Hello from New York!

I made it to my hotel around 5:30pm yesterday and had a minute to upload my post and head to dinner. I was finally able to meet my contacts from ING and their media company at Rosa Mexicano.

There was a set menu and I thought we were supposed to choose our dishes, but it turns out everything was served family style so I tried all of it!

We started with guacamole made table side. Normally I’m the guac maker so it was nice to let someone else make it for me.

I love that the restaurant gave us chips AND corn tortillas for the guacamole and salsa. I’ve always said asking for corn tortillas is a great way to avoid eating too many chips at a Mexican restaurant.

The second appetizer was chicken flautas.  The chicken inside was a bit dry, but the sauces on top of the the flautas were amazing.

The third was empanadas, which being Mexican and all, I don’t consider Mexican food, but I’m not about to turn down a fried corn masa shell stuffed with cheese. I love masa.

We lingered over each course and talked about the shoot and other fun New York-y things. I know nothing about NY so I was just trying to take it all in!

The main course included salmon, chicken enchiladas, carne asada, rice and beans. Everything was delicious. Fancier than the Pico style Mexican I’m used to, but delicious.

I know it’s a little premature seeing as though I just got here, but I’m going to go ahead and call the highlight of my trip right now…

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Freshly made churros served with dipping sauce. I love churros and these were served hot and covered in cinnamon sugar. So so good.

They gave our table 2 HUGE bowls of the churros and I had three, but stopped myself from eating all of them. We left a ton and now I kinda wish I would have grabbed that bowl and put it in my purse (this morning I would have filled it with milk and had churro cereal).

When I got back to my room I did a little Google Hangout with Ben. I don’t know why I have such separation anxiety from this guy. I’m such a weirdo.

Then, I had to hit the sack because I was meeting Ashley from Healthy Happier Bear at 6am for a run! My hotel is super close to Central Park, but again – I know NOTHING about NY so I was very appreciative that she showed me where to run.

We met in Columbus Circle and took off for about 5 miles from there.

We ran around the reservoir and enjoyed the morning breeze. She’s actually running NY too and this is her first day of training so I’ve decided it’s mine too I can’t believe it’s only 18 weeks away?!

*Remember how my toe was hurting a while back? Well, it has been getting better (and I’m not curling it under). But today it cramped up major when we stopped for water and now it’s sore and achy. Thoughts?

After our run we parted ways and I head back into the park for another mile or so (not sure exactly Moto is dead). I went out for a hit and then turned back to my hotel.  I almost got lost and was about to turn around when I asked a nice man and he told me I was almost back to my starting point. So glad I didn’t turn around without asking!

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The magic phone helped me find a Dunkin Donuts for iced coffee!

And then I took my iced coffee into Starbucks for an egg white feta wrap.

DD Iced Coffee > Starbucks

Starbucks egg wrap > DD egg white flatbread

I also grabbed a gallon of water from CVS. But the pics are being difficult so you’ll have to take my word on it.

Anyways, I should probably shower and figure out where I’m going for this morning’s shoot! Ah! Hope I don’t get lost or say a bad word on tape…

Question: Do you eat OR exercise “different” when you travel or try to stick to your normal routine?


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