SHORT WEEKEND IN NYC
Why yes, it has taken me 3 weeks to put up my post about my trip to NYC. I went to New York City a few weekends ago and I had such a fab time! I can't believe it had been two and a half years since I had gone to visit. My vibe right now is to take less pictures and to be more present, which doesn't really make for a great photo recap of my trip. Both of my best pals have legit adult jobs that they had to work while I was in town, but we still managed to have a chill, relaxing time. Thank you Maki & Adam for allowing me to crash your weekend. :)
First of all, this was my first trip to New York NOT taking the Chinatown Bus. If you have never taken the Chinatown Bus before, please don't start. Yes, it may only cost $20-$40 roundtrip but you have to fight people for a seat at midnight, while praying for your life because a man who has been awake for (probably) 24 hours hits 100mph in an uninsured charter bus all the way up 95North. On the way back home, you might stop at a Ponderosa in Ashland, VA to drop off one person who has no luggage. Don't even get me started on getting splashed by sidewalk sewage before check-in. NEVER AGAIN. I took the Amtrak and felt so zen the entire time. I napped, read my book about Buddhist vision and ate an eco-friendly chocolate bar.
I arrived rather late on Thursday, met up with Maki on the subway and we went back to Brooklyn to chill. We played the restaurant game and ended up at Do or Dine, a funky fusion restaurant who is known for their Foie Gras Doughnut. The meal started off great with a Grilled Caesar, Grilled Squid, and Kewpie dressed corn-on-the-cob. I was feelin the meal until we ordered the Nippon Nachos, which I thought were going to be que delicioso with gouda, cheddar, & masago sour cream. Turns out they were just wontons and I started to feel kinda ill. After my second glass of rosè, my lack-of-caffeine headache kicked in and we called it a night. They didn't even have dessert!!! You get 3 stars from me, Do or Dine.
The next morning, we woke up bright and early to take a 7am Hot Vinyasa Flow class at Sacred. Exercising while on vacation is my new favorite thing. We were the first people in the studio, which was great because early birds get the prime yoga mat spots! For $20, you can drop in to one class or get two whole weeks of classes, if you are new to the studio. I love when studios offer these kinds of deals to new clients and was sad that I didn't have more time to take more classes. Honestly, I was not very impressed with the class. I felt like we were only flowing for 20 minutes, I don't even think we chaturanga'd. There wasn't very much variety and that's important to me. At the end of the class, the instructor opened the studio doors onto the busy street and that was kinda cool. I hate to judge from one class, but first impressions are everything!
I chilled for the rest of the morning before heading into Manhattan to kill time until my friends got off work! I spent most of my afternoon hanging at MoMa. It was my first time at the museum and a solo exploration was very necessary. I sipped on a midday latte in the Sculpture Garden before attempting to trek to Athleta in Soho from Midtown. (I never made it.)
After a brief stint at the public library to catch a phone charge, Maki was off of work and we decided to get some apps at Eataly. We wanted to ride bikes but Citibike was down, which apparently happens a lot. I had such a different idea of what Eataly was. Gourmet groceries, fresh mozzarella, iPads that will book you flights to Italy and I just thought it was an outdoor market in Little Italy. I was mesmerized by every single detail. Next time, I am getting pasta.
Backstory: So….when I was in Seattle earlier this Summer, I was chatting with my girl Lauren about my new favorite workout, Surfset Fitness. Seattle is FULL of boutique fitness studios yet no Surfset! She was trying to convince me to move to Seattle anyway, why wouldn't I just open a studio? Because it's so easy right? The very next day, Surfset released their Instructor Training dates via their mailing list! THE NEXT DAY. As you know, I am powered by signs and vibes and jumped at the chance to get certified at their NYC training. It was also a good excuse to visit my pals.
I am so happy that I chose to attend the training in NYC, instead of get certified virtually. First of all, I have always wanted to visit a boujie NYC gym and secondly, I learned so much about the culture and values of the brand, which made me fall in love with them even more. They are still a very young company and I feel confident that they are going to POP OFF. I want to be apart of that! My trainers Aaron & Diana were full of knowledge, I had such a great time learning from them. We had to get into groups towards the end and create a mini class and of course, I thought mine was the worst and was so stressed that I wasn't going to pass, BUT I DID.
It was so cool to walk thru Chelsea during the evening hours of New York Fashion Week! There was so much going on around me. I was going for athlete chic the entire weekend.
Saturday night was going to be my party night because I didn't have to wake up early the next morning. Then I remembered that I am old now and our partying consisted of hanging on Adam's roof, eating Steve's Ice Cream in his bed while playing the game of Life and drinking rosè. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I even had to take a disco nap before Maki arrived at 11pm. I never played Life as a kid, so every time I play it as adult, I always think it's my first time. I think I won?
The next morning, we got up early-ish to get brunch at a restaurant called Prune. This is funny because we love to say 'prune' in photos, just like the Olsen Twins! The waitress was from Richmond, VA because the world is so small. Everything was a beautiful shade of magenta and my lipstick totally matched. (Not pictured: Flat Out Fabulous lipstick)
We had no plans until my train departed. We tried on shoes, hit the juice bar, and got our nails done. The nail salon had the cutest shop puppies but I got an overly aggressive nail tech. Was it because I took too long to pick my color? She cut my nails so short that it was painful and had a silent attitude the whole time. I couldn't hide my angst at the drying chair and she was staring at me, like she was putting a curse on me. Can't win them all, I guess.
Before I got on the train, Adam and I enjoyed light beers at the ever so classy TGIFriday's bar inside of Penn Station. I wished that I had brought more snacks other than a Be Fit from Juice Press and macaroons from Bisou Ciao. I had to save at least one for James. It was such a good weekend, wonderful company, delicious food, and one goal accomplished. A trip so great that I am already itching for another visit SOON. It always nice to get away, even if just for a weekend!