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Belated birthday

Hello!  Quick post tonight because I’m exhausted after a LONG day, but here are today’s eats:

For breakfast, Matt was kind enough to get me a latte and oatmeal from Starbucks, my go-to weekday meal.  In return, I made him pancakes!  There was only one egg left in the carton after making the pancake mix, so I decided to fry it up in some olive oil and make a little sandwich.  Nearly empty egg cartons drive me nuts for some reason!  I had the egg on a sandwich thin with a slice of cheese:


I used to think sandwich thins were a scary frankenfood with lots of artificial junk and HFCS, but I looked at the ingredients again the other day and realized they are actually pretty good!  I’m trying my best not to eat highly processed food anymore, so I pay close attention to ingredient lists and focus on things I recognize and can pronounce.

After my gigantic 2-part breakfast (I don’t know why I am so hungry on weekend mornings!), I wasn’t really hungry for lunch at all.  We spent part of the afternoon cleaning up around the apartment but had a bit of a kitchen sink incident (leaky pipe) that messed up our plans.  After an unsuccessful attempt to find our super to fix the leak, I hopped in the shower and went to the gym, and ran 2.6 miles in about 30 minutes.

I bolted out of my workout clothes and into some nice duds, hopped on the subway and met Matt at Penn Station to take the train out to Long Island for a belated birthday dinner.  I snacked on a post-workout Clif bar on the train, along with a medium pumpkin spice coffee from Tim Horton’s.  I also chugged a bottle of water so I wouldn’t be dehydrated again like I was on Friday!

Since my dad’s birthday and my birthday are about two weeks apart (late September and mid-October), we tend to have at least one celebration together, but this year our birthday dinner was postponed until November.  My dad and his girlfriend picked us up at the train station, and we met up with my godmother and our family friend at the restaurant.

We’ve been going to the same place for years now — this little Italian place in my hometown — and everyone there has known me since I was a kid.  It is so strange to come in with my husband and order wine; that’s what grownups do!  Am I really a grownup? 😉

I started with a delicious chopped salad:


…but what I really wanted was pasta.  This place is known for their paglia e fieno (I think that’s how it is spelled) — green and white pasta in a light, creamy sauce with ham and peas.  Thankfully, my wonderful husband ordered it to start, so I had a forkful:


SO good!!  I decided against having a plate of this myself because the last few times I had this as an appetizer, I was beyond stuffed when dinner came and didn’t enjoy my main meal.  The salad plus a taste of pasta was the perfect amount of food!

*Side note: when I pulled out my camera to take a picture of my salad, my dad decided he needed to take a picture of his food, along with taking a picture of me taking a picture of my salad.  I’ll post those pics tomorrow! 🙂 *

I ordered the fish special for dinner: scallops and shrimp stuffed with crabmeat on a bed of spinach with tomatoes and onions in a lobster sauce.  I could not believe how much food was on the plate:


…but I made a pretty good dent in it, I think:


There must’ve been a dozen scallops on that plate — I didn’t have a chance!  I think I ate most of the shrimp and most of the spinach, but the scallops were way too much.  I would’ve brought this home, but I’ve always had bad luck re-heating seafood leftovers.

Since we were celebrating birthdays, there had to be cake!  They brought us two pieces — lemon ricotta cheesecake and caramel flan:



I was pretty stuffed, so I only tried one small bite of each.  The flan was AWESOME, but I wasn’t such a fan of the cheesecake.  I love lemon, but hate lemon in dessert-y things, for whatever reason.

After coffee and some more chatting, we got a ride back to the train station and headed home.  All in all, a really lovely night with some of my favorite people in the entire world!  And another birthday celebration — who doesn’t like that? 🙂

Time for some much-needed rest!  Have a great night!


2 Responses

  1. That seafood looks delicious! What a fun way to spread out your birthday a little bit!

  2. what restaurant??

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