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One Last Hippie Hoorah! And Drunch!

In Bread, CSA, Moroccan, Shopping, Vegetables on November 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Friday night I went to a Mexican fiesta.  Needless to say, muchas margaritas were consumed.  I felt so awful the next morning, but I knew it was gonna be a busy day!  It was the last CSA pickup of the season, so I definitely didn’t want to miss out on getting there at 10:00 AM on-the-dot, lest being left with the second-to-best butternut squash!

I’m happy to report that this last week did not disappoint.  I guess the farmer believes in making a lasting impression to garner repeat shareholder’s loyalty.  I took a picture on my mobile’s camera, but I forgot to upload it.  The items were:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 pint turnips
  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1 lb broccoli florets
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 head lettuce (I chose red leafy)
  • 1/4 lb pea shoots
  • 1 lb carrots (7)
  • 1 bunch kale (I chose purple)
  • 4 collard leaves

Wow, even just writing that out seems like a lot.  I’ll try to use the leafy stuff first, because I’d like to avoid produce shopping for at least another 1/2 week after Thanksgiving.  Carrots and potatoes will both last pretty long, as well as squash (although I have a plan for that for a turkey day side).  I have to say, though, that my favorite item that probably won’t last long is the purple kale.  It combines my fave greens with my fave color!

When all was said and done, I had a solid 40 minutes to get dressed and head to drunch.  Normally this would be fine, except the stupid MTA decided to do construction this weekend and no trains were stopping at my station.  This meant either 1)wait for the shuttle bus to the subway, 2) walk 25 minutes to the subway, 3) ride my bike over the BK bridge and run over tourists, or 4) take a cab.  Since we had a solid reservation, I couldn’t afford to risk timing with the first 3 options, so I resorted to be lazy and wasteful.  Besides, what’s 15 bux compared to all the drinking and shopping money I was about to spend?  And for those who don’t already know, we call it drunch because it is drunk + brunch (which is probably redundant because isn’t the point of brunch to eat and drink hangover cocktails?).

We went to this Middle Eastern restaurant in the Union Square/Gramercy  area.  Thank Jebus I didn’t show up in a leggings/sweater combo and actually got dressed, because apparently this was a very scene place.  They had a full bar, as well as an unlimited champagne/mimosa/Bellini option.  The last thing I wanted was something sweet, so I sucked it up and ordered a Bloody Mary.  I love bloodies…they are not only delicious, but healthy!  Anything with vegetables is healthy, especially if you ask U.S. Congress.  Considering I had 2, and these had extra veggies on top, does that mean I had 4 servings of veggies?

No Middle Eastern meal would be complete without some bread product and dip.  We opted for traditional hummus.  It was so creamy and flavorful!  BTW, the guy in the orange on the right is refilling my friend Michele’s mimosa.  They do it without asking!

Soon after they brought out the main courses.  We all got egg dishes.  Michele got green shakshuka, which looking back I wish I had ordered.  The eggs were cooked in a cast iron skillet with spinach and some combo of cheeses. MMMMMM.

Leigha and I both got the Moroccan eggs, which were also baked in a cast iron skillet, but with a spicy tomato sauce.  I love spicy.  It warms the soul and helps detox hangovers.

After the last bites, they quickly gave us the check and asked us to finish up the unlimited drinking in the bar section.  The bar was so crowded and full of douche-bag boys wearing yellow duckie knit hats, it’s probably a tactic to get people out of there.

We stumbled…I mean walked… to Union Square to look at the holiday shops.  I didn’t take any pictures, but they had a ton of really cute gifts for the holidays, as well as chocolates, cookies, and teas to enjoy as you shop.  I of course got a PB&C cookie.  I also bought a new ring that has a lil green froggie in the corner, to match the green in my coat!  (Gosh I wish I had taken a picture).  They also had the regular farmer’s market on the other side of the park.  Last time I went there with Leigha, she got this amazing purple kale.  I took a picture of THAT one!

Later, she sent me a picture of the kale chips she made using the leaves.  What a great snack idea!

Okay, so I digressed.  Back to the story!

After manning through the crowds we felt sleepy.  Sleepy is not good when drunching and shopping!  We got some coffee and went on to Lululemon.  I got a new winter running set, so I am very happy and inspired to train for the upcoming 15k!  I should also be inspired to cook some appropriate training fuel, but we’ll see if that happens 🙂  Got a lot to do this week for Thanksgiving, especially since I won’t be eating anything that gobble-gobbled!

When we finished shopping, it was already dark!  Can you believe how early the sun is setting now?  Or could it be that time flies when you’re having fun?  I love having a girls’ weekend of fun!

What are some of your favorite weekend adventures?

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