(Photo by: J. Lisa)
Located in a New York City’s Midtown West neighborhood ( on 33rd and 7th Avenue) is the latest trendy eating establishment, “Pennsy” which pays homage to meatpacking’s renown “Chelsea Market” but includes offerings from some of the city’s most upscale eateries such as The Cinnamon Snail, The Little Beet, Lobster Press, Pat LaFrieda, La Colombe, Mario by Mary (by Mary Giuliani & Mario Batali.)
Pennsy, which opened early last month, offers a varied palette of gourmet fast casual options coupled with a chic atmosphere, and plenty of indoor open seating ( 8,000 square feet worth!)
( Photo: instagram @Thepennsy)
The Cinnamon Snail, the vegan hot spot which has a loyal, cult-like following was previously a food truck and it’s newest location at the Pennsy signifies it’s first foray into having a brick and mortar location. The veggie focused, gluten free destination, The Little Beet also serves up a diverse menu chock full of clean eating options such as the beet and quinoa bowl, and the lentil, quinoa, chickpea beet box.
Mario by Mary takes a gourmet spin at classic soup and sandwich combinations, while Pat LaFrieda offers hot toasted sandwiches, roasted vegetable sides and side salads. The Lobster Press redefines the traditional lobster sandwich by transforming it into a warm, freshly pressed panini. There’s even a counter serving La Colombe coffee and lattes!
( Photo: instagram @Thepennsy)
Pennsy signifies a change in the area surrounding Penn Station that is known for it’s sparse to nonexistent healthy eating options. This new delicious destination has already proven to be largely popular (with long lines to prove it), so if you haven’t already checked it out, try and come before the lunchtime rush!
New York already has its fair share of juice stores, but with the recent close of NY founded juice company, Organic Avenue, many are left wondering if the “juice fad” is coming to an end.
After recently returning from a trip to LA, I noticed that , despite Organic Avenue shuttering all of its stores, NY is actually still flooded with a wide variety of juice store chains. Some of which include: Juice Generation, Juice Press and Liquiteria. I was relieved that there were some new awesome juice bars in LA they didn’t have in NY such as Kimberly Snyder’s Glow Bio and my personal favorite, Pressed Juicery.
On my first day in LA, I fell in love with this renowned west coast juice chain.
The vibe inside the small Downtown LA location was cheerful and welcoming and I loved how they doled out samples per the customer’s request (compared to traditionally where it’s a self serve try it out kind of situation.)
They were having a seasonal sale, offering 4 juices for $20 (i know, insane!) so it gave me room to try a ton of new flavors. I tried the roots 2, greens 2, lavender charcoal lemonade, coconut cinnamon, and greens 1.5.
The vast array of unique flavors made me an instant fan, and I vowed to move to the west coast solely for the purpose of being closer to this juice chain..(not joking)
So imagine my delight when, before my boxing class at Overthrow ,I spotted a Pressed Juicery in Nolita! The store, which opened this past Monday is manhattan’s first and only location. They also offer a customer reward’s program which is awesome because it allows customer’s to accumulate points with each purchase and each point earned goes towards future discounts.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Pressed Juicery’s latest digs in Nolita! Cheers!
For the latest Juicy Monday post, we checked out the Butcher’s Daughter outpost, The Butcher’s Daughter Market, located next store to the original restaurant in Manhattan’s chic Nolita neighborhood. While I’m always a fan of the Butcher’s Daughter cafe, the market is a great spot to grab a healthy smoothie, fresh pressed juice, homemade nut mylks or healthy baked treat.
I tried a #4 Green Juice ( on their “simple juices” menu) which was made of cucumber, kale, and green apple. I loved how they switched to eco-friendly packaging ( cute cardboard juice carton) since I had been there last. They also offer red, orange and yellow juices for grab and go at the market; while the cafe features more elaborate “heritage” juices such as the “waterflower” juice that features cactus pear, lavender flower, watermelon, fennel, honeydew and lime. My favorite at the cafe though is the goddess of green, if you go definitely give it a try. The #4 Green Juice I ordered was refreshing and definitely hit the spot, plus not having to wait for a table during brunch hour was a huge plus.
