Soaking Up the Sun

Hey friends!

It’s a BEAUTIFUL day here in D.C. — perfect for dining and playing outside, which was great since Lauren and I organized a fun D.C. blogger lunch meet up at a place in Arlington, VA called Toscana Grill! Toscana is currently offering a full vegan menu on the weekends for the month of April, so it was the perfect spot for a bunch of healthy living/food bloggers :)

We had a huge group and it was so fun to see old friends and meet new ones!


In attendance (a couple left before this picture was taken!) we had: Lauren, Quinn, Heather, Cara, Jacquie, Amy, Anna, Emily, Suzanne, Kate, Matt, Jordan, Sarah, Jasmine, and Ashley — a reader who I think we convinced to start a blog ;) I hope I didn’t forget anyone!

For lunch, I ordered the “Tofu and Tomato,” vegan pizza, to which I added some extra veggies — peppers and zucchini!



It was delicious! I inhaled almost the entire thing :)


We all had a blast chatting about food, health, running, and blogs, and Jacquie and Anna were nice enough to bring cookies for everyone for dessert! Yum! :)

Thanks again to everyone that came! And don’t worry if you couldn’t make it for this round — there will be more meet ups :)

Before lunch, I met Lauren at the Cherry Blossom race expo to pick up our race packets! My training buddy Ashley had to work today so I was happy to have someone to go to the expo with :) Love the cute blue shirts!


Lauren is SO sweet — it was great to get a chance to talk to her one-on-one before lunch! She even brought me presents from one of her favorite shops in PA (she’s in town for the race) — how sweet is that?? Thanks again Lauren! :)



After lunch, I walked into the city with Matt and some friends :)


(Totally sported my “Pho Sho” shirt today… he he! I had a TON of people comment/ask me where I got it! FYI — this weekend you can get free shipping on t-shirt orders over $25 on my Spreadshirt site— just use the code WEEKEND if you’re in the U.S. or CAD WEEKEND for Canada! Totally buying myself 2 more shirts, heh)


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It was SUCH a beautiful day and people were out all over the place soaking up the sunshine.

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I can’t believe it’s already almost 7:30?!?! I am going to get some homework done (lame) and then it’s early to bed so I’m ready for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in the morning!! I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap — GOOD LUCK to all my friends running it too!!

p.s. I am now the proud owner of a phone with internet capabilities!!!!!!!! I got the Verizon Palm Pre and I’m already obsessed. Details to come later this week — I’ll do a full review since I know some of you are considering making the switch!


  1. 1

    Gah! Wish I was already in DC so I could enjoy the meet up lunch with you gals! I am moving in May so I hope there is another one soon so I can join! Good luck tommorow in the race!!!!! Kick booty!

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    Aw, bummed that I missed out on the meet-up…! Looks like ya’ll had a good time. It was such a beautiful day to explore the city today, for sure. Good luck in the 10-miler tomorrow! :)

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    Thanks so much Anne for helping to organize such a wonderful meet-up. It was such a pleasure meeting you and I hope we are able to do it again sometime. If you ever come back to PA to visit your old Alma Matar, you will ALWAYS have a friend to stay with. :) Good luck tomorrow! :)

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    Good Luck on the race !! I did buy a couple of t-shirts . wore the vegetarian ( except bacon) on my run today , a couple of people stopped me to ask where I got it and ofcourse directed them back to your blog ( back of the t-shirt). P.S I have been silent follower of your blog for sometime now :)

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    Thank you so much for organizing the meet-up today. I had so much fun! GOOD LUCK tomorrow! You’re going to kick some serious boot-ay!

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    Good luck tomorrow!! I’m running it too!

  7. 8

    what a FUN day! don’t you just love sunny days? they make the world go ’round!

  8. 9

    I love it when people have blogger meetups because I get introduced to a bunch of blogs that I haven’t read before!

    Good luck tomorrow. Actually, it’s today. Good luck today!

  9. 10

    I wish I lived a tad closer. I would have definitely gone to the blogger meet-up!

    Love the race shirt you got. That’s so cute!

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    Good luck with the race girlie!!! That pizza looks amazingly delicious!

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    Thanks again for organizing the meet up!

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    Thanks so much for organizing, Anne! I had a great time. Hope to see you again soon!

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    I love the shirts! They’ve upped their game with the design I think. In 2008 (when I was registered but last minute didn’t run), the shirts were an ugly heather grey. Last year, they were pretty and this year they are too. Saw your tweets – congrats on the finish! :-)

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    Wow – lovely pics, girl!
    That pizza looked truly divine ;)
    Have a fabulous night!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

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    Whoop, blogger meet up! Love the group pic, that turned out really cute :)

    glad you enjoyed the race today!! we could Not have had better weather, but ummmm…did you see any Cherry Blossoms? I’m either blind, or they’re gone – heh, sad day.

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    Ahhh!! I’m so so so sad I missed out on such a fabulous meet up. Please tell me we can get together once I’m home (pending my survival of finals/graduation).

    I’ve never been to Toscana but I am scurrying my butt off straight there when I get home.

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    What a fun meet up. I see you ran your race and were SPEEDY of course! Yay! :D Have a great day, love!

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    it was so nice to see you again – wish we could have talked more, I’d love to meet up again sometime for lunch since I live right in the area =)

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    Hope your palm pre works out for you. I got it when it came out and had it and absolutely hated it and every replacement I had to get for it because of it’s multiple problems ended up each having their own. Thankfully I am a proud owner of the htc hero and basically paid to get rid of my palm pre.

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