So I know I left you in suspense in my last post so I won’t keep you waiting any longer….I’m running the New York Marathon!!!! Maybe not the announcement you were expecting but equally exciting, no? I’ve been focusing this blog on my first love and passion (no, not Adam!) but Food! But running has also become a very large and important part of my life.
I began running during my second year of university and have grown to love it! Over the past couple years I have run a handful of 10k races, two half marathons, and now have the opportunity to run the 2011 NYC ING Marathon, while representing a fantastic charity, REACH Grenada. REACH Grenada aims to improve the health and well being of orphans in Grenada’s Queen Elizabeth Home for abused and abandoned children through a variety of programs, such as caregiver training and support, yoga, meditation, and mentoring. To learn more about REACH Grenada and their programs follow this link. http://www.reachgrenada.org/howwehelp.php
As many of you know, Adam spent two years in Grenada and saw first hand the difficulties these children face. I will be running in support of this wonderful charity in an effort to help improve the lives of these children in Grenada. To support my fundraising efforts, please follow this link: http://www.reachgrenada.org/fundraiser.php?id=94
Thank you for your support!!!!
A side note, I would not have been able to get to this level of training without the support and (sometimes very vocal!) coaching of my good friend Jody Yoken. Jody is an awesome motivator and personal trainer and she also happens to be a fabulous physiotherapist. If you are looking for a PT I highly suggest you contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jody was also visiting me in New York this past weekend and took me on the most amazing run from the top to bottom of Manhattan and over the Brooklyn Bridge…18.5 miles…a new PR for me!
Now back to the food! I’ve enjoyed several good meals this past week but I wanted to highlight two of them for you…and judging from my blog title I guess you can figure they were Italian and French meals. First lovely meal was lunch at Eataly. Eataly is a high end Italian market that sells incredible cheeses, meats, fresh pasta, seafood, and other Italian products. It also has different food stalls/restaurants focused solely on one food group…there’s a vegetable resto, a fish resto, a meat resto, pizza/pasta, sandwich…etc. Owned by Mario Batali, it is absolutely incredible. I was in sensory overload! After walking around the market, my dining partner and I decided to go with the fish restaurant. This was one of the hardest decisions of my life. Every place looked absolutely amazing! And the food lived up to the hype!
Upon being seated, we were given two slices of deliciously fresh crusty Italian bread and olive oil. Per recommendation from our server, I went with the grilled octopus…this was so tender, simply seasoned, and a very nice portion. My partner in Italian dining went with the scallop special.
While it looked beautiful and she said it tasted delicious, it was quite a small portion. Luckily, we were also sharing two sides which I totally forgot to take pictures of (I was way to engrossed in my octopus dish!) We had a side of swiss chard which was simply sauteed with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes and mashed potatoes. I have to say, we were not huge fans of the potatoes. They were studded with capers which I found quite overwhelming. All in all, if you are a food lover in the slightest, go to Eataly!
My French experience this week was not as fancy shmancy but still surprisingly delicious. I went for lunch to this very small French restaurant called Le Gamin in Brooklyn. After much research into reviews prior to dining (i tend to do that often as to not miss out on any food experience), I decided I needed to order a crepe. I went with the caramelized onion, goat cheese, tomato crepe and chose to also add sauteed mushrooms. This was all wrapped up in a buckwheat crepe and served with a really good and simple salad…the dressing was out of this world!