KERF + The City

January 17, 2010

I got to meet even more KERFlings this morning – exercise-style :) We joked yesterday at the brewery that there are those who want to drink beer with me and those who want to run. Hey, both are equally fun!!

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I had a mini LaraBar upon waking up this morning. I had forgotten how delicious the coconut ones are!!

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We met in the warm hotel lobby and then ran 4.5 miles along the river – here’s the route! It wasn’t cold at all and my legs were certainly ready to go!

Run Update

Stretching upon our return.

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Lisa showed me this awesome way of lacing your shoes to hold them in tighter. Look carefully at the top 2 holes and how they are looped:

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After looping you just tie it like normal. It held my shoe on nice and snugly. I will definitely be doing this again!

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After our run a few of us hit up Starbucks for a snack

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I got my first Awake Tea misto. The verdict: it wasn’t all that awesome, but it wasn’t bad either. It tasted like tea! I missed the richness of coffee, but I can see these becoming better over time and it was great for a lower-caffeine snack and a bit of milk for satiety. Matt and I also shared the banana on our walk back to the hotel.

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A subway ride later, we were in SoHo to have brunch at Mercer Kitchen with…..

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The geniuses of Open Sky!!! John Caplan + Andy Fisher. I feel like I know them so well thanks to 6 months of conference calls, but it was so very nice to be able to chat face 2 face.

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We talked all things KERF + Open Sky and I’m so excited about all of the potential that my little cloud on the web has.

[ALSO, found out that Open Sky is donating 100% of its profits this weekend to Haitian Relief, so if you’ve been meaning to buy something fun, now’s the time to do it.]


Mercer Kitchen was hella cool – and is apparently where cool people hang out 😉

Loved the little menus. They reminded me of my wedding programs!

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We jumped on the coffee train asap

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The menu featured two of my very favorite things: oatmeal + greek yogurt!! I had to partake. I asked John if it would be boring for me to get the yogurt + granola and he responded that he would be disappointed if I didn’t get it! I was so glad I did because it was awesome.

Thick greek yogurt with deliciously fresh berries and a cranberry granola!

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[Too bad it wasn’t served in a Cali bowl with a side of Nuttzo 😉 ]

Matt got a goat cheese omelet. I had my usual bite and my was that goat cheese good!!

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Thank you so much for brunch Open Sky team!

After brunch Matt and I had about an hour before we had to head in and start getting ready for the wedding festivities. Unfortunately the rain moved in and we ended up getting drenched walking around SoHo looking for shops to go in. I found CB2 and wanted to take home everything in the store, but shopping was otherwise uneventful. We finally hailed a cab back to our hotel. Best $8 spent all weekend because the walk to our hotel from the subway would have been a good 10 minutes of wet.

Warming up now, putting on my fancy clothes and gearing up for a romantic evening! See you later!

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1 Jenn (www. ) January 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Awesome running path! That’s so cool how you manages to find yogurt + granola at so many restaurants! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on a menu. I need to diversify my eating establishments. haha NYC would be a good start! 😀



2 Jess. January 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I am so jealous. I haven’t been to New York in years and I miss it so much!


3 meg January 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

So jealous of your time in NYC! Especially your run :)


4 The Paris Food Blague January 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

hey, looks like a great trip. i wish i could have met up–but i’m cold and am just beginning to run (4.5 miles would have been too tough on me, i think). it’s too bad!

great tip about the laces…..


5 The Paris Food Blague January 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

also, do you mind if i ask to which charity is open sky donating today’s profits?

i have been wanting a mandoline for a while….this may be the time to purchase it


6 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

That’s how I lace my sneakers…isn’t it great????? 😀

Love seeing the group of girls…you guys are so pretty!


7 Ashley January 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Boooo Starbucks. Lovely lunch photos!!! :)


8 thedelishdish January 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

im miss nyc so much!! what a fun run through the city :)


9 Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I’m totally going to try that with my shoes too, thanks for sharing.

Oh I want to go back to NYC too now!


10 Dori January 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I had a great time running with you this morning! The stretching picture is funny. Thanks for organizing it. Also… is the Open Sky guy on the right single?? 😉


11 Allison January 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

agreed, he is really cute!!!


