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Valentines Weekend Recap and Paleo Heaven in NYC

Well, what a great couple of weeks it’s been!  February has been a super busy month for me and the blog has sadly felt the brunt of that.  I had to write about this weekend though because it was such a great one.  For Valentines Weekend we headed to NYC for a Kings of Leon concert on Friday and found ourselves in Paleo Heaven on Saturday.

Friday was a great day!  I got beautiful flowers from Andy at work.

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I left work to meet Andy on the train to head to Grand Central.  It’s always fun to meet him on the train.  It’s almost like a game trying to figure out where he is and it makes it that much more exciting.

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I surprised him with a couple of cold ones.  So yes, we brown paper bagged it on our way into the city.  I promise a lot of people do this 🙂

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Then I gave Andy his valentines gift.  For some reason I was feeling particularly creative this week and decided to do a DIY project.  I made him a love jar!  I found a few examples on some great blogs including Creme de la Craft.

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We got into the city and rushed to our hotel to meet up with my best friend and her boyfriend for a quick dinner.  We went to a restaurant called Stout.  It apparently is the go-to place before any game or show at MSG.  It was perfect for some good drinks, bar food, and quick service!  We headed to show and got there right before Kings Of Leon went on.  It was an awesome concert!  The i-phone doesn’t take great pictures in a big dark arena so unfortunately I don’t have any.

We did get some touristy ones with the Empire State Building of course!

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After the concert we had some cocktails at another bar near our hotel.  We had such a great night!

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On Saturday Andy and I headed to this cafe / restaurant that I had heard about in the Paleo / Primal world.  It’s called Hu (as in Human) Kitchen.  It was seriously one of the coolest places I’ve been.  Andy and I were in Paleo Heaven!! The decor was super cool and right up my alley of rustic chic.

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They had an organic coffee bar.

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And home-made almond milk!

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They had big flat screens streaming random paleo / primal facts.

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There was a prepared foods section.  Andy got some grass-fed meat balls to take home.

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I got a bowl of root vegetable mash, veggies, and an over easy egg.

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Andy got primal french toast with cashew cream, blueberries, and maple syrup.  This was to die for!

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I was super happy to be here!

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We also bought some goodies to take home including flax-seed crackers, paleo granola, and almond butter truffles!  Everything was so delicious!

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After breakfast we headed back to Connecticut to get massages which were a Christmas present.  For dinner we planned on going to a new restaurant that I have heard great things about (Andy even saw some 18/10 flatware sets clearance there, so we had to go check).  The Walrus and Carpenter is an award-winning barbecue restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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This place was awesome.  Very gastro pub like which I love.  I had a great cocktail called “Gingers Have No Souls.”  I’ve been on a big ginger kick lately.

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For appetizers we got deviled eggs with yummy crunch bacon on top.

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And the most delicious pork belly drizzled with maple that I’ve ever had!

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For dinner I got their smoked pork shoulder with brussels sprouts and bacon.  The pork shoulder literally melted in my mouth.

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Now to top it off (and as we didn’t eat enough this day) we ordered a Bacon Chocolate…..wait for it….CHIPWICH.  It was two chocolate chip cookies with bacon bits and butter pecan ice cream in between. Oh my I can’t believe how much I ate yesterday now that I’ve written it down.  But it was all so worth it!

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Have you ever had a day where you feel like all you did was eat?!

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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!