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I was lucky enough to have a fun dinner with two local bloggers:


That’s Samma on the left, and Jessica on the right.  How cute are they?  Perfect Southern belles!


We planned to do yoga and meet for dinner at Veg-a-Rama, but yoga plans fell through.  That was alright with me because my butt was glued to the couch, and I was totally engrossed in a Law and Order marathon. 


Even though I knew I was going to dinner in a few hours, I totally ruined my appetite with a peanut butter sandwich.  What can I say? I was HANGRY!  🙂


Should’ve held out for this awesome vegetarian dinner!  I had asparagus soup.


And mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, and brandied apple sauce.


And I had a cider:


I have a ton of leftovers, but I’m not complaining! It was such a good meal – I can’t wait to have it again tomorrow.


Ironically, Samma and Jessica have never met, but they only live a few minutes from each other AND they are both running the Knoxville Half Marathon in March.  Maybe they will end up being running buddies?   I hope so!


I used to think the Internet was a strange way to meet people, but now I see it’s an easy way to find people with similar interests.  Of course, you’ve got to be safe and smart!


Lindsey is actually putting together a blogger/reader “phonebook” by location so we’ll all be able to get in touch with locals soon.  Stay tuned for more info!


Have you ever met a friend through blogging?  Have you ever online dated?



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 4, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Ahhh I LOVE meeting people through blogging–seriously best part of the job (hobby).

    Yes, I’ve met many many friends, especially at HLS!

  • Annabananabomb February 4, 2010, 10:06 pm

    I’m still friends with a guy I met half way around the world on ICU when I was 13 (ummm.. that’d be 12 years ago now!)

  • Tyler Ramey February 4, 2010, 10:07 pm

    Never met a blogger, but would <3 it! I will be doing the Gaspirilla Half next month, and I know Meghann and Derek will be there! It will be so odd to think they will be within shouting distance of me! 🙂

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 8:54 am

      I’ll be there too!!

      • Tyler Ramey February 5, 2010, 7:36 pm

        omg, we have to meet!!! I promise I am not incredibly awkward, and/or a stalker. 🙂 Are you doing the half?

        • caitlin February 5, 2010, 7:53 pm

          I think I am going to do the half but I haven’t signed up yet.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

    What a great idea. Still haven’t participated in a meet up but I’d love to. I’m queen of meeting people on craigslist–but not in a pervy way-only for running partners.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I don’t think I’ve been blogging long enough but I can’t wait for blogger meet-ups!

  • Matt February 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I have actually met a few people through blogging. I don’t regret it one bit!

  • Shannon February 4, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I met my husband online!

  • Amanda February 4, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I’ve never met another blogger through the internet, but I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to it. I’ve met people online before and I’m not nearly as weirded out by it as some people are. I think in this day and age its a feasible way to meet people.

  • Laura February 4, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I dont know of many australian Bloggers, I’ve made a few friends through youtube out here but we all live in different states so it’s difficult to catch up.

  • Erin February 4, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I have made two awesome friends through blogging. One works just up the street from me and now we hang out all the time and the other I flew to California to meet and run a half marathon with. She’s flying out to run a 10 mile race with me this May.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 4, 2010, 10:11 pm

    i’ve met some amazing ladies through this community, but not in person (yet!) thanks to ashley @ the edible perspective, the colorado bloggers are meeting up next weekend 🙂

  • Darci February 4, 2010, 10:13 pm

    what a fun meet up!! i haven’t met anyone online…but would really love to have a blogger met up here in Iowa!! we’ll see…not sure there is very many of us! 😉

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 4, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Yummy dinner!!! Brandied apples? Sounds amazing!

    I think the internet is a great way to meet people.. but with limits. I draw the line at online dating. I know it works for some but not for this girl… but meeting other bloggers is too cool. I’ve gotten to know some amazing people through blogging.. it’s incredible!

  • Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers February 4, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Most of my friends in Charlotte are thanks to blogging! And they’re the ones that encouraged the start of my blog 🙂 I never thought I’d meet anyone online, but my best friend Jaclyn was the one to encourage meeting Kath when she was in town and that grew into a big ole group of friends. Hopefully blogging will help us make friends in future cities in which we live!

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 9:26 am

      YAY and we’ll be friends now, too!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. February 4, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I’ve actually just discovered there is a Central Iowa Bloggers Association and an Iowa Food Bloggers Association. Pretty cool. I hope to meet up with some local bloggies sometime soon.

  • Bernadette February 4, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Yes and Yes… the dating wasn’t so successful but the bloggie friend that I met just a couple weeks ago has been FANTASTIC, we have SO much in common and talk daily now (off the blog) and will be getting together again in a couple weeks!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats February 4, 2010, 10:19 pm

    i still have yet to have a bloggy meetup.. hopefully one day soon!!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 4, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Awww, fun! Blogger meat ups are the best! I had my first one the other day!

  • mackattack February 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I’m about to go to my first blogger meet up. YAY! I have made friends that were online friends first. Additionally, I met my hubby online 🙂 What can I say, after a ton of frogs I met my prince. Best decision ever…And all those frogs make for funny stories!

  • Lee February 4, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Yes to both. I’ve met several online friends and… I met my fiance online. It’s funny because I always forget that we met that way!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 4, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I actually wouldn’t be scared to meet a fellow food blogger if she’s been blogging for awhile!! I’ve never dated someone from the internet but I wouldn’t judge!!! As long as you drive your own car and MEET somewhere busy you should be f ine.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 4, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I actually met my first husband via College Club, it was a Web site precursor to Myspace/Facebook. It connected you through people you already knew. We knew the same people, but not each other.

    I also have a friend that I met years ago on an obesity website and we’ve been friends now for like 3 years. I adore her. The internet is very good for that if you’re careful.

  • Amber K February 4, 2010, 10:58 pm

    I actually used to meet people from chat rooms all the time before blogs became popular. It was always in a public place and usually with a friend.

    My husband and I actually first met through IMs on AOL. Technically I met his roommate online and one time called their house when he was out of town. So I talked to my future-husband instead for HOURS and found out his grandma lived right up the street from my dad. So we met at the local store. Seven years later, we’re still together!

  • Karla February 4, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Fun! Blogger meet ups sound so fun! But at the same time a little nerve wracking!

  • sarah February 4, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Wow, I have been lurking on your blog for a little while but HAD to comment tonight, you had MAGNERS – that is like my favorite EVER drink!!! I used to drink it often when I lived in England but cant get it where I am in Canada 🙁 So jealous right now….plus the food looks super yummy too 🙂

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 9:27 am

      i think more places are beginning to carry magners because i see it everywhere now!

  • Heather ODonnell February 4, 2010, 11:10 pm

    I met my husband online. Our friends also met online and married. And we just went to my cousin’s wedding and he and his wife met online.

  • Jolene ( February 4, 2010, 11:22 pm

    I consider all my readers friends 🙂 But I haven’t met any in person. I have never online dated, but a few of my friends met their spouse/ fiance/ online!

  • Jenna February 4, 2010, 11:22 pm

    Interesting lunch combo!

  • TorontoGirloutWest February 4, 2010, 11:29 pm

    I met my fiance through an online dating site but shhhh don’t tell my old school parents! The official story is we met at Starbucks – which is true cause that is where we actually MET! 

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 4, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Everything looks delicious. I love ordering a selection of sides and letting that be the whole meal. 🙂

    I’ve met some online friends in person and it’s always been a great experience. So far, so good. 😀

  • Catherine February 5, 2010, 12:11 am

    Yes I’ve met some lovely chicas through blogging!! Never online dated though… I guess when you been your husband to be when you’re 17 you don’t have much time for online dating 🙂

  • Leah @ L4L February 5, 2010, 1:03 am

    I have yet to actually meet my online “friends” but I feel like I am closer to some bloggers (and readers) than some of my real life friends! 😉

  • John February 5, 2010, 1:40 am

    Before blogging exploded I met a baseball rotisserie player for a couple rounds of golf. Was a good time but not enough to become friends. And I had a blind date arranged over the net but it didn’t go anywhere either. Oh well you don’t know unless you try!

