Musings #12

Hi everyone! I hope that slightly warmer spring weather has reached all of you by now and that you’re enjoying a little more sun and much less snow. I am nine days out from my college graduation….(uhh)….and am leaving today for a few days on the beach in Florida. Pray for me that I remember to put on sunscreen – mostly for my mom’s sanity honestly. Whether you’re procrastinating studying for finals, job searching, or just browsing, I hope you enjoy my favorite recent things below!

If you’re in the market for a spring bag and are willing to splurge a little (for amazing quality!), look no further than the Pampa bucket bag, crafted by Hare+Heart. It’s the perfect combo of smooth leather, neutrals, and a fun print.

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A little late, but here is a roundup of what everyone wore at Coachella this year. The outfits range from questionable to amazing, but at least it’s entertaining, right?

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Possible slip-on options for this summer – I’m wavering between plain white or a cool print, thoughts?

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This ring and these earrings have recently become part of my everyday wardrobe. I haven’t taken either off since they got to my doorstep!

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This recipe for drunken zucchini noodles. Drunken noodles are one of my favorite dishes to get at Thai restaurants and this recipe makes them just a litttllle bit healthier.

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This travel guide to Maderas Village in Nicaragua. Maderas Village has made it to the top of my “want to go to” places list on account of the amazing photos I’ve seen of the place. Like Tulum, Mexico, it is a hotspot for bloggers, yogis, designers, musicians, and creatives of really any sort. See ya there in 2016.

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Speaking of traveling…have a look at these tips for staying safe while traveling alone. These will always come in handy and will only take 5 minutes to read! So worth it.

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That’s all for now folks! See ya after the beach and possibly graduation.

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C

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Sweat on Sweat: Barry’s Bootcamp Boston

As many of my friends and family members know, I’m a bit of an exercise fiend. You know how some people have to drink their coffee or take an afternoon nap everyday to feel their best? Well, I need a good workout everyday to get me going. Nothing makes me feel more energized, healthy, and happy than sweating it out whether it’s sprinting in a spin class, twisting and bending in bikram yoga, pounding the pavement on a run, or lifting heavy things (but not too heavy) at the gym.

In recent years, boutique fitness studios have become massively popular, with studios like SoulCycle, Flywheel, Cyc Fitness (coming in April to Boston !!!), and Corepower opening outposts all over the country. I love to try new studios, not only to get ideas for some new moves that I can use during my own workouts but also to really test myself and see what’s out there and will get me in the best shape. I mean, there are so many fitness studios to try, so why not test them out? I’m a big fan of bootcamp workouts, so this weekend I tried Barry’s Bootcamp in downtown Boston. If you’ve never heard of Barry’s, it offers a combination of interval cardio treadmill routines and strength training using varied gear and weights. I heard that Barry’s was tough, so I had to give it a try.

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Tough was an understatement. I went to the studio with a good friend from school and we both found that Barry’s thoroughly kicked our a$$es. I like to think of myself as a pretty in-shape person, but Barry’s made me second guess that within five minutes. The class is intense from start to finish and there was no one in the room who wasn’t dripping with sweat. Weekend classes are full body (as opposed to weekday classes which focus on specific body parts, like arms one day or abs another day), so we worked every muscle in our bodies, including those that we didn’t know existed. For me, the most challenging aspect of the class was the treadmill routine, which included inclines up to level 14, sprints up to 12mph (there was no way I was doing that, I maxed out at 9mph), side shuffles, and backwards running. Yes, you read that right. We ran backwards. That one made me concerned for our safety, but we were #blessed not to fall off the treadmills.

Logistically, there are about 20 treadmills lines up along a mirror and 25 floor spots with benches. I’m sorry that I have no pictures to offer; phones aren’t brought into the actual workout room and it would have been too sketchy if I had gone in after to snap a pic. When you sign up, you pick a treadmill or floor spot to start out on, say F6 or T6. We started on the floor, so our workout began with roughly 5 minutes of strength training while the treadmill group ran it out on their machines. After the time was up, we switched with the treadmillers and they performed the floor routine that we did while we repeated their treadmill workout. There were three or four switches throughout the class, during all of which I had to force myself not to lay down and die. Another motivator was that six members of a nearby university’s soccer team were also in the class. And they took their shirts off. And all was right with the world. To say that this made it a little difficult to concentrate on the workout would be an understatement. Alas, we survived without drooling too much over the athletes.

