Fire House

Thursday morning was an earlyyy one – alarm went off at 6:25am. I stumbled out of bed and groggily made my way to the subway platform (stopping for at the coffee cart first , of course!). I had a doctor’s appointment at 8am, so there was no time to waste. All went well with my appointment and I actually made it to the office 30 minutes early. As I got caught up on emails, breakfast was eaten: 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1/4 cup dried cranberries, and Heritage Grains flakes.


Work. Work. Work. Trying to be productive. Anyone else notice that there motivation dwindles as the weekend draws closer?? At lunchtime I  braved the very cloudy skies to return some library books. The library is about a 15 minute walk from my office building – it felt good to stretch my legs! Let me just say – The New York Public Library is the best deal ever!! I’m a pretty quick reader, so it doesn’t make too much sense for me to spend $15 on a book I’ll finish in a week or so. Hooray for free books!

I returned the following:

Next Up: Wally Lamb’s The Hour I First Believed

Lunch was my usual cafeteria salad:


  • romaine, carrots, onions, mushrooms
  • ~1/3 cup Pinto & Black Bean Salad
  • Feta cheese
  • whole grain croutons
  • 1 Tbs balsamic vinaigrette
  • Spoonful of pesto pasta salad (with fresh mozzarella!)
  • Some leftover roasted beets

After some meetings I decided to break out my peanut butter cookie lara bar. How can dates + peanuts + salt taste so amazing?!! I love that these count as a whole serving of fruit. This photo is prettier than the one I took (thanks  for the photo!)


I made it through the rest of the afternoon and then headed to my gym for a spinning class.

I warmed up with 20 minutes on the elliptical and then made my way over the the cycling studio. To avoid bothering my hamstring, I kept the resistance low and focused on a fast cadence (turnover). I finished up with some ab work and foam rolling. After pedaling my heart out, I was very ready for din-din. A refreshing shower and a short subway ride later, Nate and I landed at the Fire House Tavern on the Upper West Side. I love this place! I came here with my mom, sister, Nate, and Hannah after running my first marathon – NYC Marathon 2008!


Check out the cool firehouse-themed decor:


Nate had requested Friday off of work, so he started the weekend early and enjoyed a Geary’s Pale Ale. I had a few sips – I liked it! I was worried it would be too bitter (like an IPA), but it was very smooth.

Geary's Pale Ale

Taking a sip




For my entree, I ordered the veggie burger platter. I love the veggie burgers at Firehouse! I could see actual pieces of edamame, carrots, and peas in my burger. To make it a little healthier, I ate my burger without the top of the bun (white bread = empty carbs) and used ketchup/hot sauce instead of cheese or mayo. I also gave my coleslaw to Nate (he’s a bigger fan of it than I am). I made quite a few healthy swaps, but I still ate all of my waffle  fries. Love them!

veggie burger

Close up of my plate – topped with iceburg lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a pickle.

up close

When we got back to my place, I broke out the extra special treat I snagged from the cafeteria at work: a piece of Reese’s peanut butter cup pie! Thank goodness I have someone to share desserts with – this was very rich. But OMG delicious!

Reese's pb cup pie

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Happy Friday!!


8 Responses

  1. haha – we asked the same question today! Mine is a split between Indian and Mexican but I love thai too! Argh, so many to choose from!

    Your cafeteria salads always look so good woman! And waffle fries? Amazing. I was also loving the fry-action last night!

    And by the way…you and nate are adorable!

  2. Mmmm Larabars are so seriously good. I’m in love.

    I also love the public library, my county here in WA has a library system and I love their online functionality so I can place holds on books, renew my checkouts, and see where I am on the hold list. :)

    I loved the Queen of Babble series too. :)

  3. mmmmm that pie. oh my.

    Cheesy is my middle name. Thank you for asking.

  4. Yum! That burger looks so good!! I am a big fan of Mexican and Chinese though I try to eat it in small doses. Oh, and I LOVE Italian food. :-)

  5. How was American Wife, Megs? If’s been on my list. Maybe I’ll pick it up when I finish Mansfield Park.

  6. I love the library!!! I am a fiend for books. Of course, I miss living in Boston, where I had access to so much reading. I live in a smaller town now, down in Florida. The library here is so teeny, tiny. :-( I still go and still check out lots of books – but since there’s so much I want to read that they don’t have, I have had to buy a lot of books.

    And your eats look yum!!

  7. Oooooh Italian food is the best!

  8. I just read This Hour I First Believe by Wally Lamb too! At first I really liked the book but then I felt like it dragged on and on.

    Fire House Tavern is such a fun place ( I live pretty close to it) and it’s a great place to meet up with friends:)

    In terms of my favorite cuisine it would definitely be Japanese!!! In second place would either be Indian or Greek.

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