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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ™

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course snow = cold. We headed to FAO Schwartz to warm up and have a little fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I think Megan and my Mom had way more piano skills than I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It was a tough decision, but we were able to select a couple of cupcakes to enjoy after lunch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

1 megzzwinsatlife February 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Have fun at Core Fusion.. Wish I didn’t have to go to work and could attend with you guys.. Looks like you had fun in NY.. I was in Central Park on my lunch today I wish I would have ran into you guys.. I work across the street so it helps me scape from the office..

Have a safe flight tomorrow.. ๐Ÿ™‚

2 Dori February 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

We’re going before work

3 Heather February 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm

HOLY PIZZA!!! that slice looks amazing…hopefully I’ll get stuck in NY unexpectedly one day ๐Ÿ˜‰

4 Dori February 11, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Your olive pizza looks amazing!!! I want a slice like that! Glad you got to TJ’s when it wasn’t too crazy. I got my eyebrows threaded right before Alice’s Tea Cup with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I get it done every week. Perfect for sensitive skin. I am still drooling over your pizza. See you very early at Core Fusion!!

5 Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl February 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Wow… those are seriously some gorgeous photos! So glad you were able to enjoy the experience. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜€

*smiles*
Michele

6 K February 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I was just randomly looking at your twitter page, and it saddens me to see comments like “you know you’ve had too much cake when your jeans are tight” and “I miss my kitchen at home with all the veggies.”
Please enjoy your vacation! Vacations are only temporary and you will be back to healthy eating soon. Just ENJOY it!

7 Jenna February 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm

wow meghann! what a great day in NYC yet again!
jenna

8 Ashley February 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Okay, well first things first, i’m getting my eyebrows threaded this weekend! Is it expensive? I’m glad you enjoyed Hummus Place and I wish Core Fusion was at 6am vs 7am so I could meet you guys. Boo for meetings taht start at 8. See you in Chicago!!!

9 theprocessofhealing February 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Wow it sounds like you are having fun!!! And is it just me or do your meals just look incredibly amazing. Especially your breakfast. And the cupcake?! OMG. I have cupcake envy ๐Ÿ˜€

Gorgeous pics!!!!

10 Kim February 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Meghann…what did I say the other day? Magnolia Bakery. Like Whoa…

11 Molly February 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

ah glad you had fun! I totally wouldnt have minded getting stuck in the city ๐Ÿ™‚ Fly safe!

xo-Molly
http://www.givinganythingbutup.wordpress.com

12 lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 11, 2010 at 11:18 pm

What in the world is eyebrow threading? Please explain.

13 Erin February 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

What a gorgeous day to be in NY! Looks like the weather there was similar to here in DC — cold but sunny. We have drifts of up to 10 feet here but it’s melting, thankfully.

14 Anna February 11, 2010 at 11:22 pm

What a fun, fun day! I LOVE the BIG piano! One of my favorite movie scenes ever!

15 Stephanie February 11, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Yes!!! Magnolia Bakery is amazing and has by far the best cupcakes ever. I actually went there today and tried the mini cheesecakes. They were really good. I am obsessed with Magnolia, ha!

16 Niki @ Niki's Neverending Adventure February 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

You sure had a fun day with awesome eats!! I would love to eat at that hummus place!! Yum!! How about making some type of molasses cookie with the candied Ginger in it?

17 Jamie February 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

What a day! And, as everyone is echoing, the hummus place looks out of this world!!

18 fromatopink February 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I agree with you – Magnolia Cupcakes ROCK. They are probably the best I’ve had, definitely the best icing! I got my eyebrows threaded once and vowed never to do it again – it HURT! Maybe whoever did mine did a poor job, since you described it as painless. But I’m afraid I’ve been scarred for life and won’t have the guts to try again! We’ll see. Glad you had such a wonderful trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

19 21mph February 11, 2010 at 11:51 pm

There is an eyebrow threader in the Oviedo Marketplace, if you get really desperate ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Kristen February 11, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I agree the icing is definately separates Magnolia Bakery from the competition!! So glad you had a chance to try it out.

Thanks for posting all the cool places to eat, will be a great reference next time I’m there!!

21 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 12, 2010 at 12:06 am

Oh that all serioulsy looks so good! And a lunch of hummus – ooooh yeah ๐Ÿ™‚

22 Emilyeatsclean February 12, 2010 at 12:10 am

Where do I begin???
1) I had to google eyebrow threading ๐Ÿ™‚
2) I could definitely eat an entire meal of hummus and pita!
3) Glad your getting your money’s worth out of those boots.
4) Currently in cupcake envy!!

