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Take Me Back Tuesday – A Weekend in Manhattan

For this weeks Take Me Back Tuesday post, I decided that I’d like to just re-live my past weekend in Manhattan,  Yeah, yeah I guess that’s being a little greedy but it was just the perfect weekend.  Andy and I celebrated our one year anniversary in the city.  It was an absolute beautiful weekend for it and neither of us realized before that it was the weekend of the marathon!

We arrived at our hotel Friday night which Andy booked.  As soon as we arrived he took me up to the roof top deck which had an awesome view of the Empire State Building!  He knows me well.  We tried to get some pictures of ourselves but night time selfies are tough!

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We went to dinner at a restaurant in Murray Hill called Cask Bar & Kitchen.  Take a look at my Yelp Review.  We indulged in some bread and oil and a great cheese and meat board.

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Saturday morning we woke up and went for a run.  It was the perfect temperature and the city was buzzing because of the marathon!  We ran a couple of miles up First Ave, which is part of the marathon route.  I was only maybe pretending we were running the next day 🙂

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We came back to our hotel and did some handstand practice.  I really need to work on my banana back! Baby steps.

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After our work out we decided to head out and walk uptown towards Central Park.  I hadn’t been to Central Park in a while and thought it would be pretty on a fall day.  On our way there we ran into a street market!

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Central Park was so pretty.  The pictures don’t even do the foliage justice!

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From Central Park we headed to Rockefellar Plaza.  I’ve heard that the Top of the Rock is an awesome view of the city.  Of course, most tourists go to the top of the Empire State Building but going to the Top of the Rock you actually get to SEE the Empire State Building.

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The view was awesome!  Andy was probably getting a little antsy with how many pictures I was taking from every angle possible.

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That’s Central Park behind me!

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Everyone was really friendly up there and offering to take pictures.  I returned the favor of course!

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On Saturday night we headed to dinner and then to a Comedy Show at The Stand in the Gramercy area.  I highly recommend this comedy club.  Tickets were cheap and the acts were hilarious.  Oh and I should mention that Jim Gaffigan was a surprise guest!! Along with Godfrey.  They are both really well known comedians.

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We had an awesome night!

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On Sunday morning we woke up and headed to a great diner (I think they might all fit that description).  I ordered their “Red Flannel Hash” which was a twist on hash that included sweet potatoes and beets! It was so different and so good.

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After we ate we headed to the train.  I was sad we couldn’t catch the marathon but then we were lucky to see it from the train!!  That’s all I needed 🙂

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I love this weekend.  New York is such a fantastic city and I’m grateful to live so close and just a train ride away.  Now if I could just figure out how to get my pictures on my blog to be bigger!

How I Started A Blog

It’s been almost two months since I started The Primal Yogi so I thought I’d write about my progress so far and how I started a blog.

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Why Did I Decide to Start a Blog?

I’ve always loved reading blogs especially food blogs, travel blogs, and just all around healthy living blogs.  It started with discovering Carrots n’ Cake and Adventurous Kate.  I started reading theirs about three years ago and it’s been really cool to see how far they’ve come since then.

I’ve always loved writing, even though I don’t think I realized it until recently.  Whenever I’ve traveled for long periods of time I would write a journal. In 2011 I started Yelping and to date have over 150 reviews.  So I recently realized I guess I like to write! Whether it be for myself or to share thoughts with others.

I have a lot of thoughts that run through my brain on a daily basis so I think writing is almost therapeutic for me….just to get it out!

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Steps to Start This Blog

  • Decide what to write about.  It’s pretty easy to write about things you love so I decided this blog would be focused on healthy living and travel.
  • Pick a name. That’s a tough one.  You want something relevant to what you will write about and continue to write about, something that would make other’s want to read your blog, and make sure it’s not taken!
  • Set up a WordPress account. Buy your domain name.  If I hadn’t bought my domain name my address would be theprimalyogi.wordpress.com.
  • Start writing!  I’ve been trying to be consistent writing about three posts a week.  I’ve had the same theme every Tuesday, except this Tuesday ironically.

Steps to Grow Your Blog & Gain Readers

  • I’ve taken a bunch of tips from Tina at Carrot’s n Cake and Anne at fannetasticfood.com
  • I registered my blog on Foodie Blogroll.  They feature all different food blogs daily on their site, have contests and promotions you can participate in, and give you a widget for your blog (look to the right)
  • I signed up for Bloglovin.  This is an awesome site I just discovered.  You can search for ANY blog on their site and ‘Follow’ it.  It then takes all of the blogs you follow and puts them on your homepage as sort of “news-feed.” Once you claim your own Blog you can get a widget for your readers to click and ‘Follow” your blog (look to the right).  They even have an app which brings all of your favorite blogs to your fingertips!

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I know I have a ton of things to learn about this whole blogging world.  I think I’m off to a good start mainly because I’m having fun doing it…even if I’m talking to no one!  Where have you gotten your best blogging tips?

 

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