Tax Season = Inevitable Weight Gain…o_O!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 19comments No tags Permalink 0

For the past month, I’ve been eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner at work. The audit team I’m currently on is a small group, just four of us, and luckily we all get along very well! :) D, B, R, and I spend more time with each other than anyone else these days, bonding over financial statements, excel documents and the fax machine.

And of course we eat.

Food is the main topic of our daily discussions, and yes, it’s great fortune that we all bring to the table different viewpoints on food. It’s always quite interesting to hear different perspectives on food, eating, and dessert. R eats for health (his vices are but few: Coke, Chips Ahoy, and Haagen Dazs). D has the most self control of us all when it comes to eating – often times it seems that she’s the only one who is able to find sane compromise between indulgence and moderation. As for B and I? Well let’s just say that we fall prey to whimsy and favour indulgences far over moderation ;)

What have we been eating so far this week?


An egg salad sandwich from Mangia, heavy on the dill. I felt some strange urge to add curry powder, but alas, a thorough search of the client’s kitchen pantry proved fruitless. Next time I must remember to ask them to add tomatoes to my sandwich…and maybe slices of avocadoooooo? hehe.

A simple caesar salad to go with my sandwich, but of course, my mind was on dessert as I munched away on my weekly intake of greens.

All possible health benefits I may have obtained from the salad (not that I believe there were many…or any for that matter ;), were gladly cancelled out with a decadent chilled slice of ricotta cheesecake. Simple vanilla sponge base, with a creamy, spoon-soft ricotta based top, too sweet for my tastes, but oh man, love, love, love the texture.

And because I always like a bit of salty either with, or after sweets, I more than willingly partook in B’s broccoli and cheddar quiche. B and I sit but a foot away from one another in the audit room (the team shares one massive conference table), and often share our lunches…never say ‘no’ to an opportunity to share or taste something different :)

For dinner that night, we all craved burgers and placed an order to P.J. Clark’s just a few blocks from us on 3rd Avenue. B and D went with normal sized burgers, while D did a chicken sandwich. I had my eye on the mini cheeseburgers and was quick to decide on the three mini cheeseburgers, done rare, with bubble & squeak

I nabbed some of D’s onion strings from her massive, and I mean massive, side order…

…and topped off my mini cheeseburgers, yay! :) The bubble & squeak turned out to be a pan fried potato pancake, nary a hint of vegetables. As for the cheeseburgers? Delicious, yes! Soggy bottom bun though, but I’m a fan of soggy buns, hehe.


We kicked off the day with the usual milk and cereal, and by the time lunch time rolled around I had an unexplainable burrito craving. Of course, I had to go about and carrying on my cravings like a delicious disease and soon, B and R also wanted burritos. So we all ordered the exact same dish from Mama Mexico, the burritos norteños. The menu wasn’t very clear, and we expected one big burrito a la Chipotle, so we were surprised to find two skinny burritos rolled with shredded chicken and green peppers in a mild red sauce. A smatter of fresh guacamole on the side, and where, where in the world did the rice and beans go?

Ahhh, well it turns out that the rice & corn with black beans comes on the side, in a completely separate container. A re-construction your own burrito I suppose! :)

And because I can never ever get enough of sour cream, I ordered a side of sour cream. The ‘side’ turned out to be a massive tub of white bliss! Oh goodness, I get weak in the knees at the sight of sour cream, and it took many urgent demands on the part of D that I “better not finish it cause (I) may get a heart attack.” Hehe. But sour cream is sooo goood!!

Dinner tonight was not so awesome…which is a bit sad cause I can usually count on Mangia to deliver both quality food at a highly efficient speed. My rigatoni with veal ragu was tired looking with the tiniest nidbits of ‘veal ragu’, scary bits of pale brown ‘meat’ in a watered down tomato sauce/juice, if you could even call it such a thing.

But alas, dessert saved the day, as we can often count on it to do! Tonight it was the walnut brownie. D first turned me on to the Mangia brownies, as all of us on the audit team have a strange fascination with sampling all the brownies throughout Manhattan’s midtown. (We’re still working on it – there are plenty of brownies to go though :)

Mangia does insanely delicious brownies, easily the best I’ve had in midtown, including this sour cherry studded version pictured above.

