Two Museums, Two Desserts, Two Blistered Feet

I did something this weekend other than “oh ya know, just layin’ low…” !!!

Not that there’s anything wrong with laying low (after all, I love kicking up my feet after work these days). But it’s nice to exit the abode and live a little, especially when the weather is as gorgeous as it was this weekend!



There’s nothing really to share about Friday except that I worked, ate my favorite dinner of the week, and went to bed at 9.


brown rice with eel + avocado = all the good things in sushi, amplified in a bowl

Also, BEN CAME HOME FROM SPAIN! He completed El Camino de Santiago, which is historically a Christian walking pilgrimage. There are many routes, but Ben did a super long one that totaled 890 km (553 miles) within 32 days. Casual.


Congrats, Ben! YOU ROCK.

He actually came home at 2 AM Saturday morning, but I snuck into his room later in the morning to say hi to him before I left for NYC.


Since I went to bed so darn early, I woke up at around 6 AM for some sunrise moves and grooves!

100 burpee workout // 10 reps of each // Click here for demos!

  • 10 tuck jump burpees
  • 10 T pushup burpees
  • 10 candlestick to chair burpees
  • 10 alternating side burpees (this one actually hurt my shoulder a bit because the pushup becomes kinda awkward, so I would not recommend this variation)
  • 10 broad jump burpees
  • 10 spiderman pushup burpees
  • 10 handstand burpees
  • 10 superman burpees
  • 10 dive bomber burpees
  • 10 plank jack tuck jump burpees

I tried to do some new/weird variations to keep things interesting, so it was definitely a fun (and tiring) one!


banana bread baked oatmeal with plain peanut butter + “My Maine Squeeze” almond butter from The Peanut Principle


from the farmers’ market 😀

Plus a couple pieces of my mom’s egg white pork bake.

After washing up, Pop dropped me off at the train station to head down to the city! Cue this Tori Kelly song (because she is the soundtrack to my life).

First of all, I saw an extraordinary number of dads with their kids on the train/in the city that day, and it made my heart explode.

Secondly, Park Ave looks so clean and luxurious, but it honestly just smells like manure. #overrated


First stop of the day was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Can you believe I’ve lived in NY for 11 years, and this was my first time going there?


I guess if you don’t live in NY, you don’t really see the big deal. But this is one of those “must see” attractions in the city.

I did my tourist thing while waiting for my friend, Christine.

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Squealing greeting + photos in front of the MET, because we’re bananas (yellow on the outside, white on the inside, in case you haven’t seen me make that joke 100 times on the blog).


apparently this is where Gossip Girl cast ate lunch in the show??

In we went!




We interspersed our “ooo’s” and “aaah’s” with some serious girl talk and some attempts at reading our people’s language.


My contribution every time: “I have no idea what it means, but it looks familiar.”


At least we’re proficient in fit fam culture.

