Super Saturday Adventures: Swim Sandwich And Seafood Throwdown

Today’s Happy Note: Watching a TV show about giant river fish right now!  I love fish.  Fascinating creatures!  Other animal loves: all birds (especially cardinals), elephants, unicorns, and dinosaurs.  Which are so totally real.

Mental Health Note #1: It’s been a spectacular, head-clearing Saturday!  I love that about summer: Saturday is time for me to do what I want, to be free all day from work and school.  Sometimes I spend it with friends.  Other times I’m content by myself.  I like to do things that I want to do; things that will make me happy; try new things.   Saturday — and all the fun opportunity it holds — is not something that I will ever let depression take away from me!

The morning began with an awesome, “new”  workout.  New in the sense that, while I have done plenty of running and swimming, I’ve never done a real “brick” workout.  Actually, I like to call this a sandwich workout: I wanted to do a long(ish) run and I also wanted to swim (it was terribly hot).  I planned out a fun route to an NYSC with a pool.  I ran 6 miles there (the gym is 4 miles away but I threw in extra bits), swam for 30 minutes, then ran the 4 miles back.  I actually ran the way there wearing my swimsuit under my shirt and shorts.  I carried a small running backpack with my cap, googles, emergency cash, phone, keys, and clean undergarments in it.  It was easy peasy to hop in the pool when I arrived, and I just dried off with the towels there afterwards, put my clothes back on and headed back out the door.  There you have it.  A Run-Swim-Run Sandwich.

After speed showering and inhaling a mango-vanilla-peach smoothie, it was time for an Adventure!  In case you didn’t read yesterday’s post, I have changed Adventure Fridays to Adventure Saturdays for timing purposes.

The Adventure involved the Union Square Greenmarket.  And food.  And cooking:  A Seafood Throwdown! Sounds random, but it also sounded fun and I’m so glad I went.  CENYC and NAMA put together a competition between chefs from Colors and artists from SPURSE (a very random, very strange, spacey arts collective).  The goal of the event was to promote sustainable, local, aware seafood consumption.  We often fret about where our tomatoes come from, but we don’t know so much about our seafood.  The event was literally a throwdown style format — like Bobby Flay, just less formal.  There were even food network judges (although I had NO idea who they were — anyone recognize them from the pictures???).

The Secret Seafood is…Black Sea Bass!

Above right: a seafood paella and sea bass ceviche with strawberry-cucumber salsa from Colors.

Okay, so I’m not showing you all the dishes from the SPURSE team because…well, some of them were a little kooky.  I’m all for holistic living, but these people were a little much.  The guy who talked about them struck me as straight up crazy.  No other way to put it.  He said things like “we try to incorporate the idea of the air and the sea and where they meet into our idea of cooking…and it’s not cooking it’s art.”  They believed in using the entire fish in their cooking.  In theory, I agree with this.  In practice, I don’t: they made a soup out of blood and a stew out of mushrooms and the fish’s tongues, cheeks, and eyes…yeah.  I just wasn’t into it.  I must say, however, that their simpler dishes — like poached sea bass with roasted potatoes and ceviche with fresh sweet peas — seemed great.

Judges judging.  And the winner is….

Okay, so I don’t actually know.  I was near the front and getting really tired from standing in the sun and wanted others to see, so I left to do my greenmarket shopping.  I looked on the website but it didn’t say the winner.  My vote would go to Colors for simplicity, elegance, presentation, and some degree of normalcy.  If this were based entirely on creativity, on the other hand, I might be rooting for SPURSE.

It was really fun to watch the chefs collect local ingredients from the farmers, prepare and cook their dishes, and present and explain them. It was just a fun — if ridiculously hot — event.  It made me feel like I was on food network or something!

The day didn’t end there though; I would have liked to just relax, but had to do some work stuff (GRRRRR MTA bus system) that took forever.  And I meant to do laundry but didn’t.  Crap.

There were loads of fun eats to keep me going through such a busy day!  I was in and out constantly from 8 to 6!  I probably walked another 3 or 4 miles in addition to the workout described above…

Fueled myself with good eats of course!

Greenmarket nibbles!

Plenty of cereal with pb and chocolate (my favorite post-long run snack!).

I knew I wanted loads of veg and some solid protein for dinner.  But for some reason, this just made me feel sick.  Sometimes when I have a lot of veggie servings at once, this happens.  Also, it’s just so hot.  Even warm food wasn’t a good idea.  I’ve been having smoothies for dinner every night for a reason, apparently.

Mental Health Note #2: Adventures are good for me.  Good for all of me.   They make me happy and give me something to focus on and look forward to — sometimes, depression makes me retreat inward.  This tends to make things worse.  Going out and seeing new people and fun things and just exploring the world takes me outside of myself for a little while.  Yes, I come home in the evening and still feel a bit lonely.  Sometimes I long to meet someone on an Adventure.  Like my soul mate might also be having an Adventure too.  But my time will come.  I know that.  For now, I just need to make myself happy.  That’s all I can really do!

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ilana
    Jun 05, 2010 @ 23:34:12

    This looks like a super fun adventure! I love the greenmarket…I’ve only been once this year and only just to look. Must change that immediately!!

    Also I love the positivity in this post!!

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  2. Sarah
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 01:33:26

    Mmm seafood is a personal favourite of mine – sounds like you made an interesting discovery with that event. That’s an advantage of living in a large city – lots of weird and wonderful stuff going on…can’t wait until I live in one again!

    There’s no reason why you can’t one day meet a fellow adventurer on your travels – and an adventure is a lovely way to take care of yourself by living in the moment and appreciating the world in which you live.

    Sarah x

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  3. Simply Life
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 06:55:19

    oh what a fun event!

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  4. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 07:35:08

    Sounds like such a fun Saturday, I’m so glad you’re happy!! That seafood contest thing looks like a lot of fun, though I’m not sure I’d be on board with the fish blood and eyes either. But the other team’s dish looks wonderful! Hope Sunday is just as good for you!

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  5. Ameena
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 11:58:11

    I love seafood so I’m sure this event would have been right up my alley. I need to be more adventurous too! It’s so easy to get into the habit of doing the same things day after day but once I push myself I find that I’m much happier!

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  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    Jun 06, 2010 @ 15:43:02

    what a super fun event and what you said about judges and subjective stuff. yeah i didnt go into the full nature of it but there were a few, are you kidding me’s? but i guess that is to be expected 🙂

    i totally agree that depression makes ppl draw inward, makes them more isolated, makes it all worse, viscious circle. i want you to find your soulmate adventurer…and you will!! 🙂

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  7. petia
    Jun 08, 2010 @ 13:05:13

    hey there! i was there, too! it was tons of fun, and the kids looked like they had fun too. i was rooting for both teams myself.

    just thought i’d write in: the folks sponsoring the competition announced to the chefs that the criteria for judging were taste, presentation, originality, and use of the entire fish. i agree that most of us would prefer our filets and steaks, but i think the point was to get us to consider what we’re eating when we order “fish” on the menu. my dad was an avid fisherman, and after his haul, we would use the entire fish to make the most amazing stocks and delicacies, as well as more standard dishes. most of the world cooks this way. i think we in the US overlook how tasty these parts are, not to mention, how truly wasteful it is in the long run. time for a change!

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