About 2 weeks ago I received an offer from Goldstar for discounted tickets to ABT's season at Lincoln Center. I started having Wednesdays off (a change I am planning on keeping) and decided I should treat myself to a day at the ballet. I love the Metroploitan Opera House with all it's elegance and beauty; it's truly a captivating space. With all the stress I've been dealing with I was ready for a mental health day. All I can say is that Wednesday was the PERFECT day.
I woke up early and made a green smoothie to start the day (see recipe below). Nothing gets me going better in the morning and it really makes me feel good. I quickly ran to the store to pick up a few items I needed for my allergy testing the next day (results coming in the next post) and came home to take a nice hot shower.
After packing my bag for the day with some essential snacks and a good book to read, I was off on the express bus to make my way to Lincoln Center to pick up my tickets. While the show started at 2, I planned on getting uptown by noon so I could have time to go out for a delicious lunch. When I arrived the plaza was beaming with sunshine and warmth. I grabbed my ticket and headed up 20 blocks to PeaceFood Cafe.
This was my first time dining at PeaceFood and as someone who needs to be gluten free and dairy free I had plenty of options. PeaceFood is a vegan restaurant that also has a lot of gluten free menu items. Now they do have a few items marked almost gluten free, so if you have a sensitivity or celiac disease just stay away from those items as they are NOT gluten free. (Sorry but almost doesn't count). My waitress was very receptive to my special dining needs and I felt really safe eating there. I had a yummy 4 veggie dish with quinoa and an iced peppermint tea that was to DIE for. Seriously this tea perked me up and gave me a refreshed hydrating feeling. It was so good I also got one to go! The atmosphere was perfect for a solo lunch and is very serene and relaxing. The waitstaff is attentive, but not intrusive. It was truly a peaceful, enjoyable lunch.
I headed back to Lincoln Center and waited outside in the sunshine for the house to open. It was an absolutely gorgeous day! I let the sun warm my face and just enjoyed the view. When the time came to enter the opera house I was so excited! I was very pleased with my seat and view. My favorite pre-show event? The raising of the chandelier lights, it's so fun to see them fly!
ABT's performance of Don Quixote was impeccable. I absolutely love the story ballets and ithis production was no exception. I sat on the edge of my seat the whole 2 & 1/2 hour show and felt like a kid again. It was wonderful! (Not mention I got to see "Charlie" from Center Stage perform).
I made great time coming home and had plenty of time to get to m yoga class. My current teacher is blessed with wonderful healing energy and I always feel amazing after class. It was truly the perfect ending to a perfect day :-)
Wake Me Up Green Smoothie
1 organic cucumber chopped (skin removal optional, but if keeping it on make sure to scrub well)
1/2 organic zucchini chopped
2 stalks organic celery chopped
1 2-3 inch piece of ginger chopped and peeled
1 organic lemon, peel removed and flesh chopped
1 large fistful of fresh parsley
1-2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
Filtered water as needed
Layer the veggies, ginger, lemon, parsley and chia seeds in blender. Add enough filter water to cover about 1/4 of the mixture. Blend until smooth adding more filtered water if needed. Pour and enjoy!