From Open Sky To The Open Sky

January 18, 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so good the morning after a wedding :) Hooray! I woke up naturally around 7:45 and was inspired to test out the hotel gym – I wanted to S W E A T :)

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Very impressive gym in terms of the equipment quality. The elliptical was great, and I had the space to myself. There were two other gym rooms in the hotel to use if they filled up. Smart thinking!

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Here’s my attempt at an action shot –

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After packing up and checking out, we headed over to the post-wedding brunch. Whitney and Jason are headed to Argentina for their honeymoon and the restaurant was of the cuisine.

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The spread was gorgeous

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I was thrilled to fine plain yogurt and granola!! I complemented it with fruit, caramel spread and honey. Mmm!

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I also had a fruited bread (tastings), fruit and some Malbec jam that was out of this world

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Matt shared a bite of his choco croissant :)

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We enjoyed espresso

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And later, a cappuccino

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We both wanted to try a regular croissant after hearing so many people rave about them, and since this was brunch, we indulged

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I had about 1/3 of this bad boy and my was he good!

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Matt thought so too!

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Jen, one of the readers who came to the Brooklyn Brewery, brought me some Wisps! I LOVE these after trying a sample from a blog event earlier this year, but can’t reason using one every day for my commute when I can brush at work, but for on the go – as in in taxi – it was the perfect post-brunch freshener. Loved the spearmint flavor and can’t wait to try cinnamon!

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We went (with suitcase and luggage in tow) from brunch to the Open Sky offices for an official visit and meeting with the whole staff. They’ve got quite the beautiful office space! (Wide open – heh heh).

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Ladies, Andy says hello ;) We may have a surprise for you coming soon too!

A quick meeting later, we piled back into a cab to head to JFK.

Check out the expiration date on our cab’s seat – our wedding day!

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Goodbye New York. I can’t wait to come back [and there are plans for an Open Sky visit this summer in the works!!!]

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[Guf I have spent $28 on internet this weekend – for the love of the blog!!]

To the air I go!

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1 The Paris Food Blague January 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm

ah hotel gyms are such motivation to work out! looks like a great weekend…

a honeymoon in argentina must be wonderful…

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2 Food Makes Fun Fuel January 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Have fun flying! That yogurt and granola sounds great. Caramel is a sweet way to start any morning :-)

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3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Looks like a lovely wrap up to a great weekend!! That brunch spread looks amaaaazing :-)

Safe and happy travels, Kath!

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4 Kalli@fitandfortysomething January 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful time!

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5 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

what a fun weekend! you’re right, that spread was gorgeous. and caramel spread in yogurt? holy yum! hope y’all have a safe trip back :)

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6 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

That brunch looks amazing! Glad you had fun :-)

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7 Gabriela January 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

The themed brunch idea is so cute! Everything looks so yummy :)

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8 megan January 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

now that’s blog dedication! brunch looks great. I love croissants and can never turn them down either

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9 Brittany January 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Glad you guys had a fun trip! :0)

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10 Jayce January 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

mmm caramel and croissants… :)

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11 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Talk about serious blog dedication! I hate paying for internet, but it’s totally worth it if it means staying connected via email and blog. ;)

Lovely brunch!! So glad you guys are having such a grand time. :D

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12 Courtney January 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

That fresh fruit looks out of this world…post wedding brunches are my fave!!! Such a fun way to end a wedding weekend, it was one of my fave parts of our wedding.
Safe travels!
Courtney
adventures in tri-ing

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13 caronae January 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I love brunches :)
Glad you enjoyed your time in NYC. Best city in the world!

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14 Mae @ OhhMay January 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I bet those were the best $26 you ever speant! ;-) How cool is the open sky hq?!! I can’t wait to hear the secret plans!! :-)

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15 ashleigh January 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

One of my favorite things about staying at hotels is the gym! Since it’s right there you can never convince yourself not to hit it up!

That brunch spread looks amazing!

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16 Kristie January 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Ah… the croissants are called medialunas in Argentina and they are divine ! Seriously, those and their excellent coffee are the two things I miss most about Buenos Aires – so excited that that is where they are going on their honeymoon!! :-D

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17 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) January 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Gorgeous brunch spread! LL @ finding yogurt + granola, it’s like it knew you were coming. :) Those croissants look soooo soft and delish, yum!

There was no wi-fi in NYC? :shock:

Jenn

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18 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Aww it’s sad seeing you leave but I bet it will be good to get home! Brunch looks unbelievable! YUM :)

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19 Jesse January 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Yummy brunch! The caramel spread is called dulce de leche and they eat quite a bit of it in Argentina… :)

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20 Chelsea January 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I think I’m the only person on this planet that doesn’t like croissants. Oh well :) I like that they have mini-walls at Open Sky. We have NO walls and it makes hanging stuff up hard/impossible.

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21 mariel shaw January 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Aw, makes me want to be in New York again! Looks like a successful weekend. :)

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22 Karla January 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Yum! I love Argentine food! I went to Argentina for a little over 2 months and ate croissants (medialunas) and empanadas almost everyday! I’m shocked I didn’t gain a million pounds! Must have been all that walking!
Have a safe trip home!

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23 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

wow that was a quick trip! that brunch looks terrific – i love when wedding activities keep going…and a going….

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24 Simply Life January 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

oh that brunch looks delicious!

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25 Mara @ What's for Dinner? January 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Looks like you had a blast this weekend! Have a safe trip home!

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26 Heather January 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

The yogurt fruit and granola looks yummy! what a neat cuisine for brunch!

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27 Becky January 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Can you tell me the name of the restaurant you at brunch at! Looks De-Lish! Thanks!