  • Jacquie @ SweetestThingDC February 5, 2010, 1:42 am

    I think that’s the most exciting part of blogging so far. Not only is it a great outlet, but you do find similar people. I got to meet Anne (from fANNEtasticfood) for Restaurant Week and hopefully we’ll hang out again. I’ve also talked to Jasmine (from Sweet and Fit) and Katie (from Daily Goods) as they live close. Yay!
    PS: Your dinner look so good! 🙂 I love how satisfying veggies can be if they’re made well.

  • peony February 5, 2010, 1:57 am

    i’ve met lots of people of facebook, including a couple of my ex’s and my current boyo..what can i say! i think alot of other 18 year olds do it tooo

  • Jamie February 5, 2010, 2:03 am

    As a new blogger I’m already astonished by how many relationships you can make. It’s SO fun!

  • JAG February 5, 2010, 2:55 am

    I’ve never dated anyone from the internet but all of my best friends I have met online. In fact, tomorrow night, I am heading off into the city to meet with about 20 online friends. Our last meet up was a wild weekend in Manchester and we had a fab time so we’re hoping tomorrow will be just as good!

    Pics will be on my blog sometime Sunday if you fancy a look 🙂

  • Freya @ February 5, 2010, 3:33 am

    Awh glad you had fun! I’d LOVE to meet some fellow bloggers through the internet, but there are so few in England 🙁
    I have been on one date with a guy I met on the internet though, and he was actually who he said he was, amazing! Internet is a great way to meet people I think 🙂

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 5, 2010, 5:22 am

    I met a few guys through the internet when I was younger (16ish)….they were always nice and I ended up dating two of them for a while. I, luckily, never had a bad experience.

    Is that phone book going to be for just your area? It’s a cool idea!

  • christie, honoring health February 5, 2010, 5:29 am

    I have met friends online and I even met my husband on e-harmony. Many people are surprised to hear that I have so many friends online but it is an easy way to meet people and find people you have things in common with. The only part about online friendship that gets me down is that I have developed close friendships with people really far away so we can’t spend much in person time together. And to me, there is nothing better than sitting on the deck with a good friend and a glass of wine.

  • Stacey February 5, 2010, 6:20 am

    Bloggie meet-ups are the best! That soup look DI-vine by the way 🙂 Yes, I have online dated, I was actually (as dorkish as this sounds) was on a dating website for about six months…and it was definitely a experience. I actually ended up making a few good guy friends from the website, but there were times when I would go on a date the person that showed up didn’t look ANYTHING like their picture lololol..

    I think the internet is a great way to meet friends with common interests. Whit and I were talking about that last night-cos it’s not as easy to make friends once your older! When you’re young, it’s a peice of cake 😉

  • Bubblej February 5, 2010, 6:21 am

    I’m a lurker but I thought I’d start commenting. I have never met another blogger, but I would like to. I don’t know any New Zealand bloggers, all the blogs I read seem to be written by people in the states.

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 9:28 am

      i’ve had comments from a few new zealanders! keep looking 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 5, 2010, 6:36 am

    No online dating for me, but I always thought it would be a cool way to meet people. And I have met some of my blogger friends in person. I love it!

  • Goldie February 5, 2010, 7:15 am

    I met my current boyfriend on line. we’ve been together 6 months. Obviously – like all relationships it has its ups and downs but I adore him and consider myself a very lucky gal!

    Like you say though it’s important to stay safe and be smart. if you go on a first, second, third date with someone it’s best to let someone know where you are going and make sure that in the beginning the meet ups are in public places.