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In addition to the soccer players aka models aka gods, everyone who attended our class was between the ages of 20 and 30 and was absolutely gorgeous. If you’re ever wondering where to find the beautiful people of Boston, go to Barry’s and you’ll be set for life. Everyone was so freaking fit it was scary (but also #motivating). I guess middle-aged people don’t want to run backwards on treadmills or sprint at 12mph? Can’t imagine why… Anywho, after the workout we showered up and hit up the Fuel Bar at Barry’s for smoothies, which did not disappoint and were exactly what we needed after our literal a$$ whooping.

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All things considered, I will definitely be returning to Barry’s Bootcamp. The workout was intense but so worth it and as I write this my arms are kind of shaking from the strength training. Our instructor was friendly but tough on the attendees, motivating us to push ourselves to our limits. The music was loud, pounding, and invigorating. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, get your butt whooped, or get a six pack, I highly recommend Barry’s for a workout that will leave you sore in the best way.

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On Healthy New Years Resolutions

This post was inspired by Greatist‘s article on what to do when people annoyingly undermine your healthy choices.

It’s here, people. The New Year is upon us, which means that it’s time to make some resolutions. Some of will resolve to drink less coffee, others will promise to try harder on their schoolwork. A few of us will commit to spending more time with our families while a couple of us might aim to pass a little less time on Netflix (I’m not saying that’s not one of my resolutions). Whatever your resolution is, I wish you the best in the coming year on your goals!

Let’s be honest here. Many of us are going to commit to eating healthier and getting fit. This might mean eating less pizza, consuming more kale, trying some insane fitness trend (e.g. Crossfit) or signing up for a race (e.g. Tough Mudder, Marathon). I commend you on any of your health goals; all of us could stand to be a little more healthy. I try to eat as healthfully as possible but do slip up when it comes to peanut butter and sweets. I also tend to get a little lazy when it comes to cooking, especially when I’m at school, and often end up eating cereal for dinner instead of a healthier meal because I just don’t feel like cooking. So this year, I’m resolving to eat less peanut butter (lol we all know this won’t last) and to take the time to prepare nutritious meals for myself as frequently as possible. I also want to incorporate more veggies into my breakfast, odd and specific as that may sound.

What’s the hardest part about committing to get healthy? Other than actually acting on your plan, pressure and judgement from others to divert from your plan can be extremely frustrating. Who else knows what it’s like to make a healthy choice when out at a restaurant and to feel judging eyes staring at you and your plate? And then you feel pressure to eat something unhealthy in order to fit in and to avoid the judgement. Or when you choose to get up early to workout rather than laze around and sense judgement from your friends? It seems ridiculous, but getting judged for choosing health is way more common than we think.

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When it comes down to it, no one has the right to judge us for our health or fitness goals. In fact, choosing health is admirable, if you ask me. There is nothing wrong with electing to treat your body well and to care about what goes into it.

So what’s a new years revolver to do when you’re judged for your healthy choices?

Greatist offers a number of suggestions. If you’re at a celebratory meal or party and offered a dish you’d rather not indulge in, say that you’re full and would love to take a plate home. Then you can do what you want with your doggy bag. If you’re being questioned about your slimmer or more fit appearance, say that you’re feeling better than ever and that your doctor or trainer says that there’s nothing to worry about. When in doubt, go ahead and change the subject to something other than your health.

