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I love how much walking we do now that we live in Charlotte! We strolled nearly a mile to lunch today. 

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And we ended up at The Philosopher’s Stone.  A dive bar on the inside, this restaurant has an awesome outdoor dining area with tons of fun games to play while you wait for your food.


We split the edamame hummus to start:



And I ordered the Jerry-G’s sandwich, which was grilled veggies with goat cheese.



I had healthier choices for the side, but I really wanted onion rings.  When you want onion rings, get onion rings.  Otherwise, you’ll be staring at your sad side salad in disgust.


We played some table tennis afterwards.



Well, I mostly just took pictures of other people playing table tennis.  🙂


And then we walked home!  :)  Twas perfect.


Oh, and I ran 4.0 miles this morning.  I was fast like the wind!


  • Distance: 4.0 miles
  • Duration: 36:54
  • Mile 1: 9:23
  • Mile 2: 9:20
  • Mile 3: 9:03
  • Mile 4: 9:09


Off to a meeting and then to hot yoga I go!



  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 12, 2010, 4:03 pm

    That does sound like a lovely day 🙂 good run and good company and the food you were craving – bliss!! Enjoy yoga 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 12, 2010, 4:09 pm

    this sounds like a seriously perfect sunday 🙂 and i’m with you…if you want onion rings, get them. they’re good for you cause they make you smile 🙂

  • Lisa September 12, 2010, 4:11 pm

    I love walking in nice cities. You get to see things you’d never normally see.

  • Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats September 12, 2010, 4:13 pm

    A side salad is most definitely not a good substitute for onion rings when you’re in the mood for onion rings, just like how for me fruit is not a substitute when what I really want is dark chocolate.

    Good run and that place looks so fun and rustic(?)!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 12, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Those are some good looking onion rings. No reason to deny yourself something that happy.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 12, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Your outfit is super cute! I love the scarf. The pictures in this post are really sweet too.

    Those onion rings look great. I love how small they are!

  • Alyssa September 12, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Wait … who took the pictures with the three of you in them? Or am I being stupid? 🙂

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:01 pm

      My mom’s friend was there too 🙂

      • Alyssa September 12, 2010, 9:24 pm

        oh, well they are great pictures, especially the one of the three of you and the trees 🙂

  • christina cadden September 12, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Looks like a great place!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit] September 12, 2010, 4:24 pm

    I REALLY wish I lived in a walking-friendly city. It’s the best!

  • Whitney September 12, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Yum! I had edamame hummus for the first time a few weeks ago and fell in love.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) September 12, 2010, 4:27 pm

    the one with his arms around you and your mom needs to be framed. like yesterday.

  • lisasfoods September 12, 2010, 4:29 pm

    I’m totally with you on the onion rings. When fried food calls, as long as it’s a once-in-a-while thing, then it’s truly enjoyed when you eat it. I’m like that with sweet potato fries and french fries; I love them both, and when I really crave them, I get them.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 12, 2010, 4:40 pm

    You seem to be settling really well into your new town. It looks like you had a nice afternoon and I agree about satisfying your cravings; everything in moderation. 🙂

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run September 12, 2010, 4:40 pm

    one thing i love about living in NYC is being able to walk to restaurants, or anywhere, really! Sounds like a great restaurant!

  • Samantha @ Food Edu September 12, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Yum, you are right–a salad simply doesn’t cut it sometimes. It’s great that you are in walking distance to so many great places!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 12, 2010, 4:51 pm

    Hahaha, totally agree on the onion rings. I had some at a diner this weekend after an evening of bar-hopping…it was fabulous. And necessary 🙂 Enjoy the end of your weekend!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 12, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Sounds like a good family outing 🙂

  • eatingRD September 12, 2010, 5:03 pm

    So neat you can walk and find such neat places! I love that in a city. Vegas, eh not so much. Looks like good food and fun!

  • Marisa @Loser for Life September 12, 2010, 5:04 pm

    I always wanted to live in a town where I could walk everywhere! Looks like an awesome day, Caitlin 🙂

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 12, 2010, 5:13 pm

    i am with you on the walking, one of the best things about living in NYC

  • Emily September 12, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Looks like such a gorgeous days, I love walking cities that aren’t too busy and crazy (Boston can just really be unsafe for pedestrians). Great job on the run, too!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 12, 2010, 5:31 pm

    What a gorgeous town for walking indeed!

