All Over the City

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I have a new appreciation for New York City (in the past, I’ve been scared by the city, especially when traveling alone).  My mom and I were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day and saw so many great sites.


We started off with breakfast at a little cafe called Friend of a Farmer (Tina, Ashley, and Theodora joined us, too).


Tina and I split a fruit plate, and I got the Farmer’s open-face cheese, tomato, and basil sandwich… it was salty and cheesy and amazing.


Afterwards, the local gals helped my mom and I plot an agenda for the day (I killed the battery on my iPhone using the map function today – that goodness for technology or we’d be lost in the Bronx right now, I’m sure).


First up: we stopped by the Race Expo so I could pick up my bib.  It seemed like a great expo, but we didn’t want to stay for long because we had more sights to see!  We did spot Gabriela at the expo – we’ll be walking the race tomorrow together since she’s injured, too.


W is for walkers!  Holla.


Next stop:  taking MomHTP’s first New York cab ride to Southside Seaport to get deeply discounted theatre tickets for a Broadway show on Sunday (local tip:  the TKTS booth is also in Times Square but the line is 4 times longer – definitely worth the cab or subway ride)!  We got tickets for 50%!


We held Lady Liberty in our hands…


And then we saw some giant bull testicles (the line for the front was too long)…


We braved the Subway to head back Uptown, and we didn’t get lost!


In fact, I landed us right in the middle of Times Square!  And I was brave enough to hand my camera to a stranger (I never do this for fear of them dropping it and/or darting away).


Side note: How fierce is MomHTP’s coat?!


Thanks to the always awesome Yelp! app on the iPhone, I found a fast vegetarian restaurant that served yummy falafels on whole wheat pitas for lunch:


Once our tummies were full, we headed up the Empire State Building.  Thankfully, the line wasn’t horrendous and we were up and down in an hour and a half.  It was worth the wait, too!


Do you ever wonder how the island supports all those big buildings?  I do! 


Did you know Shanghai sinks 2 – 4 centimeters a year in some places because of all the skyscrapers?  I think NYC is solid rock underneath so this isn’t an issue.




By this time, my feet were hurting (or “My dogs were barking,” as my Southern mommy would say).  So we decided to head back to the hotel, where we met back up with Tina and had dinner.


Lighting in the restaurant was horrible (the cooler a restaurant is, the crappier the lighting for photographs), but I ordered a beets and goat cheese salad, and we all shared roasted veggies and potatoes, too.  For dessert, I had a mini cone with salted caramel ice cream. It was the perfect dinner!


Well, my gear is all laid out, and I’m ready to walk my little heart out tomorrow.


Stay tuned for my first half marathon walking experience – it will definitely be interesting.  🙂



  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write April 2, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Awww good luck walking! Enjoy it for what it is girly!

    Love MomHTPs coat. She’s a fashionista!

  • Jen April 2, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Love the pic of your mom with the Statue of Liberty in her hand! Too cute. NYC looks incredible. My BFF lives there but I haven’t had a chance to get down to visit her yet…your pics make me think I need to recheck my calendar and plan a trip! Have fun! Good luck tomorrow!

  • eatmovelove April 2, 2011, 9:38 pm

    GOOD LUCK! I think it’ll be a lovely day – walking seems far less pressura-ble…I know that’s not a word.

    I also want to now go to NYC. With my mom.


  • Kelly April 2, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Really excited to hear how your walking experience goes tomorrow. NYC looks awesome!

  • Shari April 2, 2011, 9:52 pm

    It looks like you had a wonderful day. The Times Square picture of you and your mom is great! Whenever I’m there with my family, we always make it a point to take a group photo, too.

    Enjoy the walk – and the Broadway show – tomorrow!

  • Ash Bear April 2, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Good luck tomorrow lovely lady! If I was in town I’d totally rogue walk with you!! Have so much fun and embrace it! I’m so blessed I was able to see you today. Maybe we’ll have a “healthy drink up” in Charlotte this August 😉 Hot yoga, long run, cooking, and drinking? 🙂

  • Abby April 2, 2011, 9:57 pm

    What a great trip so far! I love falafels! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about how walking the half marathon goes! Good luck!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 2, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Good luck Caitlin!! It looks like you guys had a great day and I’m sure tomorrow will be a fabulous experience too. Have fun! 🙂

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day April 2, 2011, 10:01 pm

    HTPMom is beautiful! I love the pic of you both in Times Square! I just commented to my Future Husband that we need to go back to NYC ASAP. I love that place!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 2, 2011, 10:01 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!!! Sounds like you guys had an awesome day! I absolutely LOVE that photo of you and your mom in Times Square!

  • Sana April 2, 2011, 10:03 pm

    I can’t wait for you to tweet along the way!!!!

