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Send me your healthy holiday dinner ideas and recipes!

I NEED YOUR HELP, YOUR INPUT, YOUR IDEAS, YOUR RECIPES!  

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My little sister emailed me today to start finalizing our Christmas dinner menu – this will be our first year preparing all the food for the family.  So far this is what we are thinking:

Appetizers:

  • Crudité with hummus, fresh guacamole (I make some mean guac), and pico de gallo
  • Mini mushroom quiche
  • Some artisan cheeses with light crackers and grapes

Protein:

  • My lovely little Hungarian grandma will be making the Turkey
  • My sister and I would like to accompany the Turkey with some other protein option – PLEASE SEND ME YOUR HEALTHY IDEAS AND RECIPES!!

Starch:

  • We would like to make scalloped potatoes, however these have a tendency to be very  unhealthy – any healthy versions out there?
  • Potentially a garlic and oil based pasta dish…we will see on this one…

Cold Veggies:

  • Fresh beet salad (fresh beets cannot be beat!) with tangerines and fresh goat cheese  in an olive oil/rosemary drizzle
  • Winter greens with freshly baked cranberries, blue cheese crumble and walnuts in an orange balsamic vinaigrette

Hot Veggies:

  • Sauteéd red cabbage with vidalia onions and cilantro
  • String beans with blanched almonds in a garlic saute

Dessert:

  • We are thinking of typical holiday/Christmas desserts, but if you have healthy options with a touch of holiday cheer, PLEASE SEND ALONG!!!

All input, ideas, recipes and comments are much appreciated!  Please help my little sister and I make this year a spectacular Christmas to remember!

Xoxo,

Fat Girl

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Food Tour in Austin

First off, let me say that while this weekend started out okay in terms of calorie intake and food bombs exploding in my direction, I progressed into war zone territory as the weekend continued.  I am now back in New York City, feeling officially defeaten by all the sugar, fat and goodies I have succumbed to while in Austin.

Yesterday, TH brought me to the South Congress area of Austin where we took in Austin’s “weirdness”, tried some Trailer Park food, and just enjoyed the sights and culture Austin has to offer.  This area is by far one of Austin’s coolest and just weirdest areas.  The streets are sprinkled with Food Trailers and cool musicians showing off their talent to passersby.  I am going to take you there with all the photos I’ve taken…please keep reading on.

When we pulled up, this was the first thing that caught my attention…

This costumed zebra was enormous and perched high above the store “Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds”, a costume and vintage shop across from a Baptist Church.

After parking the car and deciding whether or not I needed my coat on that brisk Austin day, we headed over to Austin’s most famous food trailer park, which is home to the “Hey Cupcake” trailer.  We actually know someone who attended business school with a student who decided to save this company as part of her coursework while in business school.

Here is a fun little video from Hey Cupcake’s website and below that you can peruse through my photographs from my experience there – I would highly recommend these cupcakes – soft, fluffy and perfectly sweetened!

Top: “Hey Cupcake” trailer – beautiful and shiny spitting out perfectly crafted little fluffy puffs that will tickle your palette and warm your heart, On the bottom right: Two cupcakes – one for moi and one for my lover butt – I had the Pumpkinator and he had the 24 Carrot! So delish! Bottom Left: Singing cowboy who sits next to the cupcake truck and strums out tunes from the 1970s making you feel like you are back in time while you lick up all the icing on your mini-cake!

After Hey Cupcake, we made our way through the Food Trailer park and I found these cute signs – I thought they were witty and fun.  You can actually see TH’s legs and torso in the Trailer Trash photo.  😉

From Top Left: “The Trailer Perk” – A cute little coffee trailer, “Little Big Mike’s” – A competitor of Homeslice, which I will discuss momentarily, plus I like the name Mike 😉 “Trailer Trash” – so so cute! I am happy people are very conscious about recycling and keeping Austin neat and clean, and last but not least a sign on the Fried Pickles trailer – love it! I am never calling anything fried again!

After photographing like crazy, I got a little hungry so we stopped at Home Slice, a “New York Style” (it was really New Jersey, but NJ doesn’t sell so of course they were going to call it NY) pizzeria!  It was by far the best pizza I have ever had outside of New York/New Jersey.  Really yummy.  Cool pictures of their signs below…

After scarfing down “NY-Style” pizza, which I must reiterate was pretty gosh darn good, we found some Trailer SHOPPING!!!!  Sooo freakin’ cool.  I bought a necklace and sunglasses for my little sister (she is studying to become a gastro – poop doctor in laymans terms) and a necklace and sunglasses for myself!  Everything was super hip and trendy.  LOVE IT.
Curb Service Trailer StoreAfter the trailer shops, we headed on north on South Congress avenue up to an old fashioned candy shop.  On the way we passed a cafe with doors that looked like they were out of an old western movie…pictures below.

