An attempt of at least one new thing (Food item? Activity? Place?) per day. NYC-based graphic designer and fitness instructor. Join moi.

Just Salad - bowl thievage

Monday, September 29, 2014:  Some delightful grinch swiped my re-usable salad bowl from Just Salad (706 6th Avenue).  Enjoy, thief!

Killed two birdies with one stone by filling the void with a new bowl (green!) and trying the roasted turkey cobb salad.

FYI, bringing back your bowl earns you free toppings. And you’re saving the whales.

Sunday, September 28, 2014:  Ah, something that’s not food!  The Gracie Square Art Show was bustling this weekend at Carl Schurz Park (you know, my latest love).  I don’t take enough time these days to admire galleries - which is unfortunate not only as a previous art major in college, but also in general as a human being.
I appreciated the slow walk through the booths, and it was a fantastic moment to see artists interacting with curious viewers.  With the help of the website to jog my memory, here were a few of my favorites:
Ann Dalton / painting:  I mean, animals. Representational, yet dreamy. I need these framed in my apartment, stat.
Scott Coulter / painting:  Man, look at the detailing on these. CRISPINESS. Can you believe these are canvas paintings?
Hue Way He / photography:  I tend to not gaggle over photography, but I GAGGLED over these amazing city scenes. The artist statement rings true through each breathtaking shot.
It was a wonderfully curated show, and I have the desire to search out more art shows to keep myself engaged with creativity.  Thank you, artists!

Sunday, September 28, 2014:  Ah, something that’s not food!  The Gracie Square Art Show was bustling this weekend at Carl Schurz Park (you know, my latest love).  I don’t take enough time these days to admire galleries - which is unfortunate not only as a previous art major in college, but also in general as a human being.

I appreciated the slow walk through the booths, and it was a fantastic moment to see artists interacting with curious viewers.  With the help of the website to jog my memory, here were a few of my favorites:

Ann Dalton / painting:  I mean, animals. Representational, yet dreamy. I need these framed in my apartment, stat.

Scott Coulter / painting:  Man, look at the detailing on these. CRISPINESS. Can you believe these are canvas paintings?

Hue Way He / photography:  I tend to not gaggle over photography, but I GAGGLED over these amazing city scenes. The artist statement rings true through each breathtaking shot.

It was a wonderfully curated show, and I have the desire to search out more art shows to keep myself engaged with creativity.  Thank you, artists!

Saturday, September 27, 2014:  SUCCESS! DOUGHNUT!  My girl Rene, a fellow doughnut enthusiast, had recommended Dough Loco (1261 Park Avenue) a few weeks back. We tried to trapeze up there together once, only to find a sad SOLD OUT sign… but I found myself in the neighborhood (no, really) during the morning and marched in.  Hello, breakfast. That beautiful first photo is their blueberry/rosemary/lime creation.

As I was gulping it down, a gentleman walked in and was sniffing around, pointing at all the doughnuts and asking 20 questions for each one. From this conversation, I learned that every doughnut, under their unique glazes, has the same dense base. So, so chewy and good.

I loved that both the base and glaze weren’t overpoweringly sweet, which I do find with other doughnuts in the city.  Does that blog exist?  Doughnuts In The City?  *checks Google*

Addendum:  After Googling around, I saw there was actually a successful Kickstarter campaign last year; so glad to see the goal was reached!  ”A neighborhood doughnut and coffee joint that aims to meet the vast reaches of human potential” - KEEP IT UP, YA’LL.

Friday, September 26, 2014:  It was excruciatingly difficult to not get the pork belly sandwich at Num Pang Sandwich Shop (1129 Broadway) today.  Like, fidgeted in the queue up until I ordered the coconut shrimp noodle bowl.  And for good reason - ain’t nothin’ gonna beat the pork belly sandwich!

Friday, September 26, 2014:  It was excruciatingly difficult to not get the pork belly sandwich at Num Pang Sandwich Shop (1129 Broadway) today.  Like, fidgeted in the queue up until I ordered the coconut shrimp noodle bowl.  And for good reason - ain’t nothin’ gonna beat the pork belly sandwich!

