The Husband and I had an excellent morning at the Orlando Farmers’ Market, which is location right downtown.

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We brought James with us and left Maggie at home.  Maggie + Crowds = Disaster.  šŸ™‚

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We had fun walking around and looking at all the food and art for sale.  In the end, we just loaded up on produce.

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I realized when walking around the farmers’ market that not all the produce was organic or from Florida.  Some of the produce was from California!  We tried to focus more on the Florida produce, but we got some stuff from out-of-state, too.  In total, we spent $30, which is soooo much less than our normal weekly produce bill!

 

And we got some Orange Blossom Honey!

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The little bears are too cute.

 

After shopping, I drove to Woodlands, a vegetarian Indian food restaurant, for a fun blogger meet-up.

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In total, there were 10 of us!  There were old friends and new friends, too!

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From left to right:  me, Amanda, Megan, Jessica, Gloria, Lindsay, Meghann, Kelly, Ashley, and Ryan.

 

Indian food was quite an adventure for everyone! Some of us had one had it once or twice, and some had never even had it once.

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We started off with an appetizer platter that allowed everyone to have a bite of a few things.  Don’t ask me what’s what, but it included: Medhu Vada, Potato Bonda, Samosa, Cutlet, and Pakora.  We also ordered baskets of Batura and Chapathy (breads).

 

I love eating with other food bloggers. :)  The waitress always looks so confused when we all break out our cameras!

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We gabbed and gabbed non-stop.  We always have so much to talk about!

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I ordered the Baigan Bartha, which is slices of "fresh eggplant baked on a low flame and mashed with tomatoes and onions."

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It came with a side of rice:

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Everyone shared their plates with one another, and I tried a bit of everything:

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It was SOOOO good and super spicy!  Yum!

 

Gloria was super sweet and brought everyone Super Charge Me Cookies from Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan:

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I ate mine for dessert:

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It was a great meal with nice company!

 

Off to get some work done!  Have a great afternoon.

{ 15 comments }

 

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks July 12, 2009, 12:44 pm

    What an awesome blogger meetup!! I love indian food, and yours looks delish!

  • Reese July 12, 2009, 12:56 pm

    I had the exact same morning lol. I spent 11 dollars at the farmer's market and got so much produce!! Not to be super creepy, but I was in the check-out line next to you at Publix…I felt like I spotted a celebrity. I was that girl who forgot her debit card hah!

    Anyway, obvi love the blog and think what you are doing with Operation Beautiful is so amazing šŸ™‚ Let me know next time there is an Orlando meet-up I would love to join!

  • healthy ashley July 12, 2009, 1:02 pm

    You are super fast!

    I loved the meetup. It was my first time with Indian food and I really like it!!

  • havefaith4ever July 12, 2009, 1:52 pm

    30 dollars for a bunch of produce? Score! So jealous! Glad you had fun with the girls! Indian food sounds yummy!
    <3 jess

  • Adi July 12, 2009, 2:13 pm

    Looks like a great time! I love the group shots of blogger meet ups… everyone is always so dressed up!
    My tummy definitely can't handle Indian food, but oh boy, if it could, I'd be eating it weekly.

  • Erica July 12, 2009, 3:07 pm

    What a great meet up! You all look so beautiful šŸ™‚ It is hilarious to be at a meal with a bunch of bloggers pulling out there cameras! I love it! I hope I get to meet both you and Meghann some day.

  • Whitney July 12, 2009, 3:17 pm

    That is unfortunate that your farmer's market has produce that has been trucked across the country. Basically just taking a grocery store outside. LOL

    I'm very fortunate because I live by a farmer's market that only allows local items from states that touch IL, including the ingredients that go into the baked goods. This is really what the spirit of a farmer's market should be.

  • Erin July 12, 2009, 3:33 pm

    Oh, I LOVE Woodlands! Sorry I missed you! šŸ™

    -Er

  • Matt July 12, 2009, 4:51 pm

    I think the best thing about Indian food is the naan bread. I eat that stuff by the pound!

  • Danielle C. July 12, 2009, 6:25 pm

    YUM! I love Baigan Bartha, so yummy.

  • heyitstay July 12, 2009, 6:26 pm

    Awwww how fun!! I would love to eat with fellow food bloggettes šŸ™‚ All sharing their plates and not thinking you're weird for taking pics! haha.

    Glad you had such a fun time!

  • roseyrebecca July 12, 2009, 7:50 pm

    The Orlando Farmer's Market looks ten times better than the one I go to in Albany, NY! Your dog is adorable!

    I've only tried Indian Food once! It sort of scares me!

  • Glo July 13, 2009, 4:59 am

    Lunch was so fun and yummy! It was great to meet everyone. There will definitely be more cookies before the marathon in January, if not before then… Pasta and cookies go together, right? šŸ™‚

  • Aggie July 13, 2009, 5:23 am

    I'm glad you said that about the farmer's market, I always go to ours in Lake Mary or Sanford and am always wondering why most of the stuff is from somewhere else! Though, I will say, I've met Jonathan and Amy who are the only vendor at Lake Mary and some of the stuff does actually come from their own farm so that's cool! I always try to buy what they are growing!

    Great blogger meetup! I haven't tried Indian yet…everything looks great! Enjoy your week!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 13, 2009, 8:13 am

    Love blogger meetups, looks like you ladies had a great (and delicious!) time šŸ˜‰

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