If friends are ordering something unhealthy for lunch or dinner, check out the menu for a healthy alternative and say that you aren’t hungry for something heavier or that you had a heavy lunch. If you’re out for a meal and choose a salad over something less healthy and get flack for it, say that greasy food (or whatever your cuisine of choice is) tends to hurt your stomach and you’d rather stick with something healthier. When someone teases you for working out so much or asks how in the world you enjoy physical activity, suggest that they join you in a fitness class or for a workout! What better way is there to bond than sweating it out in a pilates or spin class together? Head for smoothies or salads afterwards for an opportunity to chat while grabbing a healthy bite.

For our college-age readers, one of the most challenging situations is when alcohol is present. Overconsumption of alcohol is a sure way to derail or delay your fitness goals. So what’s a gal or guy to do when you’re at a bar or party and being offered a drink that you don’t want? Drink water, soda, or juice. The latter two can look like a mixed drink even if there’s no booze in them. When you’re really pressured to drink or have already been bought something, pretend to sip or sip as slowly as possible. Once you’ve got a drink in your hands, others are much less likely to pressure you to drink more. If someone shoves a shot in your face and suggests that you take them together, say that you’ve got to wake up early the next morning and don’t want to drink too much (my personal favorite). Another excuse: you’ve got a lot of work to do this weekend and need to be at the top of your game AKA not hungover. Offer to be the designated driver if a car is needed to arrive at a bar so that you definitely can’t drink and hopefully won’t be pressured to.

In the end, true friends and loving family members should not judge you for your choices. If they’re commenting on your dietary or fit lifestyle, they are probably just concerned for your wellbeing out of love, not jealousy or resentment. But if you do feel judged, remind yourself that the only person to whom you have to validate your choices is yourself. Don’t let others control what goes into your body, how you feel, or how you look. We only live one life and our choices are up to us. Make the choice that’s best for you, whether than means french fries, green beans, an intense lifting session, or a day off from the gym.

Wishing you a happy new year full of joy, laughs, success, and love.

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46 Thoughts I Have During Bikram Yoga

A little over a year ago, I began attending Bikram yoga classes. Read all about my very first experience here (it wasn’t pretty). After practicing bikram on and off for the past year, I can definitely say that I’ve improved; that being said, I can’t say that I ‘enjoy’ each moment of every class. In fact, I still want to die for roughly 86 minutes of the 90 minute class. The worst is when I start sweating while laying on the floor before the class starts. That’s when you know it’s going to be awful.

Bikram is not for the faint of heart; it’s often underestimated, as yoga is typically associated with easy stretching and relaxation. Let me tell you, people, my heart rate sky rockets during bikram, I sweat like a horse, and I usually want to throw up. A lovely vision, no? Here is an abbreviated version of the thoughts that go through my mind during a 90 minute yoga class in a 105 degree room with 40% humidity. Yes, you read that right.

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1. Okay, the teacher is walking into the room, I should stand up now.

