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Adios January

by Meghann on January 31, 2012

Today is the last day of January 2012.

Man, has this month flew.

Derek and I kicked off the month in Titusville, surrounded by family.


We ran from Miami to Key West via our first Ragnar Relay.




We celebrated in Key West.


Jessica got married.


We started our hunt for the perfect wedding venue.


We took his parents to Universal.


I attended Ashley’s bachelorette party in St. Pete.


And that was only the first month of the year.

Looking into February… there’s the ski trip, my birthday, Valentine’s Day, Ben and Ashley’s wedding, the St. Pete half marathon, etc.

And March is just as full.

2012 is going to be crazy.

My January 31st began with a 10k around the neighborhood. Since I didn’t have to take Maddie out this morning, I tacked on 10 extra minutes of sleep to my morning routine. It was glorious. I love Maddie, but I love sleep too – even 10 extra minutes of it. 🙂

My run was ok. I originally set out to do a tempo run, but it ended up turning into a run of negative splits. My legs were taking their time warming up and each mile was faster than the previous, only because I couldn’t get my pace down before that. I would have preferred holding a 7:50 pace for all 4 miles, not just the last one.

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I’m less than two weeks out from the St. Pete Half Marathon and have a funky travel schedule ahead of me this coming week. I think I’m about as trained as I’m going to get for this race. All I can do now is cross my fingers and hope for the best. :/

My run was followed by breakfast out of my favorite snowflake bowl.


There’s a serving of multi-grain hot cereal buried under the peanut butter, strawberries, walnuts, and handful of Quaker Oatmeal Squares.


See? Found it.


I have a heavy work day ahead of me. No sense putting it off any longer.

Random question of the day:

Derek and I are flying into NYC tomorrow night – any suggestions for a good ‘guy friendly’ dinner spot? (aka not tapas style and heavy on the portions?)

1 Kathy January 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

I knew I enjoyed your writing and blog for a reason….we share the same birthday month! (when’s yours? Mine is the 11th….although, definitely not the same year…ha!)

Never been to NYC….have fun! What a January you have had!
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2 Meghann January 31, 2012 at 10:19 am

February 8th! It’s my favorite date. 🙂

3 Aditi January 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

After living in NYC for over two years, my absolute favorite place to eat is an amazing pizza place called Motorino in the East Village (you can read a great review of it in the New York Times)! There is also a great Italian place in the Lower East Side called Rubi Rossa that I also love!

4 Meghann January 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

We just had someone else recommend that too!!! I have it bookmarked, we LOVE good pizza!

5 Alana January 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I’ve lived in NYC for a few months now and I highly recommend Stand Burger in the West Village. Gigantic homemade burgers (including veggie, salmon, turkey, etc), awesome fries, and great milkshakes. If you go you have to try the toasted marshmallow milkshake, it is amazing!

6 Cait's Plate January 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

Oooh I love the idea of topping oats with cereal for crunch! I always go granola but I bet Oatmeal Squares would be AWESOME.
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7 Lindsay January 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

What does “guy friendly” mean? The only thing I can think of is something that is meat-focused. And for that, all I can think of is maybe Brazilian BBQ or any steak house. I can’t imagine having to choose a restaurant based on whether my boyfriend would like it; that must be so tough having to accommodate him! There are so many wonderful restaurants in NYC, that you should probably narrow it down to a neighborhood and then decide from there. When we were in NYC last, we chose restaurants based on reputation, type of food and to a certain extent, price. Adding in another requirement that it be “guy food,” whatever that is, probably would have driven me crazy!

8 Meghann January 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

I guess I should change it from ‘guy friendly’ to ‘Derek friendly.’ He’s not really into fancy food and places that I would normally want to go to, he probably wouldn’t be into and vice versa. Last year I took him to Candle 79 (a vegan restaurant), so this year I wanted to treat him to something that was more his simple style. Not fancy, but still good food. He’s also not a fan of places with small plates, so I’m crossing all of those off of my list.

9 Lindsay January 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

Bummer! All the more reason to go up there on your own or with girlfriends!

