Run Porn: Concord, New Hampshire Edition

It is pretty fantastic having the opportunity to travel all around America making people laugh.

When I perform in New York, I generally perform in everything from dark basements in comedy clubs to a small stage in the middle of a crowded bar.

When I am not in New York, I perform in theatres like this….

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And I go for runs in places like this…..

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America is so incredibly beautiful.

Whenever I am struck by it’s majesty, I try to imagine how awe inspiring it must have been to those who first arrived. Not to mention the people who lived here first. Ehem.

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This tour made me realize that colonial houses are my dream houses.

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These houses are so regal. They seem like they have the most interesting stories to tell.

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I even got to see the home of the 14th President of these beautiful United States.

And I have never fricken heard of this guy!

The 16th president totally stole ol’ Frankey Pierce’s thunder.

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Presidents certainly don’t live this modestly anymore.

But I am sure that this was far from modest back then.

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But it doesn’t really matter where you live, we all end up living in the same place in the end.

That’s why it is super important to get out. Go. See things. Run around. Look up. Look down. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Laugh.

Eat.

Sing.

Dance.

Live.

Holy shit that I got “deep.”

A Cooking Show: Tomato Soup!

I had such a wonderful time filming with some of the funniest guys I know and my friends; Langston Belton, Nick Carillo, and Devin Heater.

These three are the creators and stars of G.U.S, an entirely improvised story of three men trapped in a Generic Underground Shelter after the apocalypse.  If you are in the New York area and would like to see one of the best improv trios in New York City, you can find out all of their information on their Facebook and Twitter.

This episode I taught the boys how to make homemade tomato soup. Well. I tried to teach them.

This recipe is low calorie, dairy free, gluten free, and can be vegan if you substitute the chicken broth for vegetable broth!

And it is delicious!

ENJOY!

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Tomato Soup

4 Cups chicken broth

32 oz whole, peeled, canned tomatoes

2 medium, white onions, chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tbl sp of butter

1 tsp thyme

1 tbl sp of EVOO 

salt and pepper to taste

1. Over medium low heat, add your butter and your oil.

2. Add your onions and cook for 3 minutes, then add your garlic and your celery. Stirring frequently until soft.

3. Add your tomatoes, chicken broth, and seasonings.

4. Bring the heat down and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Add your soup to your food processor to make it

6. Let cool and eat!

ENJOY!

Run Porn: Not A Cloud In The Sky Edition

The weather has been so terrible in New York.

And not consistently terrible.

It has been irrationally terrible. Manic depressive.

But on this day, New York was in a really good mood.

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The sun was shining but was balanced by a cool breeze.

And the storm from the day before had blown all of the clouds away.

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Not only was it a beautiful day but I had a great run.

My new shoes are fantastic.

I can totally tell that my muscles were over compensating for my completely run down shoes.

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I am starting to feel more and more comfortable calling myself a “runner.”

And when I do, I feel really proud.

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I better enjoy these few and far between perfect days because the heat is on it’s way.

And I think this summer is going to be heinous.

But until then……..

EAT HERE NEW YORK! Cask Bar and Kitchen

I am an entertainer. But I only get paid to entertain about 20% of the time.

And in ridiculously overpriced New York City, that means I have to have a real job.

A day job. At a desk.

Luckily, I have a great day job that allows me to research restaurants I dream of going to insistently.

And my friends know that I am constantly reading up on the restaurant news in New York so I am usually the one that has to choose the place we meet for happy hour, dinner, brunch, or even a cup of coffee.

A lot of times, I meet people for imbibing around my work which is near the Gramercy and Flatiron areas of Manhattan so I pretty much have researched every restaurant within a 10 block radius of my corporate prison….I mean, ehem, workplace.

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And of all of my nearby go to’s, Cask Bar and Kitchen is one of my absolute favorites.

The ambiance in this place is perfection.

Tables made of elegantly dark wood, giant booths, perfectly dim lighting, adorable little mason jars filled with frilly carnations, leather bound drink menus, an upstairs and downstairs bar, and friendly service.

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Now. A rule I live by: always find restaurants that offer free bread when you are going out with people whom you know are going to be late. That way you can have a delicious nibble while you sip your wine and wonder where the hell your friends are.