2. Other people aren’t standing up yet…should I wait?

3. Ugh, I can already feel my upper lip sweat. This is going to be awesome.

4. Someone please remind me why I do this to myself…

5. Oh, cute guy across the room…

6. Good, there is his wife. Okay. Focus.

7. Alright, easy pranayama standing breathing. All I have to do is breathe and move my arms.

8. Why is the instructor yelling at me to lock my knees?!

9. Wow, the lady in front of me is breathing way too hard. Brown-noser.

10. My shoulders hurt. I thought that I worked out at the gym so that my shoulders would be strong.

11. Okay, the first part is done. I survived.

12. F*ck, I forgot that we have to do every pose twice. Here we go.

13. Aaaaaand there goes my first drop of arm sweat! Let the games begin.

14. God, I wish I’d drank more water this morning. Good thing I didn’t eat though, I’d have barfed 5 minutes ago.

15. Ooooohhhh new person on my left, I can show off in front of them!

16. Shoot, I’m falling out of this pose. Aaaaaand I’m on the ground. Okay, I can impress with a later pose.

17. I LITERALLY HATE THE FIRST THREE POSES OF THIS CLASS.

18. If I can survive those, I can survive anything.

19. I AM SO THIRSTY OH MY LANTA WHEN IS THE FIRST WATER BREAK?!

20. Water break. God is good.

21. Oh God, standing head to knee pose–lock my knees!

22. Yes! Standing bow pulling pose! I actually kill this one.

23. Okay, maybe not today.

24. I’d be good at it if there weren’t so much sweat in my eyes.

25. How am I supposed to balance and stare at myself at the same time? I need to stare at a non-moving target…

26. I am literally pouring sweat. It’s raining from my forehead like a summer downpour.

27. Can I blot my sweat with my towel?

28. I don’t want to be too fidgety, maybe I’ll wait until we’re on the floor…Eff it, I’m doing it.

29. Ugh when do we go into savasana

30. I’m here. In savasana. I made it. I am woman, hear me roar! I can do ANYTHING!

31. Wait, I also hate the next six poses…

32. I really thought my butt was stronger than this.

33. I’m going to barf. I have to will it not to happen. COME ON!

34. Okay, the feeling has passed. You are fine.

35. Is it me or does it smell like McDonalds breakfast biscuits in here?

36. I am the fattest human in this room for thinking that right now.

37. Look at the lady behind you, she’s been on the floor for the last 7 minutes…I’m like a yoga goddess compared to her.

38. Don’t let the instructor catch you looking at others! Eyes on yourself.

39. My hair looks awful. Where is a bobby pin when I need one…

40. Did I leave my bobby pin in the shower the other day?

41. Focus on yoga. Aaaaahhhhh, the final two poses, the easiest of the bunch. Can we just get these over with and lay down please?

42. Okay, final breathing exercise, sit up straight, suck in that gut, and breathe.

43. DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE.

44. Lay. Breathe. Just lay. You are an amazing human being and no one could touch your yoga skills if they tried.

45. I can’t believe I ever wanted to throw up. I feel UNREAL!

46. Ugh, again tomorrow…

So maybe I don’t truly enjoy bikram yoga. But the mental and physical benefits far outweigh the temporary misery. Yoga centers me, calms me down, and reminds me to treat my body like a temple. It pushes me to my physical limits and forces me to challenge myself. And to be honest, I kind of feel my best when I’m drenched in sweat. Is that gross? I don’t even care.

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NYC Guide: Urban Exploration

If you know what’s good for you and/or have half a brain, you’ve been following our ‘Week In Review’ posts this summer. We’ve been sharing the hot spots that we’ve been hitting up, the coffee we’ve been sipping, and the noms we’ve been eeeeeating. We live to give restaurant recommendations and tell people what they should do (because we’re bo$$y) during their time in the city. After having studied abroad for five months, we have both come to appreciate when a city local shares with us where we should eat, visit, and what we should do. Having recommendations from a city dweller rather than a guide book is often the best way to explore a city, don’t you think? Locals know the hidden gems that most tourists neglect to visit.