Art eventually drains ya girls, so we headed over to lunch at Bluestone Lane for some Australian fare at around 1 PM.
the restaurant is an extension of an Episcopalian church!
I spy vegemite toast and the word “brekkie”
Christine got the egg and bacon roll + I got the Aussie meat pie with mint pea puree
Our waiter was Australian, which really added to the experience. Arman, I could not stop thinking about you.
We made it our mission to find both ice cream and Levain Bakery for dessert, so we took the scenic route and walked around the Central Park reservoir. It was the absolute perfect day to do it! Hot, but not unbearable, and bluuuuuue skies.
We didn’t know where to get ice cream, but we happened upon Amorino Gelato, which is famous for making roses out of their gelato! That stuff is expensive, but it is undeniably pretty and delicious.
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Christine got fruity flavors + I got pistachio, black cherry, and a cookie butter flavor!
That cone was tiny and that gelato was melting wicked fast. You would think I was a magician, that’s how quickly I made it disappear.
We continued walking and found the legendary Levain Bakery. I had been hearing about their incredible chocolate chip cookies since I moved to New York, basically. This was THE DAY.
But first, a short wait on a line that spanned half the block. Expected.
We descended into the little bakery…
…I bought one chocolate chip cookie and one oatmeal raisin scone. We desperately needed to charge our phones, so we walked over to a Starbucks, where I finally unveiled the glory…
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 these are both HUGE
…wait for it!!!
You have no idea how long I had been waiting to take that money shot. Ladies and gents, this was one of the best things that my taste buds have ever encountered. I’m not even a big fan of chocolate.
Crispy on the outside.
Slightly under-baked and gooey on the inside.
Melted chocolate chips.
Rich walnut chunks.
Thick and decadent.
a poem about Levain’s chocolate chip cookie by Alison
Christine and I split the mega cookie, and we had a few bites of the scone, which was fantastic as well. Not too sweet at all, but BUTTERY. The bag smelled like buttered popcorn. Mmmmm.
Afterwards, we walked back around the reservoir to where we started, and continued with some more girl talk until Christine had to leave. Next museum of the day was Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design with one of my high school dance company mates, Susie!
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had to take a pic of this
This is probably my favorite museum of all time. It’s so interactive, and the vibe is an intersection between classical architecture and modern technology.
They give you this high tech pen that acts as a memory stick. The pen has a “+” sign on the back that synchronizes to the “+” sign on each description panel on the exhibits. When you go home, you go onto their website and enter your unique code that they gave you, and you can see pictures of all the exhibits you saved via the pen. MAGICAL.
This immersion room is your childhood dream. You basically design your own wallpaper with the pen, and watch it come to life in front of your eyes.
Five stars for Cooper Hewitt! Thank you so much, Susie, for suggesting it!
We worked up a good appetite playing around in the museum. Susie chose an excellent Greek restaurant called Korali for dinner.
a rare moment when no cars are about to run you over in the city
beet salad with grapefruit, pine nuts, goat cheese, fennel, dill and scallions
when the manager walks up to you offering a FREE platter of melted Greek cheese, you do not refuse (such a nice gesture of them!)
soup of the day: lentil
Susie gave me a bite of her lamb shank, which was heavenly
We also walked by this gem of a Citi bank sign (great eye, Susie).
This is Gabby Douglas, US Olympic Gymnast. But peep the caption in the upper left hand corner…
THIS is Allyson Felix, US Olympic Track and Field Runner:
Alright, Citi Bank.
And then I bid NYC a good night.
Ben picked me up at the train station, and I was all excited to tell him that I walked 11 miles that day (according to the Apple Health app), but then I remembered that he had been walking an average of 20 miles per day for the past month. Overachiever.
I still gave myself a foot massage before bed.
I got up a little past 7 to get ready for Mass and say goodbye (already!) to Ben and Madre. Not for long though. Pop and I will meet them in Florida soon for our big family vacation next week!
Breakfast after Mass:
I also had leftover roasted broccoli while cooking this. Cravings, man.
I watched some gymnastics, read some blogs, and napped before getting up and eating again. Sundays, man.
smoked salmon avocado toast + unpictured carrots and hummus + half a frozen banana
Then I started this blog post and FaceTimed with my beautiful friend, Briana, from college. Followed by some killer moves and grooves in the basement (which I have deemed to be my “pain cave”).
60 seconds strength/45 seconds  cardio/20 seconds  plyometric/15 seconds rest
3 rounds of each block, 1 minute rest between blocks
  • pistol squats (30 sec each leg)
  • jumping jacks
  • broad jumps over a step, lengthwise


I hadn’t done a workout that made my quads cry in a while. I stretched out before Pop and I went to one of our favorites for dinner— Bareburger!

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I made my own burger: turkey burger, spinach, sprouts, tomato, pimento cheese on sprout bun + ketchup and mustard
sweet potato fries with their curry ketchup + special sauce
the inner beauty of my burger
Pop’s “Hog Wild” burger: wild boar burger, pimento cheese, frizzled chickpea onions (!?), fried egg, and pickled green tomatoes on a brioche bun
Decadence once again.
We picked up some groceries afterwards, and now I’m finishing typing this while watching sports on TV (← yay for Olympic season coming up!). ‘Twas a fabulous weekend filled with good food, great conversation, and even better people.
Back to the grind today, but one more week until vacation! Hope you all have stellar Monday. Give yourself a foot massage. You deserve it.
So tell me:
Two things you did this weekend!
What is your favorite museum?
What is the best cookie you’ve ever eaten?
Are there any sports you are following currently?

