Friday Five {7.31.15}

5 great drinks things from my week (remember when i was quitting drinking for the summer? me neither):

1. Whole Foods juice is rocking my world.

juicethe beet & turmeric combo is great (even though i’m generally a ginger girl, couldn’t be choosey), and the pineapple adds a nice bit of sweetness. i’m stoked that their line of juices is $4.99, as opposed to the standard $7-$10 options (Suja, Blue Print, etc). i snagged a green one to try later on as well, as today feels like a necessary juicing day.

2. drinks at Little Branch. i haven’t been to this West Village speakeasy since i first moved to NYC almost 5 years ago (say whatttt 5 years?!), until last night.

pros: the live jazz is lovely, and the bartenders are true mixologists with every element you could possibly conceive of having in a drink (and many that will probably surprise you) at their disposal. you can order the “bartender’s choice,” where you simply tell them the alcohol base & flavors you like, and they’ll whip you something up. for example: i said “vodka & cucumber, and not sweet” for my friend and i last night, and he threw together two entirely different and equally delicious concoctions for us.

drinkssuch a cool concept. we were only able to drink half of those drinks, because exhaustedddd, but they were great.

cons: the place is tiny, they’ll always make you wait on line, and if you don’t have a reservation or a table, well, you’re crammed up against other people. the music & the drinks are great, but i think it’s a much better experience if you plan ahead and reserve a table.

3. this photo. i’m not much of a beer drinker, but since i was at a German biergarten surrounded by people drinking beer, i jumped on the bandwagon. and i’m glad i did…because i got this photo out of it.

IMG_7815let me reiterate, from my last post: talented photographer friends are just sooooo nice to have. thank you, MCB.

beer choice: Martens Witte. some light Belgian white that i really enjoyed, as evidenced above. 🙂

4. sunset & rosébecause while these two things are superb separately, they’re really begging to be paired.

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location: Le Bar at Le District, a charming new spot on the marina in Battery Park City, also conveniently located adjacent to my office building. it’s the loveliest little place to grab drinks with friends after work downtown.

5. Houston Hall. i went here for the first time last night, and it’s such a rad venue. gallery-exteriorphotos taken from their website.

located on West Houston Street (for you non-NYers, we say “house-ton,” not “Hues-ton” — it’s not the city in Texas!) & Varick, it’s a massive, open beer hall with exposed brick walls & communal plank tables, and an overall chill, fun vibe.

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gallery-tablessolid choice for a fun after-work happy hour on a Thursday,

yes, i will drink sangria at a beer hall, thankyouverymuch

sangria at a beer hall? don’t mind if i do.

especially with a crew like this.

crewi love those faces so much. thanks for such a fun night, friends.

you know you have great, supportive friends when even the boys ask, “so will i make the blog after tonight?” case in point: see that stud second from the left (aka the strapping young lad in the middle commanding all the attention in the photo)? that’s my friend Joe, who’s hilarious and darling and smart and fun and single in NYC.

just saying, ladies. you know how to find me if you want to meet him. 🙂

happy Fridayyyy, friends!

Tell me something great you ate/drank this week!
Fave juice combo?
Something you’re looking forward to this weekend?
Any takers for Joe? 🙂

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lake living: running & romping

hi friends! happy Monday. hope you all had lovely weekends.

i know i did! on this first weekend of completely wonderful Spring weather, this was my beautiful view for the weekend:

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not so bad. definitely looking forward to a looooot of this this Spring and Summer. thanks, parents.

i had some great 5-6 milers upstate this weekend. although it’s hilly no matter where i run from my parents’ house, i always love running in the country. i had a great 6-miler (stopped my app too soon, but finished just over 6) on Saturday:

photo 1splits were a bit slower to accommodate for the hills, but i’m not worried about it. to be expected, and i entirely enjoyed this run.

i managed to get in plenty of good cuddle seshes/yard romps with the Quinners this weekend as well:

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she’s one of the best things in my life right now. i can’t even take how obsessed i am with this girl. i helped Ryan give her a bath on Saturday, which was hilarious.  and then i encouraged her to roll around on the lawn pretty shortly after.

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that’s a real connection right there. i think we “get” each other because we are both such big goofballs at heart. 🙂

the weekend also included a fun night of dancing with some of the salsa crew, at what might be the sketchiest bar i’ve ever been to in my life. but hey, it’s the people who make the place, right? unless you have laser beams. then it’s definitely those.

