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I'm Safe in Long Beach

by Meghann on April 21, 2009

Greetings from the West Coast!


It has been a LONG day of traveling and working. So far I am enjoying my trip and can’t wait to see the new challenges the rest of the week brings.

Caitlin earned the title of bestest friend ever when she got up with me at 5:00am this morning to take me to the airport. I had a handful of Shredded Wheat on my way out the door to stop the early growls of my stomach.

Since my plane took off at 6:30am Florida time and I would be landing 9:30am California time I knew breakfast would be tricky. Traveling backwards in time always throws my eating schedule off and I knew it was going to have to be one of those days when I would eat more then usual to try to balance myself out.

I managed to at least holding off eating my breakfast until the plane took off, but there was no way I could have waited any longer. Seriously how do people go without breakfast in the morning? I was starving when I pulled out my eats.


The night before I had made up a wonderful breakfast cookie using 1/2 cup Oats, 1 spoonful Apple Sauce, 1 spoonful Yogurt, 1 spoonful Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter, Dried Cranberries, Mini Chocolate Chips, Walnuts and Shredded Coconut. I had left the cookie in the fridge overnight and carried it one with me. I then picked up a cup of Fruit Salad in the food court.

Honestly the pre-made breakfast cookie was the best idea I ever had for bringing on the plane. It was still the perfect texture when I went to eat it and tasted way better then anything I could have picked up in the airport. Next time you travel I highly suggest bringing a breakfast cookie with you!

During the plane ride I watched Marley & Me and bawled my eyes out. The second time watching it was just as sad as the first tie I saw it back in December. It really made me miss my Abbie who is spending the week with my Parents.

The breakfast cookie and fruit salad kept me full for the majority of my 5 hour flight, but right before landing I new I needed a little something so I would make it to lunch once we settled into the hotel.


After reading Gliding Calm’s review of You Bar’s Honey Cashew Bar I knew I had to try it ASAP. SHe had nothing but good things to say about this bar and I have to say she was right! I LOVED the Cashew Butter base and the whole bar melted in your mouth like a candy bar. Soooo yummy!

Once we landed a town car was waiting to take us to our hotel. Even though it was on the early side our rooms were all ready for us.


Got to love the accommodations. πŸ˜‰

Over the past few months I have been in charge of coordinating everyone’s hotel reservations and working closely with our events management contact at the hotel. He was sweet and left me a little gift basket in the room.


Of course I had to have the fresh Strawberries from the basket ASAP.


Then finally we headed out for an early/late lunch. It was 11:00am Long Beach Time and 1:00pm Florida time. I guess that’s the best middle ground we could ask for.

After hopping on the bus to the Shoreline we decided eating outside at The Yard House would be the best option.


We were literally one of the first groups to walk in the door for lunch, it was empty.


I have a feeling I will be coming back to this place during my visit, check out the hundreds of beers on top!


After perusing the menu I decided on the Ahi Tuna Steak Sandwich.


I asked for no aoili sauce, no butter on the bun and steamed broccoli instead of fries.


The meal was soooo good!!! My tuna was perfectly rare and the carmelized onions gave just the right amount of sweetness. I loved it!

We got straight to work after lunch collecting all of the materials for the conference. We do not have a rental car and accidentally ended up taking a tour of Long Beach by getting on the wrong buses, but we made it. Tomorrow we just have some last minute details to attend to and conference registration begins in the afternoon!

We finished up pretty early so we took the bus to Belmount Shores and walked around a bit. While I am in Califronia I had two must haves on my list #1 Trader Joes…. #2 Pinkberry!


We found a Pinkberry in Belmount Shores and I immediately dragged my supervisor and co-worker in for an afternoon treat.


I ordered a small Original with Shaved White Chocolate Pieces, Raspberries & Blueberries. It was amazing!!! Now all I need is the find a Trader Joes.

We then hit up the not so impressive Rock Bottom Brewery


It is a micro-brewery place right next to the hotel that only serves its own microbrews and honestly none of them sounded great. I ended up ordering their version of Wheat Beer and only drank it because I was really thirsty and really needed a beer.


We decided against staying at the Brewery for dinner and instead headed back to the Shoreline to Tequila Jack’s for our grub.


I ordered the Vegetable Wet Burrito with Verde Salsa, No Cheese and Black Beans instead of Refried.

  • Burrito Attempt #1 – I had two bites and realized there was pork inside
  • Burrito Attempt #2 – They had refried beans instead of the requested black beans
  • Burrito Attempt # 3 – Finally got it right.


I ate about 70% of the Burrito, 50% of the Black Beans and a few bites of rice. I also snacked on some Guacamole while I was waiting for my order to be corrected 3 different times. I left feeling really stuffed and tired.

