WIAW – Saturday Lunch with Michele!


Wednesday already? Not that I am complaining or anything, that’s for sure.

Let’s take a look at what I ate on Saturday, also known as long run day, also known as the day I rarely have lunch or dinner at home and last Saturday in particular, also known as the day I had lunch and girl time at the mall with Michele.

michele and me

If you only knew what it took to find someone to take our picture. Maybe somewhere else in the country, like anywhere but New York, you would be able to easily ask someone to take your picture but here? It’s weird. Thank you to the kiosk person for taking our photo while looking at us as if we were totally nuts for asking.

Anyway, on to what I ate on Saturday.


Super early morning banana with peanut butter and the mandatory mug of coffee. I think I press the brew button on the Keurig without even having my eyes opened yet.

banana with peanut butter and coffee

14 miles later, it was time to eat again.

I added pumpkin to the usual post-run bowl of oatmeal plus cinnamon, blueberries, Skoop and peanut butter.

post run oatmeal

Michele and I met up at the mall in the late morning after we both ran our 14 miles (funny we ran the same distance) for some shopping, serious chatting and of course, lunch.

Last time we went shopping at Roosevelt Field, we both ordered from The Little Beet.

This time however, while Michele was going to have a salmon salad, I really wanted my favorite Maoz Vegetarian salad. I have a hard time resisting their roasted broccoli (there was no cauliflower this time which was upsetting but I got over it).


Michele and I joked about those people who always think that restaurant salads are so huge when in our reality, we probably could have eaten double what we were served.

When I got home from the mall, I was hungry so I diced up a giant honey crisp apple with peanut butter.

apple with peanut butter

My son was finally starting to feel better after being sick last week so we decided to go out for dinner before the Islanders and Mets games were on television.

I appreciate not cooking but after looking at the below picture of my food from dinner, I am noticing that I basically eat the same foods at home or at a restaurant. Hmm.

dinner at Morrison's

Small greek salad, roasted sweet potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts <- sucker for side dishes.

We talked about picking up sundae ingredients to make ice cream sundaes while watching the games but somehow ended up home just eating chocolate chips which is always fine with me. Simple desserts, focused on chocolate, are sometimes the best.

dark chocolate chips

So I am suddenly not a fan of Nestle’s Dark Chocolate Chips. They don’t taste right to me anymore, they almost taste like milk chocolate?

Maybe my chocolate taste buds are changing?

I much prefer Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chips instead.

chocolate chips

Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today 🙂

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Which type of chocolate chips do you prefer?

Do you typically order the same foods that you cook at home when you are out to eat?

What mall do you live near? Do you go often?


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  1. says

    I haven’t been to a mall in forever. Not in a proper fashion. It has been well over a year. The last one that I remember spending any time in (and it was for eating, or perhaps underwear shopping or going to the Apple store) was at a wedding 2 years ago! Love that you and Michele met up, though. And people are weird about taking pictures, and they usually do a crap job, lol.
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  2. says

    I’m not a huge mall person. While, I love shopping sometimes large crowds stress me out. I am however a huge fan of dark chocolate chips of any kind! I eat them every night with a bag full of skinny pop 🙂

    Nice job on your 14 miles!

  3. says

    I’ve seen that peanut butter floating around in a few other blog photos on the web (the one with flax and chia seeds). Do you have a review of it?

    And when I go out, I like to try something different. I purposely try to choose things I wouldn’t make at home (because I’m not skilled enough or just don’t have the time). It allows me to taste something new without the commitment of having tons of leftovers if I don’t like it! 🙂

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    • says

      I love this peanut butter! I eat it every day, several times a day, for the last few years (when tj has it in stock). It’s a natural pb with no added sugar – definitely recommend it.

  4. says

    MMM i love semi sweet chips as well, but I prefer the little mini ones. For some reason they taste better to me…even better are the chunks but those are harder to find! I live within 20 minutes of about 5 different malls..there’s a really nice one that’s full of lulu, nordstrom, kate spade, anthropology, etc etc and makes me wish I was a millionaire..so I try not to visit it too much! Not to mention there’s a Cheesecake Factory attached…
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  5. says

    I’m always trying to get myself to order something “new” when at restaurants… but you like what you like, right!? Plus its never the same when someone else makes it, even if it has all the same ingredients (and no dish cleaning!) Sounds like a lovely day!

  6. says

    I only like TJ’s chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. They are the best!
    We live 10 minutes from 2 different malls, but don’t really go IN the malls lol. The one mall is mostly outdoors (Easton) so we like that one better and go there more than the other mall, Polaris, is 2 floors, all inside, and for some reason, I’m not a fan of malls anymore, so we rarely go to that one. Except for our eye exams, because they are inside the mall (and we chose that eye Dr. because of better hours – mall hours!).
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  7. Jennifer L. says

    The salads look delicious. I have never had TJ’s chocolate chips, but I love Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet chips. yum-o.

  8. says

    I never go to the mall anymore but I just happened to go to one yesterday to return something that I ordered online. It’s funny because I used to go to Roosevelt field like every weekend when I lived in NY, and now I go to the mall like twice a year!
    I was wondering how you got someone to take your picture:)
    Jealous that you guys got to hang out again!
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