A Madtown Meet-Up

by Holly on January 27, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,giveaway,lunch,meet-up

This morning began with the classic stylings of a good ol’ cereal breakfast…

Kellogg’s Special K lowfat granola + organic skim milk + banana makes for a no-fail cereal combo.  Topped off with a cup of coffee (w/ milk), I was definitely wanting more cereal AND coffee.  AND sleep, for that matter.

Work was crazytown.  All day.

Hence, that is why I grabbed and ate these mini-meals throughout the day when I had the chance.

I believe an orange + 4 coffee Nibs candies were enjoyed sometime amidst the chaos this afternoon.

When I got home, I wanted to eat everything in sight, including the bottle of olive oil and ground coffee sitting on my counter. Instead, I relied on two cups of coffee + a stellar wrap to tide me over until my very special 8:30pm dinner date.

1 La Tortilla whole grain wrap
1 tbsp. almond butter
1 tbsp. raspberry jelly
sprinkle of cinnamon
1 tbsp. carob chips

It was microwaved for 45 seconds until melty and delish, then devoured in about 45 seconds.

At 8:20pm, I hopped in Blue Betty (a.k.a. my car) and jetted off to….HARVEST!!!

What’s so special about Harvest, you ask?

Julie, Allison, Kristie, Shelley and moi!

These lovely ladies! (And a gourmet meal for cheap, thanks to Madison Restaurant Week!)

Food bloggers + local, organic restaurant + $25, 3-course meal = TRUE LOVE.

Or TRUE CRAZINESS.  Whichever you prefer ;).

I apologize for the crappy pics (dim lighting) and frizzy hair (can’t control the ‘fro) in advance.

This restaurant specializes in contemporary, local and organic food.  Ding ding, we have a winner!  We started things off with some bread n’ buttah

…continued on with some curried pumpkin soup

…followed up with the main course of lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie

…and all topped off with cinnamon ice cream! (!!!!)

Twas’ a lovely affair! Thank you Julie, Allison, Kristie and Shelley for all the fun, chatting and laughs!

And yes, for the record, we are already planning on doing it again :).

With that, it is 11:18pm and wayyyyyyy past this gal’s bedtime.  If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a single serve blender + frozen fruit coupons!

Do you prefer eating a square 3 meals per day or spacing it out mini-meal style? Depends on the day for me – sometimes its square meals, sometimes its mini meals!

To all you readers + bloggers, have you had a bloggy meet-up yet? Besides tonight, you know me and my girl Angharad like to hang!


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

What a fun dinner and meetup!! I’m in no way a 3-meal kinda girl… I’m a mini mealer – must eat every 3-4 hours.

The Fit Collegiate January 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I’ve never been to Harvest but I’ve heard great things! Have you eaten at L’Etoile? It’s divine! They also have a great little organic cafe open for lunch called Cafe Soleil, highly recommend it!

Faith January 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Love the name of your car, that’s too cute! Those are some fantastic eats on the cheap — gotta love restaurant week! I try to stick with 3 square meals a day plus 2 snacks, but sometimes I like to break up my breakfast and lunch into snacky components…it just feels like more food that way. ;)

Holly Mason January 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I just do not even think I am capable of doing the “three meal a-day approach.” I am a spread-em-out and snackie kinda gal! What can I say… I like my food and I DO NOT like to be hungry!

haha! HOLLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are doing AMMMMMAZING!!!!!!! Like- I mean… REALLY AMAZING! happy happy friday to you!

Danielle January 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Ah luckyyyyyyyyyy. So jealous right now ;) I’ve had my share of bloggie meet-ups, sure, but they always make me crave more. Glad you had such a great time!

P.S. BLD for me. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Yo Mamma Everythingtarian January 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm

you forgot to retract the I am “special” comment in your previous blog. I want all you bloggers to know that Ms. Everythingtarian has a couple of aka’s…Klara Klutz and/or Amelia Bedilia oh and sometimes Drama Queen.

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) January 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm

You’re making me crave a cinnamon protein-milkshake right now!

It’s funny–I sort of drank the Kool-Aid on that “eat 5 meals a day” thing. But finally I wizened up–it’s all about what works best, and eating 5 mini-meals made me think too much about food.

Now, I eat 3 squares and an after-dinner snack. I realize that I virtually never snack between breakfast and lunch, unless I work out, but that’s usually just my breakfast split in half on each side of the workout.

And thank you so much for your comments on my raw article! As an aspiring journalist, that means a lot!

Lara (Thinspired) January 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Looks like a fun meet-up, and the food looks awesome! What a deal for organic food! I don’t think I’ve ever been to an organic restaurant like that!
I’m definitely a three-meals a day kinda girl! Ok, ok, and sometimes a snack or dessert…does that still count as three?! ;)

Jenny January 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

What a glorious meet-up! I’m determined to meet some bloggies in 2010 ;)

Susan January 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Yayyy bloggie meet-ups!! I can wait to meet YOU soon!! Aaahhhhh!!!

Sorry. I just had another one of my Banff freakouts ;)

Hopefully next week will be better for you at work? I’m a three meals, three snacks kinda gal. Gotta eat every 3 hours or I die, or someone else dies, cause I turn into a huge bitch :P

Bekah January 30, 2010 at 8:21 am

Aw Shelley and you are the only bloggers I think I know in this little shin dig and you girls are so cute! Love the meet up. And the bread and butter. Soo damn good. I for one cannot turn down bread when it loooks that good.

And if I’m paying a certain amount for a fancy meal.

Cinnamon ice cream. And blogger’s dreaaam.

And I’ve been oh so lucky with my blogger meet ups! Only meeting Deb, Heab, Averie, Madeline and Eating Bender so far- but what an awesome group of ladies that is. For only two meet ups.

:) love ya Holly.

Jessica January 31, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I’ve only met miss homegirl, so far…which was fab! But i’m amped to meet more ladiezzz SOONER rather than later!

That bread + butta pic is making me drooool.
And i’m usually a square meal + substantial snacks in between type of girl! I love snacking but hate not feeling energized and full enough to last for more than a few hours! Jeany, on the other hand is a snacker all day and night, if she’s busy. She’ll start with a bag of pita chips dipped in a container of sabra hummus, move onto some soup topped with crackers, have an apple, maybe dark chocolate….oh i love her!


Simply Life January 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Looks like a great time!!!

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