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Today I flew from Chicago to Orlando…


And then Orlando to Charlotte.  I feel like I went all over this side of the country!


Truthfully, my travels weren’t so bad.  I can’t really complain about a business class upgrade + WIFI in the air.  It was basically a normal working day for me, just with pretty scenery.  :)  I think I’m getting over my intense fear of the window seat, too.


In-flight snacks included another AllieBar (yes, two in a day… I was running low on cash and acceptable snacks).  I asked Allie to share the recipe but apparently it’s top secret.  I don’t blame her – it’s that good! She should sell these puppies!


And a Naked Banana-Strawberry juice.

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Hubby picked me up from the airport, and I realized how much we had missed each other.  We aren’t one of those must-talk-all-the-time couples (for various reasons – busy schedules and neither of us are big phone people), but it was SO nice to see his smiling face at baggage claim.  Yay, love!


And he took me out to dinner to a new (for us) spot called 300 East.


I love it when old homes are converted into restaurants or offices!


We split the hummus appetizer:



And I ordered the house salad + a cold chickpea and feta salad:



It was great.  I want to try to replicate the chickpea salad at home – there was some dill, lemon, olive oil, and silvers of red onion mixed in.


In other news…


It appears that my in-laws have sold their home in Florida!  They found out this weekend that a contract will probably go through on their own home – after being on the market since November – and drove up to Charlotte this weekend to pick out a NEW home (can you imagine picking out a home to BUY in a weekend!?!).  I am so excited that our family is moving closer!  Keep your fingers crossed that BOTH deals go through – in this market, it’s anyone’s game.



  • Whitney August 16, 2010, 9:23 pm

    My husband and I are the same way. We are not phone people, so it’s hard to stay in contact when we’re apart. It usually ends up with us missing each other alot! That restaurant looks super cute. I’m glad you moved to Charlotte, now I know where to eat when I’m there, haha!

  • Courtney (Delightful Devours) August 16, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Drat! Too bad you can’t share the recipe for that bar! Looks fantastic

  • Evan Thomas August 16, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Fingers crossed! Also, this post reminded me to soak chickpeas overnight right before I was about to go to bed. Thank you 🙂

  • Molly August 16, 2010, 9:39 pm

    yum! Love that restaurant, looks so good! Welcome home 🙂


  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 16, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Aww thats so nice that you and the hubby got to reunite! That’s always the best feeling!


  • Sana August 16, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I am not a huge phone talker with the boy, it’s sooo much fun to catch up in person!

  • tanyasdaily August 16, 2010, 9:42 pm

    fun resturant…good food

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 16, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I also love when restaurants are designed from old houses or other historic sites. History and ambiance are so much a part of what makes a meal.

    And I’m happy for you to have family moving closer. I’m having such a hard time being away from mine. Sigh… =)

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 16, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I am so glad you made it back safely. Enjoy your husband and some rest!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 16, 2010, 9:48 pm

    My husband and I are the same way when we are apart – we aren’t really phone people, and we can’t wait to catch up in person!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for your inlaws!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 16, 2010, 9:53 pm

    i can’t imagine picking a house that quickly!!! i will be super impressed if/when they do it…it took us a solid couple months to pick out ours!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 16, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I’m glad you got home safely! I also don’t “need” to talk to J every day, but when I finally see him after a few days of traveling I realize how much I miss him!

    I hope your inlaws find a great house!

  • Jenny August 16, 2010, 10:05 pm

    I just wanted to tell you how welcome you made me and my friend (both non-bloggers) feel at the Healthy Living Summit. Thanks for being so friendly!

    • caitlin August 17, 2010, 9:49 am

      I am so glad you had a good time!!! Thanks for coming!

  • Amanda August 16, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Glad you got back safely!! I looove the scarf you wore today … where is it from?

    • caitlin August 17, 2010, 9:49 am


  • Kristy @ August 16, 2010, 10:14 pm

    That restaurant looked yummy! That’s so exciting about your in-laws moving closer! 🙂 Having family nearby really is a luxury. You don’t realize how much you miss them ’til they’re a days worth of travel away.