10 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

Wow, what a busy (but awesome) month!!! I bet it’ll definitely be one of the most memorable for you this year. As for running, I can’t wait till it’s warm enough to run outside again here – I’m so envious of your weather!
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11 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups January 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love your definition of “guy friendly.” My boy won’t do tapas either! What an exciting month January has been for you. This year will bring you so many exciting things as you are wedding planning!
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12 Amanda January 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

I’d suggest Rattle N Hum. They have a great beer selection and the burgers are delicious.

13 Sarah January 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

We loved to go to Brother Jimmy’s for beer and food when I was in college.

14 Rebeccah January 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

Do you have an iPhone? Download the free FastFood app by Kuchbi. I just moved here and it’s been priceless. You can search by type of food, area, etc. I don’t have any suggestions otherwise except hitting up one of midtown’s steakhouses… Palm Too (45th and 2nd) is my favorite, albeit rather pricey. The 7 layer chocolate cake is to die for!

15 Jean January 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’m not sure if burgers will cut it, but the best I’ve had in NYC is Royale: The Royale with blue cheese/bacon is the most ridiculously delicious thing I’ve ever eaten. It’s more of a bar with good food rather than a fancy restaurant, but definitely “guy friendly.” Good luck!

16 Kath January 31, 2012 at 10:55 am

I read this whole post saying “Meghann what a big mistake… Today is Jan 30”

Look who’s the dumb one now!! D’oh!

17 Meghann January 31, 2012 at 10:56 am


18 Christine January 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

So I lived in NYC for 6 months (Oct2010-Mar2011) on the Upper East Side, so here are my recommendations (all fairly reasonably priced as I was totally broke):
Lilli’s Asian Cuisine (on 3rd Ave between 84th and 85th)
Luke’s Lobster (on 81st and 2nd Ave)
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ (2nd Ave and 77th St) – multiple locations
Shake Shack (on 86th between 3rd and Lex) – multiple location

Hope this helps!

19 Allison January 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

Crazy busy girl! Have fun on the trip.
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20 Faith @ For the Health of It January 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

Try UVA – it’s an AMAZING Italian place that’s a great mixture of “foodie” items and guy-friendly classics!

21 Stephanie Ratty January 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

I live just outside of NY and come from a long line of comfort foodies. We LOVE:

Virgil’s (Southern BBQ style, in the theater district)
PJ Clarkes (it’s the place that “Mad Men” characters go all the time, lol. Classic pub food w/some great specials)
Carmines (Italian, theater district)

Enjoy the city!!

22 Caroline January 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

Wow- January was an awesome month for you all, and February sounds just as fun as well!

23 Jess January 31, 2012 at 11:24 am

Go to the Brickyard Gastropub: Lots of great food, good location, great beer.

24 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

Your year does like pretty crazy, but it also looks like it’s full of fun events with family and friends.. those are the best!
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25 Ada January 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

Ahh you’re coming to NYC???? I’ve never been, but I keep hearing great things about The Smith. They are known for their housemade potato chips with dip that Derek might like.
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26 Ada January 31, 2012 at 11:38 am

Also I’ve been reading through the comments and would AVOID Brother Jimmy’s and Carmines at all costs. Total tourist traps:/
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27 Natalie January 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

When I was there a few years ago, I absolutely loved Katz Diner. Yes, it may be touristy because it’s the location “Where Harry Met Sally” but totally worth it because that’s my favorite movie and the food did not disappoint! Also, I don’t know if you’re into “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on the Food Network, but he’s been doing a lot of really cool places in NYC lately so you might want to check out that list. On another note, I’ve always been curious at how East Coast skiing stacks up to skiing in the Rockies? I’ve been going my entire life and we all tend to be a bit snobbish about East Coast skiing! 🙂 Have fun! So jealous as I’m not getting to go this year!

