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Imbibable NYC

Part II of my NYC Series where to drink!  Bars, Clubs, Coffee Shops, Tea places.

Oh, and a few random side notes.  If you haven’t checked out Stuff White People Like lately, the hummus post is hilarious!

I updated my nutrition page, still a bit rough though!

Physique 57 “misses me”, so they sent me a coupon and I can’t wait to use it



*swanky–take this with a large grain of sea salt, cause I am not that cool!


***dives/pubs–there are very few I like

Here are my favs.  I tend to go to the same places over and over.

· Bar Jamon-gramercy–great wine and the best tapas, the Beets with Valdeon is one of the most delightful things I have every consumed, very romantic place fyi!

· Cibar-yummy martinis–gramercy

· Pure Food and Wine-love the rioja and don’t miss the master cleanse tini!-gramercy

· Schillar’s Liquor Bar-Lower East Side

· Inoteca-Lower East Side

· Pravda*-amazing vodka infusions and great martinis-soho

· Central Park Boat House-Central Park

· Von-Soho

· Pete’s Tavern-oldest bar in the city, on Irving Place, my fav street!-gramercy

· Harry’s Water Taxi Beach–beach party, sand music, skyline!-Long Island City

· Bohemian Beer Garden–beer pong, flip cup, kiddies running around-Astoria


Coffee and Tea Shops

· 71 Irving Place (90% of the time–everybody knows your name kind of place)–grammercy

· Grey Dog’s Coffee-Union Square

· Think-West Village

· Podunk-East Village-great traditional afternoon tea

· Mandarin Oriental-Columbus Circle

· Alice’s Tea Cup-Upper East and West Sides-fairyland

· Communitea-LIC-gossip girl films here occassionallyl_branch1

I heart NY


So I know this is a departure from my normal type of posting, but I have nothing too exciting to report in the fitness world, so I wanted to share my other passion–NYC.  This will be in many installment, restaurants, shopping, health food stores, fitness places, my favorite things to do in the city, etc.  All will you on MY NYC page.

Here is the first!

My fav NYC restaurants, most of these are places I frequent and highly recommend!


Absolute favs:

Name–neighborhood–price range with 1 glass wine–fav dish–side notes

  • Otto-Greenwich Village–$15-25–Pasta alla Norma (and gelato)–Batali’s cheapest-huge wine list!
  • The Smith–several–$20-40–their salads–
  • Westville–several–$25–veggie burger, salads, sides–great farm to table, healthy comfort food
  • Peacefoods–Union Square–$15-20–tahini sandwich (vegan)
  • ABC Kitchen--Union Square–$35 and up–roasted carrot salad and beets–favorite restaurants
  • ABC Cocina–Union Square–$35 and up–fish tacos, grapefruit guacamole–part of Jean Georges ABC empire.
  • Rosa Mexicana–several–$30–tacos and tableside made guacamole.
  • La Esquina-Soho–$15-30–quinoa and butternut squashed stuffed poblano–one of the best meals of my life, but everything is amazing.  You go through the kitchen to the basement! Must make reservations.
  • Il Corallo Trattoria-soho–$10-20–cappellini verdura-my first fav restaurant in the city
  • The Modern-midtown in the MoMA-over $100 for dinner, but lunch is a better deal–fanciest and most equistite meal I have ever had, save it for a special date!
  • Sea-williamsburg–$10-15–lettuce wraps and papaya salad–super cheap, huge, bubble swings and videos in the bathrooms!
  • Sushi Yasuda-midtown-$25-amazing, affordable sushi that lives up to the hype.
  • Kashkaval-midtown west–$15-25–tapas plate–hidden gem, healthy and yummy-service so-so
  • The Little Owl–west village–$25-40–halibut with grapefruit–tucked away, elegant and relaxing
  • Pure Food and Wine-Grammercy–$40-60–lettuce wraps and s & m salad, classic sundae–I can’t say enough about this amazing place, but the glow is for real!
  • Cafe Habana–soho–$10-18–corn cakes with sundried tomato and goat cheese–sexy and fun


Other great spots and my fav lunch places


Brunch–also known as the best part of any week–yay for gossip girls!

