03.09.16NYC Adventures | Harlem

I love sharing the fun adventures we have right here in our own city. Rob and I plan weekly dates for each other, alternating weeks for who does the planning. We aim to keep it as inexpensive as possible. It can be anything from renting a movie at home to going to a show we’ve been wanting to see. It’s a fun way to spend quality time together, serve one another by planning something for the other, and to enjoy more of the place we call home.

A few weeks ago, Rob and I had an adventure in Harlem. Most visitors to NYC probably don’t go to Harlem, but I think there is a strong case for visiting the eclectic neighborhood. It’s the neighborhood just north of where we live, yet I always travel south in Manhattan for work, school, or shows. Heading north was a fun and different date.

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We started at the Museum of the City of New York, located across Fifth Avenue from Central Park at 103rd, and one of our favorite museums. With my NYU student ID, I can get myself and a guest in for free, though it’s a definitely museum worth paying for. I loved the exhibition on the NYC Marathon – it was amazing to learn about its rich history in this city, to hear the inspiring stories, and to see the motivating images across the years. I’ll be honest – it made me want to run a marathon!

There are also fascinating exhibits on housing and urban planning, art galleries, and a collection from the gilded age of NYC’s history. Not to mention, the staircase is a stunner! I highly recommend this museum – and it’s not far from the Met or the Guggenheim if you’re already near there.

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After working up our appetite, we went even farther north to Malcolm X and 116th for dinner at Amy Ruth’s. Amy Ruth’s is a legendary soul food hot spot in Harlem, hosting many celebrities and presidents throughout the years. Known for their chicken and waffles, we we knew exactly what to order: The Reverend Al Sharpton, your basic chicken and waffle (hold the gravy). To be honest, this was more of a date for Rob, knowing how much he likes fried chicken. I’ve never liked fried chicken all that much, but I try to live by the “when in Rome” motto. My verdict? Amazing! I got past my annoyance with cutting around the bone in the chicken and devoured my chicken and waffle. I loved getting a taste of true soul food in the heart of Harlem.

It’s certainly off the beaten path, and far from what you’ll experience in, say, Times Square… but that’s a good thing ;). Harlem is definitely worth checking out. The Museum of the City of New York followed by chicken and waffles at Amy Ruth’s made the perfect date.

03.07.16Top 5 Tips for Running in the Winter

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I’ve been training for the NYC Half-marathon, which is coming up on Sunday, March 20. The training has been a bit brutal with the harsh weather. Even though it’s a milder winter for New York, it’s no easy feat to do long runs in 20-30 degree weather. I’ve compiled a list of the things that have helped me most when running in the cold. What would you add?

  1. Layers, layers, layers. Perhaps the most obvious thing you can do, but it’s so important. For your base layer, be sure it’s moisture-wicking for your sweat. I like a long-sleeve running shirt with either a pull-over or running vest on top.
  2. Keep your head warm. This year, I bought a fleece headband to cover my ears and forehead. Though it’s not the cutest thing in the world, it makes a world of a difference.
  3. On windy days, wear a hat. I love my new Nike running hat! I bought it mostly to shade my face from the sun (I don’t run in sunglasses), but I quickly realized that it’s a lifesaver at blocking wind. Just tilt your head down to let the wind pass over the bill of your hat instead of right into your face.
  4. Pack tissues. This might not be the case for everyone (if not, lucky you!), but my nose runs and my eyes water like crazy when it’s cold outside. Add in running and I am a streaming mess. Yes, you can use your sleeves, but having a few tissues tucked into a pocket or the waistband of your pants is really helpful!
  5. Warm up indoors. Before heading out of the house, do your stretches, jumping jacks, and butt kicks inside to get your body warm and heart rate up. It’ll sting less when you step outside ;).

BONUS: Promise yourself a warm bath when you get back from a cold run for some extra motivation.

 

02.26.16Friday Finds

Happy Friday! I hope you have a fantastic end to the week and may 5:00 come quickly :). Here are some favorite links lately!

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Image from my Instagram. Townhouse where Breakfast at Tiffany’s was filmed.

For the wine and Girl Scout cookie lovers. (Thanks, Bailey!)

In honor of Oscars weekend.

I love this winter to spring transitional style.

I’ll be trying this banana bread recipe in the next week.

How to never regret a purchase.

My new favorite bacon-wrapped asparagus recipe (the sauce!).

A recent addition to our living room.

On my “to read” list.