Mar 182013

Helloooo there. I hope you all had a great weekend! As expected, mine was pretty crazy but also really fun and I’m so sad it’s over. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a long time! It’s always sad when you’re looking forward to an event and then suddenly it’s over. At least I have my Punta Cana vacation to look forward to in one month!

Anyway, let’s jump into a recap of this weekend’s festivities, shall we? Like usual, this weekend recap post is pretty long (how does that always happen?) so don’t say I didn’t warn you!


On Friday afternoon, Fabio and I hastily made our way home from work to get ready for our trip. We had already packed everything the night before, but we still needed to drop off Jack at our friend’s house who would be watching him for the weekend and make our way over to Union Station in time to catch our 8:30 bus.

We wound up making the bus just in time, but we weren’t able to grab anything to eat ahead of time. At this point I was, as Fabio calls it, hangry (hungry + angry) at the thought of not being able to eat during the whole bus ride. Our bus driver announced that we wouldn’t be stopping at any rest stops, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat until after midnight when our bus arrived in the city. Nooo!

Thankfully we were pretty excited for the weekend ahead so I tried not to let my rumbling tummy affect my happiness.

Bus picture!

Our bus made it into the city without incident (minus a bit of traffic in Baltimore) and we got to my aunt’s apartment in the Upper West Side around 1:00 am. Her place is just beautiful!

(This is not what it looked like at 1:00 am obviously lol!)

By this time I was starved so I made us some PB&J sandwiches before bed. We spent some time saying hello to my aunt’s two cats and then we immediately hit the hay since we had a long day ahead of us. I’m pretty sure we slept like babies. ZzZzZ….


Fabio and I woke up bright and early (7:00 am!) on Saturday to complete our five mile run.

Wake up sleepyheads!

Our run took us around Central Park and we had a great time checking out the view while we ran. We were shocked at how many large dogs there were in the park! Usually when I think about dogs in NYC I think of the small yappy kind, but we saw tons of black labs, golden retrievers, and even a few great danes. Man those dogs are big!

Between watching all the dogs, taking in the NYC skyline, and trying to figure out which path we were supposed to be running on, the five miles really flew by.

Our pace wasn’t that great, but as I mentioned above we had to stop a few times to figure out which path we were supposed to go on (there are about a million paths and they all veered off at one point or another like a fork in the road). It was quite confusing at times and we went a little off-course at one point, but it made the experience more fun! I also cramped up a bit more than usual which was weird, but this was a pretty long distance for me and some parts of the route had a lot of elevation. All in all, it was a great run!

Once we finished up our run, Fabio and I headed back to my aunt’s apartment to get ready for the day. We had plans to meet my friend Hana for breakfast at The Smith.

I wound up ordering a delicious egg concoction complete with black beans, a tortilla, salsa, and an avocado. It was quite tasty but really filling, and I was only able to eat half of it. Fabio and Hana both got delicious burgers and fries, and we all had blood orange mimosas. Yummmm. Such a great start to the day.

After breakfast Fabio and I went back to Hana’s apartment so we could see where she lives. I can’t believe I’ve been into NYC so many times since she’s lived there but had never seen her apartment until this weekend. Crazy! Her place was super cute with lots of girly decorations. I loved it!

After seeing where Hana lived, we all headed to a bar called Brother Jimmy’s for the start of our St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

We ordered a monster-size fishbowl drink to start.

It was delicious and a lot of fun to drink, especially since it came with a fun plastic lizard toy. It was a great choice!

Soon a bunch of Fabio’s friends met us at the bar and we had a great time catching up. It’s so awesome to see old friends in a new place! I loved getting to see them 🙂

Eventually Hana and I left the boys alone so they could have their “boy time” and watch the Maryland game while we met up with my girl friends from school. We headed further downtown to another bar called Hair of the Dog.

There we met up with all of my best friends from school and I was absurdly happy that they were all in one place and that Hana, my friend from home, was able to meet them. I love when different groups of friends get along well!

