Food Lately and Some Teddy, Too

Another accidental hiatus these past couple of weeks!  It feels like I’ve been busier than busy with work (catering and hosting) and school (Spanish and calculus and OAT) and doing other summery things.  I’ll try to fill you in with what I’ve been doing and eating with another Lately post.  Here we goooo!


IMG_0211I’m no more decisive than I was a year or two ago about what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I know that I am more than moderately interested in optometry and so!  I am going to apply to optometry schools for Fall of 2016.  Hey ma, look!  I’m making life plans.  Who knew I was capable?  Anyway, in order to apply, I need to take the OAT, similar to the MCAT, but shorter and less gruesome.  I officially started studying last week and have been trying (and failing) to study a little bit each day.  It’s been more difficult now that my (also necessary for Optometry school) calculus class has started.  I’m going to study as soon as this is posted…promise!  Also…follow me on Instagram, why don’t ya? (@tlcohen91)

Summer Veggie Lovin’

IMG_0231Now that it’s warming up, I’ve been munching on lots of fresh foods.  Actually, it’s raining and cold as I type this…ironic.  But!  On the warmer days, salads are the name of the game.  This one (as seen on Instagram) had kale, spinach, strawberries, chicken, cucumber, carrot and olive oil dressing.  Served with broccoli quiche on the side.

Food Truck Fest


When you eat so many healthy things, you also have to eat unhealthy things.  Balance, right?  I went to a food truck festival on South Street in Philly with NICOLE and Ollin and Justina.Fullscreen capture 5212015 40826 PM

We walked around and ate wayyyyyy toooooo muuuuch.  Corn // tacos // tofu // ice cream–> THE BEST ICE CREAM!  Lots of bangin’ food and I’m so happy I saw Nicole.  I miss her and her bullying ;)

Teddy Teddy Teddying


When he hears me getting up in the morning, he always comes to snuggle and lick my face.  Mmmm morning doggy breath.IMG_0215



This was a snapchat and if we’re friends on snapchat, then you know that my snaps are either a) Teddy b) Me with Teddy or c) Me stuffing as many carrots in my mouth as I can in 10 minutes.  Love all 3.

And for the rest…all food!

BreakfastsIMG_0260Oatmeal // peanut butter // strawberry // banana // almond milk

IMG_0248Kale// eggs // feta cheese // sunflower seeds // bread // strawberries // mango



Barley // chickpeas // goat cheese // strawberries // basil // sunflower seeds // olive oil-lemon dressingIMG_0261Two Trader Joe’s Wheat Wraps- one with hummus // pastrami // pickles // spinach mix, one with goat cheese // turkey // avocado // spinach mix.



Perciatelli // homemade tomato sauce // turkey meatballs // cheese!



I swear I still workout!  Check back tomorrow for Fitness Friday :)

That is all!  Have a great day!



Fitness Friday 5/8/2015

I know I write about having fun and eating unhealthy food often…but….I still do workout!  Multiple times a week, actually.  I should get back to writing about it, so here’s to doing just that!  Cheers and have a great weekend!

Saturday: Rest (But I worked at a wedding for 12 hours and was on my feet the entire time!  That counts!)

Sunday: 8.5 miles in the Broad Street Run + 10 miles of walking.  My Fitbit said I covered 38,000 steps and over 18 miles!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest (worked)

Wednesday: 8.2 mile run around Philadelphia–> Art Museum–>Boathouse Row–>Old City

Thursday: 2 mile run, 5 minute bike ride, and then my BodyPUMP-Inspired workoutBodypump-full-body-workout

Friday: [anticipated] 1 mile walk to the gym, assortment of Kettlebells exercises and 1 mile walk home



The First Weekend Post-Post-Bacc (Plus a few more days)

Happy Monday!

As I write this, the girl that I babysit is taking a nap and I actually have time to write this instead of needing to study or “study” for this or that.  It feels goooood to have nothing to do, but on the other hand, I feel a sense of “loss” now that my post-bacc program is over (as weird as that sounds).  I know that I’ll get to see all of my friends often (I HOPE!), but it’s weird knowing that I won’t be going downtown every day.  I definitely had more fun and made better friends than I ever imagined before starting this program.  It’s weird to think that-basically up until my first day of class- I was considering deferring my enrollment.  I’m so glad I chose to go through with the program and when I look back on the last few months, I honestly have NO idea where the time went.  Aw, makes me sad!! Anyway, here are a bunch of pictures from the weekend and a few from last week (finals week!!)