  • Little Bookworm September 12, 2010, 5:31 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day. Your sandwich sounds amazing, hope you have fun at yoga!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns.com September 12, 2010, 5:45 pm

    We walked to a nearby park and Starbucks today! Love, love, love walking! 🙂 And table tennis at a restaurant equals awesome.

  • Bec September 12, 2010, 5:52 pm

    I love walkable communities, it makes life so much nicer if you can just walk everywhere. Plus its better for you, the environment and your wallet to walk!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 12, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Totally agree…NOTHING good comes from denying yourself onion rings. You’ll eat the depressing salad, then reach for the chips later, and you STILL won’t be satisfied. Sometimes you just gotta give in! So glad you’re enjoying Charlotte…I’ve always wanted to know more about the city, and I’m glad I get to live it through you 🙂

  • Krystina September 12, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Love the first picture. 🙂 I agree with your onion ring attitude!

  • Tina September 12, 2010, 6:47 pm

    I adore walking around leisurely with great company. And glad you went for the onion rings! I have the same belief. You gotta go for it when you REALLY want it.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 12, 2010, 6:56 pm

    I love walking places. That is the hardest part for me having to live in a smaller town where things are stretched out. We have two boys though and in order to afford a house to suite all of us and my husband working from home, we can’t live close to the city. Charlotte is gorgeous and that would be the city I would choose to move to. That is your mom, right? Cause you definitely have her smile! Enjoy your evening Caitlin!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 12, 2010, 7:00 pm

    I love walking to a restaurant and then back home — it wokrs up your appetite on the way there and it feels so good to move after a good meal 🙂

  • Lisa Stookey September 12, 2010, 7:16 pm

    i gave you a shout-out on my blog today … http://livinginmyintegrity.blogspot.com/2010/09/blah-day-with-no-capitals.html

    thanks for the bits of inspiration.


    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:02 pm


  • Stacey September 12, 2010, 7:21 pm

    I love you living in Charlotte too! Now I know what restaurants to go to when I’m that way 😀 Yay for a speedy run! I hope you enjoy hot yoga tonight 🙂

  • Heather September 12, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I love table tennis. Looks like a fun day!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim September 12, 2010, 7:30 pm

    You are such a great runner- 36:54 for 4 miles is insane! I seriously look up to you in so many ways and running is just one of them. I ran my first 5k today in 30:08 which I was proud of, but I was telling my mom and sister about how amazing your 5k PR is! Thank you for always being such an inspiration 🙂

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:03 pm

      THANKS. Your first 5K in 30 minutes is pretty epic! That shows good pacing and endurance 🙂 Keep at it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010, 7:40 pm

    I agree about the onion rings! If you’re really really craving something, there’s no point in denying your craving. Everything in moderation!

  • elyssa September 12, 2010, 7:57 pm

    your onion ring thought process ia amazing. it was such a breakthrough for me when i realized i had to allow myself to eat what i craved now and then – thanks for sending such a positive message through your choices.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 12, 2010, 8:12 pm

    This makes me miss living in a walking town. I love your food choices. Its true, if you want the onion rings just get the rings. Salad cannot substitute when you are craving rings! That’s the thing about a healthy lifestyle, its a lifestyle, not a restrictive diet.

  • Caitlin (EatFeats) September 12, 2010, 9:54 pm

    I, too, ordered onion rings as my lunch side! They were impossible to deny.

  • Chelsey September 12, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I would love it if I could walk everywhere! That is so nice!

  • Wei-Wei September 12, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Fast like the wind, indeed! Great run 😀 (And I just loooove walkable cities.)

  • Amber K September 12, 2010, 11:31 pm

    It must be so nice to be able to walk everywhere! And onion rings are awesome, I just wish I could eat a few. My stomach burns in anger if I even try to do that!

  • whitney September 13, 2010, 8:34 am

    great photos. You really bring out the great parts about Charlotte.

    Maybe I should move there. One of my all time favorite things = dive bars especially when the food surprises you like those awesome looking onion rings. good choice 🙂

  • Brittney September 13, 2010, 9:42 am

    They are dog friendly at P-stone! We should meet there with the pups sometime 🙂

  • Rob September 13, 2010, 9:48 am

    next to the philosophers stone is an english bar called Jackelope (at least that is where the England world cup fans were). Not sure how the food is there though.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 13, 2010, 7:07 pm

    I love onion rings!!! Good choice!

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