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2013 Race Calendar Updates

Happy Hump Day, friends!  It’s an absolutely gorgeous day in New York City today—plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.  Dare I say spring has finally arrived?  But this favorable weather doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy warm beverages, right?

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Say hello to the city’s best hot chocolate.  I met Jen at The City Bakery this morning for a super-secret brainstorming meeting.  We have an exciting announcement to share tomorrow!

And in unrelated news, I officially added two more races to my calendar:  the Stamford KIC It Triathlon on June 30, another Olympic-distance event.

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And the USAT Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Yikes!  Honestly, it still feels somewhat surreal, but signing up confirmed the facts:  It’s real, it’s happening, and I’m determined to show up on race day prepared to the best of my abilities.  I know I have a lot of work ahead of me, which was further confirmed when our official Race of Truth times were released.  Five groups were formed based on the results of the six-mile time trial in Central Park (group one being the fastest riders, group two the next fastest, etc.), and yours truly will be riding in group four.  You have to start somewhere, right?

When it’s warm outside, do you stick with cold beverages?  Or will you still order warm drinks?

Snapshot Saturday – The Best Day Ever

Hiya, friends—hope your Saturday is going great so far!  As you know, one of my best friends from college visited yesterday, and we had so much fun! (I used the Twitter hashtag #bestdayever quite frequently.) Here’s a quick look at how Melissa and I said TGIF.

While wandering around Grand Central and waiting for Melissa’s train, I walked into Pylones and immediately noticed these handbags.

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Yes, those are chocolate bar purses; yes, they smelled like chocolate.  And yes, I considered buying one.

Once Melissa arrived, we grabbed lunch at Guilty Goose, and then officially kicked off #TheBestDayEver with a trip to Crumbs.  Obviously.

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We struggled to select our desserts—not that you can pick a bad cupcake, know what I mean?—and we eventually bought three:  chocolate red velvet (in the back), starlight, and peanut butter cup.

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Look at these stars!

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Talk about intricately detailed.  We left the cupcakes at my apartment and headed to The Strand, aka the best bookstore in the city.  After flipping through a Downton Abbey book, we poked through the gizmo and gadget areas, and I almost bought this for my grandma.

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Ha!  Next, we made a quick pit stop at The City Bakery to try the best hot chocolate in New York City.

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Friends, if you visit NYC, you must stop here.  Hands down, this was the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had—rich, creamy, and not too sweet. (It tasted like semi-sweet chocolate, not milk.)

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Melissa and I actually split a small (they poured the portion into two cups) and even opted for marshmallows.  Neither one of us love marshmallows, but this tower convinced us to go for it.

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If there’s a marshmallow tower, then chances are the sweet fluff tastes incredible.  We decided to further fuel our chocolate highs, so we came back to my apartment, opened a bottle of red wine (more antioxidants!), ate one of the cupcakes, and watched a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress.  Talk about perfection!  A few hours later, we went to Room Service to meet up with Melissa’s roommate (small world, right?) for drinks.

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Some sangria was consumed before we went to Brgr for turkey burgers.  No picture because I inhaled it!

What’s your favorite kind of cupcake?  What’s your favorite way to spend a girls’ night?