Thank goodness that there are such things in life as What I Ate Wednesday, because I can instill this memory in my brain forever… or at least until I move into an apartment that is right next to Hu Kitchen.
For some reason, I didn’t have a big appetite while I was in NYC over the long weekend, but I’m going to say that’s because the MNS Control supplements from Advocare that I have been taking are the reason. While I’m pumped that they’re working and keeping me from spending money on endless amounts of food, I was bummed that I didn’t need to order everything on the menu at every cafe or restaurant.
I will highlight a few of the meals, which are now requirements for restaurants for you to dine at every and any time you visit the city.
Saturday night started at Bareburger, which is an organic burger restaurant. Even better, you get to build your own burger, starting from the type of meat, to the bun, veggies, cheese, and sauces.
After a 3.5 mile run (before heading to the city), and hours of walking beforehand, I was craving a good batch of sweet potato fries. I’m allowed to have canola oil on occasion (just not everyday, per Coach Mat), so when I found out that’s what they were cooked in, and that it was a occassional Paleo-approved oil, I said bring it on. I happily devoured every last fry, and felt no guilt over it. The lighting was pretty miserable in the restaurant, so just deal.
After clearing out my tray of sweet potato fries, I went ahead to tackle every last bite of my burger. Bison beef + a fried egg + grilled pineapple+ sweet butter pickles + a lettuce bun. Heaven. So good. Eating a burger in lettuce is awkward, so I used a fork and knife to eat the burger. Also, eating a burger with utensils should be against the law. Burgers are meant to make your face messy. Mark used to say he loved watching me eat burgers and sushi because there is no cute way to eat it, which makes it even sexier. (If you’re single, eat a burger on the first date because by date 2 he will ask you to be his girlfriend. Don’t blame me if he doesn’t).
This is what my favorite breakfast looks like. 3 egg scramble, roasted sweet potatos, beef bacon, and Hu gluten-free bread.
The bacon was out of this world life changing. Extra crunchy, extra bacony, and all around lots of it! The sweet potato chunks were heaven on earth as well, and they certainly didn’t mess around with the amount of spoonfuls they gave me.
The meal typically comes with 2 eggs, but after the spin class, I wanted more protein than 2 eggs. They also didn’t charge me for the extra egg. Should have gone for 4! The bread was unique, but SO good. I never crave bread, but the breakfast came with it, and so I ate it. This meal kept me full from about 12:30 until 4:30, and only cost me $9.85 total. See, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive!
Hu Kitchen has a tremendous amount of food that you can purchase to go. Their smoothies come in mini and large bottles, and they have boxed macaroons, paleo brownies and blondies, and this amazing sweet kale crunch. It was kale granola and the best granola I’ve ever had. This is one I’m definitely going to recreate this week! The ingredient list was super simple (kale, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, raisins, dates, and walnuts— okay the container with the ingredient list is in the recycling bin and I’m totally bs-ing it with my memory).
And this sweet treat that I ate last night for dinner because, hey, when you feel sick, a real dinner doesn’t sound appealing. Simple Squares organic and Paleo-friendly snack bar. It wasn’t too sweet but the flavors complimented each other beautifully! I wish I had bought more than one!
I wish we could have eaten every meal at Hu Kitchen, but because it was not centrally located, we were forced to try additional eateries. This Irish pub was meh, and I can’t even tell you the name of it because I don’t care. The waitress was convinced that their cobb salad wasn’t supposed to have a hard-boiled egg. Also, the avocado had a weird brown film on it. Even if I knew the name of the restaurant, I wouldn’t tell you, because it was just a big thumbs down! Their water was good, though.
I had hoped to stop for a breakfast before my bus on Monday, but because I decided to go to the wrong bus station and barely made my bus, there was no awesome New York City diner breakfast. Boo hoo! I suppose I will just have to go back and get that diner breakfast.
What sides do you REQUIRE with eggs? Bacon, hash, sausage, homefries?!?!
Bacon and roasted, extra crispy sweet potato chunks.