Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Following My Sweet Cravings Through NYC

About a month ago I decided a trip to New York City (the city where I lived for most of my twenties) was a must before the baby arrives.  I booked a trip for two weeks later and started scheduling brunch, lunch, and dinner with some friends I hadn't seen in a while!  Unfortunately the day of the trip I started feeling like a major head cold was coming on and questioned whether I should still head to the big Apple, as I expected all I needed was a break from work and a flight to NYC to start feeling better.

**Warning: This post contains many unhealthy foods (but all foods in moderation right?!). Whats a pregnant girl to do but follow her sweet cravings through NYC?!

First stop...Chelsea Market!  I was headed over to the Meatpacking district to meet up with some old co-workers at Dos Caminos and had a few minutes to spare.  I stopped off at my favorite bakeries Fat Witch Brownies and Amy's Bread.

Challah Bread and a cinnamon bun from Amy's Bread and an assortment of brownies from Fat Which
Next stop was dinner with the the ladies from my old job and then off to bed!  Not before snapping a few pictures of the Empire State Building!

Dinner at Dos Caminos
On Saturday morning I woke up to go meet some friends for brunch at the Breslin in the Ace Hotel. Brunch was delicious, but the portion sizes were a bit small.  Small portions meant this pregnant woman would be hungry in the near future and looking for some type of food establishment.   And that is just what I did.  After brunch I headed towards Rockefeller Center and walked by the Today Show studios and hit up Bouchon Bakery (absolutely love the restaurant in Vegas).

Bouchon Bakery

I took the picture of the Today Show studio as an inspiration.  Someday I will behind those class windows and on Live TV with the Today Show as part of a nutrition segment!

And around the corner I made a stop at Magnolia Bakery.  Traditionally they are known for their world famous cupcakes, but I always skip those and go straight for the banana pudding!

What is the best place to enjoy bread pudding and lunch? Bryant Park of course!  After I picked up some banana pudding I decided it was time to get some greens in my body.  I found a local deli that offered custom salads and took a break from carbohydrate loading.

Ok, so maybe the trip got healthier from here on out.  Next stop was Eataly, a huge marketplace with restaurants inside.  My willpower got the best of me and I avoided the tempting gelato and gourmet pastries.  

On Saturday night I met up with some previous colleagues at Otto Pizzeria. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of the food (my picture is courtesy of Sugar rush).  We had one of the most interesting desserts I have ever had.  It as Olive Oil Coppetta made from olive oil gelato, passionfruit granita, strawberries, and lime curd.  In fact it was the inspiration for the Creamy Strawberrry Basil Salad Post.

Picture courtesy of Sugar Rush
And the meal that ended my trip on Sunday morning.....

What a fantastic weekend it was!

Next post - babymoon!

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

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