    Better safe than sorry!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind February 5, 2010, 7:29 am

    I haven’t met any of my new blog friends in “real life” yet, but I def feel like I actually know them. I find myself thinking about them throughout the day sometimes!

  • Chrissy February 5, 2010, 7:33 am

    I LOVE the idea of a location “phonebook”! I’ve always wondered who is reading the blogs I do or who is writing healthy living blogs near me! Can’t wait to hear more info about it! 🙂

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 5, 2010, 7:35 am

    I’m going to my first blogger meet-up on Saturday!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 5, 2010, 7:37 am

    I’ve never met up with any bloggers, but you’re practically in my back yard. 😉 I guess I haven’t been in the blogging world long enough to really connect with anyone. It’s really neat how you’ve met so many people through the world of blogging though.

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 9:29 am

      we should meet! email me if you ever want to get together.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 5, 2010, 7:38 am

    I have not yet met a friend through blogging – just through emailing about blogging ;-).

  • Neely February 5, 2010, 7:53 am

    I met Caitlin and Meghann!!!!!

    And they are both as cute and kind as they would seem.

    We need to do another beer before you move, girl. 🙂

  • April February 5, 2010, 8:14 am

    I haven’t met a friend through blogging in terms of someone that I talk to but I sure have ‘friends’ that I follow!!!! I have a dedicated daily blog hop that I do!!!! And this includes you!!!!

  • Nicole February 5, 2010, 8:14 am

    I met my best friend through blogging!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 5, 2010, 8:14 am

    What a fun dinner:) Looks delicious, too!
    The only bloggers I’ve met live here in the same town I do, but I’d love to do a meetup when traveling somewhere some time!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 5, 2010, 8:23 am

    When I first started reading blogs I thought it was a little intense to be meeting up but now after reading a bunch for over a year and then starting my own, I would love to meet tons of bloggers! Next weekend I’m excited for a CO blogger meet-up that’s happening!

  • Samma February 5, 2010, 8:47 am

    I met some bloggers last night and it was horrible! Just kidding! I had a wonderful time- I hope this rain goes away so we can get in a run on Sunday. I’m not as tough as you, and HATE running in the rain. Again, had so much fun at dinner!

  • Jessie February 5, 2010, 8:50 am

    Meeting people through blogging has been great – although I’ve only met people virtually so far!

  • Holly February 5, 2010, 9:45 am

    I love the pumpkin smoothie! I used to make a different recipe on Sundays and then freeze it. I would then take it to the gym with me in the mornings and by the time I was done it was just defrosted enough! Thanks for reminding me to make it again. Do you have any other smoothie recipes?

  • Heather (The Single Dish) February 5, 2010, 10:19 am

    I am going to FitBloggin-so very excited to meet MANY blogger friends! I went to go see Kath at the Brooklyn Brewery when she was in NYC-so fun!

  • Tracey February 5, 2010, 10:48 am

    Magner’s is my very favorite cider!

    How was the asparagus soup? Sounds wonderful.

    • caitlin February 5, 2010, 11:59 am

      it was really good! i asked what else was in the recipe but the waitress didnt know.

  • Laura @ Strong and Steady February 5, 2010, 12:28 pm

    a) want to! perhaps while seated on a bicycle! b) yes, with mixed success, but lots of my friends have met their S.O.’s online.

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run February 5, 2010, 12:41 pm

    I’ve done a blogger dinner with a few NYC gals and found a running buddy blogger who happens to live about a block away from me – yay! My hubby was nervous about me meeting people from blogs at first, but I think he’s more comfortable with it now.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 5, 2010, 5:19 pm

    I met a great new friend through my blog and now we are really good friends. We even have a weekly LOST night 🙂

  • Rachel February 5, 2010, 7:51 pm

    I would love to meet fellow bloggers and blog followers, but I have yet to see anyone from MN 🙁

  • Nicci February 6, 2010, 5:44 pm

    I have found some awesome blogger friends who live in my area! Happy to see them on a monthly basis or more! Looks like a good veggie dinner.

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