Eat/Counter-Eat 3/19-3/20

Weekends. They are a time to unwind, enjoy time you often don’t have for yourself and do ‘whatever you please’. For me, that usually includes time with family and friends, exercising, drinking and eating.  Not necessarily in that order.  And almost never in moderation.

3/19/10:

EAT: THE ANOMALY

I don’t cook much never cook on weekends  Weekends are my time to have someone else ‘do the work for me‘. Inherently healthy? Not particularly. Enjoyable? Most definitely. So therein lies Friday’s night’s anomaly. Cooked dinner for my beloved ‘other mother’, a true chef, who lives on the UWS. We enjoyed a spanish/health inspired menu of:

Dab lightly cooked in olive oil w/homemade mango black bean salsa (recipe for salsa from the infinitely fabulous closet cooking blog) over it

Mexican rice

Make your own Mexican salad” w/chopped tomatoes, onions, avocado, baby corn (I mean, I just really like baby corn)

3/20/10 –

COUNTER-EAT:

The Big Loop

The big loop. 6.something miles of hillytorture enjoyment. Met a wonderful friend and runner for an early-ish morning run. We completed the run in approximately 53 minutes. Which is a slightly slow pace for me (time to get back into running shape) and basically a snail’s crawl for her.  The weather was perfect, my legs are still screaming. Success.

EAT:

Brunch- Spring Street Natural

It’s always good to follow a run with a hearty refueling. I met a wonderful friend at a favorite brunch spot of mine, Spring Street Natural. Despite being situated in Soho (don’t get me started on Soho, that’s for an entirely other blog) this is a favorite of mine. With a myriad of healthy and affordable choices, everything is fresh, slightly inventive and always solid. I usually oscillate between the eggs and tofu dishes here, but the sandwiches filled with copious amounts of chicken and bacon might have to be sampled soon do look enticing…Plus, the bread basket starter is super healthy delicious…

The order (mine):

STEAMED ORGANIC SEASONAL VEGETABLES served over organic brown rice with carrot-ginger dressing

The order (hers):

ROASTED WINTER ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD with butternut quash, beets, zucchini, carrot; sweet potato; served over baby greens with roasted pumpkin seeds and toasted honey mustard

SSN is an excellent choice for vegetarians, even vegans and omnivores alike.Both dishes were fresh, delicious and filling. I left feeling healthy and refueled, definitely ready to enjoy the 70 degree day. ❤

www.springstreetnatural.com
62 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-0290

Dinner- Five Points

M and I decided to try this out on a recommendation from a coworker. Having been to their other restaurants (Hundred Acres and Cookshop) we figured it would be good to complete the triad. Five Points is too much like Hundred Acres and not enough like Cookshop. Although the food was “good” nothing blew us away. His burger was the best decision, which was disappointing since in reality in writing, my fish sounded pretty inspired…

HIS:

WOOD OVEN PIZZETTE
  THINLY SLICED YUKON GOLD POTATOES, FONTINA CHEESE & TRUFFLE OIL
CHAR-GRILLED GRASS FED BURGER
  VERMONT CHEDDAR, APPLE WOOD SMOKED BACON,
  ROASTED RED ONIONS & FRENCH FRIES

HERS:
PAN SEARED RHODE ISLAND SQUID
  CANNELLINI BEANS & SALSA VERDE
GRILLED NORTH CAROLINA WILD STRIPED BASS
  CHICKPEA, POTATO & CAULIFLOWER RAGOUT & HERBED YOGHURT

M chose the pizza (written up as one of the ‘best things ever’) over the gnocchi and quickly expressed his regret. It was fine, but no Keste or Grano. And who really wants to describe “the best pizza ever” as ‘fine’? Not I. His burger was very good, but a good burger is a good burger. It didn’t change lives like http://www.kingswoodnyc.com/. Drool.

Summarily? If you have to cite three other restaurants that could have ‘done it better’? You’re not getting me to go back.

www.fivepointsrestaurant.com

31 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012-1178
(212) 253-5700

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6 responses to “Eat/Counter-Eat 3/19-3/20

  1. I always walk past Spring Street Natural on my way to Core Fusion in SoHo and want to try it! Your blog shows me all the places I would love to eat at and never do.

  2. yayyyy glad you restarted your blog 🙂 ive missed u!

  3. Thanks Dori! Definitely check it out! Budget friendly AND delicious 🙂

    Ashley-
    Great to see you ‘back’ too 🙂

  4. New reader and I just wanted to say I love that you “eat/counter-eat.” I miss counter-eating with runs in the city and workouts at Equinox! Will be missing the city and living vicariously through you…

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