But my favourite of their brownies will forever remain the cream cheese brownie, a tall creature with a wonderful 1:1 ratio of cream cheese top to brownie base. Luxurious is the right word, you must let the brownie come to room temperature (they deliver it chilled – if I’m really desperate, I put it near the heater ^_^) till the cream cheese is softened just so. Take a spoon, fork, or heck, use your fingers (just make sure not to get the financial statements dirty!) and sink it all the way down, taking in the soft creamy mouthful melting into mild dark base, it is of the fudgy breed, devilish I dare say!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you tonight! Hope everyone is having a delicious week! :)

16 E 48th St
NY, NY 10017
(212) 754-7600

P.J. Clark’s
915 3rd Ave
NY, NY 10022
(212) 317-1616

Mama Mexico
214 E 49th St
NY, NY 10017
(212) 935-1316

  • K & S
    February 20, 2008

    what a delicious week you’re having!! love it :)

  • shann
    February 20, 2008

    NO SOUR CHERRY. bleh. worst most expensiveist brownie EVER.yesterday i had a peanut butter brownie from teh chelsea market and i didn’t tell you.

  • rowena
    February 20, 2008

    Gosh with the stuff you guys are able to order in/takeout, I’d be BEGGING to go to work each day. Just the mention of an egg salad sandwich had me wishing it was lunch already!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 20, 2008

    Hey Kat!I’m also enjoying the deliciousness you’re basking in back home in hawaii! :)Shann!Noooooosss!!! you needa go back for the cream cheese one, i swear, zomg sooo much better than fat witch!! we shall talk tonight ^_^Hey Rowena!Haha, I’m lucky that I work with such a great group of people – it makes the day so much more enjoyable! Heh, as for the egg salad? It must have been over three years since my last egg salad sandwich! Hope you’re having a great week! :)

  • d. yee
    February 21, 2008

    your past Sunday morning breakfast rocks out my hard boiled eggs.

  • Robyn
    February 21, 2008

    BUH, THE CHEESECAKE!! Want.And the egg salad sammich.Today I’m eating spam musubis. -_- I think I want something different.Like a sammich and cheesecake.

  • anonymous
    February 21, 2008

    I’m so jealous of all that great food by your office! Someone just gave me a bag of walnuts the other day. After your picture, I think I’ll make some brownies this weekend! :)

  • anonymous
    February 22, 2008

    Hi Kathy, How in the world do you stay so thin? I’ve gained weight just from looking at your blog. I’m so jealous!! Everything looks really yummy. I miss the cold weather in NYC, hope you are enjoying the cold temps and delicious food.Aloha,Mae

  • anonymous
    February 23, 2008

    Hi Kathy-This is Lauren again(kalani high student from the Mesa Grill comment). The next time you come back to Honolulu you MUST try this awesome little spot on Monsaratt called Diamond Head Cove Health Bar. They serve the BEST acai bowl on Honolulu. Trust me, I’ve tried acai from just about every vendor and these guys are by far the best!Look them up online, its quite awesome!Thank You,Lauren

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 23, 2008

    Diana!I do recall you had quite your share of awesome sunday breakfasts with you-know-who! ;)Robyn!RUSSIAN = SUNDAY! see you tomorrow! super yay! =)Hey Lori!ZOMG, <3 walnut brownies! Could never understand those people who don't like walnuts in their brownies…o_O! Eat an extra square on my behalf please, teehee :)Hey Mae! Hehe, not sure how long this thinness will last…had a rather tough time getting them jeans on today…one too many cookies, maybe? heheh ^_^Hey Lauren!My cousin just graduated from Kalani this year! :) OoOO! I’ve heard of the acai bowl at Diamond Head Cove Health Bar!!!…never got a chance to try it though, I hope I make a trip home soon! Thanks for the tip! :)

  • reid
    February 23, 2008

    Kathy,When I lived in NYC and when I worked on West 57th right across the street from Bergdorf Goodman, I used to go to Mangia on W 56th all the time. My favorite was arugula and brie on a baguette. Mmmmm!

  • jesse
    February 23, 2008

    Hi Kathy, I’ve been lurking around for weeks and I’ve finally summoned up enough courage to leave a comment. ^_^ That cheesecake brownie is haunting my dreams right now, I wish they have those in LA!

