I feel as if I’m always writing from an airport these days, and I’m totally OK with it! I have booked my life up with a fun itinerary this spring and summer, so I’ll have to get used to it. Ironically, I’ll be blogging about my last NYC adventure with CVS, as I wait patiently for my next plane to NYC. This time I’ll be going for my half marathon, a race I’ve been working hard towards for a while now. My hamstring was pretty inflamed last week, so I stayed off of it. Crossing my fingers and praying that everything will “run” smoothly!
I left early for my flight to NYC last week. It has been a year or so since I’ve been to the big city, and I was excited to see it again. I didn’t have time to explore, but just being there is always exciting.
I went from spending my weekend in ninety-degree weather to fifty, rainy, and cold in NYC! Burrrrrr!
We stayed at the Dream Midtown. It’s such a pretty hotel with a lot of character! It’s a very chic and feminine spot. I loved the floral wall 🙂
I had a couple of hours before dinner, so I headed across the street to pick up a quick bite to eat and coffee. I needed something to hold me over until dinner since I only had eggs and a granola bar for breakfast.
I grabbed an avocado toast sandwich and a nonfat cappuccino at Le Pain. The gluten free/vegan grain toast had avocado, carrots, romaine, lemon zest, and sprouts.
CVS left me a box in the hotel with all kinds of goodies. Those Think Thin bars saved my sweet tooth! I also love the B12 supplements. I take them every morning with breakfast, so I was excited to see them in my box. The freezer dried fruit is also one of my favorites; if you get the chance to stop at CVS, try out the banana ones! They are so light and crunchy! I buy them all summer for the beach and pool. They’re also really good in citrus salads.
We all met in the lobby at six to get a head count and head to dinner at Jams. If you want a California style cuisine in New York, go there! The interior is so rustic and fun. I was stalking their breakfast menu, and I want to go back just for that!
We had a cocktail hour before dinner, and I had a glass (or two) of Chardonnay. I spent the hour chatting with Tina, from CNC, and catching up! We went on a trip to Canada together last summer, and it was so nice to see her again!
CVS & JAMS. put together such a lovely table for all of us.
SO MUCH FOOD & It was all fantastic.
I always take the menu with me and post everything just in case you’re curious!
Housemade bread & Vermont butter for the table.
Kale Salad-Anchovy dressing, pecorino, breadcrumbs, wild arugula, fava bean & English pea salad, black eyed peas, spring onion, chili, lemon, and Narragansett feta. (I’m so glad I didn’t pay attention to the “anchovy” part because it was so good)
Jams Chicken – Goffle road farms chicken with salsa verde.
Maine Sea Scallops – Fava bean English pea puree, endive, red miuna, Persian cucumber, and kumquat.
Pan Fried Potato Gnocchi– Asparagus, wild nettle pesto, and twig farms aged goat cheese (WINNER)
Sides: JW Potatoes, rosemary, pecorino & wilted greens with garlic and red chili flakes.
Dessert: Chocolate angel food cake with coffee creme and cocoa nibs.
This dessert was so good! I want to recreate the recipe ASAP. I will probably do it the lazy way by adding coffee and cocoa powder to a boxed angel food cake and top it with coffee whipped cream and cocoa nibs 😉
It was pretty late when dinner was coming to an end. Tina and I decided to walk back to the hotel since it was only a couple blocks away.
I was sound asleep by 11 pm. Not even the hustle and bustle of the city could keep me from sleeping.
I was up bright and early to grab coffee down in the lobby.
I found this cute top at Julies, a cute little boutique in Charlotte!
We all headed to the CVS event around 8 am.
They completely transformed the Garage, a popular venue spot in NYC, into a pop-up CVS store. I was blown away by all of the work put into this.
Again, Coffee ALWAYS!
I was so excited to check out all of the new products that CVS is carrying and all the changes that they are making to turn their pharmacy into a healthy hot spot. I talked about how they took out ALL tobacco products from the stores, and now I want to share more healthy changes they plan on making! This is so exciting.