12 Mackenzie @ The College Authentic January 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Hahahahah, thirded! I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed! :)


13 Danie January 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Yeah, would definitely have to agree with theses girls;D


14 Dori January 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm



15 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) January 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Another awesome day in the city!!!!!!!


16 Megan January 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Isn’t that path the best!! You never would expect so many awesome running options in NYC, right?? Have fun at the wedding!


17 Brittany January 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Love all the pics! That run must have been amazing!


18 Food Makes Fun Fuel January 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Ooo the goat cheese omelet sounds awesome!


19 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

What a fun blogger meet up!

That great that you got to finally meet the Open Sky guys :)

Have a great time at the wedding!


20 Karla January 17, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I’ve always wanted to run in NYC! Sounds so fun!
Also curious who Open Sky is donating to…?


21 Haleigh January 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I would definitely be in the beer drinking group rather than the running one 😉 haha…

Have fun at the wedding tonight!


22 Mae @ OhhMay January 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I love tieing my shoes that way!! How fun… everything looks amazing Kath!!
(and the cult continues… KERFlings!! 😉 )


23 haya January 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

that shoe lace trick has saved me from lots of blisters on my heel!

NYC looks like tons of fun.


24 Lindsay January 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I think I’d join you for the beer :)
I tried a double chocolate stout the other night and it was to die for!!!
Have fun in NYC!


25 Fitography January 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Gorgeous pictures! I just started blogging about my own marathon training/healthy eating and love your site. It’s very inspiring:)


26 Janna (Just Flourishing) January 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Had a great time meeting you! Thanks for posting the pictures :)

– Janna (aka the one who fell :) )

p.s. laughing at Dori’s comment


27 Kath January 18, 2010 at 12:40 am

“The one who fell” LOL!!


28 Cole January 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

How nice that you got to go running with a big group of people!


29 Maggie January 17, 2010 at 3:28 pm

SoHo is such a great place to walk around–what a drag that this nasty weather moved in! And CB2 is to-die.

Also, ahem, *is* that guy single? :)


30 Jil January 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

That sounds like an awesome run! and that brunch looks so delish…Matt’s omelet sounds sooo good! I’m a sucker for good goat cheese!


31 Julie @savvyeats January 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I think I would be in the drinking group and the running group. Especially if it was a wine drinking group 😉


32 Jacquie January 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed Mercer Kitchen! One of my friends from culinary school works there, but I unfortunately haven’t been able to go yet. Too many good restaurants, too little time!


33 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 17, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I will definately be using the lace tying tip. I hate it when my laces get loose or god forbid, untied completely.


34 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Enjoy your romantic evening. :) Thanks for the lacing tip — I hate having to stop because of flying shoes.


35 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal January 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

That’s how I lace my running shoes, too! Makes it so much more comfortable and functional.

Enjoy the night!


36 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

What a fun trip!!!


37 Sam January 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Dori I was going to say the same thing!

The brunch looks great. I am jealous, I love NYC!


38 Christy January 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for sharing the shoe-lacing tip!


39 Katheryn January 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Lacing your shoes that way can also help with shin splints if you’re prone to them.


40 Jayce January 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Wow, you really know how to make the most of a short vaca! Looks like fun and makes me wanna go to NYC again. I am going to try that shoe lacing method stat! :)


41 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

mercer kitchen is a lot of fun! i once went there with a crazy, hi-powered director who yelled at the wait staff b/c they didn’t have dom perignon and they had to go out and take a taxi to get it. awkward.


42 Jenny January 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Hmmm…. always thought Mercer Kitchen was a bit overrated, but maybe I’ll give it a try this week since it seems like you had a good experience :)


43 Lindsay M January 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Hey Kath–

I have been reading your blog for some time now and I feel stupid?! What is a KERF exactly???????


44 Buzz January 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

KERF stands for “Kath Eats Real Food”


45 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Have fun tonight!


46 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Enjoy the wedding! Sounds like you guys are having blast! I love sunday weddings. I kinda wish I’d done it.


47 Carolyn January 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Have fun at the wedding! That granola looks declicious!


48 Tara January 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I am a very happily married woman…but I just have to acknowledge the fact that that guy is pretty cute!


49 Jay January 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Do you not check the weather forecast before you go somewhere? It was no secret that it was supposed to rain in NY today (along much of the northeast).


