lunch with Michele at Bloomingdales, beach day & really good salads


My weekend can be summed up in salads, summer weather and a really fun day with Michele at Bloomingdales. Let’s take a look!

We are definitely regulars at Chopt. Do I love it? It’s not my most favorite place to have a salad but my son is obsessed.

chopt salad

In the Chopt Mix:

  • Romaine/Spinach
  • Beets
  • Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Charred Onions
  • Quinoa
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes

I was up early for Saturday’s long run since I wanted to meet Michele in the city by 11:00 am the latest. I don’t like to rush my workouts so I made sure I gave myself enough time to run at a leisurely pace (workout recap here if you missed it) and then enjoy my post-run oats in a jar.

post run oats in a jar

Michele is a lot nicer than I am. She made it to the city and parked her car a few minutes ahead of me yet waited outside Bloomingdales rather than go inside to start shopping as I would have done if I arrived first.


Lunch at the Bloomingdales’ restaurant, Forty Carrots meant frozen yogurt for me. Some days I do crave real food for lunch after a long run but most of the time, sweet is what I want.

Besides, it’s really hard to pass up Forty Carrots frozen yogurt because I have always loved it so much. I would say half of the Forty Carrots menu features the various frozen yogurt meal options and toppings which means I am not the only one who eats frozen yogurt for lunch in this world.

I went with the fruit salad served with plain and chocolate frozen yogurt plus a side of chocolate chips.

forty carrots lunch

It was awesome catching up with Michele over lunch while shopping. We weren’t sure at first where we would meet for lunch, we just knew we were meeting somewhere in the city. When I said let’s do Bloomingdales, there was no turning back from that idea! So much fun.

The two of us fools attempted a few selfies in the handbag department. It was pretty funny.

michele and me

Even better is that Bloomingdales isn’t crowded on a sunny Saturday in the summer since most people leave the city on the weekend in favor of the beach.


The traffic heading into the city and even driving in the city was nice and light yet my ride home was horrendous. I guess there were some people who didn’t exit the city on Friday (Friday afternoon beach traffic heading east is usually the worst) so it took me almost TWO HOURS to get home.

I was back in time for dinner at the East Bay diner. I love their giant Portobello mushroom and avocado salad. We also ordered onion rings but I didn’t get a picture.

diner salad

We ended up at the beach on Sunday which wasn’t the original plan but I am not complaining.

It was gorgeous outside, the humidity was low and the people watching was on point.


We had lunch at Gino’s and I think I will be recreating this cranberry, candied walnut and goat cheese salad at home. I used to make salads like this but there was something about this specific one that was legendary.

It might have been the ratio of each ingredient. I will figure it out!

cranberry, walnut and goat cheese salad

Oh right, there was a Cold Stone thrown into my weekend too. I didn’t love it though. I have a feeling the fudge brownie yogurt was freezer burned. I ate it anyway but with each bite, I sort of tasted that freezer taste. The cookie dough chunks were delicious though.

cold stone sundae

We are leaving for Hershey Park tomorrow! I haven’t fully decided my posting schedule while we are there. I have a fun post planned for tomorrow and maybe one more to share this week too. I am going to try to pop in though from Hershey to say hi but in the meantime, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as I will probably update those most!

Have a great week. 🙂

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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine June 27, 2016, 5:23 am

    Everything about your weekend looks so perfect! I really miss being able to just drive to the beach for a few hours. And your lunch/shopping with Michele sounds so fun! Have a great time at Hershey Park!!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 5:39 am

      thank you! I was going to email you to see how you are and how your foot is feeling!

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma June 27, 2016, 6:03 am

    One thing I miss about Long Island is how easy it is to get to the beach! Here it’s impossible so we avoid for day trips. The picture of me standing outside the store is such a “me” picture lol. Had so much fun!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 6:05 am

      amazing how you move just a little bit further away and the beach becomes impossible and a real destination. such a great time! we will do it again soon! I thought of you yesterday when I got the cranberry walnut salad after we just talked about it lol

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe June 27, 2016, 6:41 am

    I cracked up when I saw your salad and froyo picture on IG–alllll the good stuff, and with excellent company to boot!
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  • Jen@bubblyrunner.com June 27, 2016, 8:12 am

