New York, New York Part 2

If you missed part 1 click here.

After an event filled Saturday we took it a little slower on Sunday.

We had a late breakfast at a little diner by my sister’s house. I had a bagel which wasn’t worth photographing but I will say the service was exceptionally good. It made up for Saturday’s brunch and then some.

In the afternoon we met an old co-worker and friend for a walk in Central Park. She is pretty much Eli’s favorite person in the whole world so we couldn’t let the opportunity to meet up pass us by, despite the very cold day.

We walked around in the park for a while as Eli nearly passed out from happiness. He LOVES Christine!

Eli and Christine

After our walk we headed home to meet up with Sarah and discuss dinner.

We knew that after eating out all weekend we would want to cook on Sunday night. I perused the blog-a-sphere and offered up a few options for dinner.

We settled on veggies burgers with fries.

I used this Oh She Glows recipe. They were very tasty but not perfect. They didn’t hold together very well and were missing some seasoning. I’m going to make some adjustments to hopefully perfect them. In the meantime here are a few pictures of the process.

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In full disclosure, Will lit and set up most of the above shots. He was also kind enough to give me an idiot’s photography 101. I haven’t totally master the tutorial. You should see last night’s dinner photos, bleh.

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Please excuse my awesome outfit.

After dinner we decided to play Jenga. Everyone was a little skeptical but it was ridiculously fun and intense, even if I lost…both times.

jenga

Thank you for the lovely weekend NYC. We’ll be back soon.

Times Square

Enjoy and Exhale!

New York, New York Part 1

I really love New York. Partly because my sister is there but also because of the energy. That city really is like no other.

We had an amazing visit and were really sad to see it end yesterday. I wish we could have birthdays all the time!

I’ll do my best to swiftly recap the weekend without boring you all but we crammed a lot in the two days so this may seem like a photo bomb.

We drove down on Saturday morning. I’m so used to the long state of California where you drive for 4 hours and are still in CA that it always surprises me when we cross state lines so quickly. It’s like you blink and you’re in Connecticut.

We quickly headed to brunch after dropping our stuff and Eli off at my sister’s place. I would show you brunch photos but to be honest that food was sub par and the service was even worse. We left the meal hungry and disappointed, not a good start.

We were on the Upper West Side so we explored that area for a bit and then stumbled on the Empire Hotel. Considering we’re all huge Chuck Bass fans and we were right there, we stopped in for a drink.

I loved this bar, classy, ornate and relatively quiet. Maybe that’s because it was 3 in the afternoon 🙂

Empire Hotel

Here’s the birthday girl showing off the new watch her beau gave her.

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Couple shot.

Michael and me

And a pic of the good company I was in! The conversation was just so exciting. Can’t you tell?

Phone Obsessed

After a drink we decided to go bowling down at the Port Authority. I thought it would be ghetto but it was super swanky! The lanes were really nice and they played top 40 hits with coordinated neon lights and huge screens playing music videos at the end of the lanes.

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I managed to lose best out of two against Michael and am now washing a weeks worth of dishes. 😦

I wish I had taken a picture of the snacks we had. The menu was great for being a bowling alley. We had a huge bowl of hummus with carrots and pitas and some edamame fritters.

We headed back to my sister’s after bowling to get gussied up for dinner. We had dinner at Monument Lane in the West Village. The restaurant was adorable. Loved the decor and the vibe. The food was hit and miss. The brussel sprout appetizer was amazing (you can kind of see it in the background), I hope to recreate it somehow. Michael’s fish was apparently very good and my veggie hash was fine but very expensive for some parsnips, carrots and sweet potatoes. It also reminded me of something very familiar…this!

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The company was lovely, of course.

Sarah and Me at dinnerMichael

This post is getting a little long so I’ll recap Sunday tomorrow which includes a delicious veggie burger and Jenga. That’s right you read correctly, Jenga!

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Happy Birthday Sista!

We are currently on our way to NYC for a very special weekend.

My little sister, Sarah, is turning the big 3-0 today! Welcome to your thirties sister dear.

May there be many, many, many more years of ‘making memories’.

Thank you for being my first best friend.

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For dancing on the bed to Rod Stewart with me.

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For teaching me humbleness while showing me up on the soccer field, even though you were two years younger.

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Thank you for being the co-conspirator and co-host to all of our high school parties.

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For picking on Teddy so much that I am and always will be the favorite sister!

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For missing me when I went away to college.

Sarah

Then coming to see me all the time! (However, shame on you for not telling me that my hair and shirt were so AWFUL.)

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Yet amazingly, never missing the chance to call me out on my ugly photo face.

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Thank you for the inside jokes.

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For making me laugh so hard it hurts.

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For loving food as much as I do.

Falafel Eating Spain

And lastly, thank you for being so wonderfully, unapologetically you!

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How lucky I am to have my best friend, greatest confidant and biggest fan all wrapped up in one person.

I love you, yo my sista!

