September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
Autumn in NY
We all know what this season holds (at least for me); nostalgia for the smell and taste of pumpkin, spices, apples, pears, hot spiced cider (with rum, please), pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest, hay rides, farmer’s markets, pies, pumpkin carving, foliage rides to VT, steaming cups of soup, gourds, costumes, candles, candy corn, maple, fireplace scent, wood ovens, warm lattes, cool breezes, comfy blankets….but of course, what’s always on my mind is FOOD! It’s the time of year when I grab my coffee or hot chocolate, prance over to the local market and take in the sights: crisp Cortland apple, (my new find today were) the ginger golden apples, fresh tubers, legumes, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, gourds, fresh jams and jellies, home-made bread, local wine and cheese. This year I was lucky enough to be on vacation during this exciting time so I soaked it up, rallied the troops and headed to every fest I could think of. The farmer’s market is different. That’s my solo trip. It’s my time for peace and happiness, so I like to hit it up solo-style, save my coffee traveler.
(*swiped a 3 of these pics from google. You’re welcome, legal schmegels)
These are a few of our favorite things….right? So what the hell is a fitblogger supposed to do with all of these delicious fruits of nature around her? EAT! I walked around each little farm stand and local vendor. I had bits of camambert with a dab of blackberry jam on a fig cracker, two shmears of goat cheese on cracked wheat crackers, little taste of butternut squash soup (not even slightly impressive compared to a recipe i concocted). I didn’t bother counting my Bites, Licks, or Tastes here. There are some weeks when I just have to say no to counting everything and have a sane life. I obviously didn’t go over board, I know exactly what I was eating and how much, really, I do. I just wanted to have 20 min of joy with Fall’s bounty without feeling tied to eTools. So I did, and if it shows up on the scale, so be it. I’ll move forward.
I was stoked to run into a few old friends, had a cupcake with my folks, walked around the pond, listened to some folk music (I can’t lie. I didn’t enjoy even one second of this folk hell), took pictures with my crappy point and shoot because I was afraid to lug my Canon along – hence the terrible pictures, and just generally had a rockin’ time in the outdoors. I only have one gripe; I was pretty let down that there were not more local farmers. I know Honest Weight sponsored this, but they weren’t even selling fresh fruits or vegetables. They had samples but nothing fresh for purchase….odd and upsetting because I found a new apple variety that I would very much like to own 20 lbs of.
I’m worried about dinner tomorrow. I went out to an unplanned dinner with my family tonight (see review), didn’t eat very much although it was divine, didn’t go over board with points, but I’m at the end of the rope with weekly allowance points. I’m taking a friend out to dinner for his birthday and we happen to be going to a local restaurant that is gourmet to the max (lets do it together….noses in the air) and does not offer much in the way of healthy fare. I’ve been scouring the menu tonight trying to find something that’s healthy and won’t put me over my points for the week. IRISH FEST robbed me of my extra points. Despite keeping it very healthy with a chicken gyro (yeah, I had a friggin’ GREEK chicken gyro at IRISH FEST …what of it?!) I had enough wiggle room for fried dough and a much needed round of 3 light beers. I’m happy about that. I think. Regardless, I had a great time and took a much needed siesta.
What are you Fall favorites?