens—which included carrots, celery, and red pepper—with some of Caitlin’s Perfect Baked Tofu.  Thanks to its short ingredients list—EVOO, honey, chili powder, black pepper, paprika, and sesame seeds—seasoning and baking this tofu was easy peasy.  There’s no doubt this will become a go-to staple.

I also had a glass of iced coffee.

Baking, Round Two

Following lunch, my sisters and I went to Canastota for round two of baking.  We helped my grandma assemble venetian cookies—we spread jam between layers of green, white, and red cake—and made another batch of pineapple cookies.  Not that my grandma needs a reason to bake, but she’s already preparing desserts for my cousin’s high school graduation party—in July!  When it comes to cooking and baking, my grandma takes no prisoners.  And when it comes to “taste testing” the pineapple cookies, neither do I!


Around 5 p.m., I had a small bowl of cantaloupe and a Chobani lemon yogurt, both of which I forgot to photograph.  Oops.


Another summer evening, another dinner on the grill.

Steak, roasted vegetable medley (broccoli, zucchini, and red peppers) plus roasted eggplant.  And a glass of red wine.

I’m off to take Zelda for a walk.  Enjoy your Friday night!