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April 2010

Our Engagement Party in Virginia

This past  weekend was our Engagement Party in Virginia. My parents threw the party for us in honor of our recent engagement and upcoming wedding. It was a great reason to have our family and friends get together for an night of fun!

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Everyone was recruited to help out in some way or another. I volunteered to be in charge of the flowers. Check out one of my arrangements, look familiar?

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My parents friend and neighbor was in charge of the cupcakes which turned out incredible. Rhonda is a master baker. The cupcake selection included red velvet, raspberry mousse and carrot cake. YUM!

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We tried to keep the decor focused on simple details.

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Here is the dessert table all pretty and ready to go. Check out my first engagement present on the table too! It made the voyage down to VA just for the party. Thanks Pat & Bill!

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At the party we had a beer, wine and specialty drink bar. The specialty drink I dreamed up was called the “Marry Me Mojito” – pretty much a regular mojito, but I liked the new name. I tried to think of a drink that guys and gals would enjoy. I think they were a hit!

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This is the table where we set up the appetizers. My mom picked up these cute bride and groom bottle covers. They make me laugh a little.

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Some more floral creations by Leslie. I am available for hire!

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Then it was time to open up a present from my parents before the party got started! Engagement Party 040Engagement Party 039

Champagne flutes!! Woohoo!!

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I wanted to put them to use right away! Haha.

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Jackson had a fun time watching us open presents.

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After opening our gifts we set up an area to the side for a champagne toast. The toasting glasses all had raspberries in the bottom. Yum!

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The bronze goblets on the right side of the champagne are my parents toasting glasses from their wedding 30+ years ago. The ones on the right are the brand spankin’ new ones my parents got for us!

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Then it was time for a little photo shoot action before the guests started to arrive.

Here is my brother, uncle (holding Jackson), mom, fiancé, me and my dad. Hi family!

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My parents and their favorite (only) daughter/bride-to-be!

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Then the future in-laws came by before the party started for pictures too!

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Group shot

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Then all we had to do was wait for our guests to arrive. While we waited I gave the future in-laws a tour of our house and we put the finishing touches on the decorations.

My mom got us this matte frame for everyone to sign, which was very nice. I can’t wait to put one of our engagement pictures in the middle.   

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The dining room all set up for appetizers.

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And then the guests started flowing in! It was very hard to talk to everyone because the second I started talking with one person, another person would arrive and I would go over to greet them. I feel like I got to talk to mostly everyone a little bit which is important, but I wish I had more time to spend with everyone. I know so many people traveled to come to our party, which I greatly appreciate. I can’t even imagine how hard its going to be to talk to everyone at the wedding!

Any tips on this subject are well appreciated!

After a while of talking to everyone I remembered that I needed to take some pictures! Here are some party shots.

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I snapped a picture of the future in-laws and future sister in-law, Kate finishing their dinner. I know my family and friends were so excited to meet them!  Engagement Party 086

Villanova girls Ashley and Dana. Ash got married the day before I got engaged!

Engagement Party 090Amid all the craziness I managed to spend some time with fiancé. It was a party to celebrates us, so I wanted to make sure we were able to see each other a bit! 

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I know fiancé had an awesome time seeing all his friends that came down.

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Haddonfield boys.  Engagement Party 101

Brides-to-be

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Michelle snapped a pic of me looking a little partied out, but then it was time for the champagne toast so I perked right up!

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My dad gave an awesome speech welcoming everyone here to the party and thanking those who had traveled.    Engagement Party 115

He spoke some kind words about me as his favorite (only) daughter and he recognized some influential people there too.

Engagement Party 116It was so nice of him to say a few words about me and about fiancé and I. It made me feel very special and I appreciated it very much.

PS – Look at how happy my mom looks! That makes me so happy too!

PPS- Isn’t my mom’s dress rocking? I heart it!

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Then my dad welcomed fiancé into the family, and we all raised our glasses and everyone toasted the happy couple

Engagement Party 122Cheers to love, laughter and happy ever after!  

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Thanks dad!

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Cheers to our future together!    

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Then it was time for some more partyin’ and some more picture takin’! Here are some group shots of everyone who went to Villanova that was there.

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Go Wildcats!

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PVI girls.

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PVI girls and their men recreating a prom picture moment on the stairs. Haha.

