Life of Late ~ 8.14.15

It’s mid-August and very quiet in the office.  Everyone is probably out at their summer homes, which is just so east coast.   Anyways, this post is being finished as I eat my tres-gourmet bagel.  What’s interesting to me is that I never really was a bagel person but over the past two-ish years I have learned to love them – only New York bagels.  I’m more of the dessert kind of gal rather than bread products, but when work offers free bagels (and good bagels) on Fridays, you make it work.  Today, it was a full bagel earned with peanut butter/banana on one side and cream cheese/cinnamon on the other.

Speaking of peanut butter, I’ve told myself that I was going to reduce my intake or take it out completely due to its inflammatory tendencies.   I made progress by picking up a jar of sunflower seed butter but subsequently left it at the apartment.  Ah well, at least I can be thankful that I’m not allergic to nuts.  That would just be a very very sad day.

This morning I was up an at ’em with a 6am wakeup call (luxurious compared to the normal 5:30 alarm), ran down to NP, met up with the lovely Kyndal from the Boston tribe!!, and a run back through the east village.


Today’s probably going to be a slow day so I hope to put a little thought into our labor day plans.  We are heading down south to Charleston and meeting up with one of our best friends who is flying out from the west coast!  We already have an itinerary in mind, but I’ll just look at some more food places and pick out a route for my long run (9 mi on the books) that weekend.  The goal for the next couple weeks is to save as MUCH as possible so I can just eat and walk my way through that city without any guilt.

IMG_1730^^ Wednesday I went to Tavern on the Green for the first time with Linsday and her fabulous coworker Jenn.  We had a blast out on the patio and more to come on the food 🙂

I learned something about myself the other day.  I don’t have a very long attention span.  I decided to attend a PDC or Personal Development Course at work that was 3 hours long.  This seemed reasonable since some courses were all day affairs.  No, it’s not the “all-day where they feed you and you get to go outside for a bit”.  It’s the “all-day in a windowless conference room where you are thinking ‘why did I do this?’ “.  Well, the course was on communication and understanding personalities in the workforce – helpful, no?  I enjoyed the first 2 hours.  TWO HOURS.  Then I was finished.  Tip #1 – Eat a sufficient lunch.  I can’t do that whole starve yourself during lunch thing.  I end up hangry and annoyed.  Tip #2 – Don’t sign up for things that last longer than your patience.  (Note, my patience is relatively high, I just can’t stand sitting in one spot that long) Tip #3 – Avoid things that drive you up the wall – like when people repeat themselves over and over and over.  Ok, rant finished.

~ Link (and link-up) Love ~ ~ “Why You Should Slow Down and Soak Up the NowMaybe not easy in the city, but good thoughts to remember. ~ “3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired” – Looks like millennials are relying too much on the employer for happiness, direction, and yet don’t want to put in the time or effort to learn or advance their career.  They prefer to do the minimal work and somehow still reap the benefits.  Not so fast my friends.  Maybe it’s time for finding an internal motivation for work. ~ “34 Ways to Know You Are a New Yorker”  >> #4, #12, and #15 truth.


 ^^ Speaking of New York.  Good ‘ol Brownstones.  This is what I see on my walk to the gym every morning and I love it.  Soon the mornings will be darker and I won’t see the glorious colors of the buildings and plants around me 😦

IMG_1552 ^^ Last minute invite to a Yankees vs. Red Sox game!  $20 ticket and $24 worth of food later, this was one happy camper.  I could have easily eaten prior or taken food inside, but where’s the fun in that?  Oh yes, you would save money 😉

IMG_1553 IMG_1557 ^^ These were two of the first two people I met at November Project last year!  (1 year ago tomorrow!!)

I shared with everyone how I spent my Friday, but on Saturday, I attended a workout class at the nearest Equinox (fancy club worth the money – I’m addicted and sadly a gym snob now), then headed out to a good-bye bar crawl for one of the NP guys.  Basically a typical NP social event.