I think the Mexican was a bit too much for me tonight. RIght now I feel so sick and bloated I never want to eat again. I hate that feeling and I just need to remember it the rest of this week as I see my co-workers order drink after drink and order these huge meals out each night. I need to keep repeating to myself to keep it in moderation until I can get back to my home cooking.

Tomorrow I plan on getting up early and running the trail along the water. I can’t wait! I have been watching runners all day its getting me antsy to get out there and so my own thing. West Coast running here I come!

1 runsarah April 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Too bad about the burrito…I am always upset when I find meat accidentally put in my order. Have an awesome trail run tomorrow!

2 helpmeghanrun April 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Looks like a fun day of traveling! Enjoy your business trip; it sounds like you’re on the right path with your approach to eating out all the time.

Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
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3 Sandy April 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Glad you had safe travel’s!! Love all the picture’s..Have a fabulous run in the morning!!

4 Erin April 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

What a beautiful looking place. Have fun and glad you found Pinkberry! I’d love to try that place!

5 Hallie April 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Welcome to my neck of the woods (eh…well close enough). I don’t like beer, but the food at Rock Bottom is actually decent, for what it is. Good entree salads.

And it sounds like you don’t want another greasy food adventure, but you might want to consider stopping at In N Out for a burger to the complete So Cal experience. And if you do, ask for “whole grilled onions” on the burger…so good!

Good luck tomorrow!

6 Marissa April 21, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Looks like a very nice hotel!

7 carolinebee April 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm

OMG so exciting! You are hittin’ all my hotspots haha, I’m glad u made it safely and your hotel looks so nice! Do u wanna go to TJ’s tomorrow?? I can pick u up and we can go there, and either pick up dinner or eat somewhere on 2nd street, or whatevs you wanna do πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

8 broccolihut April 22, 2009 at 12:00 am

Pinkberry! I have heard so much about it but never seen it. Your combo looks great!

9 Pearl April 22, 2009 at 12:11 am

looks like you’re having a great time in long beach! i second hallie’s suggestion – it completes the west coast experience! πŸ˜‰

10 L.A. Daze April 22, 2009 at 12:24 am

Welcome to Long Beach! You’re literally 2 blocks from my apartment. If you ever want to make a TJ’s run, or try In-N-Out, or grab something from Whole Foods, or just hang out, let me know! I’ll be more than happy to pick you up.

11 Leah April 22, 2009 at 1:41 am

Looks like you are having so much fun! I notice a couple of readers willing to take you to TJ’s! I’d take them up on that offer if I were you!

12 landoffruitsandnuts April 22, 2009 at 2:59 am

Welcome to CA, Meghann! Glad you made it safe & are enjoying the eats & sites. Have a great run in the AM

13 Andrea April 22, 2009 at 3:29 am

I’m glad you’re having a good time so far and I’m happy you got to try Pinkberry!
You do have to be careful when on a business trip – all the eating out catches up with you quick!

14 coco April 22, 2009 at 3:33 am

your work trip seems so fun!!! And that breakfast cookie idea is really good…. better than bringing oatmeal πŸ™‚ Adopted!!! hahah…

15 sarah (ghost world) April 22, 2009 at 5:02 am

even though you didn’t feel 100% fantastic last night, seeing how you put your own healthy twist on things but still enjoy the fun is great. overall, you’re doing such an amazing job — breakfast cookie, a healthy lunch, drinks in moderation — plus the run you have planned for the AM sounds fantastic!

i am dying to try pinkberry. DYING! i have trader joe’s in walking distance from my house (well, more like running distance) but i rarely go there!

16 Leanne April 22, 2009 at 5:53 am

Something about Mexican makes it so hard to stop eating! I always feel like that when I’m finished too.

17 Emily April 22, 2009 at 5:57 am

Sorry about the Mexican food coma but I’m glad you are enjoying your trip; that gift basket is so sweet!

18 Bec April 22, 2009 at 5:57 am

have a blast this week on your work trip, your lunch looks amazing!

19 Shelby April 22, 2009 at 6:26 am

My mom has a Zbar in the morning…thats it. I mean it’s something but how can you eat so little in the morning?! I don’t get it. I eat one of my biggest meals for breakfast.

Stunning pictures!

20 AshB April 22, 2009 at 6:35 am

<3 pinkberry!

21 VeggieGirl April 22, 2009 at 6:55 am

Thank goodness you made it safely!! I’m so envious of that weather, haha πŸ˜€

22 glidingcalm April 22, 2009 at 6:59 am

Thank you for the shout out lady! Appreciate!!!

