Monday, March 21, 2016

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

I will start by apologizing for the over abundance of weekend photos!  We had an amazing 39 hour stay in NYC, yup that was it.  We pulled in a little after 9:00pm Friday night and left at 12:00pm today!

We stayed on the upper east side at Affinia Gardens which worked well for us in both location and size.  I would say it was a bit more practical than luxurious, but for a quick trip it hit the mark.

We were up and out bright and early on Saturday morning.  We cruised down the street a couple of blocks to hit Alice's Tea Cup for breakfast.  Reagan and I had visited Alice's once before on a 2010 girls' trip to NYC.

Rowan got to wear some fairy wings while she was there...
 The vegetarian omelet with asparagus and pears was delicious!
 Apparently so were the crepes!
 Rowan had one of Alice's famous scones!
 After breakfast we went way downtown to the Metropolitan Pavilion to pick-up my bib.
It was very well organized!
The weather was nice so we decided to walk back up toward mid-town.  We couldn't help but notice Macy's beautiful spring windows in Herald Square!
 We made it all the way up to Times Square, our destination for the afternoon!
Since we were going to see The Lion King matinee I thought it was appropriate to hit a Broadway favorite for lunch!  Sardi's has been around since 1927!
Did the waiter knew I was carb loading?  We had about 15 rolls in that basket!

I enjoyed a special shrimp and crabmeat chopped salad with an orange vinaigrette.  It was perfection!
We split Sardi's Boccone Dolce made with meringue, strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate.  Oh yum!
After lunch we were off to see The Lion King at the Minskoff Theater.  It was truly amazing!  It's not an inexpensive ticket, but definitely well worth your time and money.  Rowan was mesmerized by the show, sitting for over 2 hours!
We heading back uptown after the show, had a few minutes to relax and get ready for dinner!  We love to eat, but Saturday seemed like a total food fest!  We walked a few blocks from the hotel and enjoyed dinner at cozy Tiella.  Everything was delicious, especially the desserts!  I had this pistachio cake...
Riley had the ricotta cake...
The rest of the crew split two chocolate mousse cakes...
Sunday morning was a bit chilly, but thankfully no precipitation as previously forecasted.  Runners had to enter Central Park at 5th and 6th Streets where there were metal detectors waiting.  After a leisurely warm-up jog, I made it to my corral with just about 5 minutes to spare and we were off!
We ran the first 6 miles in the park and then down 7th avenue into Times Square.  We took a rich onto 42nd Street and then headed down the West Side Highway.
 The Freedom Tower...
 The Brooklyn Bridge...
 Finish line in sight!
 New bling!
Recovery bags, this race was so well organized!
I would love to run this race again if I could get a number through the lottery system again.  I love the destination race, but one needs to be considerate of the time and travel expense.  We had a great weekend, but we're also a busy family that doesn't always have an entire weekend to devote to mom's running "career"!

So back to reality, we hit the grocery store as soon as we got home yesterday with an impending snowstorm!  Here's what's cooking this week...

Monday- Spiral Slice Ham, Pineapple Casserole & Roasted Spring Vegetables
Tuesday- Leftovers
Wednesday- Spaghetti, Meatballs & Salad
Thursday- Meatball Subs & Salad
Friday- Homemade Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
Saturday- TBD
Sunday- Easter lunch at the TPC

How was your weekend?


2 comments:

  1. Looked like an awesome weekend. Great job on the race. Your kids seemed to enjoy all the yummy food along the way!

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  2. This quick trip to NYC looks great! Congratulations on your half marathon. What an amazing running route!

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