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The Jimbo

Surprise! A Friday Post!! I didn’t think I’d have enough time/anything interesting to write about today but I do! Lets start with last night.   

I spent the evening gallivanting around Lark Street after work. I was supposed to meet up with a bunch of friends for my friend’s 25th birthday celebration at 9pm, but I was super super hungry after work. At around 8 I met my sister for some pre-celebratory dinner at Bombers. We ordered downstairs since there is usually a wait upstairs.   


(Photo from google images.) I took a photo exactly like this back in the day! 

Lets discuss Bombers for a minute. I have a love/hate relationship with this restaurant. I went to college in Albany a few blocks away from Lark Street. And I believe I went to Bombers to celebrate every one of my friends’ birthdays for the last 8-ish years. That’s a lot of Burritos and Margaritas. When I’m old and grey I will look back on my “good old days” spent in Albany and seeing Bomber’s will bring bag tons of great memories. Their food on another hand, is a different story. After I got out of college I kind of got really sick of the place, so I tried to avoid it. (Unhealthy  food + really long waits = major pain in the butt.) But my friends would end up going back again and again to get their Birthday Margarita. So, I kind of learned to enjoy it again. Plus the margaritas are really good. And I fell in love with their BBQ Tofu Tacos. (It is the only thing I will order off of the menu.) So last night, I ordered two BBQ Tofu Tacos and ate them both. They were delicious. 

Anyway, after Bombers, my sister and I were in the mood for some type of dessert. So to Crisan we went. Crisan is my favorite place on Lark Street, by far. I’m in love with their gelato. Especially the chocolate-coconut combination. Heaven. It was like eating a Mounds candy bar. But better. 

After Crisan, we headed back to Bombers to meet up with the group and we got a table really quick! (Shocker!!) I didn’t order food, obviously, but I may have tried a Jimbo. In all my years of going to Bombers I had never tried one. My sister ordered the drink, which is a half margarita-half beer concoction. It wasn’t very tasty in my opinion. Maybe I just prefer a straight up margarita.  

The Jimbo

So, my friends ordered food while my sister and I just hung out and had tons of fun! Hope my friend Kathy had a great 25th Birthday celebration. It sure looked like she did! 😀 


So, last night was fun, but today I had to go back to the healthy living grind. Today’s breakfast: Kashi H2H with light almond breeze and blueberries! It was my first time trying almond milk. My overall opinion: yummy! I liked it better than soy milk, but the downside is that there isn’t as much protein. The upside is that it is only 40 calories for one whole cup! I think I may swap it out for a while and see how I like it.


I went on a four mile lunch time run today also. I love running at lunch because I can squeeze in a really good workout and it also breaks up the work day a little bit. I finished four miles in 38 minutes and 10 seconds. I also came back and did some crunches and five measly push ups in the hallway before changing and going back to work. Oh well. I feel like this week wasn’t a great running week for me. I just felt tired and out of sorts for some reason. And I think my long run on Sunday totally screwed up my eating habits. Either that or I’m lacking something in my diet this week. I think it might have been veggies.

I solved that problem. After my run I ate a huge salad with grape tomatoes, green peppers, craisins and my favorite dressing, Annie’s light raspberry vinaigrette. It was filling. It doesn’t look big in the picture, but trust me, it was!


I also had a Nature Valley granola bar and an apple.

Tonight I’m going out to an Indian buffet with Chris! It should be interesting, as I’ve only had Indian food once in my life and I wasn’t too impressed. I decided to give it a second chance. 😉

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m super excited for a Yoga class I’m taking tomorrow morning!


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2010 Freihofer’s Run for Women

Good morning everyone. Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was SUPER busy! So I finally have a chance to get to bloggin’. Yes! This weekend I had a 5K and a concert at SPAC to go to, so it was was really fun! Lets start out with Friday.

Friday I wanted to have a low key evening since I was running the Freihofer’s in the morning. I had dinner with Chris and we had my pasta salad (he loved it), and some Veggie Dogs, so that was good! I didn’t take any photos because I was pretty much just being lazy. But I also had one two many glasses of Carménère and some chocolate and coconut gelato from Crisan (it tasted just like a Mounds, amazing!) and some food from a couple of First Friday events…so I probably consumed too many calories on Friday night. I just think of it as Fuel. 😉

Saturday I had to get up early to get some breakfast before the race. I had a whole wheat bagel thin with peanut butter and some cherries. Not too heavy, so it was just right. Then we headed down to the race!

This was my second time running in the Freihofer’s. My first time was last year and it was also my very first 5K ever!

I love this race because it’s only for women and it makes me feel very empowered to be running along side so many other strong ladies!! My younger cousins were also running and so was my good friend Marcie.

