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I’ve been trying to be active. I’ve been running races, but I’m definitely not as active as I was, say… around 4 years ago? It’s sort of a sore point, getting older and just being aware of how hard it is to maintain your body. I’ve over-indulged COMPLETELY. I don’t know where my iron-clad discipline went.

I’m taking this whole year to gear up to thinking of myself as 30/30-something. I’ve had 10 years to get used to my 20s. I know that’s quite dramatic, but it’s true. And let me clarify to say that I don’t feel sad or anxious about it. It’s the problem I always have. When I turned 17 over 10 years ago, for half of that, I still thought of myself as 16. I forget. I also forget to write “2011” sometimes. Ridiculous, right? Most days I don’t even know what date it is.

This is all coming out because I just celebrated a birthday. A really nice birthday, I would have to say. I usually never celebrate it. The prior year was very lame and kind of annoying (because I was being a brat and the boy just hung out with me at home – he wanted to go out, but I was insistant on sulking at home). But this year, I had everyone come out to a local bar with TONS of craft beer, ate some great friend oyster po boys and fried pickles, and got high by the end of the night. Glorious. And this is really all I need. That and an icecream maker, which I received. So my birthday was quite perfect… well almost. I went to a DISAPPOINTING restaurant on the actual date of my birthday. And my mother missed out on that. What’s up with that? But, I think I’m still winning (via Charlie Sheen, of course), so it’s all good.

So… can’t complain?

Anyway, back to the running… Race-wise, I’m down 5, 6 if you count this weekend. I just have until the 3rd 10k in June until I’m qualified for the Marathon if I stay on schedule.

Oh yeah, and I finally got the funny 5 fingered barefoot running shoes. I’ve ran a few times/miles with them and it’s very different.

So yes, Fette Sau, this is definitely a place to visit if you were in NYC. This is not a place you order sides… if anything, I hear their beans are DELICIOUS. I wouldn’t know, because by the time we ordered around 6-7pm, they were all out for the night. Nothing there is really vegetarian, and what I ended up getting was a huge mound of pulled pork, sausage links, and pork cheeks. There were also brisket… and I unfortunately missed out on smoked pulled pork belly. I also had lots of beer and bourbon. Yes.


Following, we went to Barcade, where the walls are lined with old school arcade games – all for a quarter.

(you see that girl right there? she is the champion of Ms. Pacman!)

The next day, on my actual birthday, I went to Spice Market. It’s like Thai Vietnamese fusion in a beautiful cushioned atmosphere, complete with beautiful lanterns and kettles… that just added to it’s elegance. The food was quite good. Lige kept telling me about Spice Market, the few times she went. I especially enjoyed the fried crab salad and the fried onion salad. I also had the fried cod (mmm… I see a pattern?)


I think my life these days have been dictated by food. Right before I went to Germany (the day before I left), I got to go to Hakata Ippudo – this new Japanese ramen place that just opened up. Apparently the Ippudo chain in Japan is known far and wide… And my gosh this is delicious. This still does not beat Tontoro in Kagoshima (and I hear there is a place in NJ in Mitsuwa that has this…). I love these greasy succulent pork broth dishes SO much. They are THE best. I am delighted at this discovery. I just went back there for lunch yesterday with Ryan, and we were so pleased with the lunch set, which includes a pork over rice donburi dish for an extra $3 (and pickes!!)

Sigh. There is so much good food in the City, I think I will burst.