Happy Healthy Monday & Cheers to a New Week!
As a former runner in high school, and as a child of 2 runners, I really should be more into running; but I’m not.
Although running is a great stress reliever and seems sexy, the truth is every time I run, I unfortunately, don’t get a good overall feeling ( the way everyone else does) instead, I feel like my body is breaking down and my breathing is out of my control. I always wished this wasn’t the case because I’m naturally a really active person and I’ve always been in love with the idea of running because what’s more beautiful than a run in the great outdoors breathing in fresh air?
Too bad that never worked out for me. In fact, my running career ended when I had to give up my spot on the track team in High School ( long story but I have a condition that when my body is under stress causes fainting.)
(Source: Instagram @TheRunStudio)
Until now. I left all that behind me the moment I stepped through the doors at “The Run“, an indoor run club located in Manhattan’s Flatiron district that was founded by former Olympic Runner and running coach, John Henwood. I’ve been looking for a way to learn how to run “the right way” and enjoy it without feeling bad in the process. As soon as I heard it was started by an Olympian AND a running coach I booked my first class!
(Source: @TheRunStudio )
Even though I don’t consider myself a runner, I could really feel a supportive atmosphere at this studio. My running instructor Karlyle, was super encouraging and helped me get situated on the treadmill. I also felt so much more comfortable when she said earlier on, she experienced a similar body response that I got in my high school running days. I ended up taking the Endurance class, a 55 minute running class, geared towards experienced runners and people getting ready for 5k, 10k and marathons. I’m not going to lie, it was challenging considering I generally take the shorter classes at running studios and also don’t run on a regular basis, but I made it through ( and felt like so proud of myself afterwards.)
I’ve been to a lot of workout studios and gyms and these treadmills are by the far the COOLEST I’ve ever used. (I’m going back just to run on them again..) Why are they so cool? Because during the class, the treadmills are customized to your individual running pace, the stats are saved and during the intervals, the treadmill automatically switches speeds for you! (so there’s no need to frantically hit the up arrow a million times while trying to hold a pace.) There’s also an tablet interface affixed to each treadmill that displays your stats, pace and helps you make it your best run ever. There’s even a tiny fan to help cool you down!
The amenities are on point too; there’s showers, towels and really nice shampoo and conditioner so it’s a great class to start off your day or after work/ before dinner.
THE VERDICT: If you like running (or even if you don’t) and want to perfect your run, definitely go! Seriously, go! You’ll be glad you did.
As I was putting together this list for my friend Katy ( Flo Dron), visiting from London, I figured it would be worth sharing. It’s a growing problem among my vegan friends who come to NYC and aren’t sure where to eat; but the truth is, whether it’s finding a vegan friendly grocery store or a restaurant, New York has so much to offer. Here are a few of my favorites:
By Chef Chloe (west village)
Caravan of dreams
Integral yoga natural foods
Little Choc apothecary (vegan crepes)
Being in Central Park earlier this week for the Lole White Tour reminded me of why I love yoga so much. Although I’ve been practicing Bikram (hot) yoga for 7 years, I also have been practicing Vinyasa/ Flow yoga for 3 years and find joy in both practices. Practicing yoga in a studio is an amazing experience but practicing with 10,000 other yogis in the park for the Lole White Tour is something I’ll never forget. It literally looked like a music festival ( well actually, Ingrid Michaelson was performing), only everyone had yoga mats and was dressed in white.
So now that you know how much I liked yoga, let’s get back to the point of this post.. I found out that my friend, Caitlin is completing her training to become a yoga instructor ( literally a life dream of mine!) I took a moment with her to ask her what inspires her to practice yoga, her healthy post yoga lunch fix and her favorite yoga poses. Check it out below!
source: (instagram @caitlinkingkong)
What made you decide to become a yoga instructor
Over the past five months I’ve found myself helping a people, both friends and acquaintances, find calamity and stress release though meditation. Helping others find a means of release and inner peace began to make me happy, so I gladly helped those whom in need who happened to come in contact with me. I study more traditional yoga, where the flow focus is on grounding the body for meditation and thought I’d be great to deepen the process.