    Such a fun weekend! I’m a huge fan of dried cherries+nuts+goat cheese in salads too. Oh and avocado, I always need avocado in my salads. I’m super jealous of your Cold Stone trip–there’s one not horribly far away from me, but it’s such a pain to get to that I rarely go.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 8:22 am

      love cold stone. so many locations closed here but I am close enough to one that is still open

  • Sara @ Oats & Rows June 27, 2016, 8:19 am

    Seems like you had a great weekend filled with amazing eats! I had Chopt over the weekend, too but the best thing I ate was a bleu cheese soufflé and a pesto and goat cheese flatbread that I shared with friends at a local tapas place.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 8:21 am

      see, chopt was not the best you had this weekend either! I don’t know what it is about that place, I like it, but I think I make a better salad at home!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 27, 2016, 8:24 am

    So fun that you got to meet up with Michele! I saw that goat cheese salad in IG and have been craving a salad like that since.
    Best thing I ate this weekend was a currywurst and beer. So worth it.
    Enjoy Hershey Park!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 8:30 am

      it’s one of those salads I randomly crave, it’s so good! I have to get some candied walnuts for the house so I can make the salad.

  • Lizzie June 27, 2016, 8:28 am

    I love what you got for lunch at Bloomingdales! Fresh fruit, fro yo, and chocolate chips, YUM! My favorite salad topping other than grilled chicken or shrimp is snap peas right now! This morning I got in my normal 8 miler. Have fun in Hershey, I grew up not too far from there so I have been there several times. (If you are looking for a yummy treat, Chocolate World’s milkshakes are a must!)

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 8:29 am

      we love chocolate world! I actually want to get the baked oatmeal that I had there a few years ago. I remember it so perfectly! so many good desserts to choose from, I don’t know what I will do with myself lol

  • Arthi June 27, 2016, 8:33 am

    Looks like a fun weekend!

    Nothing wrong with froyo for lunch! That’s what I did yesterday and it was the best thing I consumed all weekend. Menchie’s frozen yogurt – cake batter + salted caramel with a little granola on top.

    Workout for the day – 60 minute sculpt class at CorePower. Kicks my butt every time!
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  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl June 27, 2016, 9:51 am

    I love the froyo at 40 carrots, so good and the portions are generous! I was one of the people getting out on Friday for the weekend so totally missed the empty Park Avenue sight on a summer Saturday, but it is familiar. So different to during the week with the stream of people in suits heading downtown for work.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles June 27, 2016, 9:57 am

      omg I totally missed that you got engaged! I still can’t see your posts in my bloglovin feed. this has to change! mazel tov

  • Sarah @pickyrunner June 27, 2016, 10:12 am

    Such a great weekend! I could go for frozen yogurt for lunch. Genius idea. And the side of chocolate chips and fruit? Perfection. Boston was so packed this weekend even though so many people head to the Cape. I don’t understand it. I certainly would prefer to spend my weekends in RI which is what I did for about half the weekend. City traffic is the WORST.
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  • Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales June 27, 2016, 11:16 am

    All this food looks so good! The huge salads and that frozen yogurt. Best thing I ate over the weekend? Charcuterie platter with wine and cheese on Friday night!
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  • Meah June 27, 2016, 12:33 pm

    The best thing I ate has got to be some mint chocolate Nada Moo. Nothin’s better than ice cream in the summer! You’ve got me craving some fresh salad now too. Fruit is my #1 must for salad toppings. The sweet taste they add transforms leafy greens. For workouts this week, to take the stress out of planning, I’m doing Fitness Blender’s 5 Day Strong and Lean Challenge with maybe a few easy runs, walks, or yoga thrown in there. Hope you have an amazing week!

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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. June 27, 2016, 10:03 pm

    Serious FOMO over here! Promise that WHEN I come visit, we can all hang out and go shopping and eat? Yeah? Sounds good 😀
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  • Caroline M June 27, 2016, 10:15 pm

    What a lovely weekend (minus the traffic!)! I love seeing bloggers meet up. There’s something fun and kind of weird (in a good way) about it, like seeing your teacher at the grocery store. All your salads look so great too. I’m craving a sweet salad like that cranberry walnut one. I’ll have to recreate for myself!
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  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 30, 2016, 8:09 am

    Your weekend sounds fantastic minus the two hour car ride home on Saturday. I’m glad you and Michele are so close and can connect. It’s always cool when blog friends can actually get together in person.
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