The weekend kicked off with Date Night as is tradition. Nick and I decided to finally give Black Iron Burger a try. We looked forward to it all week! My colleagues rave about it and oddly enough invited me to join them for lunch there earlier that day. (I kindly declined since we already had our plans.) They frequent the Midtown location near our office, but Nick and I walked to the East Village location which is literally this hole-in-the-wall type of hangout surrounded by the street art, hip bars, and delicious restaurants that make up this East Side neighborhood.
I ordered the Classic Burger which is basically a “Create Your Own” option. I added lettuce, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese to the mix.
Plus, we had to try an order of onion rings dipped in Ranch dressing. I loved that they were thinly sliced and the Ranch, though it seemed like an odd choice at first, was freaking terrific!
And since National Chocolate Shake Day was the next day, I had to order a classic chocolate shake topped with sprinkles. (Who am I kidding? Everyday is National Chocolate Shake Day to me!)
This meal was one of the best I’ve ever had. I already have set plans to come back for my birthday…in February. It was that amazing! To top off the evening, Nick and I each paid less than $25 for our meals with tip which for New York City standards is practically unheard of! Add Black Iron Burger to your list if you’re visiting the Big Apple soon!
On Saturday morning, I woke up early to make my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side for my first training session for their volunteer program. Yep – after applying in January, getting a call in July to schedule an interview, and having both a phone interview and an in-person interview in August, I’m officially a Volunteer-In-Training. I have about three months of training to complete starting with Saturday’s six hour session, but I could not be more excited and ready to learn!
I woke up early again on Sunday to make my way to Brooklyn for the Wanderlust 108 Festival – a traveling run/yoga/meditation festival. I’m always impressed every time I get off the subway in Brooklyn. No matter what neighborhood I’m in, Brooklyn is a wonderful mixture of both city and suburban life. It often times has both beauty and a homey feeling that Manhattan sometimes lacks. I mean how gorgeous and empty is Prospect Park? In Central Park, you wouldn’t even be able to see the grass because there would be so many folks laying out:
I was pushing it very close by arriving at the event about 15 minutes before the 5K began. Thankfully, the check-in and bag check volunteers were extremely efficient. I was able to check in, drop off my bag, put on my official Wanderlust bandana, and get to the start line just as the first wave of runners were about to take off.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t the usual water and banana station post-5K, but the body paint station made up for it. Paint makes up for everything, right?
After my little picnic in the park, we rocked some yoga poses for one and a half hours. First, MC Yogi kicked off the session with a very entertaining dance/yoga workout. While MC Yogi’s session had a good flow to it, Dharma Mittra led us in more static poses. This yoga session is probably one of the best yoga classes I’ve ever taken just because of all the smiles and laughs the instructors inspired.
After yoga, participants could take part in a variety of classes from aerial yoga…
Even though I was riding solo, my first Wanderlust event was a blast, and I’d definitely do it again next year. I liked that it incorporated running and yoga together for the perfect fitness balance. Plus, since both events were pretty informal, people of all levels of the fitness spectrum could easily participate and (hopefully!) have fun.
See you next year, Wanderlust Brooklyn!
Stay fit and fabulous,
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