These are places I really love!  *drink included

Queens brunch places:

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Turkey Training!

Oh my god, I am actually caught up with school work!  With my schedule lately, I never thought it would happen. 

Well, it officially feels like fall, practically winter out there, so it’s time to start “training” for two of my favorite fall events: Turkey Trot and Turkey Bowl!

For anyone who doesn’t know what a Turkey Trot is, it is a 5K run on Thanksgiving morning.  I am pretty sure you can find one in your town.  There are a bunch near me, and it is one of my newer holiday traditions.  I am not sure if I am doing the Troy Turkey Trot(which is the oldest in the country-61st this year), the St. Claire’s Cardio Classic or the Christ Dailey Turkey Trot, but I do know that I want to get my best time ever.  Improving my 5k speed has been a goal for a while, but it has been on the back burner while I have been distance running.  I am kind of one speed runner, so this will be a challenge.  I typically run 5ks around 28 minutes, so I am hoping for around 25!

I have been doing a bit of research and here are some great tips that I want to try:

1. Increase distance, but do not decrease speed, try to go further at the same pace, this will make the 5K distance seem like a piece of cake. Try running 6 or more miles 2 time a week.

2. Add speed work. Running intervals (faster segments interspersed with a jog or walk) of 1/2 mile to one mile is good training. i plan to do my 3s and 5s workout a couple times a week.

3. Do your speed work at least once a week; two to three faster-paced sessions are ideal.

4. Time your speed work against your racing pace goal. Try to run your mile at least 30 seconds faster than your desired racing pace.

5. Try uphill running. Do either uphill repeats or run uphill during a normal training run. Running uphill builds strength.

Runner’s World also had this interesting article.

The other event I mentioned is Turkey Bowl.  Every year my high school friends and I get together the day after Thanksgiving to play some football.  The guys take it SO seriously.  I just hope it doesn’t snow!

Here are a few of the past games!

Sweet 100 List

I haven’t done a list before, but since I have the biggest sweet tooth ever, I decided Veggie Girl’s Sweet 100 List was a great place to start.

First, here are the rules:

1.) Copy this list into your site, including the instructions!

2.) Bold all of the sweets you’ve eaten–or make them a different type color.

3.) Cross out any of them that you’d never ever eat.

4.) Consider anything that is not bold or crossed out your “To Do” List.

5.) Optional: Post a comment here linking to your results–or just post a comment letting us know how many you’ve tried, or what you’re going to try next!

And now, here is…

**VeggieGirl’s Sweet 100 List**

1. Red Velvet Cake-not sure why this gets so much hype

2. Princess-torte

3. Whoppie Pie

4. Apple Pie

5. Beignet-only the raw verison from Pure Food and Wine

6. Baklava

7. Black and white cookie – umm, yeah!

8. Seven Layer Bar (also known as the Magic Bar or Hello Dolly bars)

9. Fruit Pie

10. Kringle

11. Just-fried (still hot) doughnut-Back Door on Martha’s Vineyard!!!!!

12. Scone with clotted cream

13. Betty, Grunt, Buckle-An Apple Brown Betty!

14. Halvah-also known as the “Turkish Delight.”

15. Macaroons – again in raw form from PFAW

16. Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers-and I call myself American

17. Bubble tea (with tapioca “pearls”)

18. Dixie Cup – perfect summer snack!

19. Rice Krispie treats – I love these, especially double chocolate!

20. ALfajoras-no idea what this is

21. Blondies – probably one of my fav desserts

22. Croquembouche-?

23. Girl Scout cookies – I am a Gold Award recipient, and worked at the GS Council of Greater New York, so I’ve had a cookie or two in my life.  In fact, I have dressed as a Samoa and sold cookies in Citibank.

