Catching Up + Recent Eats + Beach Day



Who else is super confused as to what day it is today?! Yesterday at the beach felt like a Saturday although with my son away, every day lately feels sort of like a Friday since I am free to come and go as I please!

You know I like to take advantage of my kid-free time so I have been making the most of it when I’m not working. Aside from cleaning closets and drawers little by little, I’ve been out and about as much as possible.

Monday night I was at Salt & Barrel.  What a great spot! I don’t normally frequent this area but the restaurant is located right along the route for the Great South Bay Half Marathon which I last ran in 2015. Gosh time flies!

tuna tartare

Yum. This frosé tasted like a dessert!


Back to my favorite salad at The Cheesecake Factory. It was nice to take a break for a bit to have the Vegan Cobb Salad instead of my usual but it was time to return to my all-time go-to BBQ Ranch Salad.

bbq ranch salad

We’ve been having a heat wave here in New York which means I order iced coffee. I’ve got an almost daily Dunkin Donuts habit going on right now which isn’t the best for my wallet but whatever, I’m in a phase.

iced coffee

Beach day yesterday!


I realized while walking on the boardwalk in Long Beach that I haven’t even given thought to running the boardwalk this summer. Remember last year on July 4th when I was running the boardwalk and found myself mixed inside a 5K race? That was funny. I would be really surprised if I decided to drive to Long Beach to run this summer. It could happen if someone else asks me to tag along but the motivation that I used to have to go on my own is not there.

Long Beach boardwalk

^ That white building is the Allegria Hotel where I had my awesome birthday brunch a month ago!

I’ve got a lot of beach totes which I’m rotating this summer! Yesterday was my first time using this particular Henri Bendel tote and I really liked it! I can’t find the exact link but this striped canvas large tote looks perfect for the summer – it’s even bigger than mine and has the shoulder straps with the ever-important water-resistant lining.  

Henri Bendel beach tote

Also! Definitely get the trio set of toiletry bags if you haven’t yet. Either this set or this set are so perfect for makeup, the gym, travel, or the beach! I always have one of the bags from the set in my beach bag to hold my sunblock and whatever else. And what’s really nice is how durable they are and water-resistant!

I love days in Long Beach because we can easily walk into town for lunch. Per the usual, we went to Gino’s for pizza and salad.


salad and pizza

In other random news, I ordered a new crochet lace dress cover-up from the Gap on a whim. I have no idea how it will fit but even after discussing cover-ups recently in my  swimsuit shopping mindset post, I still don’t have the right mix of cover-ups in my wardrobe. I like that the Gap offers petites so I am hoping it fits well and that I love it when it arrives!

Hope everyone had a really nice 4th of July!

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How was your holiday? What did you do?

Do you like iced coffee this time of year? How do you order it and where do you like to get it?

Have you ever had frosé?

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.

4 thoughts on “Catching Up + Recent Eats + Beach Day”

  1. My 4th of July was SUPER chill; just hung out with my grandma at home and then made a berry crisp for the family and myself hehe. Iced coffee YAS. ALL DAY ERRY DAY in the summer. I usually just get it with a splash of almond or oat milk (#basic). I’m also quite snobby about my coffee, so I hit up all the artisanal coffee spots in NYC :p

  2. Last year I was obsessed with cold brew coffee all summer long. Now that it’s finally warm I will have to go get some! It sounds like you had a fun Fourth!

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