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Happy Friday! It has been one heck of whirlwind week – NYC has been warm, cold, sunny and snowy. There has been doughnuts, basketball, half-marathons, macarons and French films. Deviled eggs, shoestring potatoes and cherry blossom coffee. I Heart NY.

Barclays Center Brooklyn Beauty and the Beets

Temple Univeristy Go Owls Barclay Center Beauty and the Beets

One week ago I was at the Barclays Center with my parents in Brooklyn cheering on my Temple Owls in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. It was a real nail biter.

Temple University March Madness Beauty and the Beets

March Madness Temple Univeristy Beauty and the Beets

In the end we lost by two points with a last second basket by Iowa, in overtime. But the game was amazing and the experience was unforgettable.

The Doughnut Project NYC Beauty and the Beets

I also had the best doughnuts in NYC….the famous Everything Doughnut and the Beet Ricotta Doughnut from The Doughnut Project. Surprisingly DELICIOUS. More on these next week.

Avocado Toast Brownstone Pancake Factory Beauty and the Beets

And avocado toast…why is simple food always better at the diner?

The Spotted Pig Deviled Egg Beauty and the Beets

And the best deviled eggs at The Spotted Pig.

The Spotted Pig Shoestring Potatoes

And the mounds of shoestring potatoes, also from The Spotted Pig.

Cherry Blossom Frappuccino Starbucks Beauty and the Beets

Starbucks Cherry Blossom Frappuccino Beauty and the Beets

I had an opportunity to try the Cherry Blossom Frappuccino at Starbucks. Did anyone else get to try one?  I am confused by the cherry part as it was strawberry flavored. It tasted just like strawberry Quik milk.

Flourless Chocolate Cookies Starbucks Beauty and the Beets

But I do love the flourless chocolate cookies, also from Starbucks. This was breakfast one day. And it was Mom approved.

The Paris Theatre Marguerite Beauty and the Beets

I saw a very entertaining French film at The Paris Theatre. I don’t think I have ever seen a foreign film with subtitles in an actual theatre before. The film was called Marguerite and I highly recommend it.

Popcorn at The Paris Theatre NYC Beauty and the Beets

And why does popcorn always taste better at the theatre?

Macarons The Paris Theatre NYC Beauty and the Beets

And only in NYC at a French movie does a theatre serve macarons.

Francois Payard Bakery Macarons Beauty and the Beets

And speaking of macarons, I got to try the famous cookies at the Francois Payard Bakery – oh my. Caramel Sea Salt and Raspberry Lychee were just a few that we tried. Both my Mom and I loved how they were chewy and soft unlike most macarons that are dry and crumbly.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House NYU Beauty and the Beets

NYU Creative Writing House Lillian Vernon Beauty and the Beets

I love the architecture of NYC. I thought this big picture window was really cool at the Lillian Vernon NYU Creative Writing House.

United Airlines NYC Half Marathon 2016 Flat Anna Beauty and the Beets

Of course, the main reason for being in NYC this time around was to run in the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon. When I had left Florida, the temperature on race day was supposed to be a balmy 52° but as the week progressed, the forecast turned really cold….and at one point there was even chatter of 6 inches of snow. I spent quite a lot of time in sporting goods stores looking for warmer gear. Look for a post on the run next week.

United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Finishers Medal 2016 Beauty and the Beets

In the end, I set a major personal record and earned my bling.

United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Gypsy Beauty and the Beets

And  I shared the bling with my family.

Switch problems NYC Subway Beauty and the Beets

However, it took me forever to get home after the race via the NYC transit system. Switch issues, track construction and modified weekend schedules made it a long looooong commute. I could have walked home faster than it took to take the subway. But I just ran 13 miles, walking home was not an option.

Dusting of Snow NYC Beauty and the Beets

On race day, while it was cold, we never got snow. The snow fell the next morning- and it only ended up being a light dusting in the city.

Hot Green Tea Beauty and the Beets

Though that was enough to stay in with a cup of warm tea. But now that the calendar says it is officially spring, can we warm it up a bit?  So thank you New York City, and see you in a few months!!

NYC Coast Guard Beauty and the Beets

So happy Friday guys and I look forward to seeing you over at the Friday Favorites parties with Heather from Life in Leggings, Andrea fromMomfessionals, Narci from Grace and Love Blog, Erika from A Little Bit of Everything, Angela from Happy Fit Mama and Katie from Running 4 Cupcakes.

I Heart NY Beauty and the Beets

Thanks for stopping by and see you next week for more NYC eats and a recap of the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon.

Helen Corbin

Sunday 27th of March 2016

LOVE LOVE LOVE all this :-)


Friday 25th of March 2016

Isn't that crazy how God's made such a variety of weather, especially in spring time? On Monday, we had a 65 degree day. On Tuesday, it snowed about 16 inches. O_O I'm so thankful that He is control of the winds and the waves and the snow and the whole earth. <33


Friday 25th of March 2016

If only he would have warned me a little more so I would not have arrived in NYC with just running shorts!!! Happy Friday!