For New Year's Eve, my boyfriend and I travelled up to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where my good friends Lauren and Matt live. Spending New Year's Eve together is becoming a tradition of sorts, and with the addition of their two adorable kittens, the weekend was a lot of fun. We even managed to eat relatively well, even though the weekend involved alcohol and rich New Year's foods.
Mike and I took the train from New Jersey to Providence on New Year's Eve day. We were both equipped with some reading and we picked up some decent food to eat on the way- food en route is always so difficult! We had bagels (which aren't the most nutrient rich food, of course, but are portable and delicious), some sliced apples, and granola bars, and we were satiated enough for the five hour train ride. I read the February issue of Yoga Journal (my first ever!) and plowed through I Could Love You, a book by William Nicholson.
I'm only realizing now that I probably should have taken pictures of all the food we ate this weekend, because Lauren and Matt did their best to ensure that we were exposed to the best food that Rhode Island has to offer. Sadly, I have no photographs, but I'll do my best to create our meals out.
After our train got in, Lauren and Matt hustled us to Vintage, which is, as they describe it, "the most classy restaurant in Woonsocket." We were lucky to get a table, as it seemed they were nearly booked up with New Year's Eve reservations even when we arrived around 5pm. Mike and I split a poached pear and goat cheese salad, which was really delicious. The pears were succulent and purple, and were complemented divinely by a walnut-encrusted chevre, as most things are. For my main course I ordered sweet potato gnocchi with red peppers and arugala in a champagne vinaigrette. Sounds amazing, I know, but sadly my gnocchi were way underdone and pretty close to raw. I probably should have sent them back, but I always have trouble getting up the gumption to make such a bold complaint, especially my first time at a restaurant... Fortunately, everyone else really enjoyed their meals and we went on our merry New Year's Eve way.
We had a pretty quiet "big night" that involved me being in bed by 1am! The next morning we played with the kittens, went for a nice long walk past some beautiful houses in the gorgeous weather, and decided to get sushi for dinner at Lauren and Matt's favorite sushi place in Providence, Sakura. I tend to consider myself somewhat of a sushi connaisseur, since I've been eating it since a very young age, and Sakura definitely did not disappoint. There was a large selection of both traditional and more creative choices, and the fish was as fresh as the best sushi I've ever had, for a much cheaper price. I also had a delicious scoop of palate-cleansing green tea ice cream to top off my meal. Sakura comes highly recommended!
Today, before seeing us off at the train station, Lauren and Matt took us to Trinity, a pub in downtown Providence with a mean pulled pork sandwich. We also shared some deep-fried potato/bacon/delicious ravioli which were quite good. Not the healthiest of meals, but ever so yummy.
Mike and I are sitting on the train passing through New York City and it looks gorgeous! After such an exhausting weekend, I'm wishing that this train ride were a little shorter and that someone was creating me a delicious serving of vegetables to wait for me as I step off the train. Instead, we'll be scouring for some decent food in Princeton before collapsing into bed.
Tomorrow I'll be hitting the produce store early in the morning to grab a lot of fruit and veggies for my last week of winter vacation, and going to the nearby Nike Outlet for some winter running clothes shopping. Going to need them for my March 8K!