This place was so cool – I have tons of other photos from here…I even have pictures from inside the bathroom. It was heaven for me – sugar and sweets everywhere and just so much to look at which is why I forgot to try something in there – I was just too preoccupied looking around. It was for the ADD child hyped on ice cream and lollipops for sure and I WAS LOVIN’ IT! If you want to see the bathroom pics, let me know and I will post those too – there are no shots of me peeing, don’t get worried now!

After a full and fun day exploring this super “weird” side of Austin, TH and I ventured out to his friend’s house in Pfluggerville, TX for some tacos and beer (as if we needed anymore food at that point).  It was an awesome day and a great Thanksgiving weekend.  Now it is time to unpack, regroup and prepare for the work week ahead, the daily grind of New York City, the holiday bustle and many rexies wandering the streets.

More to come this week!

Xoxo,

Fat Girl

The Morning After

Today I woke up feeling like I am hungover from carbohydrates. I didn’t drink any alcoholic drinks last night as I wanted to be fully aware of how much crap I was shoving down my throat.

Prior to dinner, I filled up on a lot of water and raw veggies. During dinner, I managed to limit myself to small portions of the bad stuff (potatoes, etc) and stuck primarily to turkey and chicken. The tides turned when dessert was brought out and my sweet tooth got the better of me. I am a total sucker for cookies and there were some awesome cookies staring me straight in the eye beckoning me to come closer and eat them up! I probably had about seven or eight small cookies and I feel like I have sugar hangover in addition to being ashamed of my lack of will power.

I guess I just need to get up, pull on some spandex pants and slip into a sports bra and do the “walk of shame” over to the gym. As I lay in bed writing my second post of the week on my iPhone, I am wondering how many lbs I put on and if I have a severe food baby lurking around in my stomach.

Today will be a day of detox and good health!

Xoxo,
Fat Girl

Getting back to…

My Thanksgiving post from yesterday…just saw this link come up on Facebook newsfeed, and I felt that I just had to share, given this blog is about food and all the warm fuzzies that go along with it.  While I am in no way a Williams Sonoma hater (in fact I am one of the suckers who would likely buy the stupid pumpkin soup bowls if I didn’t live in a pea-sized Manhattan apartment), but this is just too funny not to spread to the world.

 

Enjoy!

 

Xoxo,

Fat Girl

Right Around the Corner

2012 has flown by!  So much has happened in one year (well at least for me it has!)  I have found a wonderful new job, finished a half marathon, lost 30 lbs, got scuba certified, and married the love of my life.

As I am sure you are all aware, we are officially one week out from every American’s excuse to pig out, watch football and pass out from a tryptophan overload.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that a slew of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah parties are to follow all laden with alcohol and non-calorie conscious food lurking on easy-to-reach holiday infused tables.

Next Wednesday, TH and I are leaving NYC to fly out to his family in Austin, Texas.  Every time I visit Texas (even non-holiday weekends), I gain weight.  Not sure if it’s his mom’s southern hospitality or if it’s just that everything is bigger in Texas, including me!  I have never spent a major holiday in Texas, so this year’s Thanksgiving day is likely to be bigger and better than ever with tons of food, tons of beer and tons of football (something I’m not particularly into, but will suffer through for the sake of Texan/American general happiness).  I am going to legitimately try my best to successfully dodge major calorie bombs like loading up on the cornbread, potatoes and other unnecessary starchy fillers that make Thanksgiving worthwhile.  After all, I did work so hard to lose weight – it would be such a shame to follow the general American populous throughout this holiday season and gain it all back in a matter of a few weeks.

To that end – check out this article from 2007 –> “The Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain“.

And I will leave you with that my Fat Girl friends…sorry to be a semi-holiday downer…I know it is a struggle, but at your next holiday gathering, try to stick to the veggies and the proteins and just dabble in the bad stuff that tastes oh so good.  I am going to try my best, but there’s no doubt that social eating may get the better of me.  I will certainly keep you all up-to-date and informed this holiday season.