As many of our friends and followers aren’t from NYC, we’ve compiled our own city guide for your next visit. Skip Times Square, the Empire State Building, and whatever else your handy-dandy-pocket-sized guide book tells you is a must. Sure, you’ve got to do those things on your first ever trip to NYC, yes. But with our curated guide, we hope that you’ll visit lesser-known, local, and awesome spots within the most lively city in the world.
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Stumptown -Visit Stumptown in midtown or downtown for the best iced mocha in the state of New York. We kid you not.
Toby’s Estate – With the shop connected to an awesome bookstore and Club Monaco, a visit to Toby’s will leave you feeling caffeinated, enlightened, and more stylish.
Blue Bird – After you’ve sipped your latte from one of BB’s precious blue mugs, make the quick walk to Russ and Daughters for a bagel with schmear and lox.
La Columbe – Visit their shop at 400 Lafayette St for a bigger, busier atmosphere. If you’re more into the cozy, sometimes-claustrophobic scene, stop by their other location just down the street (270 Lafayette). Lactose-intolerants and sentitives be warned: their only non-dairy milk alternative is hemp milk. We’re usually soy/almond milk gals, but the hemp pleased us too.
Bowery Coffee – The barista was cute and wore a bucket hat, so we don’t really think you need much more reason to go.
Gasoline Alley – Located eerily close to La Colombe, Gasoline Alley is a tiny, hip spot for quality coffee. Go for a drank and to maybe spot our favorite Instagrammer, AGuyNamedPatrick. He’s always there when we’re not!
Happy Bones – Home of the best iced almond latte of Caroline’s life. Believe her. Also, their straws are stripped. Cute and fun! The shop has minimal seating, so be prepared to order a drink to go.
Two Hands – Newly opened in Little Italy, Two Hands is an airy, open shop owned by some ambitious Australians. Go, if only for the accent.
Blue Bottle – When you walk the Highline (which you will), stop by Blue Bottle’s pop-up shop for a cold drank to keep you energized. Order their cold brewed New Orleans, which is served with milk and slightly sweetened. Too good.
Third Rail Coffee – With shops by Washington Square Park and on the lower east side, TRC is a great spot for coffee and delish treats. Also, the woman who served me at their WSP location was really nice, so we feel obligated to give her a shout-out.
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Brunch
The Butcher’s Daughter – For healthy twists on the classic brunch dishes, the Butcher’s Daughter is a go-to. Recommended are the avocado Eggs Benedict (possibly our two favorite things in this world), and their kale salad (also with avocado because what in this world is not enhanced by it). Plus, everyone there was WAY too cool and either post-yoga or on their way to their art studio.
Lallisse – Located across the street from good ole Penelope’s (actually f*ck you Penelope WHY do you always have a 4 hour wait), this place is awesome! It’s a mediterranean local so they pride themselves on their spreads and breads. For brunch, you can chose 3 or 6 (or 9) of these spreads to go with a bread basket. They have sweet options, like Nutella or honey and butter, and savory choices, like hummus and tapenades. Try and give me a reason you wouldn’t go.
Oatmeals – Start your morning here for guess what? OATMEAL! Gabby’s personal favorite breakfast food, oatmeal is a great (and fiber-full!) way to start the day. At Oatmeals, you can order a sweet or savory bowl in baby bear, mama bear, or papa bear sizes (cute) or design your own bowl.
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Health Fix
Liquiteria – Our favorite juice/smoothie shop in the city, easily. Liquiteria’s shops are bright and clean, and their selection never disappoints. Our smoothies of choice are the ‘berry powerful’ and ‘mean green.’ Fresh, healthy, and filling, Liquiteria has given us all the reasons to love it.
Juice Press – Another juice/smoothie haven, JP has about a million amazing, healthy options for you to choose from. They also have salads, healthy versions of your fave treats (e.g. pumpkin pie), all sorts of dried nuts and fruits, and a million other things to tickle your healthy pickle.
Hu Kitchen – If you’ve eaten too much ice cream, too many cookies, or have overdone it on the pizza, stop at Hu for the healthiest meal you may ever have. Everything they serve is non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free (unless noted), made with no canola oil, and entirely clean. With items like primal kale salad, roasted squash salad, walnut fudge brownies, and wild meatloaf on the menu, everyone in your party is bound to find something delicious at Hu.
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Eats
Jack’s Wife Freda – Go for brunch, lunch, dinner, all the meals. Jack’s Wife isn’t only good for people-watching (bloggers love it); their food is pretty unreal and the vibe is lively and young. Order their zucchini chips if you’re a human being.
Rubirosa – Best pizza in SoHo. That we know of, at least. The ‘za is well worth the wait and we highly recommend getting the tie dye pizza; hello, vodka, tomato, pesto, and fresh mozzarella. Meet your maker.
The Smile – Slightly hidden underground, we felt like we were eating where the hobbits would eat if they were #real. The atmosphere was relaxed and earthy, which is perfect for a casual Sunday dinner. We recommend the Moroccan lamb meatballs. Everything about them is right.
Cafe Gitane – Two words: French-Moroccan. That’s their cuisine and they’re doing it 150% right. Order the avocado toast and brie and apple on focaccia for sure. The ambiance is Parisian-casual, which can be hard to find, well, anywhere other than Paris. It helped that we were seated next to a group of French people.
Agave – A great option for an upscale Mexican dining fix. Though we all love the $12 margarita pitchers at our neighborhood dingy place, Agave’s mango margaritas are worth the extra dinero. Their bottomless brunch is also (in)famous so check that out too.
Spice Market – If you’re with your parent$ or celebrating, definitely go to Spice Market. Upon walking in, we thought we were in Southeast Asia. The huge restaurant is designed beautifully and the food certainly disappoint. If you’re not looking to drop a few $$$s on a meal, just visit for the ginger margarita. Seriously. Order a pitcher per person.
Indochine – Another with-your-parent$ meal, Indochine is making the best/only French-Vietnamese food in the city. Can you tell that we like French-Asian fusion? Plus, this is where Caroline’s parents had their first date! AW!
