A Sweet Surprise!

by jenna on July 5, 2008

Guess who I ran into??!!!!!

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Actually, Miss Kath and I have been planning this little get together for weeks but we wanted it to be a surprise for the blog! So, surprise! We had so much fun today, despite my cold :(

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To start, I met Kath and Matt at their bed and breakfast and together we drove down to the downtown area of asheville. We shopped around for a little bit and finally decided to stop for lunch at The Laughing Seed, a totally AMAZING vegetarian restaurant in the area. It was sooooo good!!!

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Everything on the menu looked totally awesome so we decided to all get different things and then taste a little of everyone’s. I got a Cuban sandwich but made with grilled tempeh with a dill pickle, mustard and swiss cheese on foccacia bread. It was pretty much the most amazing sandwich I have ever had but SO huge so I could only eat half. I’m sick, too, so that probably had something to do with my disappointing lack of appetite. Before our entree we tasted the Indian Pakoras, a spicy samosa-like fritter. I had one and a half with sauce. Spicy and good!

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After lunch we went to a fun wine tasting downtown! We each had about a one ounce pour of four wines. My favorite was the chardonnay—strange because I’m usually a red girl all the way!

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And of course we stopped for chocolates…….I had a sea salt caramel as well as a bit of Kath’s dark chocolate toffee “slab”. SO good!

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After that we pretty much ate/drank our way through downtown asheville and we wanted to stop and have another glass of wine but we couldn’t find a fun place that was open at that hour! So, Kath and Matt took me back to the Grove Park Inn, where Ryan and the boys were playing golf all afternoon, and Erin picked me up to go shoe shopping.

Here we are posing with our “emergency snacks” in our purses. How funny we both had kashi bars!! :)

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But now let’s backtrack a little. I feel like I have so much to tell and so many pictures to share! It just really stinks that I’m sick and we actually had to stop at the drugstore to get some medicine and cut my fever down. What a bummer :( I’m trying not to let it ruin the trip though because I’ve been looking forward to this for SO long!

This morning we all woke up late after yesterday and I just had a bowl of leapin’ lemurs with a sprinkle of cheerios with soymilk because I knew lunch was not too far in the future and I didn’t want to fill up.

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And as for yesterday! WOW, what a day!!!!!!

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We all went down to the clubhouse for the annual “golf cart parade” and “dog parade”. Crazy, but really fun. The people that live here seriously get totally into this and must have planned for months on how to decorate their carts. The theme this year was the Olymics and since we didn’t really plan, our theme for our cart was the “booze-sled team” (it was bobsled team but the boys decided to strap on some whiskey on the front of the cart and make the bobsled read “boozesled” instead. haha).

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I had about half of a VERY spicy bloody mary at the club. It actually really cleared up my sinuses but I had to throw it because it was just too spicy and towards the end it really didn’t taste that good to me. Here’s me and Grandma Dot with our drinks yesterday!

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Dinner was, of course, a big bbq. They had everything! I had a boca burger with cheddar cheese, mustard, a pickle and ketchup. I also filled my plate with coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. I didn’t eat that rib on my plate. It seemed good when I got it but way to much food for me to handle…

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The wine poured freely to celebrate the holiday of course and we all bundled up in our sweatshirts and tennis shoes and went down to the grass near the clubhouse to watch the fireworks. It was a great show but we were SO close that all the ash from the fireworks rained down on us!

When we got back to the house we all just sat around, lit a fire and chatted. I didn’t have any more wine and only a couple spoonfuls of this massive sundae Ryan made….

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Tonight we are going out to dinner at the club and I just took some Tylonel cold so hopefully I will feel better soon. I hate to be a bummer but its so hard when you don’t feel well!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday—I know I did! I really feel like I need to hit the gym when I get home though after all this food and drink…definitely feeling a tad on the bloated side. haha :)  Here are some more random pictures from yesterday:

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natalie July 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm

OMG! This post made me so excited! I knew Kath was gonna be in Asheville so I should have seen it coming! You two were the first blogs I started reading and it’s great you got together. I’m so used to seeing pictures of each of you guys and it’s kinda surprising to see a picture of you together! Sounds like a great time :)

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emily July 5, 2008 at 10:55 pm

that’s so fun that the two of you met up, i definately thought it was ironic you two were close to asheville. you both look beautiful, and it’s so fun to see all of your pictures. enjoy the rest of the weekend, and i hope you feel better!