24. Moon cake

25. Candy Apple -fair food.

26. Baked Alaska

27. Brooklyn Egg Cream

28. Nanaimo bar

29. Baba au rhum

30. King Cake

31. Sachertorte

32. Pavlova-is this named after the dancer?

33. Tres Leches Cake-I have had this flavor gelato

34. Trifle-yum o

35. Shoofly Pie

36. Key Lime Pie (made with real key lime) – not a fan!

37. Panna Cotta

38. New York Cheesecake-please let this be my last meal!

39. Napolean

40. Russian Tea Cake

41. Anzac biscuits

42. Pizzelle

43. Kolache

44. Buckeyes – are these blondies?  If so I count it.  Plus my sister is a Buckeye at OSU!

45. Malasadas

46. Moon Pie

47. Dutch Baby-although Beverly’s in Saratoga sells them, and I love their pancakes

48. Boston Cream Pie-I haven’t had the real thing, but it is my fav flavor Columbo yogurt!

49. Homemade chocolate chip cookies – I like the batter the best

50. Pralines – topped with peanuts, in Charleston, SC

51. Gooey butter cake

52. Rusks

53. Daifuku

54. Green tea cake or cookies

55.Cupcakes from a cupcake shop-Toni’s Mini’s YUM!!!! 

56. Crème brûlée -yuck

57. Some sort of deep fried fair food (twinkie, candy bar, cupcake)

58. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting-mmmm

59. Jelly Roll-why haven’t I heard of these things, but thankfully no 

60. Pop Tarts – guilty as charged.

61. Charlotte Russe

62. An “upside down” dessert (Pineapple upside-down cake or Tarte Tatin)

63. Hummingbird Cake

64. Jell-O from a mold

65. Black forest cake

66. Mock Apple Pie (Ritz Cracker Pie)

67. Kulfi

68. Linzer torte Linzer torte

69. Churro –  in La Plaza de Sol, Madrid, con chocolate por supuesto

70. Stollen 

71. Angel Food Cake They make these in muffin form in Chinatown and Flushing, so so good!  I think they call them sponge muffins.

72. Mincemeat pie

73. Concha

74. Opera Cake

75. Sfogliatelle / Lobster tail

76. Pain au chocolat – in France.  I prefer plain crossiants.

77. A piece of gingerbread house

78. Cassate

79. Cannoli

80. Rainbow cookies-not a fan

81. Religieuse

82. Petite Fours-I have to try these. They remind me of Samantha, the American Girl doll

83. Chocolate Souffle-but I love lava cake!

84. Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

85. Rugelach-in downtown Albany no less


87. Homemade marshmallows

88. Rigo Janci

89. Pie or cake made with candy bar flavors (Snickers pie, Reeses pie, etc)

90. Divinity

91. Coke or Cola cake

92. Gateau Basque

93. S’mores-I AM OBSESSED I have even made these and made the tradition in the oven and over campfire

94. Figgy Pudding-sounds so British

95. Bananas foster or other flaming dessert

96. Joe Froggers

97. Sables

98. Millionare’s Shortbread 

99. Animal crackers -I still love these, chocolate ones too.

100. Basbousa-?

A few of my own favs:

Banana Boats-a girl scout camp fav

Geleto-from the shop near the Trevi Fountain that everyone knows, but is never crowded!

The Joy of Running (and Walking)

*Sorry for no “workout to try” yesterday. Work has been insane lately! But here is a new suggestion, get a massage! Nothing will aid recovery and get you ready to go again as if magic, like a good massage. It is a luxurious treat for sure, but so worth it! Especially during this marathon season, you deserve it! All those aches and pains will melt away and your body will release toxins, leaving you feeling relaxed, balanced and calm, yet invigorated and ready for anything.

Long before I ever thought I would run a mile just for fun, I loved walking. I walked and walked for years before I finally committed myself to learning to run–as I have mentioned running does not come naturally to be–AT ALL. Obviously, I managed to somehow overcome my mental and physical (running induced asthma) barriers with running, and I now enjoy it–usually.

However, running and walking serve very different purposes for me. That is why I like the book Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person’s Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon. Super long title, but it makes marathoning (or half-marathoning) so accessible.

For me, running is a great social exercise. There is nothing like spilling a week’s worth of built up gossip over a long run. When I am alone, I like to day dream, create to do lists, think about post ideas–sadly many of which never make it to the blog, go over conversations in my head, revel in the joy of my music. And of course, the best think about running: how good it feels to stop. I do love that high!

