that girl allison

I'm Allison. I see a ton of theatre. I'm a fan of Green Day, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Weezer, Oasis, Adam Rapp, Emily Giffin, and Shakespeare. I run sometimes, and do yoga always.

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I’m going to try to replace coffee (which I drink maybe three days a week) now. This stuff is expensive though ($15 for a couple of ounces). Anyone know anywhere to buy it cheaper?

I’m looking high-protein recipe ideas because apparently I don’t get enough protein and that’s why I’m always effing hungry. I don’t feel like Googling, so if you would be so kind… leave me some links! :)

Frozen yogurt. Obviously.

The newest Manhattan location of Yogurtland opens TODAY on Columbus Avenue and 99th street on the Upper West Side. I was slightly addicted to 99 Handles last summer so having a frozen yogurt place essentially right around the corner from me is going to be a really, really bad awesome thing. 

According to the press release: “To celebrate the new Yogurtland location, guests at this location will receive free ounces of yogurt as the temperature drops. When the temperature is between 40 – 50 degrees, guests will receive 2 ounces free. Temperatures between 35 – 40 degrees mean 3 free ounces, and between 30 – 34 degrees will mean 4 free ounces. If the temperature drops below 29 degrees, this location will offer guests 5 ounces of free yogurt. Daily temperatures reported by The Weather Channel will serve as the official temperatures for the promotion.”

So, at 11am, check the temperature and get over there. I’ll be by after work and hopefully it will still be 9*!

So I’ve decided to start using MyFitnessPal again. It’s almost summertime and I feel like my snacking has been out of control lately.

Even though I run up and down the stairs in between our two offices dozens of times a day, I also sit at my desk a lot. And I think about food WAY too much. I feel like I’m always thinking about my next meal. And I’m snacking at my desk all the time.

Don’t get me wrong: I really like how I look right now. I think I look great. But I’d like it to stay that way too. Dropping 5-10 more pounds wouldn’t hurt either but it’s not that important to me.

I still go to yoga 3-4 times every week and run maybe once a week. I also find myself walking a LOT now that the weather is nice. I’ll walk 35 blocks to my 9:15am yoga class on Saturday mornings and if I’m not in a rush to be anywhere, I’ll walk the 35 blocks home.

I love walking. Especially in the city.

I guess I’m starting with MFP again to start eating (and snacking on) the foods that keep me full and feeling good again.

But in the meantime: does anyone have any tips to keep my mind off food while I’m at my desk?

My friend Ann recently told me that I should start blogging about the food I make because when I post pictures of it on Facebook, it all looks really good. Well, this is what I made last night and it IS really good. It’s from Everyday With Rachael Ray - one of my favorite magazines to get every month. It’s called “Gingery Chicken Fried Rice.” Here’s the recipe:


  • tablespoons vegetable oil
  • eggs, beaten
  • cups diced roast chicken (preferably dark meat)
  • scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 1/4 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • cups cold cooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas
  • tablespoons soy sauce, plus more for serving
  • teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  • Preheat a wok or cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add 2 tbsp. oil, swirl to coat the pan and add the eggs. Cook, stirring constantly, until the eggs are scrambled, 1 minute. Transfer the eggs to a plate. Wipe the pan clean and return to the heat.
  • Add the remaining 1/4 cup oil; swirl to coat. Add the chicken, scallion whites and ginger. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chicken is golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the rice and press into the pan. Cook, stirring and pressing, until the rice is sizzling, about 2 minutes.
  • Return the eggs to the pan; add the peas, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, the vinegar and sesame oil. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve with more soy sauce and the scallion greens.

The best morning smoothie I’ve ever made. It’s light and sweet, and healthy. Just blend together:

  • 1/2 c water 
  • 3 ice cubes 
  • 1/2 c “Greek Gods” Greek yogurt 
  • Handful of kale 
  • 1/3 green apple 
  • 1/2 banana 
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp honey

Have you heard? There’s a hurricane coming to the east coast. 

I went grocery shopping last Thursday so I was pretty good-to-go on most essentials, but I ran home yesterday after seeing a matinee of Don’t Go Gentle (review to come!) to make it to Whole Foods before they closed at 7pm (as per their Twitter), only to find at that they were trying to keep people out at 5:45pm. “You can come in, but don’t take a long time,” the person at the door informed us. Thanks, because we were planning on spending a few hours in Whole Foods before the 2012 Storm of the Century. This morning I went out to the still-open Associated across the street from me and bought more peppermint tea, chocolate, and a few candles.  I’m not too worried about the power going out as I was informed that my building has a generator and a full oil take to heat water should anything happen. My parent’s power went out on Long Island a few hours ago - oy! 

I have my main food groups covered: chocolate, peanut butter, nutella, bread (I even found Portuguese rolls - far left - which I haven’t been able to find in about ten years!), and some fruit. 

I’m thinking I should cook the rest of the chicken that I have in my fridge so I have it to eat if the power goes out. Any suggestions as to how I should prepare it?

I haven’t been as productive with this mandatory solitude as I could be, but I did straighten up my apartment, do laundry, and finish the book Show Biz (meh). Now I’m eating the Ben & Jerry’s pictured above and watching The Day After Tomorrow. Stay safe!

breakfast for dinner

Around 3pm I had a craving for an egg and cheese sandwich. I walked myself over to Whole Foods where I purchased Monterey Jack cheese and then proceeded to develop a stomach ache. I put the cheese in the fridge and decided to wait it out with some tea. I made an omelette with two eggs, a little bit of cheese, split it and put it on each toast piece. I could never forget the barbeque sauce, so there’s that too. And the tiny side salad to get some greener food groups in my dinner.


nom, nom, nom.

I’ve been trying to eat more ‘whole foods’ recently. Whole foods meaning non-processed foods. Since I love bananas and peanut butter, I’ve been making a lot of peanut butter, banana, strawberry, and skim milk smoothies after runs or yoga classes. They’re incredibly filling and good. And not processed!

I’m trying to calorie-count, and subsequently lose weight, for the first time ever.  It’s really only because I’m curious of how much I eat every day.  And I’m also skeptical about whether or not I could ever lose weight (I always assumed no).  But one of my friends was all, “It’s really easy, you just have to have will power.”  So I’m trying.  Why not, right?

I don’t feel like I have to lose weight and I’m afraid of losing my ass and boobs, but who knows where the weight (if any) will be lost at all.  

I’m keeping a food journal and aiming for 1200 calories a day (yesterday I unknowingly ingested 1500, oops).  I was always taught in school while growing up that we needed 2000 calories a day (maximum).  I guess that’s why the youth of America is all obese now?  I’m also watching my sodium intake since that corresponds with a lot of water weight.  So, I’m switching from soy milk (about 150mg of sodium/glass) to coconut water (0-15mg of sodium/glass).  I think I had about 1000 calories today (Wednesday). 

Does anyone have any other tips/advice?