Allison over at Green Dog Wine and I have been trying to plan a get together for at least a month. She had the fantastic idea to organize a Cleveland blogger meetup. She put a call out to all CLE bloggers and planned a meet up for Johnny Mango World Cafe & Bar in Ohio City:
Since many of us are deep in the Cut the Crap Challenge, she picked a location known for its “healthy, world food for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores”. LOVE the restaurant description! I’ve been to JM many a times (they have the BEST sangrias BTW), so I knew their menu would fit into everyone’s challenge requirements. It got my stamp of approval!
Eleven smart, gorgeous & HUNGRY women gathered this past Thursday for drinks, pad thai & lively discussion. I have to admit a bit of anxiety of meeting a group of people I knew just from online interaction, but I should have known better. We chatted from the get go like we were life long friends – just another reason I love the online blog community.
I ordered the Grilled Chicken Cashew Salad: “a grilled chicken breast and vegetable array, with lemon-herb dressing and a scattering of roast cashews”:
This picture doesn’t do this salad justice. Talk about HUGE. Check out the size of these carrots:
Let’s do some simple math: Super fresh grilled veggies+ grilled chicken + my 3rd favorite nut (after Brazil nuts & pine nuts) + tasty dressing for dipping on the side = one happy Alicia. If you know me at all, you know that I loved this dish. There was so much of it, I couldn’t finish the entire thing – hurray for Friday lunch leftovers!
I want to thank Allison for organizing such a great gathering of ladies:
Also joining us (but not pictured) were Allison’s friends Kristin and Angelina: thanks for taking some awesome group shots, ladies!
We’re working out details for the May gathering for after a few marathons that some of the girls are training for – it will be quite the celebration! If you’re in the CLE, keep an eye out and leave the week of May 17 open!