#VAis4Bloggers and the Salad Shocker

If you follow any Virginian food bloggers on twitter, then you probably saw the incessant #VAis4bloggers hash tagging.

Sarah from The Smart Kitchen organized a big meet up of Richmond & Charlottesville bloggers (Oh, and Alex from NOVA!)

It was so much fun to meet these girls in person! Sarah and I kept saying how strange it was since it felt like we already knew each other! πŸ™‚

The group:Β Brittany,Β Gabby,Β Lauren, Kristin, Kath, Me,Β Faith,Β Liz, Jess,Β AlexΒ andΒ Sarah

(Thanks for the photo, Kath!)

We had a fantastic time eating at Feast! and wondering around the market and spice shop.

I definitely need to spend more time in Charlottesville. I have a feeling I need to dedicate a couple of days to exploration.I mean, the Main Street Market area alone took the afternoon! (And since Sarah is a willing tour guide, I think more trips to C-ville are definitely in my future!)

Maybe G-love could tell I was on a blogger high or something, but he surprised me Sunday afternoon, by voting to make salads for lunch. We went to the store so he could get some chicken to grill (on my baby Foreman) and I prepped the salad fixings.


We did a mexican type salad, with Romaine, carrots, black beans, salsa, tortilla strips and Trader Joe’s light peppercorn ranch dressing (+ grilled chicken with garlic pepper rub, for the boy). He also bought some yogurt and granola, so I can tell he’s really trying to make an effort, which is cute πŸ˜‰ P.S. If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s Peppercorn Ranch, it’s delicious, and low in calories and fat! Woohoo!

I think these baby steps are working. At least that’s one day where McDonalds didn’t win πŸ˜‰

What was the best part of your weekend?


  1. oh man Im so jealous! I went to church camp with my kids from church, so THAT was the best part! Although sleeping in my own bed last night was pretty awesome too πŸ˜‰

  2. Oh yum! I love mexican inspired meals – the peppercorn ranch sounds amazing.

  3. How funn!!! I would love to go on a blogger meet up sometime. Mexican salads are deeeelish πŸ™‚

  4. What a fun meet-up!!
    I know what you mean about feeling like you know people without ever having met them face-to-face πŸ˜‰

  5. Wow what a fun meet up! Lovin the mexican salad beast, it looks delish πŸ˜€

  6. What a nice surprise. Way to go G-love.

    The meetup looks fun. I’m kinda’ jealous πŸ˜‰

  7. The meet-up sounds like fun!
    My weekend was full of people and chatting, and food…but nobody new, just my fam and good friends.

  8. so glad ya’ll had a great time at the meetup, can’t wait for the next one so that i can actually attend too! c-ville is a lovely little city, great restaurants and wineries. gosh, i seriously can’t pick out a “best part” of this past weekend, it was seriously one of the best overall weekends yet! arlington ftw πŸ™‚

  9. That salad looks soo delicious! I love your pictures!

  10. I would love to meet you, Sarah and Kath. I love talking with food obsessed people, good times. Really, what’s more fun to talk about than food, well maybe my kids but other people don’t seem to think so, they’re probably jealous. Or sane.

  11. My hubby is from C-ville. i love visiting there — it’s a great town!

  12. Thats so neat that you got to meet some other bloggers! I’ve never been to a blogger meet up but they sound like so much fun! πŸ™‚

  13. This is part of the reason that I’ve narrowed my living (moving) options next year to either VA or Washington! Sounds like so much fun!

  14. Chilling and relaxing with my boyfriend was the best part of my weekend. Your dinner looks lovely!

  15. This is fantastic Liz… so jealous you were able to do this with those lovely ladies πŸ™‚
    Great salad too… so many of my favorite flavors!

  16. Aww man, how fun!!!! It’s always a good day when the husband of mine would rather have a healthy meal instead of fast food.

  17. Oh how I wish I lived closer to the bloggers I follow!! Someday I will meet my favs…Someday!

    Highlight of my weekend? HOURS of meaningless television with my hubster! I love when we have absolutely nothing going on.

  18. fun! looked like a great meet up!!

  19. Nice pictures maybe someone can find my site interesting

  20. That sound so fun!! I’ve only done one blog meetup but it was a blast. Ive never been to charlottesville but I’ve heard so many good things about it! I have a lot of friends who applied to UVA because they love that area do much!

  21. Come back ASAP! I will show you around…and you can always stay with me. πŸ™‚

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