7 Sweet Spots in New York City

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My recent trip to New York City was filled with lots of tasty foods and if you know me at all, you know I am all about the sweets! I did a lot of research before going to New York City and am happy to share with you all, my favorite sweet spots in the city. Trust me, there were a couple of spots that I wanted to go to but because I can only eat so many cookies before going into a diabetic coma, I didn’t get a chance to go to them. I plan on going to New York City again so if there are any bakery spots or food places, in general, you want to recommend, let a sista know!

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Doughnut Plant

Doughnut Plant invented the crème brûlée doughnut so of course, we had to try it. We ended up getting a creme brulee doughnut, pistachio doughnut, strawberry doughnut, rose doughnut, strawberry doughnut, and a cinnamon roll doughnut. The Rose doughnut was a little pricey at $5 but, I had never tasted something like that before. It was a traditional yeast doughnut glazed with a combination of donut icing and rosewater. The crème brûlée doughnut was also delicious. The inside custard reminded me of acrème brûlée and the hard sugar outside added a really nice touch. We weren’t too impressed with the other doughnuts we got but they have many different options on their menu that include both cake doughnuts and yeast doughnuts.

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The crème brûlée doughnut on the left and the rose doughnut on the right.

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Ladurée

French macarons are one of my favorite desserts and even though I’ve been to Ladurée before, I couldn’t help but go again in New York City. I’ve had many French macarons but somehow, Ladurée manages to make the best french macaron I’ve ever had. They’re definitely not cheap but boy are they good. I wanted to try one of their French pastries but since we had just eaten at Dominique Ansel Bakery, I couldn’t imagine eating another rich pastry again.

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Waffles and Dinges

We came across Waffles & Dinges while we were walking around Central Park and I’m so glad we did. The smell from the stand took me back to my trip to Europe and the Belgian waffles tasted almost good as eating them in Belgium. They offer a wide range of toppings and you can eat it on the go. We got a strawberry and whipped cream waffle and a speculoos waffle and I’m honestly drooling right now talking about it.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery

The whole reason we went to Dominique Ansel Bakery was because they invented the cronut. Once we went in and saw all the other delicious pastries we couldn’t help ourselves but order a bunch of other pastries. Of course, we got a cronut in the flavor of the month, which happened to be a strawberry and cream flavor but, we also got Nutella pastry, a DKA, a peanut butter and jam pastry, and an almond pastry. The Cronut was so much better than I had imagined and I highly recommend getting one. I also recommend getting a DKA, or five. They’re soft and flakey in the center but kind of hard and sweet on the outside. If you can, try to get there early and also on a weekday otherwise you’ll be waiting in line to get your hands on a cronut during the weekend.

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Love at first sight looking at a cronut. On the right, a DKA and almond pastry.

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Milkbar

Before we went to New York City, I watched the Netflix episode of Chef’s Table with Christina Tosi, the creator of Milk Bar. I heard about Milkbar before but, it wasn’t until after I watched the Chef’s Table that I was dying to go there. While we were there we got three cookies, Birthday Cake Truffles, Crack Pie, and Cereal Milk soft serve. When I tasted the Cereal Milk soft serve, I was instantly taken back to being five years old, sitting at the breakfast table, eating a bowl of cereal, watching cartoons on the weekend. The Crack Pie was also really good but a little too rich for me. The cookies were also both hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Before we left New York City, we stopped at Milkbar one last time and I got some cookies and Birthday Cake Truffles to bring back to Florida.

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The original Milkbar Cereal Milk soft serve with cereal. Right, my mom and I eating Cereal Milk soft serve.

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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is also a must if you’re in New York City. They are most well known for their cupcakes and banana pudding. When I was there we got an order of banana pudding, two cupcakes, and a Blueberry Jamboree Icebox Dessert. The banana pudding was the best banana pudding I have ever had and I live in the South so that’s saying something. It wasn’t heavy like the traditional banana pudding that I’ve had, it almost seemed like it was a combination of pudding and whipped cream because it was on the lighter side. The cupcake was also really good but, if you’re going to get one thing here, get the banana pudding.

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I was so excited to try Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding that I put too much in my mouth.

