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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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Wow! What a fun-filled weekend! Running, friends, good beer, and good food”” everything I could have ever wanted on a vacation!

After the Mini 10K and brunch, I headed back to the hotel to quickly shower and get Mal. We had plans to meet friends at Blind Tiger in about an hour, so I really needed to boogie to get ready. Thankfully, I fully embrace the wet hair look! 😉

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Blind Tiger is an ale house on Bleecker Street in the Village that serves a variety of draft and bottled beers, so, of course, I was excited to visit. 

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Yesterday, Blind Tiger was hosting a special event featuring Mikkeller single hop beers. They had 19 different kegs! I ended up having a Sierra Nevada Torpedo and a Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop, which was a Belgian Strong Ale. Both beers were excellent”” they were flavorful and hoppy, but not insanely hoppy. I also drank a ton of water since I felt pretty dehydrated after the race.

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I spent a couple of hours chatting and drinking beers at Blind Tiger with Mal, my friend, Matt, and his brother, A.J.

Just when we were about to leave Blind Tiger, Theodora and Becky met up with us, so the six of us headed to a new bar for more chatting and more beers.

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At Barrow Street Ale House, I had a Lagunitas IPA and a lot more water.

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I also ate some spicy wings.

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The guys: Mal, Matt, and A.J.

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The gals: Ashley, Becky, Theodora, and me.

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A little while later, the group split up and said goodbye. Theodora‘s dog, Bailey, needed to be walked, so Mal and I went with her to her apartment. We hung out there for awhile, played with Bailey, ate some Baked by Melissa Cupcakes, and then checked out the amazing views from her roof deck!

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Love it!

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Before we knew it, it was time for dinner at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. Mal and I first went here back in November 2008 and absolutely loved, so when Matt suggested it for dinner, we were all about it! Plus, I can’t even remember the last time I had sushi.

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We started with cocktails. I ordered a dirty vodka martini, which was my final cocktail of the evening.

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For appetizers, we shared an order of edamame.

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And fried chicken with a honey-wasabi dipping sauce, which was outstanding. This is a must-order if you visit Blue Ribbon!

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The table also shared a bunch of sushi, which was also really delicious.

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After dinner, we hit another bar, but I didn’t last long. I was so tired from the day’s activities (and boozing face), I just wanted to go to bed.

This morning, Mal and I woke up fairly early, and, somehow, I wasn’t hungover at all. I guess drinking water all day long helped me pace my alcohol consumption and kept me hydrated.

Mal and I had a long bus ride back to Boston this afternoon, so we made sure to eat a hearty breakfast before we left NYC. We ended up eating at Rue 57, an adorable French brasserie right down the street from our hotel.

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Because of it’s location on 6th Avenue near Central Park, I thought Rue 57 was going to be touristy and over-priced, but it really wasn’t. The food was great and the prices were pretty reasonable for New York City.

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To start, Mal and I enjoyed some complimentary mini croissants. He immediately grabbed the chocolate one (his favorite), so I went with the almond one. Mmm! I need to eat croissants more often.

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For my entrée, I ordered an egg white omelet with Swiss cheese and grilled tomatoes on the side. Mal and I also shared an order of homefries. Everything was really tasty and just what we needed to satisfy us until we got home to Boston.

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After breakfast, we stopped by Starbucks for iced coffees.

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Mal and I took them on a short stroll through Central Park together. I wanted to soak up as much of the Big Apple as possible before we left.

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I can’t believe the weekend went by so quickly. I love New York City so much. I already want to go back!



  1. What an awesome view from her rooftop deck. Awesome shots!

    dirty vodka martini picture in black and white…very artsy, I dig it.

    And I am chuckling at the non-sequitor of fried chicken + sushi restaurant. That dip sounds phenomenal. I am all about the sauces and dips.

    What a fun trip, Tina! 🙂

  2. Blind Tiger Ale House is so great…I frequented that bar quite often in college. Their wings are delicious – and I don’t even like wings that much! You’re making me miss my old NYU bar haunts 🙂 Glad you had fun, Tina.

  3. I live in Manhattan, and literally every time I leave the city for the weekend… you go to the city!!! Hahah this is about the third time it happened. Glad you enjoyed your stay!

  4. My cousin lives in Manhattan now so I can’t wait to go and visit her! New York in the fall would be beautiful. 🙂

    I need to join up with you for beer tastings!

  5. Tina you look like you had so much fun! You and Mal are so cute and the pics of the guys- yummy! Love NYC- glad you guys had a great time!

  6. I love how you try to avoid the the touristy restaurants! My husband is an amazing chef (just at home for now), and he always finds great, out-of-the-way nooks for us to eat at, especially on vacation! We’ve been to NYC twice and have not eaten at a fraction the places that we would like to. My favorite was Babbo (Mario Batali). I also LOVED brunch at the Yuca Bar – Latino Bistro.

  7. I used to take my laptop to Blind Tiger to work in the afternoons when I lived in the West Village. (Work was productive until halfway though beer #2….) Great choice! Congrats on your PR!

  8. awesome, I’ve never been to NYC eve though I grew up not to far away in Cincinnati! It’s my dream to do a race there 🙂 Thanks for the recap, all that beer makes me want some… might have to remedy that tonight!

  9. Looks like you had a great weekend!! I have only been to NY twice (both work trips) and one time I went to Rue 57 and I thought it was great too! It was for dinner, which was delicious!

  10. I went to Blue Ribbon in Vegas a few months ago and tried the fried chicken w/honey-wasabi dipping sauce. It is freaking amazing – definitely one of their signature dishes. Also, congrats on your 10k PR!! 10k is my favorite distance.

  11. Hi Tina!

    I never really comment, but I’ve been reading your blog for a long time. I live in Manhattan and love seeing your recaps when you visit! Just two questions: Aren’t Baked by Melissa cupcakes amazinggg?! The red velvet is out of control. And also I’m gonna go ahead and be a creeper, Matt and AJ. Adorable. Single, perhaps? 😉

  12. Wow Tina I am impressed at your resistance to a hangover- how I wish I had your tolerance! New York is so breathtaking, loved your recaps! And I concur, more croissants would definitely make the world a better place 🙂

  13. Hello! I am wondering if there are any calories in the iced coffees at Starbucks. Im looking for some that are just plain iced coffee, no powder or anything?

  14. I think one of the best things about NYC is the practically unlimited amount of places to eat! It looks like you wree able to get to quite a few awesome places before heading back to Boston!

  15. I’m glad you had a good time in NYC! Rue 57 does have a pretty touristy reputation here, but I’m glad you enjoyed it. I almost went to Blue Ribbon Sushi last night, so funny! Hope to meet you next time you’re in the big apple:)

  16. I was in Manhattan as well this weekend and it’s fun to see someone else’s adventures in the city. I can’t wait to go back for a visit, either. 🙂

  17. i was in NYC this weekend also with my boyfriend sightseeing!! We were there Thursday-Saturday and I was so sad when I had to leave…New York is the best!

  18. i love that you guys went on a tour of NYC beer spots for the afternoon! you were much more hip than me and Ali as we spent the entire afternoon hanging in our sweatpants. I’m also on Team I Want to Go Back to NYC ASAP!

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