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I am really settling into Charlotte.  I love this town!  My favorite thing about it?  There are so many different neighborhoods, but they are all so close together.  I traveled to Plaza Midwood, NoDa, and South End tonight.  They are all so different!


First up:  I went to the Charlotte Lululemon showroom to chat about an event Lululemon/HTP is hosting in October called “BLEND Party” – AKA Blogger Friends!  If you live in Charlotte and want to come to the party (everyone is invited – readers + bloggers), e-mail me at


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And after Lululemon, I stopped back at my house for a quick bite.  In my effort to save money, I decided to eat most of my dinner at home and have a side dish out with a friend.


At-home dinner:


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I made a whole wheat wrap with pesto and hummus and had a peach on the side.


So, it turns out one of my high school friends, Tati, lives just 1.5 miles from my new house.  We lost touch and are re-connecting! So fun.  She took me to the infamous Penguin restaurant for happy hour:



I had two beers (Shocktop – mmm) and split the sweet potato fries with Tati.


I snagged this pic of her eating the black bean burger, and she said it was “Perfect Penguin ambiance.”  Oh so true.   🙂


And then I drove to yet another Charlotte neighborhood to attend a small little party hosted by my friend Kate.


She had quite the spread of food and drink.


I had a splash of wine and switched to water.  But I did dive right into this amazing PUMPKIN DIP!  Oh pumpkin, I love thee!  If you have not checked out my Top Five Pumpkin Recipes (which includes Pumpkin Dip), you simply MUST.


Quite the night, huh?





  • Shannon, Tropical Eats September 17, 2010, 10:41 pm

    that is a busy night! nothin beats sweet potato fries i swear

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 17, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Pumpkin dip?! Umm why have I not tried this goodness?!

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life September 17, 2010, 10:49 pm

    Wow talk about a busy night!! Looks like you had an awesome time though! It’s always nice to hang out with friends, make new ones and reconnect with old ones!

  • Ash Bear September 17, 2010, 10:50 pm

    That looks like a wonderful evening! Would you mind sharing more about the Lululemon event? I’d love to plan something with my local Lululemon! 🙂

  • Amanda @ Vegacious September 17, 2010, 11:00 pm

    Pumpkin dip – I’m trying that one ASAP! 🙂

  • Lana September 17, 2010, 11:11 pm

    What a fun evening! Reconnecting with old friends is always neat because you see how much eat of you have grown. Enjoy the your evening!! (wel., the rest of it anyway)

  • Amber K September 17, 2010, 11:22 pm

    Busy, but fun!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 17, 2010, 11:24 pm

    I love that everything is so close. I dream of living in a city like that. I do a lot of walking and biking right now, but nothing is THAT close.

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer) September 17, 2010, 11:25 pm

    lovely! i love spreads like that 🙂
    I just started my blog back up today! 😮

  • Lindsey @ SoundEats September 17, 2010, 11:40 pm

    three cheers for the lululemon blend event! wish I could go!

    lol I got your text like two hours later, so I didn’t text back, but immediately recognized where you were. 😉

    love you and miss you, friend! sad I won’t be seeing you when I’m visiting Orlando this weekend. 🙁 however, I love that you love Charlotte. 🙂

  • Sana September 17, 2010, 11:44 pm

    What a fun evening with friends! I have never heard of a pumpkin dip, is it creamy?

  • Camille September 17, 2010, 11:51 pm

    Looks like a great night!
    The fries look awesome!

  • hippierunner September 17, 2010, 11:57 pm

    Yum to your wrap and the sweet potato fries!!! And good job for spending your money wisely and eat at home!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 18, 2010, 12:11 am

    What a fun night! I love catching up with old friends. I visited a university this summer and caught up with a friend from the 2nd grade

  • suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] September 18, 2010, 12:21 am

    what a fun event! 🙂 I wish i lived out there so i could take part. can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 18, 2010, 1:21 am

    Looks like a fun night!! That pumpkin dip sounds delicious; I’ll have to print off that recipe!

  • Jamie September 18, 2010, 1:43 am

    Hey Caitlin, have you found Libby’s pumpkin yet in the stores?

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:05 pm


  • Wei-Wei September 18, 2010, 1:51 am

    Sweet potato fries look amazing! Dude – fall overload. Sweet potato fries dipped into pumpkin dip. Add some chopped apples and a LOT of cinnamon and mmmmmm. Fall. (That sounds kinda weird, actually.)

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 18, 2010, 2:28 am

    Sounds like you had a fab time. IT must be so nice to reconnect with an old friend. Also, what a good money saving tip to eat lunch at home and a side whilst you were out!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 18, 2010, 5:33 am

    That was a busy night – you sure make the most of your time!

  • JL Goes Vegan September 18, 2010, 6:50 am

    Looks like a great way to spend an evening. The pumpkin did sounds fab.

  • Whitney September 18, 2010, 7:09 am

    You had quite the busy night! I’m proud of how well you are doing with the budgeting 🙂

  • Stacey September 18, 2010, 8:13 am

    Looks like a fun night! And yummo to your shock top! Totally interested in the “Blend Party”, by the way 😀

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:06 pm

      If you wanna join, shoot me an email!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 18, 2010, 8:31 am

    your party sounds like it’s going to be SO much fun!! wish i could be there but it would be a bit of a hike from ontario. can’t wait to hear more about it though!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 18, 2010, 8:40 am

    That was quite the night! Glad you had a great Friday and hopefully the start of a great weekend!

  • Lauren September 18, 2010, 9:08 am

    Charlotte seems like such a great town and a perfect fit for you.
    Great night girl. Enjoy your Saturday.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 18, 2010, 9:15 am

    Pumpkin dip sounds so good! 🙂

    I love reconnecting with old friends. In the past year I have gotten together with at least 3 friends that I haven’t seen since high school (I graduated in 2001) — it was so neat to catch up and it was amazing how “easy” it felt to start right back up again!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsPumpkinSpice September 18, 2010, 9:49 am

    Yum! pumpkin dip! Sounds amazing. I have your top 5 recipes bookmarked on my computer. I need to try all of them this season.

  • yummiee cupcake September 18, 2010, 11:16 am

    i’d love to go to blend party! too bad i don’t live in charlotte!

  • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 11:19 am

    I think I should get an all-expenses paid trip to the blend party since it would not exist without me. Just a thought…pass it along..have your people….email me. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:07 pm

      hahah yes you created the blend term, didn’t you???

  • Rachel September 18, 2010, 1:19 pm

    That looks like such a fun night!! What a wonderful culinary adventure too – mmm…

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well September 18, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Oh, Penguin is so awesome! That black bean burger is amazing and they make fried pickles that are TO DIE FOR!

    I read an article about Libby’s pumpkin — apparently it is being harvested currently and will be in stores in the next week or so. Do not fear!

  • kristin September 18, 2010, 5:31 pm

    sounds fun! i wish i could have been at kates party too 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 18, 2010, 7:18 pm

    That event with Lululemon sounds so fun. I wish I lived in the area!

  • Kelly September 18, 2010, 10:21 pm

    That is exactly what I love about Charlotte too! You can be a hippie in Plaza then dress up and go to something class in Myer’s Park. Love it! But you didn’t mention Dilworth! So glad you’re settling into Charlotte’s vibe. 🙂

  • allijag September 19, 2010, 9:21 pm

    kate! 🙂 so fun (and i’m only mildly jealous) 🙂 i get to see her this weekend 😉

  • Kristy September 20, 2010, 8:24 am

    The blend party sounds epic! Anothe reason I wanna move – I need real life friends! or blends 🙂

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