Pre-physics final breakfast!  Oatmeal with PB and banana and black coffee.

IMG_0003I put this picture on Instagram (@tlcohen91) and said that I was hoping the good stuff in each of those would help me get an A on my physics final.  Nooooot quite!  But I did get an A in the class by the Grace of God or SOMETHING.

And after the final, we celebrated with ice cream!

IMG_0005So they don’t know I took that picture.  Ooops.

Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this picture or one that is very similar.

IMG_0007Teddy HATES going for walks.  He will walk a few houses down, but he always wants to turn around.  This picture was taken on our neighbors lawn where he refused to move from.  So stubborn.

Breakfast pre-Day of Orgo Studying.


For extra brain power?  Oatmeal // oatbran // Greek yogurt // maple syrup // raspberries

My little lunch (and dinner / breakfast / snack) buddy.


Whenever I’m eating, he sits on my lap and either sleeps or watches my food.  Sometimes he steals something off my plate, but only when he thinks I’m not watching.

And this…


….needs no explanation.

April is the month of birthdays!

IMG_0024Russ (and his twin brother, Matt), Russ’ mom, my mom AND my brother, Leland!  Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays.  My mom made a bangin’ carrot cake for Leland’s birthday.  It’s almost gone ;)

My breakfast of choice all weekend!

IMG_0030Sauteed spinach // scrambled eggs // avocado // roasted potatoes (usually toast, too)

Pre-organic chemistry final.


A little sibling photo.  Why can’t I ever just smile…

And post-final festivities!!!

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We were drinking Jungle Juice a la Cecil.

Saturday morning was my first day of work, so a needed something to keep me full.


I really think I just love butter and bread and I eat the eggs and spinach because it makes me feel healthier.  Just butter and bread, please.

While I was at work, my mom was busy cookin’ up a storm.


Before I even got through the door, she was handing me spoonfuls of dip to try.  Homemade hummus!  Greek yogurt dip (of some sort)!, Roasted Beet and Tahini dip!  And I brought the veggies.

And then I saw my faaaavorite people from college on Saturday night!!


I saw Bobby, Christine and Justin and it was almost like old times, but we consumed less alcohol ;)  And when I took that picture, it looked a lot lighter at the time.  I had to lighten it so much just to get to the point that you’re seeing!  Sheesh.

On Sunday morning, we had Family Brunch!IMG_0045-001

Dad and I made homemade waffles (plain and blueberry) and fruit salad.IMG_0047

The rest of Sunday was spent napping, going to the gym, and then on Sunday night, Russ and I won the 59th Find Me Philly challenge!!!!


It’s a game where a guy posts pictures around Philadelphia.  You have 13 minutes to be the first to get to him and win $100. I was standing in my kitchen looking at Instagram and I saw a picture posted about 2 minutes from my house!  I nearly had an aneurysm and yelled to Russ so that we could go.  Never mind the number of traffic laws that we broke, we won $100!  It was fun and the guy that does the challenge is super nice.  If you don’t follow him on Instagram or twitter, you should!  (@FindMePhilly)

After that excitement, I had the usual for breakfast this morning.IMG_0050

Only 3 more hours of babysitting!  Wish me luck ;)  And enjoy the warm (ish) weather!IMG_0054

Lately 4.0

Another Lately coming your way!!

I have really fallen off of the DSLR bandwagon and the quality of these pictures makes me cringe.  Sorry about that!  I promise I’ll get back to nicer photos after Thursday (Maybe!)

Let’s begin with a photo called, “Let’s Go Get A Drink”

IMG_0617“Let’s go get a drink” always turns into more than A drink.  Time and time again, we will never learn.  This was last Wednesday night with Nicole and Andrew.

And then there was Friday!


We had no intentions of just getting one!  Nicole took her official MCAT that morning, so there was need for lots of celebrating, and celebrating is what we did ;) IMG_9956 IMG_9957It was a fun night that ended fairly early!