And dang….have you had some amazing eats. That sammy, the Mexican meal, and OH MY GOSH- pinkberry! Can’t tell ya how jealz I am!

Have a great week!!!

23 Danielle April 22, 2009 at 7:24 am

Everything looks so delicious!
Enjoy you’re time in Cali! Hope you get a great run in today!

24 Mica April 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

Glad you got there safely!

Enjoy West Coast running this morning.

25 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 22, 2009 at 7:29 am

Looks like you are having fun already!! Everything is beautiful!

26 Lauren April 22, 2009 at 7:30 am

Sweet gift basket – and the weather looks gorgeous!

27 Betsy April 22, 2009 at 8:03 am

Glad to hear the trip is going well so far – hope west coast running is nice. πŸ™‚

28 Amanda April 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

It is definitely tricky to stay healthy on business trips – it often seems like I am the only one who cares about being healthy!! My trick is to exercise in the am, keep breakfast and lunch completely in check, and then enjoy a drink or two with co-workers while trying to keep dinner reasonable. Just remember that you’ll be back to normal soon!!

29 Christy April 22, 2009 at 8:20 am

Welcome to the West Coast! I am from San Diego and I love the Yard House! They really do have the best beer selection in town. And if you haven’t been to a Trader Joe’s yet, you’re in for a treat! You can definitely spend a good amount of time wandering around in there reading about all their products. I haven’t been to a Pinkberry, but my husband and I LOVE Golden Spoon, another frozen yogurt place. Enjoy your week!

30 redheadyellowdog April 22, 2009 at 8:23 am

So glad your trip is going well!!

I love your quest for Trader Joes! i remember when i moved from FL to NC I FREAKED OUT when i figured out our apartment was 2 miles from a Trader Joes and 1 mile from a target. what more could a girl want?

31 Rose April 22, 2009 at 8:32 am

I love Rock Bottom. We go there often πŸ™‚

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

32 Lyss April 22, 2009 at 8:34 am

Ahhhhhh, Pinkberry is my jammmmm! Do they still have the pomegranate flavor? They did in NYC over my spring break and I was all over that. So Cal is my favorite place in the world; soak it up while you can! πŸ™‚

33 gina (fitnessista) April 22, 2009 at 8:34 am

nice breakfast cookie
have so much fun!

34 MaryBe April 22, 2009 at 8:48 am

I think you are 3 hours behind, not 2?
Everything looks wonderful, thanks for taking us to CA with you!

35 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 22, 2009 at 8:52 am

GREAT pictures, everything looks wonderful… and i can’t believe you went to yard house, pinkberry AND rock bottom!

36 Jess April 22, 2009 at 8:53 am

Having just recently flown out to San Fran for work I understand the weird flying back in time thing! LOVE YardHouse. They opened one in Palm Beach Garden 2 years ago and it was one of my fave places to go while I was still in school down there!
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
PS. Glad that you got to go to PinkBerry. I didn’t get the chance when I was there and really wanted to go, since I love Gurtzberry in Winter Park so much.

37 Debbie~ April 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

I know how that feels after you’ve eaten a big, filling meal..not fun at all. I think that’s great that you’re trying to make healthy choices while on business. It can be challenging when you see everyone else indulging…have a wonderful trip:)

38 Sarah April 22, 2009 at 9:33 am

I used to travel a lot for work- and sometimes I was away for 2 or more months at a time! It’s definitely challenging. I always did the normal breakfast & lunch, and splurge a little at dinner approach. Unfortunately travelling for work also meant very long hours for me, so I often missed my workouts. Even though it was not the healthiest, I still had so many great experiences. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

39 Kristin April 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

Pinkberry!!!! Lucky! I’ve been wanting to try pinkberry forevs!

40 Jordan April 22, 2009 at 9:42 am

I hope you got a free tab after all those screw ups! Haha. Man, that tuna sandwich looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I love ahi tuna. Mmmmmm. I miss you woman!

41 Quinn April 22, 2009 at 9:57 am

Glad you got in safely, and great foresight with the oatmeal breakfast cookie. I’ve got to do that for my next morning flight.

We have Rock Bottoms here. They are kind of meh…

I used to travel a lot at another company, and I found I often lost weight on those trips and was able to maintain. You’re going to be running around, not snacking, and you don’t want to be the colleague that “drank too much last night.” You’ll do great and I have every confidence that you will find your balance out there. Enjoy it!

42 brandi April 22, 2009 at 9:57 am

I”m glad you got there safely! the breakfast cookie was a great idea for the plane ride. I’ll have to remember that for trips to come.

have a great run!