Levain Bakery

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go to Levain Bakery while I was in New York City but a co-worker who was in New York City the week after me brought me back some cookies from the bakery so I got to try some. Let me tell you I am so sad that I wasn’t able to try them while I was in New York City, fresh out of the oven. Even though they were a day old, they were still incredibly delicious and I honestly can’t imagine how they must have tasted fresh out of the oven. The cookies were nice and hard on the outside yet, soft and doughy on the inside. Needless to say, they are 100% worth $4 and worth the wait.

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June 2018 Wallpapers

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Since it is June that means it’s officially summer, right? As an adult, summer really isn’t as fun as it used to be since there is no such thing as summer break anymore. Thankfully for most of the summer, I will be at home, not traveling. I have spent half of the last two months traveling and as I am writing this, I am currently in San Diego, CA. I am working on some blog posts from my travels, including a post about my favorite sweet spots to hit while you’re in New York City so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, enjoy this month’s wallpapers!

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My Bone Broth Diet Experience

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So after I gained five pounds during the holidays from all the cookies and cheese, I knew I needed to reset my body and get back on track with eating healthy. I already tried the 21 Day Fix and Whole30 so I wanted to try something different. I heard about the Bone Broth Diet through someone at work and decided to give it a try. Not to mention, I was already drinking bone broth with my breakfast. Here are some things that I liked and didn’t like while I was on the Bone Broth Diet. If you would like to read my daily diaries on the diet, I grouped them by Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.

About The Bone Broth Diet

The two main rules you follow on the Bone Broth Diet are that you must eat Paleo 5 days a week and you must consume nothing but bone broth two days a week. If you want to learn more about the Bone Broth Diet, visit Dr. KellyAnn’s website and also Kettle & Fire’s 21 Day Bone Broth Plan. Both of those sites were great resources when it came to learning more about the diet and its benefits.

I also want to clarify that I made my own bone broth from scratch once during the entire diet. It’s not that it was hard or time-consuming, I just enjoyed the taste of Sprout’s organic bone broth better. Not to mention, it’s much harder than you would think to find chicken feet. Who would have thought? The recipe I used to make bone broth was from a coworker but this one from Wellness Mama is very similar

What I liked…

One of the things I loved about the Bone Broth Diet was the large amounts of collagen I was consuming. Prior to the Bone Broth Diet, I had been adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to my smoothies and acai bowls because of all the great benefits collagen offers. Collagen helps promote skin elasticity, stronger nails and hair, supports joint health, and so much more. By drinking several cups of bone broth a day, the amounts of collagen I was consuming was at an all-time high and I could definitely see a difference. My nails were stronger, my joints weren’t hurting anymore, and my stomach wasn’t feeling bloated.

Another thing I loved about the Bone Broth Diet was that it didn’t really involve measuring portions and I didn’t have to count any calories. I have tried Weight Watchers, 21 Day Fix, My Fitness Pal, and none of them worked for me because I had to either measure what I was eating or count calories. Dieting is bad enough because you are restricting yourself from certain foods, add in counting calories and it’s ten times worse. Don’t get me wrong, I know I shouldn’t eat fifteen bananas in one sitting but as long as it is on the approved foods list and I wasn’t fasting, I could eat as much as I wanted.

What I didn’t like…

One thing that I found very annoying on the Bone Broth Diet was that it involved quite a bit of planning when it came to my exercise schedule and fasting days. I had been going to the gym several times a week before I started the diet and I wanted to continue going but, since I was fasting some days of the week, I had to map out which days I could go to the gym and which days I couldn’t because I was fasting.

Another thing I found annoying while on the Bone Broth Diet was the lack of variety when it comes to bone broth. At my local grocery store, Publix, they sell one kind of bone broth and at Sprout’s they sell several brands of bone broth but they are all either chicken or beef flavored. As I said earlier, I only made bone broth once while on the diet and while I could have made my own different flavored bone broth, I am not sure how easy it would be to find some deer or bison bones. I am sure over time there will be more flavors available but switching between beef bone broth and chicken bone broth got real old, real quick.

Would I ever do it again?

