Just Like Old Times in New York City

Good morning! I’m in New York City right now—just like old times!

If you’re a long-time reader, you probably remember just how much time I spent in New York City. It’s a quick train or bus ride from Boston, and there was always an excuse to visit, so I found myself there just about every other week. Here are some of the blog posts that I’ve written about the Big Apple over the years:

New York City Marathon Recap

New York and Company

Reebok Fit Hub Store Opening in New York City

New York Minute {Weekend Recap}

Rainy Day in New York City

Less Than 24 Hours in the Big Apple

I’m Off to NYC for the Reebok ZQUICK Launch

New York Minute

Run and Done

More | Fitness Women’s Half Marathon

“The Skinny Rules” Launch Party with Bob Harper

You might notice some common themes among these blog posts, including fun blog-related events, running, rain (I’m cursed), and being in the city for a hot second… and this trip is no different!

I’m visiting for an event with CVS/pharmacy.

I’ll be in NYC for less than 24 hours (technically 23). 

It’s raining (of course).

I’m running with my friend Theodora this morning!

There you go: All the makings of a typical CNC trip to New York City!

And here’s a recap from yesterday!

My morning started with scrambled eggs mixed with roasted sweet potatoes. Easy-peasy, nutritious, and delicious!

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Before we left the house, I made everyone a smoothie. The boys had banana, blueberry, spinach, and Greek yogurt smoothies while I whipped up an iced coffee, banana, spinach, Brain Octane Oil, and coconut protein powder smoothie. I’m on a seriously smoothie kick lately!

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After daycare drop-off, Mal and I headed to Target to look at patio furniture.

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And buy hair elastics because I swear these babies have a mind of their own. WHERE do they go!?!

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After that, we did a little more window shopping for patio furniture at Lowes and Home Depot before Mal drove me to South Station to catch the train to New York City.

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I grabbed a decaf almond milk iced latte for the road from Starbucks. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all that delicious, but for $6.10 (!!!), I drank almost all of it.

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On the train, I worked, worked, worked.

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I eventually took a break for lunch, which was ground chicken mixed with Cowboy Caviar, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and spinach. I also had some baby dried bananas (from Trader Joe’s) mixed with Peanut Butter Puffins.

More work. And then right before I got off the train, I snacked on a thinkTHIN Bar.

When I arrived at Penn Station, Google Maps told me that I was only 1.3 miles from my hotel, so I decided to walk the distance instead of taking a taxi. I hadn’t exercised since Monday, and I only had a backpack with me, so I figured it’d be a nice walk through the city.

On my walk, I took a little pit-stop to get my nails done! 🙂

When I checked into the hotel, I received a fun welcome package from the folks at CVS/pharmacy.

Inside was all sorts of awesome snacks and travel items. I loved everything they selected… it was almost like they read my mind!

I immediately cracked open the CVS Health AirShield and added a tablet to a bottle of water. I was so thirsty after the train ride, and I almost always get sick when I travel, so I was pumped to have this product on-hand.

After that, I did a little work and then got myself ready for dinner at Jams.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour.

And concluded with the most amazing chocolate angel food cake! 🙂

The end.

Question of the Day

Have you ever visited NYC? If so, when was the last time you were there?



  1. That Starbucks might be a little more $$ because it’s in south station. There’s an office building with a Starbucks that’s probably cheaper across the street in one financial center (when I took the t to work I stopped there all the time!)

  2. I haven’t been to NYC in almost 15 years! I don’t understand how that’s possible but sadly, it’s true. I’m hoping my husband and I can make a trip soon or I can go for a girls weekend to visit my little sister whose studying at Columbia! Hope you have a great time!

  3. Looks like a nice trip!! I have a short trip planned for 2.5 days in May for a work meeting! I’m a little nervous because the big city kind of overwhelms me but I’m also excited to eat lots of great food 🙂

  4. I love almond milk and I love lattes, but I decided I strongly dislike almond milk lattes. I think the milk to espresso ratio is terrible. I started asking for a dopio on ice and then I add whatever milk I want. It’s cheaper, too!

  5. I grew up right outside NYC in northern NJ and used to take the PATH train over while I lived there. Since I moved to Connecticut, I don’t get there very often except if I need to attend a meeting for work (one of our offices is located in Chelsea). I think I’m more of a suburbs kind of girl anyway, but I do always enjoy the fun food I can grab while I’m there (specifically Sweetgreen and then Doughnut Plant for good measure). If there’s a Doughnut Plant location nearby, I highly recommend going and trying a peanut butter donut filled with banana creme and a creme brulee donut 🙂

      1. @Tina: I second the Doughnut Plant recommendation! The tres leches one is mind blowingly good. It’s probably a good thing I work all the way up on 104th… far away from the nearest DP location or else I’d be in there farrrr too often. 🙂

  6. I tried the Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato (half sweet) recently and really liked it, but I also had sticker shock! Next time I went I got an iced coffee with one pump of cinnamon dolce syrup and a splash of almond milk – I liked it a lot and it was at least $3 cheaper! Just slightly sweet and doesn’t lose the coffee favor!

  7. Your day of eats looks just like mine. I love Cowboy Caviar and ThinkThin bars are my jam! I was in NYC five years ago to shop for my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. It was a girls trip and seriously such a blast!

  8. I was last in NYC last summer. Some girlfriends and I drove down to spend the day (only 4 hours from MA!) We pretty much ate alot of food while walking around and sight seeing. It was glorious! Levain Bakery has the best cookies! And we took some chicken and rice home from the Halal Guys – delish!

  9. How did you keep your chicken cold for the train ride? Do you pack it in a cooler, or how long can you travel with it and not worry about it being room temp? I travel a lot and try to balance packing light with bringing my own food to keep at least some meals healthy.

  10. NYC is just so fun. Last year, I visited about four times and loved every visit! I live in DC now, so it’s just a quick four hour drive if we ever get the urge to pop in and say hello for a few days! Fun fact: I auditioned for NYU grad school in the acting dept. Didn’t get in, but the more you

  11. I love taking the train to NY! I drive to New Haven and then take the train into Grand Central. Looks like you are having a great time! That cake does look amazing.

  12. I love NYC! It is without a doubt my favorite city in the world. I have only been there for about four days in total (on a babymoon, pre-kids) and I really want to go back there someday. The people were so friendly and I just love everything about it. I was there about four years ago now… It is on my wish-list of places I want to return to and I’d love to spend a lot of time there in the future! Thanks for linking all your earlier posts on NY; I can’t wait to check them out. 🙂

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