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The Perfect Weekend

by Marissa on November 21, 2011

What constitutes the perfect weekend has changed a lot in recent years. It used to be that hitting up all the NYC hot spots was what I was after. Now, it’s all about lots of rest, a good workout and healthy food. Oh, yes, things have changed!

After a later-than-usual Thursday night at The Kooks concert, all I wanted to do was stay inside out of the cold on Friday night. I offered to cook up some healthy comfort food, Portobello Burritos (from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Urban Vegan) while my boyfriend picked up a bottle of red wine.

I forgot to take a photo so I’m using this one courtesy of from flickr

While I was out buying burrito ingredients, I threw in this Rest and Relax Yogi Tea sampler.

Once dinner was over, I settled in with my tea and a few laughs with the movie Due Date before reading a few pages in what has quickly become my new favorite book.

After nine solid hours of sleep, David and I woke up bright and early Saturday. I went for a long run while he caught up on some work. Starving once I got back, I made one of my favorite breakfasts – an egg over easy with sauteed kale on half a sprouted grain bagel.Hits the spot every time!

After some errands and a trip to The Juice Press to pick up some weekend essentials, I made my way to Soho for a much-needed haircut at Sam Brocato Salon before heading back home for some down time and to get ready to head out to dinner. Since I live in one of the best neighborhoods for restaurants, we didn’t have to travel far which was a good thing because we were expecting my parents who had a 24-hour layover in NYC on their way home from their trip to Italy.

Mom and dad on their anniversary (not this trip)

We caught up over a couple glasses of wine and again the next morning over a light breakfast before heading to Sarabeth’s Tribeca for lunch. We strolled back to my apartment in the afternoon sunshine in time to see my parents off to the airport and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon leisurely.My weekend may seem dull to some but for me it was exactly what I needed to recharge my battery!

What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?


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With my restrictive diet, I’ve always struggled with a tasty and impressive main course to make for dinner guests who may not share my eating habits. Last night, I dared to make lentil burgers for a friend who came over for dinner. I’ve always shied away from these protein-packed patties because I thought they were […]

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When I first moved to NYC, I existed on a junk food vegetarian diet: pizza, Subway, chocolate chip cookies and McDonald’s french fries (I’m not kidding!). One of my favorite nights in was to make a pot of Mac-n-Cheese for dinner and settle in on the sofa for some reality TV. While I still have […]

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Avocado is one of my most favorite things on this planet so when I brunched at Cafe Gitane last weekend and saw succulent avocado toast on the menu, I had to have it. To say the stuff was good is an understatement. Creamy mashed avocado, lemon juice, crushed red pepper a top hearty seven grain […]

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How to Stop a Grazer in Her Tracks

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In a previous lifetime, I was prone to grazing and while I’ve done a lot of work to overcome this tendency, inevitably, I relapse from time to time. Maybe it was yesterday’s gloomy weather or the fact I was recovering from a minor eye procedure or maybe it was the lack of food in my […]

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Getting Back on Track

February 25, 2011
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The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of travel for me. And I’ll be the first to admit, I’m always talking about planning ahead for travel — packing healthy snacks, researching the closest juice bars. But seriously, the stars don’t always align. Take, for instance, this most recent trip: One week in San Francisco […]

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September 17, 2010
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Yesterday was a grey and rainy day in NYC and there is nothing better on those days than comfort food. Since he’s British, my boyfriend loves a good “curry” so I figured I would whip up a simple vegan curry casserole. This meal is hearty enough for a hungry boyfriend and healthy enough for me […]

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