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Kristie July 5, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Ah that’s so awesome that you guys got together for your meet up, looks like you had a great time!
I love all of your pictures, it seems like your holiday weekend has been packed with fun stuff. Those star glasses are quite the lovely fashion accessory ;)

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babycakes July 5, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Too cute! I love that you and Kath planned this “behind our backs”. It looks like you all had so much fun! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures. They definitely brought a smile to my face :)

Feel better Jenna!

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Alyssa July 5, 2008 at 11:35 pm

What an awesome surprise!!! Thank you both! It is nice to see you guys get together and have a fun day. I’m ssssooo sorry you’ve got a cold and admire you for toughing it out! I truly hope you feel better soon. Have a good rest of the weekend!

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Sarah July 5, 2008 at 11:38 pm

wow, what a great post! so many fun pictures! I’m glad you’re having fun and hope you feel better soon!

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Allison K July 5, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Ahh! I love the blogger meet up! Too cool.

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VeggieGirl July 6, 2008 at 12:01 am

Haha, so fun that you and Kath met :0)

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Em July 6, 2008 at 12:40 am

ahaha! this post was hilarious!! other commenters said they “guessed” or “saw it coming”, but I had no idea…you definitely got the reaction you wanted out of me at least!!! i was like WHOA cool, Kath and Jenna TOGETHER! This is crazy!! hahaha

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sarah July 6, 2008 at 12:52 am

1. i LOVE your 4th of july outfit

2. that must have been so much fun to meet up :) two gorgeous, healthy, gourmet chicks . . . people must have been swooning all around you (ok at least matt and ryan)!

3. i am so excited to go to the laughing seed when my husband and i go to asheville in 3 weeks (staying @ grove park but no golfing for us)! which wine place did you go to?

4. you and your grandma are too cute

5. i will be a total dork and admit i am excited to read this all from kath’s ‘point of view’ too!

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Jess July 6, 2008 at 12:59 am

haha wow my jaw dropped when I saw you two together! I dont know why but that made me giddy with excitement…LOL. I can only imagine how you felt!
PS- you look soo cute!

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Justy2003 July 6, 2008 at 1:33 am

How fun that you and Kath finally got to meet in person! I even remember you two leaving comments on each other’s blogs about how you were gonna be close to each other but wouldn’t be able to meet up. Sneaky, sneaky!

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isis July 6, 2008 at 1:47 am

oh my! you two look so pretty together!!!
I cannot believe I didn’t notice both of you were going to the same place

I love love LOVE your black-dress outfit, I wish I had something similar; and you have so much style

take care, get well soon and most important of all, enjoy your weekend!!!

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Claire July 6, 2008 at 1:47 am

That is definitely wonderful that you two got to meet up! It is great to see bloggers that have so much in common reunite! Feel better lady

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Meghan July 6, 2008 at 2:24 am

You and kath look like sisters! (But it may just be the blonde hair…haha)

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Alyssa July 6, 2008 at 2:37 am

Jenna, did you hear? Kath is sick with a temp of 104 degrees! The husband put up a post. I hope you guys get better soon! :(

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krissie July 6, 2008 at 2:45 am

I love food journal blogs! Yay!

I also love Asheville – especially the Chocolate Fetish. Next time, be sure to have a Mojito at Salsa or Chorizo. My absolute favorite!

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Melissa July 6, 2008 at 3:23 am

first, i hope you feel better soon…my brother had the same kind of fever and we ended up having to take him to the ER because his fever was so bad. so please be careful!

but i’m excited you got to meet kath! how fun!

oh, and yeah, and i love the boots w/ the dress :D

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Kat July 6, 2008 at 3:37 am

I have the same blue dress as you! I love it.

