New York City Weekend Getaway

Hi there! As I look back on my most recent posts, I feel as though I should change the name of my blog to “Eat, Drink & Travel”, lol. Honestly, though, I have realized that Instagram is a much better platform for sharing my fitness “things”; whether it be new workout/fitness gear, clothes, classes or workouts, I get much better hits and responses to what I share when I share it on Instagram.

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However, you can only share so much in a single Instagram post or story, and I’m not one to post multiple photos in one day or even share photos multiple days in a row, which is why having this little blog comes in handy!

I love sharing our trips and experiences on B2B because not only do I enjoy going back and reading/reliving our experiences on a later date, but I have been able to share our trips/experiences with others as they plan similar ones!

Now that we’ve cleared that up, here’s to the recap ūüėČ RM and I have talked about going to NYC together for so long, but for some reason or another, it never happened. Since RM’s birthday falls so close to Christmas, it often gets overshadowed by the upcoming Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities. Last year, I decided to change that – I surprised him with a trip to NYC to celebrate his birthday! I had always wanted to visit NYC for the holidays, so it all worked out so well!

Where We Stayed

Per usual, we opted for an AirBnB. We chose the West Village as it’s a super quaint part of the city, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists and attractions in midtown. Although it was small, the one I booked was so perfect for us! The location couldn’t be beat, it was super clean, had all the amenities we would want or need and the bed was comfy. If you’re looking for a great AirBnB for your NYC weekend, I couldn’t recommend this place enough! The host was also very responsive and accommodating.

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Where We Ate

Before going to NYC, I reached out to RM’s sister and BIL for recommendations as they both lived in NYC for a while and are in the food/wine industry and know good food. RM also had some places that he wanted to go to, so it worked out well.

  • Blind Tiger – by the time we got to NYC and checked into our AirBNB, we were starving! It had mostly stopped raining, so we decided to pop out for a walk to see if we could find someplace to get a drink and snack at. Enter: Blind Tiger. This was in the West Village and looked cool from the outside and somewhat busy on the inside, so we figured it had to be pretty good. We were pumped to see what a great beer list they had – so many fun IPA’s to try! We snacked on empenadas and curried cauliflower while sipping our way through a few beers. The vibe was great, the food was great and the beers were great. All in all, we would definitely recommend this place!

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  • Patsy’s Pizzeria RM had been raving about Patsy’s pizza for so long! Unfortunately, it did not live up to what he remembered it being, so it was a bit of a disappointing meal ūüė¶ However, if you are looking for good pizza, RM’s sister recommends: Lombardis (in Soho), Motorino and Luzzo’s.
  • Waverly Diner – Originally, RM wanted to go to a big diner in Union Square, but when we walked there, we realized it had recently been closed. Enter his second restaurant fail of the weekend, lol. However, after a quick google search, we found Waverly Diner, just a few blocks from our AirBnB, which was exactly what we were looking for: casual diner serving good breakfast food. The banana walnut pancakes were SO good – it was a great start to the day!

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  • Corner Bistro – While at the Observatory, we realized we were getting rather hungry and thought a burger sounded good. We were going to go to Minetta Tavern (the best burgers), but RM remembered another place he used to go to a lot called the Corner Bistro. After some googling, he found that it still existed. We joked as we made our way there that this place better be good, otherwise he was going to be 0 for 3. Luckily, it was perfect! It was small and quaint, but two seats opened up at the bar right as we walked in. The staff was super pleasant and I loved that the menu was less than 10 items. We ordered two cheeseburgers and a side of fries and within a few minutes, they were serve to us; on paper plates, nonetheless! But, that’s part of the charm and experience at Corner Bistro – just as RM remembered it. The burger was SO SO good – we would definitely recommend going there! It’s cash only, but everything was pretty cheap so it wasn’t an issue.
  • Murray’s Bagels I texted my friend Kelly (who lives in NYC and who my girlfriends and I visited back in April) for bagel recommendations since it’s just not right to go to New York and not have New York Bagel, #amiright?! I’m not even really a bagel person, but it’s a fun treat when they’re really good. Murray’s was a short walk from our apartment and we really enjoyed our bagels and coffee while watching the hustle and bustle of people doing the same.