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) August 16, 2010, 10:19 pm

    That restaurant looks so cute and homey! 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 16, 2010, 10:20 pm

    I love old house converts too. Hubby and I aren’t phone people either. There was a stint of about 6 months when we were long distance and we made the phone thing work, but otherwise, it’s quick, “this is what I’m doing” updates. So glad you made it back safe and sound. 🙂

  • Heather August 16, 2010, 10:28 pm

    glad they sold their house! we are about to go through that and I am not looking forward to it!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 16, 2010, 10:29 pm

    I just walked through a town in the ‘burbs of Chicago that had a whole shopping area of old homes turned stores and restaurants. My heart melted.

    I’ve had 4 AllieBars in one day before….2 is nothing 🙂 They give me insane energy too, esp. when I eat them at night and workout in the morning.

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 16, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Your dinner looked fabulous! That’s great about your parent’s selling and moving closer 🙂 Hope it all works out!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini August 16, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Love 300 East. It’s a great date restaurant. They have a really yummy veggie lentil wrap.

  • Amber K August 16, 2010, 10:54 pm

    That dinner looks great!

    I’ll be praying for good things to happen for your in-laws!

  • eatmovelove August 16, 2010, 10:57 pm

    Praying for your in-laws! That place looks so good. Hummus is dangerous – I go through a tub a day…I’m not exaggerating either.

    …and I’m still waiting to hear from your agent girl!! 🙂

    • caitlin August 17, 2010, 9:50 am

      If you want to email me I can give you some more info (sorry I thought you were joking before!)

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 16, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Yikes, I can’t imagine making a decision like that in one weekend!

    I was SO excited to snag an Allie bar at HLS, and when I unpacked my bags this morning it was gone. So sad 🙁

  • Chelsea August 16, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Talk about time pressure on buying a house! That is exciting news though!


  • Amy @ Amy Starts To Run August 16, 2010, 11:15 pm

    My husband-to-be and I prefer to text more than talk when we’re apart. We’ve never been phone people either.

    Good luck to your in-laws!

  • Danielle August 16, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Aw, I’m a talker, but love is love and that’s what really matters :).

    Also wanted to say how nice it was to meet you in person! Thank you for doing your part in planning the Healthy Living Summit, it was one of the best few days I’ve had all summer.

  • Liza August 16, 2010, 11:49 pm

    mmmm that looks yummy.
    i decided that hummus/whole chickpeas and feta are probably in my top 10 favorites foods haha. They’re ALWAYS delicious.
    Awesome to have wifi!!!

  • Brianne August 16, 2010, 11:52 pm

    I love how how happy you seem when you explain seeing your husband after the trip…so cute. The chickpeas look extremely tasty too!

  • Jolene ( August 16, 2010, 11:53 pm

    That hummus dish looks good!! Very different!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 16, 2010, 11:54 pm

    I love your statement, Yay Love! Haha.

    That is fantastic that family is moving closer! That will be so much fun 🙂

  • Rachel August 16, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Sounds like a great welcome home dinner with the husband! Hopefully everything pulls through with the family moving closer!

  • Joanna @ August 16, 2010, 11:57 pm

    Ah those Naked juices are a lifesaver when I am on the go!

  • Raya August 17, 2010, 12:08 am

    Congrats on the houses for your in-laws, I bet it will be nice to have everyone all in one place! And your dinner looks yummy, I need some hummus in my life pronto.

  • Wei-Wei August 17, 2010, 12:22 am

    Ahh, that recipe for Alliebars is always going to be top secret. I hope you encouraged her business! 😉


  • Susan - Nurse on the Run August 17, 2010, 12:45 am

    That restaurant is so cute!

  • Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers August 17, 2010, 12:59 am

    Love 300 East!

  • Angela August 17, 2010, 1:39 am

    I’m glad their house sold! Here, in Tucson, the housing market is still terrible! It is nice to have your family close! I’m grateful my mom lives here, but I hope to move to Oregon one day! Just a change of pace! I’ve lived here most of my life! And the alliebar looks amazing!

