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I had a great night out. :)  My dates were Diana and Cindi, who are both so sweet and fun to hang out with!  I really appreciate all the Charlotte bloggers + readers taking me in and showing me around.

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Before dinner, I snacked on Pomegranate Greek yogurt + cereal.


And then Diana came over for a bit and we split an IPA beer.  It was very hoppy!


We went to Big Daddy’s Burger Bar (same place as last night!) and tried some fun things on the menu…


Like fried pickles!  Apparently this is a Southern thing.  I had a few; I don’t think they are really my thing.


Diana and I split a black bean burger and sweet potato fries, and we each ordered side salads.  I was feeling pretty full already so I skipped the top of the bun and ate 1/2 the salad.



Afterwards, we discussed splitting a spiked milkshake, but then opted for self-serve frozen yogurt.


The choices were endlessss (alright, not endless, but my brain was spinning at the options)!


The toppings were even more intimidating!


I opted for what ended up being a very small serving of cookies and cream fro-yo + crushed Oreos + Resee’s (this whole bowl only cost $1.79!).  The bowl itself was huge, and I had no idea what a serving was.  I wish I had gotten more because it was so. freaking. delicious.


LUCKY FOR ME, Diana lives kind of close to this particular fro-yo place, so I suspect I will be back very, very soon.  :)  Friends in high places!


On that note, this girl is off to snuggle on the couch and watch So You Think You Can Dance.  It’s my favorite summer show, and we’re getting down to the wire!


What’s your dream frozen yogurt combo?  Sweet or tart?  Fruit or candy toppings?



  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 14, 2010, 10:01 pm

    That is such a good idea to just take off the top bun if you’re not too hungry.

    My favorite yogurt combo is plain frozen yogurt with blueberries, pineapple, and yogurt chips. It is SO good.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 14, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Looks like a fun evening! I am going to have to say fruit. Definitely bananas, coconut, cherries and pineapple! Dang, now I want some! Have a great night!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 14, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I am jealous that you live in Charlotte for those 2 very places… YUM!! I love love love fro yo but we only have one place around here (as in like 30 minutes from where I live) and the options are limited. But so far, my favorite is the plain with strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries!

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery July 14, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Sounds like a fun evening!

    I looove ice cream but when it comes to fro-yo, I like the tart stuff best. My usual toppings (don’t laugh!) are strawberries, pineapple, shredded coconut, and fruity pebbles cereal for some crunch!

  • Heather July 14, 2010, 10:06 pm

    we have no frozen yogurt places here. so jealous!

  • Laura (Starloz) July 14, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I don’t get why American restaurants have to deep fry everything. A pickle, really?

    Oh my, Fro-yo.

    I’m a huge fan of Frozen Yogurt, seriously love it.
    I tend to go with fruit toppings when I have mine. We don’t have many choices as you seem to have over there.
    I’m really missing out on a lot being born in Australia.
    Restaurants have only just started serving sweet potato fries here. Sadface!

    Your readers are awesome for showing you around!

    • Carrie H July 14, 2010, 11:07 pm

      I’m usually on board about fried things — come on, Snickers?! Twinkies?! — but fried pickles are so.good.

      • caitlin July 15, 2010, 8:34 am

        It’s the American way! Dip that sh*t in batter and fry it up!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 14, 2010, 10:10 pm

    We have NO frozen yogurt places here. So annoying.

  • JenATX July 14, 2010, 10:14 pm

    love So You Think You Can Dance, but I really didn’t think Travis’s dance was THAT amazing.. i mean -everyone- was crying! i’m curious what other think..
    anyway, my fav thing to do with the boyfriend is take a walk after dinner & get some fro-yo 🙂 banana strawberry + crushed oreos mmmm

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 8:34 am

      I agree I was rolling my eyes.

    • Rachel July 15, 2010, 10:19 am

      RE: Travis’ dance
      The “I miss my mom SO much” part of me cried. The dancer part of me recognized that the technique was gorgeous but it was a pretty run-of-the-mill contemporary piece. Overall, though, I love me some Travis!

      • caitlin July 15, 2010, 10:22 am

        Travis is pretty bomb – and the piece was good. I just love how overly emotional everyone on that show is!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day (Formally A La Mode) July 14, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Ooh, I love these fro-yo places! Its so easy to control portion size and you really do get what you pay for. I always opt for fruity. Pomegranate fro-yo, topped with Captain Crunch and strawberries…takes me back to my childhood 🙂

  • Jessie July 14, 2010, 10:19 pm

    My fave froyo topping has been Fruity Pebbles cereal, especially on top of pomegranate, mango, and taro froyo. Yum!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 14, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I have been craving frozen yogurt so much lately. But there are not any good places in my city! I swear!