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28 Christy January 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Andy is one of the guys (on the right in the pic) you had lunch with a few days ago, correct?? He’s a hottie!! :razz:

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29 K January 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Those croissants!! Now I’m craving one of those buttery and flakey delights!

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30 Sophie @ yumventures January 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. What a spread! I always have such a hard time working out on vacation, its so awesome that you can do it!!

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31 holly January 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm

is andy taken? because he is ADORABLE! :)

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32 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Oh no, I hate paying for internet. It’s like paying for air in your tires. There are some things that should just be free. Sounds like you had a great time. That looked like an amazing brunch. I wish we’d done a post-wedding brunch. Enjoy your flight home!

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33 Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

look at that spread! delicious!

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34 Mama Pea January 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

You know you are loved when complete strangers buy you oral hygiene products.
Safe travels home!

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35 Cole January 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Oh wow, those croissants look so amazing.

Have a safe flight home!

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36 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

What a beautiful spread of food! Buffets are my favourite kind of thing, where you can try loads of everything :)
Are croissants quite unusual in the USA? Here they’re really really common..maybe it’s a European thing?

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37 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

What a gorgeous brunch spread! Everything is so colorful and yummy-looking. Glad it was a good trip. :D

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38 Paige(Running Around Normal) January 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

That brunch looks amazing! Yum, yum!
That does look like a pretty cool office. glad you had a good time:)

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39 Lauren January 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’ve never been involved in a wedding that had a brunch the next day. So snazzy!

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40 Jil January 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

What a great end of to your weekend! That brunch looks phenomenal! Yumm..I couldnt resist a croissant.

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41 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

That is one heck of a day-after spread!! DEeelish!

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42 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Cute coat. Safe soaring…

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43 amanda@thegrainsofparadise January 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

My man is from Argentina and he took me there last year to meet the fam….Wow! What and incredible sexy place to have a honeymoon! Nice:-)

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44 Heather January 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

That breakfast looks amazing. I love a good croissant!

Safe travels back to NC!

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

haha RE: ANDY…he should be a model!!!

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46 Gelareh @ Orange Truffle January 18, 2010 at 3:47 pm

What a great spread they had post wedding.. I love jams.. and those jams looked amazing.

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47 *Andrea* January 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

$28 was worth it ;-) kerf is so dependable! what an amazing brunch. i always have to try a croissant or a baked good when they’re at a brunch. i’ll pass on the sausage/bacon but never the sweets lol

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48 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Good for you! I think the wisps are an incase of emergency only type item. A tooth brush and tooth paste will give you a better teeth cleaning and cut back on waste and money spent. This is a very good choice! (Sorry that sounded kind of placating- I don’t mean it to come off all guidance council-ery. But every word of it is sincere and true. I think you are making a good choice. See, I can’t stop apparently.)

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49 Mary (Food Fit & Fun) January 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

yummmy ! Looks like you guys enjoyed a wonderful brunch! Glad you squeezed a workout before brunch! :)

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50 Lisa @bakebikeblog January 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Congrats on the workout! And that is one AWESOME brunch – LOVE IT!

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51 skinnyrunner January 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

that htoel gym looks nice, small but nice. and that brunch is amazing!

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52 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Too bad there’s not free wifi everywhere!!

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53 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm

OMG! What a lovely breakfast spread!

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54 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life January 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Looks like you had a great time! Have a safe trip back home!

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55 Lisa January 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

What restaurant did you go to for brunch? The food looks AMAZING and I really want to try it sometime! Glad you had such a great time!

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56 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm

What a great way to wrap up the fun of the weekend! That breakfast totally sounds amazing!

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57 Chloe (Project Live Well) January 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Ok, seriously, that is some of the yummiest food I’ve seen all month!!!

Looks like you guys had an amazing time. Nowhere beats New York ;-)

Chloe

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58 amanda January 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

It is hard to find a good hotel gym, yours didn’t look bad at all. :)

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59 The Paris Food Blague January 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

PS YAY for croissants!

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60 jenna January 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm

great brunch!!

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61 Lesley January 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm

sounds like a great brunch…new york is always so much fun. and andy? reallly cute :)

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62 Sarah (OC2Seattle) January 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Don’t you hate internet fees when you travel? At this point shouldn’t all hotels have free WiFi – I mean really. Those croissants look so buttery, flaky and awesome and that is bar none the best granola I’ve seen! Do you remember the name of the restaurant? My husband in going to NYC in July and I know he would love to try that restaurant. Thanks so much!

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63 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 18, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Argentinian food is awesome…especially in the city. You should go for dinner sometime. There is an awesome restaurant in the meat packing district.

And that hotel gym is so nice. Much better than the last one I stayed at.

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64 Heather (The Single Dish) January 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

June 2nd is my birthday!!! Great day. NYC is expensive, gotta love it though!

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65 Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

ahh, first the extravagant wedding and then *that’s* the brunch? That brunch food looks deeeelish…better than mostly wedding food I’ve had, haha. Must’ve been a great time =)

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66 Kath January 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

We had brunch at Industria Argentina http://www.iatribeca.com/index2.htm

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67 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm

There are some things in life worth indulging and one of those things are good croissants. Yum… delicious looking brunch!

I love colgate whisps too!!!

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68 Jamie January 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I love those little “spoons” (there is probably some fancy name for them) perfect portion control to get a little taste! Congrats on making use of the hotel gym as well!

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69 Gina @ Gina J's Healthy Way January 19, 2010 at 5:25 am

What an amazing trip. The wedding was beautiful. I don’t travel much, so I feel like I travel through you!

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70 Jen Papaya January 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

Yay!! Glad the Wisps came in handy!

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71 Christina January 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

I think I have the same jacket as you in the last pic! Is it from Express?

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72 amyt January 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Love your blog!! Just had to throw it out there…that’s my wedding day too!!!!

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