It’s the Friday before I jet off to California tomorrow. Friends, family, reduced ironman training (I’m committing to 3 sessions only)…it will be nice. Started the weekend with a trip to Arepas Cafe in Queens to meet up with Kelly and Michael. The common connection is Team in Training, and Michael and I were co-captains of the Bloomberg team. I’ve been here a few times with my work team. Started with the cachapa, which has a sweeter corn outside, then moved on to my Mami of Venezuelan pork, avocado and white cheese.
White Sangria and the magic green sauce. Kelly told me that the green sauce in the squirt bottle is well known in all Venezuelan places. It’s delicious and I can put it on anything. I first had it at Venezuelan Beach Food in Norwalk, CT. That was the tag line under the actual name, but that’s what stuck.
And now I’m home, I’m packing, and I’m ready to fly west!
For all the fun and fancy things I find to eat, there is nothing like a PB&J pre bike ride. I think I’ve finally gotten the exact components that work for the long haul:
- Trader Joe’s sprouted bread: nice balance of fiber and protein. I like the texture.
- Trader Joe’s boysenberry: I like the seeds and it’s a little tart, but sweet
- Jif creamy peanut butter: The Tj’s unsalted is usually my go to. But the manufactured aspect of the big brands means it’s good for the long ride. The PB doesn’t get all messy (when I decide to pack a sandwich and stick it in in the bento box on the bike). I’m working through a container of Skippy this week and think the Jif is sweeter. So Jif is the new go-to. Can you tell I like the sweet side of life?
I eat one every Saturday morning. Sometimes I toast the bread if I’m pulling 2 slices out of the freezer. And I’m off! I did notice the bread gets a little “crunchy” after 3 hours of being wrapped in a paper towel if I bring one on the bike.
I have a little bit of an “in” with the Savory Pie Guy. They make a hand held Australian-type savory pie (I hate to say pot pie). If you’ve been to NYC (or Australia), maybe you’ve seen the Pie Face chain.Just 15-20 minutes in the oven and you’re done! We had the Over the Moon (steak and mushroom) and the King & I (red thai curry chicken). Great crust, great flavor. Very filling. Not the healthiest thing, but worth the splurge.
It’s the annual Mad Square Eats on a little triangle near Madison Square Park. Got a call from my guy who was already there, so dropped off the work stuff at home and headed over for some dinner.
It was packed! I think it’s an after work go-to for some areas businesses like Credit Suisse. We started with 2 brisket sandwiches from Mahem & Stout. Mine was topped with blueberry siracha and pickled onions.
The we shared some chicken wings of the Bon Chon variety (really crispy) at Hong Kong Street Food…
And then ice cream from Dream Scoops. Mark knows the proprietor so we got a free cone. And it was so good, we went back for a 2nd (and paid). Tried salted caramel, milk & cookies and dark chocolate. I’m not going to feel guilty about this either, we have a 2 hour preview of the Mont Tremblant bike course on the computerized bike trainers on Saturday. Just fueling up!
Check it out: Mad Square Eats