  • Camille July 14, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I work at a frozen yogurt shop so I have had every combo in the book! Oreo on top of vanilla or chocolate is always good!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite July 14, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I LOVE fried pickles!! They are the best!!

    My favorite yogurt topper is OREO”S!!! 🙂

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog July 14, 2010, 10:32 pm

    HOw awesome!! I really wish we had a place like that in our town! Although I am sure I would visit too often if we did hehe

  • allison @ livingoneday July 14, 2010, 10:36 pm

    i love froyo. i also get 3 flavors, separated in my bowl. usually pomegranate, mango, pineapple, regular, or birthday cake (lol). and my toppings are ALWAYS mochi, blueberries, and pineapple. mayyyybe a few pretzel pieces!

  • Lee July 14, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Is that Yoforia? We have that here too. My favorite is original with graham cracker crumbs and fruit.

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 8:35 am

      yup! so good!

  • lisasfoods July 14, 2010, 10:40 pm

    We finally have a cute little frozen yogurt place by us, and it’s so wonderful. Not only is their frozen yogurt delicious, but they use yogurt and milk from local farms. I love getting a twist of original and a fruit flavor or coconut (this place only has three flavors a day), topped with chocolate chips.

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 14, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Fried pickles?! Sign me up!!

    Your lucky you have new friends to show you the hot spots (or should I say cold spots! Haha I’m horribly lame)

  • Mo@MommyRD July 14, 2010, 10:44 pm

    I can’t believe the self control you had to make such a small yogurt bowl. I usually end up spending upwards of $5 for mine.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 14, 2010, 10:54 pm

    We don’t have a place like that around here. But I love tart yogurt with sweet toppings.

    And that is control to not fill up that whole thing.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 14, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Sweet, strawberries and something chocolate. I LOVE fro-yo. I just wish I had a place near me where I could get it! The closest place used to be 30 minutes away (Red Mango) but then it went away. =( No fro-yo for me!

  • Lea http://healthycoconut.wordpress.com July 14, 2010, 11:04 pm

    I live in orange County, California and we have Yogurtland and Pinkberry. Yogurtland is same as fro-yo, actually same decor,set-up and logos. Hmmm I wonder if they just renamed it differently there. I love my Yogurtland, sometimes there’s about 12 flavors at the same time that they’re offering…right now their new flavors are Red Velvet cupcake flavor. Yummy!!!

  • Carrie H July 14, 2010, 11:06 pm

    I live in Wyo, and we have fried pickles here. I LOVE them. I don’t splurge on many fried things, but those I will! I like them best when they’re full spears instead of chips. I just wish we had frozen yogurt where I live! Though, it is only warm enough for froyo about 40 days per year, no lie …

  • Brynne July 14, 2010, 11:16 pm

    PB froyo + strawberries .. PB&J in a cool, creamy cup YUM!

  • Diana July 14, 2010, 11:25 pm

    So fun hanging with you girls tonight! Sorry about the pickles but I hope the froyo made up for it! 🙂

  • Heather July 14, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Yum, I’m totally craving some frozen yogurt lately! I like to go with a basic flavor and then pile on the toppings…combo of fresh fruits and some candies 🙂

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 14, 2010, 11:49 pm

    I absolutely love Kent, Jose and Adicheke. Not a huge fan of any of the girls really. I guess I’d say that Lauren is my favorite of the ones still left.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 15, 2010, 12:05 am

    There is a fro yo place just blocks from where I live in my college town, so I try to go for fruit toppings with a sweet yogurt cause we go there so often.

  • Randa July 15, 2010, 12:06 am

    mhmmm! love Fro-Yo’s! only been once, but have been looking forward to the day when i shall return!

  • John July 15, 2010, 12:36 am

    A lot of times I hate going into a place with a million choices as I have a hard time choosing. I’ve never had frozen yogurt with toppings just as it came in the tub.

  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run July 15, 2010, 1:06 am

    Self-serve fro-yo is my favorite! There was a point where the self-serving part of it got a little out of hand, but I quickly learned to use less of a heavy hand. I also like to eat half and save half for later.

  • kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com July 15, 2010, 1:25 am

    why do u tempt me with that burger!!! got my tummy hungry and its bed time lol!! <3 .. oh great.. now it wants froyo too haha!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life July 15, 2010, 2:26 am

    I love fried pickles! Mmmmm. 🙂

    I am usually a caramel/toffee/nuts girl when it comes to ice cream or fro-yo. But when I finally got to go to a Pinkberry I LOVED their tart fro-yo with fresh fruit toppings! It was good for those really hot days.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 15, 2010, 3:10 am

    I’ve only ever had fro-yo once in my life (!) so I’ll guess and say some kind of sweet peanut buttery/brownie chunk thing would be a dream for me 😀

  • Kerry July 15, 2010, 3:10 am

    Caitlin i love your blog! x

  • Danielle July 15, 2010, 3:57 am

    Fried pickles are my absolute favorite food. Hahahaha. Yeah I’m definitely from the south.

  • Danielle July 15, 2010, 3:58 am

    Also, frozen yogurt is the best. I only like it plain, with the original flavor, though.

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 15, 2010, 4:33 am

    Looks like a good night out and a fun blogger meet-up! I am so jealous of all the fro-yo on US blogs. It isn’t really a big thing in the UK and I think I’ve only had it once or twice. We would certainly not have cookies and cream flavour with peanut butter cups for a topping – sounds heavenly!

  • Becca July 15, 2010, 4:51 am

    That place looks amazing! I wish we had proper American-style restaurants here. Actually, I’d probably be the size of a house because I wouldn’t be able to stay away!

  • Tina July 15, 2010, 7:33 am

    Looks like such a fun night! I love fro-yo and usually like the sweeter toppings. But lately the sour or tangy flavors with chewier add ins are more my thing.

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 15, 2010, 7:33 am

    Thankfully I’ve never been to a by-the-ounce froyo place because I just know I’d walk out with a $10 cup of ice cream!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 15, 2010, 7:50 am

    Ugh! MA needs more accessible froyo places. I DEFINITELY like sweet with candy. I know I’m a healthy living blogger, but when I see someone put fruit on theirs, it hurts my heart a little. Granted, if that’s what they like then fine. But chocolate is so much better..haha. Apparently, I take froyo very seriously.

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 8:37 am

      hahah i agree, oreos all the way.

  • Jenna @ HealthyHoofbeats July 15, 2010, 8:02 am

    Your yogurt looks so good! 🙂 I think my ultimate combination would be a remake of the strawberry cheesecake blizzard : cheesecake froyo topped with strawberries and cheesecake pieces 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 15, 2010, 8:09 am

    Fried pickles? Weird. The further south you move, the crazier the fried items are. I haven’t had fro-yo in so long, but when I do I like it pretty basic: vanilla with one topping max.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 15, 2010, 8:15 am

    I like a little swirl of pb and a little swirl of cake batter with capn crunch and crushed pb cups. I get the same thing every time!!

  • Chelsey July 15, 2010, 8:15 am

    i like fruit AND sweet toppings – the more, the better!

    when i was little, i used to go to TCBY treats with my aunt and order their white chocolate mousse yogurt. i love it – it reaminds me of my childhood and it’s delicious!!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly July 15, 2010, 8:22 am

    Right now I am on a pistacio with oreo kick!

  • Anne July 15, 2010, 8:26 am

    YUM! I love those black bean burgers at Big Daddy’s. Their breakfast is tasty too.

    I’ve been working my way through the flavors at yoforia, haha. So far my favorite is dark chocolate and pineapple with coconut and granola on top. The peanut butter flavor is good too. I had that over the weekend with hazelnut and coconut/granola/strawberries on top. We should meet up sometime! 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 8:37 am

      oh that sounds SO good. i think i will go back this weekend.

  • Gretchen July 15, 2010, 8:28 am

    Fried pickles!! So good. Haha, maybe it is a Southern thing. My friend recently got back from China to our hometown in Louisiana and we definitely went out last night specifically for fried pickles and beer. It was beautiful.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 15, 2010, 8:36 am

    I really want to come to one of these Charlotte blogger meetups! I live up at the lake, so it takes a little more planning for me to make.

    Anywho, welcome to the world of fried pickles. See what you’ve been missing?! 😉

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife July 15, 2010, 8:45 am

    Don’t give up on fried pickles yet!! They’re different everywhere you go. The spears are actually waaay better than the “chip” version. If you ever come to Texas, hit up Texas Land & Cattle and get the fried pickles.

