When Mom and Grandma Come to Town

I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend from Mother Nature to show my mom and grandma about town.  While my mom has actually been out to New York three or four times since I moved here, it was Grandma Nancy’s first trip since the late 80’s (or that’s about what we figured).  I wanted her to see the place that I have called home, the routes that I run, and simply see how the city has changed over the years.

We started out on Thursday night with a late dinner at the Flatiron Eataly.  She had encountered some trouble in Denver with the weather but still made it to Manhattan ready to take on the town.  I had taken Friday off so after a quick (terribly lethargic) run along the East River, it was time to meet them for breakfast and and begin our own walking tour.

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Those New York Eats ~ Part 1

One of the best parts about living in New York is the wide array of food that surrounds you.  Here I am catching up on some of the clutch eats surrounding me in the city.  Many of these pictures have just been sitting around in a draft post (or realistically my iPhoto) waiting to be dropped into a lovely post such as this.  That being said, many of them are from months ago during the warmer days and non-whole30 experiment.  Still, plenty of fun to share 🙂

BREAKFAST

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 Joe Coffee
~ Lexington (UES) ~ Union Square ~ West Village ~ Chelsea ~ Columbia ~ Upper West ~
Iced cold brew latte w/ cherry scone (or a cinnamon chocolate chip scone)

Juicepress

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And if you are feeling a little too healthy with that vegan fresh pressed juice that could cost an arm and a leg, follow it up with some solid sugary fried dough 😉

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The Donut Pub
203 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-0126

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LUNCH

IMG_4656^^ Famous bone broth from brodo down in the East Village.  I was on my way home from a run (and Juicepress adventure) and decided to take a plunge and test it out.  Ordering from the menu is simple – which type of mix-ins would you like in your broth?  I went for the “marco” or broth with tumeric and ginger since those have apparently good anti-inflammatory powers.  To be honest, it was tasty but I’m not sure if I could afford the $8ish 10oz snack every day.

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Grimaldi’s Pizza
1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY ~ (718) 858-4300
M-Th: 11:30-10:45 pm; Fri: 11:30-11:45 pm; Sat: 12:00-11:45 pm; Sun: 12:00-10:45 pm

Again, pairing all love of foods together.  Some claim Grimaldi’s is THE BEST.  I think to be fair, one would have to order all of the pizzas, line them up and do a taste test.  But, then it ruins the experience if one pie is better inside the restaurant versus takeout.  Anyways, for more pizza joints to check out, here is one versions of the “Most Amazing Slices in NYC“.

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Pure Thai Cookhouse
766 9th Avenue #2, New York, NY 10019 (52nd/9th)
(212) 581-0999

Thai is not always my jam, probably because I haven’t really had a solid Thai outing, until this.  Noodles with perfectly spiced chicken and a cold Thai tea make everything better. Don’t you agree?  It’s the power of food (and people) that make the world go around.

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DINNER

IMG_0436 IMG_0437 ^^ It might be smart to order mussels at a mussel bar buuuuut I don’t like them, so I went for the grab meat guacamole and spicy greens instead.

IMG_0439^^ Had I had extra space, I would have selected the “Deep Fried Whoopiee Pie” or even a medley of the “Flex Donuts” just because.

 Flex Mussels
174 E 82nd St ~ 154 W 13th St
~ Menu ~ Book a Table ~ Info ~

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^^ The Corner Deli, which guess what? ISN’T A DELI!  Officially recognized by the world wide web as a casual taqueria, the menu offers a good selection of authentic and delicious Mexican fare.

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IMG_7631IMG_7635^^ Quite possibly the worst food photography ever but that would because it was shot 1) indoors 2) at night and 3) with flash.  Food photography no-no’s.  BUT the food was delicious if that’s worth anything {fish taco, horchata, plantains, avocado salad – aka sliced avocado}

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Sooooooo if you made it to the end (even if you were skimming as I usually do…true story) CONGRATS!  More coming with of course a list of places that I would like to hit up in the next few months.

Who’s in?  Any recommendations?

Running on Joe

Something that I have really come to learn and love about this city, is that there are endless opportunities to explore the city through workout groups.  From run clubs put on by Nike and Jack Rabbit Sports, to free yoga/pilates classes by Lululemon and Athleta, the world is really your oyster.  But what if I told you there was a run club that offered free coffee?  No, not just any coffee, I’m talking really good espresso type of coffee.

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Team Joe Coffee Run Club
>> Every Saturday at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. in the summer) from Joe at 141 Waverly Place in the West Village <<

Joe was started about 12 years ago as a specialty coffee shop in the west village.  They focused on brewing the best of the best of the best for their customers and in order to do this, partnered up with some of the highest quality domestic and international roasteries.  A few months later, they opened up a roastery of their on in Brooklyn and started to create their own single-origin and blending varieties.

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Joe makes sure to carry out its four point buying philosophy, which emphasize the relationship with each of its partners, from the producers to the importers/exporters to the buyers.

1) fair and traceable
2) quality
3) flexibility
4) sustainable relationships

Because of Joe’s four principles, the prices are a bit steeper than your average coffee shop.  However, with the bold flavor of espresso served in each brew, it’s well worth the extra $0.50 to $1 for a weekend splurge.

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It was actually the co-owner, Gabrielle Rubinstein, who created the running group in order to meet more people in the area.  Funny enough, she started running, met a guy, and they ended up getting married.  Now, isn’t that just too darn adorable.  But back to the point of this post: free coffee.

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Normally each run follows and out and back route, starting and ending at the Waverly location.  Mileage ranges between 3-6 miles but this particular Saturday ranged between 6-10 miles.  Each runner was presented with a punch card, which was to be stamped or punched at every location.  Theoretically you could sample a coffee at each spot, but I don’t think there are many people who can stomach so much caffeine in such a short period of time.  That and the sound of coffee or lattes mid-run sound quite unappealing.

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I met up with the group at the Grand Central location to finish up the last six miles.  I am still trying to ease my way back into running and jumping into a 10 mile jaunt didn’t seem like the best idea.   Of course, it was pretty much stop and go for about 90-120 minutes, so it could have been done.

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IMG_8240After zig-zagging across the city, we ended up at the Columbia University location around 120th and Morningside.  This was the first time I had walked through the Teacher’s College portion of the university and will definitely have to go back when the weather is warmer to explore the grounds.  I swear, no matter how much I venture out, there is always something out there to be seen and heard.  This city continues to surprise me, that’s for sure.

IMG_8242“Coffee is a hug in a mug.”
~ Author Unknown