Glad you had a great time with Kath.

Kat

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Cecilia July 6, 2008 at 4:15 am

my gosh, you and kath are soooooo photogenic creatures!!! ;0) Pretty girls in Asheville, haaa …. reminds me of SATC … in someway, lol! Get well soon, Jenna!! Take care ;)

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Cecilia July 6, 2008 at 4:44 am

hi jenna, I have a question to ask you … about bikram yoga! I’m a person who does not sweat at all (maybe a lil bit) and my face usually go all RED after I workout and stuff … so do you think it’s safe for me to practice bikram?! Sorry to bother you … thanks!!

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nicole r. July 6, 2008 at 5:18 am

hang on. I LOVE YOUR BOOTS. love them. are they frye? where did you get them. i am obsessed with my fryes but i dont think one can have too many boots.

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ceecee July 6, 2008 at 6:30 am

Ooo bad move with the dress and boots

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Michelle July 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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Jennifer July 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm

What fun! I sure did a double take when the page opened on a photo of the two of you! I agree with all the posters that love your blue dress- which looks like the perfect outfit for my wedding rehearsal in September. Would you mind sharing where you found it?! Thanks!!

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Kimberly July 6, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Looks like you had the perfect weekend getaway! Asheville seems like a cool little town, and who better to explore it with than a fellow gourmet foodie?

P.S. Grandma Dot is adorable – looks like she shares my fondness for Bloody Marys ;)

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polly July 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Jenna,
You are too cute even when you feel yucky. I love the boots. I am a country girl and love that you wear boots with your dress… very very cool, girl!

I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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Steph July 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm

i hope you feel better! it looks like you’re having a great time. your clothes are so cute in this post! i especially love that grey sweater, where from?

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Becca A July 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Your and Kath’s outing sounds like it was fantastic! hope you are feeling better and enjoy the rest of your trip!

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Phoebe July 6, 2008 at 6:13 pm

You look SO cute in your dress and cowboy boots! I really like your style — hope that doesn’t sound creepy :) It looks like you had a great 4th of July and a great visit with Kath. For the 4th I had a big barbecue w/ friends for the first time — it’s the first time I’ve been not at home (that is, in the country but not at home) for the holiday. Hope your cold is gone soon! Thanks for the fun post.

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Danielle July 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm

What fun… and what a surprise! That restaurant looks like it had delicious food! I´m sorry you were under the weather this holiday weekend but it definitely looks like you enjoyed yourself. You and Ryan are absolutely adorable… as are your boots. Hope you don´t mind me asking but where´d you get those?! Happy belated 4th :)

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adria July 6, 2008 at 9:24 pm

looks like you had a fun weekend! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

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Andrea July 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

so cool that you and kath met up!!! i’m so excited for you guys haha. cute outfits by the way… very american ;)

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jenna July 7, 2008 at 1:53 am

Sarah,

I think we went to a place called The Asheville Wine Store?! Something along those lines…I don’t really remember. It was right on the main road of downtown though and was a pretty large store.

Cecilia,

I think you are fine but you may want to check with your doctor first just to be totally sure. Try it once and stop if you feel faint!

Nicole R,

Those boots are my baby. I got them years ago on Ebay actually but they are steve madden. I LOVE THEM and wear them any chance I can!!!!!

Steph,

Sweater is from Anthropologie…of course! hehe

Jennifer,

I got that dress actually about 3 years ago from the Jcrew outlet near St.Augustine. I’m sure if you go to Jcrew.com though they have ones very similar to it because that seems like classic jcrew style. Its always my “go-to” dress for outdoor events. I’ve dressed it up and worn it to a wedding before as well!

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nicole r. July 7, 2008 at 2:23 am

e-bay is so clutch, those boots are great!

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Anne P July 7, 2008 at 4:01 pm

my two fave bloggers together! what fun! love all the pics :) hope you are feeling better!

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Sidi July 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

How nice that you and Kath met !!! We, virtualy, know each other, but it’s really nice that you planned to meet.

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