    Love soft-serve… definitely sweet. All the way 😉

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 15, 2010, 8:51 am

    I think fried pickles is a southern thing, but we have quite a few pubs in Toronto that have them

  • Coco July 15, 2010, 8:54 am

    Glad you are getting off to a great start in Charlotte. I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance. Who are your favorites this season?–I like Kent, Billy, and Lauren. I am disappointed in the recent injuries though 🙁

    P.S. Fried pickles are a big thing at a restaurant near my college (they are called “Frickles”). They took them off the menu for a couple months and there literally was a campus-wide petition to get them back–so they brought them back! I personally am not a huge fan.

  • Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010, 9:01 am

    YAY for blogger meet-ups! Fried pickles sound ridiculous. ha. And your burger looks soo good!

  • Kelly July 15, 2010, 9:05 am

    Aw so jealous of the self serve frozen yogurt places- there is only one in Boston and its not that close to me, boo!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 15, 2010, 9:17 am

    Ah I love sytycd! I need to watch last night’s episode ASAP!

  • rebecca lustig July 15, 2010, 9:22 am

    which yogurt place is that? looks mighty familiar!

    This morning, I hope you remember how beautiful you are 🙂

    can’t wait for your book

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 9:26 am

      <3 back at you!


  • Kristy July 15, 2010, 9:26 am

    I’m with you OREOS! Or straight up PEANUT BUTTER! If I’m feeling kidish I go for plain ol’ rainbow sprinkles. You live in such a “hometown” now… Jealous…

  • Allison July 15, 2010, 9:35 am

    They just put a fro-yo place near my apartment and I love it! I like coconut and strawberry with chocolate toppings. I just don’t really believe in dessert if chocolate isn’t involved…

  • Stefani July 15, 2010, 9:36 am

    I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance! My favorite show next to the Vampire Diaries (Mmmm…Damon….drool). Go JOSE!!!

  • Stefani July 15, 2010, 9:43 am

    Let me ammend that. I am also rooting for Lauren, Billy, and Kent!

    By the way, I am so glad I found your blog. It really motivates me to want to be a healthier, happier person! Now, I just have to find the time to do it! Thank you for being you!

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 9:46 am

      Thank you!!! There’s always time to live your best life 🙂

  • Wei-Wei July 15, 2010, 9:46 am

    I think I’d stick with tart + fruit. Somehow I just can’t associate tangy yogurt with sweet, rich stuff like PB or chocolate. Stick with the classics! 😉


  • Ambre July 15, 2010, 10:07 am

    I’m sure you know, or maybe this frozen yogurt place is okay.. But a LOT of the ones around me have gelatin in the mixes…. One of the places by me has “kosher gelatin” in all of the tart ones..but the like the other ones (like peanut butter, cake batter, etc) didn’t have them… I had NO idea it had it in there, until I looked at the fine print on the ingredients.

    • caitlin July 15, 2010, 10:08 am

      Oh, I’ll check out the ingredients next time – thanks!

      • Ambre July 15, 2010, 10:19 am

        You’re welcome! All of the ones I wanted had the gelatin in them..LOL.. Like they have an AVOCADO one that is tart that my sister says is amazing, but it has gelatin.. And most of the tart ones at the place we go to have gelatin..unfortunately 🙂

        • Ambre July 15, 2010, 10:19 am

          🙁 * LOL not 🙂

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 15, 2010, 12:00 pm

    <3 fro yo!

    I always put strawberries, coconut, and one other thing (like chocolate chips). 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 15, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Is it sad that I’ve thought about my ideal fro yo combination MANY times in anticipation of the day when we finally get a self-serve fro yo place here? 😛

    Mine would be vanilla fro yo with dark chocolate, coconut, banana, and raspberries.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 15, 2010, 2:44 pm

    OMG! Love fried pickles! and yogurtland!! Yum!

  • Katie July 15, 2010, 6:16 pm

    My favorite is vanilla with raspberries and dark chocolate chips!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 15, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I like to try something different every time … I never get fro yo though because we don’t have anywhere in my city that sells it!! Can you believe that!! I don’t even live in that small of a city – there are about 200,000 people in my city. I was so excited when I was in NY and could have Pinkberry everyday if I wanted it!

  • BroccoliHut July 15, 2010, 10:28 pm

    when it comes to fro-yo, there’s usually coconut, berries, and nuts involved:)

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