After staying at that bar for a few hours, we all decided we were pretty hungry so we wandered over to Katz’s Deli for some dinner. Katz is pretty famous in New York for their pastrami sandwiches and pickles, so I was happy we got to go. I had been once before with Fabio but was looking forward to trying some new menu items.

Hana, Catrina, and I wound up splitting a pastrami sandwich and some matzo ball soup. Everything was delicious!

Yummm. I had so much fun just hanging out with so many of my best friends all in one place 🙂

Catrina and I wore our matching coats that we bought together last year in NYC 🙂

Catrina and Hana became good friends! They are even made some plans to hang out on their own since they work near each other. Hooray!

After dinner Hana left to hang out with her New York friends and I headed to my friend Kristen’s apartment to get ready for the evening. I really enjoyed seeing where she lives! It’s so nice to be able to see where my friends stay so that I can picture their surroundings when we are apart. Maybe that’s weird, but I like to visualize what their lives are like in another place haha.

After getting ready we headed over to my friend Megan’s apartment (can you tell how much I spent on cabs this weekend? Ha!) to celebrate our friend Molly’s birthday. Then we headed to another bar but I’m not positive about what it was called. At this point I was getting confused between all of the various locations that I had visited in such a short time frame!

We had a great time dancing at the bar and it was a successful night! Then I took a cab back uptown and instantly fell asleep. It was such a long day!


On Sunday morning Hana came over around 9:00 a.m. so that we could explore the Upper West Side a little bit. It’s such a pretty area and I was really glad to be able to walk around for a while.

We wound up discovering a cute little bakery that Hana had heard was pretty delicious, so of course we had to stop in to buy something.

I chose a chocolate chip cookie which I gladly ate on the bus ride home. It was delicious!

After our walk we headed back up to my aunt’s apartment to wake up Fabio. It was time for our two mile run! Hana decided to join on us our run which was really fun. Having a friend join you definitely makes the run better!

The two miles really flew by (or, I guess the 1.98 miles haha) and our pace improved a bit from the day before, probably because we didn’t have to double check our surroundings or tackle any major hills like the day before. It was a pretty easy run compared to the day before and I was happy with our time. Not bad considering all the damage we did to our bodies the whole day before!

After our run Fabio and I packed up our stuff and headed downtown towards Penn Station.

We made sure to say a proper goodbye to my aunt’s cats since we enjoyed bonding with them over the weekend.

Bye kitties! See you next time!

Hana joined us along with one of Fabio’s friends, Jason, and we all enjoyed some pizza together before Fabio and I had to leave.

What would a trip to New York be without an obligatory slice of pizza? I ate one slice in the restaurant and one later on during our bus ride. I’m pretty sure me neighboring bus passengers weren’t too pleased about that, but oh well! What can you do!

Fabio and I caught our bus at 2:00 and gratefully headed home. We had such a fun weekend with our friends but we were exhausted!

When we arrived home we picked up Jack and then fell asleep instantly. It was definitely a fun but tiring weekend!
Question of the day: What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day?



 Posted by on March 18, 2013

  8 Responses to “St. Patty’s Day in NYC!”

  1. Levain is *deadly* Next time you come up you’ll have to try the chocolate fudge cookie with peanut butter chips. SO GOOD!!! 🙂

  2. I would have LOVED to spend St. Patty’s Day in NYC!! Lucky girl!!

    Are those cookies for real?? They look amazing!

    And yes, pizza in NYC is a MUST! 🙂

  3. Ahh I totally understand what you mean about being ‘hangry’. Ben calls it my food rage when I don’t have food. I have a whole different personality hehe.
    What a great way to spend the weekend though! I’m so jealous that you can just pop into New York and explore the city. Looks amazing. And so lovely to see all your friends and have a great time. And then have a run the next day!

  4. Love everything about this post!! 🙂
    Um sad that my legs have been sore the last 2 days? I’m going to say it’s from the walk up and not the run…

    • Hahaha that is too funny! It could be from the run since you’re not used to it! Running is definitely not easy! I can’t wait until you come home to visit next weekend!!

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