  • Meredith April 2, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I cannot wait to hear all about walking the half! You will make my laugh if you tweet during the race-ha!

  • Mrs. Muffins April 2, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Have a great WALK tomorrow! I know you’ll make the best of it 🙂

  • chelsea April 2, 2011, 10:12 pm

    MamaHTP’s jacket is awesome!! I had falafels today too….so yummy! Have fun tomorrow!

  • Megan April 2, 2011, 10:15 pm

    Once when my husband and I were in Disney World, a woman offered to take our picture and promptly dropped the camera breaking it. She then quickly ran off without even an apology. We haven’t given our camera to stranger since then!

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 2, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Touching that bull is good luck I’ve heard nyers say!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 2, 2011, 10:27 pm

    What an awesome day! I’m exactly the same way… I get nervous exploring a brand new city on my own, but as long as I’m prepared I end up enjoying it!

    YAY – W for Walkers!!! Good luck tomorrow!

  • M April 2, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Your mum is such a funky dresser-
    love her hat, coat and footwear.

    She looks like she LIVES in NY!! 🙂

  • Christine April 2, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I have just a regular point and shoot, but I always make sure to hand the camera to an old person, a lady with kids, or a ten year old- all people that I could catch if they tried to bolt with it 🙂

    Good luck!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 2, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Maybe when shanghai sinks, it push NYC up? You know, cause if you dig straight through you’ll reach China…..okay bad joke. Your day looks wonderful, and I love MomHTP’s coat!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal April 2, 2011, 10:41 pm

    What awesome shots of the city!!
    Looking forward to reading your recap from a walkers POV 🙂
    Glad your ma felt better today.

  • beckyanne April 2, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Aw man! Friend of a farmer is on my block! I could have come by to say hi! Good luck tomorrow 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 2, 2011, 10:47 pm

    Have a great time tomorrow!

    Your mom is adorable. And I love her coat!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 2, 2011, 11:01 pm

    W is for walkers! Holla. = CUTE!!!

    I know you and Gabriela will have tons to chat about for 13 miles and the time will fly by.

    I saw part of the meal on Tina’s blog and yes, the swankier the restaurant, the more horrid the lighting for pics. Agreed!

  • Michelle April 2, 2011, 11:20 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I’m glad you have some walking company! What Broadway show are you seeing?

    Also, your mom is adorable and totally hip!!

  • hippierunner April 2, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Looks like you ate at Maoz Vegetarian? There’s one of those in Berkeley and I love eating there because there is unlimited access to the pita fillings bar so I always end up refilling and eating like a pound of broccoli! Have fun tomorrow!!

    • Vicky @ eat live spin April 3, 2011, 8:32 am

      I agree… that looks like Maoz! I always fill up on the beets!

  • Nicole April 2, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Good luck tomorrow. Love your pics of NYC–they have turned out really good! Ps: I miss your face.

  • JenRD April 2, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Glad you are enjoying NYC with your mom! Good luck tomorrow! Hop Stop is a great app for getting around the city.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 2, 2011, 11:42 pm

    i never heard that about shanghai sinking…that is crazy!

  • Vicky @ eat live spin April 2, 2011, 11:44 pm

    I was at Friend of a Farmer today too! Then I grabbed a juice at One Lucky Duck which is around the corner!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 3, 2011, 12:02 am

    i was thinking the same thing about mom’s coat! she’s a hottie

  • Dee April 3, 2011, 12:06 am

    Wow! What a busy day you had! It sounded like so much fun though. 🙂

    Good luck tomorrow at the race! I can’t wait to read your walking recap!

  • Kacy April 3, 2011, 12:10 am

    Have fun tomorrow!!

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy April 3, 2011, 12:10 am

    Good luck! You’ll be fantastic!! 🙂

  • Shauna April 3, 2011, 12:10 am

    I look forward to your post tomorrow!

    Your mother is so pretty!

    This sentence serves no other purpose but to introduce some punctuational variety so I don’t sound perpetually excited.

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 3, 2011, 12:25 am

    What a wonderful mother-daughter day on the town! 🙂 Good luck tomorrow, it will be great to slow down and see all of the sights in the big city!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 3, 2011, 1:44 am

    Can’t wait to hear how it goes! 🙂

  • Little Bookworm April 3, 2011, 5:37 am

    Good luck walking! 🙂

  • Samantha April 3, 2011, 5:49 am
  • Caitlyn (The Spoonful of Life) April 3, 2011, 7:32 am

    Your mom looks like she’s lived in New York all her life! A very classy lady 🙂

    Good luck and have fun at race tomorrow! Woot Woot to Walkers!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 3, 2011, 7:36 am

    Oh Caitlin, what an experience you had today with your mom! I’m so glad you had a great time and got to show your mom around NY. Good luck today and I can’t wait to hear about the walk.

