Grassy

I’ve done it. I’ve jumped on the train.
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The Amazing Grass train, that is!

Friday morning, I knew that the big breakfast was coming up at work, so I needed something to hold me over and keep me busy until it started. Enter Green SuperFood packet:

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I’ve been hearing so many wretched things about the taste of this stuff, so I was all set to blend in bananas and blueberries if needed. I sniffed the powder. It smelled green.

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I mixed in about two cups of water and shook.

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… And I actually liked it! It definitely tasted green, but it was sweeter than I had expected (almost a little too sweet, really). I can see how these would be an excellent between-meals or pre-workout snack. The flavor was mild and fresh and offered a nice contrast to all the junk I’ve been eating lately!

Moving on, when I left work on Friday, I ran into my coworker Erik on the subway. He lives out near me in Brooklyn and was heading to Prospect Park for another Celebrate Brooklyn show with Los Amigos Invisibles and Aterciopelados. (I don’t know either band, but yay for Spanish!) I was on the fence about going since I had lots to do in my apartment (in addition to greeting Wife and Ted, my house guests for the weekend), so I just dropped Erik off where he needed to get in line and headed home to assess the situation and make sure everything was under control.

As I mentioned earlier, I arrived to quite the array of presents from my “spouses.”

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First, Wife brought me a delayed Christmas present: a handmade poster of all the places we went the summer we lived in Ireland (5 years ago, ack!). Next, she brought me a bag of homemade blueberry scones and a bag of homemade blueberry muffins from her berry-picking adventure with Ted last weekend. I had a couple crumbs from a smushed piece, mmmmmmm. They’re all in my freezer now. I can’t wait to eat them for real!

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And last but not least, they brought me a little package of fruit-shaped marzapan, straight from Sicily where they visited a few weeks ago!

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I loooooooooooooooooove marzapan and I love fruit, so I was excited about this package. I broke into the little orange right away:

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Maybe I should be a food sculptor (in my time off from traveling the world saving babies). I think it would be so fun to play with marzapan.

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Wife and Ted headed out to meet some of Wife’s friends nearby, and I got a text from Erik that he had randomly run into two of our other coworkers, Ray and Jose (and Ray’s wife Alicia), at the park. OK, NYC is a shockingly small world, but it’s not that small. I don’t usually run into people from East Harlem in Brooklyn, and especially not at such a packed event! As I said to Erik, I clearly needed to scoot over to the park since the entire male population of my workplace was there. I located the boys and plopped myself down on a little square of lawn.

The Colombian band Aterciopelados was up first. They were a crazily eclectic band covering all sorts of genres and just seemed like very unique people in general. Look at those snake-shaped mic stands!

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The second band, Los Amigos Invisibles, was a Venezuelan party band that also spanned a million genres from disco to meringue. The audience was holding up cell phones in place of lighters. Ohhhhh, technology.

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And here I am with the boys: Ray, Jose, and Erik.

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It was a lovely way to spend such a gorgeous night, and it’s a rare experience that allows me to be in the minority as a female (just a teeny teeny drawback to the social work profession overall). I did not mind the change of scene one bit!

Do you prefer to drink grass or sit on grass?

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18 thoughts on “Grassy

  1. Erin says:

    Mmm, those marzipan fruits are soo soo cute.
    Sounds like a great night! I’ve never tried Amazing Grass, but theoretically I prefer to drink grass. I like sitting on grass but I’m allergic and it usually makes me break out in welts. So not so much my favorite.

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  2. Hangry Pants says:

    You only used water and a banana? I have a box of this and am actually nervous to use it. I have no idea what to do despite it’s tremendous popularity in blog world. You see I have no blender, but if you tell me I just need to shake it in the little container that makes a difference.

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  3. verbalriot says:

    I heard from my co-workers that it was a fantastic show! Looks like you had fun! 🙂

    I prefer to sit AND drink ON the grass 🙂

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  4. Kristie says:

    I love the wee marzipan fruit! I remember when I was little we used to go to this local bakery all the time and they had all kinds of really neat marzipan shapes that I always thought were the coolest things ever. I don’t know if I ever tried one though, which makes me pretty sad since I have no idea what marzipan tastes like right now. I wish I did!

    That even looks fun. I dig the snake mics.

    As for grass, I probably prefer to sit on it but maybe that’ll change one of these days if I actually ever try drinking it. 🙂

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  5. homegirlcaneat says:

    IRELAND! Oh how jealous I am you lived there! I am def planning on doing some abroad work, err parting, there in college! Where was yo fav place to live?

    I LOVE marzapan! I think that is why I adore princess cake so much!

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  6. Gina says:

    Interesting. I’ve yet to “get on that train”, but the more I read about it, the more I am intrigued! As of now, I prefer sitting on the grass, but one day I believe I will give in to the “temptation”, maybe.

    The marzapane looks so so so good! I agree it would be fun to be a food sculpture and create little delicious treats such as those.

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  7. Christina says:

    That’s so cool you lived in Ireland for a summer. I’d love to do something like that! Not studying abroad in college is like my biggest regret. You should show some pics!

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  8. coco says:

    masapan directly from Sicily? oh… that’s soooooo sily!!! 😉 I’m so jealous of you!!!

    I just got my package of amazing grass too, I can’t wait to try them all! 🙂

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  9. Anna says:

    I love to sit on it, run through it, and roll around in it. I have yet to really drink it, although I did go through a grass eating phase as a small child!

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