Crepes and Cupcakes

How do you feel about running skirts? I have some pretty strong (and maybe controversial) opinions about them. Head on over to the Running Shorts column on True/Slant for the full story.

Yikes, Tuesday was a cold one in NYC! With the windchill, the temperature neared the 0 degree mark. On days like this, I’m happy to have a gym membership and to the gym I went! On my way, I stopped for a Starbucks misto with a pump of gingerbread syrup. I’m going to miss the holiday flavors when they’re gone!

Eggnog misto

Since my hips have been tight (and I haven’t been so good about taking days off from running) I decided to cross-train on the elliptical. I had the latest issue of SELF magazine and the 3rd hour of the Today Show to entertain me for 90 minutes on the elliptical. The first and last 30 minutes were nice and easy, but I threw in some intervals in the middle to keep things interesting. Post sweat session, I grabbed a banana and a luna bar and then headed to the showers.

banana

luna bar

I loved being able to go to the gym mid-morning! Unfortunately, it’s back to work today…

Around lunchtime I finally got to visit a place that’s been on my to-go list for ages – Crepes on Columbus! The service was slow (we waited over 30 minutes for our crepes….), but I was happy with my order. I happily chowed down on a buckwheat crepe filled with goat cheese, mushrooms, and caramelized onion.

Crepes on Columbus

Remember when I said I was going to cool it with the holiday treats and cookies? Umm, well I’ve decided to make an exception for cupcakes. I had half (portion control!) of a delicious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cupcake from Crumbs Bakery.

Crumbs

And a decaf cappuccino. Starbucks twice in one day? That’s what Christmas gift cards are for πŸ™‚

Cappuccino

I call this photo “pensive cupcake”.

Pensive Cupcake

Later on in the evening as I watched Mad Men diligently crossed things off my to-do list, I heated up some Amy’s Tomato Bisque and melted some cheese on toast. With some baby carrots for crunch. Gourmet this was not, but it served its purpose.

Soup

Before I left Pennsylvania, I used a few very ripe bananas to make a loaf of banana bread. I followed my tried and true chocolate chip banana bread recipe, but used all white flour (Mom didn’t have whole wheat), cut the butter to 2 Tbs, and upped the greek yogurt to 1/2 cup. I’m not the biggest fan of measuring ingredients (I know, I know – it’s important in baking…), so I was really happy with how well this turned out. It’s a good recipe – try it, you’ll like it!

Banana Bread

In attempts to warm up, I had multiple cups of tea last night (my favs are Yogi detox and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride) and a thick slice of banana bread with a dollop of crunchy peanut butter.

Banana bread and tea

Andddd maybe a few Jacques Torres chocolate crunch puffs. Apparently I’m not as tiredΒ of sweets as I thought I was πŸ™‚

Chocolate Crunch Puffs

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Whole foods to ditch the chocolate, go back to its healthy roots.

Think winter is a lame time for fruits and veggies? Mix things up with this super food!

Home-brewed kombucha? Icing shots? Yes, please! Vital Juice rounds up NYC’s tastiest offerings of 2009.

Question: What was the BEST thing you ate in 2009? It’s a tough call, but I’m pretty sure the Cuban sandwich I had at Gus & Gabriel’s topped my list.

  • That cupcake looks unreal!

  • I think Whole Foods is onto something. I had the pleasure of hearing John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, speak in Denver last winter and was impressed by his integrity. He really wants to bring Whole Foods back to their co-op roots. In a way, the Whole Foods brand lost its identity in all of the early money-making of this organic movement. I want to launch the perfect food brand with products for the “new” Whole Foods — one that is once again focused on the health of its consumers.

    Best thing that I ate of 2009 was pho soup with Bill Kellogg at Quan An Ngon in Saigon. Both of us had no more energy and the salty soup saved us.

  • AR

    I’m glad to see a fellow running skirt hater being open about it. So glad I’ll come out of my occasional lurking to say it. I’ve been playing with my blog for only a couple months, and I’m pretty sure my post detailing my hatred of the running skirt has gotten more hits than the rest combined. (Hell, just today someone found it googling “anti running skirt.”)

    Also, Crumbs is unreal and you can never watch too much Mad Men.

  • The best thing I ate was definitely the lasagna at Pure Food and Wine!

  • mmmm, banana bread. I’m terrible about measuring too so I feel your pain. That looks incredible though!

  • Crepes and cupcakes are two of my favorite things! A warm crepe on a cold day – is there anything better (okay maybe a Gingerbread latte from Starbucks, but it’s a close call).

    Holy self control with only eating half of that cupcake.

