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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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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!



  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!).

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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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  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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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