Italian at Heart

It’s a dreary, rainy day in New York today. Usually I am bummed out on days like today, but sometimes it is really nice to cozy up with a hot cup of tea, some good reading, a comfy blanket and just take the day off 🙂 At least that’s what I am planning on doing!  That is, if my computer doesn’t suck me back in, as it tends to do.

I’m still figuring out the ol’ camera and uploading to wordpress process, but still wanted to share some good eats with you even if it wasn’t my actual lunch today.  One of my fav’s actually- 2 slices of toasted Ezekiel sesamie sprouted grain bread with1/4 cup ricotta, red sauce (Trader Giotto’s, love it!) and a side salad.  So simple, really easy, and surprisingly delicious.  I usually always accompany my meals with a cup of skim as well.

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Looking at these pics is making me hungry, again 😛

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I am by no means a vegetarian, but am finding that I am leaning more and more in that direction as I get older.  I do love a good burger or spaghetti and meatballs every once in a while so I don’t think I will ever take the plunge completely, but you will most likely see veggie and seafood meals from me the majority of the time.

Time to get cozy and kick back till spin at 5:30…



Last week, the dude (aka the boyfriend) and I checked out a great little Italian restaurant in our neighborhood called Carino.  It’s the small, hole-in-the-wall type of place you would assume at first glance is a family run, BYO with amazing dishes and a warm atmosphere. ..and it did not disappoint.  I wish I had more pictures (or any, for that matter) to document the evening.  Sorry about that!  We did however bring our leftovers home, which I made into a wonderful salad the next day.  Check it out:

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This would be greens, grape tomatoes, and grilled zucchini and yellow squash (grill pans are a New Yorker’s lifesaver) topped with my red snapper leftovers and the dude’s seafood risotto (calamari rings and various other clams and shellfish right on the salad, and a little risotto on the side).  I also had a cup of skim on the side- gotta get those three serving of dairy!

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I really do love almost all seafood, but I gotta admit, I’m not the biggest fan of having it cooked into my pasta/risotto or even soups/chowders.  It just gets to be too fishy, even for me.

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