Sisters

Enjoy and Exhale!

Love: In All Its Forms

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I’m not one for the forced gift giving or expensive dinners of Valentine’s Day but I do like the sentiment behind it.

Love.

I looked up love in the dictionary today and this was the definition that resonated most strongly with me.

Love: (noun) an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another

Because at the end of the day isn’t that what it’s all about?

When we strip away the roses and the cards and the candles and the huge heart-shaped mylar balloon I saw a college student walking out of the grocery store with yesterday, we can see love for what it really is: selfless concern for others. The hope that good happens to those around us, whether we know them or not, that their load isn’t too heavy to bear, that their hearts feel surrounded by warmth, that no one has to walk alone.

It isn’t about a singular day on the calendar and it isn’t just about romantic love.

May we know love in all its forms.

Be it a phone call from a good friend. The taste of a thoughtfully prepared meal. The enthusiast greeting of a dog after a long day at work. The unconditional support of family. The hand of a small child’s in yours. The sound of an old favorite song. The kindness of a stranger. The forgiveness of a long-held grudge. The legacy left by those no longer with us. The softness in the eyes of your beloved. The allowance of some tenderness toward yourself.

Today we are reminded to open our hearts more fully, appreciate love in its non-traditional sense and know that in the end, it is indeed all around us (thank you Love Actually), if we care enough to see it.

Continuing to spread the love this afternoon. 12:15 and 7 at Sangha Yoga Boston, 4:30 at All One Yoga.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

New York New Years

Our new years eve started out great. We went on a long run in Central Park with Eli. We did a bit of exploring and walking during our run so it was on the slower side. It’s so easy for the distance to add up in the city. We ended up covering way more mileage than we’d planned.

NYC run

After our run we went to Le Quotidien for breakfast. I had a tartine with black bean hummus and spicy tahini and an English breakfast. Michael had an unpictured omelet.

Le Quotidien breakfast

In the afternoon, we headed to Grand Central and then Bryant Park with my sister. There is a really cool market in Grand Central with just about anything you can imagine.

SpicesGrand Central market

Sarah Horvath in Grand CentralMichael and Sarah in Grand Central

We’re so lame. But had to do a reenactment of Gossip Girl while we were there. Spotted.

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Then we headed over to Bryant Park to check out our third skating rink of the trip.

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My sister had to work the evening shift last night so Michael and I walked down to Chelsea for dinner at Blossom.

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Here’s a pic of the menu but as you can see it was super dark in the restaurant so the rest of the photos aren’t worth sharing. It was a tasty dinner but I much preferred my meal at Candle 79 a few months ago.

Blossom Prix Fixe

After dinner we tried to find a place to ring in the new year with little success. After walking around for almost an hour we stopped in at a speakeasy called Middle Branch in midtown which was perfect. Great specialty drinks, a small manageable crowd and a cool vibe. We spent the last bit of 2012 writing down our resolutions and reminiscing about our favorite memories of the year.

Middle Branch

Sarah met us after midnight with a couple of her work friends before we all called it a night.

Sarah and Friends

We spent most of today in the car and are now happily home watching School of Rock while lamenting the end of the holidays.

Onward and upward to a busy January. Recipes to come again soon.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Christmas in Pictures

We had a great holiday. Hope you did too.

My mom is still here so I won’t spend my short time with her writing a long post but here are a few highlights in pictures.

Eli and Michael

Eli waiting patiently for a little scrap of daddy’s sandwich.

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Eli’s holiday necklace.

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Cooking in my father’s daughter apron. A gift from my mom last Christmas.

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Pearls in the kitchen.

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Root veggie hash, roasted brussel sprouts with grapes and chocolate soufflè cake in the back.

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The Christmas Eve spread.

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Close up of my plate.

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My mom by the tree.

Christmas Day Lunch

Christmas day lunch: leftover salad with Field Roast loaf.

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His and hers gifts. Can you guess which is mine?

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Our mantle with my sister’s holiday card for Michael.

Christmas Day Dinner

Christmas day meal. Pumpkin mashed potatoes with spinach, brussel sprout and kale salad and a lentil loaf peeking out from the back. I changed up the lentil loaf recipe a little which made it much easier and faster to make. I’ll update the recipe in the next few days.

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Sarah and my brother Teddy.

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Horvath kids.

Michael and Teddy

Michael and Teddy.

Sarah

My sister’s boyfriend made a custom puzzle from a picture he took during their last visit to Boston. Nice work Will!

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Dinner shot.

Now time to get back to work. Teaching at Crossfit at 12:15 and 7, All One Yoga at 4:30. If you’re in Boston come by.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Holiday Prep

Sorry for the silence.

Michael came home on Friday and we’ve been busy wrapping gifts and watching holiday movies, including one of my all-time favs, Elf!Will Ferrell in Elf

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We’ve also been running millions of errands and cleaning the house.

