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Foodie Friday – Smorgasburg and Madison Square Eats

Happy Friday, friends!  We made it to the weekend!

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Along with the MuckFest MS Mud Run card my aunt and uncle sent yesterday, they also passed along a CD of race photos.  I love this one!

Since the blog has lacked food photos lately, I thought I’d share a few noteworthy eats from the past week, starting with Sunday’s trip to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.

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It’s highly possible the maple bacon on a stick happened.  And it may have been absolutely delicious.

Anyway, Sara and I spent the afternoon grazing and hanging out, and I tried South Indian food for the first time.

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I ordered a Masala Dosa, which tasted like a rice pancake and packed a nice kick thanks to the spicy potatoes.

And last night, I went to Madison Square Eats with some teammates.

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Situated in Madison Square Park near the Flatiron Building, this outdoor market showcases 28 of New York City’s most popular restaurants—think things like Korean BBQ, comfort food, gourmet Mexican street food.

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My evening of eating started with a margarita and—wait for it—a lobster BLT from Red Hook Lobster Pound.

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Disclaimer:  The margarita came from a different vendor.

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Lots of flavors worked together—lobster, bacon, chipotle mustard—and this was easily the best BLT of any kind I’ve had in my entire life.

Rounds two and three included a chipotle pork taco from Calexico and hazelnut and tiramisu gelato from Eataly, and unfortunately, both went undocumented.  Eh, you win some, you lose some.

And on a semi-related note, I spent this morning making my staples:  sweet potatoes wedges and spicy black bean quinoa.

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Have a great weekend!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?

Brooklyn Hijinx, Part Two

On Saturday afternoon, I met up with my friend Gabby for more Brooklyn hijinx. (As a side note, doesn’t “Brooklyn hijix” sound cool?  Manhattan hijinx just doesn’t have the same ring to it.) Katie, our friend from college, came to the city for the weekend, so we got to see her and her mom for a few hours filled with … food!  First, we hit up Brooklyn Cupcake—standard.

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Our previous cupcake run occurred at its flagship shop in Williamsburg, but we visited its new location in DUMBO (“down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass”).  The actual mixing, baking, and frosting takes place at the main store, but I will support BK Cupcake anywhere and everywhere it goes.   Anyway, it took me for-ev-er to make a decision, and I eventually choice the Guava con Queso, which is inspired by a traditional Columbian dessert.

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Blurry picture due to the rain, but holy yum!  Thanks to the cream cheese, it tasted like fruity cheesecake.  The cake itself was perfectly moist and absolutely delicious.  I also split a chocolate Nutella cupcake with Gabby.

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Friends and cupcakes!

For our second stop, we went to Rico’s Tacos in Sunset Park.

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I was so thankful to have Gabby there to help me navigate the menu—so many options!

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Again, it took me forever to make a selection, and I finally went with the pollo asado taquito—a “pocket-friend” chicken taco.

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Rico’s makes their tortillas in-house, which I definitely noticed, and I loved the spicy avocado cream sauce.

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It was such a fun—and filling!—afternoon!

If you could create any flavor of cupcake, what would you make?

23

At approximately 8:41 a.m. this morning, I turned 23 years old.

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Holy cow—talk about old!

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Ballet days throwback.  My grandparents included this photo in the above birthday card–aren’t they sweet?

It seems like yesterday I was playing high school basketball, then hanging out at CampHoho going to college.  Where has the time gone?

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In all honest, though, 22 treated me very well.

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I rang in my second year of official adulthood with plenty of homemade cupcakes and Pinot Grigio.

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I ran my first relay race, the Seneca7, with some awesome Writing and Rhetoric teammates.

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What?!  Who doesn’t like pondering grammar?

I had so much fun fully embracing the sweetness of senior spring—after completing my Honors project, of course.

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I survived my first wine tour.

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I graduated?!

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I decided to give blogging and triathloning a shot.

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I volunteered at the Syracuse 70.3 Ironman—and watched MB kick some serious butt!

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I partied through ran the Boilermaker 15-K with Sara.

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I bonded with Zelda at the Grapehound Wine Tour.

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I finished my first triathlon—and was instantly hooked!

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I completed my second and third swim-bike-run events.

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I moved to New York City, survived Hurricane Sandy, and found a big-girl internship.

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I explored Brooklyn with Gabby and Connie.

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I spent lots of quality time with my family during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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I officially started training with Full Throttle Endurance.

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I trigeeked out and met Craig Alexander.

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Twenty-two was pretty sweet, but 23, I’m ready for you—let’s do it!

