Monday, October 25, 2010

Guest Post: Serena from Big Apple Nosh

 I'm very excited that we have Serena visiting with us today!  You may remember her as a sweet heart holding hamster from Weddingbee, or from her post-wedding nom nom blog Big Apple Nosh.  She's here today to talk about weekday meals for us newlywed types, but if you're at all interested in Africa, you've got to check out her amazing honeymoon photography! Take it away Serena!

Hi Everyone!   I am so honored to be guest blogging here on Palindrome at Home! I first met Melinda in person earlier this year, and it was great to learn that she is exactly how I imagined, based on her writing style - super smart, super down-to-earth, and super tall (ok, that last one was a surprise).  While we don't live near each other, I hope that I have a chance to see her again soon!

When I was thinking about what would be the most appropriate post for a home blog, I admit I came up a bit short.  I'm totally unskilled when it comes to home decor.  I can't cook.  I barely remember to feed my cat most times! (Sorry, Tilly).  Then I realized what I DO know about, namely food and eating it, is also very much part of the home.  Because the Mister and I seldom cook, we need to come up with creative ways to feed ourselves in the potentially expensive NYC.  We both have full-time jobs that are often unpredictable, so this necessitates two things - fast and easy.  So what are some of our dining options?

1. Chinatown

You can get a bowl of filling noodles, or meat and rice combos, at many a restaurant in Chinatown. As an added bonus, the food is good, inexpensive and the restaurants are open late.  The Mister and I frequent Chinatown at least once a week.

2.  Whole Foods
The buffet at Whole Foods is extensive, fresh and offers a myriad of healthy options.  It may not be the cheapest option in the world, but you can control how much you pay and what you eat.  The fact that Whole Foods is located a few blocks from my workplace is a major plus.

3. Rotisserie Chicken

I'd like to say that I roasted the above chicken...but that would be a lie.  Instead, we buy a rotisserie chicken from our local market - fully cooked and inexpensive, it lasts us into tomorrow's lunch.  Supplement that with some rice from our new rice cooker and some stir-fry veggies and it's *almost* like I cooked.

4. Chipotle
When all else fails - Chipotle.  Chipotle is another one of those options where you can be as healthy or unhealthy as you choose.  I normally go with the burrito bowl to save calories from a tortilla, and I load up on fresh salsa.  The vegetarian option (guacamole) has been one of my recent favorites.

There you have it.  When it comes down to it, I'm just a busy gal with a day job trying to make it through the week.  Week nights are about easy, inexpensive, and relatively healthy options.  I'd love to believe that I lead a glamorous life in NYC, dining out at 5-star restaurants, but that’s what the weekends are for, right? ;)

What do you do for dinner on week nights?


  1. Oh Chipotle. Btw missing that and Chick-fil-a, moving north was hard! Thankfully there's both in NYC!

  2. It's always really nice to see honest 30-minute meal options. I wish we lived closer to Chinatown. I would be all over that like, well, . . . like white on rice.

    You know I cook, and have a tendency to go overboard to compensate for my lack of other domestic skills, but for lazy weeknight meals I cannot recommend a crock-pot and a good slow cooker recipe book enough. Check out also - I don't have her book but I love the blog.

  3. Ooooh I was thinking of trying Chipotle, now I really want to :)