Ohhhhhh my goodness, hot yoga last night was in-CAH-redible! I never in my life thought I would include “yoga” and “incredible” in the same sentence, but I was wrong. Phew, my arms are STILL shaking! But before the yoga, there was work …
I began yesterday [in terms of food] with an impromptu 10:30 am lunch:
Maria invited me to attend the last grief and loss group that she and Barbara had been running for some moms since September. Unbeknownst to Maria, who happens to be six months pregnant, the group had secretly decided to combine the celebration of the final group meeting with a baby shower for her!
There were probably about 10 moms there for the party. The group picture is so cute! I wish I could show it. In lieu of the cute picture, though, here’s a cuter picture of two babies, conveniently protecting their own confidentiality, snuggled into beanbags:
No, I don’t think it gets any more adorable.
We surprised Maria as she was walking in to deliver the chips. After a little speech, the food began!! As we’ve discovered time and time again, the ladies who work at my agency AND the ladies of the community in which we work know how to cook!
My plate had green salad, an amazing cabbage slaw that Barbara made with ginger-peanut sauce (!!!!), chicken lasagna made by a mom (might be the best I’ve ever had — it somehow tasted just like the vodka pizza at Pomodoro!), roasted chicken from a mom, rice with gandules from a mom, chips, and fresh fresh salsa made by a mom.
The chicken and salsa were zoom-worthy:
(Obviously, I had seconds. Do I really need to tell you that?)
Dessert plate #1 involved a corner piece (for maximum crumb-to-cake ratio) of Entenmann’s coffee cake, one of Barbara’s perfectly thin oatmeal raisin cookies, and a bit of fruit salad:
Plate #2 was a big wedge of watermelon with another cookie:
So, yes, by 11am, I was fully lunched and stuffed out of my mind. I was not too stuffed, however, to try these Sunkist “almond accents” salad toppers that had disappointed Myrna:
They did not disappointment me! These almonds had excellent crunch and flavor, and I had two more baby handfuls. And there are tons more in the conference room for all of my snacking needs 😀
Later, I saw Jose running around with a stroopwafel (ahhhhhh yum!!) in his hand. He saw how excited I was and explained that a visiting friend of his from the Netherlands had brought him some … and then he beyond generously offered to give one up for the Sarah cause! I offered blog fame in return 😛
I took my prize and the stairs back down to my desk because it’s all about checks and balances:
The stroopwafel met its fate in my yerba mate:
And that does it for the work day! I was so so satisfied from all of my morning food, that I didn’t need to eat again for the rest of the day and headed straight to hot yoga when I left work. The class was packed times a million, so it was even hotter than when I went on Saturday. There was literally no space between the mats. But, the instructor managed to make everyone forget about the sardined room, and before I knew it, I was dripping sweat like never before, and my thighs were on fire! I can’t wait to go back on Saturday. Another interesting fact about hot yoga: if you want to ripen a banana quickly, take it to do the yoga with you. This banana from Jessica was still a bit green when I walked into the yoga studio. Here it is when I left!
I was way too sweaty to get on the subway, so my banana and I took a walk around the block to cool off and settled for a few moments in this random new seating area in the middle of the street (interesting concept?!) in the middle of Times Square:
As I walked toward the subway, I actually saw a section of lounge chairs further up! How random. Times Square is a beach now it seems? I did a bit of research and found this article: Broadway Becomes Sea of Lounge Chairs. Thoughts? Where do you fall on the lounging-in-the-street issue?
P.S. OMG OMG, the Professional Vegan is giving away two exciting foodie books!! I am entering stat because I NEED some new subway material desperately, and I’ve been wanting to read both of these books like crazy!