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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Onto another decade of eating...

I opened just one eye on Monday morning... I wanted to see if the world looked any different at 30. It didn't. So I got up and had a pretty normal day at my parents' house in Columbia Station, Ohio.

I was in the mood for fish and vegetables. (I need fatty acids and antioxidants now more than ever, right? Gotta keep the crow's feet at bay...) So we went to Blake's Seafood Restaurant and Bar for my birthday dinner. They were one of, like, three restaurants that were open on Christmas Eve. Many kitchens are closed, even if the restaurant doors are open so procrastinators can go get a last-minute gift certificates. Merry Birthday to me...

But Blake's was open until 9:00 p.m., so we were good to go. We started with calamari in a heavenly sweet, spicy chili oil. And I had the filet à la Oscar. While the filet was a little overcooked, not the medium that I had requested, it was still very tender and delicious. I wish I had gone with my first instinct and ordered fish... Oh well. Maybe next year...

Now I feel like I need to detox. Between the filet, the gift basket goodies, and all the sugar/fat/alcohol in between, my body could use a break. I'm feeling a bit inflamed about the cells... Anyone out there have a post-holiday detox plan? I'm drinking lots of filtered water and drinking Yogi Tea, my favorite. (You can listen to deliciously zenful music on the Web site. So soothing...) Dinner for tonight? Steamed vegetables with lemon juice and a salad...


at 8:55 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Nikki, you don't look a day over 25! Happy Birthday! My best detox plan is to plan ahead. For New Years I am planning on making white wine spritzers so I will drink half of much alcohol, and still be hydrating. If I do have a case of a hangover I find that the steam room at the gym works wonders. I just feel those toxins being sweated out. It is ok to indulge everyone once in awhile as long as there is a designated driver and we all look after each other. Happy New Years! I think my hubby and a group of friends are going to be at Twist. What are everyone's NYE plans?

at 10:31 AM Blogger Nicci King said...

Thanks, CinTwin! You're sweet. The check is in the mail... ;)

Yes, some time in the sauna would be fabulous right now. And I always mean to order white wine spritzers, but I forget about them...

At any rate, I also want to know what everyone is doing for New Year's Eve. I have yet to make plans!

at 2:13 PM Anonymous Chad Edward said...

I've always found a glass of champagne detoxifying, Nicci. Perhaps paired with "Kind of Blue" and a bowl of strawberries.

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