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Tonight I had the pleasure of speaking about Operation Beautiful with the alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority + some other Gator women (and men!) at the University of Florida.


I also got to meet fellow bloggers Shannon and Jenny, who were total sweethearts.


The presentation went really well!  Always love discussing such topics with smart, thoughtful women. 


But it was a LONG drive up to UF and back.  I went a little early so I could have dinner with my dad and grandpa.  We met up at Olive Garden.  I promptly ordered a double espresso (you don’t even want to know how many coffees and teas I had today):


And I had the soup, salad, and breadsticks for lunch.  Mmm.



It’s my favorite thing to get at Olive Garden!  I love it. 


I also had a few bites of the lemon cake that my dad ordered to share:


And on the way back home, I had a Glo Bar:


I cannot even express how exhausted I am!  And I’m waking up and flying to DC in the morning – ahh!  But I’m SO excited to see my college friend Stef and all my bloggy friends at Fit Bloggin!  Three cheers for epic blog conferences.  🙂





  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 17, 2010, 11:04 pm

    That’s my favorite thing to get at Olive Garden too. I haven’t been there in so long! Have a safe trip to DC tomorrow. It’s a great city and seriously let me know if you need any ideas!

  • clay March 17, 2010, 11:06 pm

    Have a good time in DC!

  • Jessica Lee March 17, 2010, 11:07 pm

    I love soup and salad at olive garden too. I cold probably eat the whole bowl (the family one) of the salad. That dressing is so good!

    Looks like it was a good time at UF

  • Kerry March 17, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I’m flying into DC tomorrow too! I’m stressing out about the food I’ve packed in my carryon.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 17, 2010, 11:26 pm

    That is exactly what I get at OG! So good. Wish the soup was loaded with sodium, but I just gotta pay a bit more attention to what I eat the rest of the day.

    So glad everything went well, and I hope you get some sleep!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 17, 2010, 11:29 pm

    how fun! i love olive garden…we don’t eat there nearly enough in my opinion 🙂 hope you have a wonderful fitbloggin’ weekend! i so wish i could afford to come 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 17, 2010, 11:46 pm

    So many fun blogger gatherings! I say traveling and meeting people beats working at a desk any day. Have a safe flight!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 17, 2010, 11:59 pm

    That is definitely my favorite thing to get at the OG! I’m glad your presentation went so well!

  • Amanda March 18, 2010, 12:08 am

    That soup looks delicious! Do you ask when you are at restaurants if menu items are prepared with animal stock/broth? Just curious.

    • caitlin March 18, 2010, 6:45 am

      not if its vegetable soup… only if its like broccoli cream something. honestly its hard enough to eat out as a vegetarian so i dont want to limit myself from vegetable soup by “knowing” LOL

      • Amanda March 18, 2010, 7:38 am

        I feel the same. LOL

  • Jennifer March 18, 2010, 12:33 am

    I can’t believe that you were in my neck of the woods and I didn’t even know it! I would have loved to have heard you speak. I’m sure everyone was inspired by you. 🙂

    • caitlin March 18, 2010, 6:45 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Bronwyn March 18, 2010, 12:46 am

    I want that cake!
    looks so delicious and creamy and yummy.
    *drool* :p

  • Chelsea March 18, 2010, 1:17 am

    wow! is being asian an entry requirement for that sorority?!

    • Abigail March 18, 2010, 2:10 am

      I believe its an ethnically based sorority like Asian, Hispanic, African American.

      • Chelsea March 18, 2010, 2:57 am

        ah, got it. i don’t think we have those on the west coast (where i live).

        • Garman Tsang March 18, 2010, 3:32 am

          Yep, Abigail you’re correct! Our sorority, aKDPhi, was established at UC Berkeley. We’re currently the largest Asian-American interest sorority in the Nation. =)

  • Mama Pea March 18, 2010, 2:12 am

    What? No Tour of Italy? Did you at least treat your dad? 😉

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 18, 2010, 2:50 am

    I’m so glad the presentation went well!
    That lemon cake looks so delicious- the amount of filling in it! Now I have cake cravings lol and I haven’t even had breakfast!
    Have a great rest up/sleep 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 18, 2010, 3:10 am

    I went to Olive Garden once while at college – couldn’t turn down the lunch special – but it could totally be dangerous for me to be around all-you-can-eat breadsticks. 😉

  • Garman Tsang March 18, 2010, 3:16 am

    Thank you so much for coming to UF Caitlin! We really enjoyed the discussion. Check out Mochi’s frozen yogurt on church street. It’s yummy!!! Have a safe trip to DC. =)

    • caitlin March 18, 2010, 6:46 am

      thank you! 🙂

  • Stacey March 18, 2010, 6:32 am

    Lol…I was like “Where is Caitlin in this picture?!” I had to look for about 5 minutes before I saw you on the end, haha 😀 Yay for FitBloggin!!

  • Erica March 18, 2010, 6:56 am

    Glad the talk went well! I’m not a huge chain restaurant fan…but Olive Garden is definitely the exception to the rule- yum! Have fun at FitBloggin

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 18, 2010, 7:02 am

    Congrats on your talk! I am sooo excited for fitbloggin! 🙂

  • Sara March 18, 2010, 7:27 am

    Go Gators!!!! I was born a Gator so it sort of stays with you. Glad the presentation went well. Safe travels to DC. See you there.

  • Jenny March 18, 2010, 8:43 am

    It was such a great presentation- sorry about that long drive!

    See you soon!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing March 18, 2010, 8:59 am

    Glad to hear your presentation went well!!

  • Kelly March 18, 2010, 9:06 am

    Olive Garden breadsticks are like crack. They are sooo good. Have fun in DC! Wish I had known about this earlier, I totally would have gone.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 18, 2010, 9:34 am

    Good for you for ordering probably one of the three relatively healthy meals at the Olive Garden. I work at one and don’t find any of the food appetizing at all 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 18, 2010, 10:13 am

    OG breadsticks are the best part!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats March 18, 2010, 10:25 am

    Thank you so much again for coming up here! I’m ordering some of her GloBars today 🙂 yum yum

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 18, 2010, 6:41 pm

    I love that flavour of glo-bar!

  • Jessica March 18, 2010, 8:37 pm

    Ummm that’s the EXACT meal I always get at Olive Garden too!!! Their minestrone is TO DIE.
    But the breadsticks are too! So good, right?? 🙂

  • Jennifer March 18, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I’ve been following your blog and I love it! It’s a great way for me to find vegetarian alternatives 🙂 also, it’s awesome you met some of my kdphi sorority sisters down at UF!

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