Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Blanket of Snow in the City

by Meghann on February 11, 2010

I think I can get used to this whole being stuck in NYC business.

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Especially when the city is covered in white and gorgeous as it was today. 🙂

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Gorgeous, no?

I slept like a baby last night. I was out around 10:00 and snoozed until my alarm woke me up at 7:00 am,

I immediately hit the gym and got a great speed work session out on the treadmill. I attempted what Megan refers to as a ‘Yasso’ in my training plan which consisted of a warm up and 4-8 800 x 4:00 each, with a 4:00 recovery, and a cool down.

Running on the treadmill is boring so I could only pull off 4 800 x 4:00, but honestly that was enough. I had a great sweat going on the end and felt completely wiped!

It felt good to run. I can’t wait to be able to run outside again in Florida! I’m not sure how all your northerners handle this weather for so many months out of the year!

After a quick shower my Mom, Megan, and I headed to Chelsea Market for breakfast at Sarabeth’s.

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I ordered the Plain Jane which was a plate of scrambled eggs and a muffin of my choice.

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I went with the english muffin and it was delicious smeared with a bit of Sarabeth’s homemade jam.

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With our bellies full and the sun shining bright, it was time for another day of the Big Apple.

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Fashion Week kicked off this morning in Bryant Park

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See anyone famous? I didn’t. 🙁

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This is the last year Fashion Week will be held in Bryant Park, so it was pretty cool to have the chance to see it in person during its last hoorah.

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Next we headed to Central Park and I nibbled on a Pink Lady on the way.

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Central Park was a winter wonderland

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Gorgeous photos where ever you turn!

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The only thing I was missing was a sled!

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Seeing Central Park covered in white was definitely worth being stuck in NYC for! Who knows if I will ever have the opportunity to see conditions like that again! I made sure to soak it all up and make the most of it. 🙂

Of course snow = cold. We headed to FAO Schwartz to warm up and have a little fun 😉

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Did you know they have their own puppet shop?

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Kind of creepy and cool at the same time.

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I think all of us let out a little yelp when we saw the floor piano!!

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I did a lovely rendition of Mary Had a Little Lamb. 😉

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I think Megan and my Mom had way more piano skills than I did. 😉

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My NYC Cupcake Tour ’10 continued today when we happened to stumble upon a Magnolia’s Bakery while exploring the city. 😉

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It was a tough decision, but we were able to select a couple of cupcakes to enjoy after lunch. 😉

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We hopped on the subway and headed to Greenwich Village for lunch.

A lot of commenters had recommended The Hummus Place for lunch while I was NYC and I couldn’t wait to try it for myself.

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The restaurant was TINY! I would say my tiny apartment back home is larger than this space, but i think the size only added to its charm.

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Our hummus dining experience began with a plate of olives and pickles.

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For my meal I took advantage of the lunch special.

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The lunch special consisted of a choice of one appetizer and hummus from the menu. I chose the stuffed grape leaves with a mint cilantro yogurt sauce for my appetizer.IMG_9640.JPG

I ate two and split the third with my Mom. My mom thought the sauce tasted a little off, but I really enjoyed it.

And the Hummus Masabacha topped with whole chick peas, olive oil & spices for my hummus.

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With whole wheat pitas for dipping

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The warm pitas were a perfect fit with my hummus.

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I need to have whole meals of hummus more often. 😉

The waitress had barely cleared the plates when Megan and I began pulling out our Magnolia Cupcakes for dessert!

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My Mom and I decided to split the vanilla cake with chocolate frosting cupcake for our dessert.

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Thus far on my Cupcake Tour of NYC I have samples cupcakes from:

  • Buttercup – Great cupcake, but the selection was low
  • Crumbs – Loved the many flavor options. Actual cupcake was ok and I was totally digging the icing center
  • Carlos Bakery – Surprisingly moist cupcake compared to the others

But, none of those compare to the Magnolia Bakery Cupcake today!

I mean WOW! The actual cupcake part tasted similar to the others, but it was the icing that hands down won me over. The chocolate icing was rich, fluffy, and delectable. I believe we all agreed we could have a shot of just the icing and be happy with our cupcake experience. 😉

I sampled a bite of Megan’s white on white cupcake as well.

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It was also great. The icing totally makes the cupcakes here. 🙂

Across the street from the Hummus Place was an eyebrow threader that was calling my Mom and mine’s name. We had never had the technique done before and were curious of what it was like.

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The whole eyebrow threading experience was quick and painless. Now, I just need to find a threader in Orlando! 🙂

We headed to battery park so that Megan could see the statue of liberty and then to Union Square for a little shopping. We decided to take a peak at the Trader Joes were pleasantly surprised the line wrapped around half the store rather than the whole store. I stocked up on a few items and on the way out had a couple of the candied ginger I just bought.

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These babies were really spicy! I really want to cut the pieces up and add them to a baking recipe. Anyone had any ideas for that one?

A little while later I had this new bar I purchased at a deli.

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It was pretty good. They had a few more flavors that I would love to stock up on before I leave.

I’ve discover that we always have these great ideas on where to eat for dinner (like tonight we wanted to go to Otto), but by the time we make it back to the hotel no one feels like heading back in the cold and trekking across town for dinner. So, with that in mind, I’m pretty sure’ we’ve ate at almost every restaurant that surrounds our hotel.

Tonight was no different and we happily walked less than a block to Gaslight Pizzeria.

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In case you were curious olives are my favorite pizza topping.

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And a big spinach salad filled with beets, raisin, artichokes hearts, peppers, and roasted squash (shared with Mom) makes the perfect pizza companion.

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My evening ended with half of a vegan ginger cookie from the deli across the street.

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What a fun day!

I am going to miss being stuck in this city, but I am more than ready to fly home. 🙂

My flight tomorrow leaves early afternoon, which gives me just enough time to attend a Core Fusion class with some local bloggers. Should be fun!

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