Amelie Wine Bar – Go for the wine. Go for the French waiters. Go for the pistachio-crusted goat cheese ball. Go for the flatbread and the frisée salad with warm bacon and shallots. Mostly go for the chocolate lava cake. Just go.
Mimi Cheng’s – Go for quality dumplings served by a sister-team. They’re fit and love bootcamp and yoga, so we love them. The shop is bright and peppy and the dumplings are fresh, healthy, and delicious.
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Sweets
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary – Vegan ice cream. We know, you’re skeptical. Just listen to us and try it; definitely order the peanut butter variety. If you’re disappointed (which you won’t be), you can walk 3 minutes up to Big Gay Ice Cream for the most solid soft-serve on this side of the Mason Dixon.
Emack and Bolio’s – The cones. THE CONES. Let us explain: they dip the top half of their cones in goods like oreos, rice crispie treats, and m&ms. Also, their ice cream is #insane. Done and done. PS. they started in Boston so to Gabby’s beantown biddies: see you there!
Sundaes and Cones – We’re just going to be honest here and tell you that we ate so much ice cream here that by the time we got home, we both thought we were going to keel over and die (ugh, lactose). But it was entirely worth the tummy aches. And the shop is too cute! But big servings, so watch out.
Momofuku Milk Bar – You’ve only not heard of Momo if you’re living in a cave, a fish, or don’t have Instagram. Order the birthday cake truffles, cereal milk soft-serve with crunchies, and crack pie. Leave the shop, take a seat wherever you find one (even if that means on the ground), and get ready for the best sugar experience of your life. The bday cake truffles changed us, for real.
Levain Bakery – The best cookies we’ve ever had. Everyone else agrees. Get one of each of their 4 varieties and enjoy some of each. Don’t ask for caloric information because a) they won’t give it to you and b) you’ll ruin it for yourself. Gabby’s personal favorite is the chocolate peanut butter cookie because it combines her two favorite things in the world.
People’s Pops – Perfect on a sweltering summer day, PPs is freezing fresh seasonal fruit and locally grown ingredients to make amazing, almost-healthy popsicles to cool you off on any day. With flavors like blackberry/sour cherry and honey, these pops are not to be messed with.
Doughnut Plant – This is NYC, so you’d better eat a damn doughnut or two. Doughnut Plant is one of the originators of the doughnut (donut?) craze and they’re producing an amazing selection of sweet fried delights. Go and do not feel bad afterwards. A doughnut is made with flour which is a carb and we need carbs for energy so as far as I’m concerned, you’re eating an apple.
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Food Festivals, Events, and Miscellaneous Fun
Smorgasburg – Hard to do this festival justice in two sentences (it changed our lives). Basically, it’s a food festival with a variety of different vendors that happens in two different locals in Brooklyn, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The food they serve up is amazing, so go with an empty stomach, and maybe stay long enough to justify two meals.
Eataly – NYC’s Italian heaven, visit Eataly for pasta, pizza, cheese, Nutella, basically all things even the slightest bit Italian. Pick up ingredients for a dinner or dine there are one of Eataly’s many restaurants. You will not be disappointed and neither will your tummy.
Chelsea Market – A go-to for all things culinary, Chelsea Market is lined with restaurants serving up lobster rolls, bahn mi sandwiches, decadent brownies, and savory pies, among other things. Also, fresh mini doughnuts. Go for lunch so that you and your companions will all find something that you like.
Union Square Greenmarket – Farmstands are one of the things we miss about living in the countryside (aka suburbZ). On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, however, the country is brought to the city, in the form of locally grown ears of corn and cartons of blueberries, freshly made pies and scones, artisan cheeses and meats, and just about everything else. Bonus, if you’re visiting during the colder months, check out the Union Square Holiday market. It puts you in the happiest holiday mood you can imagine.
Bryant Park Summer Events – Caroline’s office is right in Bryant Park, so often when she’s leaving work she looks out over the free yoga that is offered from 5-6 pm on the lawn. Bryant Park is a great Midtown place to check out during the summer months. Free yoga and movie screenings, plus more, are regular occurrences. Plus, the New York Public Library is right there and that is always cool.
Central Park SummerStage – Free concerts offered in Central Park….no we’re not lying. Caroline saw Phoenix and Passion Pit here a few years ago and it was the bomb.com.
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Shopping
Hester Street Fair – In many ways, this street fair is like a mini Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea combined, offering the best of both worlds. A lot of the Smorg vendors sell their stuff here and there is a wide selection of second-hand clothing booths and Etsy-like jewelry makers. Anything that combines fancy tacos and vintage rings is a A+ in our book.
Brooklyn Flea – The Brooklyn Flea market is like a vintage/second-hand version of Smorgsaburg and offers almost everything under the sun. Vintage clothing, handmade goods, jewelry, bikes, records, furniture, knick knacks and more. Like Smorg, the location is different depending on Saturday and Sunday, so check before you thrift!
Beacon’s Closet – Awesome store for all things vintage. Great Levi’s cutoffs and old band shirts. Prices aren’t ridiculous either. This is preferred because we’re sorry, but who is going to spend $80 on a pair of cut-off mom jeans that you could make yourself?
Piperlime – We think we can all agree that piperlime.com is fairly average (sorry, no offense). Maybe it’s the Gap and Old Navy bringing it down (again, apologize), but their site never grabbed our attention as a must-shop spot. The store, to be fair, is the COMPLETE opposite. It’s beautifully arranged and makes the merchandise offered look irresistible. A great stop in Soho while you’re spending away all your money anyway.
Venus by Maria Tash – If you’re like us, you love adding #bling to your ears via little hoops and studs. This place provides not only the cute, delicate aforementioned ear candy (is that a thing?), but also pierces your ears with their jewelry selection in a clean, professional, and friendly environment! Exciting !!!!