But that doesn’t mean we all woke up feeling chipper.  Nothing that a diner breakfast couldn’t fix, where I learned the difference between wheat bread and wheat toast.  There is a difference, apparently…

Besides breakfast, Saturday was the warmest day we’ve had this season, so we went to the quad and hung out with some Cuban music and the sun.IMG_9960

On Sunday, Russ and I went to a birthday brunch at his mom’s house!IMG_9976IMG_9982

And Teddy had a relaxing day at homeIMG_9975

Well, I think that catches us up with all of the Lately news in my life!  Happy Spring!Spring


A Perfect Weekend.

**Started this post last week, so this is a recap of two weekends ago.  Better late than never…

This past weekend was one of those weekends where I didn’t have a moment to sit back and relax because I was out and about- having fun and making me all the more excited for summer to get here!  It’s so close and this weekend’s warm weather is going to make getting through these next two weeks of exams so much harder to endure, but then…FREEDOM.


I got a bunch of Russ’ friends together to celebrate his birthday at Dave & Buster’s!  It was no 21st birthday celebration, but it was fun nonetheless, and actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  His birthday isn’t until next weekend, but this is what he wanted to do!  It wasn’t a lot of us, but the guys went off and did their thing while Nicole and I played games that got us a lot of tickets and also DDR.  I used to have DDR at home and after Friday night, I am strongly considering bringing it back out at home.  So much fun and such a good workout…my legs were sweating :)  In the end, everyone had a lot of fun, especially Russ, and that’s all that matters!IMG_9911

We accumulated a lot of tickets, but there are no good prizes!  Everyone used their tickets to get candy, but I used mine to get a Superman mug.  It lasts longer…


After a super late night on Friday, I had to get up early because a very special little someone had GRADUATION!  Teddy graduated from his Level 1 training course and it was as adorable as it sounds- graduation music, certificates, and Milk Bones for the graduates.IMG_9918

I wouldn’t say he is excelling in his new tricks-because he is still as bad as ever-, but I know he can do them and we learned the commands and corrections.  I’m definitely happy to have my Saturday mornings back, though.

After graduation fun and some time at the dog park, I was rather productive!  I spent the day doing homework and hanging out in my sweats.  I spent the rest of the night watching Netflx in bed, going back to my grandma roots.


My oh my, Sunday was such a great day!IMG_9943 I spent the morning at job training (Yes!! I got a new job.  Details to come!) and then caught the train from the city to Manayunk to spend the day with my best friends from college.  It’s been awhile since you’ve seen them on here and it was so good to be back together.  It felt very “college” to be playing corn hole and drinking beers in the sunshine.  I miss college and I miss THEM!



We walked through Manayunk’s StrEAT festival and had our normal shenanigans.IMG_9934

This was post-complimentary tequila shot and it was DISGUSTING! After spending the entire afternoon catching up, I took the train to more shenanigans!  A really fun day continued into the night and I woke up Monday morning paying for it :)

Looking forward to an entire summer just like that perfect sunny weekend!

So Many Fun Things!

That’s just an alternate post title for “Lately” since I use lately all the time.  I feel like I’m out and about so much that blogging “in real time” ie right after things happen, is impossible.  Before I realize, all of these pictures and things have just built up and I’m left with a lately post.  So here is your So Many Fun Things post to switch it up a bit!! :)

Mom’s Birthday was last Wednesday.  She turned 40!!! The whole gang went out to Chinese food and it was mostly fun ;)  I feel very lucky to be able to spend my mom’s birthday with her.  She is the most caring, understanding (sometimes), intelligent woman that I know.  A true role model!IMG_9830IMG_9849

We took some extra selfies since the lighting was purrrrfect.IMG_9841 IMG_9823

I would be worried if we ever got a normal picture together.

My friends (YES friends and YES plural!!!) came over for dinner and I did my due dilligence in documenting the fact that a) I have friends b) I have friends that are willing to come over and c) it was fun!DSC_0051-001My dad took this picture and if you stand juuuust far enough away, it isn’t blurry.