Enjoy the rest of NYC!!!

-emily http://www.emilyeatsclean.wordpress.com

23 Reenie February 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

Ok ~ I’m going to have to go google an eyebrow threader? WTH is that?

24 melissa February 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

I will never wax or tweeze again. Threading is amazing.

25 Laura February 12, 2010 at 12:22 am

Ooh, highly recommend chopping up the ginger pieces and using them in Sweet and Natural’s Crystallized Ginger Cookies. Or if you’re feeling like a less virtuous but totally delicious treat, you could make some traditional New Zealand Ginger Crunch. There’s no crystallized (or non-crystallized in your case, it looks like! :)) ginger in the recipe, but I always chop up a packet and add it to the base mixture before pressing it into the tin. It’s my dad’s favourite.

All the blogs are giving me serious wanderlust at the moment! I’d love to go to NY. Although I think I could give American weather a miss at the moment. We’ve finally hit our summer weather and it’s been a gorgeous 30 degrees celcius (86 fahrenheit) here most days in the last fortnight.

26 Run Sarah February 12, 2010 at 12:24 am

How awesome! I loveee getting my eyebrows threaded, and it’s only $5 including tip here and so quick. The hummus place sounds like my type of restaurant, YUM! I bought one of those Simply Bars here. I can’t wait to try it!

27 caronae February 12, 2010 at 12:28 am

I love your snowy pictures of CP. “Us Northerners” manage to run in the winter by wearing lots and lots of layers. Once you get started and warm up (usually after a mile or so), it’s really not so bad, and you can’t beat postcard-beautiful winter scenes!
The Magnolia frosting is indeed soooo rich. I too could eat it plain ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Meredith February 12, 2010 at 12:42 am

magnolia’s is definitely the best for cupcakes. I am a fan of the red velvet, personally ๐Ÿ™‚ and olives on pizza…. delish! I don’t like eye brow threading, I tried it once but it felt weird! I hated having to hold down my own eye and then I had stray eyebrow hairs all over my face!

29 carolinebee February 12, 2010 at 12:55 am

WOwwww meg, sounds like you’ve had the BEST birthday everrr in Ny!! Ha your lunch reminds me of our fab dinner we had in LB last year!! I feel like you need to go to the middle east at some point in your life- you would prob die happy having authentic hummus and pita and grape leaves ๐Ÿ˜€ Have fun tomorrow, gorgeous pics too! xo

30 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 12, 2010 at 1:04 am

I got those Simply Bars in a bloggie package from Krista…I thought they were Canadian but I guess not! I love their mayjah protein content!

31 thewhatkateateblog February 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

your day sounds utterly amazing – cupcakes, hummus, & a floor piano!?

32 erika February 12, 2010 at 1:48 am

Hi,
Use the candied ginger in a pear-ginger torte recipe. I tried that once… so good! (I think I just googled the recipe, but it was easy.)

33 foodfitnessandfreya February 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

Wow so much happened!
Central Park looks beautiful (I so nearly wrote Central PErk, ‘Friends’ has polluted me!!) and all the food looks amazing! I’ve heard of the Mongolia Bakery (I’m in England!) so I’m jealous you got try ๐Ÿ˜›
And I totally agreewith you – treadmill workouts are SO dull. I can’t do more than 20mins ๐Ÿ™
Have a good day!

34 Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 12, 2010 at 4:38 am

When I got my threading done, it was painful! I swore, never again! But then again I can get a Hollywood wax, and be perfectly fine! Everyone is different, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you are enjoying your unplanned extra time in NY!

35 Karla February 12, 2010 at 7:38 am

Your pictures look lovely!
Enjoy the rest of your time in NYC!

36 Kelly February 12, 2010 at 8:08 am

The salon at the corner of Dean and University over in East Orlando has an awesome girl that does threading for $10.

37 Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 12, 2010 at 8:15 am

I was at the Hummus Place yesterday too! Enjoy your last few hours in New York! I’m finally getting home today as well. It’s been fun Big Apple!

38 Paige February 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

Your food for the day looked awesome! The Plain Jane…yummm!!! There’s nothing like scrambled eggs and toast on a cold winter morning!

39 Angela February 12, 2010 at 8:38 am

I’m so jealous of all the yummy cupcakes! It’s actually pretty easy to thread your own eyebrows I learned to do it in beauty school but there are lots of youtube video on how to do it yourself if you want!

40 Kelly February 12, 2010 at 8:57 am

Eeeeeeeeeeek, your pictures of snowy NYC just made me soooo excited to head back up there tonight! The one you took of the stone bridge in Central Park is my banner on my webpage! I wonder if I’ll be able to convince my bf to go to central park and be touristy with me.

