The Last Hurrah

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

I totally took advantage of my last day in New York City.


My day included cookies from Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side.


I received so many recommendations for this place, I just had to go.


Levain Bakery offers four different types of cookies, so I ended up ordering the Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie and the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie to share with my husband and our friends, Matt and Kristin.

Btw, I love the owners’ story for creating these cookies!


After grabbing a couple of cookies to go, Mal and I headed to our friends’ apartment where we enjoyed a cocktail hour and broke open a bottle of champagne to share.



Nice job, Matt! 😉


Then, we went to dinner at Galanga in the West Village.


To start, we ordered a round of drinks and a couple of appetizers for the table, including Jeeb Dumplings, which were made with steamed chicken, prawn, and finely cubed water chestnuts wrapped in wonton pastry and served with a soy sauce.


And the Duck Basil Spring Rolls, which were made with roasted duck tossed with house basil sauce rolled in spring roll skin and accompanied with pineapple sauce. Both apps were excellent!


For my entree, I ordered the Drunken Noodles, which were Thai street style hot and spicy wide rice noodles with chili pepper, bell pepper, Chinese broccoli, and basil. It was amazing! I was so full, but I could not stopping eating it!!


M & T + K & M! :mrgreen:


After dinner, we headed across the stress to a Belgium beer bar.




There, we ordered another round of drinks.


And we broke into the (weighty) Levain Bakery cookies.


These cookies are no joke!! They’re big and thick with a crunchy outside and a soft, moist inside. Basically, they’re the most perfect cookie ever. I want them for every Cookie Friday!


Mal + Matt! 😀


Mal and I are catching a super early train back to Beantown in the morning. I’m sad for my New York City adventures to end, but I miss my dog SO MUCH! I can’t wait to see his adorable face tomorrow.

Gooooood night! :mrgreen:

P.S. A big congrats to Kath who passed her RD exam this afternoon!!!



  1. So glad you had a great trip! Levain bakery is the best. Also I love Vol de Nuit. Reading your posts these past few days is encouraging me to take advantage of my home. It’s so easy to find your faves and not venture out. Thanks for reminding me of all the great places in NY!

  2. Hey Tina!
    I absolutely love your recipe for the Pumpkin Carob Muffins, but I can’t get to the recipe anymore. Is it lost? I would love to have it again!

  3. I went to New York for the first time in June and I went to Levain bakery!! Sooo goooooooooddd!!! Max Brenner’s has an amazing chocolate pizza too, whenever you go back go to that place! I definetely gained some weight in New York but I don’t regret a single second with all that delicous food there!

  4. Oh man, I LOVE Levain Bakery. Their cookies are perfection, but huge. I always brought a partner in crime with me whenever I had a craving for one in order to split the calories.

    Glad you had such a good time in New York! It made me nostalgic, as I lived there a mere two months ago.

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