I kept the mojitos flowing the whole night, but mostly into my own mouth and my mom made a delicious spread of food (rice and beans, ropa vieja, yuca, salad, grilled chicken, flan, etc.) and I think everyone liked everything and almost everyone did an incredible job of eating the flan or taking large enough bites that can slide down without being chewed.  I was impressed.  Flan isn;t for everyone!  I hope we didn’t scare them too much and maybe they will come back?DSC_0063-001DSC_0061-001

I got one picture that would have been nice, but leave it up to Nicole to ruin a nice shot ;) DSC_0043-001A selfie with the photo-ruiner herself: DSC_0047-001

Annnd some outtakes:DSC_0040-001 DSC_0067-001DSC_0056-001 DSC_0054-001 DSC_0048-001 DSC_0046-001 DSC_0040-002

And with Dad:DSC_0050-001

For your viewing pleasure…this was really funny:IMG_9863IMG_9862

And last, but 100% NOT LEAST, is this gem!  IMG_9872Could have gotten that baby for a low, low price!

Have a great week!!IMG_9860




Fitness Friday 4/9/2015

Happy Friday! 

Any fun plans for this weekend?  I have a fun weekend coming up!  Tonight we are celebrating Russ’ birthday with a bunch of his friends.  He deserves a big night, so it will be a good time!  I’ll catch you up on Monday.  I don’t have any plans for Saturday, but Sunday I am going to Manayunk to see Bobby and Christine and walk through their StrEAT festival!  I’m so excited to see them since it’s been entirely too long.

Whatever you end up doing, have a great weekend!

This Week’s Workouts:

Saturday: 3 mile bike ride, 10 minutes on the elliptical, chest work out (chest press, fly, fly machine, chest press machine), abs.

Sunday: 10 minutes elliptical, 10 minutes bike.  Metabolic Boost NTC.  This NTC was fast-paced and HARD!  A lot of the exercises were 30 seconds, with minimal breaks throughout the workout and I was sweating and exhausted by the end.

Monday:  Rest (Went dancing for 2.5 hours at night)

Tuesday: 20 minute warm-up run around the city.  45 minute boot-camp class at school.  This class was awesome and included a circuit of mountain climbers, monster walks, tire pushes, kettle bell squats, kettle bell rows, bosu-ball push-ups, and more.  I’m still sore!

Wednesday: 10 minute elliptical, 10 minute bike ride, 5 minute incline walking, 5 minutes of rowing, 30 minute Metabolic Boost NTC with Nicole.  Always more fun with friends!

Thursday: Rest.

Friday: 10, minutes on the bike, 30 minutes of random arm exercises that left my arms shaking, and then a 3 mile run with Andrew around the city.  The weather said 72 degrees and stormy so I was expecting warmish weather, but it was more like 40 something and cold and wet.  Abs after the run.

Enjoy your weekend!


Cuba: Day Six.

Day Six:  Miramar , Hotel Nacional Y Caminando

Our sixth day in Cuba was a little different than any other time we have been to Cuba.  My mom wanted to check out a new place, so we headed to Miramar, which is known for grand houses, embassies and hotels.  We had to walk a bit to catch a different bus, and then had about an hour bus ride.


We saw a market on the way, with fresh sugar cane juice:DSC_0820

And while we waited for the bus, a man was selling goods on the street.  DSC_0825

Don’t take those local drug stores for granted!

Once we got there, we walked into the closest hotel to use the bathroom and ask for directions.DSC_0852

The hotel was quite nice, especially the pool!  I could spend a day there with an abundance of cervezas, no problem!DSC_0827

And then we walked around and marveled at the buildings, most of which are currently being used as embassies.DSC_0833 DSC_0830 DSC_0832And on the walk back, we passed the aquarium.  How cool is that?!  You can see the tortoises from the bridge.


Our walk back to the bus stop had a beautiful view, but the trash was abundant.  They need a strong clean-up initiative.DSC_0841 DSC_0844

Back in Vedado, we stopped for pizza and una cerveza.  Yolanda warned us that when eating pizza, be careful with the cheese.  There isn’t much cheese or dairy product in Cuba, so you never know what imaginative alternative you are munching on.DSC_0858I mean….it tasted like cheese?

After pizza, we headed to El Hotel Nacional to soak up the sun and have another cerveza with the most incredible view.  This hotel is absolutely incredible and, in my opinion, the most beautiful one I’ve seen in Cuba.DSC_0862

We couldn’t leave without getting a couple pictures and I, of course, attempted the selfie with the DSLR.  Not that easy!DSC_0869 DSC_0866

Oh, and as you can see- I got SUPER burned sitting out there for an hour.  We aren’t sure how that happened!  It peeled about a week later, ick.