Thursday, September 25, 2014:  Oh, don’t get me wrong here; I visit Shake Shack (let’s be real: all locations) a couple times a month. It’s just that I’ve gotten the same meal since day one: the Shack Stack - essentially a cheeseburger plus a shroom burger in one - and cheese fries. And I always experience the same wave of nausea after the last bite.
Made a choice. How about “just” the shroom burger vs. the Shack Stack? Could it possibly be as satisfying, but without the nauseating food coma?
Yes. Yes, it was. Lesson learned. But don’t forget the cheese fries.
Bonus new activity:  Discovered the hilarity of the Cox n’ Crendor Show, quick little podcasts about… nothing and everything.  Was wiping away tears after the first couple episodes, audibly witnessing Crendor’s struggle with pronouncing “in utero” and “cherub.”  I am gellin’ with this podcast; it’s silly and casual, which are vital things to have in the bustle of the day’s hustle.

Thursday, September 25, 2014:  Oh, don’t get me wrong here; I visit Shake Shack (let’s be real: all locations) a couple times a month. It’s just that I’ve gotten the same meal since day one: the Shack Stack - essentially a cheeseburger plus a shroom burger in one - and cheese fries. And I always experience the same wave of nausea after the last bite.

Made a choice. How about “just” the shroom burger vs. the Shack Stack? Could it possibly be as satisfying, but without the nauseating food coma?

Yes. Yes, it was. Lesson learned. But don’t forget the cheese fries.

Bonus new activity:  Discovered the hilarity of the Cox n’ Crendor Show, quick little podcasts about… nothing and everything.  Was wiping away tears after the first couple episodes, audibly witnessing Crendor’s struggle with pronouncing “in utero” and “cherub.”  I am gellin’ with this podcast; it’s silly and casual, which are vital things to have in the bustle of the day’s hustle.

'wichcraft

Wednesday, September 24, 2014:  Dammit. Tried the cuban style pork & ham sandwich at 'wichcraft (11 East 20th Street) today.  Ingredients listed pickles, aji verde & gruyère on ciabatta roll.

Womp womp; my brain didn’t know the specifics of aji verde and I immediately coughed at the cilantro zing.  I’m one of those people, yeah.

Abaleh

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014:  Made a pit stop at Abaleh (1611 2nd Avenue) in the evening.  Had just finished teaching a BodyPump class, and my limbs were pining for hydration.  They have a bunch of juice and smoothie options in addition to Mediterranean food stuffs, so I got a refreshing pineapple mango smoothie the soothe the soul.

Monday, September 22, 2014:  Welp, today has come.  I’ve been nerve wracked about adding on teaching regular BODYPUMP classes - but to be fair, I get nerve wracked about what to eat for lunch.
I’m launching BODYPUMP 91 with my friend Mackenzie tonight, and moving forward, you can find me at New York Sports Clubs every Tuesday 6:45pm (41st & 8th, Theater District) and every Saturday 9:30am (59th & Park).
Though I’ve been certified to teach since May 2013, I scurried away from a regular class, because in all honesty, coaching a BodyPump class is about seventeen times harder for me than RPM/Cycle. It is more than a mile away from any comfort zone. But in Calvin & Hobbes, as Calvin’s dad would say: These things "build character."
So join me as I try to conquer this fear for the first time… let’s pump.

Monday, September 22, 2014:  Welp, today has come.  I’ve been nerve wracked about adding on teaching regular BODYPUMP classes - but to be fair, I get nerve wracked about what to eat for lunch.

I’m launching BODYPUMP 91 with my friend Mackenzie tonight, and moving forward, you can find me at New York Sports Clubs every Tuesday 6:45pm (41st & 8th, Theater District) and every Saturday 9:30am (59th & Park).

Though I’ve been certified to teach since May 2013, I scurried away from a regular class, because in all honesty, coaching a BodyPump class is about seventeen times harder for me than RPM/Cycle. It is more than a mile away from any comfort zone. But in Calvin & Hobbes, as Calvin’s dad would say: These things "build character."

So join me as I try to conquer this fear for the first time… let’s pump.

Benefit Cosmetics’ “Sugarbomb” blush

Sunday, September 21, 2014:  OKAY. I give in. It’s no longer warm weather. Thank you NYC for providing about a split second of nice climate - and now into fall we go.

