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

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…

Sunday, September 14, 2014:  This was more like a “have to do it” thing. My Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification was reaching its 2 year expiration, and I was frantically looking for renewal courses before the deadline.  Naturally, there were nearly zero point zero zero courses offered this month.
Usually, I’m very nitpicky about things being in Manhattan, but did NOT want to risk having an expired certification for a few weeks because I was being prissy, so off to Rego Park’s American Red Cross I went…
Nightmare MTA travel, about a million rounds of 30 chest compressions & 2 rescue breaths, awesome baby dummies, and 4 hours later, I’m re-certified.

Sunday, September 14, 2014:  This was more like a “have to do it” thing. My Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED certification was reaching its 2 year expiration, and I was frantically looking for renewal courses before the deadline.  Naturally, there were nearly zero point zero zero courses offered this month.

Usually, I’m very nitpicky about things being in Manhattan, but did NOT want to risk having an expired certification for a few weeks because I was being prissy, so off to Rego Park’s American Red Cross I went…

Nightmare MTA travel, about a million rounds of 30 chest compressions & 2 rescue breaths, awesome baby dummies, and 4 hours later, I’m re-certified.

Saturday, September 13, 2014:  Dayum, so glad I tried this Abraham’s “Cha-Cha Chipotle” hummus (usually it’s “duh get the Sabra”).  Sinus clearing kick of spice.

Saturday, September 13, 2014:  Dayum, so glad I tried this Abraham’s “Cha-Cha Chipotle” hummus (usually it’s “duh get the Sabra”).  Sinus clearing kick of spice.

Friday, September 12, 2014:  WHAT do you MEAN I’ve skipped over the chocolate almond croissant each time at Maison Kayser (921 Broadway)??
Moment of silence for my stupidity, please.
Every single visit, I’ve grabbed and delightfully chewed on a plain ol’ almond croissant, which is certainly one of my favorite sweet snacks.  And then my eyeballs fell a little to the left today.  Angels guided my way to the chocolate almond croissant for the first time.
No more words.

Friday, September 12, 2014:  WHAT do you MEAN I’ve skipped over the chocolate almond croissant each time at Maison Kayser (921 Broadway)??

Moment of silence for my stupidity, please.

Every single visit, I’ve grabbed and delightfully chewed on a plain ol’ almond croissant, which is certainly one of my favorite sweet snacks.  And then my eyeballs fell a little to the left today.  Angels guided my way to the chocolate almond croissant for the first time.

No more words.

Thursday, September 11, 2014:  It’s a little embarrassing it took this long to visit Salad Pangea (303 Park Avenue South), considering I walk by it every dingdong day.  Likely because I don’t relish eating salads all that much, but I digress.
Another “pay $10 for a salad, c’est la vie à New York” but I admire how you can transform any salad into a wrap.  Got the cobb in a tomato basil wrap with chipotle ranch dressing.  Pretty divine!
Yo, is it the weekend yet?

Thursday, September 11, 2014:  It’s a little embarrassing it took this long to visit Salad Pangea (303 Park Avenue South), considering I walk by it every dingdong day.  Likely because I don’t relish eating salads all that much, but I digress.

Another “pay $10 for a salad, c’est la vie à New York” but I admire how you can transform any salad into a wrap.  Got the cobb in a tomato basil wrap with chipotle ranch dressing.  Pretty divine!

Yo, is it the weekend yet?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014:  Added in spicy fries to my lunch from Press (34 East 23rd Street).
Please enjoy a macro mush shot. They were as mushy as they look.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014:  Added in spicy fries to my lunch from Press (34 East 23rd Street).

Please enjoy a macro mush shot. They were as mushy as they look.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014:  I’ve always been lazy about hair, except for a 3-day period this year in which I taught myself a round-brush blowout and spent hours sweating in front of a mirror attempting the right wrist flicks.

But on a daily basis, it’s in a low bun at work.  Working out, it’s in a high bun or sloppy high ponytail.  Youtube’s “Recommended For You” box had this hair tutorial video screaming at me - HOW DOES IT KNOW?

The cute Tess Christine demonstrates some quick hair fixes, and I absolutely LOVED the two ponytails, which seemed simple and ingenious.  Attempted them on this fine day, but with my hefty amount of layers, the end results look exploded vs. sleek (and therefore, no photograph).  But definitely saving these in the arsenal for when the layers grow out a bit.

Thanks, giiiiiirl.

Different angle at Bread & Butter *gasp*

Monday, September 8, 2014:  Pretty tame stuff today.  I’ll venture to the same general seating area upstairs at Bread & Butter (419 Park Avenue South) *points in one direction* - so today I made an incredible effort (it’s Monday, people) to sit over there *points in different direction*.  And I think I like the latter area, which has little single-seat couches and personal tables, for a little more seclusion.  Fab!

Sunday, September 7, 2014:  Okayyyyy. Finally tried a Quest Bar, people.  Protein bars are good for you! Protein bars are bad!  Whatever the headline or hype is on a particular day, my taste buds loved the super chewy texture and flavor.  I never really mind the usual protein grittiness, either.

