• Meet. Eat. Feet.

    April 2, 2011

    Hi, there! Happy Saturday! :mrgreen:

    So, here’s why I love New York City so much:

    • A bunch of my good friends live here
    • The food!
    • You can walk everywhere

    My day included all of these elements, so I enjoyed a nice, little Saturday in the city.

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    This morning, Caitlin, her mom, and I met Theodora and Ashley for brunch at Friend of a Farmer. This restaurant was highly recommended, so I was really looking forward to brunch. I was also wicked hungry!

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    Friend of a Farmer was absolutely adorable— warm, inviting, and very country chic.

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    Not surprisingly, my meal started with an iced coffee with milk.

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    Caitlin and I shared the fresh seasonal fruit plate, which was served with an amazing maple cream sauce. It was a perfect compliment to the sweet fruit. In fact, it was so delicious, I sort of wanted to drink it! ;-)

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    For my meal, I ordered the Farmer’s Special, which was grilled open face cheese and tomato brushed with olive oil, fresh basil, and garlic dressing on homemade bread.

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    Mmm! Cheesy goodness! I loved it!

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    Ladies who brunch.

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    After brunch, we said goodbye and went our separate ways. I did some shopping, sightseeing, and lots and lots of walking around the city.

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    Eventually, I found myself at the Union Square Farmers’ Market.

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    Being there put me in such a good mood! The weather was beautiful!

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    While wandering around, enjoying the sunshine, I sipped a cold pear cider.

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    Then, I headed to Billy’s Bakery for a cupcake. A number of people left comments on CNC, sent emails, and tweeted me about this bakery, I just had to check it out— and it did not disappoint! Thanks for the recommendation, guys!

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    I bought a Carrot Cupcake with cream cheese frosting, and it was excellent.

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    The carrot cake wasn’t as good as the cupcake from Baked & Wired, but the frosting gave it a run for its money! Holy yum! Why is cream cheese frosting so amazing?!? I could happily eat it everyday. Really.

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    My feet were killing me after walking for 3+ hours around the city, but now they’re feeling rested and ready to hit the pavement again.

    See ya!

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    Lindsey (HIP LIP) April 2, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Love Friend of a Farmer! Used to go there all the time when I lived in the city. Also love Billy’s…

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    Katherine: Unemployed April 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    great weather!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Wow what a great farmer’s market! I’m surprised it’s open so early in the year though. Ours isn’t open for another month!

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    Linda April 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Chelsea– yeah it opens really early— pretty awesome!!!

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    oooooh that cupcakes looks amazingly delicious—I want some cream cheese frosting toooooooo :) Have fun exploring!!

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    caronae April 2, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I love the pear cider from the union square farmer’s market. I usually get it hot. It is my favorite weekend treat, especially in fall and on cold winter days! Hope you’re having fun in this wonderful city!

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    denise April 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    What a great day to hang in the city! I can not wait until the farmer’s market moves outdoors here!! Good luck tomorrow!

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    Amy April 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I just wanted to say that I appreciate your use of the word “wicked”. I miss hearing that living in Virginia. :)

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    Cait's Plate April 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    That’s so funny! I work in NYC but am in Boston right now visiting family! We switched places! I agree with you that NYC is great but it’s definitely no Boston :)

    That breakfast place you went to reminds me of another called Penelope’s – next time you’re in the city you should definitely check it out, it’s SO good (but a long wait!).

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking April 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    oh, i’m so glad you went to billy’s… the carrot cake is so awesome there. :-)

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    Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Awwwwhhh! Those cupcakes look amazing! :D

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    Hilary April 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Looks like quite a delicious and delightful day….love the warmer weather…and farmers’ markets.

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    Wendy Irene April 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Lovin the pictures from NYC Tina! Enjoy your trip :)

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    brandi April 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Is your race number even or odd???

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    Rachel April 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Tina! Not to sound like a major creeper, but I am in the background of this picture…I was on my way to get coffee next door to Friend of Farmer and I remember seeing this group of girls taking a picture (I was nervous I would be in the way!) I read your blog daily but never comment, and I just came on to read some last minute 1/2 marathon inspiration (I’m running in the More Magazine race tomorrow too, my first 1/2!) and came across this picture. So weird!!! Anyways, best of luck tomorrow and hope you enjoy your time in NYC!! Thanks for all of your inspirational words :)

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    Erin W. April 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Mmm, Billy’s has great cupcakes. Have you been to the ‘Doughnut Plant’ yet? That is my absolute favorite NYC stop. It’s a must try!

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    Michelle April 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I’m going to check out Friend of a Farmer and Billy’s Bakery. I live here and I’ve never even heard of them! Good luck tomorrow. You’re going to have so much fun :-)

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    Celia April 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Farmers market looks AMAZING! Makes me want to go to NYC…

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    Hannah April 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Thank you so, so much for these New York posts! I love that city and it’s so wonderful to see the places I miss through your eyes :)

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    Kim April 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Looks like you all had fun! I live right down the street from Friend of a Farmer and was at the coffee shop next door all day! Too bad I missed you all!

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    Nicole April 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Wow, you hit up some of my favorite eateries in such a short amount of time!

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    Monica April 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Yum, I may need to try recreating your brunch entrée. It sounds so amazing and perfect for a dinner one night when I am busy!

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    Lauren @ MRS April 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    That restaurant looks so cozy, and I’d go in to a place like that that reiterates the necessity of being nice.lols.

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    Diana@mymarblerye April 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Haha I still stand by and will annoy you by telling you to go to baked by Melissa :)

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