Monday, April 30, 2012

Freshman year, almost complete!

Only one more week of class here in NYC. Finals after that, then I go home to have surgery and live in California again. Studying, last minute projects, and stress are looming over me but I still find ways to enjoy myself. I honestly haven't been cooking much, since I have to use the last of my meal swipes. I've occasionally been making soup, but besides that it's pre-made food for me! I also am allowing myself free reign of my bank account, to buy any food that I can't find elsewhere in the world. Meaning, go out to eat, or order take out at restaurants I still have yet to try, or love to death. Here are a few pictures of that :)

vegan gluten free mac and cheese from s'mac! yum!

bundt cake and vanilla ice cream, shared with some of my Jewish Fellowship friends

cashew and oat waffles with caramelized apples and maple syrup
I've been to The Cinnamon Snail truck before, but man oh man these gluten free waffles took the cake. They don't look that good from the picture, but they were just absolutely amazing. Oats and cashews blended and cooked, with amazingly sweet but not fakely sweet apples, and pure maple syrup. There was no added sugar in this, only maple syrup and agave. Perfect, beautiful, and something I'll have to re create.

Yesterday after I rode with the ladies from WE Bike, I still felt like moving. Since I didn't have a ton of homework, I decided to stroll around Tribeca (a neighborhood of NYC below Houston and on the West side) and explore.

Pretty area, glad I got to see it before I head back to CA. The other thing to do before I leave is see all 5 boroughs, which I will on Sunday when I ride the 5 boro tour with my team. So excited! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Upstate New York

My mom had work this past week in Rochester, so I went up to meet her on Thursday after class. I've been to upstate New York once in my life, and it was beautiful. This trip met those same standards. Thursday night I met my mom and three of her co-workers at The Owl House for dinner, but our real fun started Friday morning. 

This post is mostly pictures, so I hope you enjoy it. This weekend was great and I really enjoyed hiking and seeing nature, especially since it was in Upstate NY. My mom picked perfect places to hike, and it was great to get away from dorm life for awhile. Counting down the days till I get a single room again! 

Friday morning- Rochester

view from our hotel- GREEN!

my lunch- bbq tempeh with greens on gluten free bread

my moms lunch- pesto veggie sandwich 

On the way to Ithaca- so green!

Friday afternoon- Taughannock Falls, Ulysses, NY

we hiked 4.5 miles- AMAZING

the canyon

mom hiking!

happy in NY

the falls!

this fall is taller than Niagra Falls, and the tallest in the Northern Hemisphere

sunny, green, and happy!


Friday night- Ithaca, NY

Moose Wood for dinner!

my curry vegetable dish from Moose Wood. delicious!
Saturday Morning- Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca NY

Mom and I went on another hike today, at the Buttermilk Falls.  

Ithaca from the overlook point

we climbed up countless amounts of steps on this hike, although it was great

nature :)

there were five falls throughout the hike- all beautiful


Lake Tremain at the halfway point of our hike. After this it started to pour :(

Saturday Afternoon and Night- lunch and touring more of Ithaca

where my Mom and Dad lived in Ithaca!! 

Cornell Campus... what! so pretty!

dirt, on the campus!

falls on the campus! Cornell is so pretty!

Lake Cayuga in the rain. I stayed in the car while mom explored since it was pouring 

Sunday Morning- saying goodbye to Ithaca and returning to Rochester

vegan, gluten free waffles. Oh man... :)

High Falls in Rochester, very cold!