What kind of yoga do you practice in the city and where?
I’m a fan of vinyasa and hatha flow. I try out new places all the time, both for free in the parks and in various studios, but I love sonic yoga. There’s a good vibe to the place.
Do you find yoga helps with posing for shoots?
Yes! I actually started yoga about three years ago after my agent said I needed to fix my posture. It helps with posture and feeling more in touch with your body. Mentally, it helps as well.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
Other than savasana… I love downward dog. It’s detoxifying comfortable and doing a full body stretch with gravity as your weight.
What’s your go-to post yoga lunch? I always get a vegetable smoothie with nut milk so it’s thick and creamy but full of nutrients and water
Have you ever been on a yoga retreat? If not, where would you go?
I have not but I plan to! Im looking to do one in Costa Rica on the beach, perhaps for my 500 hour certification.
Caitlin King is a model and soon-to- be certified yoga instructor. Follow her yoga vibes on instagram @Caitlinkingkong.
xx Sculpt and Shine
This week’s spotlight is cast on Overthrow Boxing, a trendy new boxing studio in New York City’s Soho neighborhood that’s quickly taking the fitness world by storm.
Overthrow, which opened in May features 45 minute boxing “burn out” classes that combine ring work and or bag work, cardio, intervals and an intimate class setting.
(credit: Overthrow Boxing)
The studio in itself is very unique from other boxing studios I’ve been to. This is largely due to the fact that the building that houses it (#9 Bleecker St.) has a colorful history, having been the headquarters of a counter-culture newspaper, Overthrow as well as home to the Yipee movement ( aka extremist hippie movement.)
When I heard the studio was claiming to be the “Soul Cycle of boxing”, I knew I had to find out for myself what the deal was. I’m so glad I did! Overthrow turned out to be my new favorite place to box in the city. I’m not saying that because of the epic rock n’ roll vibe atmosphere and vibes that the studio gives off ( I mean, they’re definitely a plus..) but I also was surprised to get individualized attention when it came to my boxing stance and punches.
Because of this class, I now actually know how to tie my wraps, the proper boxing footwork and also how to accurately throw a cross jab, things I feel are often neglected in larger class settings at other boxing studios I’ve frequented. Needless to say, awesome instruction and a ‘sure to sweat your ass off’ class definitely convinced me to come back for more. It also helps knowing I’m part of the cool crowd that comes along with the regulars at Overthrow.
Verdict: Best boxing class I’ve taken in the city ( and Brooklyn) thus far. They really take the time to help with minor corrections and proper form.
For this week’s vegan food share, I tried out the West Village’s latest vegan hotspot, By Chef Chloe. By Chef Chloe is a new vegan, plant based eatery that was started by award winning vegan chef and winner of Cupcake Wars, Chloe Coscarelli.
The Bleecker Street restaurant which is just over a week old is an airy, ethereal space that features eclectic decor, suspended hanging chairs and succulent plants. The staff was super friendly and gave the place great vibes.
The menu featured made to order smoothies, salads, soups, burgers and sandwiches. There was also a grab and go section with kelp noodles, salads, fresh pressed juices, chia pudding, kombucha, and coconut water.
With a large selection of bakery items, (and since Chloe is most well known for her killer baking skills), I had to try one of her cookies. I also ordered the Green Smoothie of the day that was made out of pineapple, kale, mango and banana and almond milk ( soo good!)
The place was packed and for good reason! It was definitely some of the best vegan food I’ve tried in the city. On my way out I also bumped into Chef Chloe herself and got a chance to talk to her! She’s hand down the nicest chef I’ve ever met and can make some mean vegan food. I definitely have to come back to By Chef Chloe to check out their burgers and brunch menu.
Verdict: Definitely try this place! ( Perfect for your next lunch date)