  • Tina August 17, 2010, 6:11 am

    What a perfect meal and night out with the husband to come home too. Love lemon + dill flavor combos too.

  • Lauren August 17, 2010, 6:52 am

    Awwww, how sweet! I bet the reunion with hubby was perfect! 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 17, 2010, 7:15 am

    The chickpea salad looks like what we had at lunch on Saturday! Yummy. Glad you made it home safely!

  • Katie Carso August 17, 2010, 7:28 am

    I bet its great to be home, but also great you got two free roundtrip tix too now! Woot Woot!

    My fiance and I are the same, we dont talk alot, I hate talking on the phone, Im a big texter!

    Good luck to your in laws! I hope they find a house this weekend in Charlotte!

  • Kaci August 17, 2010, 7:32 am

    Glad you made it home safe and sound! =)

  • betsy August 17, 2010, 7:43 am

    I love 300 east! I just went there last weekend for brunch!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 17, 2010, 8:02 am

    That restaurant is adorable! I love old homes converted into restaurants. They always feel so quaint and cozy. 😀

    The food looks great too! 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 17, 2010, 8:29 am

    I get stressed out enough picking an apartment in a weekend, never mind a house. I think I’d have to rent a bit before committing. Having family in the area will be so nice though!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 17, 2010, 8:36 am

    Glad you made it home safe and sound!! That dinner looks delish!

  • ubigb August 17, 2010, 8:53 am

    aaww! you guys are cute.
    i’ve always wondered; what does your husband order when he goes out? especially in non-vegan restaurants
    ps. i typed “pt knee sleeve” on google and you were the first option lol

    • Caitlin August 17, 2010, 10:00 am

      He got:

      a Lentil burrito, steamed spinach, a salad, and he split the hummus with me. 🙂

  • Gwen August 17, 2010, 8:59 am

    Glad you made it home! I wish my fam would move closer! What a fantastic time for you 🙂

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 17, 2010, 9:07 am

    i love getting bumped on flights if you’re not in a hurry. it’s the best! 🙂 that happened to us on our honeymoon. and i have to say… my husband and i talk a ton when we’re apart. but it has lessened a little. we’re not phone people except with each other. we also have a whole street of house restaurants… they’re all international. it’s great!

  • Lauren August 17, 2010, 9:18 am

    That hummus dish looks great! Chickpeas are a great food to eat before a run, gives you a lot of energy.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 17, 2010, 10:03 am

    That restaurant looks fantastic! I love when restaurants offer an assortment of fresh veggie options. Yum!


  • Emily @ Run Emily Run August 17, 2010, 10:46 am

    Hey, nice plane photos. I’m so bad at those. And ditto on the old houses turned into restaurants! Unfortunately there aren’t any like that in NYC due to space constraints, but there were a bunch in the small city in MI where I grew up.

  • Cati @ crave and create August 17, 2010, 10:48 am

    Gotta love a restaurant that serves crudite – that looks great!

  • Scargosun August 17, 2010, 12:39 pm

    I love that pic of Charlotte from the plane. It makes me miss it tho.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 17, 2010, 12:55 pm

    I’m the same way with my friends – if we’re not in the same city, I don’t feel like I need to talk to them every day in order to stay close.

    It sounds like you enjoyed a nice evening with the hubs though! That restaurant looks awesome!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 17, 2010, 1:52 pm

    That’s awesome they are under contract on their house! Having just bought a house, just thinking about the process gives me the shivers! There were multiple points in our deal that things were looking like they were going to fall apart… it was the most stress I’ve ever dealt with as an adult!

  • Brandy August 19, 2010, 7:56 am

    Even though I didn’t attend….I had to put something up about HLS and how blogging has changed me for the better. 🙂

    It’s my post today:

    So, thank you for all that you do!

  • Jessica August 20, 2010, 11:13 am

    What an absolutely adorable restaurant!

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