So now you might be asking me, would you ever do the Bone Broth Diet again? Probably not. Throughout the course of the nearly three weeks, I only lost 5 pounds. I lost that in the first two weeks of the Whole30! It was discouraging to only have lost 5 pounds and also frustrating to have to plan out which days I can work out because of the fasting. While I might not ever do the Bone Broth Diet again, I will continue to drink bone broth with my breakfast.

I’m currently working on a blog post that compares my experiences with the Bone Broth Diet, Whole30, and 21 Day Fix so stay tuned for that!

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May 2018 Wallpapers

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I have been doing some thinking and need your opinion! I currently create my wallpaper post usually on the last day of the month so when it’s the first of the new month, new wallpapers are up. What I have come to find is that some websites don’t publish their wallpapers until the first or after the first of the month, which means that I missing lots of great wallpapers on my monthly post! Sometimes I remember to add new wallpapers after I publish but let’s be honest, life gets in the way so I forget to do this most of the time. With that being said, would you all prefer me to wait until there are more wallpapers (most likely I would post on the third of the month) or keep posting on the first of the month?

Also, if you haven’t found the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, check out my DIY Mug. Not only is it affordable but it’s super easy to make! I’m in New York City so if you have any recommendations or must do’s for the city, comment them below! Don’t forget to follow my travels on Instagram!

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April 2018 Wallpapers

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Happy Easter! This year I decided to make some cute Easter treats for work and for Easter brunch, check them out on my Instagram, @blazersandbluejeans! They were super easy to make and were a huge hit! I also tried the Bone Broth Diet recently, feel free to read about that experience here. I am currently working on an overview of the Bone Broth Diet, as well as a comparison of The Whole30, Bone Broth Diet, and 21 Day Fix, so stay tuned!

I will be traveling to St. Louis, Missouri at the end of the month and also hopefully to New York in May so if there are any must dos or eats in those places, please comment below!! I hope you all have an awesome April!

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Bone Broth Diet Week 3 Recap

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Thankfully my last week on the Bone Broth diet. Read about my first week here and second week here. I ended the diet two days early because I had plans for something months before deciding I wanted to do it but 19 days is still a pretty good accomplishment! I’ll be doing a diet overview next week so stay tuned! If you want to skip to my Bone Broth Diet overview, click here!

Day 15
So I was really nervous to go to the gym because I haven’t been in a long time and with this new diet I wasn’t sure if I would be really tired from just lifting weights or if I was just going to be a week little bitch since I haven’t gone in a long time. To my surprise, I kicked ass and when I was done lifting weights I thought to myself ‘I still feel like I have a little bit of energy‘ so I ran a mile on the treadmill on top of lifting weights and I feel really good. I ate a pretty big dinner and I’m going to fast tomorrow. Hopefully, I won’t be too hungry throughout the day because I’m usually starving on the day after I work out. Fingers crossed I can make it to dinner.

Day 16
So not only was I not eating today but one of my co-workers brought me a red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese frosting at work today. I was stuck staring at it all day and I also wasn’t eating so that sucked. Not to mention I LOVE RED VELVET. I did manage to put a slice in the freezer so I can eat it next week, clearly, this diet has taught me nothing. My body felt fine since I worked out yesterday, I’m a little sore but hunger wise I’m not like super famished which was good and I made it to dinner time 24 hours and 3 minutes to be exact. *pats self on back*

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Day 17
Of course, two days before I end the Bone Broth Diet, I feel totally content being on this diet and I have just accepted my misery. I felt this same way when I was doing the Whole30 and I think its just because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think also because I have only one more day of fasting left before I can pig out and have alcohol. Again, clearly haven’t learned anything since being on this diet.

Day 18
Today was my last diet day and it was awesome. I added some pineapple to my typical berry breakfast (so exciting I know) and I went to a tasty restaurant for lunch. Usually going out to eat on any diet sucks because like all you can have is salad BUT there is a restaurant in Tampa/St.Pete called Fresh Kitchen and all they make is healthy food, not to mention they sell Paleo cookies. OMG YUM. The last meal I ate today was dinner and after tomorrow’s fast, I am going to a Mediterranean restaurant to PIG out!

