People outside of the blogosphere definitely don’t understand it. Telling my parents I was meeting up with another blogger for lunch boggled their minds and I found it pretty funny. There are seriously so many bloggers in the San Francisco Bay Area and I was excited to be able to workout a meet up with Gina from Health, Love and Chocolate.
We were looking for a halfway point to meet and she suggested Sprout Cafe in Palo Alto. One look at the build-your-own salad menu and I was sold! I’m basically sold on any build-your-own salad place, but Sprout has so many fun options [especially the premium ingredients ;)] And seeing Gina’s picture of her dinner salad the other night, I knew she wouldn’t take me to a bad place!
I loaded up on kale and topped it with edamame, kaiware sprouts, watermelon radish, farro, golden raisins, toasted peanuts [love!], avocado, roasted brussels and butternut squash [obviously..], grilled portabella, and since I couldn’t decide on a dressing, I got the miso sesame dressing and lemon tarragon vinaigrette on the side. Is that the longest salad description you’ve ever seen or what?! Haha I was in heaven! And just to note, the lemon tarragon dressing was the clear winner, but you know I’m a fan of lemon tarragon. I think Gina went just as crazy on her salad too 🙂
Her salad was so pretty from the beets.. but I’ll just have to go back and add that to my salad too. Obviously we talked a lot about food.. as we ate lunch.. and she mentioned a yogurt place called Fraiche. They make their own European-style yogurt in house and not only can you get the plain yogurt fat free, low fat, and whole fat, they also add flavors to it and make their own frozen yogurt! It just so happens that I’ve been craving frozen yogurt [when am I not?] so after we finished up our lunches and chatted a bit, we made our way over to Fraiche.
I always go for the kiddie cup even though I know I could have eaten a large! I got the oreo cookie yogurt, which surprisingly, was not too sweet, and topped it with granola and dried fruit compote. It was SO good and the perfect treat after a nice, big salad. And it just so happens that there is another closer Fraiche location in San Francisco. I don’t think Nathan will put up too big of a fight if I have to drag him over there.
It was so nice to have the chance to meet up with Gina. She’s such a sweet girl and it’s great to find people with similar interests. I guess that’s what you get from the wonderful world of blogger 🙂
Food for Thought
Have you met up with people that you’ve met online?
Which salad toppings would you choose?