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Nov. 18

Hey, hey—Happy Sunday!  Did you do anything fun this weekend?  Yesterday, I went to Smorgasburg, a Brooklyn-based food flea market, with my friends Meg and Sarah.

Holy cow—between a chicken sandwich, bowl of pho, and an oh-em-gee delicious red velvet brownie, I nearly died and went to foodie heaven.

This was the last event of the year, and I’m already looking forward to visiting once spring arrives.

Anyway, on to this week’s workouts.  With an 8-K Thanksgiving Turkey Trot as my main priority, I won’t be swimming or biking before Thursday.  After Thanksgiving, I plan to resume normal sweat sessions—less intense runs, plus swimming and biking.  Even though I have a temporary membership to the YMCA here in New York City, I’ve received conflicting information as to whether I’ll have access to my hometown Y when I’m back in Central New York.  Obviously, going there for swimming and indoor spinning would be easiest logistically speaking, but worst-case scenario, I can buy swim tickets for a pool nearby.  There’s the option of hitting up CNY Triathlon Club’s winter training facility (WTF) for bike workouts.  So basically, I’ll have lots of options for off-season triathlon training while I’m home, which is awesome.  On that note, it’s time for Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I’ll post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – run; strength train

Tuesday – off

Wednesday – shakeout run

Thursday – 3rd Annual F-M Turkey Trot

Friday – swim

Saturday – bike with CNY Triathlon Club at WTF

Sunday – swim; run; strength train

Are you doing a turkey trot this Thanksgiving?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Nov. 11

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  My parents and one of my sisters came to visit (missed you, Margaret!), and we had a ton of fun.  It was so nice to see them again.  On Saturday, we went on an open-top bus tour of Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a hop-on, hop-off deal.  That evening, we went to Francisco’s Centro Vasco for dinner, and I thoroughly enjoyed some sangria and seafood paella. (And I also have enough leftovers to last me a few days—score!)

Oh, and they also brought a bike trainer, which I (knock on wood) assembled correctly yesterday. (Thanks for hooking me up, MB and Syracuse Bicycle; post coming soon!)

I cannot wait to test it out, especially since New York City has experienced its first snowfall and because Chelsea Piers will be closed until Dec. 1.  At least I have access to a pool, though, so some structured triathlon training will resume.  So that takes care of swimming and biking, and I also officially registered for a local yokel Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.  This race offers a 4- and 8-K course, and as of right now, I plan to tackle the longer route.  That said, I need to make my runs more “serious” this week (read: tempo runs and speedwork) so I feel prepared when I toe the start line in two weeks.  On that note, it’s time for Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I’ll post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – run; strength train

Tuesday – a.m. swim; bike

Wednesday – run; strength train

Thursday – a.m. yoga; bike

Friday – off

Saturday – a.m. swim; run

Sunday – a.m. swim; bike

Are you doing a turkey trot this Thanksgiving?

Brooklyn Highjinx

Hiya!  As if you couldn’t guess from this post’s title, guess where I went today!

Hello, BK!  After my workout this morning—running and strength training; nothing to write home blog about—I met up with Gabby and Connie, two fabulous William Smith women and feminist activists to check off a few items on my NYC Bucket List.  First stop?  Brooklyn Cupcake!

Holy cow—just check out all these options.

Each of the ten-plus flavors seemed to stare back at me from the display case.  And each flavor—from the coconut to the chocolate cheesecake to the tres leches—seemed to say, not so subtlety, “pick me!”  Hello, red velvet.

And hello, homemade cream cheese frosting.

From the first not-so-graceful bite—did you see the mound of frosting?—I knew this would easily be one of the top three cupcakes I’ve ever had.  The cake tasted perfectly moist, and it was the cream cheese frosting that stole the show.  And I don’t even like frosting.  Since Brooklyn Cupcake changes its menu often—it even offers special weekend options like tiramisu and apple pie—I will definitely be back.

After our afternoon indulgence, the girls and I headed to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Sure, a stroll across the bridge would help burn off those sinfully delicious cupcake calories, but we also had another destination—Bluestockings, a bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side, aka feminist heaven!

So much room for activist activities–activism and social justice books lined these shelves. (Michele, come visit ASAP!)

And obviously, there was room for Ryan Gosling.  Love me some Feminist Ryan Gosling.

Would you believe me if I said some of us even got tattoos?  Well, we did!  No, not me, and no pictures.  You’ll have to head over to Gabby’s post to see the ink.  I will say this:  it’s very rhetorical.  Thanks for a great day, Gabby and Connie!

Edited to add link to Gabby’s post.

How was your Monday?  Did you do anything fun?