28 Meghann January 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

YEs! We’ve been to Katz and Derek loved it, but I told him we don’t go to NYC enough to go to the same places everytime, we have to try new ones too. 🙂 East Coast is no where near as great as the skiing in the Rockies. We used to go to Vermont with I was younger, but I mainly grew up skiing in the Breckenridge area. I would rather ski in the powder of the rockies than the ice of east any day. 🙂

29 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

Such an eventful January for you!!
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30 Kristin January 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I’m vegan, but I’ve heard the most amazing things about Fete Sau. It’s in Brooklyn, but only one stop from the city & is renown for their insane bbq, whiskey & craft beer. Sounds right up your alley! Motorino does have delicious pizza, I concur. And Del Frisco’s (Manhattan) and Peter Luger’s (Brooklyn) are apparently great steakhouses if you’re looking for that. Have a blast in NYC!

31 ABD January 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Fette Sau IS amazing, but there is limited seating in the inside part so it might not be the best place for January (although it is GORGEOUS here today). If you do go to Fette Sau you need to go to the Williamsburg Milk Bar (also on Metropolitan) and get Compost Cookies, Birthday Cake Balls and a slice of Crack Pie. Anyone with a sweet tooth can’t go to NYC without hitting up a Milk Bar ( – There is also one by The Smith).

32 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

WOW–you have a LOT going on. SO fun!!

33 Kristina January 31, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Mermaid Inn

34 Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

YES! If your man likes meat, and huge portions, you have GOT to take him to the NYC standards Katz deli or Veselka on 2nd Ave. They aren’t new or trendy but they’re friggen popular for a reason. Amazing food, huge portions, great people. If you need anything (directions etc, you can email or twit message me. I am in the city and Bk everyday as I live here!! LOL) Also, the best food is in Brooklyn now.
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35 bri January 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Molly’s!! Such a different atmosphere and delicious food 🙂

36 Aly January 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Cafe Mogador is amazing Moroccan Food in the East Village. It has large plates, a nice atmosphere and is a great date spot as well!

37 KAY January 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’ve lived in NYC for a few years now and I would recommend The Smith! They have two locations (I’ve only been to the one on Third Ave) but lots of really good menu options and prices are reasonable for the city. Luke’s Lobster’s lobster rolls are amazing, but more of a lunch place. Stay away from Brother Jimmy’s– it’s a bar meant for watching games, not a good dinner in NYC 🙂 Mermaid Inn is good, great happy hour specials, but gets super crowded (so reservations suggested) and it’s all seafood. Have a good trip!

38 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Sounds like you are going to have a very busy month! Lots of fun stuff 🙂 Have fun in NYC!
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39 Sarah January 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Shake Shack!! The original is in Madison Square Garden, but any location will provide you with a great burger. Make sure you get the peanut butter milkshake too!! way too good to pass up. Trust me!
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40 Amanda's Notebook January 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I agree with some of the above commenters that Shake Shack is delicious and totally guy friendly.

Another must-do is Artichoke, a pizza place in Meatpacking and on Lower East Side. They have HUGE filling pizzas (spinach artichoke ON the pizza), meatballs, stuffed artichokes. Yum.
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41 Kelsey January 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm

You guys should check out S’Mac ( at 345 East 12th Street (East Village). They serve all different kinds of mac and cheese in 3 different portion sizes. We’ve had the cheeseburger and buffalo chicken mac and cheese and both were sooo good. Seems like pretty good “guy food” to me 🙂

42 cassidy hogan January 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I live here in NY and am married to someone who only likes “guy food”. Meatball Shop, Shake Shack, Patsys, Taim (falafal but soooo good and filling). Those are our fav casual spots.
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43 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 31, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Such an eventful month for you!!! And that breakfast bowl looks so delicious!

44 Samantha January 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I would definitely check out The Smith! Great food, reasonable prices, and I would classify it as Derek friendly. Have fun on your trip!!
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45 Corey @ Learning Patience January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You have had such an exciting January! 🙂 Enjoy NYC! The 9-11 Memorial is incredible if you have 20 minutes to spare – you have to get tickets online 1st though… We loved Little Owl…

xoxo from Trinidad
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46 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What a crazy (but amazing) start to the new year for you guys! I can’t wait to see how the year progresses. 🙂
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47 Poptartyogini January 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

The problem with getting engaged in January is that all other months will pale in comparison. A nice vacation at the beginning of february isn’t a bad way to give it a run for its money however!
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48 Poptartyogini January 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