Later that night, we packed for a beach trip!  Coming up :)

Cuba 2015: Day Five

Day Five- Visiting the Cemetery and More

If you are just catching up, here are days three and four.

Ah, feeling much better after finally getting some SLEEP!  We were up early to catch a couple long buses to the cemetery, but we were lucky enough to either get seats (Mom and Yolanda) or get a standing spot near the window (me).  I was able to take a lot of pictures on the way, so I was happy :) DSC_0525 DSC_0527 DSC_0538 DSC_0540 DSC_0541 DSC_0552 DSC_0556 DSC_0562 DSC_0570 DSC_0574 DSC_0577 DSC_0582 DSC_0585 DSC_0590 DSC_0601

First we went to the Sephardic cemetery.DSC_0605 DSC_0611 DSC_0614 Seeing Pepe’s burial site certainly solidified his passing for me, but I also felt him there.  We sat there for quite awhile and I just listened to mom and Yolanda tell stories and chat.  We visited burial sites of various family members and my mom told me a short story about each of them and her memories of them.


We eventually made our way to the Ashkenazi cemetery where there are additional family members.DSC_0639 DSC_0641

My mom was trying to locate a relative, so she had the man that works there consult their “record system”.DSC_0658 DSC_0659

In the end, we couldn’t find who we were looking for, but we found others.  This cemetery was in much worse shape- some grave sites had entire slabs of marble stolen.DSC_0651

After the cemetery, we walked up the long hill to catch the bus into town.DSC_0665 DSC_0667

Since I’m #foreverhungry, Yolanda got me a peso pizza-less than $.50 for one!DSC_0673 DSC_0674

Unfortunately, the bus drove by while we ate which my mom used to say “I told you so……!!!”.  But another came just 20 minutes later…  DSC_0675 DSC_0677

The bus did eventually come, which took us back to El Capitolio.  We got off there and headed to Los Nardos for lunch.  A Cuba tradition!  It’s a dark, little restaurant, located on the third floor of a building facing the Capitol.DSC_0679 DSC_0683 DSC_0695

These guys wanted their picture taken so why not make them blog famous :)


Lunch was good but I was still pretty full from that pizza.  Sorry mom, you were right.DSC_0691

And after lunch, mom and I went on more walking adventures through the streets of La Habana Vieja.  We stopped to sit in parks;DSC_0718Take pictures of people and things:DSC_0719-001 DSC_0723 DSC_0731

This man was very eager for me to take a photo since he “LOVESSSS Los Estados Unidos and Obama!!”DSC_0736

Appreciate the history, architecture, and beauty:DSC_0752 DSC_0757 DSC_0768 DSC_0778-001 DSC_0779-001DSC_0740 DSC_0749

And take pictures of the sunset before heading home;DSC_0781 DSC_0782 DSC_0783 DSC_0784 DSC_0789 DSC_0793 DSC_0797

It was a long day, but another good one.  We ended the day with rice, beans, beef, and plantains before ending up on the balcony and falling hard into sleep.  The following day was our last in Havana- visiting Miramar!

Sunday Food Prep 4/5/2015

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter if you celebrate in your neck of the woods!

My family doesn’t celebrate Easter (but we do celebrate Passover and I am still full from last night’s Seder (click the link to learn about seders!).  Or maybe I’m full because I’ve been picking at e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g I’ve made for this week’s Sunday food prep.  I showed you what I made last week and while it wasn’t much, it helped make packing healthy lunches so much easier.  This week, I prepped a whole lot more, so lunches should be a breeze!

The Greens


Sliced cucumber // washed and chopped romaine // washed and chopped kale

The Prepared Foods

DSC_0009BBQ- grilled tofu // grilled mushrooms (with olive oil/ S&P) // cooked spaghetti squash

DSC_0011Farro salad // soon-to-be-roasted yellow squash

Unpictured salad greens – arugula // spinach

The squash can be topped with tomato sauce and cheese, or basically any other sauce because it’s just a vehicle for other tasty things

The farro salad is a variation on Kath Eats Real Food Forbidden Rice Salad.  Except hers uses rice / peppers / walnuts and mine uses farro / no peppers / toasted almonds.  Overall, it’s an awesome salad!

There are also un-pictured hard-boiled eggs.