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Tax Season = Inevitable Weight Gain…o_O!

February 19, 2008

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For the past month, I’ve been eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at work. The audit team I’m currently on is a small group, just four of us, and luckily we all get along very well! :) D, B, R, and I spend more time with each other than anyone else these days, bonding over financial statements, excel documents and the fax machine.

And of course we eat.

Food is the main topic of our daily discussions, and yes, it’s great fortune that we all bring to the table different viewpoints on food. It’s always quite interesting to hear different perspectives on food, eating, and dessert. R eats for health (his vices are but few: Coke, Chips Ahoy, and Haagen Dazs). D has the most self control of us all when it comes to eating – often times it seems that she’s the only one who is able to find sane compromise between indulgence and moderation. As for B and I? Well let’s just say that we fall prey to whimsy and favour indulgences far over moderation ;)

What have we been eating so far this week?

Monday:

An egg salad sandwich from Mangia, heavy on the dill. I felt some strange urge to add curry powder, but alas, a thorough search of the client’s kitchen pantry proved fruitless. Next time I must remember to ask them to add tomatoes to my sandwich…and maybe slices of avocadoooooo? hehe.

A simple caesar salad to go with my sandwich, but of course, my mind was on dessert as I munched away on my weekly intake of greens.

All possible health benefits I may have obtained from the salad (not that I believe there were many…or any for that matter ;), were gladly cancelled out with a decadent chilled slice of ricotta cheesecake. Simple vanilla sponge base, with a creamy, spoon-soft ricotta based top, too sweet for my tastes, but oh man, love, love, love the texture.

And because I always like a bit of salty either with, or after sweets, I more than willingly partook in B’s broccoli and cheddar quiche. B and I sit but a foot away from one another in the audit room (the team shares one massive conference table), and often share our lunches…never say ‘no’ to an opportunity to share or taste something different :)

For dinner that night, we all craved burgers and placed an order to P.J. Clark’s just a few blocks from us on 3rd Avenue. Band D went with normal sized burgers, while D did a chicken sandwich. I had my eye on the mini cheeseburgers and was quick to decide on the three mini cheeseburgers, done rare, with bubble & squeak

I nabbed some of D’s onion strings from her massive, and I mean massive, side order…

…and topped off my mini cheeseburgers, yay! :) The bubble & squeak turned out to be a pan fried potato pancake, nary a hint of vegetables. As for the cheeseburgers? Delicious, yes! Soggy bottom bun though, but I’m a fan of soggy buns, hehe.

Tuesday:

We kicked off the day with the usual milk and cereal, and by the time lunch time rolled around I had an unexplainable burrito craving. Of course, I had to go about and carrying on my cravings like a delicious disease and soon, B and R also wanted burritos. So we all ordered the exact same dish from Mama Mexico, the burritos norteños. The menu wasn’t very clear, and we expected one big burrito a la Chipotle, so we were surprised to find two skinny burritos rolled with shredded chicken and green peppers in a mild red sauce. A smatter of fresh guacamole on the side, and where, where in the worlddid the rice and beans go?

Ahhh, well it turns out that the rice & corn with black beans comes on the side, in a completely separate container. A re-construction your own burrito I suppose! :)

And because I can never ever get enough of sour cream, I ordered a side of sour cream. The ‘side’ turned out to be a massive tub of white bliss! Oh goodness, I get weak in the knees at the sight of sour cream, and it took many urgent demands on the part of D that I “better not finish it cause (I) may get a heart attack.” Hehe. But sour cream is sooo goood!!

Dinner tonight was not so awesome…which is a bit sad cause I can usually count on Mangia to deliver both quality food at a highly efficient speed. My rigatoni with veal ragu was tired looking with the tiniest nidbits of ‘veal ragu’, scary bits of pale brown ‘meat’ in a watered down tomato sauce/juice, if you could even call it such a thing.

But alas, dessert saved the day, as we can often count on it to do! Tonight it was the walnut brownie. D first turned me on to the Mangia brownies, as all of us on the audit team have a strange fascination with sampling all the brownies throughout Manhattan’s midtown. (We’re still working on it – there are plenty of brownies to go though :)

Mangia does insanely delicious brownies, easily the best I’ve had in midtown, including this sour cherry studded version pictured above.

But my favourite of their brownies will forever remain the cream cheese brownie, a tall creature with a wonderful 1:1 ratio of cream cheese top to brownie base. Luxurious is the right word, you must let the brownie come to room temperature (they deliver it chilled – if I’m really desperate, I put it near the heater ^_^) till the cream cheese is softened just so. Take a spoon, fork, or heck, use your fingers (just make sure not to get the financial statements dirty!) and sink it all the way down, taking in the soft creamy mouthful melting into mild dark base, it is of the fudgy breed, devilish I dare say!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you tonight! Hope everyone is having a delicious week! :)

Mangia
16 E 48th St
NY, NY 10017
(212) 754-7600

P.J. Clark’s
915 3rd Ave
NY, NY 10022
(212) 317-1616

Mama Mexico
214 E 49th St
NY, NY 10017
(212) 935-1316



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