I promised to update you on my journey towards getting my period back. Well, today I went to the endocrinologist. I had some blood drawn to make sure that my pituitary gland, estrogen levels, ovaries, etc. are all in working order. The results are in and I’ll be sharing all of the details with you this Monday, most likely in a video because there are so many things that I want to address. Everything is going to be okay and I’m so happy to have everyone’s unwavering support!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…
The second day of Matty and I’s mini getaway to New York was definitely the best day. It involved lots of pampering and trying to new things! We both made a pact last summer to always try to keep growing together. It sounds kind of hokey but, as we get older, we see so many couples sort of stuck in their own routine. We want to keep things as fresh as possible so, in honor of that pact, we were stoked to get a total-body massage and visit a nearby vineyard.
But first, a workout! Since the hotel grounds were so beautiful, we took our workout outside and completed ZWOW #8 together on the grass. It took us a little over 10 minutes to complete which was ideal because Matty’s tummy had started rumbling about half way through getting our exercise gear on. Ha!
After our workout, we showered and walked over to Bistro 72 for breakfast, al fresco of course. After much debate, I decided on steel cut oats topped with fresh berries and served with a side of vanilla bean syrup.
While fresh and visually appealing, the flavor was kind of “meh.” And yes, I did confess to Matty that I missed and longed for my chocolate protein pudding oats. NO SHAME. Protein oats are to me what cereal is to Katie. Matty opted for one of his favorite breakfast dishes: Belgian waffles. He really liked his but also agreed that it was nothing to write home about. Oh well, at least there was bottomless coffee!
The two of us were so excited for our post-breakfast activity: a total body massage! With our Living Social package, we received two complimentary massages. Matty and I were beyond excited for this because neither of us had ever had a massage before. Well, shoot, it was awesome! We ended up getting a 55-minute massage worth over $100 each! We were blown away. Our massage therapists were so nice and really knew what they were doing in terms of relieving our extra-tight spots too. Big props to my girl Mary!
Post-massage, we headed to Bedell Cellars, a vineyard and winery located in Cutchogue, NY, for a wine tasting and lunch. Before hitting up the vineyard, we went to Stop & Shop to grab lunch to-go. I decided on falafel and two sides: a tomato/basil/zucchini bruschetta blend and some edamame tossed with cherry tomatoes.
The edamame was not good at all – far too oily for my liking and lackluster in flavor – but everything else was pretty yummy.
When we arrived at Bedell, the two of us agreed on wine tasting before lunch. Good decision. We opted for the reasonably priced (and super delicious) Estate Flight wine tasting. Our friendly and knowledgeable server, Chris, started us off with white wines and progressed us to red ones.
Matty and I loved the white wines but were also really impressed with the First Crush Red and 2009 Merlot, as neither of them were stringent or bitter. Chris told us this could be attributed to the specific type of oak barrels Bedell Cellars’ wine is stored in, which allows for the preservation of the flavors of the fruits and accompanying aromas. Cool, huh?
I thought so.
Then, it was lunch time! Chris suggested we eat on the pavillion so we followed his phenomenal advice. We stepped food onto the patio and our breath was taken away. With a view like this, how could it not be?
We were in paradise, friends. The two of us could have sworn we were in a different world. It was so stunning and peaceful; both of us agreed that we could have stayed there forever. There were seemingly endless rows of grapes growing beneath the pale blue sky, and the warm, summer sun was so comforting.
After some wining and dining, we roamed the grounds. Matty had fun with his camera and I…pondered the world?
In retrospect, I probably should have drank a bit more water.
We drove back to the hotel with goofy grins on our faces and were just so grateful to have had such an amazing experience at Bedell. If you’re a NY native or are every vacationing out in the Hamptons, I absolutely recommend you take a drive out there!
The day ended with a pint of mocha-almond fudge coconut milk ice cream and a solid phone chat with Matty’s mom.
Happy Friday and as always…