But walking is my true joy, particularly in this short period of perfect walking weather, where the oppressive humidity of summer in the city as slipped away into cool, refreshing weather that is just a few degrees above jacket weather. For me, nothing clears the mind like a good long walk. That is why I make an extra effort to walk to work from Grand Central as often as possible. I often turn off my ipod so I can truly experience what is going on around me. I actually take notice of the little girls with American Girl dolls tucked under their arms (few scenes can warm my heart like the sight of that), the person walking 7 dogs, the delicious smell of the bakeries in the morning, the beautiful produce in the fruit carts, and the gorgeous flower stalls that bedeck even the most hole-in-the-wall delis.

Moreover, walking gives me the chance to deal with the personal issues going on in my life. I can’t seem to do that while running. Walking seems to be a much better time to sort out emotions, think about goals and aspirations, and detox from the stresses of the day.

Great quote of the post, from Audrey Hepburn, who I used to be freakishly obsessed with to the point of intervention. I would say, I am now at the obsessive, yet functioning fan level.


Sad news! The NYU Biathlon was canceled, so I didn’t get to test my skills. However, it may have been a good thing because it happened to fall on the last day of my 3-day juice cleanse, probably not the best time to be sprinting. I really think all things work out for a reason.

Oh yes, the new website, slowly but surely coming along. By next Wednesday for sure. Lots of product reviews, training plans and FAQs await.

Weekly Workout Wrap Up

Lo siento! Estoy aqui! Estoy muy occupada!

Monday: rest day, walked to and from work-4 miles.

Tuesday: test run (3 miles for speed, as discussed in post last week), 25 min. ellip, 10 min rower, arm flow series+flow push up, slim down on the road workout

Wednesday: stay slim on the road workout–this always makes my abs sore!, 4 mile run, 2 mile walk to work

Thursday-no workout :(

Friday: walk to work, 30 minute treadmill run+arm flow workout

Saturday-5 mile run

Sunday-5th Ave Mile race (1 mile lol, it’s a NYC marathon qualifier, so I couldn’t pass it up);
spinning class

Playlist to come.

Tened una semana buena!

Good news and bad news

Okay, so I was hoping that I wouldn’t have to miss any posts and could just make a grandiose announcement, but that isn’t the case (bad news). I am in the process of moving to wordpress, which will be wonderful. I have been annoyed that blogger has not made it easy for one to have multiple pages, and I just can’t wait for them to get with the program any longer, so hopefully by mid-next week, I will be all set on the other page.

Once I am all settled in, I promise it will be wonderful, detailed training plans, workout ideas, FAQs, more posts about nutrition, workout and product reviews, restaurant reviews, and maybe even some recipes from my pure kitchen. So that will be wonderful. As you may have noticed, I dropped the crack from crack fitness nyc, it was really an inside jock about the addictive qualities of a certain yoga studio, but it doesn’t really make sense for the blog title, especially considering I have never done a drug in my life. Well illegal anyways.

So I will post here, at a slowed pace until I can make the my wordpress blog presentable.

For a little more bad news, no workout today. I had to be at a work meeting early (and in a suit), and class ran late, past 9, so I didn’t even make it to Kate’s b-day party…huge bummer. I have a lot of reading and cleaning to do, so I think I will take a gym rain check, my second this week!

In better news, this morning I finally had the confidence to try on a pair of pants that I have been afraid to try on for 11 months! (I don’t deal well with rejection, even from clothes.) And they fit…zip, zip hooray! I am not sure if I have added tighter muscle or the 3ish pounds I have lost since starting Chandra’s Challenge made that much of a difference, but I will take it. I mean they don’t fit they same way did when I bought them with the suit 3 years and 7 pounds ago, but I was pretty excited. That suit was really expensive, which is the only reason I didn’t throw them out with all my jeans from college! Thanks for your constant inspiration C!

I also must report that my obsession with Girl Talk is so out of control, I feel like a music missionary. I can only imagine the way I feel when I listen to Girl Talk is the way people feel on speed or adderral. I literally sprint up the 90ish stairs from the 7 in Grand Central to the 6 train. I can be sausaged on the subway with like 3 millimeters of available personal space on any side, and I will be utilizing every micrometer of that bubble to bop around. I am officially a crazy New Yorker.