IMG_1637 ^^ Welcome to McSorley’s, the Oldest Irish Tavern in New York.  Famous for the fact that it was one of the last “Men Only” pubs, admitting women in 1970 because they were forced to do so.  Cool.

15 East 7th Street
New York

IMG_1638 ^^ From the sawdust on the floor to the old fashioned menu, it’s quite an experience


IMG_1642 ^^ Perspective in size.  Double-fisting?  Well, not entirely.  That’s actually 1 beer, but in a very very tiny glass.  Here you order “light” or “dark”.  None of this IPA or other nonsense.  (though the beer tastes very basic.  Historic, but basic…maybe you shouldn’t have the non-beer drinker review it) #diditfortheblog

IMG_1643 ^^ A few of us took a break from bar shenanigans to grab some BBQ at Mighty Quinn’s.  The line was wrapped out the door and around the building but well worth the wait.  (Someone should introduce them to Chipotle efficiency).  I went with the brisket and sweet potato mash.  Folks, the brisket is HANDS DOWN the best brisket I have ever had in my entire life.  Must.go.back.  I didn’t even add that much BBQ sauce because it had so much flavor.  Unheard of from this girl, queen of the sauce.

Mighty Quinn’s
103 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-3733|
~ About ~ Menu ~ Delivery ~ Catering ~

IMG_1647^^ What a good looking crowd.  There I am in the middle with the orange necklace!

Well + Good ~ “Bread-Free Cauliflower Grilled Cheese” (Noms)

The Kitchn ~ “What Kind of Friend Are You?  Food Pairings Will Tell ~ “Keep It Low-Key: 4 Smart Reasons Why We Become More Private with Age” (I apparently love to share my life with the world but looks like we all aren’t like that.  There is however some wisdom to being open as well as being private)

Women’s Running ~ “A Healthy Excuse to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast

Sometimes Always Never Blog ~ CONGRATS to Whitney and her fiance Chris!  I’ve posted about her blog before and it’s true that sometimes you start to feel as if you know a person through blogging.  I know that I would adore to have a friend like Whitney.  She is such an inspiration and her posts make me feel like there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.  Plus, the two of them are just so un believably adorable. ~ “Living By Trees Makes Your Feel Physically Younger

IMG_1646 ^^ How’s that for a sunset?  Honestly I don’t want these to end!  I know the fall will be fun – lots of activities and things to look forward to but please don’t let the weather change!!

 “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

September Life of Late

Day in, day out and here we are with another work week complete.  I’m currently off to explore Washington D.C. with my grandma and possibly run into some of my buddies along the way.  Sure, there’s way too much to accomplish in only three days, so I already have hopes of traveling out a couple more times.  Between friends studying abroad and friends out of town and oh this little thing called November Project – D.C. chapter.

So, while I’m exploring, here’s some more recaps of late summer and early fall in the beautiful New York City.

IMG_5861Waking up for a sunrise and a bit of teamwork with the local November Project chapter. Possibly one of my favorite photos taken by the DC chapter’s CanofSpaghetti.  Check out his epic snapshots of their tribe members working out across the city.

IMG_5868More work perks.  One of the campaigns that I run is the advertising for Redd’s Apple Ale on Funny Or Die.  Their mega campaign is currently surrounding the Oddball Comedy Festival and we had the opportunity to attend the kickoff show out in New Jersey.  Sarah Silverman and Louis C.K. were definitely a couple of my favorites!

Eataly with AshfordsWho can pass up Italian food?  I usually am not one to gravitate towards pasta and pizza but oh yes please.  Their dough and cheese combination is to die for.