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  • Palma RM’s BIL was the manager at this small, beautiful Italian restaurant in the West Village before they moved to Atlanta and now back in Boston, so I knew I wanted to take RM there for his birthday dinner. I fell in love with the restaurant before we walked in, as it was this picturesque restaurant front amidst apartments on a quiet West Village street. The inside was equally as beautiful – tasteful Christmas decorations, lots of candles and flowers everywhere! We sat at the bar for a few drinks before our table was ready – I loved my rose flower drink! We were seated in the back garden room, which had a wall of flowers. It was like a city oasis! The food was incredible – we started with the fried artichoke hearts and burrata and shared a pasta dish for the main course. We finished with mini canolis for dessert. All in all, this was such a wonderful meal and experience without all the hustle and bustle of big restaurants with big crowds.

 

 

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What We Did

With a short weekend in NYC, there’s really only so much you can do! While we didn’t get to everything on out list of “want to do” things, I think what we ended up doing made for a great weekend. Obviously, it’s likely no shock that by the length of our “Where We Ate” restaurants, a lot of our weekend revolved around food and drinks, but these are two of our favorite ways to explore cities and new areas!

Below are some things we did that were not just eating or drinking ūüėČ These were focused around Christmas in NYC because I had never experienced it before!

  • Walk around the West Village/Bleeker Street – we had a great time walking around, popping into little shops and envisioning what life would be like if we lived there!

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  • Visit the tree at Rockerfeller Plaza – this has always been on my list, so I’m really happy we were able to check it out! It was busy, so we didn’t stay long, but it was beautiful!

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  • Check out the storefronts – We only made it to Macy’s, but it was pretty cool to see how festive they get!

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  • Visit Ground Zero – Albeit very emotional, it was also a very powerful experience. We tried to go to the Museum/Memorial, but the lines were SO long and it was freezing, so we decided next time we are in NYC we will book in advance.
  • One World Observatory – there was no line here, so we decided to check it out. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the whole experience far exceeded any ideas of what it would be like! It was extremely organized and we loved how they made each part and event. Even as you rode up in the elevator they had videos showing how NYC has evolved over the years. And once you get to the top – holy sh*t the views were insane!!! Not to mention the sheer fact of how high you are. It was pretty insane. We spent a while up there, sipping cocktails and checking out the views. We were so happy we did this, and would recommend it to anyone looking to do something cool in NYC.

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And just like that, a whirlwind of a trip to NYC was over! Cannot wait to get back there in the warmer weather!

Questions for you – where’s your favorite weekend getaway? Are you a city person or a small town person?

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Mother’s Day Recap

Hey everyone! I know it’s a little late to be posting a Mother’s Day recap, but better late than never, right? Even though my sister wasn’t home to celebrate Mother’s Day with us, mom, dad and I still had a great day!

We decided to not rush around to make it to the 9AM mass and went to the 11AM instead. Since we were planning to have a brunch and didn’t want to eat at 3pm, we did all the prep work for the meal prior to church.¬† Dad got the potatoes and onions going, mom pre-cooked the sausage and I got all the ingredients together for the mini Quiche’s.

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After church, mom and I went to the grocery store quickly and then came home, popped some bubbly and got to work on the getting the brunch together.

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Mom FINALLY let me give her the rest of her Mother’s Day present. I am really bad at surprises and keeping things from people. As soon as I buy something for someone, I want to tell them about it or give it to them. Mom, on the other hand, likes to wait. So, I waited. From Friday to Sunday. Even after a couple of wines I still couldn’t get her to give in and open it! Alas, Sunday came and she said it was time!

When I was in NYC, we went to¬†Chelsea Market and to the Chelsea Wine Vault. As soon as I saw this “wine tote” I knew I had to get it for mom. Mom and her friends go to the beach at least a couple of times a week in the summer and always bring wine or champagne. They try to be discreet¬†by using Dasani¬†bottles for their wine, but I think we all know that’s not discreet at all. Neither is this, but it’s pretty darn cute!

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Brunch was absolutely delicious!! As much as I love breakfast and breakfast foods, I never take the time to make really delicious breakfasts, so Sunday was a nice treat!

