Birthday Cake, I like it.

Tuesday was a beautifully cool, sunny day. It feels like Autumn! I started it off right with a hot cup of coffee and a 3 mile run in Central Park with Alma. My leg felt good! Hooray!

Alma and I looking very morning-ish. Note the massive amount of un-packed boxes still in the living room…

Post-run

After a quick shower, it was off to work (my commute is only 25 minutes from my new apartment!). Once I got to my desk, I chowed down on a sliced banana, Wallaby low-fat vanilla yogurt, and about 2 servings of Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise cereal. This was yummy and gluten-free (if you’re into that). The cereal was made of Indian corn, Amaranth, and flax. Bonus: it’s loaded with Omega-3’s! The nice folks at Nature’s Path sent me a box of samples awhile back and all have been great. I finished the Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch in 4 days…

Mesa Sunrise

Mesa Sunrise

I was a very lucky lady today –

Cute Kate Spade stationary from my co-workers:

Gifts from Co-Workers

And flowers from my Mom and Grandma. So pretty!

Flowers from Mom

My boss generously offered to treat me to lunch and around 1pm we headed over to Remi, a restaurant specializing in Northern Italian cuisine. I didn’t take my camera, but I found some photos of the restaurant and it’s dishes online. It was a very indulgent AND delicious meal 🙂

Remi

I started off with a piece of crusty bread dipped in olive oil.

bread

We split the Caprese salad as an appetizer – I enjoyed two slices of tomato, a slice of fresh mozzarella, and some basil. Love this combo!

caprese

My favorite type of pasta is Pappardelle (wide, flat ribbons), but since this variety is usually homemade it’s not easy to find or make at home. Since it was my birthday, I indulged in this amazing dish: Homemade Pappardelle with mixed wild mushrooms, garlic, and truffle oil. Ahh! So good! The sauce was decadently creamy and the homemade pasta was delicious. Yummmm.

wildmushroom

My tummy was starting to feel pretty full as I neared the end of my pasta dish, but I saved a tiny bit of room for dessert. I ended this fabulous lunch with a small cappuccino and a biscotti cookie. What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday, hooray!

cappuccino

After my big lunch, I wasn’t hungry for my usual afternoon snack, so I just worked-worked-worked until 5:30pm. After I left the office I enjoyed a nice lonnnng walk back home.

After some more un-packing and organizing, I broke for a quick dinner – spinach with olive oil and vinegar and two slices of black olive & jalapeno pizza. Yum!

Pizza and salad

And then it was time to open some presents and eat cake!

Some of my favorite gifties:

Presents from Nate

  • Waffle maker, compression recovery socks (for after long runs), a ped egg (yes, I actually really wanted this), a t-shirt from Dogfish Head Brewery, a Greek cookbook, and a Whole Foods gift card.

Presents from my mom will be opened tomorrow! I like to stretch out the celebration 🙂

Cake – from box to plate. don’t drop it!

Birthday Cake Megan

with ice cold milk!

Buttercup Bake Shoppe Cake

Also, I’m the proud new owner of second-hand cowgirl boots – thanks Alma!

Cowgirl boots

From the NY Times: Tips for cooking with garlic and olive oil.

Sleep = Time Management Tool?

Question: How many hours of sleep do you get per night? I need at least 7!

  • I prefer 7, but it all depends on my training. Sometimes my body needs a lot more than that!

  • What a fun birthday!!! Glad you had a great day. My husband took me to Remi for my birthday the first year we were dating (5 yrs ago), and I loved it, but haven’t been back since. I agree with you Pappardelle is one of my favorites and something I order quite often!

  • Lizzy

    Aw girl, YAY for presents..how much fun 🙂

    Lunch with the boss looks spectacular! glad you enjoyed and had an awesome Birthday! 🙂

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  • Traci

    Oh it looks like you had such a great Birthday! Lots of good treats. Sleep…I like to get about 7 but more often than not it’s around 5-6. When i get a good 7 I feel so much better!

  • Evan Thomas

    Happy birthday! Glad to see your day looked so good. Those biscotti and cappuccino look awesome

  • You had a nice b-day! I like birthday cake, too. Actually, I just like cake, preferably more than once a year. 🙂

    I’m with you–7 hours is the magic number! Less than that and you don’t want to know me.

  • the pedi-egg is one of my favorite things. no lie. it works wonders – especially for running feet 🙂

    so glad you had a happy birthday dear – and topping it off with a cappuccino and biscotti? perfection!

  • Those boots are bomb. Cowboy boots are my fave and those are amazing! Well done Alma!
    Also, it goes without saying but ahhhhh cake!!! My other all time fave. So good lookin’!
    Glad you had a good birthday and got to be taken out and spoiled by your boss 🙂

  • Wow! Your presents rock! Especially the waffle maker and the WF gift card! Nice! And your Italian lunch looks awesome!

    I need about 7 hours of sleep as well.

  • j

    Ummmm…4? I’m a dedicated (read:obsessed) student and I don’t get anywhere close to a healthy amount 🙁