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Michelle and I doing our signature high school pose.

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My mom and brother enjoying themselves.

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Then when some people started to head out, a group of us went downstairs in the basement to party it up, beer pong style! Does it get any classier to play pong at my engagement party in my pretty white dress? I think not!

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I think everyone had a good time.

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Fiancé and I then busted out our bride and groom koozies!

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If this isn’t love then I don’t know what is!

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Jackson made another appearance downstairs. He is pretty much the life of the party.

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And then the boys busted out Mario Kart! Check out the focus on all of their eyes! Intense!

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When all was said and done we had a massive amount of gifts to open, but we saved that for the next day.

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Here is a little up-close look of the amazing champagne flutes we got from my parents. I love them!

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And I wanted to give a little shout out to Michelle (with 2 L’s) who made me these awesome planning boards. She made an inspiration board, a to-do board an another future wedding collage board (not pictured). She personalized them all and they are just so awesome. She’s so sweet I had to give her a shout out! Seriously, how creative is that? Love you girl!

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All in all it was an amazing party with my family and friends. I hope everyone had a great time and I want to thank everyone who helped out. Apparently I learned that night that many of my parents friends are avid blog readers, so thanks for that!

I also wanted to give a special thank you out to my parents who planned and organized the whole thing. We really appreciated you throwing the party for us. It was awesome.

I love you mom and dad. XO.

So there you have it. That is the big recap from our engagement party this past weekend. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed living it and writing about it! Regular blogging will resume tomorrow.

May 21, 2011 is coming! Don’t forget to Save the Date!

My friend Kate also did a recap of the party on her blog. You can check that out here. Another perspective of a party is always fun!

Pre- Engagement Party Post

Hello blogworld! It has been a busy few days getting ready for our engagement party in Virginia, but today is the day! Fiancé and I are down in VA at my parents house getting everything ready for tonight!

My parents have done an amazing job getting everything together for this party and I am so excited to see my friends and family tonight! I will be back tomorrow with a big recap post.

Stay Tuned!

Also, check out the cute koozie’s my mom got us! His and Hers, Bride and Groom. I sort of love them!

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Also I realize I totally dropped the ball and never announced the winner of the Glass Dharma glass straw giveaway!

Always Joy

Email me your information and your straws will be sent to you!

Pre- Engagement Party Post

Hello blogworld! It has been a busy few days getting ready for our engagement party in Virginia, but today is the day! Fiancé and I are down in VA at my parents house getting everything ready for tonight!

My parents have done an amazing job getting everything together for this party and I am so excited to see my friends and family tonight! I will be back tomorrow with a big recap post.

Stay Tuned!

Also, check out the cute koozie’s my mom got us! His and Hers, Bride and Groom. I sort of love them!

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Also I realize I totally dropped the ball and never announced the winner of the Glass Dharma glass straw giveaway!

Always Joy

Email me your information and your straws will be sent to you!

Optic Nerve

I think you all know by now that I enjoy running. I like running just to run, running for fun and running (dominating) races. I really like blogging about my running because I love sharing my different experiences with the blog world! I love everyone’s support and I also love learning from everyone else’s trials too! I also love getting to try out new running gear for review on my site!

This week I am reviewing some sweet shades from Optic Nerve

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I was sent to review the Eyeque PM shades in Matte Metallic Smoke.

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I have honestly never worn shades like this where you can see through the shades to my eyes so easily. They took a bit of getting used to at first, but that all changes in the blink of an eye!March 212

I love the color of the glasses, I wanted something that would go with all my running outfits, because I like to coordinate like that, and these are perfect! These glasses offer 100% UV protection too.

filter out 100% UVA, B and C rays and are constructed with high impact polycarbonate materials. Our frames are made with durable TR90 resins or hypo-allergenic nickel silver. Every pair of Optic Nerve sunglasses and goggles provides impact resistance, optical clarity, style, and UV protection

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I have had these glasses for a few weeks and took them on a bunch of runs with me so far and they have been great. I took them on a run with me a week or so again and snapped some pictures.

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Its amazing how different Kelly Drive looks in a matter of days, with a bit of warm weather. Now there is so much green on the ground! It looks like such a different place!

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Ok, back to the Optic Nerve glasses – the best part about these shades are that they are Photomatic.