50 Elizabeth January 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

who knew the minds behind opensky could be so good looking! damn gurl. and that’s so great that they are donating all profits this weekend-wow
enjoy the rest of nyc!!


51 Jenna January 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Have a great night!


52 Freya @ January 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

That omelette is SO neat and SO smooth – how the heck did they manage that!!? Mine always just look like mush :s
Have a lovely evening :)


53 Chelsea January 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

The coconut larabars are my absolute favorite. Have a BLAST tonight!


54 Jamie January 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

AHH! I am SO jealous of your post!!! I’ve done that run SO many times (I used to visit friends who live in Tribecca) AND I am the BIGGEST fan of Mercer Kitchen!! I’ve been for dinner; the food and the atmosphere are excellent!!


55 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

how fun! love the shoe-tying thing, and breakfast looks yummy :) can’t wait to (hopefully) see some wedding pics :)


56 RhodeyGirl January 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I am very happily married but DAMN those Open Sky guys are HOT!!!!!!!


57 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

That brunch looks awesome!


58 Amy January 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

My friend Katie taught me the shoe tying loops a few years ago – a trick she learned while working at REI – and I love it. Another shoe tying tip is from Runner’s World. When tying make the first loop like normal, but then take the second loop behind the first one instead of over. Here’s a link:,7120,s6-240-319–13001-0,00.html
I started using this method over a year ago and it really does eliminate having to re-tie your shoes because they just don’t come untied, but they’re easy to untie when you pull the laces. So, no more double knots needed. Happy running. Amy


59 Kath January 18, 2010 at 12:41 am



60 Emily Eats and Exercises January 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I need to experiment more with lace tying. I often have a feet-falling-asleep problem so usually I’m looking for looser ties, not tighter. Have a good evening!


61 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

When I bought my first pair of running shoes the clerk showed me that trick and I’ve been doing it ever since. My heel never slips and gives me blisters.


62 BeccaR January 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm

looks like a fun day, and i just (finally) bought chia seeds using your open sky, great having the proceeds going to haiti


63 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Awww a romantic evening, how sweet! Have fun!!!!!


64 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? January 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Have fun in NYC and at your wedding! Your run route looks awesome :).


65 Danielle January 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Why is the Open Sky website always down when I try it? Argh!


66 Emily January 17, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Oh my goodness, I wish I knew you were running. I am a regular reader, marathoner, and was running the same day in the city! Yipes! I hope you enjoy your stay in NYC :)

P.S- The Brooklyn Brewery is always a mess on Friday night. You have to show up right at 5 to get a seat!


67 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

So cool that you got to meet up with the Open Sky guys!

Have so much fun at the wedding!


68 Katharine January 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Omigosh I LOVE Mercer Kitchen! I went there (quite some time ago) with my sister and dad while in NYC and thought it was just so cool. Glad you enjoyed it, too. :)


69 Simply Life January 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Looks like a delicious brunch!


70 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I tie my shoes that way, too – had to start after I began teaching group fitness classes and just felt my shoes got so loose.

Have a great time tonight!! :)


71 hemp jogger January 17, 2010 at 9:50 pm

holy cow the open sky guy on the right is HOT!!! (andy?) can we purchase him at the site?

enjoy the wedding.


72 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Yum – fresh berries. I want some. Wish they didn’t cost a fortune in the winter.


73 Lisa@ January 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

I’m glad the lacing trick worked out for you! those sarabeth jam jars are so cure..and their jams are my favorite



74 Kath January 18, 2010 at 12:39 am

Re. the Open Sky Charity: They haven’t quite decided yet, but likely the Red Cross.


75 Kath January 18, 2010 at 12:39 am

Re. ANDY: I’m not sure if he’s single…. I will check and see if I can sell him in my store!!


76 Dori January 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

I’ll take it


77 Lisa@ January 18, 2010 at 12:41 am

hahaha I would buy him…


78 Jenny January 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

Love the crowd of KERF runners! How fun :)


79 Renee January 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

“I’ll see if I can sell him in my store” Hilarious!! =)


80 Anne P January 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Andy = HOT.


81 Maggie January 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Wow, looks like a fun day! And my, oh my, I concur….Andy is adorable.


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