NYC Recap Part 2 of 3: Eating in the City!

Lots of planning went into our food choices before heading to NYC. There is just too much to eat and too little time.  We made our dinner reservations one month out from the date just as you need to to get into the best places.  And for day time eating we had a few special places in mind for the perfect green smoothies and juices AND treats!


ORGANIC AVENUE: This place is my heaven, organic, plant-based grab and go smoothies, juices, salads, breakfast, lunch, and light dinner entrees! My girlfriends and I had delicious green smoothies and smoothie bowls topped with chia sounds and delicious granola. A little pricey but worth it for fresh and healthy food on the go! I sure hope this place makes it to Chicago. If you are one of my many clients who travel to NYC on a weekly/monthly basis I highly suggest picking up some meals from here to keep your diet on track!


THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER: "A new juice bar, cafe, and vegetable slaughter house.' Their menu is 100% vegetarian and dairy-free. Delicious and brightly colored food! I enjoyed a cantaloupe and ginger popsicle for a treat after having an awesome Kale Caesar salad.


MOMOFUKO MILK BAR: Locations all over NYC. Cookies, cakes, pies, and soft serve! I yummy treat worth waiting in a little line. I recommend trying one of their famous cookies and their crack pie soft serve, think brown butter flavored soft serve :-)  A perfect treat after many hours of fitness all over the city!


LITTLE OWL: One of my top 10 favorite meals of all time. The restaurant is just perfect. It is a tiny little place in the East Village, lit with twinkle lights along the windows and tea lights at the tables. Upon entering you are seated for a glass of prosecco above the tiny space on a little two seater you climb to on a ladder. Between us four girls we shared 4 appetizers and two entrees, and for dessert a chocolate souffle cake, with homemade coffee ice perfection. The service and food were impeccable, it's a must! 


GARRET NYC:  Our experience coming to Garret's was too funny!  We were told about this "secret bar" and it just so happened to be right by dinner. I looked it up and found it to be right above Five Guys Burger in the East Village. You enter the burger joint and walk straight back past the line cook and turn left to take the stairs to the second floor to this hidden bar. It was very cool. Great mixologist, cool decor, the perfect place for a pre or post dinner drink.

Beauty and Essex: Very cool, sceney bar. You walk up to what looks like a jewelry shop and walk through a door into a very large house like space that reminded me of Gatsby's house. Fun spot for post dinner drinks. I missed the bathrooms but apparently they serve pink champagne in the bathroom lounge area. 

What are your favorite NYC spots? To think we didn't even have pizza, bagels, sushi, cronuts or Shake Shack! 

NYC Recap Part 1 of 3! Staying fit in the City.

Yes, when I travel I get fitness in somehow, even if it means dragging 3 of my best girlfriends with me all over the city! Before heading to NYC I had a few places in mind I was dying to try and I made sure we booked them in advance to ensure we got in.  In addition to classes we walked almost everywhere. Sadly I did not have a fitbit on because surely we had to have hit 15-20,000 steps everyday. So here it goes our 2 day fitness breakdown...

Day 1: My own personal version of a triathlon was done this day: Run, Spin, and Pilates.

6:30am wakeup and head out for a 4 mile run through beautiful central park. Our location was perfect about 1/4 of a mile from the park, we ran through the park with 100s of other runners and headed back to Rockefeller Plaza to meet our other friends where they were watching the Today show. We grabbed them and headed to SoulCycle for a heart pumping spin-dance party!  The music was awesome and the instructor had amazing energy. Class finished with a spin/dance party to Whitney Houston's, "I want to dance with somebody" and we all walked out with feeling energized for the day. Post class we grabbed awesome smoothies (you'll learn all about that on the food recap) and we got ready to take the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge. The weather was absolutely phenomenal and we walked the beautiful bridge and I headed straight to Bridge Pilates. I was so excited to be able to take a private session from the fantastic Blossom Crawford. Blossom was a student of Kathy Grant's, and Kathy Grant is a first generation Pilates teacher, one of only 2 people to receive a certification from Joe. It was such a special experience to work with her and my body appreciated the therapeutic movement and attention to detail.  Needless to say I was pretty tired after all of this!

Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn. Small and intimate, with warm sunlight coming in.

Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn. Small and intimate, with warm sunlight coming in.

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge!

Day 2: We decided it was very necessary to sleep in a bit on Saturday, I had every intention to go for a morning run before heading to our class this day but I needed the extra sleep and I'm glad I didn't because class was TOUGH! We headed to AKTinMOTION, Anna Kaiser's studio on the Upper East Side. I knew about Anna's but kicking style and studio but was a little hesitant to take one of her dance classes as that's not my forte, so we signed up for a class called 4Play taught by Adam (a broadway dancer!).  The class was taught in a heated room and was very fast paced. It was 4 rounds of 5-6 high intense exercises one after the other. Adam worked our whole bodies while playing great music and cheering us on! He was a blast.  On the wall of the studio room was a quote by Henry Ford that has stuck with me, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." What a motivational and powerful quote to read as your exercising and being pushed to do more!  After class we met Anna who was an absolute doll. She was so genuine and friendly. Next time in NYC I will muster up the courage to take one of her fierce dance classes!

A lovely sweaty photo with Anna post class, why couldn't we have met before I was a mess!

A lovely sweaty photo with Anna post class, why couldn't we have met before I was a mess!

My friends are awesome for letting me take them on a fitness tour of NYC and it's a good thing we did because we definitely indulged in all aspects of NYC.  Check back later this week for Part 2: FOOD, DRINKS, and DESSERTS!

Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Shred415 Arms and Abs
Tuesday: Teach Bootcamp
Wednesday: Pilates
Thursday: Shred415 
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Hot Vinyasa Yoga
Sunday: 9 mile Run

September Workout of the Month! Total Body.

Happy Fall! The weather in Chicago right now is absolutely perfect! I encourage you to get outside and enjoy every moment. Here is a workout you can easily take outside, all you need is a pair of free weights and a timer. 
The workout below is challenging for you whole body and will move you in every plane of motion.  Try to move from one exercise to the next with little to no rest. 

*JJ stands for jumping jacks

*Remember if you have any injuries or issues modify or adapt exercises as needed for your body.

Any questions about the exercises above feel free to leave a message, ENJOY!

Peach Arugula Salad

I know summer is not technically over but it sure feels like it here in Chicago. I am already having anxiety about the winter. Ryan keeps telling me we have three months until it gets really cold but I am already dreading it! I'm trying to make summer extend as long as possible, so here is one last summer salad to keep you in the season... Peach Arugula Salad!

I love the peppery taste of arugula and the sweet juicy taste of peaches, the combination is perfection.  

Peach Arugula Salad
4-6 servings
6 cups of Arugula (1 large container)
2 medium sized White flesh Peaches cut into bite sized pieces
1/3 cup slivered Almonds
Top with Grated Manchego Cheese to your liking (optional)

1/42cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp Honey
Salt to taste

Place all ingredients in large salad bowl, toss with dressing and enjoy!

How are you making summer linger?

Workout Plan for the Week:
Monday: Shred415 Class
Tuesday: Teach Bootcamp and Pilates Magic Circle workout
Wednesday: 5 Mile Run and Pilates
Thursday: Shred415 Class 
Friday: OFF
Saturday: Shred415