    And wow – what a tough question! I had an amazing, amazing meal at this B&B (that happened to also have a 5-star restaurant – okay so I researched a bit) that we went to for our anniversary. It was before my blogging days, so no picture. But it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I guess that question wasn’t so hard for me. πŸ™‚

  • Matt – I’m very jealous that you were able to hear John Mackey speak! I know Whole Foods is not without its problems, but I do admire its business model. I can’t wait to see the changes in store (pun intended)for 2010!

    Evan and AR – the cupcake WAS unreal! I can’t wait to have the rest tonight…

    Katherine – Can we go to Pure Food and Wine sometime?? Perhaps as a post-Manhattan 1/2 marathon treat πŸ™‚

    Diana – I highly recommend the banana bread! It’s divine when warmed up and topped with a little peanut butter.

  • Lindsey – I think you need to go back to that B & B restaurant and take some photos πŸ™‚ Perhaps for your 2nd anniversary! What did you have??

  • That crepe looks amazing…as does that cupcake. Holy moly deliciousness.

  • I love savory crepes! I wish I could make something that pretty at home.

  • Yesterday was pretty darn frigid, that’s for certain. Hopefully the elliptical workout helped you loosen up the hips, you’ve come too far to have to contend with injuries again!

    Also, I’m pretty sure that Crumbs cupcakes were made to show why gluttony is a sin for Catholic folks. They’re so delicious, huge, and addictive that they’re dangerous. I would’ve gone for the Reese’s as well.

    As for best meal of 2009, I’m going to say it was dinner at Craftsteak- hands down.

    Happy New Year, lady!

  • I have 2 running skirts and I am apathetic about them. They work fine…the longest I have ever run in one was 8 miles though. But I usually tend to run in shorts or tights.

  • Goodness, I ate so well in 2009 it’s hard to say what was my best meal! I’d have to say that the food I ate when I went to Tobago would probably win–delicious stewed pigeon peas, tender coconut fish, and lots of fresh salads…..

    As for the skirts, I’m for them in practice (even though they don’t work for me) but I can completely understand your feelings on them. Though I’m a real dress-and-skirts kind of girl and thought I’d like them, there’s something right, for me, about looking like I’m a runner when I’m out running–it’s hard to do and I’m proud of it, and I want the world to know, dang it!

  • Ada

    I’ve been wanting to try Crepes on Columbus for a long time now, the ones you ordered look delish! If you ever want to meet up in the coming week, I’d love to meet you:)

  • Sara

    1) I am also not a fan of running skirts, for reasons you articulated very nicely as well as the simply aesthetic reason that sneakers + miniskirts never look good together. I hope that doesn’t make me sound too shallow!

    2) Best eats of 2009: the Vitello Sorrentina at Pasquale’s Rigoletto in the Bronx. Definitely orgasmic, I still get shivers just thinking about it. Everything on the menu is out-of-this world; without question the BEST Italian restaurant in the city.

  • That gingerbread drink sounds yummy – my sister had a gingerbread latte yesterday and she said it was delicious.

    Happy Day,

    Katie

    http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/2009/12/giveaway-win-some-siggis-computer-is.html

  • 90 minutes on the elliptical??? Oy. I think I might go into brain freeze. Must try that some time. Guess it’s good, right?

  • I read your running shorts article, and I see where you are coming from…but I have to admit that I do enjoy running skirts. I read Matt’s comment that “a skirt shoes that you’re doing it [running] for others” I have to say that I disagree. I know that a large part of the feminist movement in the 70s was about bra burning and ditching what is known as traditionally feminine. But I think that a more modern definition of feminism is embracing skirts, pearls, bras, you name it, if that’s what makes you happy. I like dressing up, I like wearing pretty dresses, and I lust after heels. I know that it’s a touchy subject, but I do agree that Sex and the City moves towards a more modern, liberating definition of feminism. In that sense, a running skirt makes me embrace my feminism even more. Yes, I AM a girl, and yes I CAN run. I may be sweating it out and gross and salty with the best of the guys, but I retain, and am proud, of my feminine side. Anyway, I just thought I would pose the other take on running skirts.

  • Maya – Thank you for the alternative view point! I was waiting for someone to offer up a differing opinion πŸ™‚

  • I’m studying abroad in Paris for the year, so pretty much anything I put in my mouth is guaranteed 5 star on taste value scale! Last semester I was living off of Nutella crepes (1E50!) but this semester I’m going to try to reel in my addiction a bit!

    Loved your article on anti-running skirts. I feel the same way about them! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • 90 minutes on the elliptical? i bow down to you!

    happy new year my dear megan – that reeses cupcake sounds like a perfect kick-off to the new year. best thing i ate this year…gah that is TOUGH. i also had a kickin’ cuban sammie at a local restaurant that was AMAZING. i might have to take a look back through the blog and get back to you πŸ™‚

    have a wonderful new year!!!!!!!!!!!!