IMG_5936Yoga in Bryant Park

IMG_5888Brunching at the Bluebell Cafe ~ Noteworthy Brioche French Toast with Berry Compote and Lemon Curd ($10)

Bluebell Cafe
293 Third Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)  •  New York, NY 10010
*Like any popular brunch spot, it’s best to arrive early and with all your party members 🙂


Checking out the Yankees and watching Jeter play in his last season.  Although the people-watching was almost as good (if not better) than the game itself. Yankees were tanking…


My boss happened to be giving away a pair of tickets for a random weeknight game.  Who could pass up free field-level tickets??

IMG_5802Back to my running days around Central Park.  It’s one of my favorite places in the city and I sure am at my happiest when I’m all healthy and running around with that view.  For the time, New York has stolen my heart.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Time to Play Ball

It’s America’s favorite past-time and synonymous with spring and summer.  Sure, we’ve been focused on the World Cup (and oh Brazil’s poor performance the other day) but there’s always room for some baseball.


Memories (actual or fantasized) of peanuts, hot dogs, beers for those who indulge and soft-serve with sprinkles for the rest of us.  Many like to say it’s as American as apple pie, although I’m not much of a pie fan, so I’ll let that statement go.

Ever since I was born, I was a Dodger’s fan.  It has to do with the fact that I spent my entire life in Los Angeles and well, there’s nothing like a trip to the Ravine.  Even the days I spent up in the SF Bay, I remained true and true to my boys in blue.


Now I’ve found myself on the East Coast and while I can’t pop on a plane back to L.A., there is still the possibility of catching a game or two out here in the city.


1 E 161st St – Bronx, NY 10451

~ Transit ~
 #4 train (East Side) and the D train (Sixth Ave) stops at the 161st Street/Yankee Stadium subway stations, located on East 161st Street and River Avenue. B train (Sixth Ave) only on weekdays ~

IMG_0148The New York man A.Rod


~ EATS ~

Parm – known for turkey & chicken Parmesan (duh) sandwiches – Great Hall between Gates 4 & 6
Zeppole – Fried Dough – Section 127A
Brother Jimmy’s – Sections 133, 201, 214 or 320A
Lobel’s of NY – A butcher institution with hand carved steak sandwiches made to order  – Sections 134, 322
Fresh Produce – Gates 4 & 6
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123-01 Roosevelt Ave – New York, NY 11368


Take the 7 line from Grand Central until Mets/Willets Point Station

~ EATS ~
The Mets have an amazing array of food options on the ground level.

Mama’s of Corona (Italian subs, Mets-themed cannolis, and other desserts) – Section 105*
Blue Smoke – Part of famed Manhattan barbecue joint serving Kansas City spare ribs, a smoked bologna sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, beer and dessert – Section 140
Shake Shack – Serving up the classic ShackBurger & Shack-Cago Dog, cheese fries, frozen custards, and shakes. – Section 139


El Verano Taqueria, Section 139: Launched by Danny Meyer chefFloyd Cardoz, El Verano sells chicken mole Pipian, carnitas, vegetarian tacos, chile-marinated skirt steak, Barbacoa quesadillas, and more.
Catch of the Day –  Dave Pasternack’s Catch of the Day offers grilled shrimp po’boys, Long Island corn and clam chowder, lobster rolls, and flash fried beer battered shrimp skewers. – Section 102
Kozy Shack Gluten Free Selection
Daruma of Tokyo – Located in the World’s Fare Market, they offer edamame, sushi, Asian salads. – Section 105
Cholula Hot Sauce – Serving up a crispy chicken sandwich w/ Cholula chipotle aioli, fresh guacamole, sliced jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and bacon.

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I’m all about experiences and souvenirs but had to hold back from buying a Met’s hat.  After all, they are in the National League and I would never betray my Dodgers.  So, I’ll settle for a plastic cup to hold my frozen yogurt 🙂

So, until I get back to the ball park, I’ll pick up some skills on my own.  Just a casual (ok actually semi-serious weekly league) game in Central Park.  Enjoying the little things in life.

IMG_4065“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.” ~Tommy Lasorda