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Day 19
Today was my last day on the Bone Broth diet. I had to end it two days early because Gasparilla is this weekend and I have had these plans for months. But I fasted all day and didn’t eat until we were at Carmel Kitchen eating dinner. I surprisingly wasn’t that hungry and just ate some chicken, vegetables, and hummus fries BUT I did have a martini and omg it was like the best thing I have ever tasted. I am proud of myself for lasting almost three weeks on this diet and most of all for surviving several fasts!

Check out my Bone Broth Diet overview here!

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Bone Broth Diet Week 2 Recap

 

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Here is my Bone Broth Diet Week 2 Recap! If you want to catch up and see how my first week went, check that out here! Or if you want to skip to my Bone Broth Diet overview, click here!

Day 8
So I’m a third of the way done and I’m feeling really good. I’m not as tired and groggy and I think I’m 100% over the carb flu. My skin’s not breaking out as much, I’m not as foggy headed and I don’t have a headache. Tomorrow I’ll be fasting and I’m a little nervous about that considering my first fast took me almost an entire day to get back to normal. But I’m going to listen to my body and if I feel like I need to eat something I’m going to.

Day 9
Today was a fasting day and even though it was easier than my first fast, it was definitely not easy. There was a peanut butter chocolate cake and mini fruit tarts at work today and not only could I not those treats but, I also couldn’t eat period. I seriously could not get the peanut butter scent out of my nose and my god I love peanut butter. So this time instead of going to bed starving like I did my first fast, I decided I would eat something after 24 hours. I ate dinner around 7:30 at around the 25 hour mark. It wasn’t a very big meal, just some chicken, sweet potatoes and a banana. My stomach feels really full and I think I’ll feel much better tomorrow than I did the day after my first fast.

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Day 10
I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather or this diet but I have not been sleeping well for the last week. I’m not really tired during the day but I keep waking up throughout the night which is making me grumpy when I wake up and then I get even more grumpy when I realize I can’t have a donut. But tomorrow instead of fasting from dinner to dinner I’m going to try lunch to lunch and see if that’s easier.

Day 11
Alright so maybe lunch to lunch wasn’t the best idea. I’m about to go to sleep and I already had a cup of bone broth and I’m still kind of hungry and I can’t eat anything. The last time I went to bed this hungry I had a hard time falling asleep because all I could think about was food and I have a feeling the same thing is going to happen to me tonight. On the brightside, I had a really good lunch at this place called Fresh kitchen. If you live in the Tampa or st. Pete area check it out!

Day 12
Unfortunately, I was right and it took me forever to fall asleep last night because I was hungry and I kept waking up throughout the night. You can only imagine how great of a mood I was in this morning when I realized I couldn’t eat anything. Oh and did I mention someone brought in donuts and bagels to the office? Thank god for Butterscotch Blondie tea, same as the real thing right? After I had some bone broth, I wasn’t as hungry anymore. I didn’t make it to the 24-hour mark, it was more like 23 and a half when I ate lunch. After I got some food in my system I felt better and I think I’m back to normal now, just really tired since I haven’t been getting good sleep.

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Day 13
I didn’t work out today but I did organize my pantry and threw away expired food and food that I shouldn’t be eating…with the exception of pasta because everyone loves pasta. I also went to Target and found some cinnamon bun Larabars, my new jam! If you haven’t already tried them, please do!! It seems like trips to Target aren’t as much fun when you can’t peruse down the food isles looking at new stuff but I did manage to pick up a box of Kodiak Cakes pancake mix, to try post Bone Broth diet obviously.

bone broth diet review 3Of course, I immediately opened the box once I got in the car.

Day 14
We are at the 2-week mark, thank God. I had a headache most of the day and I wanted to go on a bike ride but I just felt so tired and my head hurt so I tried to take a nap instead and that didn’t work out. Went to sleep early tonight and I’m going to go to the gym tomorrow ( my first time since starting this diet.) I’ve done cardio on this diet but I haven’t lifted weights, actually I haven’t lifted weights all year so this should be interesting. After I eat dinner I’m going to fast and hopefully the next day I’ll be okay.

Read about my last week on the Bone Broth Diet here!

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