We hung out and socialized for a while and I didn’t even do much warming up…blah. But then it was time to head to the start! Chris was in charge of my camera so he got some cool shots of the starting line! A over 3500 women were running today, along with some Olympic elites!

I'm in here somewhere!

The course is kind of similar to the Workforce Team Challenge, but its shorter, since this is a 5K and the Workforce Challenge is a 3.5 mile race. It takes you up Madison Avenue and through Washington Park. I love that the hill up Madison is first because you get it over with in the beginning! 🙂

It was kind of hard to run through all these people, and I actually passed a lot of them! I started out pretty strong but wanted to conserve some energy for the end, since I remember how dead I felt at the end of the Workforce Challenge. I think my tactic worked! I felt pretty good throughout the whole thing! The end was pretty brutal since I picked it up for the last mile and booked it from Lark Street down. It was SUCH a good feeling to finish strong! I even felt a little nauseous from the humidity. 😦 It was so hot and humid.

Chris got this awesome shot of me running toward the finish line!! We decided that I look like a real runner!

Let me just say how much I love having my Garmin during races. Since usually its hard to start running right away in the beginning of the race because there are so many people, I start my watch as soon as I start running. It works pretty well, since it usually matches the course perfect. According to my Garmin, I crossed the finish line in 27 minutes and 18 seconds. 🙂 The exact same time as my SPAC Rock & Run time. How’s that for consistency?!

Here are my Garmin Stats:
Total Distance: 3.16 miles
Elasped Time: 27:18:68
Average Pace: 8:38/mile
Average Speed: 6.9 mph
Calories Burned: 372

Mile 1: 9:17
Mile 2:  8:46
Mile 3: 8:21
Mile .16: 0:52

I’m so glad I finished this race strong! But after going down the hill at the end I felt like I ran out of gas! But I kept going.

Here are my official stats from the Freihofer’s results page:
Place: 730 out of 3,521
Div/Total: 94/403 (I think this might be results for my age group? I’m not sure.)
Nettime: 27:26
Pace: 8:50
Time: 27:52.1

Obviously, these don’t match up with Garmin, so I’m going with my Garmin stats. 🙂

After the race I was so hot..I watched some people cross the finish line and saw Marcie go running by! Go Marcie! She finished in 34 minutes! She did awesome! She came and met up with us and we were both dying.

But inside, we felt great. 🙂

After the race, Amanda spotted me! It was so cool to meet a fellow blogger! She was really sweet! And she did a great job in the race as well! Go Amanda!!!

So after I met up with everyone and congratulated them we went over to the refreshment booth and I grabbed an apple and a mini donut. The apple was really good, the donut, not so much!!!

So I had to head home after the race to get ready to go see Dave Matthews Band at SPAC! I also proceeded to eat about 10 of the Freihofer’s cookies I got for free for running the race. Oh well…what can you do?! 🙂


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Adventures in the Kitchen

Happy Memorial Day!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

My friend Melissa and I were in need of some gelato last night so we took a trip to Crisan. I got one scoop of oreo gelato and one mini chocolate covered strawberry. Yum.

I had a very low key day today. I started out with about 20 minutes of yoga. And since it was so nice out,  I had really wanted to go for a nice bike ride, but my bike was locked in the shed and I didn’t have the key, so I could not go. 😦 I opted for a short 2 mile run instead. It was pretty pathetic. I was tired and it was hot. Oh well. I spent the rest of the day reading in the sun and in the kitchen making fun things!

I had bought some quinoa a while ago and finally made something out of it today! I decided dinner should be cranberry walnut quinoa salad. I sort of went off of this recipe, but I didn’t have much of the ingredients, so I kind of just made it up as I went along.

I boiled 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of vegetable broth, according to the directions on the bag. Instead of using water I used organic vegetable broth from Hannaford.

I tweaked the recipe a bit and threw in some olive oil, salad spice, craisins, crushed walnuts and four minced cloves of garlic and let it set in the fridge for a couple hours.

I wanted something else interesting to go along with it for dinner so, since I bought some organic vegetable tempeh the other day I decided to make Caitlin’s Tempting Tempeh! And it was a new and interesting dinner! The tempeh was really good! I love maple and cinnamon together and the coconut made it really sweet! It added a nice crunch to the outside. Instead of using actual maple syrup I used a maple praline syrup that had less calories. I’ve never had tempeh before so I don’t really know what it tastes like on its own but I liked it. This was a really quick and easy recipe, I would definitely make it again, so thanks Caitlin! And the quinoa salad was tasty too. I have tons left over!