Do you know what that means? I didn’t, but it means that the lens get darker as the UV light outside gets stronger. So you can see from the picture below that the lenses are lots darker than the pictures above.

My eyes are fully protected. Thumbs up for that! March 260

Another pretty run in Philadelphia. March 261 

Its so nice to run right up to the Philadelphia skyline!

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I am new to running with sunglasses. I have always been a runner that just throws on a hat and then heads out the door, but running with glasses have changed my life! It’s very comfortable and they feel great. I also enjoy getting a little Vitamin D on my face!

(don’t worry, I lather up with sunscreen before I head out!)

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Spring has finally sprung in Philadelphia and it feels fabulous!

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Want to try out these awesome shades? The people at Nerve USA want to give And Her Little Dog Too readers the chance to try out their sunglasses.

If you want to try out a pair enter the code: Jackson

This will give you 25% off your purchase as well as free shipping. I love me some free shipping! I won’t online shop without it!

Aside from the awesome PhotoMatic shades I got to try, there are lots of other polarized, interchangeable and other styles of glasses to choose from! 

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Do you run with sunglasses or a hat? Or both?

Let me know what you prefer to run with!

Optic Nerve

I think you all know by now that I enjoy running. I like running just to run, running for fun and running (dominating) races. I really like blogging about my running because I love sharing my different experiences with the blog world! I love everyone’s support and I also love learning from everyone else’s trials too! I also love getting to try out new running gear for review on my site!

This week I am reviewing some sweet shades from Optic Nerve

March 192

I was sent to review the Eyeque PM shades in Matte Metallic Smoke.

March 193March 195

I have honestly never worn shades like this where you can see through the shades to my eyes so easily. They took a bit of getting used to at first, but that all changes in the blink of an eye!March 212

I love the color of the glasses, I wanted something that would go with all my running outfits, because I like to coordinate like that, and these are perfect! These glasses offer 100% UV protection too.

filter out 100% UVA, B and C rays and are constructed with high impact polycarbonate materials. Our frames are made with durable TR90 resins or hypo-allergenic nickel silver. Every pair of Optic Nerve sunglasses and goggles provides impact resistance, optical clarity, style, and UV protection

March 218March 221

I have had these glasses for a few weeks and took them on a bunch of runs with me so far and they have been great. I took them on a run with me a week or so again and snapped some pictures.

March 248 March 249 March 250March 251

Its amazing how different Kelly Drive looks in a matter of days, with a bit of warm weather. Now there is so much green on the ground! It looks like such a different place!

March 259

Ok, back to the Optic Nerve glasses – the best part about these shades are that they are Photomatic.

Do you know what that means? I didn’t, but it means that the lens get darker as the UV light outside gets stronger. So you can see from the picture below that the lenses are lots darker than the pictures above.

My eyes are fully protected. Thumbs up for that! March 260

Another pretty run in Philadelphia. March 261 

Its so nice to run right up to the Philadelphia skyline!

March 266

I am new to running with sunglasses. I have always been a runner that just throws on a hat and then heads out the door, but running with glasses have changed my life! It’s very comfortable and they feel great. I also enjoy getting a little Vitamin D on my face!

(don’t worry, I lather up with sunscreen before I head out!)

March 265 

Spring has finally sprung in Philadelphia and it feels fabulous!

March 267

Want to try out these awesome shades? The people at Nerve USA want to give And Her Little Dog Too readers the chance to try out their sunglasses.

If you want to try out a pair enter the code: Jackson

This will give you 25% off your purchase as well as free shipping. I love me some free shipping! I won’t online shop without it!

Aside from the awesome PhotoMatic shades I got to try, there are lots of other polarized, interchangeable and other styles of glasses to choose from! 

*******************************************************

Do you run with sunglasses or a hat? Or both?

Let me know what you prefer to run with!

PhilaFoodie Meet-Up

Last night the Philadelphia Foodie Meet-Up was a huge success!

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We held the event at Garce’s Trading Co., which a cute little restaurant/market on Locust Street in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Sabrina and I got there a little early to check out the digs. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a fresh flower section. I kind of wanted to buy them all to decorate my apartment!