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YUM! We had lots of leftovers, so after we finished, I helped mom pack them up, aka I packed up stuff I wanted to take home with me:) I love when I get to go “grocery shopping” at my parents house! Also, to all my fellow organizers out there (ahem, Athena), I have to show you my parents Tupperware¬†closet. Yes, you read that correctly, they have a closet for all of their Tupperware. I am SO jealous!

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One day, maybe I’ll be able to have one of those. Talk about making it easy to “grab n’ go!”

That about sums up the day! The sun did come out in the afternoon which was a nice surprise. Mom sat outside and read and I joined her out there while I did some arms and core workouts! I packed up to leave around 4:45 and was greeted with an apartment that did not have hot water. Lovely. Oh well. Could’ve been worse!

Questions for you: Are you super organized when it comes to putting away Tupperware and pots and other things like that? Favorite beach beverage?

Scenes from NYC

Hey everyone! Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to NYC for a little birthday getaway weekend.¬† I’ve been to NYC on work many times, but, if you can believe it, this was my first time going for fun! I know, it’s crazy! I’m going to let my pictures do most of the talking… hope you enjoy!

Walking around Chelsea Market

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Times Square-

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Dinner at Maialino

My friend Jess’s sister was so helpful in suggesting good, non-touristy restaurants in the city. And, even more helpful with¬†securing a reservation at¬†Maialino which was in the Gramercy Park Hotel. The food was absolutely delicious and it was pretty cool to have the Chef send out so many complimentary tastings! The best part of the night, though? The fact that Katie Couric walked in and literally sat at the table next to us. Yes, you read that correctly. Katie Couric was there. She was so pretty! I didn’t have the chance to get a picture or talk to her, but just seeing her was cool enough!

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(Fried artichokes and bread topped with whipped potatoes and cod)

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(Pasta dishes)

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(chocolate croissant bread pudding with hazelnut gelato. I died. So good.)

Jogging through Central Park

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(The coolest part about this run was that there was a race going on that was dedicated to BostonStrong. Very emotional feeling jogging with a bunch of New Yorkers all wearing BostonStrong shirts.)

Well, that about sums it up, or at least what I had pictures of, haha Sometimes I forget to take pictures or think it’s not worth taking a picture of another glass of wine or another plate of food or another scenery photo, but when I go to write up a post, I kick myself because I really wish I had taken those pictures!¬† I know some people would rather blog through words, but I tend to be someone who enjoys looking at pictures, so that is why I like to put a lot in my posts. Rant is over.

Questions for you:Are you a NYC fan? What is your favorite restaurant in NYC? How was your weekend? Any good eats or drinks to share?

Remember Me?

Hey everyone! I am back! So sorry to ditch out for an extended amount of time, but let me tell you, it was needed. After the events that went on in Boston last week, and the fact that I was going to NYC for the weekend for another birthday celebration (I know. I’m out of control), I figured taking some time to step away from the computer, twitter, facebook, instagram, etc. and spend that time with friends and family was way more important (and SO necessary).

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But, I am here now and have lots of recapping to do, that’s for darn sure!

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Before I get too much into my recapping, let’s check in with last week’s workouts, shall we?

  • Monday-¬†I was all amped up to get in a run before teaching Dynamax, but after hearing about the bombings, I felt numb and wanted nothing to do with the gym. I thought I had to teach and I ended up getting to the gym early, so I hopped on an elliptical and mindlessly peddled away as I watched the news unfold. I didn’t even break a sweat. My body was there, but my mind wasn’t. I felt foolish for being one of “those” people at the gym, and wanted to tell everyone I was only there because I had to teach. Luckily, only 3 members showed up and none of them felt like working out either, so we decided to part ways and pick up this week.
  • Tuesday– My parents were coming into the city to celebrate my birthday, so I got up and did a sweaty jump rope & body weight circuit workout. I was going to post the workout¬†on Friday, but clearly that didn’t happen. I’ll post it this week- promise! I also did lots of walking with my parents!