Sunday, September 7, 2014:  Okayyyyy. Finally tried a Quest Bar, people.  Protein bars are good for you! Protein bars are bad!  Whatever the headline or hype is on a particular day, my taste buds loved the super chewy texture and flavor.  I never really mind the usual protein grittiness, either.

Friday, Saturday 5, 2014:  Belgian Beer Café NOMAD (220 5th Avenue) has been under construction for [what feels like] seventeen years.  It finally opened up last Thursday.  I suggested checking it out as a few of us September birthday babies were mulling over where to have a TGIF gathering.  Fun selection of beers.

Saturday, September 6, 2014:  Starting my birthday off right: smashing out two morning workouts!  Oh yeauh. Then I required some zen hours and enjoyed an iced mocha and studied fitness class choreography at Oren’s Daily Roast (1574 1st Avenue). Delicious.

Thursday, September 4, 2014:  Last weekend, one of my girlfriends introduced to me a grocery store called A Matter of Health (1478 1st Avenue), which has a fantastically large selection of organic / gluten free / yada yada foods for much more reasonable prices than every other store.
I’m no health hut - in fact, I’m pretty much the worst snacker and garishly greasy eater - so when there were massive walls of clean food in front of me, I definitely felt it was my duty to get some different kind of nomnoms that day.
One of the purchases was a box of Nature’s Path pumpkin spice waffles (organic, gluten free, wheat free), and I finally tried them Thursday evening.  Super tasty and really flavorful, with a kind of “need to eat carefully with a fork” crumbliness - because let’s be real; I eat regular Eggo waffles by holding them like pizza slices.

Thursday, September 4, 2014:  Last weekend, one of my girlfriends introduced to me a grocery store called A Matter of Health (1478 1st Avenue), which has a fantastically large selection of organic / gluten free / yada yada foods for much more reasonable prices than every other store.

I’m no health hut - in fact, I’m pretty much the worst snacker and garishly greasy eater - so when there were massive walls of clean food in front of me, I definitely felt it was my duty to get some different kind of nomnoms that day.

One of the purchases was a box of Nature’s Path pumpkin spice waffles (organic, gluten free, wheat free), and I finally tried them Thursday evening.  Super tasty and really flavorful, with a kind of “need to eat carefully with a fork” crumbliness - because let’s be real; I eat regular Eggo waffles by holding them like pizza slices.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014:  Oh, that frantic lunchtime dance to get errands done as you try to not stare at the work phone piling up with notifications. Walked by Fraichemaxx (213 Park Avenue South), which looked like a quick grab-and-go spot.  Typical “WE HAVE IT ALL!” deli with buffet and salad bar, noodle stations, sandwich counters, etc.  Had a veggie burrito expertly rolled up by a cheerful employee, and I was on my way. For less frenzied days, I saw a nice little seating area on the upper level.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014:  Oh, that frantic lunchtime dance to get errands done as you try to not stare at the work phone piling up with notifications. Walked by Fraichemaxx (213 Park Avenue South), which looked like a quick grab-and-go spot.  Typical “WE HAVE IT ALL!” deli with buffet and salad bar, noodle stations, sandwich counters, etc.  Had a veggie burrito expertly rolled up by a cheerful employee, and I was on my way. For less frenzied days, I saw a nice little seating area on the upper level.

One East Ace Deli

Tuesday, September 2, 2014:  Nothing cray here today. Tried a new sandwich from One East Ace Deli (1 East 28th Street). A “Harmony” sandwich includes grilled chicken, chipotle sauce, avocado, and lettuce/tomato.  Pretty much smash an avocado on anything and I’ll probably order it.

Monday, September 1, 2014:  Happy Labor Day!  No beach for this gal… gimme some animals. I had the most fabulous time at the Central Park Zoo (64th Street & 5th Avenue).  A week ago, I had kind of accidentally stumbled by it after wandering from the 59th street subway stop, so why not actually go THROUGH it for once?

I was in heaven. (If you know me at all, animals are my absolute jam.)

The Tisch Children’s Zoo area has a small petting area, so if you’ve ever had an urge to pat a sheep or goat or alpaca on the head, go in there and gingerly move the kiddies out of the way.

Another highlight was the RED PANDA exhibit. I think I just stood there for 10 minutes staring at the two little guys, which I mentally named Gary and Clyde, creepily watching them nibble on plants.

The penguins were adorable and VERY poopy in the water.

The “Tropic Zone Rainforest” is pretty much humidity times a billion, so be prepared to sweat and breathe reeeeeeal heavily as you admire the birds, frogs, and various rainforest folks.

So cool how we have a mini zoo in the middle of the city.  Be sure to stop by at least once during your tenure here.

Sunday, August 31, 2014:  Holy moly, what a gem this one is.  One of my coworkers has been giving supremely good recommendations of good stuffs in the neighborhood (Upper East Side), and last week asked “So have you been to the park yet?” What park? Central Park? I AIN’T A NEWB.

Silly me. Carl Schurz Park stretches on the east side in the eighties, and it is incredible.  Two words: dog park.

Some other words:  River, benches, grass, zen.  Parks are one of my favorite places in the world, for working out, chilling with friends, or zenning out by myself.  The fact that this one’s on the water, just takes the cake for me.

Pity I only discovered it as summer is ending.