4-Mile Run for Haiti/ Special Surprise

by Ada on February 21, 2010

Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a great weekend. I had a fabulous day today, I’m just bummed that it’s over already.
Friday afternoon my friend and I had lunch at Symposium, an intimate Greek restaurant located near campus. We split the Symposium Salad which contains an assorted array of Greek spreads along with stuffed grape leaves and warm pita bread.

Friday night my amiga Daniella came over to watch the Spanish movie Mar Adentro, since we have an essay due Monday about it. The movie concerns the ethical debate over euthanasia and about a quadriplegic man’s attempt at legalizing it. Cheerful stuff for a Friday night, no?

To lighten up the mood I popped up a bag of popcorn using the kernels and a brown paper bag.
The movie was not my favorite (a bit too slow paced for me) though it did raise some fascinating ethical issues. I personally believe that there are situations when euthanasia should be allowed (such as if a person is terminally ill and experiencing a ton of pain) but I am staunchly against the death penalty. What are your thoughts on euthanasia or the death penalty?
After our uplifting evening we headed to Tenzan around 8:30PM for some dinner. My friend is from Rhode Island and this was one of her first soirees into the realm of Japanese cuisine. We began with some simple steamed shumai (shrimp dumplings)
And a vegetable appetizer containing assorted veggies sauteed in a Japanese broth
I did not want to simply plunge her into hard core raw fish so we sampled some milder options on the sushi spectrum. We ordered three rolls which included the rainbow roll (California roll topped with sashimi), a spicy tuna crunch roll, and a sweet potato tempura roll. She thoroughly enjoyed all three of the rolls. Success!
Afterwards I brought her to The Lite Choice, since I have all those great coupons courtesy of Claudia. I ordered a small cup of banana pudding flavor, which was so creamy and delicious.
I was glad we consumed a good dinner tonight since today I had the big 4 Mile Run for Haiti in Central Park. The run was organized in 18 days as a fundraiser to aid in relief efforts. 10,000 people participated in the event, raising a grand total of 400,000 dollars!!!
Many of the Tri Team members were participating, so we met up beforehand near the race start.
Bianca and moi:
Los hombres:
A big thanks to Matt for watching all our gear!
Overall the race went really well, and I finished in 26.03 minutes, or a 6:30 per mile pace. It’s funny that my pace was exactly 6:30 and not 6:32 or something. Overall I came in seventh for females and second in my age group. I was pretty bummed about getting second in my age group, since I got beat by a seventeen year old!
My friend kindly came to cheer me on and afterwards we headed to the Upstairs Cafe at Fairway Market, which offers an extensive menu of delicious brunch items. I used to go here frequently but, unfortunately, the quality has seriously deteriorated. We split a smoked salmon omelet with an everything bagel
And a bowl of fresh fruit with granola and Greek yogurt. The portion of eggs was exceedingly small and the granola bowl contained no fresh fruit besides the mere sprinkling of blueberries. It also contained WAY too much granola and barely any yogurt.
We also meandered into The Lite Choice on 96th St, and happened to run into the lovely Claudia. She was so kind and gave us some cones to enjoy on our walk uptown. I had a wafer cone with chocolate mint and vanilla flavors. Holy yum! The mint flavor was spot on, a perfect commingling of mint and chocolate.
Afterwards I headed to my friend’s lab, where I was greeted by a huge box
But what on Earth could be inside???
Please ignore the horrific photo of me, and instead focus on my gorgeous bike!!!! Holy amazingness, this bike is such a beauty! My friend really wants me to compete in the NYC Tri and is lending me the bike until I save up enough to buy it. How sweet is that??? Any suggestions on what I should name the stud mobile?
Later on we walked from campus down to Columbus Circle and I bought a pair of bike shoes at the lowest price imaginable (I got EXTREMELY lucky!). It was so nice to just walk around and enjoy the nice weather.
Later on I was working on my Spanish essay when the Madre invited me to Tenzan with her and her amigo. Even though I had Tenzan last night, I am never one to turn down sushi;)
Her amazing amigo Ned:
We ironically began with the same exact appetizers as last night, shumai
and the vegetable appetizer
If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
For our entree we shared an assortment of rolls including the yellow roll, the dancing eel roll, and the red lady roll. All were good beyond words.
I also had a huge hunk of ginger I requested on the side:)
For dessert I made a Magnolia run and returned with peppermint ice box cake
And a slice of Snicker’s Pie.
Peanut butter and chocolate. I think I’ve said enough.
I hope everyone had a great Saturday and is enjoying the brief preview of Spring!

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openid February 21, 2010 at 2:17 am

So much food(as in, real food that's not dessert) is making me drool here. That does NOT happen often. I need to hit up the big city if it's this rich in fish

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marathonmaiden February 21, 2010 at 2:29 am

maybe not for a friday night but that movie does sound really interesting and thought provoking.

per usual great eats. i want to take a trip to NYC and just eat everything you do :)

you have a really awesome friend. that bike looks sick!!

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Marina February 21, 2010 at 3:36 am

Snickers pie?! I had that once at a restaurant in the Hamptons and it was the most amazing dessert I ever had! I say this every time I'm on your blog, but I seriously need to go to Magnolia's! Congrats on the run! :)

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Shannon, Tropical Eats February 21, 2010 at 4:47 am

ahhh very nice bike!!!! Great run in the park :) and that greek spread looks absolutely delish.. it haves me craving a big greek salad lol

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Gabriela February 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I love the double sushi weekend! And two froyo trips, too…I need to start eating more like you! So exciting about the bike and run. You've had an active weekend! I really need to try something at Magnolia other than cupcakes- those treats look great :) Enjoy your Sunday!

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cward151 February 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I love that seeing the vast array of delicious sushi and Japanese fare on your blog. It's easily one of the leanest, healthiest, brain-boosting traditional diets out there. Eel= melt in mouth scrumptious.

Congrats on the incredible race stats as well as scoring the low-priced cycling shoes! Best of luck with your tri training!

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Cole February 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Sweet bike! And all of those desserts look sooo amazing.

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lizzy February 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

yaaa lite choice, and DELICIOUS pie/cake (i can't tell but they both look amazing!) awesome bike! I'm just getting into road biking too (i guess it's the season!) I went for my first fast-long ride and am now hooked! I loveeee your bike, your friend is so awesome to let you borrow for the time being! Have you done any Tri's yet? I'm debating signing up for one..I hope you're having a great weekend chica! xoxo!

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K from ksgoodeats February 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Sweet potato sushi AND TLC?! That sounds like a great evening! Well done on your race – sorry you got 2nd but that's still something to be proud of! Stud mobile – hahah, love it!

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Katie February 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Sweet potato sushi is my favorite!

CONGRATS ON THE RACE! You are a speed demon! I'm so proud of you, Ada.

Holy bike! Maybe Madeleine, like the Decemberists song? Or… Lionel. I love that name!

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Congrats on the awesome race time! And your Magnolia goodies are making me wayyy jealous. Love that place :-)

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Maya February 23, 2010 at 3:42 pm

That is a CRAZY good race time! Congrats!

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