WIAW: Super Snacky

Wednesday! It’s like the halftime show of the week. So get a little crazy, do a little dance, move around, and…WIAW! Yes, I just made WIAW into a verb.

Do you ever have those days where all your meals consist of small snacks? Sort of like a full day sampler? That’s how my day was on Friday. I was also just really hungry at some points of the day, so I kept reaching for more things to nibble on. I like little bits of everything anyway, so it was quite a delicious and diverse day of eats!


Check out Jenn’s blog to see her and other bloggers WIAW too!


Friday was a snow day for us here in NY, so I slumbered until about 10 am and woke up hungry and ready for some waffles!

First, I needed something in my belly while I prepared the waffles:


Greek yogurt with banana, honey, and cinnamon

Then ’twas time for the star of the meal— Shortstacks Sweet Potato waffles (that we got a while ago through Groupon…of course)! We tried the vegan version of the batter, which uses almond milk and oil, and they turned out super tasty and fluffy. The sweet potato flavor was also unique and lovely. I just might try to make homemade sweet potato pancakes one day!

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Left in the iron until crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside. Drizzle o’ maple syrup is obligatory.

And for some more healthy fats:


A handful or so of roasted, salted peanuts




Some carrots and hummus. Can’t go wrong.


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Lentil soup from New Year’s with Crunchmaster crackers for…well, crunch!





Graham crackers



Salad with sesame Mahi Mahi


Side of avocado toast with sea salt and freshly cracked black peppa

Eaten at my quasi-vanity/desk in my room since Ben and his buds were downstairs. Youtube bakers and chefs were my dining companions.



I’ve been having these little cute cups of frozen Greek yogurt from Healthy Choice as a sweet end to my nights. They’re the perfect size and very tasty! Also, I love the little messages on top:

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Dark Fudge Swirl flavor. Although I’m not a huge chocolate ice cream fan, this doesn’t have enough chocolate to deter me from eating it. It’s just a nice subtle swirl of goodness.

I was up pretty late since I woke up so late, so I sorta had a second dessert…


I had all but two of the leftover monkey bread pieces from…last year technically. Don’t worry, they were still perfectly good! I added some Greek yogurt after I took this picture to make my snack a little more filling. And I just like Greek yogurt with everything.

And that concludes my day of super snacky eats! Sometimes, I’m in the mood for more cohesive, put-together meals. Yet other times like last Friday, I just want my food totally a la carte.

Have a great Wednesday!

So tell me:

Do you ever have days where your meals are just a bunch of snacks?

What are some of your favorite snacks?

Favorite way to satisfy your sweet tooth (semi-regularly)?

Quads on Fire Home Workout {VIDEO!}

I am both super excited and super embarrassed about this post.

I finally decided to film a video for you all! It’s just me and my less-than-stellar videography skills showing you the exercises for a workout, but it was made with love. And three takes.

Before I get to that, let’s take a look at some Great Leapin’ Lentils!


In honor of the New Year, I prepared a big pot of lentil soup last night. A quick check on the ever-wise Wikipedia told me  that lentils represent prosperity for the coming year because of their coin-like shape. Making the soup was a breeze thanks to the handy dandy instructions from this box. I just used some leftover grilled chicken in place of the Kielbasa.


I enjoyed my bowl of lentils with some crumbled tortilla chips on top for added crunch. I ♥ crunchiness.


Yesterday afternoon, my dad and I decided to go on a super short walk to get some fresh (FREEZING) air.

I couldn’t even chat with him because I didn’t want to take the scarf away from my mouth. It’s okay— we felt each other’s presence. Or something cheesy like that.

After arriving home and cooking up the lentil soup, I was in the mood to get in a leg workout. I didn’t want to venture out to the gym, so I did a little home workout instead. This one was a quad killer! Hence the name:

quads on fire home workout

This workout requires minimal equipment (just a chair/bench, weights, and a timer) and minimal space. But you can still do this in the gym of course! It’s also all low impact since that’s what I’m jammin’ with right now.

Then I came up with the crazy idea to film the exercises for the world to see. Even though it is very, very far from perfect (I filmed it in one fell swoop because I’m too lazy to edit), I hope the video gives you an idea of some of the movements. I also love it when I get to see bloggers in action because I get to hear their voices and get a greater sense of their personalities.