43 elise April 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

haha… i rarely went to long beach, but i def know all the places you are going!! good thing ill be back in CA again in a couple weeks otherwise id be SOOPAH jeal. enjoy that sunshine and TJs. they dont have TJs where you live?! GASP!!! oh and say hi to caroline, haha!

44 ~carolyn~ April 22, 2009 at 10:17 am

Glad you are enjoying California so far. I think you have a healthy attitude for your eating. I used to be in Sales and traveled often to Trade Shows..*danger*danger*!!! The key is…stay away from the booze.
You will looooove Trader Joe’s! Be sure you give yourself plenty of time to cruise every aisle! Enjoy.

45 Kelly L. April 22, 2009 at 10:22 am

Hey Meghann,

What do you do? What is your conference for?

46 Danica April 22, 2009 at 10:40 am

I LOVE PinkBerry – your froyo looks amazing! That was so sweet that they left you a gift basket too – how fun! Good luck with the conference but I am sure you won’t need it.

47 Sara April 22, 2009 at 10:44 am

Welcome to the West Coast! Yard House is so yummy. Great idea with the breakfast cookie! I travel often for work, so I’ll have to steal your idea. πŸ™‚

48 EatingRD April 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

That’s how I get when I have to eat out all the time when traveling. Sometimes it makes me blah to eat out that much and I wish I could have a little kitchen to make things myself. Have a good trip!


49 Kristine April 22, 2009 at 11:00 am

I know what you mean when you say that travelling throws off your eating schedule but just remember that you will be back to normal in no time! Enjoy your trip πŸ™‚

50 ksgoodeats April 22, 2009 at 11:08 am

Glad you’re safe and sound in Long Beach – Enjoy!!

51 rhodeygirl April 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

while pinkberry is fab i find its older cousin BABY-YO in italia to be much tastier.. it is less sweet and more lemony.

i hate food coma. thanks for being so honest with us, it is good to know i am not the only one that gets sucked into such situations. sometimes i forget that i don’t HAVE to order a drink/eat my whole meal/order an app even if everyone else is.

also, great job on the eating out modifications!

52 Erin April 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

What a fun trip so far. Look at all those beers on tap! Woah…jealous.


53 Kath April 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

I didn’t realize breakfast cookies “worked” without protein powder. Guess I’ll have to give one a try!

And I hear ya on the overeating – I totally know how you felt at that minute.

54 Meganerd April 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm

<3 Pinkberry!!!

How do you make the breakfast cookie?

55 Leanne April 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I was also wondering about how to make the breakfast cookie . Do you bake it? or just let it settle in the refrigerator?

Enjoy sunny Cal!

56 Sweet and Fit April 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

omgosh! you are hitting up all the best places – we have Rock Bottom here in the DC area too, I haven’t been there though.

so jealous of your pinkberry trip! I really hope you enjoy trader joe’s – they have so many neat things at really affordable prices. To me, they are like an affordable whole foods.

57 alessa April 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm

i know someone already mentioned golden spoon.. but there is one right by the trader joes in long beach! i am there all the time with my boyfriend and golden spoon and yogurtland are two of our favs. have fun!

58 Amandaa April 22, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Lucky duck! Pinkberry has my heart. I treasure
it whenever I’m in New York. And pray that they
will build one WAY SOON in Philadelphia. Psh.

What a lovely gift basket. How sweet. Peanut

59 Stephanie April 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I am so glad that you were able to try Pinkberry. My favorite is the Pomegranate flavor with granola, rasberries and blueberries – it really is the best stuff (Golden Spoon is good for ice cream flavored yogurt, but Pinkberry has great yogurt flavored yogurt).

If you are near the Rock Bottom brewery, you may be near Pine Street. If so, I strongly recommend that you try Sevilla – excellent, excellent Spanish food!

And, please do the breakfast cookie for dummies instruction when you get back – I can’t figure out how that would work, but it sounds soooo good!

60 Emily in MD April 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm

If you go back to Rock Bottom, try out the Lumpy Dog which is a light beer, it’s delicious!

61 Emily in MD April 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Sweet and Fit – it’s in downtown Bethesda. They have great happy hour specials on Tuesday and Thursday πŸ™‚

62 Laura April 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Have fun in CA! Traveling for work can be so much fun! I always loved all the free meals. πŸ˜‰

63 Caitlin April 22, 2009 at 7:21 pm

enjoy your trip!

the bfast cookie is such a good idea for traveling. I will definitely have to keep that in mind!

64 Sally April 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Mexican food is yummy, but very filling.

65 biz319 April 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I’ve never liked Rock Bottom Brewery – I hate a place that doesn’t even offer Miller Lite!

Glad you made it safely and love the loot at the hotel!

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