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  • Wednesday-¬†I ran a little over 2 miles outside through Cambridge (so scary to think about that!) before I taught UXF Burn. Classes were still a bit down, but I was happy to have some people show up.
  • Thursday- Taught my double at Central Square. We did a stations workout¬†in TBC¬†and a high cardio format in kickboxing. I didn’t even DO all of the workout in TBC, but I was seriously so sore on Friday. (I also want to say that looking back, it is so crazy to think that I was just doors away from the 7-11 robbery¬†only a few hours before it happened. That hit really close to home.)
  • Friday- While we were in lockdown, my roommate and I got antsy and when I suggested that she do my Friday April Arms Challenge workout, she happily agreed. We did 3 rounds with 5 minutes of cardio in between each round. We also did some plank high fives that I learned from Jen. Loved these!

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  • Saturday- LOTS of walking in NYC!

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  • Sunday-¬†We went jogging in Central Park which was the coolest thing everrrr. But, what made it even better was the fact that there was a BostonStrong race taking place as we got there! I got so emotional seeing everyone running to support Boston, my city.

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This week’s workouts

  • Monday- I was still in NY, so we hit up the hotel gym in the morning. I had to do my April Arms Challenge workout and then did some other stuff. I also taught Dynamax when I got home and was happy that there was an even number of people in class so I didn’t have to really “do” the workout.
  • Tuesday (today)- Nothing besides my triceps workout for the April Arms Challenge. I need to get my life in order! Laundry, cooking, picking up, blogging, etc. Taking a break is nice, but catching up after the break is really not that fun (for me, at least).
  • Wednesday– Cardio & teaching UXF Burn
  • Thursday-¬†Double time! TBC & Kickboxing
  • Friday– I will probably take Friday’s AAC workout and incorporate some cardio.¬† I might also rest if I end up signing up for a BostonStrong¬†5K in Southie this weekend (can’t find the link now!).
  • Saturday– Some type of at-home workout. Maybe deck of cards?! We are hosting Amy’s sister’s baby shower at our place on Saturday afternoon so I know we will be busy getting everything ready for that!
  • Sunday- Maybe a 5K, maybe a rest day.

Questions for you: How did you react to the events last week? Did it make you want to work out more to “escape”? or, did you lack motivation?¬†

I’ll be back with¬†more regular blogging tomorrow! Have a wonderful Tuesday, friends:)

Weekly Workouts

Another week begins! I cannot believe how fast April is flying by. I am not ready for birthday month April to be over yet.

Any readers running the marathon? If so, congrats!!! I am so proud of everyone who is running it- what an incredible accomplishment!

Anyway… let’s get to the workouts! This week is going to be different than usual so it won’t be so boring for you to read about:)

Last week’s workouts

  • Monday- Ran an awesome 4 miles and then taught Dynamax

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  • Tuesday- Triceps Tuesday for the April Arms Challenge and walked in the city!
  • Wednesday-¬†Ran 3.25 miles on the treadmill before teaching UXF

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  • Thursday-¬†Taught TBC and Kickboxing

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  • Friday- Jumped rope and did a big arm workout

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  • Saturday- Taught kickboxing
  • Sunday-Nothing. I wanted to do something, but I didn’t want to get sweaty and ruin my nice, straight hair. Plus, my body was tired so a rest day was smart.

This week’s workouts

  • Monday- Cardio and/or weights before teaching Dynamax
  • Tuesday- I have most of the day off since my parents are coming down for lunch in the city with me, so I’ll definitely do lots of walking, but I might end up working out in the morning and taking a rest day later in the week
  • Wednesday-¬†Cardio and teaching UXF
  • Thursday-¬†Teaching TBC¬†& UXF
  • Friday- Probably heading to the Wellington BSC to “play” with all their cool equipment
  • Saturday- heading to NYC for the night! I want to run in Central Park, but I’m not going to force a workout. I want to enjoy my time there and push my workouts to the back burner for once.
  • Sunday- probably nothing:)

Obviously¬†I will be doing my April Arms Challenge workouts in addition to what I have listed here. Does anyone know of any good classes anywhere on Fridays or Tuesdays?¬† I’d love suggestions!

Questions for you:What do your workouts look like this week? What is your favorite class to go to?