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The market area of Garce’s offers a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, wines, breads and pastries which are on the menu in the restaurant, but are also for sale. I tried a few of these spreads with my cheese plate at dinner.

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Here are some of the different types of condiments to go with the cheese selections:

pistachio currant salbitxada, cherry fig marmalade
truffle lavender honey, white sangria honey
onion pecan butter, roasted garlic dulce de leche
fennel apricot mostardo, chocolate hazelnut

If those flavors don’t make you drool I don’t know what will!

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There is also a wine boutique  inside the restaurant. Garce’s is BYO, so its nice to be able to check out some new wines to try.

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The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but for our special Philly Foodie Meet-Up, they set up 2 big tables for our group.

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Sabrina brought a bottle of red for us to share at the table. I brought nametags for the group. It was a team effort!

Side Note – Nametags for meet-up  = AWESOME!

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After we sat down and everyone started to arrive, Sabrina poured me a nice big glass of wine.

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And what goes awesome with wine? Bread!

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What goes even MORE awesome with wine? CHEESE! I split the Chef’s selection of cheeses, which was 3 different cheeses with different spreads. It was even more amazing than it looks.

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I love me  some cheeses.

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For appetizer (round 2) I split the artichoke hearts with Sabrina. They were served with lemon, honey, dates and walnuts. Yum!

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I also enjoyed an Endive Salad, which came with pears, oranges and raisins. It was delish! Endive salads are my favorite!

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My new friend (in real life AND online!) Melissa and I split the Verde pizza. This was topped with spinach, ricotta, green asparagus, arugula and fava beands. It was amazing.

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Here are a few group shots –

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Role Call – Bloggers in Attendance:

Sabrina of http://rhodeygirltests.com/  (my co-planner!)
Emily of  http://goodcleaneating.blogspot.com/
Chrissey of phillygirlruns.blogspot.com
Stephanie of  stephtbs.wordpress.com
Jill of  bootcampphilly.com
Lauren of  http://hellopa.blogspot.com/
Kelly of  http://myverbalvomit.wordpress.com
Lisa of  lisaathome.wordpress.com
Kelly of runningphoodie.wordpress.com
Lisa of  http://www.dsdawgs.org/
Jess of www.upsanddownes.wordpress.com

We also had a few readers in attendance! So shout out to April, Melissa, Dasha and Heather. I hope I didn’t forget anyone!

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I was so excited to meet Melissa in real life! We are going to be running buddies! Last night we convinced her to join the Twitter revolution, so friend her! She’s so fun! We have plans to run on Kelly Drive very soon! I can’t wait!

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Sabrina and I also put together a little door prize of sorts. We put together some samples that we had both received and put everything in a basket to give away to one lucky person in attendance!

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If you missed this meet-up, doesn’t this make you want to come hang out with us next time? We give out prizes! I picked the winner from the wine glass…

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 Emily won the big prize! She went home with lots of goodies including some healthy snacks, a cookbook holder, water bottle and some other fun stuff! Emily is getting married in a few days! Congrats!

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The whole evening was awesome! I had so much fun meeting everyone. All the Philadelphia Foodie’s/Readers I met last night are so nice, I can’t wait to hang out with everyone again soon!

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By the end of the night, desserts were eaten by many. I didn’t eat this because I was stuffed, but I thought it was pretty. PhilaFoodie 025

I was also really excited that I got to chat for a bit with Stephanie. We are blog and twitter friends, so it was nice to meet her in real life! Hopefully we can hang out again soon too!

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Sabrina and I with Stephanie.

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Here is Stephanie, Kelly, Melissa, Me, Lisa, Dasha, Heather, Sabrina, and April. We were some of the last to leave!

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Sabrina and I had so much fun planning this meet-up! Hopefully we will have another one very soon!

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The meet-up started at 7:00 and we were all still there closing the place down around 10:00! Us foodie love to eat and chat, what can I say?

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I love blog meet-ups and trying new restaurants! I had so much fun putting blogs to faces and meeting some new people. It’s so nice to know there are so many other Philly foodie’s out there!

In the end, I think a good time was had by all!

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PhilaFoodie Meet-Up

Last night the Philadelphia Foodie Meet-Up was a huge success!

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We held the event at Garce’s Trading Co., which a cute little restaurant/market on Locust Street in Center City, Philadelphia.

