Birthday Fun in the City & Dinner at Hillstone

forty carrots frozen yogurt


Monday birthdays can actually be really amazing. It’s waking up on Tuesday to realize it’s only Tuesday and you have to jump back into regular life after your birthday that can be a bit of a problem.

The first day of 39 though was worth being beyond tired yesterday to the point where I skipped my run and even turned off the Pure Barre workout I had started. I went to sleep late Monday night and had to be up early yesterday to pick up my son from my parents in order to get him to school on time.

My body, and even my brain, were both completely uninterested in any type of movement which may have had something to do with lack of sleep. Or the wine. Or walking something over like 60 city blocks plus a few avenues but who’s counting.

I worked through the morning on Monday from home but had my game plan all ready for Monday afternoon after a quick drive (no traffic!) to the city.

Park car, walk over to Bloomingdales, head straight to seventh floor for the Forty Carrots frozen yogurt, proceed to eat while shopping.

Forty Carrots likes to put the toppings in the middle which helps you to not lose any on top. 🙂

forty carrots frozen yogurt

I felt a ping in my heart for the days when Heather and I would parade ourselves through the second floor of Bloomingdales, spending hours upon hours trying on clothes and then hitting the makeup < – Wait! This means I remember my early 20’s!

While Heather wasn’t with me this time, I did call her a few times while shopping. The afternoon hours on Monday flew by in a flash between looking around Bloomingdales, playing at the makeup counters and popping into Saks too.

We had dinner at Hillstone which is one of my favorite restaurants. Houston’s (which is a part of Hillstone) closed in my area so going to Hillstone in the city was an extra special treat.

We started with two sushi rolls (unpictured) and I ordered the vegetable plate. The vegetable plate allowed me to select four side dishes as my meal. I went with the baked potato (best baked potatoes ever!) plus cauliflower, cole slaw (their cole slaw is amazing) and a roasted pepper and feta thing. So good.

hillstone vegetable plate

For dessert we shared the brownie sundae (because sometimes I am capable of sharing).

brownie sundae

The forecast had called for rain all day and night but I lucked out because there wasn’t even a drizzle the entire time. It turned out to be a really nice night!


When I tell you I dragged yesterday from all of the fun on Monday, I really mean I DRAGGED. This being 39 thing totally reinforces the fact that I need every minute of my sleep because without it at this age, I am a total mess.

Thanks again to everyone who reached out to wish me a Happy Birthday!

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Do you have a Houston’s or Hillstone near you? What’s your favorite dish?

Do you function well with little sleep or is it getting harder as you get older?


Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

13 thoughts on “Birthday Fun in the City & Dinner at Hillstone”

  1. Belated Happy Birthday wishes! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful day!
    My Birthday was a Tuesday this year and I unfortunately spent a very boring day at work so it wasn’t that much fun…

    Rachel | Coffee & Avocados

  2. I love the idea of putting the toppings in the middle of the frozen yogurt! I hate eating all the toppings first and Id rather be able to enjoy them with all the fro-yo. Glad you had a great birthday!

  3. So happy you had an awesome bday!! Copying you and going to Hillstone tomorrow evening. I have walked by a million times, but have never tried it. Your restaurant recommendations are always spot on!! You’ll be 39 and holding forever!!!

  4. THAT BROWNIE!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm so glad you had such a fun birthday! I've always reacted poorly to not enough sleep and it only gets worse with age. Anything under 7 hours of sleep and I'm shattered the next day!

  5. Sounds like you had a great birthday! That brownie looks amazing. I need a lot of sleep otherwise it messes with me – like when I got a poor night’s sleep after CIM and then got sick. I used to sleep less but once I turned 22 I needed at least 7 hours.

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