Fitness
Cyc – The newest member of the studio cycling club, Cyc is a club-like gym where you can get your fit on. Classes are fun, loud, and lively, making for a great workout. It’s less expen$ive than SoulCycle or FlyWheel and Cyc offers a lower student rate, so what reason do you really have not to go?
Outdoor Runs – If you’re low on dough but still want to sweat, why not run outside? Caroline and I love running down the east river, where a path leads you down the body of water. You’ll be flanked by other NYC runners, many of whom go shirtless. We’re down. We also recommend a Central Park run, which is so beautiful that it might make you cry. Thousands of runners weave through the park each day, leaving us feeling so invigorated! Paths go through the entire park, so you could easily take care of a long run within the confines of the park fences.
Concrete Fitness in Brooklyn – A spot that I wanted to visit but never got a chance to, Concrete is run by two sets of twin brothers. It doesn’t get much better than that, people. It’s worth the subway ride out to Brooklyn to take their Twinsanity class, which is taught by one set of twins and can have you burning upwards of 1,000 calories.
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And so ends our NYC ‘Week In Review’ series. Maybe next summer we’ll be serving up city guides from our new homes! We hope that you’ll refer to our list of suggestions the next time that you’re in the Big Apple. We only want the best for you, and this list is definitely it.

PS. Life in NYC according to New York comedians. It’s all uncomfortably true.

-G and C