So here it is in all it’s humble glory:

I know you love that cat picture in our guest room.

My brother helped me film this the first time, but after seeing that I looked like an awkward chicken, I decided to film it again myself using Mr. Tripod so that I wouldn’t bother him. Thanks though, bro!

It’s back to school for me today. At least it’s only a two-day week, right? We might luck out with a snow day tomorrow as well, so we’ll see!

So tell me:

Did you eat any special New Year food?

Do you do home workouts often?

More videos— yay or nay? (I’ll try to make them better next time.)

WIAW: On Repeat

Tori Kelly is not the only thing on repeat for me right now.

I have a lot of foods that I don’t mind eating on consecutive days, or even consecutive meals, which you might notice from all my Instagram (<—follow me!) photos. My photo albums on my computer are basically galleries of oatmeal, salmon salads, avocado toast, and yogurt bowls. The downside to always looking through these delicious food pictures is that they make me hungry! Tough life, right?

This week I noticed more repeated food items than usual, partially because there were so many leftovers, but mostly because I just like those foods a lot. However, I usually try to put a different spin on each meal so that my palate doesn’t get bored. Breakfast always has repeats though because it’s my favorite meal of the day, and I like to stick with foods that I know I love. One day I should post a list of all the different breakfasts I eat!

Also, despite the fact that I eat a lot of the same foods every day, I still love taking new pictures of them. It’s definitely blogger thing, isn’t it? Although, the first two breakfast photos below are recycled….But I promise the other ones are from this past week!

Of course, I’m showing you all my food as a part of Jenn’s fabulous What I Ate Wednesday party! (PS: Her little baby girl is the ca-yutest ball of smiles ever!)




{Repeat} More of Kath’s baked oatmeal with nut butter. The recipe makes four servings and I’m the only one that eats it in my house, so I’ve been having it a few mornings. Not complaining! (Recycled photo)


{Repeat} Overnight oats. Of course my favorite breakfast has to be on repeat! (Recycled photo, but they all look the same)


{Repeat} Peanut butter balls and Rice Krispies + banana with PB. Not anything you haven’t seen.


{Repeat} Most photographed breakfast on my Instagram: Whipped banana oats with a dollop of nut butter.


{Repeat} Pumpkin-banana bread that I made on Halloween. Topped with more of the good stuff.


This week my mom made delicious turkey, cheese, and spinach sandwiches, so that’s what I’ve been eating at school. I should try taking pictures of my school lunches more often for a lil’ bit of a visual.

I did have a fabulous lunch at home on Saturday after dance:


Avocado toast and lentil soup

And this is what a typical company Sunday brunch looks like before rehearsal:


Half a bagel with scallion cream cheese, Boo Berry cereal, and an apple

Brunch is one of our beloved bonding traditions that we have every Sunday! Every weekend that we have rehearsal, two or three girls are responsible for buying brunch for the whole company (15 of us + our company director), and we just rotate every week so that each person buys brunch at least twice (sometimes three times) in the year. There’s always bagels, cereal, fruit, and some other snacks that the girls decide to make/buy, so this meal is definitely has {repeats}. For some of my friends, this is their breakfast, but since I teach Sunday school in the morning and have breakfast before that, this is my lunch.


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These super yummy freeze-dried edamame! They’re crispier and lighter than some other dried edamame I’ve tried. My mom got these from Costco, and I highly recommend them!


{Repeat} Yogurt + fruit bowls. All the time.


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{Repeat} Lentil soup. This time with grilled cheese and tomato + salad with pickled beets and pumpkin.


{Repeat} Salad. This time with curry tofu and a hard boiled egg + toast + mango.


{Repeat x2} Salad with salmon, sautéed onions and Brussels sprouts + avocado toast.


{Repeat} Brussels sprouts. This time with gnocchi + Thai basil ground turkey.

And that’s about it for now! It has been a wonderful week of great food thanks to mom’s home cooking. College is going to be quite the transition… *Sigh*

Have a great day, everyone!

So tell me: What foods do you have on repeat all the time? Any new snacks that you’re loving?