I’ve been using Benefit’s CORALista every single day, and thought it was time to say hello to a new shade. Pried open a new package of Sugarbomb to accompany the new seasonal change. Swipe, swipe.

Saturday, September 20, 2014:  You visit (or move to) NYC for that GO! GO! GO!  And sometimes you just need three seconds of isolation.  It was one of those days.  Within the weekend errands and obligations and dodging grimy construction workers and watching three “Next Bus Please” buses fly by as the time ticked away, I silently screamed, headed into a nearby Baskin Robbins, and got the largest ice cream cone you’d ever seen. And started aimlessly walking.

So discovering Tudor City Greens (42nd Street & 1st Avenue) was completely accidental. And very much appreciated. Plopped down on a bench to enjoy the ice cream cone with no earphones in the ear holes and (both) phones tucked away in the purse abyss.  It was glorious.

Friday, September 19, 2014:  Let’s try a juice today. I try to stay away from juices in general, as I like to save empty calories for food (duh), but this little bottle was so teeny and cute.  Picked up a Red Jacket Orchard bottle of raspberry apple.  Packed such a punch and I ended up diluting it - yum.

Friday, September 19, 2014:  Let’s try a juice today. I try to stay away from juices in general, as I like to save empty calories for food (duh), but this little bottle was so teeny and cute.  Picked up a Red Jacket Orchard bottle of raspberry apple.  Packed such a punch and I ended up diluting it - yum.

Thursday, September 18, 2014:  Since moving uptown, I’ve been obsessively eating the delights at BurgerFi (1571 2nd Avenue).  The place is so chill, with seating inside and out, the happiest employees I’ve ever encountered, TVs, beer if you want it, and good tunes. After a few trips, I’ve gotten my usual order down to the simple cheeseburger with onion rings. LOOK AT THE ONION RINGS. They’re enormous, crispy yet chewy, and so greasy-good.
Introduced the place to my man so we could enjoy both some grub and the Thursday night football game.  ”You should totally get the onion rings” I recommended, so I could, you know, eat them.
Tried the Chicago style hot dog this time.  The bun was super soggy from all the veggie juice involved, and the relish was an uncomfortable neon green, but it was still tasty.

Thursday, September 18, 2014:  Since moving uptown, I’ve been obsessively eating the delights at BurgerFi (1571 2nd Avenue).  The place is so chill, with seating inside and out, the happiest employees I’ve ever encountered, TVs, beer if you want it, and good tunes. After a few trips, I’ve gotten my usual order down to the simple cheeseburger with onion rings. LOOK AT THE ONION RINGS. They’re enormous, crispy yet chewy, and so greasy-good.

Introduced the place to my man so we could enjoy both some grub and the Thursday night football game.  ”You should totally get the onion rings” I recommended, so I could, you know, eat them.

Tried the Chicago style hot dog this time.  The bun was super soggy from all the veggie juice involved, and the relish was an uncomfortable neon green, but it was still tasty.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014:  Yes, food again. Yes, come to me,  Schnippers (23 East 23rd Street).  Yes, I’ve been here plenty of times, but each time I’ve gobbled up either a cobb or Santa Fe salad; let’s change that up today with the CRISPY CHICKEN SANDWICH. And a black & white milkshake. It was a great decision in life. Insert emojis. 

Chop’t

Tuesday, September 16, 2014:  There’s a Chop’t (18 East 23rd Street) on every other corner in my life, so in I went to try one of their excruciating (but typical) $10 salads.  I go for “Santa Fe” flavored everything at anything, so that was a no-brainer.  Another salad bar checked off the list.

Front-seat MTA subway coaster

Monday, September 15, 2014:  You guys. I had the most stupendous subway ride to work this morning.

*crickets*

No lie. I usually attempt to walk to the first or last subway car in rush hour mornings, but not only did I succeed at that today, but also noticed I could stare out the front car like a front-seat roller coaster.  Ignoring the fact that it’s through the train conductor’s cubby, but it didn’t keep me from creepily staring out the entire ride.

It was frickin’ fascinating to watch the stop & go lights in the tunnel turn from red, to yellow, to green, and having a sense of “oh, now I know what you’re doing” for the conductor.

Check it out one day…