Brewing Up Some Fun

Posted: March 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

Morning, friends! How did everyone’s weekend go? I hope well and that those experiencing the time change weren’t too poorly affected. I felt exhausted all day and even ended up taking a three hour nap. The kids slept for 3 hours too. Unheard of but much welcomed. Especially since I stayed up late (for me) Saturday night with a blogger meet-up and some chill time with the husband. Sorry, Peter…but the blogger meet-up stole the show this time.

From bottom left then around the table – Alayna, Lee, Sarena, myself, Laura, Kristy, Stacy, Laura, and Laura.

We met up at the 5 Seasons Brewing Company for some grub and conversation. And beer. I can’t go to a place that brews their own specialty beers and not order one! That would be blasphemous, no? 😉


I ordered the Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale. It had a nice strength to it, but wasn’t overly hoppy either. You can tell I’m such a professional, huh? I just know what tastes good. This = tasted good. That’s all you need to know too,

When it came time to order dinner, I almost went for the Alligator Eggrolls. Or the Antelope Patty Melt. Or the Rabbit Enchiladas. Or…ummm…not! They did have quite a few things that looked great – salads, a shrimp & grits dish, scallops, ahi tuna, a grilled pizza with ham and apples. I couldn’t get over the thought of a Portabella Mushroom Sandwich though. I was sold at goat cheese and getting some fries.


Two portabella mushroom caps in balsamic with goat cheese and greens. Served on a delicious foccacia bread.

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Apparently our table agreed as half of us ordered the dish and I think all of us got sweet potato fries. With good reason too. It was a winner. Clearly, since I ate my entire plate. Total domination.

We spent about 2.5 hours there chatting about all sorts of things – races, favorite workouts, Roller Derby (which Laura does!), favorite restaurants in the area, frozen yogurt love, and more. I love how a group of bloggers and readers can get together and instantly connect. It’s a special bond we have I tell ya. I already can’t wait for our next meet-up, which will hopefully be sooner this time. And I cannot wait for the Fitbloggin’ conference in less than 10 weeks to meet some of you other ladies. Whether or not I have the chance to meet you in person someday, I consider each of you a friend. You all really are so great. Muah! Now, have a good day why don’t ya?

Question of the Day – Best part of your weekend? .

Don’t forget - Month 2 Progress Post going up tonight!

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48 Comments to “Brewing Up Some Fun”
  1. The best part of my weekend was definitely a mother/daughter date – I took my mom to lunch and to see Bill Cosby!

  2. It was a good time. Next meet-up should be on a nice outdoor patio! Good to see you again!

  3. How fun to meet all of those ladies!

    I would have picked the same sandwich — mushrooms + goat cheese AND sweet potato fries? That sounds delicious 🙂

    I love when I meet someone and we instantly connect — it doesn’t happen often, so when it does I am just so happy!

  4. The meet up was a great time! It was nice to see everyone. Definitely can’t wait for the next one!

  5. Ahhh, so jealous of your fun blogger meet-ups!!! I wish more bloggers lived near me…what say you all move to PA?! 🙂

  6. Angela says:

    Ooh this looks like fun! The best part of my weekend was also a blogger meet-up. I agree – it’s so amazing how fast bloggers can get together and just ‘click’. I love it! 🙂

  7. Those fries look amazing!!! Yum. Excited to see month 2 progress!

  8. Jess says:

    Aw such a fun meet-up! That dinner looks DELISH!! I agree, can’t wait to meet you and the other fab ladies and gents attending Fitbloggin! A little intimidated by it all but totally excited about the experience! Best part of my weekend? Seeing my little niece Isabel all day on Saturday at my house. She’s the best 🙂

  9. What a fun evening! Love it and that portobello sandwich…yummy. That’s the 2nd one I’ve seen reading blogs this morning. I think it’s a sign 😉

  10. Mellissa says:

    I love blog meetups, so glad you had a great group to dine with!

  11. Dorry says:

    I love blogger meet-ups – such a fun time. And I can rarely pass up sweet potato fries these days. They are my favorite. Best part of my weekend was a movie date with Billy Friday night! And we tried out a new church yesterday – glad we went, but not the right fit for us…

  12. Emily says:

    that looks like the perfect blogger meet up. DC is seriously lacking good brewhouses with good food.

    The best part of my weekend was having my mom in town to run with me and eat lots of delicious food.

  13. LauraJayne says:

    That blogger meet-up looks so fun! I definitely need to organize one in Utah!

  14. Oh I love Five Seasons! I used to go there all the time. And great dinner choice… it looks incredibly delicous… mmm goat cheese! 🙂

  15. So, I could probably live off of sweet potato fries for the rest of my days…. Nicely done, ladies; glad to see you all made the right decision and ordered them! 😉

  16. Looks like a fun meet up! I love sweet potato fries….they are the best!

  17. Becca says:

    Glad you had fun!

