Peanut butter for all

Yesterday morning was uneventful in terms of food, so I actually had my packed snack for once. Sliced cucumbers with office peanut butter:


Once noon rolled around, however, I was off and running for the rest of the day. Several food items fell into my mouth along the way. Inginia and I did a fruit project with the moms and kids in the parents’ group, so I nibbled on some orange pieces and banana pieces:


I also had quite a few pieces of corn muffin with peanut butter because, well, everyone else was doing it 😛


We also received some donated mini-cupcakes to use in the group but didn’t end up needing them … so I ate some frosting:


And more frosting from one of the chocolate ones:


( I packed up the rest and brought them home to feed the freezer.)

When I got back up to my desk, Maria offered me her last hunk of coconut, and I very enthusiastically accepted:


I love all the fresh coconut that has been in my life lately!

I ran right out for a visit — while there, the mom fed me a chocolate cream wafer (no picture, lo siento!) and a bottle of water. I ended up staying late at the visit because I was stuck on hold trying to make a phone call for the mom. From there, I raced back to the office and into another meeting. I finally had my snack of fat free ricotta with apple, mango, strawberry, and hemp seeds around 4:45:


Jessica dragged me out of the office at 5 on the dot because she wanted a subway buddy, so I have a bunch of loose ends to tie up today!

I got home at 6, did a little prep work for tomorrow, and then ran over to Prospect Park to meet Olga for opening night of Celebrate Brooklyn. (Vani was there, too, but it was so packed we didn’t end up seeing her.) As you probably know already, Olga is working there this summer and has the inside scoop on all the happenings! David Byrne was there last night. I did not know who he was, but apparently he used to be in the band Talking Heads.


I only recognized one song, but there were others who knew them all. Check out these die-hard fans:


And the crowds!!


(That’s the line to get in!)


I’ve never seen this many people in Brooklyn, let alone all crowded into Prospect Park. Lucky for us, a buddy of Olga’s had arrived super early to get in line, so we were able to skip through about a mile of people to score a good spot on the lawn.

How smart are Olga’s friends?! Here is Constantine pouring wine from a Camelbak.


I brought along a snack to share: the TJ’s jalapeno lime salsa that Elisabeth sent and these Brown Rice Vegetable Snaps from Edward & Sons.


These crisps were delicious, and I dipped them in everything — salty things, sweet things, and both together — all night long. We/I pretty much finished off the package!


Olga and her buddies also provided an amazing spread because they had gone to the Red Hook Fairway (aka heaven on earth) right before the show to stock up.

Cinnamon raisin challah:


Cheddar cheese and some other fancy kind:



Freshly ground honey-roasted peanut butter:

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And more! Here’s my plate with challah, pb, baguette, hummus, cheese, triscuits, berries:


I put the triscuit crumbs to work with cheese crumbs and more hummus:


And found some chocolate covered pretzels in the mix (excellent dipped in the pb, as per Olga’s suggestion):


I kept nibbling alllll night! I probably had a full half cup of that peanut butter all by myself!

Check Olga’s recap for more!

I left around 9:45, though the show was still going strong. Olga sent me home with some delicious goodies: the rest of the berries and a belated birthday card and bar of Russian chocolate.



Thanks, Olga 🙂 It was an awesome night, and I’m looking forward to more Prospect Park shows all summer long. Yayyyyy summer!

Even if your schedule is just as loaded and overextended as always, what is one thing you do that makes it feel like summer?

18 thoughts on “Peanut butter for all

  1. ellie says:

    Looks amazing! I am so upset not to be there this year- it’s my first summer away from NY in YEARS! I could quite happily live in fairway- they have the best stuff. Loving the challah! Cucumber and PB is a new one for me- though not to different to celery + PB i guess!

    Drinking iced coffee always makes me feel like summer- even if I am stuck in an office with no windows/sunlight, something about the taste and smell just screams “happy summer” to me!


  2. The Novice Berker says:

    Oh my goshhh, what an amazing park experience–ESPECIALLY with all that good food!!! PB, cheese, fruit, CINNAMON RAISIN CHALLAH?! Count me in! And wine from a Camelbak ain’t half-bad either, hahaha. 😉


  3. Gina says:

    Celebrate Brooklyn looks like a blast! And, I commend you for doing the cucumber with PB. Actually I always do carrots with PB and people are like “what?!”, cucumber sounds crazier, but I bet it’s just as good!!
    Fresh, cheap berries at the grocery store is what I love about summer and what really makes me feel like it’s truly summer. You have strawberries and blackberries, which look fantastic, I just bought cheap raspberries and blueberries! So exciting.


  4. verbalriot says:

    Yay! Good times, good times 🙂

    It was SO great to see you and hang out last night, let’s do it agaaaaiinnnnn!


  5. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    OOOOHHHHH I have heard of this mysterious Fairway and yet have never made the trip myself. Maybe sometime when I have access to a vehicle…

    My brother was totally at that concert last ngiht – in fact he was telling me this weekend how excited he was for it, but alas I had already comitted to the Kinespirit free workshop thingie so I couldn’t go. While I was in that neck of the woods though, I tried the Coconut Chai from Bonobo’s, and if you like coconut meat you must try it!!!! Pic on my blog (well, of the bottle at least). OMG I will dream of it hourly for at least the next week… I challenge Milon to satisfy the chai crave this Friday. 🙂


  6. Melissa @ For the Love of Health says:

    hahah I LOVE that you had a full cup of peanut butter! AWESOME! YUM!

    It looks like you had a blast! I WISH I could be in Brooklyn for an event like that. Looks like a lot of fun. And a CamelPak full of wine? great idea!!
    And all the food you ate looks so very good!!

    Summer is…… patios with booze 🙂 I have to do that a couple of times to make it feel like summer.

    I hope you’re having a great Tuesday!


  7. janetha says:

    yeah, gotta love the old wine in the camelback trick! or my old favorite, vodka+grape juice. it did stain many a camelback hoses purple though! favorite photo of the post=cheeeese. that cheese shot is food porn worthy! hooray for outdoor fun!!


  8. homegirlcaneat says:

    Girllll this looks like so much fun!! I love social picnic gatherings with good food, lots of dancing homies, and happy times!

    Chocolate covered pretzels are my FAVORITE snacky dessert thing in the whole world..along with chocolate covered raisins! ahhh sooo good!


  9. Jessica (jesslikesithot) says:

    It looks like you and Olga had such a great time! I would never think to mix cucumbers or a corn muffin with pb….but i’m sure it tasted amazing! I mean…. what doesn’t taste amazing with peanut butter?

    Having to tackle those couple hundred steps at my local beach reminds me of summer! My friends and I will lay out and relax in the sun for hours, and then when it’s time to leave or go get food/drinks at the nearby restaurants…climbing those stairs are a b***h! We’re always so drained!! hahha….


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