Run rearranging and the death of an ipod

So today I had such grand visions of either a nice long run or doing the infamous “test run” to start preparing for 5th Ave Mile and mini biathlon. It is the same workout I wrote about here, and I will be doing it again very soon, so more detail to come!

Yet, neither happened. I am not sure if it was the sticky weather, my ipod issues (it’s all about the great white screen these days), or just burn out? The world may never know.

However, I decided to shift running to tomorrow. Instead I did 30 minutes on the elliptical in the morning and then The Ultimate Video Workout by Kathy Smith in the evening. Love the video, great 1 hour combo of classic aerobics followed by strength and toning done at an aerobic pace. As always with workout videos, I mute the sound and crank the itunes.

So my ipod has been on the fritz for several weeks, today I knew that it was a goner. I do not need a giant shuffle and the white screen was getting old. So planned to go to the Apple Store and pick up the new nano, since the timing couldn’t have been better and the price has been lowered to $149–plus I get 10% off for returning my broken one. I figured I would have to suck it up, and find ways to save elsewhere–do my own manicures, brows and spread out my waxings and haircuts to an even more ridiculously protracted time frame.

Fortunately, after having a lovely brunch with a friend a few blocks from my place, we got on the train heading to the city, and I told her that I was going to the mac store, blah, blah, blah. And she said she had an extra nano that she doesn’t use anymore because she ran out of room and got a new one. Of course I took her up on her incredible generous offer! I am such a hand me down kid, my blackberry is also a generous hand me down. But hey, I’m generous too, does anyone want a really old magenta razor? haha!

So anyways that was really lucky. Then I had my second amazing dinner of the weekend. And my friend who gave me quite possibly the best cd of all time. I know such kind kind people! More on the tunes Monday!

I have kind of enjoyed the laziness of the weekend so far, nothing crazy planned. After dinner I wandered around Virgin in a very nostalgic way. I used to dorm a couple blocks from Virgin. During finals, whenever I was stressing, I would run to Virgin, listen to a few songs, and run back home to resume studying. Tonight, I listened to more of the Jessica Simpson album…I do love Come On Over. I considered buying My So-Called Life and Laguna Beach Season Two on DVD, but decided to wait and look for better deals. While I was looking at all the TV DVDS, I was thinking about all the great shows I watched in my impressionable youth: Avonlea, Clarissa Explains It All, Daria, the Wonder Years, all so relatable. I swear Clarissa and Clueless played huge parts in shaping my middle school personality. Ah nostalgia, it is so sweet.

Good night everyone.

Just Call Me Joiner

Wow, this week I flung myself full force into all NYU Athletics has to offer..and as we are a D3 school (except for fencing) with no football team, take that how you will.

Great quote from Michael Ian Black at the Presidential Welcome this year, “I see the mascot is now a bobcat. That’s good because when I was a student, our mascot was a violet. That sucked. I mean a bobcat can rip your throat out, what’s a violet going to do? Aggravate your allergies?”

Nevertheless, I really missed exercising with others so I sent an email to the coaches of the hiking and running intramural clubs, asking to join.

If you want some ideas of new programs or classes to join, check out this timeout article. It has ideas for everything from running to kranking. I thought the photo from Grease exemplified “joining.”

I also signed up for a biathlon challenge on September 23rd. It is a 1 mile run on the roof top track and swim 6 laps of the pool (150 meters). I am a little nervous, but I thought a bi would be a good test drive while I consider doing a tri. Plus, unlike most, I am most comfortable with the swimming, so I am happy to avoid the biking.

And I signed up for spinning!!!! Yay! Only one class a week fit my schedule, but something is better than nothing.

I also signed up for two NYRR races. The Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile (yes one mile) and Grete’s Great Gallop Half Marathon.

Did you know running races is like riding rides in Disney World? It is. There is always a picture to buy at the end. I just got an email announcing the photos from the Fitness run were available. This is too funny because the photos are incredibly expensive, horrendously unflattering, and sometimes not even you. You can check these babies out if you like. Needless to say, I will not be making a purchase. Guess which one isn’t me!

PS If you haven’t taken a moment to remember those lost, feel free to do it now if you like.