NYC in 24 Hours

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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Wow-wee! It’s been whirlwind day already! 😯

After breakfast, I hit the new gym for a quick 45-minute elliptical workout. I pushed myself for the entire duration and left dripping wet in sweat, but feeling energized for the day. Even though I felt a bit rushed after my workout, I still took a solid 10 minutes to stretch my legs. I rolled my quads and hams with myΒ Tiger Tail and then used my Tune Up Balls on the front and side of my hip. There’s one spot on my left hip that is soooooo sore ALL of the time, so the balls really help to focus in on it.

Silver Spoons

Ok, so I bet you’re wondering why I am going to New York City today. Well, late in the day on Friday, I was invited to the Citymeals-on-Wheels’ 25th Anniversary event β€œSilver Spoons: 25 Years of Chefs & Celebrations” to honor James Beard in Rockefeller Center. Sounds amazing, right?! I’d be crazy to turn down the invitation, soΒ I weighed the pros and cons of a last-minute trip to NYC. A roundtrip bus ticket was just $30 and I have a free place to stay overnight. Really, what did I have to lose? So, I decided to go.

This quick trip, however, posed one major problem for me: I’d have to pack everything I needed for the trip in one bag and carry it with me all day and night. But, this wasn’t a problem; it was a challenge! πŸ˜‰ So, yesterday, I took an “emergency” trip to Target and bought this baby:


And, this little number:


I swear I can’t leave Target without spending at least $75. πŸ˜•


The other “challenge” that this trip presented was finding an outfit that “jived” with the event’s suggested “summer cocktail attire” and that would also be comfortable on a 5-hours bus ride. I finally decided to wear the above hot pink frilly top with dark trouser jeans and black heels. I’m not sure jeans were the best option for this fancy-schmancy event, but, for me, comfort usually wins over style. Plus, I think the top, the heels, and my new earrings really dress-up the outfit.

Here’s what I packed (minus my laptop):


Somehow it all fit in one bag!

And, of course, I packed snacks for the trip: peanut butter and honey on whole wheat bread, cherries, and a Cranberry-Walnut Lentil Bar.


I’m taking the Bolt Bus down to NYC, so when I arrived at South Station, I grabbed an iced, non-fat latte from Au Bon Pain.


Here’s a little more about the event tonight:

A constellation of culinary stars will create heavenly haute cuisine at the year’s most anticipated gourmet extravaganza – the 25th Chefs’ Tribute to James Beard, on Monday, June 14, 2010 in Rockefeller Center to benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels, a non-profit co-founded in 1981 by Beard and food critic Gael Greene. More than 40 of the greatest chefs ever to cook at the event will reunite at Rock Center to, once again, create a spectacular feast that is expected to raise nearly $700,000 for the preparation and delivery of nutritious meals, hand-delivered to frail, homebound elderly New Yorkers. Food & Wine’s special projects director Gail Simmons – who delights audiences as a judge on Bravo’s smash hit Top Chef – will emcee the event. Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, who both made important contributions to the organization, will be on hand to cut a giant ribbon to kick off the event.

I’m excited! See ya in the Big Apple!



  1. Enjoy New York! Have a bagel for me! I miss living there sometimes… like, when I think about pizza, or bagels… but L.A. wins the veggie wars, for sure!

  2. Target is so dangerous! I can’t remember the last time I made it out of there with just what I “needed” unless I really “needed” those new flip flops.

    Have fun in NYC! I definitely think trouser jeans can be dressed up and I’m sure you’ll look great!

  3. I love how you can just get up and go for a last minute trip! That sounds like serious fun. πŸ˜€

    Oh, I’m totally guilty of the Target thing. I’ll stop in for shampoo and maybe one or two other essentials and find my wallet 100$ lighter afterward and my cart brimming with DVDs and new cosmetics. xP

  4. Sounds like such a fun evening, I can’t wait to hear all about it!! That top is adorable, but I agree about Target being a money hole. I went in yesterday for Tupperware containers and came out with two extra DVDs that were on sale a few Clif bars. Gah!! Enjoy your time in NYC!

  5. Just to show you how old I am..I thought you were talking about the 80’s show “Silver Spoons” with the young Ricky Schroder as the child star..geez..

  6. my sister’s first crib was also a dresser drawer! we always make fun of her for that but it also reminds us of how little you really need to take care of a baby (we even wore cloth diapers back then!)

  7. Do you use a cherry pitter? I bought one at Williams-Sonoma this weekend and it literally changed my life! πŸ™‚

  8. Somehow, my Target trips always result in a $100 bill without fail. Saturday I went in to pick up tupperware, water filters, a few grocery items, dog bones, and kitty litter. $100.36 WTH???

  9. sounds awesome! and that is a great challenge. I swear, every time I manage to NOT overpack (its a challenge, even though I am in the Peace Corps) it makes my entire trip SOOO much easier. I am trying to adopt the packing mentality “when in doubt, leave it out” but my other main mentality when traveling (“be prepared!”) tends to contradict…

  10. This event sounds awesome–enjoy! I’ve taken Bolt Bus a few times from Manhattan to DC, and have had good experiences. (You’ve got to love free WiFi).

    Hope you have an excellent overnight stay in my personal favorite city πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to read your recap!

  11. Sounds like a fun trip, and that top is so cute, love the color!

    I’m getting excited for my Vegas trip this weekend, hopefully I’ll take your cue on the packing light so I don’t end up with a ton of stuff I won’t use (like I always do)!

  12. That’s awesome!! and a free night in/near NYC’s a big deal. I remember staying there once and paying a ridiculous amount for one night..and the room was the size of a normal walk in closet with two beds not even a foot from each other. Ahhhh you’re so lucky!

  13. I love the bag you got from Target, it makes a great travel bag. Also the top you got is beautiful, I love the colour. I hope you have a great trip.

  14. Wow! That does sound like an amazing opportunity. I wouldn’t pass it up either. I can’t wait to hear more about it all. I love that top btw!

  15. I actually work in Food PR and a couple of my friends will be attending that event! It’s quite a VIP affair (wish I had been invited), have fun!!!

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