Hello from Connecticut! :)
Tina was invited to the event as media along with her husband Mal, but he wasn’t able to make it, so she asked if she could invite friends instead and they said sure! Theodora and Ashley took the train up from NYC, and I was able to find a super cheap ($120 round trip?!) flight up to Boston. Win! We’re excited for the girls weekend. :)
I flew into Boston around lunch time yesterday and Tina and I had fun catching up, grabbing lunch (Whole Foods salad bar), etc. before driving down to Connecticut. Don’t worry — I made her take me to Marylou’s for iced coffee before we left Boston. Most amazing iced coffee ever, and I don’t even usually like coffee!
We arrived at Mohegan Sun (the hotel where the event is being held — it’s a huge casino and I kind of feel like I’m back in Vegas!) late last night, picked up the girls from the train station, and caught a late 10 p.m. dinner at one of the onsite restaurants named Ballo.
We were all STARVING and ordered the quickest things possible — a bunch of appetizers and a pizza to share!
It was amazing. But I was so hungry I would have eaten my arm. :) We also ordered Brussels sprouts, meatballs, and crispy artichokes. YUM! Gotta love eating with other bloggers — cameras everywhere!
Check out the guy in the middle background of the photo below that photo-bombed us — ha! (And note the slot machines behind him!)
We also enjoyed some wine — and then all promptly face planted in bed by 11:30. I’m such an old lady nowadays.
We were up bright and early this morning for a run before all the wine fest festivities start! I love traveling with active friends. The weather was perfect for a run, too — cold but sunny.
Despite the pretty views of the water, this area wasn’t exactly the best for a run (no sidewalks — boo!), but we made due and ended up covering 5.6 miles running around the random roads near the hotel, stopping frequently for photos, obviously. :)
We just hit the hotel buffet for breakfast (oatmeal, fruit, and a veggie omelette for me) and now we’re headed out for the main event! I’m really excited — in addition to wine, there are also a lot of famous chefs in town to do demos — including the likes of Bobby Flay and Todd English! I’ll be back with a full recap — stay tuned!
A big thank you to Mohegan Sun, who is covering our hotel and wine-fest fees (which includes the breakfast buffet) this weekend — all other food and awesomeness are our responsibility. :)