- High: having brunch with my Aunt, Uncle and Dan
- Low: Saying goodbye to Katherine
This title may sound a little alarming, especially coming from someone who claims to be a “healthy eater”. No, I did not fall off the deep end. No, my boyfriend did not break up with me. No, I don’t feel guilty about it. Let’s carry on and I will explain.
After sending Katherine in a cab to LaGuardia, I quickly tidied up the apartment and got ready for the day. My Aunt and Uncle that live in CT where coming into the city for a show and we were meeting up for brunch before hand.
I decided we needed to go to Café D’alsace. It looks super cute, has outdoor seating and they listed a goat cheese and roasted tomato omelet on their menu. Done and done.
Luckily we got their a little earlier than most New Yorkers tend to arrive for brunch, so we didn’t have to wait, plus half of the UES is in the Hamptons this weekend.
Obviously I ordered the omelet (egg whites only please!) and it was nothing less than perfect. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food as well. The service was a bit slow, but we weren’t in a rush so it didn’t bother us a whole lot.
Afterwards we all took a stroll down 5th ave as we continued to chat it up before my Aunt and Uncle headed to their show.
The rest of the afternoon was pretty low-key. Dan and I decided to head down to the NYU/SoHo area to walk around and try a new cupcake place. We passed a few cupcake carts (which I haven’t tried any of yet), but decided to give Baked by Melissa the chance to wow-us with her mini cupcakes.
They were 6 for $5.50, so Dan and I both picked 3 to try.
Chocolate chip pancake: very accurate flavor description with a hint of syrup in the frosting.
Cookies ‘n’ Cream: basically a soggy oreo
Red Velvet: the frosting was very silky, but I’m not sure they understood that red velvet cake includes coco powder and not just red dye.
Overall, I was not wowed. The cupcakes were the size of those icky hostess mini-muffins, hence why eating three of the is no big deal. However, their size made it difficult to completely enjoy and savor the flavor. The idea is cute and all and maybe it’s a good option for kids, but I wouldn’t recommend it. They do have a neat website where you can create your own cupcake and they may even ship nation wide if you’re interested.
Once we made it back home, we were pretty pooped from spending a fair amount of time walking in the heat. We put our feet up and relaxed with some Netflix options. First was the National Geographic on the Aryan Brotherhood (a famous prison gang). It was very interesting and completely insane that this gang has so much power in prison. Next we lightened things up with Bill & Giulliana! Dan actually likes watching the show (we are on the first season)! I think they are a cute couple and it’s funny to see them interact; there are some similarities between them and us, so we laugh quite a bit.
So on to that bowl of ice cream. It was 1 ingredient home made ice cream that had three easy steps. Cut, freeze blend. But what ingredient could that be you ask?! BANANAS! I saw this idea on The Kitchn a little while back and had wanted to try it.
It was beyond easy and made a great bowl of non-diary, gluten free, HEALTHY ice cream. I sprinkled some cinnamon on top and enjoyed. I typically avoid ice cream because it tends to give me an upset tummy, so this recipe will be a fabulous substitute. Even Dan thought it tasted pretty good (shocker!). I can’t wait to experiment with different mix-ins to liven it up a bit next time.
See…my 3 cupcakes and bowl of ice cream was not an overwhelming sugary collapse on my attempt at living a healthy lifestyle.
Talk amongst yourselves, I’ll give you a topic…What’s your favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt flavor? I’m a fan of the Ben & Jerry’s half-baked Fro-Yo.