Whew, I have eaten a LOT today. . . and I have not felt so great in a long time! My day started off early with some very sore calves from yesterday’s run. They seem to be the only part of me that ever hurt after running. Downward dogs help to stretch them out a little, but other than that it seems like the only thing that works is time.
Walking dogs at the MSPCA in the morning helped to loosen my legs up a little. My heart was also completely warmed to find out that Solgie, a 12 year old pit bull gentle giant was adopted after living at the shelter for months! There are a lot of sad moments in animal rescue, but it is so worth it when you see them get adopted!
Once dog walking was over, I got started on my butternut squash, yam, coconut curry soup with caramelized onions which I will be finishing tomorrow. I just ran out of time today!
We spent the afternoon having an incredible family lunch. We picked up dessert at Joseph’s, an Italian bakery on K Street in South Boston. In addition to a full deli, Joseph’s offers cakes, breakfast Danishes, sandwiches, Italian cookies, gingerbread houses, tiny Italian honey balls called strufoli, and cannoli, which we we bought today.
Joseph’s has awesome baked goods. I have had their tiramisu, chocolate cake, and now their cannoli, and they are fresh and delicious. In my opinion, they are as good as the more famous and more expensive North End bakeries in Boston!
Lunch lasted for hours and was delicious and tons of fun! I sipped on Mondavi Chardonnay, a nice, crisp, fruity wine without any hint of the oaky taste that some Chards have. We started with shrimp cocktail, and I ate around ten shrimp. So good. Then we had a green salad with grape tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and a red wine vinaigrette.
The main course was a baked haddock with a shrimp and breadcrumb stuffing and cheesy scalloped potatoes. Everything was so flavorful and delicious. I love haddock, and this was flaky and buttery. The stuffing, full of sweet shrimp, onions, and bread. I finished off the meal with half of a cannoli, creamy, chocolatey bliss.
I got to see five of my nieces today as well. They range in age from one and a half to nine years old, and they are adorable. Christmas is so much more fun with kids around!
Just a few hours after lunch, we were scheduled to have dinner with our friend at Myers + Chang. I have eaten at Myers + Chang MANY times, and have written a few posts on it:
Its kind of fun to see how, while still not great, my photography is better than it used to be!
We arrived at Myers + Chang in the pouring rain tonight at around 7 only to find it PACKED. Luckily we got a table, but we weren’t super hungry so we had just a few things. I started with a toasty Butternuts Moo Stout. We split an order of fresh rolls filled with tofu, mint, and crunchy veggies with a spicy peanut chili sauce, lemony shrimp dumplings, one of my favorite foods on earth, and a round of fresh oysters with a spicy Thai mignonette. We also got a Thai ginger chicken salad which we packed to go. Amazingly enough, after eating all of that food today I am hungry again! I really need to be better at listening to my runner’s appetite. I don’t not eat on purpose, but I definitely underestimate how much it takes to keep me going! That leads to a cranky, tired, and unproductive Meghan!
I wish I had taken photos of my delicious food throughout the day, but I got caught up in things and was too busy enjoying the company to stop to photograph everything I ate!
I am pretty tired after such a busy day and am off to have some hot chocolate and some time with my husband. I’ll be back tomorrow with a new soup recipe AND the winner of the Sur le table giveaway. If you haven’t entered, I decided to extend the contest until tomorrow, so be sure to mention it on your blog or on Twitter. Too tired to choose a winner tonight!
Enjoy every last second of the weekend, and have a fantastic Monday!