Daily Archives: January 2, 2011

Cold Weather Incentives

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - salads

Brrrr!

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It’s not the usual sunny + warm L.A.

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Walking towards sweets has been my only motivation to get outa the house lately!

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I met my college friend Jared for a 9:30 breakfast. We haven’t had a real conversation in almost 13 years! He’s visiting from NYC (check out his brand new Pilates Studio in Chlesea).

Catching up over corn muffins

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Toasted with chestnuts – BLISS

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Bricks and Scones has a book exchange – I traded two for two

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Didn’t even realize it when I grabbed them, but they’re by the same author…

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Guess I’ll find out soon whether I like Elinor Lipman!

Lunch was a salad of whatever was in the fridge. Couldn’t deal with segmenting an entire grapefruit so I just peeled and diced one, after dressing some mixed greens with Meyer Lemon + Olinda Ridge Olive Oil

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With a hard boiled egg + dollop of simple guacamole

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Mark Bittman wrote a great article in today’s Times

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The print version includes a few simple recipes, but you can find a whole slew of his minimalist concoctions online.

More reading + relaxing before the next activity that will get me out on a cold and rainy day – mooooovie!

Tickling the Ivories

dessert - dinner - movies - salads - soup/stew

Although I haven’t been practicing the last 10 years, I still consider myself a pretty proficient piano player.

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Humbled:

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Rockband 3 + Keyboards is not a game for pianists. It will frustrate you beyond belief, even though the controls coincide with actual notes from the song. If you are a complete beginner, though, I think you might enjoy it. Just don’t expect to ever learn the “real” piano part for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” (I know it and still failed horribly.)

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Singing, however, I can handle. Abe and I worked up quite an appetite rockin’ out and were ready for an early dinner around 5.

Round 3 of Thursday’s Lentil Soup was a BIG SUCCESS!

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I added even more ingredients to the leftovers, pureed, and it FINALLY tasted legitimately delicious!!!

In the end, here’s everything that went in: lentils, carrots, onion, celery, veggie stock, coconut oil, roasted sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, garam masala, marjoram, tarragon, tomato paste, Just Roasted Garlic powder, and salt/pepper.

Garnished with a simple, chunky guacamole

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And a mixed green + carrot salad (EVOO + lemon juice)

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My last Brody’s oatmeal pie! My heart breaks every time I finish a batch.

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With a cocoa-filled espresso cup

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In a Woody Allen mood last night.

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(I’m always in a Woody Allen mood!)

So far, 2011 rocks.