Xoxo,

Fat Girl

2012 Meatball Madness

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So last night, I ventured out to the Food Network’s Meatball Madness event at 82 Mercer (in Soho) with my good friend, B, her hubby, Bling and of course my man. We walked into a world of great bumpin’ beats churned out by DJ Mick Boogie (I don’t think he’s famous or even well known – I just got a kick out of his name) and clumps of Pork, Veal and Beef rolled into delicately crafted calorie bombs simmering in pools of sauce at every turn. In addition to the wealth of meatballs and fun music, there was tons of wine, champagne, chocolate and most surprisingly rexie pixi sticks. Who would have thought that a meatball event would attract NYC’s thinnest anos? I mean, you would think that an event that revolves around a super high calorie meat blob would be a rexie’s hellish nightmare – all that red and brown – it truly is a bloodbath for the rexie.

Anyway enough about my shocking observation regarding Anotown USA, the event really was spectacular. We saw tons of famous chefs including Donatella Arpaia, Giada De Laurentiis (who by the way certainly does not eat her own meatballs or must have an enviable metabolism – she weighs no more than 90 lbs), Anne Burrell, Pat LaFrieda, and Alex Guarnaschelli (fellow Barnard grad). The best part of the event is that 100% of the proceeds are given to a charity that benefits hunger in NYC, an ongoing problem in our great city. I feel truly blessed that I was so fortunate to be at that event with good friends that I love, a wonderful husband, and so many hailed chefs that have worked their asses off to make it in New York.

Tonight, I am off to Blue Ribbon Sushi and Grill at Columbus Circle with TH’s good friend and his girlfriend. This should be a nice change of pace for my thighs and overall calorie intake – plus I could really go for some fresh raw fish, especially after yesterday evening’s meat fest.

Xoxo,
Fat Girl

“Fly Like an Eagle”

Last night I finally found myself back on the wagon due to my good friend, AN. AN and I rode bikes 28 and 29 at the Flatiron Flywheel location and pounded out to some good beats. I was sweating like a hog in the middle of a Texas heat wave and about half way in, I was ready to stop moving my legs and drop to the floor, but as I did with the half marathon I ran in May, I just kept pushing as hard as I could and told myself to keep moving my legs.

So here I was, following my own advice of “Being Social” and making workout plans with a friend – when we arrived at Flywheel tonight we both admitted that we likely would not have shown up if we knew the other wouldn’t be there. Hopefully my spin class yesterday evening puts me back on the cardio track…I really need it – I can feel my big fat booty growing little by little – time to start keeping it in check…

Speaking of keeping things in check, I am unfortunately, joining my good friend B, and her husband, Bling tonight downtown for Meatball Madness, an event hosted by chefs from some of the best restaurants in NYC. Needless to say, this is a major, major food bomb. I need to get my lumpy butt to the gym tomorrow morning so I can work off all the good things that make a meatball so tasty.

Xoxo,
Fat Girl

Pop Champagne

In the words of Jim Jones…

“Pop Champagne,
Ain’t a damn thing change,
Spray it in the air,
Make it champagne rain, ha!”

Pop Champagne!

So this year I am “making it champagne rain” in Newport, RI with my best friend from high school, B, and her fiance – let’s call him Bling since he laid a massive a rock on her skinny ring finger and has a great personality that sparkles more than bling. We all wanted to bust out of the circus that swallows NYC on NYE every year.

Doing New Year’s once in your lifetime in Manhattan is fun, but in my humble opinion, that’s really all you need, as it is really just the same headache every year. For all those fun-loving ladies and gents out there who are willing to freeze on the cobble stone streets of meat-packing waiting for cabs at 4:00 am – more power to ya – I’m just too old and tired and lazy to muster up that kind of motivation for a crowded club where it’s insanely hard to lay my fat lips on a glass of champagne that I prepaid $100 – $300 for weeks ago.

So, this year, as mentioned earlier, I’m ringing in the New Year like a 90-year-old woman with the boyfriend and our good friends Bling & B. We are driving up to Newport, RI with four bottles of bubbly in toe and a selection of five artisan cheeses, some crackers, some old school hits on a CD mix I will create later this evening, and a few board games. B and I were Taboo champs in high school – as we battled it out with other nerds at HTHS (High Technology High School – top rated -according to U.S. News and World Report- public high school for geeks that would be stuffed in lockers at normal high schools) during our lunch period. Hopefully B and I still got our bone-crushing Taboo game and we will polverize the boys.

We are staying at 41 North, a cute new hotel very close to all the Newport Mansions, which we are planning on touring on New Year’s day. Anyway, I plan on fully enjoying myself this weekend – no worries about how many points or calories are in a glass of champagne or in my entrees at dinner – I will hit the gym hard today, tomorrow and Friday and vow to try to continue to do so in the New Year.

Xoxo,
Fat Girl