Off To Orlando!

Sorry I was MIA today! I was on a mission to Orlando.

But, first I did a chilly run to breakfast. I ran to the restaurant where Ben’s dad has his weekly artist breakfast and they wanted to see us since we’re not around often. I’m not positive how far it was since my Garmin died at the beginning of the run.

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I got Eggs Benedict and ditched the ham, sauce on the side. I also stole a piece of toast from Ben so I could get my jelly quota for the day wlEmoticon winkingsmile13 Off To Orlando!

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Then, we rushed home to head to Orlando. It’s about 2 1/2 hours north-east of here.IMG 5767 thumb Off To Orlando!

We hit some pretty bad traffic and got lost after we decided to get off the freeway to avoid the traffic (bad decision). We ended up being very late and this is my formal apology to Meghann for my tardiness. Sorry little bear.

Luckily, I brought snacks for the journey because I was getting HUNGRY!.

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Yes, did you catch that? We headed to Orlando to meet Meghann and Derek for some quality hanging out time wlEmoticon smile45 Off To Orlando! 

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The first order of business was lunch at the Turkish restaurant – Bosphorous. Outside seating maximized enjoyment of the beautiful day and made people and dog watching fun. IMG 5784 thumb Off To Orlando!

We started with the lavash bread. It’s a huge, doughy puff of love, that’s what it is.

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With hummus and babagannoush for dipping. This had to be one of the best appetizers ever! Doughy bread and hummus are two of my favorite things ever. Ever.

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For my entrée I ordered the white bean salad. I was expecting a green salad with some beans on top. Nope. This was an entire plate of beans with a few onions and tomatoes thrown in for fun.

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If you’re a long time reader, I’m sure you’re aware of my deep (and potentially inappropriate) LOVE for beans. Thank you Mr. Chef who’s-generous-with-the-white beans, Thank You. IMG 5778 thumb Off To Orlando!

Ben and I had a great time visiting with our Orlando friends. Every time we visit Florida he wants to move here and making friends just gets him more set on the idea.

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After lunch we walked up Park Ave.

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Part of our plans were thrown for a loop because we were so late. But, we were still able to dig up some fun wlEmoticon smile45 Off To Orlando! 

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And by fun I mean, wine.

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We somehow found ourselves at a wine bar wlEmoticon winkingsmile13 Off To Orlando!

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This is one of those places where you put a set amount of money on your card and go around choosing which ones to taste. Then, you insert the card, press a buttonIMG 5795 thumb Off To Orlando! and Wa-La! Wine goes in your glass! They should make wine vending machines at the airport everywhere. It would make life less productive more pleasant.

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I keep hoping I’ll “grow out of” white wine, but I haven’t yet. Oh well.

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Ben didn’t put much money on our card, so I didn’t even get a buzz. That fact that I’m disappointed about that really proves that I need a drink.

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After our wine tasting fun we easily climbed squeezed into Meghann’s roomy teeny Echo (which made me miss my little Echo) and went to search out frozen yogurt.

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Score! There was a Menchi’s just a few miles away! I’m considering changing my life goal of “Run in every state” to “Eat frozen yogurt in every state”. True story.

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I loved trying the new-to-me flavors like gingerbread and apple pie.

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I come for the yogurt, but stay for the toppings.

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I mostly got holiday flavors of fro-yo and indulgent toppings like Oreo cookies and cheesecake bites. Just wanted to make it clear since the peach and (2) blackberries dominate this picture.

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Kelly came to join us for the festivities and we sat outside enjoying the weather.

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Now I’m blogging while Ben drives us back home. I love blogging while in transit, it just seems so efficient wlEmoticon smile45 Off To Orlando! 

Question: Anyone have cool plans for New Year’s Eve?

I don’t.


  1. says

    That wine bar just makes me thing of it as a soda fountain for adults, lol. Sad but true- I’ve never been to a self-serve frozen yogurt place. Though I know that Yogurtland in Pico is close to me :D
    For New Years Eve I’m going to sleep at 8 PM. Or maybe 9, lol…probably to be woken up at midnight by fireworks or some sort of explosion/ noise.

  2. says

    Oh dear. Is tomorrow New Year’s Eve? That totally eluded me until now. D’oh!

    On a superficial note, I always love you in pigtails. :-)

    When I’m stuck in the road, I’m usually daydreaming about food or my blog, which is about food, so I guess it’s food overall. Heh.

  3. says

    Wow, such a fun day. I’m glad you all had the opportunity to meet up today. I’ve yet to try a self serve frozen yogurt place; apple pie fro yo sounds divine.

    I have no plans, cool or otherwise, for New Years Eve. I’m a 74 year old in a 34 year old body; I don’t like going out at dark time and staying up until midnight is a chore.

  4. says

    My NYE plans involve cooking up delicious fancy food with my husband and three of my best friend, playing Mario Kart, and going to bed at 12:01.

  5. Michelle says

    Great post. I laughed out loud more than once. How epic/awesome would it be to actually eat frozen yogurt in every state? Love it!

  6. says

    ah, if you were here we could have no new years eve plans together. cause i’m snowed in. awesome no?

    so glad you got to see meghann!!! we’re gonna skype with her when you and bobbi come up, yeah?

    btw, where’d you get lost, central florida? could have called me, i know those little roads like the back of my hand! haha!

    happy new year lady!!!

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