Happy Saturday all! Today was a beautiful, sunny California day and the perfect day for our Bay Area Blogger Meet up. I have been looking forward to our meet up ever since TJ and I first started talking about it.
Several, calls, emails, texts, shout outs and Google Docs later, we had a fun group of girls ready to meet. Although some had planned on attending, but, ended up not being able to, I think having a smaller group made it more fun and personable.
We had such a great time and there are talks of another meet up maybe to catch the Sex In The City 2 Movie when it’s released!!!
I started off my day cleaning house then headed with The Husband to Starbuck’s before we got ready for the meet up.
I got a Venti Iced Decaf Latte with caramel drizzle on the top and a banana (5 pts).
The Blogger Meet up was a the Metro LaFayette ~ we all sat outside next to their garden of beautiful purple flowers.
I really LOVED their mini grind-able sea salt & black pepper shakers. I totally want to find some like this for home – they are so cute!
My Co-Party Planner TJ has been dealing with an awful stomach virus all week so she wasn’t able to make it. :(
It was great to finally put a face with Julia of Jogging My Memory. She is such a sweetheart and fun!
Both of these girls are AWESOME and I look forward to hanging out with them more 🙂
Since our reservation # significantly decreased, The Husband was happy to tag along and enjoy some delicious eats. He chimed right in on the conversation and fit in with the foodie & girl talk 😀
Everything on the menu sounded AMAZING so we did what every Foodie does….we ordered a TON of things and shared 😀
I started off with some tropical black tea that was fruity and delicious.
I was totally cracking up because all the cameras were whipped out when our appetizer showed up. I wonder what everyone thought of us all taking pictures 😀
Get ready for some total FOOD PORN ~ Everything we had at Metro was phenomenal and we all had a hard time deciding which was best.
Appetizer ~ Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Aioli
I’ve never met a fried food I didn’t LOVE, but, these were AMAZING ~ I LOVED the finishing touches of fresh squeeze lemon juice.
Even The Brussels sprout hating Husband ate one and liked it ~ SHOCKER!
The Husband’s sandwich looked and tasted pretty darn amazing ~ how can you go wrong when it includes BACON and CHEESE. I had a bite and 2 fries.
Panini of roasted pork loin, smoked bacon, grilled onions, cheddar & fries
Dish #1 ~ Gnocchi Parisienne with wild California morels, green garlic & English peas
Dish #2 ~ Quiche Florentine with mixed greens & Dijon vinaigrette
Dish #3 Grilled Thai Chicken with Napa cabbage-rice noodle salad, nuoc cham & peanuts
I LOVED the chicken and Fuji apples on this salad, but, the thick rice noodles were really al dente.
Dish #4 ~ Crispy Chicken Sandwich with cabbage-apple slaw & fries
I LOVED the bread of this sandwich the BEST. It was tasty, but, felt like it needed something more ~ maybe some spicy mustard 😀
Here is my sampler plate, I went back for a little more salad and Gnocchi.
The Gnocchi were cooked perfectly ~ they practically melted in your mouth and the wine sauce was light, but, subtle.
This was interesting ~ the flavor was quiche like, but, the consistency was sorta like jello/pudding. That’s pretty funky for eggs…..The greens on the side were excellent.
Next up was dessert ~ the hardest part was deciding on which ones to share 😀
We started off with the Meyer Lemon Tart with a shortbread crust. Yup ~ this is as AMAZING as it sounds ~ super tart, sweet and buttery. I had 1/4 of it.
Salted Caramel Pot de Crème with shortbread cookies
I think this was my FAVORITE dessert ~ I LOVE caramel everything and the BIG sea salt caramels added the perfect touch ~ salty/sweet…MMMM! I had 2 scoops 🙂
The last dessert we managed to make room for was the Organic Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp With Tahitian vanilla gelato.
I’ve never had Rhubarb before but I am not sure I could taste it in this….this was just amazing strawberries, crispness with Vanilla BEAN gelato – YUM! I had a scoop with a little of ice cream.
It was such a FUN time ~ Thanks again Julia & Tiffany for driving to meet up with us! 😀
After our meet up, I slept off my food coma with a nice nap ~ it was AWESOME because I can never nap.
I did laundry, went to the grocery store and put our closet back together since The Husband wanted to paint it 😀
Dinner was fast, easy and completely what I was craving ~ VEGETABLES & BBQ!
I made up a simple salad topped with Newman’s Own Light LIme Vinaigrette ~ I am IN LOVE with this dressing!!
Super crisp, sweet corn on the cob!
Plus a 96% Lean Ground Beef BBQ Burger topped with TJ’s Pepper jack, tomato, red onion, AVOCADO, Annie’s Ketchup and Mustard.
MMMM…I LOVE all things that are BURGERS!
Tomorrow is another FUN DAY ~ I am meeting my sis for a morning run, shopping and lunch.
I will try to catch up on all your emails and comments tomorrow night when I get back.
Have a great Sunday all!