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty April 3, 2011, 8:00 am

    Walking ROCKS! Why stop moving just because you can’t run? Enjoy your day and the race.

  • natalie @ April 3, 2011, 8:22 am

    good luck…i know you will be great. i think its wonderful that you are still doing the race although you cant run

  • Kris April 3, 2011, 8:34 am

    What a great day in NYC. You and your mom are gorg! Good luck today.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 3, 2011, 8:36 am

    I totally laughed out loud at your bull testicles comment! Looks like you and your mom had an awesome day.

    Good luck in the race today! 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 3, 2011, 8:42 am

    You gys were all over the city today! Looks like you had a great time. GOod luck with the race today!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 3, 2011, 8:52 am

    Looks like you guys are having fun. And your mom doesn’t look scared at all. LOVE the picture by the bull’s butt. Christmas card material.

  • Zo April 3, 2011, 9:07 am

    Have a great day…the weather does seem to have taken a turn for the nice (not just non-crappy, but nice!).
    I was actually thinking, wow, “I love her mom’s coat” and then read your caption about its fierceness!

  • Jamie AKA "Sometimes Healthy Girl" April 3, 2011, 9:42 am

    Enjoy the race! I run in Central Park every day and I feel so so lucky to get to see the beautiful scenery whenever I want. Soak it in and take some pics! Good luck!!

  • Katie B | perkytoafault April 3, 2011, 9:54 am

    I’m glad you had fun in our fair city! … although now I’m going to worry about the city sinking.

  • Andrea ( April 3, 2011, 10:21 am

    Hope the walking went well this morning 🙂 Looks like NYC is treating you well!

  • Amber K April 3, 2011, 11:23 am

    I hope you have a fabulous time walking! While it’ll be different, I hope it’s fun!

  • Tabitha April 3, 2011, 11:55 am

    No shame in walking. I walked my first 1/2 marathon last Sunday and loved loved loved it!!! We did 15 minute miles which I am proud of. I encouraged 3 others to do it and it was a wonderful experience. If we weren’t moving temporarily to Croatia in June for six months I would have signed up for another 1/2 in May. Just think of all the cool things you can check out when you walk. I love NYC!

  • Mike April 3, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Hi Cailin, I came across your blog and am loving it so far!! Good luck with your walking 1/2! You are an inspiration as I am in a rut right now and need to get out and start running again. Any pointers? Thanks and I look forward to following your adventures.

  • Nicole April 3, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Wow, you guys covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time!

  • Natalie M. April 3, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Welcome to the Big Apple Caitlin! I wish you had more time to venture into Brooklyn… walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is awesome. Best wishes on your marathon…. I did the MORE back in 2008. I’ve been away for quite awhile but I’m hoping to catch up and see what life has been like for you since I last tuned in.

  • Amy April 3, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Caitlin! Your mom is fierce.

    You’re probably done with your half now! Can’t wait to hear how it went.

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 3, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Woah, HTP Mom is totally dominating NYC with her fierce fashion style 🙂

  • Ashley @ the fit academic April 3, 2011, 1:27 pm

    awww, sounds like you’re having such a good time! I’m glad that you’re able to keep your spirits up with the injury and all! PS: Your mom is too adorable! Love the jacket!

  • Niki (Running In Pink) April 3, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Your mother is adorable!!

  • Janene @ One Run at a Time April 3, 2011, 2:19 pm

    You & your Mama are SOOOOO adorable! It’s so nice that you got this girls weekend together! 🙂

  • Presley April 3, 2011, 5:21 pm

    I agree with the others… your mom is too cute!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run April 3, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Great pics! Looks like you had a great time. You and your mom were right in my ‘hood when you came downtown. I live only a few blocks from South Street Seaport. It’s great down here! Next time try going to Top of The Rock in Rockefeller Center – you get great views of the Empire State Building!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales April 3, 2011, 8:38 pm

    Your momma is stunning, Caitlin!! Looks like she fits right in there in NYC!! And what great tips about the discounted broadway tickets… what are y’all going to see?!?

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 3, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I’ve also heard “my pups are howling” lol.

    what a fun time in the city. My mom is scared to go to NYC without my Dad so I don’t know if we’d be able to travel there together.

  • kate April 4, 2011, 11:12 am

    hey girl don’t hate on the bronx! lol i go to school here and it’s not THAT bad!! 🙂 🙂 If you’re ever in NYC again you should actually hit up the botanical gardens in the bronx…there are BEAUTIFUL plus, if you wear running clothes, you get in for free and can get a great run in! anyways, glad to see you enjoyed the city this time!!

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