Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Eats & Cuteness ~ February 24th

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I appreciate them! I've still been depressed and not feeling well lately, so really some of the only times I "eat" are when I go out to get food I really like. I basically survive off of Naked Juice and Odwalla Juice because it's one of the only things I can stomach. (I think my hormones are still screwed up from those damn birth control pills I quit taking a month ago now.) Anyways, here are some of my eats over the past few days...

My parents took me out to my favorite Italian restaurant Sunday night for another birthday dinner. We went to I Tre Merli Bistro in the West Village. (This was my greatest restaurant find in the past year... everyone I take here is blown away by it!)

I got my favorite, penne alla vodka! :)


I went to Dang Lai Palace earlier this week too... this was my first vegetarian asian restaurant find, because I used to live up the block from this place on 3rd Ave. when it opened back in 2007 (this restaurant was the "replacement" for Zen Palette that closed in Union Square, which was terrific-- the one on 9th Ave., not so much). But now since I've discovered so many other places (like Wild Ginger, Qi Asian Eatery, Sea Thai Bistro, etc.), this place seems only mediocre at best.

Their taro spring rolls aren't really that good in comparison to what I'm used to now!


I got their wonton soup, which is good, although the wontons are tiny!


Their steamed veggie dumplings though, for some reason I could barely stomach! The coating is just too thick and it almost has an aftertaste. Wild Ginger's steamed veggie dumplings have spoiled me forever!


Still, they have some of the most delicious cheesecake I've ever had, which is reason enough to go! It's just so creamy!


Later on that day I went to Jamba Juice to get a smoothie. I like to get the "aloha pineapple" one, without bananas (because I can't stand them!). I always get the free "immunity boost" added to it (which can't hurt, especially with the weather we've been having in NY!).


Today I wasn't feeling well again (headache and whatnot), so I didn't end up eating until later this afternoon. I was out and decided to go to the Spice in Union Square-- big mistake! The place was PACKED. Not a single table and people were actually waiting in line to get them. So I decided to just have what I wanted delivered to my apartment. They took forever and I was starving, but I am addicted to their food, so it's the price you have to pay I guess! lol

Peanut was all ready and waiting on the table when the food finally came!


I got their spring rolls...


and their broad rice noodles with tofu.


One of Peanut's favorite activities is getting the way of the refrigerator door when we open it! lol This is something he's been doing since he was a baby... I think it's an attention maneuver, and you know what? It works! He's so frigging cute!



And I'll leave you with more cuteness... here's a picture I came across on MSN today... a kitten that's befriended a squirrel! :)


P.S. ~ Does anyone know what happened to Taylor's Joy of Food blog or the Peanut Butter Bliss one? I feel so out of the loop when blogs just disappear! :(

15 comments:

Maggie said...

I used to go to Zen Palette in Princeton! (NJ) It closed though :(

Tori said...

My baby brother has a habit of getting in the way of the frige door when it's open. We have to close it fast so he doesn't grab something or break it. Your cat just looks like he wants to chill. Haha get it? Chill? Nevermind....

Marina said...

Tori ~ That's really cute that your baby brother does the same thing as Peanut! lol

Gabriela said...

That Italian restaurant sounds great! I know I've walked by it, though I can't picture the exact location. My BF is an Italian lover, so I'll have to bring him there sometime! I love reading your blog because you always seem to find the best restaurants in NY! My cats always block the door when we're leaving for vacation and they see our suitcases- adorable but heartbreaking! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Marina said...

Gabriela ~ I Tre Merli Bistro is on West 10th St. by West 4th St. (off 7th Ave). I think your boyfriend will love it! That is adorable that your cats don't want you to go! No cat of mine has ever liked it when I get the suitcases out either! lol

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

aw that is adorable!!!!!!!!!! :)

you always make me crave spring rolls lol . have a great day tmrw!!

Andrea @Celery In The City said...

I hate when Union Square restaurants get too busy and packed :( It's my favorite part of the city to hang out in, but sometimes it can get intolerable. Ever been to Gustos on 14th and 6th??

Katheryn Wolf said...

I know it's weird but I used to have a pet squirrel!

Depressed and sick is no good :( lavender oil can be good for those kinds of things, but not everyone likes the smell.

Marina said...

Andrea ~ I live right by Gustos but haven't been yet! I've got to go one of these days!

crazylittlethingneela said...

i'm sorry to hear you're not feeling all to positivie but i can only reassure you that getting out of the house always makes things better for me. fresh air, new faces and being outside of the same old 4 walls makes a huge difference for me mentally

Christina said...

OH my gosh your cat is just the cutest!!!! Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a good one :)


xoxoxoxoxo

insideiamdancing said...

I never made it to Zen Palatte- there used to be one on the UWS that closed down and I kept meaning to go. When I lived in London, there was a whole bunch of vegetarian Oriental restaurants, but there is nothing in Scotland (except deep fried veggie haggis...yum...lol)

Hope you feel better soon! Send me an email and fill me in properly!

I was wondering why Taylor hadn't updated- didn't realise she had deleted her blog.

Katie said...

There used to be a Zen Palate on the upper west side... I've never been, though! Would love to go.

Where DID peanut butter bliss go?!

Healthy. Happy. Well. said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon! I love the pic with the squirrel. I couldn't stop laughing when I first saw it!

sophia said...

Oh my gosh, Peanuts is adorable, and I loved the last MSN picture too! I'm more of a cat person than a dog person.
Aw, too bad that asian restaurant wasn't as good as it could have been...how could they mess up vegetable dumplings?