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Black Tap NYC & Top 5 Summer 2016

 

My finger clicked on something in my blog editor which displayed the stats for this quarter’s top viewed blog posts, sparking the idea for today’s post. I want to share with you the most viewed blog posts this summer and then follow them up with my favorite moments from summer 2016.

Top 5 Reader Favorite Blog Posts:

How To Roast Frozen Vegetables <- Doesn’t shock me, this is always my top viewed post!

Pure Barre Pure Results Review <- I promise to get my next Pure Barre workout review up asap!

Cold S’mores (no bake & super easy) <- Seriously so easy to make and delicious too. A perfect snack.

Quick & Easy Plant Based Stir Fry (Visa Gift Card giveaway) <- There’s still time to enter for a chance to win!

June 5, Tush Issues & Birthday Cakes <- Ha, I make myself laugh and clearly I make other people laugh too.

My Top 5 Favorite Summer 2016:

1. Memorial Day Weekend Recap:

It’s always exciting when the unofficial start of summer rolls around! Looking back at this post now, I am a little bit sad that I only ran the boardwalk once this summer but it’s been so super hot that I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

long beach boardwalk

2. Our Trip To Hershey Park

We went to Hershey Park for a few days back in June before my son started camp. We love going to Hershey and hope to go again next summer although really, I hope to run the Hershey Half Marathon next fall!

I finally devoted a blog post to my first half marathon experience which was at Hershey Park back in October of 2012. You can read that race recap here if you missed it.

hershey bar

3. I ran one race this summer, the Independence Day Run on July 4th.

I don’t love racing in the heat nor do I love running short distances but I do appreciate this hometown race on the holiday. Plus, they give watermelon at the finish line.

finish line at race

4. The Red Carpet Event for work back in July was super awesome. Of course it stands out in my mind because the desserts were out of control but overall, it was an amazing event industry get together hosted and sponsored by a serious group of leading New York event industry professionals. You can read more about the Red Carpet Event here.

AllSeated event photo booth

5. We finally went to Black Tap NYC to try the crazy shakes this week!

I don’t have a bucket list but if I did, the shakes at Black Tap would be on the list for sure. We headed into the city the other day on a mission to try the Black Tap shakes just to see what all the hoopla has been about.

It’s an unassuming place by the way. Nothing fancy, just a random bar in the Meatpacking District of the city.

Black Tap NYC

We thought we would have to wait on a line outside for a crazy long time based on what we have heard but we were seated within minutes.

I can’t say we liked our seats though. We were crammed in between other people at a long high top table and it was extremely warm in there but hey, we wanted to try the shakes so we stuck it out.

Here’s the shakes menu:

black tap nyc shakes menu

I was deciding between The Cookie Shake and the Brooklyn Blackout. I went with the Brooklyn Blackout mainly because of the chocolate frosted rim instead of the vanilla frosted rim on The Cookie Shake.

Black Tap NYC Brooklyn Blackout Shake

Look at this thing! Loaded with giant brownies, chocolate chips, chocolate frosting and whipped cream. Don’t ask me how the actual shake tasted since I was all about the toppings. I didn’t care to take more than a sip of the shake, I am really not a shake person anyway. Why drink my meal? I prefer to chew.

Black Tap NYC Brooklyn Blackout Shake

If I were to go back to Black Tap, I would definitely try The Cookie Shake or even the Sweet N Salty. The Cookie Shake was really cool because it had chipwiches stuck on just like the brownies were positioned in my shake.

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Have you been to Black Tap? Which shake(s) did you try?

3 things you plan to do this weekend?

 

 

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  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine September 2, 2016, 5:25 am

    I always think its funny/interesting which posts draw peoples attention (or get alot of hits from search engines!) You did alot of fun things this summer! I really don’t know where the last few months went but it helps to be able to look back at blog posts and see what I did:)
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 2, 2016, 8:49 am

      yeah, I am amused at which posts randomly pop up from search engine terms too.

  • Evangeline September 2, 2016, 8:16 am

    What a fun summer recap! Looks like it was a good one 🙂 I have never been to Black Tap before, but boy would I like to go there some day soon. I’m a sucker for extravagant dessert creations.

    Three things I’m doing this week: running(hopefully), homework, and baking. I can’t wait!
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  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes September 2, 2016, 8:32 am

    I showed Ryan the photo of the shake last night and he was amazed at how over the top it was! Like Lisa said, it’s funny to me which posts attract the most readers. Some I can predict and others surprise me.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles September 2, 2016, 8:49 am

      so over the top, that’s what made them famous! definitely glad we finally tried it

  • Arthi September 2, 2016, 8:36 am

    That milkshake is outrageous!

    Three things I got planned this weekend:
    -NOT a super long run! Much needed cut back week in our training plan!
    -Friend’s “Fancy Friday” party tonight … Basically a reason to get dressed up and drink champagne
    -And that’s about it 🙂 Love not booking myself solid over long weekends!
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  • Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday September 2, 2016, 8:47 am

    OMG I’m not a shake person either, but the Sweet N Salty has my name all over it.
    Three things this weekend: go go-carting with my dad (I’m honestly terrified), watch the first OSU football game, and binge watch The Americans.
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  • Britt September 2, 2016, 9:16 am

    I love this post!! The Black Tap looks so good- I might have to convince my boyfriend to come with me there this weekend!! That shake though…I’m like you, sipping my food doesn’t exactly appeal to me, I’d much rather chew, and that brownie shake/sundae looks incredible 🙂 Happy Labor Day Weekend!

  • Emily September 3, 2016, 10:30 am

    I’m totally with you on shakes; my favorite way to eat them is with crunchy toppings or mix-ins!

  • Melissa H September 3, 2016, 5:13 pm

    Oh man! I wouldn’t even know where to start with that shake but know I’d like some elbow room to get in there. 🙂 Related, I eat like a barbarian. My husband doesn’t like sweet treats (I know), which means no need to share. Weekend plans are packing to move, napping, and running. Now adding eating chocolate chips to that list!

  • michele @ paleorunningmomma September 4, 2016, 7:20 am

    Holy moly that shake! Not surprised about the frozen veggie one since people need practical advice all the time. Sort of funny though!
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