41 maren February 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

i thought i saw you yesterday in chelsea market!!! i shouldve said hi!! you need to try babycakes cupcakes on your tour!!

42 Neely February 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

Meghann,

Thanks SO much for the pictures. It sounds weird but yesterday was a horrible, awful day for me and seeing that, on the very same day, someone else had that awesome of a day made me kind of see that I can have a day like that soon, and that today just wasn’t it for me.

Also, everything you did today sounds like a dream day to me. Killer food and great pictures!

43 dianacheung February 12, 2010 at 9:19 am

i love how you are taking advantage of a “bad” situation by exploring!! You are probably also taking advantage of the shorter lines! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love all your eats and found myself thinking “I DIDN’T KNOW THAT” even though I try to go to nyc once a year! ๐Ÿ™‚

44 Heather February 12, 2010 at 9:22 am

What gorgeous pictures!!! Ahh Magnolias–LOVE!! (It’s the only NYC cupcake I’ve ever had!! I need to go back and try more :))

45 lindsayruns February 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

Snow and cupcakes look like fun! I looooooove that ginger! I made a banana bread with it once. not to be a self promoter, but it’s on my recipe page if you need inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

46 Liza February 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

Sounds like NYC is a blast, I am jealous!!! I am in Texas abd its only cold and rainy, the worst. Well one of my favorite cookies is called the ultimate ginger cookies its made with crystalllized ginger I think that your candied ginger could work. Its by Ina Garten, Barefoot contessa, Here is a website for the recipe:http://www.recipezaar.com/The-Barefoot-Contessas-Ultimate-Ginger-Cookies-200928

Hope you have a safe flight back and an awesome last morning in the BIG APPLE!!! xoxoxo

47 rachael February 12, 2010 at 10:24 am

OMG..that olive pizza looks amazing! Enjoy the rest of your time in NYC!

48 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 12, 2010 at 10:30 am

Try the Lemon Coconut Simply Bar. It’s the best!

49 eatavegan February 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

I looooooove Hummus Place! So glad you got to experience their awesomeness!

50 melissa February 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

Try looking at kiosks in your local mall or in hair salons for threaders. That’s where they have them all over up here (NJ). They are amazing!

51 deliciouswellness February 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I had a wonderful dessert with candied ginger! I think I found it in the magazine “Vegetarian Times” a long time ago. All you need is the ginger, a few mint leaves, and coconut ice cream (I recommend Purely Decadent or Coconut Bliss). Cut up a few pieces of the ginger into small chunks and break a few of the mint leaves into little pieces. Top both on the ice cream! It was DELICIOUS! ๐Ÿ™‚

52 Sheila February 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I love your NYC snow pictures…..they make me miss the snow. And I don’t think there’s a better city to have been snowed-in in.

As for recipe suggestions for the crystalized ginger, I highly recommend the banana bread on Orangette’s blog, it’s in this post: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2004/12/mussels-wine-and-excuse-to-eat-whipped.html. Bananas, ginger, chocolate…..so good!

53 Ali February 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I went to Magnolia when I was in NYC in Nov. and I would have to agree…OUTSTANDING! I crave them all the time!

54 kt February 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

So many things! I would love to go to a hummus restaurant, it all looks delicious. That + cupcakes would be such an ideal day haha. I’m interested in eyebrow threading now… going to try to look into it in my area!

55 jeri February 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

what the heck is eyebrown threading?!?!? I’m so confused….

56 Amanda February 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

There is an eyebrow threader at the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando. Not sure how close you live, but it is an option.

Your trip looked fabulous! I am jealous. Enjoy your weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day.

57 chocolate pickle February 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I love Magnolia Cupcakes and Buttercup too!!…I’m guessing it is just mostly a matter of what kind you get at each since the owner of Buttercup was one of the two original owners of Magnolia when Magnolia only had its first location in Greenwich Village…so the frosting recipes are very similar…now I just wish I had a cupcake in MY hand..I DIE for good frosting:) Have a safe trip home!

58 kristilyn February 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

I loved that hummus dish you got … ever since I started being good to my body about 3 years ago I’ve loved hummus. It always makes me feel good. That pizza looks delicious, too! I’m not an olive fan, but I do tolerate them on pizza.

It looks like you had a great time on your last day!

K

59 meyergirl February 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

They just opened a threading place here, I’ll have to try it soon.

60 Baking is my Zen February 17, 2010 at 6:30 am

Looks like you’re having a great time and for a great cause! Great photos! I’ve voted!

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