A Great Trip to New York
This past weekend, Jon and I were guests at the wedding of one of my best friends from college, Michele. It was hosted in a beautiful venue in New York City -- the Edison Ballroom -- and we made the trip up from the Homestead to attend.
Jon grew up in New York, and I lived in the city for four years as well -- so we have many friends there that we reconnected with during our trip. The last time we were on a trip in New York we decided that we wouldn't worry too much about cooking -- and we ended up eating all of our meals out. This turned out to be a huge mistake! Even though it was only several days, we returned feeling horrible. We knew not to make this same mistake again.
I usually take Sundays off and so I was happy the wedding was scheduled on Saturday evening. I planned to just rest the following day, and having this cushion allowed me to enjoy my time at the event even more. I planned to work out Saturday morning (we arrived on Friday night) and I reserved a bike in the local Soul Cycle studio. I got really into Soul Cycle this summer in Montauk, and was looking forward to taking another class since we don’t have it down here in Florida.
Friday afternoon before we left, we packed our dinner with us -- kasha and veggies with avocado (we also had a bag of fruit, nuts, and chocolate to snack on -- but this turned out to be our dessert!). Everyone knows that there is nothing good or healthy offered at airports, much less on the plane. If you want to keep fit, it's really important to stay prepared with your own food. When we got hungry at 8:30, which was the time we finally arrived at Jon's apartment, we were happy to have this ready to eat!
We had initially planned to go to Whole Foods Friday night to get food for rest of the weekend, but we were too tired and had arranged to meet friends out anyway. The next morning I woke up to the sounds of pots and pans banging in the kitchen. It was only 8 o'clock by that point, but Jon had woken up early and gone to the store. He bought everything we needed: fresh vegetables, kasha, fruit, and nuts. He had prepared a batch of oatmeal by the time I walked into the kitchen -- and I had a quick bite before heading out the door for my Soul Cycle class. When I got back from my workout, I saw large bowls cooling on the counter with our dinner and lunch for the following day. Somehow I lucked out and got a personal chef, trainer, and boyfriend all in one!
Because we had healthy food prepared, it was easy for us to do everything we needed to in our short time in New York – see friends, shop, and get ourselves ready for the wedding.
The wedding party was a blast and there was plenty of delicious food, including some stone crabs -- which probably took our same flight up from Florida! The dinner was delicious, and both Jon and I ordered the same entree of Chilean sea bass with black rice and bok choy -- an entrée that happens to be our favorite combination. Literally. Someone once asked me what I would have as my last meal -- and I answered with certainty that it would be sea bass.
The next morning we woke up late and had to head right to the airport. We already had our breakfast prepared from the day before (leftover oatmeal) and our lunch packed too -- which made it easy to slip out the door in record time.