  • anonymous
    February 24, 2008

    Hi Kathy!Another food find in Honolulu-Diamond Head Market and Grill! Its been around for a while now and I’ve been heading there for lunch nearly every Saturday. Gourmet/local and fresh plate lunches plus a killer market with the BEST torte. Layers of peanut butter cheesecake, bananas, choco pudding, oreo cookie crust and topped with a healthy serving of whipped cream! And since you live in NY, have you ever tried turkey joints? They’re not actual turkey bones, but a creamy milk chocolate mixed with nuts cased in a long, sectioned toffee shell so it looks like a real turkey joint! Pretty cool and tastes sinful! :)Thank You-Lauren

  • anonymous
    February 25, 2008

    WOW! You muz have like a turbo-charged metabolism of something!!! Man, I’ll give anything in the world to be you!! What size are you? a US4?? man, LOVE your blog! Amazing, engaging blog :)

  • anonymous
    February 25, 2008

    I second the Diamond Head Grill suggestion. Try their Portobello Mushroom Burger plate. So awesome! A hamburger patty with a big portobello mushroom on top, covered with gravy. Nice. As long as we’re on the subject of Hawaii eats, you should also pay a visit to Gyu-kaku. It’s on Kapiolani and it’s yakiniku-style. They have meat marinated in different sauces (like miso and stuff) along with garlic noodles, fried rice maybe, and a whole bunch of desserts. Hope you can make it…now I’ve gotta get back home too! Keep up the great work.

  • anonymous
    February 26, 2008

    What a great post Kathy. Love the interoffice dynamic (and the ricotta cheesecake :P)

  • anonymous
    February 26, 2008

    Hey I’m actually a fan of your blog and have been following it ever since … well god knows when!! I really love it – your story are really engaging and sometimes i FEEL like I’m there with you :) I love love love BREAD PUDDING TOO!! heheheh…. but sadly I live in Aus so I can’t visit any of the places you recommended!! Oh to tell you, I’m not really surprise that you were once a catwalk model too! wow….you must be rich then eh?! Show us pictures of you in all those amazing couture!! PLEASE??? And did you love food so much when you were a model?? hahaha… to sum it all up!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! SOOO FREAKING ENTERTAING…LOVEmandy

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 27, 2008

    Hey Reid!Oh man, Mangia is definitely our to-go place for weekday lunches…its definitely the brownies that have me coming back, hehe ^_^. Hope all is well in Hawaii!! :)Hey Jesse!Thanks for commenting!! :) You might not find the exact same cream cheese brownie in LA, but you do have a whole ton of Vietnamese bakeries in the San Garbriel Valley that I’m so enviously lusting after at the moment! ;)Hey Lauren!Awww, I used to go to Diamond Head Mkt and Grill with my dad all the time!! lovelovelove the banana cheesecake and portobello mushroom sandwich (though not necessarily together, hehe ;) Have heard of turkey bones, but never tried them yet – consider it on my “to eat” list! :)Hey Kassie!Used to have a turbo charged metabolism, lol…but it’s dying down at a rather alarming rate these past few months…o_O! Shall milk it for as long as it lasts, hehe! ;)Hey Mallory!ZOMG, the portobello burger plate is my favourite dish there! Gah, I must come home for a visit soon…you make my crave all this local foods…oh man, okay, if I ever make it though tax season, I’ll be home sometime this year! ;)Doug!hehe, ahhh, yesssum nothing like a midday cheescake, eh? :)Hey Mandy!Thanks for the comment! :) ZOMG, yay for bread pudding lovers!!!!! I must say though, for all the good food NYC has, it’s very rare that you come across a very good bread pudding! Oh maaans, we also don’t have Tim Tams – lucky you live Australia!! Loved food all my life, though recently I find that I’ve been tipping the scales a bit higher than I’d prefer! ^_^

  • Queenie
    March 12, 2008

    Kathy, we totally work in the same block! I have that view of the brick skyscraper, too.This post is great – reminds me of my life – takeout and meals eaten at my desk. Doesn’t mean you can’t have good stuff, though. Thank god for seamless web.

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