The bread at Cask is just a standard multi-grain loaf but the olive oil with flecks of peppers and olives concoction that comes with it is a fine starter. But who am I kidding, I would eat a pile of Saltines if they were free.

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There are so many wonderful things on the menu but where there is a small plate option, there you will find me. You see, I am a snacker. If I could eat little tiny meals all day, every day, for the rest of my life, that is how I would choose to live. Well. I CAN eat that way. But I also CAN get super fat. It is in my genes. And I want to fit into my jeans. So I only indulge in my fantasy eating when presented with the option.

The Small Plates are fantastic at Cask. Everything from mussels to macaroni.

For my first plate, I chose the Carmelized Brussel Sprouts with spicy chorizo and creamy manchego ($9). Manchego is one of my all time favorite cheeses. It is so delightfully tangy, it sounded like a perfect addition to the creamy, sweet brussel sprouts and the spicy salt of the chorizo. And it is an absolute bargain for $9! It is almost enough food to be considered a regular sized plate. But….I couldn’t stop with just one small plate…..

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…..especially when I saw the Sweet Potato Gnocchi with smoked applewood bacon and parmesan cream ($10). And it was everything I had hoped for. The gnocchi was like biting into salty and sweet lumps of butter. The applewood bacon was not only a great textural contrast, but the salty power of the bacon deliciously cut into the gnocchi’s sweetness. The parmesan cream added another tangy dimension to the entire dish as well. Come to think of it, the technical complexity of flavors and textures were pretty similar in both of these dishes. And they both were just splendid.

So. Eat here. And you may see me, sitting, munching on free bread, repeatedly staring at my phone in anticipation.

Cask Bar and Kitchen

167 East 33rd Street, Manhattan

33rd Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenue

Run Porn: New Shoes Edition

I have lost track of how many runs I have had this year.

I knew that would happen.

I don’t remember to take pictures every time. And, well, if you read the last post, I had some difficulty there for awhile.

But now I have my new Brooks shoes and I was, kinda, ready to get back in the game.

I was super scared to see what my muscles would say.

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Well, my muscles said, “what took you so long!”

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It was a wonderful run.

And a beautiful day.

Hot.

But beautiful.

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Then I ran in to THIS in the park.

I have done musical improv for the last ten years of my life. It has been one of my greatest loves, one of my favorite things to do, and I can not believe that this is just sitting in a park I have been running in for 4 years.

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“Yes, And..” is an improv philosophy.

In improv, the number one rule is to accept any offer that your fellow improvisers hand you; “Yes.”

And once you have accepted their offer, you add your offer to it; “And….”

And so on and so on and so on….

That is how you construct an improv scene.

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And, like so many things in life, this can absolutely be applied to a run.

“Yes,” I will get out of the house “and” I will go for a run.

But I’m tired…..

“Yes,” I will get out of the house “and” go for a run.

It may be difficult…..

“Yes, and” you will get through it. You are strong.

I am strong.

And I am back again.

Run Porn: End of Era Edition

The few of you that do consistently follow and “Like” my Run Porn series (and I am so thrilled that there actually are people who consistently “Like” my Run Porn) may have noticed that I have not been running a lot lately.

Well, the weather in New York has been incredibly sporadic.

One day it is 80 degrees with mid-afternoon, monsoon-like downpours.

The next day it is 48 degrees. And still raining.

So I have been working out at the gym. And I have no interest in Gym Porn.

Also, I have been having so much trouble with my hips and everything that it has been making my runs touch and go. Sometimes I have a nice and comfortable run and others I am racked with tension and pain.

And the longer I go in between, the more afraid I get to go on another run simply because I don’t want to struggle through it.

But I miss it.

Terribly.

So, I decided to start taking steps to get back in to it more consistently.

First. I realized, after 4 good years, I needed to say goodbye to my first pair of runnings shoes.

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Thank you for everything you have given me running shoes.

I found myself when I was wearing you. You helped me discover that I am stronger than I ever thought. You helped me understand I have the potential to be better, stronger, and more in control of my mind and heart.

I was not an athletic kid. My body was my burden.

Now my body is my tool. And I am still figuring out the best way to use and live inside of it.

But I am getting there.

And you started that journey with me.

So. Thanks.

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But I think your replacement is really going to do you proud.

And so will I.