If there is one thing I am good at when I travel, it’s finding local pit stops for food and coffee. Today, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite New York City finds when it comes to foo and coffee. Given the fact that I was only in New York for a brief moment to visit some friends and take care of some business, I did not have the time to really go buck wild like I did in Florida when it came to dining out. HOWEVER, I WAS able to sniff out some awesome spots for quick primal bites and amazing coffee in Manhattan. Check this out!
I don’t typically function well without coffee, so on Saturday morning I ventured off to hunt for my morning Joe. What I stumbled upon (literally, as I was so tired from my Friday workout I still had issues walking. HOLY SQUATS!) the Europan Cafe for some nice, smooth, but ever strong coffee. When I finally perked up, I realized that the cafe actually had a nice build your own salad bar so…OF COURSE I had to venture back to the same place for lunch that day 🙂 . I made myself a nice and hearty tuna salad after completing some work. Check out my creation below!
Another great place to check out is the Union Square Market (which, during the Christmas season, is actually referred to as the Holiday market). I spent a majority of my afternoon sampling some local treats and also came across the farmers market section of Union Square. The produce that was available made the farmer’s market in my neighborhood back home look like nothing. Of course, this is New York city we are talking about here, so I suppose the need for more food given the population is …well…necessary. My favorite part of the farmers market was the plethora of squash featured below!
After shopping around the Union Square Market, I was quite cold so I decided I would warm up and get to blogging late Saturday night with…you guessed it…MORE COFFEE! My friend who I was visiting was nice enough to take me to a little chain cafe called Le Pain Quptidien. Now, I will say that this might not be the most gluten free friendly place on the planet, but the good news is that if you’re hungry, paleo options are available and their cappuccino is TO DIE FOR! The best part about the cappuccino is that it is actually served in bowls. Yep!
Bowls of cappuccino! Take a look at how awesome this is!
All in all, I learned how to navigate around NYC for food and coffee, the two most important things in my life (other than kettlebell training of course 😉 )
Well guys, that’s all I have for yinz today! Remember to eat smart, train hard, and enjoy your life!