A Morning Romp

by Joanne on January 23, 2010

Waking up early is such a blessing.  I was out the door today with Shane by 5:30.   We had a box of raisins to share during our longer run this morning. At 6 1/2 miles, we broke out our snack.  Is it weird I share my raisins with my dog? I just thought, as I was eating them, he might need a little energy boost as well.  UPDATE!!!! – Raisins are bad for dogs…but Shane only had about 8 raisins out of this MINI box (.4 oz).  He won’t suffer renal failure from that however I’ll be sure not to give him any in the future.  Just in case, I think I’ll skip the dried cranberries for him as well.


I didn’t take water with me.  Shane had an ice cube before we left the house and I had a glass of water and 2 Endurox Excel.

We cranked out 9.08 uneventful miles.  It was slow.   There were some short hills which we just can’t avoid in Utica. Those were tiring and slowed us down a bit.  The patches of ice forced us to slow down as well. 

Because it was dark when we left the house, I ditched the plan to run around the business parks.  We went around MVCC to Eagles Street, up Mohawk and right on James.  We didn’t go too far down James (that would be asking for trouble) before heading toward the Parkway.  Down the Parkway, over Genny and around the hospital. We then cut over, on the side streets before going back to Genny,  up Auburn and up again to Oneida St.  We then turned for home and did a few loopy-loops around Valley View and up a side road.  Good run.

Good orange as well. I shared this with Ted.


The energizing breakfast:  3/4 cup Egg Beaters.  6 trimmed asparagus spears. Spinach and cherry tomatoes.  1 1/2 oz Feta cheese. Salt and pepper. Cooked in 1/2 TBS olive oil and topped off with Granadilla Sauce (Pomegranate, Black Bean & Chipotle Chile).  A slice of Food For Life China Black Rice Bread, toasted.


My OH SO FAVORITE cup o’joe

DSC_3155   Before I hit the tub and head out for a massage (yes, I said MASSAGE – my neck is stiff and legs need some deep tissue work), I’ll give you a quick re-cap of last night.

Happy hour at home:


Dinner was just the two of us at an old Italian favorite for Uticans, Chesterfields on Bleecker St.  I’ve showed you the wonderful food offered at this warm, friendly restaurant so I’ll spare you the repetitive details. 

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The above is my meal of Salmon & Shrimp, as detailed in the menu on the left.

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Ted’s meal was the special of bacon wrapped Sea Bass.  I would have loved the Sea Bass but the chef ruined it for me by wrapping it in bacon.  Sure I could have asked for the dish without the bacon but I was in the mood for my old favorite here and went for the Salmon.   Ted said his meal was melt-in-your-mouth good.

Of course we enjoyed a glass a Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay and a Stella.

For all local Uticans!  A superb WINE-DINNER at Perugias.  I’ve taken you there a few times, offering our experience with the wine and food which has always been spectacular.  The chef accommodates diets and preferences and will do so for this event as well.  Don’t hesitate to go if you are Vegan or Vegetarian.  The chef will still serve you a fantastic meal.  The staff is warm and friendly.  Great wine, great food, great atmosphere….one of the best gourmet restaurants around.

Here is the info…

PERUGIA (For Reservations call 315-732-2022)Wine Dinner

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Beginning at 6:00pm

Hors d’oeuvre

Pork Spring Rolls w/ Szechuan dipping sauce

Other Asian delicacies


Hot and Sour Soup


Rose Petal Sorbet


Asian Spice – Rubbed Beef Tenderloin

w/ Stir fried Vegetables and Noodles



Ginger/Chai Crème Brule w/Caramelized Sugar Crust

Unfortunately Ted and I can’t get to Perugia for this event but I told MJ, “Make sure we are on the list for invites next event”.


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  • At 2010.01.23 10:52, Kelli said:

    Hello Joanne,

    I’m sorry to stick my nose in, but I just wanted to mention that grapes and raisins are actually very toxic for dogs. Although I’m sure it would require a much larger quantity to hurt a dog your size, you seem like a great and caring owner, who I assume would not knowingly give your pet anything unhealthy for them.

    Great blog! I hope you’re having a good weekend.


    • At 2010.01.23 12:36, Joanne said:

      Kelli: You are right. Raisins and grapes in large amount can cause renal failure in dogs. What I had was a .4 oz box (a mini box) of raisins. I had 3/4 and Shane had….about 8 raisins. I’ll be sure to remember in the future not to share them with him though. Thanks.

      • At 2010.01.23 17:05, Leo @ cupcakes in Paris said:

        Love your breakfast. Looks so healthy and yummy!

        • At 2010.01.23 18:26, Joanne said:

          Leo: Thanks!

          • At 2010.01.24 07:47, Dana Dornburgh said:

            Thanks for sharing the comments on the Chesterfield. Funny, I grew up here and have never been there! We got a gift certificate at Restaurant.com ( awesome deals, 25.00 GC’s for 10! A few local restaurants participating), and will be going there for February date night! Excited!

            Good heads up on Raisins. Who would know?

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