Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

City Meet Up

I met Nadine in the city and we did a tour of all the floors at the 34th Street Macy's.
Then we went to Aunt Harrie's and out to lunch.  We went to a cute restaurant down the street and sat outside since it was such a nice day.  However, this restaurant didn't believe in serving any food.
My salad consisted of a few lettuce leaves, as did Aunt Harrie's.  Nadine did a little better ordering an egg dish.
 We met Aunt Harrie's park friend and his friend Molly in the park across the street from her apartment.


After we left Aunt Harrie we went uptown to meet Rich for dessert which made up for our tiny lunch.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday in OG

We went to a Halloween Party at WCC on Sunday.  First we had to stop at the store so Myles could get the shirt that went with his costume so Hunter, Tucker and I amused ourselves in the car.

Here we are at the party.



Saturday, October 23, 2010

Back in OG

We got back to the house around 1:20 AM and then had a full weekend. We went to Hunter's soccer game 
and then watched the 2 1/2 hour Tae Kwon Do ceremony where Myles got his yellow belt
video
and I played endless games of "war" with Tucker.
We played tennis, painted pumpkins, watched a movie and that was just Saturday.





Friday, October 22, 2010

More LA

This is the reason Greta went to LA.  She wanted to check out the billboards that were put up all around the area.
We took a tour of LA, Hollywood and the stars homes in Beverly Hills. I think it's less expensive to buy a house in Beverly Hills than Old Greenwich.   



At night we went to LA Live  and had Sushi at Katsuya

Before going home on Friday we drove to Santa Monica.  We were so lucky, after having a couple of cloudy days, the sun came out and it was a beautiful day.

We rented bikes and rode down to Venice and back.  In this picture I'm trying out the one that Greta got.  It was fun but you had to pedal more.  Coming back, the wind was right at us so we got a little workout.
We had lunch at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica and then headed back to the airport.  On the way home,  Business class on the plane was even better than going, at least as far as the meal.  We came home during dinner and I probably ate more points on that flight than I have for any meal since I started Weight Watchers in December.

We started with a glass of wine and a bowl of nuts - and that was just my portion of the nuts.
The next course had a roll, prosciutto and melon consomme and a salad.
Then filet cooked to perfection, bernaise sauce, mashed potatoes and grilled veggies - carrot, green beans and red onion.
And if that wasn't enough - a hot fudge sundae for dessert.
I doubt whether I will be flying business class again, so I didn't want to miss any of it.  We watched the rest of Date Night on the way back and then I started watching Sex and the City 2 but didn't have enough time to finish.  Had to get in my fill of "chick flix."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trip to LA

Greta and I left the house a little after 5:00 AM this morning to go to JFK for our trip to LA.  We got there by 6:00 so had plenty of time to check in, get coffee and just relax without having to do the usual frantic rushing.  We had business class seats.  Greta got hers from work and she used frequent flyer miles to get mine.  And just by chance, our seats were next to each other.
These pictures aren't that great because I took them with my iPhone and the lighting wasn't much, but I didn't want to look like I don't do business class every time I fly.
 We got our coffee before we boarded but Greta had a Mimosa on the plane before take-off.
 Here's Greta hard at work.  That agency messed up!!!
 Look at all the leg room.  Our seats had leg rests that raised like a lounge chair.  And we were given comforters and full size pillows.
 Not to forget about the DVD that came with more than a dozen movies.  I watched Letters to Juliet and Greta watched Up in the Air.  We started to watch Date Night but didn't have time to see the whole thing before we were going to land.   We can finish it on the way home.
 This was our breakfast and with real silverware not plastic
 And real mugs not paper cups
 For lunch we went to The Ivy.  Laura said it was THE place to go in LA.  I had looked it up online and it said the paparazzi are always around to spot celebs.  Our experience was very different than a lot of the reviews I read.  We went around noon and got in right away.  The staff was courteous and helpful and the food was delicious, albeit twice as much as it would cost somewhere else.  I had the roasted vegetable salad which is one of their signature items.  I was glad I asked for the dressing on the side, because it was better without it.  The flavor of the sauteed vegetables was delicious.
 
Greta got the swordfish tacos.  I'm glad I didn't get that because for sure it was too many points with that big cup of guacamole and all the beans and the rice not to mention the tortillas.  I'm sure I would have finished it all, it was also so good.
We checked into our hotel, the Westin Bonaventure in downtown LA.  We were on the 17th floor in the yellow section.  This hotel is the largest hotel in LA.  The next two photos are views from our room.

I downloaded an app for my iPhone that can find people when you want to take a picture of yourself or you and someone else.  This is a photo I did using that.
We stopped at the concierge desk and signed up for a tour for the next afternoon and found out about the Spa when asking about whether there was a hot tub or sauna in the hotel.  It turned out the Spa had a sauna and steam and the concierge gave us $15 discount coupons for it.  We went up there to see what they had available and it turned out we could get appointments for 6:15.  It was 5:30 so we went down to the bar and had wine and chex mix for dinner.

Greta got a Swedish massage and I got a Shiatsu Massage which is a "traditional Asian technique using moderate to strong finger pressure to work deep into the muscles and pressure points to relieve aches and stress.  I thought this would be good for my aches in my neck and lower back, and it was.  The girl who did it was tiny, 89 lbs, but so strong.  She even walked on my back!  Thank goodness she was only 89 lbs.  She said not just anyone can do this, you have to be small and know what you are doing.


Then we went in the sauna and back to our room and fell asleep.




Monday, October 18, 2010

Cook, cook, cook

Over the past couple of days I've cooked a lot of the recipes that I put in this blog. I'm going to put the pictures here, some comments and a link to the recipe page.
Since I'm going out of town tomorrow for over a week I probably feel a little guilty deserting Larry so I'm leaving him well stocked.
Yesterday I made the pork loin.  It was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!
http://dinnerbook.blogspot.com/2010/10/pork-loin-with-apples-and-prunes-recipe.html
I cooked it a little longer than I should have, must remember to check after 1/2 hour even though my piece of meat was twice the size of the recipe.  It didn't dry out but the apples were sort of like applesauce.  
Today I did make applesauce with a variety of apples and they looked so pretty in the pot.  The last time I made it I added blueberries to one batch and strawberries to another with the apples from our tree in back.  This time I just added some Splenda and cinnamon.
In addition to this fruit, yesterday I made a strawberry rhubarb bake.  No crust, no topping and with Splenda not sugar and some flour to keep it from getting runny it's very healthy.
Today I also made the pumpkin bread.  I added raisins in addition to the nuts to one loaf and it seemed to change the baking time by needing about 10 minutes more.  Maybe added extra moisture??  I calculated this out and for 18 slices per loaf each slice is only 3 WW points.   http://dinnerbook.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumpkin-nut-bread.html