WIAW on a Brief Trip Home

February 15, 2012 at 5:25 am 10 comments

Yesterday was a very special occasion: I got to spend the day at home and meet my best friends’ brand new baby! I was lucky enough to have the day off from my scheduled clinical classes, so I drove home Monday night and am leaving bright and early today to head back for Boston! A quick trip indeed, but I made the most of my day! Here is a peak into a day where I’m not stuck behind my desk:

Breakfast: 7:30am


I woke up early to get some studying done, and so was already a cup of coffee and a few pages into studying before breakfast rolled around. I couldn’t pass up a family breakfast now, so I took a study break to enjoy some banana bread oatmeal with my parents before Dad left for work!

Lunch: 12pm

Mom took the day off, so we had a lunch date to the Loving Hut in Matawan, NJ. We were excited to try out a totally vegan lunch place, since Mom is trying to stick to a more plant-based diet since our vegan challenge. This lunch was a treat!


We split spring rolls for an appetizer – tofu, carrots, cucumber, and lettuce wrapped in rice paper with a peanut dipping sauce.



For lunch, we each ordered a sandwich and then traded halves. Mom got a Portobello panini, which came on a great seedy bread with avocado, a chipotle veganaise, and a side arugula salad. I ordered the Philly cheesesteak, which was soy sauce-marinated soy protein with mushrooms, onions, and a nutritional yeast vegan cheese sauce, served on a great toasty bun with sweet potato fries. We split the sandwiches and sides so we could try a bit of everything!


Since it was Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t pass up dessert, so we ordered a piece of Coconut Cake to share. It was a bit heavy for my tastebuds, but that didn’t stop us from polishing off our shared piece. Mom and I both agreed – all vegan food should be this flavorful and creative! If you live in NJ or near a Loving Hut, definitely check it out. There is some really great food to be tried!

Baby Pictures


The newest addition to the family: Baby Ben


I can’t mention meeting a little one without sharing some pictures! Baby Ben was the point of my visit home… It killed me to not be able to be home through labor, delivery, and get a chance to visit in the hospital, but it was nice to be able to be the first house guest! I got to spend an hour holding him as he slept, giving her time to unpack, change, and relax! I am so excited for both of my friends, and cannot believe that they are parents! I am honored to hold the title “Aunt Jen” and look forward to watching this cutie grow in front of our eyes!


Love his funny baby faces!


Afternoon Snack


Red wine nail polish!

After baby bonding, Mom and I spent some girl bonding time. We picked up some necessities at Costco, and then got manicures and pedicures. We came home to enjoy a glass of red wine while waiting for Dad for dinner!

Dinner: 7:30pm


After a large lunch, we kept dinner light and healthy. We roasted some broccoli and cauliflower with tumeric, garlic and onion, served with a side of brown rice pilaf (a mixture of brown rice, sprouted beans, leeks and pine nuts). My portion was pretty small after such a huge and filling lunch, but there were a few unpictured broccoli florets speared from my Dad’s plate!

Dessert: 9:30pm


A small dinner left room for a small dessert – a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream with sliced strawberries, enjoyed while watching Chopped with my mom. I’ll be a more studious med student tomorrow today!

Question: Did you love your veggies and your sweets this Valentine’s Day? Who did you spend your day with?

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. brokencookiesdontcount  |  February 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    You food looks delicious and the baby is Adorable!!

  • 2. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}  |  February 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Awww – my uterus is aching. Oh wait, my hands are more than full with my two. But still – such cuteness!!

    I love that you and your mom had a special day together. I hope my girl grows up to want to spend days with me too!

  • 3. Laura @ Against The Grain  |  February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

    aww baby faces are the best!!! So sweet! That one face he is making kind of reminds me of zoolander. ;)

  • 4. Laura  |  February 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    What a sweet little face! Glad you got to take a trip home. :)

  • 5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  February 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Those spring rolls look amazing.

  • 6. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life  |  February 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I am drooling over your eats from Loving Hut. I need to go there – the food looks amazing. Baby Ben is too cute! Congrats to your friend! :)

  • 7. EmandM  |  February 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    YAY! Aww SO adorable!

  • 8. Healthiful Balance  |  February 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Wow, all your eats look so awesome and delicious!
    And aw, what a cute baby! :)

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