Archive for May 1st, 2009

On my own for dinner tonight. Ho Hum.  Ted is golfing in the Poconos with friends.  However, there was much to do and I haven’t stopped yet.

First, a cake to deliver.  First Communion for Cassidy, Tyler, and Olivia:

dscn0831This is a 9 x 13 vanilla double layer cake with cannoli filling and white frosting.  The raised Cross is chocolate cake inserted into the vanilla cake to the point of cannoli filling.  It is about 1″ to 1 1/2″ high.


Second, I exchanged the DVD from last night. We watched “Doubt”.  Very good movie.   Tonight is a “chic flick”.  Shane won’t mind.  “Bride Wars” with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.  Hope it’s funny.

Third, was dinner at Geisha II, a Japanese Dining establishment on Bank Place off Genesee St. in downtown Utica.  Geisha II serves Vegetarian and Macrobiotic foods as well as standard chicken, pork, and shrimp Japanese cuisine.


It is casual dining, small and friendly. One waitress serving the 15 patrons that were visiting at about 6 pm on a Friday.  The ceiling and walls need repair but the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing with soft background music gently playing to enhance your dining experience. 

dscn0835The meal began with a cup of Miso Shiru: traditional soybean base soup with tofu, scallions and wakame ($1.50).


There were too many appetizers that looked good so 2 were chosen: Vegetarian Eggroll – nappa, celery, kale, and azuki beans rolled and deep fried ($1.50).






The next appetizer was “Age Dashi” – delicate deep fried tofu served with dipping sauce, fresh ginger and scallions ($6.95).



For the main course Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura – Although the menu says “Five” shrimp, there were 3, but they were huge. There were shrimp and a variety of vegetables such as red peppers, green beans, zucchini, shredded carrot, onion slices, and something I couldn’t recognize.. beet? potato? It was purple and the texture was like a potato. Any idea?  It’s the last picture of this post. It had a skin on it (like a potato?).  All that served with rice and dipping sauce ($8.95).






Did I eat all that? No way. It was a good mish-mash of different items though and all very enjoyable. The only draw back is that I don’t usually eat fried food. So now I’m wondering if this might have an adverse affect on my system and what that might do for the 5K race I signed up for tomorrow.  Guess I’ll let you know tomorrow. 

As for the last words on “Geisha II”, it is well worth a try if you are a Vegetarian in Utica looking for a nice, reasonably priced, casual dining experience. 

Reminder… help with that purple thing, please. G’night.


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Wow! Papaya

dscn0825What can be said? Fresh, fruity, juicy, bursting with flavor… this is one super fruit.  Have you tried fresh papaya?  What kind of recipes have you made with it? 

dscn0826The papaya really made the rest of this mornings eats play second string… a bowl of Cream of Rye mixed with a little 10 Grain cereal, 1/4 of a banana, cinnamon and Papaya on the side.


A chocolate VPX shake with 1/4 of a banana.


But….WOW! the papaya.

To get moving this morning, it was 20 minutes between the Elliptical and the Treadmill. 30 minutes of shoulders and abs. A 4.15 mile run/walk with Shane.

Ted’s off on a golfing excursion with his buds today.  Hope the weather works out well for them over the weekend.  It has been a trip well planned and long awaited.

Enjoy your Friday and make sure to check back later for a First Communion Cake.

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