Dessert was a cup of soy ice cream that was really refreshing since it was so hot out! I also had a glass of the Naked Wine with my dinner! And now the bottle is gone.

I was in the mood to keep baking so I researched some recipes for home made energy bars. I finally found one that had ingredients that I have in my kitchen, so I used this one. I actually ran out of oats (I only used 2 cup instead of 3), so I added in some flax meal and whole wheat flour so it wasn’t so sticky! I baked them for 20 minutes and they came out really mushy (the recipe says that’s okay), so I put them in the fridge to cool them down so I could cut them. They were still pretty soft, so I’m going to keep them in the fridge until I want to eat them. It might be because I didn’t use the right amount of oats.

I tasted part of one and they kind of taste like a cookie bar, which is alright with me! The only thing I would change next time would be to use natural peanut butter instead of regular, and honey instead of the corn syrup (I actually used light karo syrup.) I am not sure how many calories are in them, but I assume probably about 200-250, since there is peanut butter in it, which is okay by me, since I’ll only be eating them before I run. If I can control myself! 🙂  Hopefully they give me energy!


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The Big Two-Five

Well, I am now 25 years old. I decided to celebrate this monumental event by throwing myself a birthday party! Why not? I’ve never had a birthday party for myself, as an adult, so I figured it would be super fun. And it was! I made some tasty treats for everyone…

cookie  stars

sugar cookie stars!


guiltless white bean guacamole

so much  fooood

the whole spread

And my cousin Liz, who hosted the party, even ordered a cake from Crisan Bakery on Lark Street, and it was gorgeous (and delicious). It was chocolate mousse with a hint of coffee. I can’t remember the official name of the cake. And boy was it good!!! Crisan never fails me. The chocolate covered strawberries were the best part.


more cake

me cutting  the cake

I also drank some of my favorite wine. Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling. Delicious. I drank almost the whole bottle. (Oops!) But it was my birthday, so I allowed myself that treat! Also, maybe one too many sugar cookies. But I had a great time at my party, and I want to thank  my amazing cousin Liz for letting me have it at her beautiful apartment in Albany. Love her!

The party was on Saturday night, but my birthday wasn’t until Sunday (May 2), so in the morning, I was craving pancakes, as always, so Chris & I went to Cafe 217, again, for the perfect raspberry swirl pancakes, with a side of fresh fruit.

After brunch, I headed home for dinner with my parents. I was actually pretty full from brunch, so I didn’t end up eating much. Although, my mom did bake a triple chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Of course, I had a piece. It was my birthday after all. (I justify this by running 4 miles the previous day.) What could be better than a birthday with two cakes? Nothing, I think. I didn’t get any photos of the cake, but it was heart shaped and wonderful. I got some new running gear from my parents, and most importantly…a Garmin Forefunner 205!! I’m super excited about using it! My sister also gave me some awesome perfume from Sephora, called Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture. It smells amazing, I love it.

Birthday festivities continued on Monday where I had dinner with Chris at Katrinella’s Bistro on Madison Avenue. I was looking foward to this dinner for awhile…it had been ages since I’ve had Italian food, and Katrinella’s is supposed to the best in Albany. They gave us bread to start, which was piping hot and homemade with olive oil and spices for dipping. I loved this bread! I also got the house salad, which surprised me, it had craisins in it! Love them. It was pretty tasty. For my meal I ordered the Eggplant Florentine: Battered eggplant layered with ricotta cheese and spinach topped with mozzarella cheese and baked in marinara sauce. It was pretty much to die for, and the serving was HUGE. Two people could have shared it. It was so delicious. And the pasta was great too, and the marinara sauce was incredible. I only ate half of my dish, there was no way I could have eaten that whole thing! But I was glad to have left overs.


katrinellas heaping eggplant florentine

Well, I had an awesome birthday, spent it with some great people, and I’m lucky to have so many good things in my life right now. It turns out being 25 isn’t all that bad.

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Breaded Goat Cheese, Gelato and Toga

I need to start coming up with more interesting blog titles! Anyway, this weekend was pretty good! The weather was nice on Saturday, and that was a major plus! I started out Friday night with a delicious dinner with some lovely ladies. After work I headed to the Midtown Tap & Tea Room, one of my favorite places in albany for after work dinner and drinks. The girls and I shared a bottle of delicious Riesling! I started with the Breaded Goat Cheese with Honey and Carmelized Onions. The best. thing. ever. I am IN LOVE with anything goat cheese, and this was the most creamy, delicious goat cheees I’ve had. Yum. And the honey really added to it.



