After a less-than-ideal race on Saturday morning, I was determined to make the rest of this weekend great. Success!
I refueled with a delicious post-race dinner at Candle Cafe with Darby. I seriously heart this place – it’s an organic vegan restaurant on the Upper East Side.
We started out with some guac and corn chips – can’t go wrong with that! In fact, I forgot to snap a photo until we were nearly done…
The guac was delicious, and closely followed by my entree, the Aztec Salad – which came with quinoa, black beans, red onion and corn with spiced pumpkin seeds and barbecued grilled tempeh over mixed field greens and a cumin vinaigrette. Amazing!
To me, quinoa is kind of the “it” grain these days, and with good reason. About 1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa packs just over 100 calories, 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and is a great source of B vitamins, iron, phosphorus and calcium. It has a great texture and is delicious eaten hot or cold – a perfect ingredient for summer salads, if you ask me! Quinoa can be cooked like rice, so it’s also a pretty low maintenance grain.
Because my friend Darby is the best, she brought me a special treat to enjoy while we went to see The A-Team (which was great!).
While this may look like an ordinary cookie, do not be fooled. This amazingly delicious morsel was from Levain Bakery, a great spot on the Upper West Side (there’s also an East Hampton location) started by two women training for an Ironman and “dreaming of delicious things” to help fuel their training. If you live in NYC, you simply MUST try one of these.
Another delicous eat from this weekend: blueberry oatbran pancakes from a great brunch spot on the UES called Peter’s.
Peter was definitely generous with the blueberries, and I appreciated it. These were great (the company, even better 🙂 ).
That’s all I got – tonight I’m baking some oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in preparation for my sister’s visit next weekend (yay!) and readying myself for another busy week.
Question: what’s your favorite go-to grain?
Question: what’s your favorite post-race treat?