    The best part of my weekend was either yesterday’s fundraising auction (ohmygosh, so hilarious) or spending last night at a local music place for singing and testimony. And then checking out the “skate park” in the basement. Hah. 🙂

  18. Best part of my weekend was just relaxing with the bf yesterday. He was actually off this weekend so we had the entire day together to do nothing. 🙂

  19. Best part of the weekend was spending time with my awesome parents! Love them 🙂

  20. Looks like a great evening! Makes me even more sad that I won’t be meeting you in person this May. 🙁

  21. Your dinner looked awesome – portobello burgers & sweet potato fries (& beer 🙂 are one of my fave meals!

    My poor hubby was sick all weekend, so my favourite thing was when I was able to get out of the house and take a Skip Fit class at the gym – it was fun and a good pick me up on Sunday afternoon.

  22. Your dinner looks awesome!! Definitely can’t go to a brewery without ordering a beer!!

  23. I had a great weekend with my fiance, just setting up stuff for our new apartment. Also got to see some friends in LA and that was nice.

    Today I feel a major let down!

  24. Wow that sandwich looks AMAZING and exactly what I would have ordered, too. I’m excited to meet you at FitBloggin!!

  25. Jen says:

    How fun! I need to find some bloggers in Michigan to hang out with 🙂

  26. Heather says:

    I went to a blogger meetup this weekend, too, it was FAB!!
    And can’t wait for Fitbloggin – it’s gonna be great!

  27. Liz says:

    I love blogger meetups – it’s so true that we all can instantly chat about anything! Wish I was going to Fitbloggin so I could meet you!

  28. Cynthia says:

    That blogger meetup looks like a lot of fun. I have heard of 5 Seasons Brewing Company, but I have never eaten there.

    The best part of my weekend was a picnic in tha park with my husband and my dog. It was such a beautiful weekend!

  29. I am so jealous of blogger meet-ups. Wish I knew some in my area!

  30. Best part of my weekend: Hiking with the manfriend in Great Smoky Mtns National Park. Before we got to the super snowy part and had to stop!

  31. Your blogger meet-up looks too fun!
    Best part of my weekend was spending time connecting with my husband and the Lord at a weekend marriage retreat in DC! It is so good to get away from life at times and just focus on your marriage!

    • Tina says:

      That does sound amazing! We went on a retreat that called for complete unplugging in November and it was so worthwhile.

  32. That looks like a really fun blogger meet-up! Glad you were able to get out and enjoy yourself!

    Looking forward to the update tonight!

  33. Meeting everyone was the best part of my weekend! You guys are all so neat. I’m really looking forward to getting together more often.

  34. Jealous! Never had a bloggy meet up. Lots I’d love to meet someday:)

  35. I love portobello sandwiches, and this one looks perfect! sweet potato fries are another favorite 🙂

    we had a good weekend… had a big dinner party Saturday night, which was fun, and today I am making pies for (nerd alert!) Pi Day… 😉

    I feel kind of awkward about blogging, etc… it all seems kinda frivolous when I feel so horrible about what is going on in Japan. 🙁 geez, and now I feel like a downer for saying that! 🙂

    have a great week!

    • Tina says:

      I know exactly what you mean. It feels wrong in a way to be able to go on with normal life when so many are suffering such great losses.

  36. What a fun blogger meet up! Wish I had some bloggers nearby. Your dinner looked amazing.

  37. Allie says:

    How awesome that you all were able to meet up! I wish I could meet more of my blogging friends. Mmm the portabella burger sounds soo good.. especially in balsamic 🙂 Best part of my weekend? Going to church on Sunday morning !!!

  38. Elaine says:

    Looks like a fun weekend! I loved our weekend full of sunshine!!!

  39. Ela says:

    How cool! I love that you got some good sleep time and that you got to meet up with such a lovely bunch of ladies.

    We’ve had gorgeous sunshine up here, and my husband came back home after a week away, and his daughter’s 40th (right!) bday party was a blast, so all is good.

  40. I love blogger meet ups! So happy you had an awesome time! 🙂

  41. […] all already know about my beer, portabella sandwich, and sweet potato fries dinner I had at the blogger meet-up. I believe I made a moderately healthy dinner choice for eating out. I chose something delicious […]

  42. What a fun meet up! That sandwich looks incredible – holy mushroom!!

  43. Oh my goodness! How fun! I want a sandwich like that and a whole bucket of sweet potato fries. I also want to meet you someday Tina! Glad you had a great night out; you deserve it 🙂

  44. Marinated portobellas are one of my favorite things of all time… I may not have been able to pass that up either!!

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