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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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe October 21, 2015, 6:50 am

    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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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:42 am

      Yes, you are right! They typically take a bad photo and then comes that awkward moment where I have to ask them to take one more!

  • Sarah October 21, 2015, 7:06 am

    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!

  • Gemma October 21, 2015, 7:07 am

    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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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 21, 2015, 8:10 am

      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.

  • Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl October 21, 2015, 8:18 am

    Definitely a dark or semi-sweet chocolate girl over here – never been a fan of milk, I like the good stuff! I often realize I order the exact same thing at restaurants as I cook at home too – omelets for breakfast, fish for dinner, giant salads at lunch (which I eat REALLY slow but ALWAYS finish).
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  • Fran@BCDC October 21, 2015, 8:19 am

    So many miles…I’m impressed. Your oatmeal sounds tasty too. Have a great day!

  • Gretchen | Gretchruns October 21, 2015, 8:20 am

    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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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:40 am

      All of the best malls have a cheesecake factory 🙂 I love mini chips too, especially when I bake cookies. I find them give me a bite of chocolate throughout the cookie

  • Lilly October 21, 2015, 8:45 am

    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!

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:39 am

      I very rarely try new things at restaurants, especially if I have a favorite dish at the restaurant, I always stick with what I love!

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma October 21, 2015, 8:53 am

    Love how we wrote basically the same post – including how we were hungry after eating lunch! We need to do this more often 🙂
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 21, 2015, 9:10 am

      HA – I was thinking the same thing when I read your post lol. So so funny! And for sure, we need to do this much more often.

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. October 21, 2015, 9:22 am

    LoL! I was actually wondering how you managed to find a NYer willing to take your picture. Now if you asked a Canadian… 😉 And one day I -WILL- make it out to NYC and we can all have lunch together.

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables October 21, 2015, 9:29 am

    I love meeting up with other bloggers! I’m lucky there are so many here in town 🙂

    YES to handfuls of dark chocolate chips. and I agree, I’m not a huge toll house fan anymore. Now I’m all about the ghirardelli chips!
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  • Suzy October 21, 2015, 9:46 am

    I love the milk chocolate Chipits. Yum. But if we have the semi sweet ones, I like eating them frozen. The mint chocolate chips are really good frozen too.
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  • Arman @ thebigmansworld October 21, 2015, 10:08 am

    The little beets roasted cauliflower is pretty spot on…I could house that beauty!
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  • Nikki @ will run for pizza October 21, 2015, 11:12 am

    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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  • Jennifer L. October 21, 2015, 11:40 am

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

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:36 am

      ghiradelli is really good too, definitely check out the chips from TJ too, love them

  • Sarah @pickyrunner October 21, 2015, 11:46 am

    Trader Joe’s chocolate just tastes better. I don’t know what it is, but it’s the only kind I buy!
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  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me October 21, 2015, 12:21 pm

    That’s so awesome that you and Michele had the opportunity to meet each other and have girl time. That’s always a nice time. 🙂 Especially at a mall. 😉 The more bitter the chocolate chips are, the better in my opinion!
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes October 21, 2015, 12:47 pm

    So fun that you got to hang out with Michele! I love semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips. I always freeze mine because that makes them taste extra good! I go to the mall near me way too frequently because REI is there.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:35 am

      okay so now I am going to freeze my chips. I always had a chocolate bar stash in my freezer so why haven’t I been freezing the chips?!

  • Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood October 21, 2015, 3:06 pm

    YES to salad sizes.Unless it’s from like, Cheesecake Factory, I better be ordering an app and maybe a dessert or I’ll be starving. Your dinner looks like my ideal random dinner!
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  • Sheena @ Paws and Pavement October 21, 2015, 3:30 pm

    I love dark chocolate chips. I actually need to go buy a few things to make today! I don’t live too far from the mall but prefer not to go.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:33 am

      I still love going to the mall while so many people prefer not to go and shop online.

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine October 21, 2015, 7:18 pm

    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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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles October 24, 2015, 11:32 am

      I am always at Roosevelt! I can’t imagine not going to the mall but so many people prefer online shopping these days.

  • Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes October 26, 2015, 9:57 am

    I much prefer ordering a bunch of side dishes when I’m out to dinner! Those sprouts look soooo good!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 26, 2015, 2:13 pm

    I’m a huge fan of the Enjoy Life brand mini chips. The minis make me happy.

    I’m so glad you got to meet up with Michelle again.