Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and I was in no way reimbursed for this blog post. The opinions are completely my own.
I have a few more bits of my food experience from my trip to NYC to share with you, but they are not really whole meals so I thought I’d just throw them all into one post. This means this will be my last NYC post from this trip! Only two weeks later, not too shabby!
I am a huge fan of fruit smoothies – especially while I am travelling. (If every airport could have a Jamba Juice I would be a happy girl.) I don’t mean the kind of “smoothies” that you can get from McDonalds or Starbucks either, I mean real fruit smoothies.
While walking around one morning I was excited to stumble across Juice Generation. Their menu of fresh juice and fruit smoothies was amazing, and I was kind of sad I didn’t find the place earlier in my trip. I chose the Pomegranate Berry Blast which is raspberries, blueberries & strawberries blended with pomegranate juice. I wasn’t sure about my choice since I don’t love pomegranate, but it turned out really good!
Taste: A+, really, really delicious. It definitely gives my Jamba Juice fave a run for its money!
Cost: A, I don’t remember exactly how much it was, but considering the size and that it was made out of fresh fruit and juice it seemed pretty reasonable.
Would I go there again? Absolutely. I just wish that I didn’t have to go to NYC to get it!
One of the things that was on my to-do list for New York was bagels. New York City is known for its bagels, and I am a bagel lover so I knew that I had to have some of the goodness while I was there. I set out to find one of the places that someone had suggested to me, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it and was running out of time so I ended up stopping at Bread Factory Cafe instead.
I got a plain bagel with cream cheese which is my standard. It was good, but not as amazing as I’d heard NYC bagels to be. Hopefully next time I’m in town I can find one of the other places that was suggested to me!
Taste: A-, it wasn’t bad, just not as awesome as I was hoping.
Cost: A, it was about $2.50 for the bagel and cream cheese which doesn’t seem bad for a large bagel and cream cheese in NYC.
Would I go there again? I don’t think so, just not really anything special.
One thing that is always hard about going to a work conference is lunch. If you are familiar with the Javitz Convention Center in NYC, you know that there is nothing very close to grab lunch so you are pretty much stuck with the cafeteria food choices. As I picky eater, and someone who generally tries to eat healthy while on vacation, the cafeteria food options are not ideal. I try to bring snacks to tide me over but they don’t always last the whole day. Occasionally I get to leave the convention early enough to find somewhere grab a quick lunch before heading back to the hotel, these days are few and far between and often I am leaving because I am burnt out and want to just sit in the hotel room and relax. The day that I got to do that on this trip resulted in me picking up a sandwich from Caffe Bene on the way back to the hotel. The sandwich was fresh mozzarella, arugula, and pesto. (one of my newly discovered favorites)
I realize this picture does nothing to show you what the sandwich was like. I really didn’t expect it to be anything special, so I didn’t intend on sharing it with you – but it was! Maybe it was just because I had a not-so-great mozzarella sandwich from the cafeteria earlier in the week to compare it to, or because I was super hungry by the time I ate it, but I really enjoyed it! The bread, cheese, and greens all tasted very fresh and delicious.
Taste: A, pretty delicious for a pre-made sandwich
Cost: A-, I don’t remember exactly how much it cost, but I recall that it seemed a bit overpriced, but not too bad for NYC.
Would I go there again? I’m not sure. I don’t think I would intentionally go there for a meal, but it might be a good place to stop by every day before the trade show and grab something for lunch so I don’t have to eat at the cafeteria!