Here comes the sun..day weekend recap.
This weekend was exactly what I needed – the sun was out and the temperatures were high! We celebrated by taking a hike on Saturday, and pretty much catching up on home chores. I needed to make use of leftovers for lunch on Saturday and threw together a vegan nacho inspired fiesta, with totilla chips, pinto beans, follow your heart monterrey jack cheese, chunky salsa, and some tofutti sour cream mixed with some lime juice. It was pretty good for a thrown together meal, however I do realize how un-nutritious it was.
On Sunday, I met up with an old friend in Manhattan for brunch and shopping. I hadn’t seen her in awhile, and I knew as foodie friends, she was going to be hit sort of sideways when I threw the vegan ball at her. However, as good foodie friends do, she bounced back with a suggestion to visit Counter in the East Village for their vegan and vegetarian friendly brunch (which literally is on the same block I used to live in but never went to). I was beyond ecstatic to try their brunch due to their vegan french toast option, and because I had been reading some pretty good reviews in the blogworld.
We made a reservation for 1:30, and were promptly seated when we arrived early. That is the peak of the experience, as everything just went down from there. We waited 15 minutes before our order was taken, and that was really not a problem to us. We ordered our drinks, appetizer, and meal at that point. Fifteen minutes later our coffees arrived. Over one hour later and we still had not received our appetizer. Mind you, the place was full but not crowded, as the tables next to us were empty. At first we thought, “how lovely, they are giving us time to enjoy our brunch coffee and not push us out the door”, however after an hour of thinking this we became antsy and finally flagged down the host (as our waitress had been MIA for some time) and explained how long we had been in the restaurant, and asked when we would receive our food. He snarkily responded that they “only have one cook today, terrible right?”. Uhm, YEAH? Really? That’s how you interact with your patrons? We said if our food wasn’t out within 5 minutes we were leaving – and our appetizer magically arrived. Ten minutes later so did our food.
Was the food “good”? Yes, I’d give it that much. The grilled tofu was actually quite delicious, the perfect texture, flavor, and temperature. The french toast was thick, crusty and cinnamony. While it was good, I think I could make it far better. The atmosphere was classy and comfortable, and probably quite romantic in the evening. But the attitude and carelessness of the waitstaff will make me cry from the rooftops DO NOT GO TO COUNTER unless you have 3 hours to kill and aren’t hungry yet. What an intense disappointment.
We moved on through SoHo, where I eventually snagged a vegan chocolate chip cookie from Whole Foods (I know, not the most original baked good I could come up with in Manhattan, but when we stopped at Atlas Cafe in search of a vegan cookie they were all out. However their insane menu made us regret having not ditched Counter earlier and just came here. I will definitely be returning for some goodies!
We had a lovely afternoon browsing through SoHo, and eventually I scored a key item I’ve been on the lookout for at Uniqlo. A black men’s synthetic leather hooded jacket. The extra-small fit like a glove and I was absolutely in love with the look and the price! I love and miss shopping in the city, however I do not miss the damage it does to my wallet.
When I got home D was still at work (had to go in extra this weekend), and I was quite hungry for dinner. I ended up picking up a new Morningstar Farms Sweet & Sour Chik’n frozen dinner from Target a few weeks ago to try out, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try! At 340 calories and 14g of protein it seems like a pretty good deal, but with 56g of carbs it’s definitely a last-resort meal.
There weren’t very many chik’n pieces, however the flavor and texture was really good and I do wish there were more! The meal itself is extremely sweet, be prepared. I actually couldn’t finish it, but wish’d I had added a cup of broccoli and another 1/2 cup of rice. Take that suggestion and give it a shot! I’d give these three stars and would return to them in a tight spot!
Tonight I cooked up a recipe from Vegan Bites, with review to come! I hopped on the elliptical for an hour and did two Jillian iFit workouts. The machine is still a bit unstable at times (working on it), but I have gotten a pretty good workout – need to get the heart rate monitor out soon. Now I’m snacking on some natural popcorn and watching t.v. – thank goodness Monday is over! Hoping to squeeze in two hot power yoga classes in Tuesday & Wednesday and cook up three more new recipes. Here’s to a fast week!