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Snapshot Friday and Saturday

Every time my family visits, I tell myself I’ll be a good blogger, take tons of pictures, and write a really detailed recap about our adventures.  And every time I fail miserably—ha!  This weekend, though, I managed to snap a few pics, so I’ll share those with you.


After rocking my wetsuit at Friday’s swim practice, I spent the day hanging out with my sister Margaret.  First, we ate lunch at Terri, an organic and vegetarian restaurant.


I ordered the “tuna” melt (aka chickpea salad) with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.


It tasted great and kept me full during our entire shopping trip, which included stops at Zara and Kate Spade.

Margaret trying on shoes—YOLO.


I took a class in college with Michele called “He Says, She Says,” so I found this iPhone cover oh so rhetorical.


Even though it was blizzarding in NYC, Margaret and I ordered our first iced coffees Americanos of the season.


Spring better be on the way!

My parents and sister Ellen arrived later that night and brought some goodies from my grandma—homemade sauce and meatballs for the win!


I cannot wait to break into this stash.


My weekend started with a Full Throttle Endurance swimming practice at Chelsea Piers and brunch at my teammate’s apartment. (Er, triathlete brunch, I guess; we ate around 9:30 a.m.—ha!) I didn’t want to be a creeper and whip out my iPhone, but the spread was impressive:  waffles and whipped cream made from scratch, asparagus and goat cheese frittata, plus bacon, Italian biscotti, and sparkling apple cider.  Holy moley, everything was so good!  I also enjoyed hanging out with my teammates outside of swimming, biking, and running.  Yes, we talked triathlons the entire time, but it was great to focus on the conversation without keeping an eye on the clock to time our rest and intervals.

Back at my apartment, my family and I watched the first half of the Syracuse basketball game (I don’t want to talk about the final result) before heading uptown to see Jersey Boys.


Absolutely incredible!


And get this—one of the “swing” cast members played Frankie Valli, and he totally killed it!  He even had his own friends and family cheering section.

Speaking of family …


Doing what we do best—goofing off!

Next, we wandered around Chelsea Market briefly, but it was a bit difficult navigation-wise with all five of us, so we didn’t stay very long.  I was also experiencing some stomach troubles and was so not in the mood to take pictures.

For dinner, we went to a Raymi, a Peruvian restaurant for dinner, and it was phenomenal!  Again, not pictures due to being girl-down, but we plan to go back.

How was your weekend?

Snapshot Saturday – Union Square Greenmarket and Street Fair

Hi, everyone!  I hope you had a great Saturday!  Here are a few pictures from my day; I went to the Union Square Greenmarket this morning, and I wandered around a street fair with my friend Sara this afternoon.

Short and sweet–have a great evening!

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?

Healthy at NBCU

Hiya!  How’s your day been?  While I was exploring, wandering, and maybe shopping this afternoon, I came across the Healthy at NBCU exhibit in Union Square.

This is what I love about New York City—even if you’re just walking around, you never know what might pop up.

Celebrating Healthy Week, this setup aimed to raise awareness about healthy living (obviously), specifically in terms of nutrition and portion-size.



It also served as a fundraiser for Food Corps:  For each picture taken with the jumbo-sized table and flatware, Healthy at NBCU pledged to donate $10 to the organization.

Everything really is bigger and better in NYC.


According to Healthy at NBCU’s Facebook page, Top Chef contestants Jennifer Carroll and Angelo Sosa were slated to make appearances and cook delicious, nutritious food.  I’m pretty good at sniffing out food, and unfortunately, I didn’t come across anything.  Oh, and I just missed Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey—she was on hand to sign copies of her book! (No word if she managed to flip the oversized table.) I even snagged two free KIND bars—win!


After my second yoga class in 13 hours, I whipped up a protein smoothie for breakfast.

This one turned out really, really well—one frozen banana, one cup frozen kale, one handful frozen blueberries, one scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder, and enough almond milk to get everything going.


A few hours later, I polished off the last of the white bean, kale, and mushroom soup.

I also snacked on a banana with PB before going shopping exploring.


Since it was a meatless day, I went with the flow and baked tempeh for dinner

I marinated a block in a mixture of teriyaki and Tabasco sauce for about two hours, cut it into strips, and baked it at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Plus some sautéed veggies on the side.

Time to watch the Yankees kick some butt–have a good night!

A Rainy NYC Run

Before laying out my running clothes last night, I checked the weather forecast, and it projected cool temperatures and a light drizzle this morning. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!) Strangely enough, I don’t mind running in the rain; in fact, I kind of like it.  Maybe it’s because I’m from Central New York (my first thought is “at least isn’t not snowing!”).  Or maybe it’s from years of playing softball and field-hockey during downpours.  For whatever reason, I have a strange affinity for rain-running—I set my 5-K PR of 21:13 during a rainy race—so passing up today’s run because of the less-than-ideal weather was never an option.

Even in the mist, making my way along the West Side Greenway was awesome.  Sure, my legs turned red and my curly ponytail somewhat resembled a wet dog, but it was totally worth it.


Before jumping to breakfast, here’s a quick look at what I prepare for last night’s Meatless Monday dinner:  white bean, kale, and mushroom soup.

Oh.  Em.  Gee.  If all my attempts at making soup result in this level of success, Fitness and Frozen Grapes could turn into a soup and seafood (and sushi!) blog.  Recipe coming your way tomorrow!

Oh, and dessert.

Pretty predictable at this point, right?


Anyway, after my wet run, I made an open-faced breakfast sandwich with spinach, egg whites, and yellow peppers.

Plus a slice of Ezekiel low-sodium bread.

After my meal and against my better judgment, I wandered through Times Square in search of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.

The GNC near me didn’t have any in stock, so I decided to brave the throngs of tourists.

I mentally prepared for the worst, so the walk wasn’t as bad.

And the guy working there gave me a free gold membership card, which I’m sure they do all the time, but still.


Back at my apartment, I heated up a bowl of leftover soup.

It’s possible it tastes even better today.  I’m off to track down an apple-almond-butter combo.  Have a great day!

Does your fitness routine change when the weather does?  Do you like running in the rain?