I kicked off my three day weekend with Date Night with Nick on Friday evening. We met at Todaro Bros. in Murray Hill which has been around since 1917! Todaro Bros. is part specialty Italian grocery store and part restaurant (check out the grocery store section behind the curtain in the photo above). Nick ordered the crab burger topped with lemon caper sauce and homemade coleslaw paired with parmesan fries.
Since I stuffed myself with a big lunch and snacks throughout the day, I just ordered the “mix and match” crostini plate which included five crostini pieces topped with 1) goat cheese, walnuts and honey, 2) speck prosciutto, provolone, and blood orange pepper jam, 3) homemade tuna salad with gruyere, 4) prosciutto mozzarella, and 5) camembert and balsamic onion jam. Though some of the pairings sound odd, everything was so delicious!
After dinner we walked two miles (Yikes – don’t tell Nick!) to try the latest New York City food trend – Thailand’s rolled ice cream from I-CE NY in the West Village. Similar to Cold Stone Creamery, I-CE NY puts on a show for customers by adding the mix-ins to the ice cream behind glass for all to see. What makes I-CE NY different though is that they mix the ice cream in liquid form, spread it out over a frozen metal slab until it freezes, and then they scrap it into cute swirls before placing it in the cup and adding toppings.
While my ice cream was very tasty (I ordered chocolate ice cream with strawberries mixed in topped with brownie pieces, cherries, and caramel sauce.), the process took ages! It’s good the ice cream is frozen at the last minute because we probably waited 30 minutes after ordering – it would’ve melted again. I’m glad we went there once to get the experience, but I don’t know if we would return unless we were in the neighborhood.
Saturday morning, we got three miles under our belts for our half marathon training! If you ever need a running route while visiting NYC, I suggest the East River Run Path because you get great views of Brooklyn, the Freedom Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Chrysler Building!
We spent Saturday at the US Open, and it was amazing! We made stops at the American Express Card Member Club for air conditioning and the event’s signature drink, a Honey Deuce – Grey Goose Vodka, lemonade, Chambord raspberry liqueur, crushed ice, and honeydew melon balls as a garnish.
We walked all over the grounds:
Watched Roger Federer beat Philipp Kohlschreiber at Arthur Ashe Stadium:
…while eating these new yummy Oreo Thins which have the perfect ratio of cookie to icing (and are a proud sponsor of the US Open):
And hung out at the Heineken House:
Later that evening we grabbed dinner at Rue 57 with Nick’s friends from his college tennis days. The restaurant had a great vibe and my scallops, asparagus, and truffle mashed potatoes hit the spot after a long day of walking around in the sun!
On Sunday, I took care of some errands and ran my long run for half marathon training through Central Park. In the afternoon, I spent the rest of my day alternating between reading Aziz Ansari’s book, Modern Romance, and watching Nicholas Sparks movies. (No one told me that The Longest Ride is actually a really cute film!?)
On Monday morning, I woke up at 7am in order to stay on my regular sleep schedule, did some yoga, and spent the rest of the day lounging, reading, and working on side projects – basically just a relaxing day off from work!
How did you spend your holiday weekend? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,
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