They made us little bites to eat with products straight from CVS! These little bowls are filled with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, honey, and granola. Perfect way to start the day.
Peanut butter energy balls made with CVS products! I’ll put together a recipe for these if you guys are interested!
I made these protein peanut butter cups last year with CVS products! You can find the recipe here :)
Chia seed pudding!
And YES, all of those roses were real. They smelled so heavenly.
I’m not a beauty blogger, but I still love learning all about the products that they carry. I was excited to learn that they are expanding their healthy beauty & skin products. It only makes sense to pay attention to what we use on the outside of our bodies as well as on the inside. CVS has cleared their shelves of tanning oils and anything harmful to our skin.
They are also carrying really neat products like these shaving cream minis. HOW COOL IS THAT? The pharmacy is filled with all kinds of unique products. I could spend hours browsing.
One of the goals CVS has been working on is removing ALL artificial colors and flavors to their medicine and health lines. They also have the CVS version of your favorite brands, for much cheaper! I love the idea of removing the colors, I mean…I don’t care if my allergy medicine is white or pink; I just want the sniffles to go away.
These K-Cups caught my eye. How cool is it that you can take your cold relief cups with you on the go, or just run it through your Keurig!?
We learned all about the CVS app and the extra care reward program. If you’re not using either, you need to check it out. It’ll save you so much money, time, and I loved seeing all of the features it has. You can take care of your prescriptions, coupons, and shopping needs right on the app. I will explain more about the app in a later post.
One of the coolest gadgets I saw at the CVS event was the smart temporal thermometer. You can check your tempurature just by swiping it across your fourhead.
Learning about their health section excited me the most. CVS is my favorite post-workout stop. I usually go in there for Muscle Milk or a No Cow Bar, but they also carry protein powders and all kinds of dietary supplements.
I had a smoothie made with ingredients all from CVS! My smoothie had strawberries, banana, peanut butter, yogurt, chia seeds, flax seeds, and almond milk!
Sriracha & wasabi deviled eggs and blue cheese stuffed grapes!
I HAVE to recreate the deviled eggs. I ate like four of them! They were so good. I may try the stuffed grape idea with goat cheese.
They are also transforming the checkout area. Instead of offering candy bars and chips, they are incorporating healthier options too. You’ll now see granola bars and much healthier snacks next to the unhealthy ones. It’s one of those “nudge don’t judge” types of deals 😉
If you haven’t checked out the snacks and healthy eats at CVS, you’re missing out. They carry so many unique snacks to make your on-the-go healthy lifestyle so much easier and more attainable. Every time I go into CVS, there is ALWAYS something new and exciting on the shelves.
They carry a lot of my favorite brands as well. I was excited to see that they are removing trans fats from all of their Gold Emblem Abound brands. They are working hard to improve their stores every day, and I love how much effort they put into listening to their customer’s feedback.
We tried so many snacks, that I consider myself a CVS snack expert.
Later in the day, I headed over to one of their ears & eye stations for a check! Soon, you’ll be able to get your vision and hearing checked in all CVS stores. My vision wasnt perfect…
They have foods to fit and accommodate anyone’s dietary needs.
Later in the afternoon, they set up an avocado toast bar! How cool is this idea? I want to do this for a brunch with mimosas.
I added bacon, egg white, red peppers, cucumber, and wasabi peas on top of mine! Such a delicious snack.
I wanted to pack these in my bag 🙂
I loved learning all about CVS‘s upcoming changes. CVS has been a big part of my healthy lifestyle, travels, and fitness! I will be learning more throughout the year, and I can’t wait to share all of the exciting details with you!
Questions for you!
- Have you tried CVS’s Gold Emblem Abound products?
- What changes have you noticed at CVS?
- If you could change one thing about CVS, what would it be?