The problem with getting engaged in January is that all other months will pale in comparison. A nice vacation at the beginning of february isn’t a bad way to give it a run for its money however!
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49 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness January 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I agree that time is flying by!
I recently moved to NYC so I’m still learning some top spots, but for casual I would do Shake Shack or Johns Pizza. My fav brunch place is Good Enough to Eat…biscuits with strawberry butter! So gooood and soooo bad! 🙂 I can help come up with more suggestions if your interested in connecting further! Whatever you do I am sure you will have a blast!
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50 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for keeping us entertained this month. Any big surprises for February???
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51 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

what a wonderful January you have had!
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52 Autumn January 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I absolutely have your “derek-friendly” resto recommendations!

Cafecito – if you’re craving Cuban. Go for the rotisserie chicken. It’s huge, and delicious!

Back Forty – best burgers in NYC (don’t bother with Shake Shack, overrated and lines too long). Everything else on the menu is delicious too. Definitely finish off the meal with a round of doughnuts.

Minca Ramen Factory – bowl of steamy happiness to warm you up on a cold night. Not to mention, extremely filling. I can never finish a full bowl of ramen.

These are all East Village places (sorry, I’m biased!). Might be a little out of your way, but totally worth the trip. And it means you can finish up the night with a cupcake at Butter Lane (best darn cupcakes in the city) and a pint at Bua (the most Irish bar that side of the Atlantic…and I’m not talking plastic paddy either).

I miss the city…enjoy!
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53 Melanie P January 31, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hey Meghann!
I absolutely love your blog! Congratulations on getting engaged! I am getting married on May 26th and my venue is also a rustic old barn! 🙂

I am in love with NYC and although I am not sure what Derek friendly might be, La Esquina ( is DELICIOUS. Think awesome atmosphere, Mexican beer, cheesy creamy corn on the cob and amazing tacos. I recommend it to EVERYONE, and just saw it posted yesterday on PBFingers blog!

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54 Jenna January 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hey meghann- try Eatery in the theatre district or Cafeteria in Chelsea for nice portions of creatively-twisted comfort food. Delicious! Also I recommend Dos Caminos for Mexican, yum- craving it just thinking of it!

55 Jenna January 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

And my boyfriend isn’t a fan of small plates, and frankly neither am I! I took him to a delicious place in DC w small plates and we had to order so much to be full. Afterwards he goes “this is where you take a girl to impress her, then you go to burger king and fill up!”

56 Danielle January 31, 2012 at 4:06 pm

RUB BBQ! I’m so excited to take my boyfriend when we visit my hometown in a few months. There and Wildwood BBQ are my faves. For Thai, there’s Spice (a few locations). And for burgers, RARE or BLT Burger were always a good time.

57 Deirdre January 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I would recommend Blue Smoke which is a BBQ joint with decent portions. The Smith which many have mentioned is one of my favorite restaurants in New York.

Also, restaurant week(s) is going on in New York right now and lots of the places have their menus posted though reservations can be sometimes hard to get.

58 Army Amy* January 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Sounds like a great month! I bet the rest of 2012 will follow suit!*
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59 Jackie W. January 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Smac in the East Village! Soo many different kinds of Mac and Cheese and very generous servings!

60 Meg January 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm

We were just in NYC 2 weeks ago and absolutely loved Birreria, one of the restaurants in Mario Batali’s Eataly. My husband and I both loved it and he has a huge appetite. They also brew their own beer. I highly recommend it!

61 Cherrie February 1, 2012 at 7:32 am

The breakfast looks yummy! Do you know the amounts of stuff and what kind of hot cereal?

62 Lizzie February 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

NYC “Guy Friendly” Restaurant Recs:

1) The Meatball Shop — Lower East Side
2) Lil Frankies (Italian) — East Village
3) Schillers (American) — Lower East Side
4) Corner Bistro (Burgers) — West Village
5) Ippudo (Ramen) — Cooper Square/East Village
6) Bubby’s (Brunch) — Tribeca

Have fun!!

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