My family is coming to visit for Christmas. My mom and brother arrive tonight and Sarah is heading up on the train tomorrow afternoon. A full house means lots and lots of cleaning. I’m seriously considering shaving both pets (just kidding!). House guests also means grocery shopping and food prep for 5 instead of 2. Much harder than I imagined, especially for 3 people I don’t live with and don’t really know their tastes.

We’ve planned for a lot of food, some of which I’m sure will be vetoed by my unconsulted family, but here’s our tentative plan for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners.

Christmas Eve: 

Turkey for the meat eaters with cranberry sauce.

This root vegetable hash from a few months back, yum!

Spinach salad with candied pecans, dried cherries and crumbled blue cheese

Michael’s mom Linda’s roasted brussel sprouts and grapes

For dessert, we’re attempting Jacques Pepin’s Chocolate Soufflè which happens to be naturally gluten-free.

Christmas Day: 

Brown sugar glazed ham for the meat eaters

Pumpkin, spinach mashed potatoes from here. I’ve made this a bunch of times, it’s amazing. If you’re still looking for a potato dish to serve I strongly suggest this one.

Shredded brussel sprout and kale salad topped with a garlic vinaigrette and pecorino

Roasted carrots with tahini sauce

For dessert my mom’s famous green cookies!

I’m very much looking forward to some family time, eating good food, drinking a little wine by the fire and hopefully enjoying my first white Christmas.

Wishing you a peaceful, happy holiday filled with sweetness and love.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Little Bits of Random 3

If you missed past posts from this series see Little Bits of Random 1 and 2. These are a hodge podge of pictures that don’t fit into a specific blog post. It’s also a chance for me to share 100s of photos of my pets without feeling guilty because I warned you first!

Most of these pics are mine but some are courtesy of Will Pine. If you haven’t had a chance to check out his work he’s the wonderful photographer that shot my yoga pictures.

Starting with a Will photo. Michael and me in the Commons.

Me and Michael

Sarah walking in Copley Square. Love this shot.

Sarah in Copley

I’m not sure what’s happening here. We had been waiting for a table at the Buttery for a long time and were getting delirious.

Goofing around before breakfast

Two best friends lounging together.

Brothers lounging

Our living room all spruced up for the holidays.

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This was a recipe from the sweet potato challenge that never made it but the fruit looks delectable.

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I love this grainy photo of our little family. We were trying to take a Christmas card picture but Eli and Guy weren’t having it.

Fuzzy Christmas Photo

A fountain in the Commons, can someone please tell me what these two children are doing?

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This was the first photo we took back in September for my yoga photo shoot. I love that everyone in the background is completely unfazed. Gotta love New Yorkers.

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A great pic of Will and Sarah.

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Your kitty doesn’t read the Bhagavad Gita? Mine does!

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While Will and Sarah were visiting Will insisted on a Duck Tour. This pretty much sums up the 90 minutes we spent on the tour.

Sarah Duck Tour

Michael and Eli hard at work.

Eli and Michael

Love this face.

Guy

Hope you enjoyed a mostly non-food related glimpse of the past few months.

Happy Wednesday!

Garden of the Gods

Happy Cyber Monday. Hope you’re online shopping instead of working this fine morning. 🙂

I purchased my first gift about 20 minutes ago. The holiday season has officially begun. But before we get all Christmas-y let’s finish up Thanksgiving.

After stuffing ourselves with delicious food on Thursday, Michael and I got up super early on Friday for another run around Colorado Springs. We ended up at Starbucks where we met Michael’s brothers Andy and David. We then leisurely strolled home with Andy while he told us the history of Colorado Springs.

After our walk we got ready to meet Michael’s dad and his wife for lunch at the Tavern in the Broadmoor Hotel. The Broadmoor is a beautiful old hotel with stunning views of the mountains. We took a little stroll afterward for some pictures.

The rest of Friday was a blur but we did take a lovely long nap in the afternoon. Love holiday weekends.

On Saturday morning we got up and went to the Garden of the Gods which is a collection of huge sandstone rock formations. I’ve been to Colorado Springs a few times now but had never made it there before. It was unbelievably pretty and only about 15 minutes from Jim and Linda’s place.

We got there on the earlier side to avoid the crowds but the sun was already shining and hot!

Hello hotness!

This formation is called Kissing Camels because of the two rocks at the top.

Beautiful view looking north over the garden.

An awkward self portrait. Love the camera shadow.

Posing.

View from the top of the garden looking toward Colorado Springs. It was so peaceful and there were a bunch of hiking trails around the formations. I wish we could have spent all day hiking and exploring.

After Garden of the Gods we went into the little town of Manitou. We walked around for a bit and stumbled on the penny arcade, where we proceeded to play 6 rounds of Skeeball. So much fun, especially since I won every single game! My years of practice at Chuck E. Cheese’s finally paid off.

Soon it was time to head back to the airport.

We had such a wonderful time in Colorado. Thank you to all of Michael’s family for such a fun holiday. We’ll be back soon.