I had quite the New York City adventure yesterday! It started off with a mission to acquire the most sought after of breakfast pastries - the cronut. If you aren't familiar with the cronut yet, it is a croissant-doughnut pastry that is taking NYC by storm. It was invented by Chef Dominique Ansel for his bakery, Dominique Ansel Bakery, located in SoHo. Word on the street is that people gather in line two hours before the bakery opens it's doors at 8:00am just to attempt to get their hands on these tasty treats. Obviously, I had to have one!
My world basically revolves around my two favorite things - sleep and food. Yesterday, sleep won as I wasn't going to be standing in line at 6:00am with the other croNUTS. I got to the bakery around 10:30am and hoped that they had some pastries left. The Dominique Ansel Bakery has a wide selection of breakfast pastries and desserts, so I figured if I couldn't get my hands on a cronut, a nice chocolate eclair would make me
just as happy. Thankfully, the line was only half a block long when I arrived! Every ten minutes or so, an employee from the bakery would allow another group of people into the bakery's doors and tell the other hopefuls what their odds were of obtaining their desired cronut. I'm not going to lie, I was getting very nervous!
About 40 minutes after I arrived, a bakery employee said he didn't think there were enough cronuts for everyone standing in line, but he was going to let everyone in line into the bakery just in case. Even once I was waiting in line inside the bakery I still didn't know my chances of getting a cronut because each person had the ability to purchase at least two if they wished. Finally, I made my way to the front of the line. With a sigh of relief, I purchased two of the last cronuts available! Victory - and cronuts - were mine!
The verdict?! I don't know if any food deserves a two hour wait, but the Dominique Ansel Bakery cronut is definitely delicious. It's round shape makes it look like a doughnut, but it has a flaky center like a croissant. It also has a surprise layer of cream filling! Yum! It was wonderful, and I'm glad I successfully completed my mission!
After my morning adventure in SoHo, I booked it to the West Village for my first SoulCycle community ride. SoulCycle classes usually cost $34 a pop, but they also offer free community rides. Community rides are basically the equivalent of final exams for those lucky few going through the instructor training program. Like with regular SoulCycle classes, you have to be at your computer Monday at noon ready to click! The bonus is that you don't have to have any classes in your SoulCycle account because these rides are free. All you have to do is click a bike during Monday Sign-Ups...and pray!
Yesterday afternoon, my friend and fellow Georgia native, Lance, was doing his first community ride after completing weeks of instructor training. I'm pretty sure I was more nervous than he was! He absolutely rocked it! His class included a variety of music and dance moves that I haven't seen during a SoulCycle sesh before. What really took me by surprise was his SOULfulness. The guy has a way with words that makes you feel like you can leave the studio, conquer any obstacles you might face, and obtain your dreams! Seriously. I hope we see his smiling face out in the 'burbs this fall!
To top off my Hump Day adventure, I was given a tour of SoulCycle's headquarters by my friend Lauren. I'm. In. Love. The corporate offices are so beautiful and roomy - white and glass as far as the eye can see. Seriously. In. Love. Can I please just get a job running their social media sites and the SOULblog?! According to Lance during his community ride, I can have anything I want, so I guess it's up to me to go after it, right?!
How long would you wait in line for food? Feel free to tell me how crazy I am in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,