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Sabrina and I got there a little early to check out the digs. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with a fresh flower section. I kind of wanted to buy them all to decorate my apartment!

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The market area of Garce’s offers a variety of cheeses, charcuterie, wines, breads and pastries which are on the menu in the restaurant, but are also for sale. I tried a few of these spreads with my cheese plate at dinner.

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Here are some of the different types of condiments to go with the cheese selections:

pistachio currant salbitxada, cherry fig marmalade
truffle lavender honey, white sangria honey
onion pecan butter, roasted garlic dulce de leche
fennel apricot mostardo, chocolate hazelnut

If those flavors don’t make you drool I don’t know what will!

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There is also a wine boutique  inside the restaurant. Garce’s is BYO, so its nice to be able to check out some new wines to try.

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The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but for our special Philly Foodie Meet-Up, they set up 2 big tables for our group.

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Sabrina brought a bottle of red for us to share at the table. I brought nametags for the group. It was a team effort!

Side Note – Nametags for meet-up  = AWESOME!

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After we sat down and everyone started to arrive, Sabrina poured me a nice big glass of wine.

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And what goes awesome with wine? Bread!

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What goes even MORE awesome with wine? CHEESE! I split the Chef’s selection of cheeses, which was 3 different cheeses with different spreads. It was even more amazing than it looks.

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I love me  some cheeses.

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For appetizer (round 2) I split the artichoke hearts with Sabrina. They were served with lemon, honey, dates and walnuts. Yum!

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I also enjoyed an Endive Salad, which came with pears, oranges and raisins. It was delish! Endive salads are my favorite!

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My new friend (in real life AND online!) Melissa and I split the Verde pizza. This was topped with spinach, ricotta, green asparagus, arugula and fava beands. It was amazing.

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Here are a few group shots –

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Role Call – Bloggers in Attendance:

Sabrina of http://rhodeygirltests.com/  (my co-planner!)
Emily of  http://goodcleaneating.blogspot.com/
Chrissey of phillygirlruns.blogspot.com
Stephanie of  stephtbs.wordpress.com
Jill of  bootcampphilly.com
Lauren of  http://hellopa.blogspot.com/
Kelly of  http://myverbalvomit.wordpress.com
Lisa of  lisaathome.wordpress.com
Kelly of runningphoodie.wordpress.com
Lisa of  http://www.dsdawgs.org/
Jess of www.upsanddownes.wordpress.com

We also had a few readers in attendance! So shout out to April, Melissa, Dasha and Heather. I hope I didn’t forget anyone!

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I was so excited to meet Melissa in real life! We are going to be running buddies! Last night we convinced her to join the Twitter revolution, so friend her! She’s so fun! We have plans to run on Kelly Drive very soon! I can’t wait!

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Sabrina and I also put together a little door prize of sorts. We put together some samples that we had both received and put everything in a basket to give away to one lucky person in attendance!

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If you missed this meet-up, doesn’t this make you want to come hang out with us next time? We give out prizes! I picked the winner from the wine glass…

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 Emily won the big prize! She went home with lots of goodies including some healthy snacks, a cookbook holder, water bottle and some other fun stuff! Emily is getting married in a few days! Congrats!

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The whole evening was awesome! I had so much fun meeting everyone. All the Philadelphia Foodie’s/Readers I met last night are so nice, I can’t wait to hang out with everyone again soon!

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By the end of the night, desserts were eaten by many. I didn’t eat this because I was stuffed, but I thought it was pretty. PhilaFoodie 025

I was also really excited that I got to chat for a bit with Stephanie. We are blog and twitter friends, so it was nice to meet her in real life! Hopefully we can hang out again soon too!

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Sabrina and I with Stephanie.

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Here is Stephanie, Kelly, Melissa, Me, Lisa, Dasha, Heather, Sabrina, and April. We were some of the last to leave!

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Sabrina and I had so much fun planning this meet-up! Hopefully we will have another one very soon!

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The meet-up started at 7:00 and we were all still there closing the place down around 10:00! Us foodie love to eat and chat, what can I say?

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I love blog meet-ups and trying new restaurants! I had so much fun putting blogs to faces and meeting some new people. It’s so nice to know there are so many other Philly foodie’s out there!

In the end, I think a good time was had by all!

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