Ding ding ding ding!

(That’s the sound of the food jackpot bell ringing.)

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And welcome to all of my new readers! This is my first time at the computer since I left this morning, so it might take me a couple days to get to everyone’s comments. It’s past my bedtime!

I’ve been on a free food roll this week, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Excellent news for the budget, but I don’t know how long I can keep up this pace — I feel like I’ve only had about 30 waking seconds in my apartment all week. I’m going to work on zooming through today’s food recap. It’s a long one!

I left class on the Upper East Side at 1 to head to a doctor’s appointment in Bay Ridge for 3 (basically opposite ends of the earth, if you’re not familiar with NY). Since I was going to be switching trains at Union Square anyway, I decided to turn my oatmeal-for-$1 coupon into lunch at the Jamba Juice there. With tax, the oatmeal actually came to $1.08, but since I found $1.50 on the ground in a subway station yesterday (I know!! Who drops $1.50 in quarters and dimes and leaves it???), I’m considering it free. I got the banana oatmeal with brown sugar crumble:

img_2643img_2644Needing a place to sit and eat, I strategically maneuvered myself (and my oatmeal) over to the Whole Foods next door where I knew side-dish-potential would be high. And oh my goodness, did I hit the jackpot!! I sneakily collected samples in a container meant for the fresh-ground almond butter and then parked myself in the cafe upstairs to enjoy my complete and balanced meal. Clockwise from top left: maple ham, veal scallopini, grapefruit slices, orange slices, ginger snap pieces, lemon snap hearts:


And the real winner: drinking chocolate!



Because I like to live on the wild side, I retrieved the peanut butter from my stash of what-if-I-can’t-find-free-food backup snacks (carrots, apples, pb, and raisins).

Can you guess what I did??? Banana brown sugar oatmeal + pb + drinking chocolate:


Yum yum yum yum yum yum.

On my way out of WF, I discovered that two new samples had surfaced. I didn’t want them to feel left out, so I got one of each. Pumpkin-seed black bean burger and buffalo chicken with blue cheese:


I hopped back on the subway to continue the odyssey to Bay Ridge. At the doc’s office, I had a blue raspberry mini candy cane from the receptionist’s desk to mask my buffalo-breath:


After the doc, I headed back into the city (eating my carrots and apples on the way) to meet my friend Rami for tea at Grey Dog in the village. Rami and I became friends in an NYU elevator in September 2001 when I discovered he was studying abroad here from Australia … where I was planning to study the next semester! Here we are dancing at his wedding this past summer (he’s second from left):


And here’s Rami’s grilled chicken press:


And my Earl Grey with skim and 1/2 pack of sugar in the raw:


If you know any baby boomers in need of boomer-related services, Rami can help at Boomerater.com :-). And, a special shout out to Rami’s wife Ali who also reads the blog. Hi Ali!

When Rami and I finished catching up, I met Gina and Kate a few blocks away for yet another NYU Alumni event: a workshop on age-defying fitness by Marilyn Moffat. In the interest of time, I’m going to skip a review of the talk’s content and just cut right to the food. My plate included broccoli, grape tomatoes, red and yellow pepers, cauliflower, carrots, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, cantaloupe, almonds, triangle of swiss cheese, 3 cubes of cheddar, goat cheese crusted with freshly ground black pepper, and raisin walnut bread:

plate #1

plate #1

The goat cheese and the raisin walnut bread were definitely the stars:


So I spread one on top of the other, added the final backup snack of raisins, and had three more slices:


Plus plate #2 (bread pictured is part of the 4 slices total):


I ate several more handfuls of unpictured produce plus this cookie that made me miss fall:


And since I’m always thinking of the future, here’s what I brought home:

goat cheese, cheese chunks, almonds, bread (now in the freezer), carrots/peppers/cauliflower for work snacks tomorrow, and zucchini for cooking

goat cheese, cheese chunks, almonds, bread (now in the freezer), carrots/peppers/cauliflower for work snacks tomorrow, and zucchini for cooking

So like I said, it’s been a long and busy day — academically, socially, gastronomically, transportationally, etc. — but I’m no poorer than I was yesterday!!

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to post tomorrow since I’m going straight up to Yonkers after work to visit Erin Gunn (one of my oldest friends from home and my other half-marathon-training partner) for bowling, karaoke, and a Saturday morning 5-mile run. I’ll be back with a full report later on Saturday, along with a special announcement about the prizes I have selected for the BSI contest. The submissions list is growing, so get your entries in ASAP!

15 thoughts on “Ding ding ding ding!

  1. Danielle says:

    Gosh love all your free food!
    I can’t believe somebody would drop so much change and just leave it there, oh well, better for you!
    All your food looks fantastic and fresh!
    Have a good weekend!!!!!!!!!


  2. fitforfree says:

    I think I’ll have my BSI entry ready by tomorrow afternoon!

    I love all the free food. Such an awesome challenge! I had that jamba $1 oatmeal the other day (the exact same combo, actually) and was pretty disappointed with how watery it was . . . I should’ve paired it up with something else!


  3. mom says:

    Dear Sar- It’s amazing how many activities in your life provide you with ways to supplement your limited poor student budget. So I’ve been trying to come up with a date recipe. The 1st attempt tastes great, but not what I had in mind. So I’ve tried another,but haven’t written it down yet. Do we have to list allthe nutrition info too? That’s so intimidating! By the way, that pix of you in your emerald dress,with your red hair, is terrific,and you all look like you’re having a great time! Let’s talk soon, ok? Love, mom


    • Sarah says:

      mom — you can list nutrition if you want, but you don’t have to! you do have to take a picture of it, though, so make sure you know how to turn the camera on :-). xoxoxoxo.


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