This morning started out nice and early. Perhaps a little too early? We were on the subway by 7:15am, en route to meet our running partners in Central Park!
This was my first time running in Central Park, and it was absolutely amazing. SO MUCH snow, and it made for such a gorgeous backdrop.
There were SO many runners out in Central Park – it was amazing! And holy hills, I was NOT expecting the loop to be so difficult. We ended up just sticking with the six mile loop, and then walked the 2 miles back to our hotel to make it an even eight. One of the best parts of blogging for me is that I truly feel like I have friends all over the country. Many thanks to Ashley and Theodora for a fabulous run – and one I definitely wouldn’t have done if I didn’t have running buddies to get me out of bed.
After we showered and got ready, we went off in search of the perfect NYC bagels. We found them at Ess-a-Bagel!
My friend Casey had told me they had tofu cream cheese, which sounded to good to be true. Thankfully, she was correct!
I got a giant crusty pumpernickel raisin bagel with raisin walnut cream cheese.
Exactly what I hoped it would be. I would like to eat about ten more of these.
After breakfast, we headed south on foot to explore…
We made our way to the Union Square Greenmarket – a farmer’s market I had heard was a good spot to check out.
The market was really great! So many vendors for this time of year, and some selling some really interesting things.
The weather may be a bit cold, but the snow just makes everything soooo much more beautiful.
I’m really glad we stopped by the market – very cool. I can only imagine what it’s like in the summer!
Lunch was kind of a FAIL. The place we were planning to go to (Dirt Candy) turned out to only be open for dinner – WHOOPS. So we improvied and ended up at a new vegetarian spot called Purume. The food was kind of meh. It was all nice and fresh, but not enough salt or flavor.
Lots and lots of steamed veggies, and some scary seaweed that I didn’t end up eating – too fishy.
We made up for lunch by finishing out our afternoon at Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery.
Laura and I eat got a sampler of 3 mini cupcakes – they were so good!
And Laura let me snag a few bites of her mint chocolate roulade cake. Hard to believe it was all gluten-free!
Mini cupcake of the day – chocolate with pistachio frosting. Heaven.
There may or may not have been a to-go box involved…
The boots I brought with me for the trip gave me horrific blisters yesterday, so I bought a new emergency pair of rubber boots on today’s outing. Definitely money well spent – there is slush and snow everywhere!!
I couldn’t put my blistering boots back on this morning, and sadly I think my ballet flats may have walked their last journey. Looking a little sad from all the slush.
Now we are back at the hotel getting ready for our evening adventures. Pure and Radio City tonight!