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i’m always a bit bummed to leave home after a fabulous weekend, but i’m thankful i have such a great city and life to return to in the Big Apple. i woke up ready to start my Monday with another warm (but breezy) river run:

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photo 2my legs felt a bit sluggish but i was happy with this run, and it was an absolutely gorgeous morning. i’m so, so thrilled to be able to run in just tank tops outside again!

i also passed a really colorful, conspicuously cool art work structure on the running path south of Chelsea Piers:

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i honestly have no idea what it is and didn’t stop to read the little art sign (bad, i know), but it’s clearly a memorial of some sort because the whole structure is covered with lists of people’s names. i’ll have to pay closer attention next time. at first glance, i was just struck by the massive size and vibrant splashes of color it added to the river path. i love this about NYC, how exhibitions and pieces will pop up all over the place and catch you off guard. this is a city of surprises.

so it’s safe to say that i’m having a wonderful Monday, still riding on the coattails of a beautiful, fabulous weekend. i also just had my favorite lunch ever: Whole Foods salad bars. seriously, it doesn’t get any better than that for me. the Whole Foods in TriBeCa is a short walk from my office, so one of my friends and i love to make it our warm-weather lunch jaunt.

Photoi know i don’t post a whole lot about my food consumption, which is rare in the “healthy living” blog community, but i just don’t see it as a necessary focus for my blog. i generally eat really healthy 99% of the time, so i’m pretty sure that lots of pictures of salads, fruit & cottage cheese, and roasted Brussels sprouts won’t make anyone’s day. just sayin’.

this amazing lunch was a mixture of arugula, baked falafel, purple cauliflower, sweet potatoes, a little tabouleh and a little plain baked chicken. everything was delicious and i ate every last bite.

hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week, friends! this is a short week for me, as we have Good Friday off and i head back home on Thursday night. stoked for that!

Questions:
Weekend highlights? Did you get outside and do anything fun?
What’s your fave lunch option?

Running forever and then we picnic.

I ran 20 miles on Saturday!! Ahhhh!!proudaboutworkingoutWelp, I just had to get that out. So let’s work up to that, shall we? 🙂

This weekend was absolutely beautiful here in NYC. I could not have hand-picked a more perfect day to do my long run than Saturday: brilliant blue skies, zero humidity, in the 60s early that morning, and just exactly the sort of flawless day one hopes September might bestow. It certainly boosted my spirits to see what sort of a day I’d been given on which to spend three hours of my morning running.

Yup: I set out knowing I’d be trekking along for a good three hours, ready to tackle my 20-miler. And I’m pretty dang happy 1. with how it went and 2. to have that baby behind me.

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I have to say, it felt amazing to have accomplished this. Even a year ago, I’d have never thought I’d be able to say I ran 20 miles one morning in a straight stretch. I did the whole thing along the Hudson River, and I honestly felt pretty awesome for most of it. There were a few stretches that seemed a bit rougher than others, but I had convinced myself that I could — and would — tackle this, and running is such a mental process. This was definitely one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve done in my adult life (right up there with, ya know, college and stuff).

I cut up a few shot blocks to chomp along the way and put some Power Bar Perform Sports drink mix into my water bottle, made sure I had a good playlist, and just set off with high hopes of enjoying a gorgeous morning spent outdoors.

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I didn’t let myself think about the distance as being overwhelming; rather, I told myself I had a whole free morning on a beautiful day to spend outside, and I was calm and grateful and hopeful I could last as long as I wanted. A friend met me and ran about 7-8 of my middle miles with me, which definitely helped. I finished feeling pretty great and with a renewed hope that I might, in fact, be able to run a marathon (yep, there were some dark spots of doubt crowding in the past couple weeks here and there).

this is my "i lived to tell about this" face

this is my “i lived to tell about this” face

I think I’m still on a little bit of a high from tackling that baby. Yee-haw.

After stretching, foam rolling and getting cleaned up, I headed out to hit up Whole Foods and join some lovely ladies (my favorite Canadian girls!) for a charming little picnic in Central Park. Could this day have been any better??

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Alex, Lauren & Jocelyn — very thankful for these darlings. I have been so blessed to meet the most amazing girls since I’ve moved to NYC! It was a picture-perfect afternoon for a Park picnic, and Sheep Meadow was dotted with hundreds of other NYers who shared the same idea. Nothing like a good dose of girlfriend silliness & healthy snacks to revive you after a hard run.

Sunday was another amazing day; September really has been good to us here in NYC thus far. I ended the weekend with a leisurely stroll along the Hudson River (trading in the sneaks for flip flops this time) and some down time in Riverside Park as the sun set, counting my blessings for a weekend well spent (and legs that weren’t as tired as I expected!).

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Question: What was the best part of your weekend?