Welcome to the Speakeasy

What a weekend! Prepare yourself for a monster recap :-)

Saturday started off with the usual cup of 1/2 decaf and a banana. Perfect prep for a long run with my beantown running buddy.

Quick breakfast

Hannah and I ran a lovely 9 miles through Central Park and I was pleasantly surprised at how good my IT band/hamstring felt (must have been the day off from running on Friday). As soon as we finished I had to shower and hustle out the door for a meeting downtown.

I grabbed an apple and a vanilla Chobani for the subway ride. I got some weird looks for taking photos of the food in my lap…


I had a morning meeting with some folks from Nike – a shoe designer and some marketing reps. A small group of NYC runners met with the Nike team to discuss training shoe design – and I snagged a free pair of racing flats! These babies won’t go on the market until January, so I was psyched to get a sneak peek.

Nike Prototypes

My stomach started growling mid way through the group meeting (hello, 9 miles), so I snacked on a clif z bar and some raisins.


And then I met up with Ms. Hannah and a blog reader (Hi Rachel!) for a tall skim decaf 1 pump pumpkin spice latte. It was even better (and more high maintenance) than usual.


Hannah and I procured some very essential Halloween accessories and then walked across town. We were in need of a mini-meal and the Whole Foods salad bar seemed like a good option. I filled a small take-out container with lots of veggie goodness. I don’t remember exactly what I put in there, but it was a mix of beans, beets, brussels sprouts, and other roasted veggies.

whole foods salad bar

The rest of the afternoon was spent preparing for Halloween night!

A princess, a marathon runner, and a flapper.

Except Alma’s ensemble was for real – she ran the marathon this weekend!


We ventured to the E. Village (dodging a 7 foot tall hamster wheel costume on our way…) and met a few friends at a place called Quantum Leap. The restaurant is famous for their veggie burgers, so I made Hannah stand under the sign (in the rain). What a good sport :-)

Quantum Leap

Our dining companions were Mario and Luigi.

Mario and Luigi

Quantum Leap

Along with a pumpkin ale, I enjoyed the “fire rock burger”. My juicy veggie burger patty was topped with jalapenos, onions, mushrooms, tomato, and chipotle mayo. The burger also came with soy bacon, but I took that off because I think it kind of has a weird texture.

Pumpkin Ale

Plus a side salad and the BEST garlic fries ever.

Quantum Leap

We were all pretty full after devouring our burgs so we ordered another round of drinks and lingered at the restaurant for awhile. In true prohibition style, I ordered a diet coke and slipped in some of my own Jack Daniels.

And then it was time for more Halloween celebrations. The village was absolutely crazy last night – the weather was beautiful and the costumed crowds were out in full force. A bunch of us found our way to Mud Coffee – coffee shop by day, bar by night. I really liked that we were able to hang out and talk without having to shout. It was a very chill atmosphere and the scene reminded me of a speakeasy – a perfect pairing for my flapper costume and smuggled whiskey.

Maddog and Jonah




Mud Coffee

Hannah and I got home pretty late and after chugging some water and nibbling on some (un-pictured) pumpkin cookies, I crawled into bed. It was a very fun night, but it definitely involved a later bedtime than I’m used to!

Stay tuned for part 2 of my weekend recap…Marathon spectating, a GIANT red velvet cupcake, and quite possibly the best yoga class ever.


13 Responses

  1. I love Quantam Leap (they have really good sweet potato fries as well) and Mud Coffee! Two of my East Village staples.

    Congrats on the free flats!

  2. I’m glad you had a fun Halloween and congrats to Alma!

  3. Your costume is so adoraable! that veggie burger looks amazing too! :) I love that you smuggled your own whiskey, that is totally something i would do too! :)


  4. Can’t wait to see that cupcake ;-)
    Haha, Mario and Luigi is a classic couples costume
    That veggie burger sounds loaded and delicious

  5. YAY Quantum Leap! Alex and I go to the one in Queens pretty regularly, but I think I’ve had everything there EXCEPT the veggie burger! Sounds like I’m tardy to the party. :)

  6. Yay – what an awesome weekend! Can’t wait to hear about how Alma did in the marathon – I was watching on tv!
    That burger looks so crazy good. Man! No better recovery after a 9 miler than that!

  7. Hey–I was wondering how you got involved with CPTC and how fast you have to be to jump on the bandwagon. I’m getting so sick of training alone and started looking into joining a club. I figured asking you was a good place to start!

  8. Luigi looks familiar… so does Mario. I went to a Halloween party and one of my friends made “BOO” cake, a dirt cake with a spooky flair. Photos still to come. Also, they ran out of pumpkins so my friends carved orange peppers. Pretty awesome until they collapsed due to heat exhaustion.

  9. Megan,

    If you’re interested in NYC area running clubs, check out http://www.nyrr.org for a directory. CPTC is a competitive club and most members participate in speed workouts and races, BUT we have a wide range of abilities, so all runners are welcome to check the club out. Visit the website: http://www.centralparktc.orgfor more information on the coaches, workouts, and application process. Let me know if you have any questions. Joining a track team/running club is a great way to get faster and meet running buddies!

  10. Diana,

    Definitely try the veggie burger the next time you hit up Quantum Leap – they had a lentil & walnut variety that looked yummy. And their garlic fries were SO good. I’d go back again – let me know if you ever want to meet for dinner at one of the village locations :-)

  11. Megan! I am so jealous that you got to hang out with Hannah, and the rest of the Halloween crew in your pictures.

    Also, I have a friend that worked (works?) at Quantum Leap and raves about their brunches. I’ve always wanted to try it!

    And also, it makes me happy when you eat Heritage Flakes, because it’s one of my favorite cereals but people always make fun of me for it. I don’t get it… they taste just like heartier, more interesting Wheaties to me!

  12. Anna-

    I JUST finished a mug full of heritage flakes + milk. That was for you girl. And next time you’re in the city, we can visit Quantum Leap. Best garlic fries ever!

  13. I LOVE Quantam Leap! My trainer put me onto it a few months ago, and I go every chance I get! Supposedly their peanut butter tofu pie is to die for, but they’re always out when I go!

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