For my main meal I got a salad:  Pan-Fried Eggplant with Mixed Greens, Tomato, Red Onions, Cucumber, Roasted Red Peppers, Olives, Feta, Homemade Croutons & Lemon Vinaigrette. It was perfect, since after the goat cheese app, I didn’t want to over do it with a bigger meal. I’ve never had eggplant on a salad before, so this was excited to try this. Since eggplant doesn’t have much of taste, it was pretty good fried, nice and crispy, but a little too greasy for my liking. Otherwise, it was a great salad.


I was actually pretty full by the end of dinner, but we decided that going down to Lark for some gelato at Crisan would be a must for dessert. I got two $2 scoops of gelato: chocolate and chocolate oreo. I swear, I could live off of this gelato. I ate it too fast and didn’t take a picture. My friend and I also shared some flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache icing. Baked goods are my downfall. I parked in Washington Park on my way to Crisan, and all the flowers were blooming, so I snapped this picture as I walked through:


The weather forcast for Saturday was looking great, so my sister and one of my friends decided to go to Saratoga for the day to get lunch and visit the 2010 Adirondack Summer Sports & Fitness Expo.  First, we had lunch at Bailey’s Cafe.  I started with some tea: coconut mango oolong.


And then ordered the soup and panini combo. A cup of Lobster Bisque Soup, and I probably ate about 3/4 of it. It was SO rich and creamy.


And then The Congress: Fresh Mozzarella, Roasted Peppers, Spouts, Lettuce& Tomato with Pesto Herb Mayo. A delicious toasted sandwich filled with so many great veggies! And the bread was super tasty and crisped just right. So good! It came with chips and I was pretty full so I didn’t eat them.


I really enjoyed eating at this little cafe, and we got to sit outside in the sunshine. For some reason, eating outside when the sun is shining makes everything better!

After lunch, we headed down to the Expo, which I was looking forward to. But after wandering around for about 30 minutes, and stopping at the booths, I realized it was kind of a let down. I was hoping to see more demos and workout gear. There was only 1 station with hiking supplies, a couple of stations with bikes, and a few for canoes/kayaks. The only running stations were the ones advertising running groups and upcoming races. Mostly people just wanted to sell you things, rather than inform you about the upcoming events. It was rather disappointing. Needless to say, I didn’t buy anything. But we did attend a seminar! The coach of the Saratoga’s running club gave an hour presentation on “how to get faster” and it was pretty fascinating.

Some of his tips included:

  • Make sure you start with a basic mileage of 20 miles a week (I just got to this mileage this past week)
  • Include one long distance slow run into your workout routine, anywhere between 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minute long run.
  • Work in hill workouts and tempo runs into your routine
  • Speedwork (the most confusing of all to me), and the most important if you want to be a faster runner.

The weather was wonderful when we left Saratoga, so when I got home I headed straight for my bike! I biked my good old loop 8 miles around my house. AND I made up the monster hill without getting off! Yes!! The ride is so scenic. And there are lots of trees.


Overall, I’d say it was a good weekend! This Sunday is my birthday, so expect a birthday related post to come soon!

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Oats for Dinner!

I was definitely in need of a good workout this morning, as yesterday I didn’t eat too healthy!! (Pizza from Smitty’s Tavern, and a mango margarita and bbq tofu taco from bombers, and some chocolate cake from Crisan…as well as wine on Friday night… :-D)
But today I definitely did better! I had some cereal for breakfast (I usually eat Special K Protein Plus, with some toasted wheat germ and soy milk) and then headed to the gym to do some running. I consider Sundays my long run days. I know I need to make up for bad weekend eating and try to stick to healthy eating on Sundays. Anyway, I ran 5.5 miles on the treadmill, with an average pace of 10:30. Not too bad!

After the gym, I headed to Hannaford for some grocery shopping. I was in need of food, bad! So when I got home I made a protein smoothie for lunch, along with a Morning Star Farms chickn patty. Yum!

Here’s what I put in my protein smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup of light plain soymilk
  • a handful of frozen strawberries
  • a scoop of chocolate protein powder.

I bought some steel cut oats the other day to try out…I had them in NYC and have been wanting to make my own, while I was doing dishes I boiled water on the stove to cook the oats. I made about a cup, so I have some left over for breakfast this week. They were delicious! I had 2/3 cup of oats, about a teaspoon of almond butter, and a teaspoon of sweet cherry butter! I found the cherry butter at Hannaford today and I wanted to try it since it looked amazing, and let me tell you, it was! So tasty with the oats! I also put a sprinkle of granola on top for some crunch. Yummy dinner! One of the things I like about Hannaford is their selection of natural/organic foods. They also sell local foods! The cherry butter comes from a place in New York! Awesome.


catskill cherry butter!

tasty oats for dinner!

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