I slept well at my hotel – although I kept waking up and thinking it was morning at all hours of the night!
I was wide awake at 7 and had an hour before I met Caronae for a run! We ran together in January and she was the only one on my NYC email list who wanted to run with me again! Made it simple though 🙂
I went down to get a swig of OJ from the breakfast area (score for a hotel with free breakfast!) and had a little of that with some water while I got dressed for my run. I pretended I live in a super swanky NYC apt full time!
We set out to run up to Central Park and around at 8 and ran roughly 6 miles (maybe 5.5?) through the park and up and down 5th and 6th ave. So much fun!
When I returned to the hotel I was totally ready for breakfast but I did not want to eat instant oats when I have a whole city of foods and better atmosphere to see!
I snacked on half an Alliebar to tide me over while I showered and checked out of the hotel.
Plus a few swigs of my coconut elixir
I set out on foot at 10AM in search of a quintessential NYC cozy coffee shop to get some coffee and breakfast and blog.
I totally felt like a local walking around this city by myself!
My bites held me over till breakfast really well – but I was getting hungry! I also had to lug my computer with me. So I didn’t get very far without finding anything that fit the bill. I settled on a Pret A Manger, which wasn’t a bad choice! I can’t believe how healthy-friendly this city is! Organic, whole foods on every corner! Also, wifi! SCORE!
I’ve also noticed the calorie counts on the menus!!!! At first I was totally taken by surprise when I saw them in some of the fancy cafes. They just seemed out of place. But I have to say, they are totally, totally helpful and I think for a world that doesn’t understand calorie density, they will probably help more than they might harm. A loaded issue for sure though.
I almost got a scone. And I also almost got oatmeal. But I settled on a yogurt + granola parfait when I saw the yogurt was low-fat, plain and LOCAL!
I chose the banana honey and left most of the goo on the bottom. The granola (which was likely homemade) was awesome!!! The portion was also just right too.
Plus a cappuccino. I just love steamed milk! [Also noticed that they have Organic Valley butter here!!!]
Hunger is now gone!
About to pack up and set out by foot to do some SHOPPING before the KERF lunch at 12:30. My experience in NYC is always in 24 hour increments and I never have time for shopping or just leisure so I was thrilled to be able to "live" NYC this morning 🙂
Not sure if I’ll be able to blog at the airport, but I’ll see you soon!