But for the moment, you might be wondering what's happened in the beginning of 2014?
Where did January go you might ask?
A blur of busy days, long runs, nights spent enjoying nice red wine and cheeses and good company. There was the fantastic discovery of the new cheese company, Mystic Cheese, hailing from Mystic, CT, and found in the cheese cases at Beecher's; the lovely aged Parmesan and sundried tomato appetizer at Bocca Di Bacco; the elegant cheese selections at Leopard des Artistes and the more casual paired offerings at Dakota Bar, both neighborhood favorites; and of course my first visit to DiBruno Brothers in Philly. Looking back, January was a full month of cheese experiences, enjoying each moment and morsel.
But now, it's Feburary! Or well, February is almost half over, gosh, where does the time go?
February is my clean month. What do I mean by that?
Each year, for one month, I substitute out my red wine and dirty Gin Martinis for green tea and muddled cucumber with seltzer. At the end of the month, I'll be running the Napa Valley Marathon and the cleansing month leading up to it improves my running, my energy, my mental clarity, and has become a tradition. It pushes me to mentally prepare for my race and to stop and savor the small moments in life. So for the remainder of the month of February, I suggest my dear friends, to stop and pause and enjoy. We, as New Yorkers lead very busy, over scheduled, hectic, and stressed lives. So instead of constantly being on that hamster wheel, take a moment to stop and recognize what's around you and how you are truly lucky. Oh and definitely enjoy a nice glass of red wine for me!