In the Spotlight: Cindy Lee

What’s your name? Cindy Lee How old are you? 28 Occupation? Microbiologist. Specialty/Interests? Running, football, softball. How long have you been running for? What made you start running? I started running in Middle School when I joined track and field. I was more into softball in High School but with the stresses of college I started to run again. I’ve always enjoyed running because my parents were really athletic when they were young, and they always encouraged my brother and I to be active.  How often do you run? Where’s your favorite route or place to run?  Right now I run about 3-4 times a week to condition myself before I start marathon training, which actually started this week! I like running in parks and along the FDR, but since the weather has either been scorching hot or freezing cold, I’ve been running a lot on the treadmill in my […]

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NY EATS: Souvlaki GR

My experience with Greek food is pretty limited; I’ve only had occasional gyros from street carts. So when I was invited by Kin and our friend who was in town visiting, to try this place out with them – I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect! This was my first time eating authentic Greek food from an actual restaurant, and I was definitely not disappointed. This cute little place in Midtown certainly sets a pretty high standard for future Greek restaurants I visit. 🙂 For starters, we had the Taramosalata salmon roe spread with pita. It’s reallllllly strong in flavor.  Psita tis Oras Poikilia // mixed grilled meat platter combination of lambchops, traditional Greek sausage, chicken, pork, and beef skewers, accompanied by pita and tzatziki (which is a cold yogurt-like sauce usually served with grilled meats) Kolokithokeftedes // zucchini croquettes and tzatziki Hand-Cut Greek Fries sprinkled with feta cheese and seasoned with Greek […]

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Happiest 5K Color Run 2017

I’ve always wanted to do a color run, especially at citifield!  This year the unicorn medal made it more reason to sign up! Then Team YUMFITRUN was formed 🙂 I was pretty disappointed that I had forgotten my sunglasses – but it was all smiles being at citified with these amazing people! After the run, there were stands giving out free things – including free ice cream that was actually made with greek yogurt but tasted like ice cream called YASSO?! I had the coffee chocolate chip stick bar and it was so incredibly good! I also had the black raspberry chip flavor.. just thinking about them, I want one now. I had a blast and I couldn’t have asked for a better group to do my first color run with! #happiest5K

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NY EATS: El Mitote

Phil and I sort of stumbled upon this Mexican restaurant one day when we met up for lunch in the Upper West Side. We initially wanted to get Ella but for whatever reason, it was not open.. so we walked a few blocks and ended up with a happy stomach filled with tacos and burritos. I got the bistec tacos, which were really good. I was a little disappointed at first that it was a single tortilla since I usually like it when there’s double shell. The burst of flavor in each bite made up for it; at first look, the simplicity of just onions and greens almost fooled me into thinking and questioning if I made a bad decision with my order. But the steak was juicy and the lime just made it all the greater. I’d come here again! El Mitote | 208 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023.

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NY EATS: Poketown

Poke is one of my favorites. So I’m glad there’s Poketown in Chinatown located conveniently for me to satisfy my cravings easily after church or before the gym. You can’t see the fish since it’s buried underneath all the other yummy things, but generally it’s chunky and fresh the way it should be! As most poke places, they have options you can choose from or you can create your own. For what they charge, they’re pretty generous with their toppings and mix-ins compared to some other places I’ve visited in NY. I honestly think Poketown has been getting progressively better since they’ve opened; in terms of service, quality of their ingredients and their prices. Yeah, it may be a little pricey for Chinatown but I’m still a fan of this place. They are very friendly every time which is always a plus! I tend to always get a spiralized zucchini […]

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MIAMI EATS: Poké+ Go

BY FAR THE BEST POKÉ I’VE EVER EATEN THUS FAR. Just look at the amount of fish they give you! Literally chunky goodness in each bite. Everything in this bowl was just PERFECTION! Most definitely going back next time I’m in Miami! Poké+ Go | 2451 NE 186th St Suite 4, Miami, FL 33180. 

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MIAMI EATS: Submarine Crab

This was my 2nd time getting Submarine Crab in Miami. I love that my friends take me here because they know my love for seafood! The first time I went, I got the torpedo sauce (which was a little too spicy for me), so the second time I thought I’d play it safe by getting the garlic butter.. or so I thought. I went BIG and got the Combo #2; 1 lb clams, 1 lb shrimp with 1 lb of king crab legs. The seafood was amazing, but my fingers smelled like garlic for days no matter how much soap I used. And yeah unfortunately, my weak stomach could not handle all that garlic. I had no problem eating it – but I felt sick for days afterwards. I would go back again.. just think I’ll be getting butter sauce on the side or something! By the way, their corn […]

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In the Spotlight: Nadia Abbasi

What’s your name?  Nadia Abbasi How old are you?  20 something Occupation? Officially, it’s in philanthropy.. aka trying to use $$$ with the intent to make this world better. Specialty/Interests? Love. Traveling. Learning. Yoga. Meditation. Laughing. Tea. Politics. Womens’ rights. International Development. Entrepreneurship. Scuba Diving… I could go on. For as long as I’ve known you, you’re always a walking ball of positive energy wherever you go! Where does your fullness of life and energy come from? It comes from knowing that life is a mirror and for having a positive self-image. I love myself.. not in the asshole, narcissistic way where I think I am better than everyone.. it’s totally not about being better than anyone else.. it’s more about getting intimate with your own self and owning it. I told myself a long time ago that I deserve to get everything I want from life and I want […]

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In the Spotlight: Vicki Thai

What’s your name? Vicki Thai How old are you? 26 Occupation? Photo Editor for a start up company. Specialty/Interests? Running, but I love HIIT workouts. How long have you been running for? What made you start running? I’ll be running officially for two years in June. My fiancee and brother-in-law are both runners, but I didn’t start running because of them. The most I ever ran was probably 5 miles a couple years ago along the Cross Island and I hated it. Before running, I used to bike for leisure and did a couple bike races but I never really got into it. One day I just showed up to a Nike run in Central Park and have been running with them ever since. Part of me was just bored with the same old routine of going to work and then going home. How often do you run? Where’s your […]

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In the Spotlight: Simon Song

What’s your name?  My name is Shi Wen Song. And when you sound out my name in Cantonese, it sounds like Simon! How old are you? 27 Years Young. Specialty/Interest? (Cycling?) I have a growing passion for the competition, camaraderie and confidence that’s inherent of all sports! When and why did you start cycling? I guess growing up with three other kids in the house taught me a little about the competitive spirit! And being the eldest, I had to make the hard and fast decisions – invaluable to sports. I ran my first sub 7 min mile in PA class junior high. I was captain of the Freshman Squad on the track team in high school, the same year I was awarded Gatorade Rookie of the Year in ’05 and I got an award for Pommel Horse senior year of high school in Gymnastics.  It wasn’t until two years ago […]

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