If you have been living under a rock, then you wouldn’t know about the beauty that is Smorgasburg. Based out of Brooklyn with locations now in Queens, South Street Seaport and more, food and flea vendors flock here as does the entire population each and every weekend. I went for the very first time this past weekend and I enjoyed the delicious Alchemy Creamery and Home Frites. Both gluten free options and by far the most INCREDIBLE ice cream and fries I’ve EVER had in my life. I’m not being dramatic here…I just want you to go and try both of these places out ASAP. You will not regret trekking out to Brooklyn for these yummy treats. I may or may not attend every weekend until it closes. Check out http://www.smorgasburg.com/ for more information on locations and vendors!
For those who may be new to the blog, I’m a huge workout fanatic. I’m constantly looking for new classes and new workouts…especially if they are free! I’m happy to inform you that Nike offers classes in New York that are completely free! There are many different types of classes such as running training with their Nike Running Club and agility and speed based training with their Nike Training Club. The locations of the classes vary for each class but each are unique and offer some incredible views such as Pier 40, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Niketown’s rooftop (yes they have a roof).
I attended the evening GridIron – Fit class and it was an amazing way to end my day. I highly recommend all of the classes because they are a fun way to challenge yourself. You have to make sure that you are online right at 3:00 pm on Sunday’s when the schedule for the week comes out. The classes fill up fast so you have to be on top of your game…seriously. Hope to see some of you there!
With this crazy summer heat and the non air conditioned subway cars, sometimes all we need to cool down is some delicious ice cream. There are two places here in New York that have a special place in my heart.
Chloe’s Fruit: (E 17th St between 5th and Broadway) Being health conscious but also ALWAYS craving ice cream, Chloe’s truly saves the day for me. Their soft serve is gluten, dairy, and fat free and absolutely delicious. The dark chocolate and banana flavors are my favorite and there’s no way possible that you can leave there without getting peanut butter drizzle on top. I can’t wait to try their newly added breakfast items!
Chloe’s Fruit Soft Serve
Big Gay Ice Cream: (West Village – Grove St and 7th Ave, East Village – E 7th and Avenue A) What started as an ice cream truck has turned into a character of NYC. I’ve only been once but the next time I’m feeling a cheat meal, I’ll definitely go there. I got the Rocky Roadhouse when I went for the first time and I’m very thankful that they have GLUTEN FREE CONES! I highly recommend that you look at the menu online in advanced because it can get busy on a hot summer day.
New York is known for its great food. You could spend your entire life going from place to place trying out every food that New York has to offer. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have a ton of food sensitivities, my food exploration adventure gets cut a little short. Thankfully, more restaurants offer gluten free options and you will often come across places like Hu Kitchen (78 5th Ave (14th and 5th). Hu Kitchen’s menu is entirely gluten free and the ingredients are truly fresh and you can taste it. The atmosphere of the place alone is incredible (see photo below). It is very inviting with some of the nicest people working there. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you try any of their chocolate bars or their almond banana smoothie. The next time you have a lunch break, be sure to stop by and give it a try. You can thank me later.
Now that the school year has officially ended, it’s time to look ahead towards brighter days! I’m staying in the city this summer and interning. I was only able to see my family and be at home for 9 days and now I won’t see them until winter break. It’s going to be really tough but I just have to focus on school and interning and bettering myself. With that in mind, I figured I’d share some of my goals for this summer!
Have a successful internship and learn from my experiences.
Explore New York City! I have a massive list of places that I want to see, restaurants that I want to try, and fun locations to visit.
Step outside of my comfort zone whether it’s at my internship, a new food, or just in everyday life.
Continue to stay active and improve my health.
Relax and have fun. This one is going to be very difficult for me, which I know sounds weird. I spend my entire year completely focused 24/7, rarely spending time away from my desk or photo studio, so now is the time.
Educate myself. There are plenty of skills that are applicable to my major but I am not allowed to take as part of my curriculum here at FIT. So I am going to be using FIT’s resources and lynda.com – an online video portal with hundreds of videos that teach you about your desired topic. I’m going to educate myself on Adobe Software such as InDesign and Illustrator as well as marketing strategies and how they’re applicable to photography.