Dandelion Market

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Fun night out in Charlotte!

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My mom is in town with a friend, and we took them to Uptown for a fun outdoor festival!

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The festival was BBQ and Blues and it was a blues music festival + lots of alcohol, cigarette, gambling, and BBQ booths.  A pretty interesting mix of vendors!  But the music was awesome and lots of dancing in a parking lot ensued.

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In addition to the festival, we went to a tapas-style restaurant called Dandelion Market for dinner.  I was definitely ready to EAT after running 15.0 miles this morning!

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I started off with a very lackluster Colores Del Sol Malbec.  But all wine is good, even mediocre wine.

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My tapas included a deconstructed caprese salad with fried mozzarella.

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As well as stuffed zucchini:

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I also snagged some of the Husband’s olives.

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And even though no one else wanted to eat dessert, I insisted on getting the salted caramel brownie and eating nearly the entire thing by myself. πŸ™‚

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β€˜Twas a wonderful meal!

 

Oh, my afternoon snacks included mini ice cream sandwiches and crackers + hummus + salsa, as well as my third Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season!

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I… am… ready… to… DROP!

{ 44 comments }

 

  • Wei-Wei September 11, 2010, 12:32 am

    Get your rest! You’re amazing to have ran 15 miles today. I’m so proud of you, and this looks like an AWESOME night!

  • Wei-Wei September 11, 2010, 12:35 am

    O_O First comment. Wow. So proud πŸ˜€

  • hippierunner September 11, 2010, 12:37 am

    Hurray for eating dessert ESPECIALLY after 15 miles; that brownie looks so scrumptious! I’m jealous of your whole dinner actually! Do you know what was in the stuffed zucchini? It sounds interesting. πŸ™‚ And you guys all look so beautiful!

    • Caitlin September 11, 2010, 11:55 am

      Bread crumbs, feta, tomato, and sauce? It was good!

  • Caitlin September 11, 2010, 12:44 am

    Fried cheese is the perfect recovery food. And I love your top, it is so delicate!

  • ashley September 11, 2010, 12:45 am

    That dessert looks amazing- all of your dinner does. Glad you had a fabulous night out!

  • Sarah for Real September 11, 2010, 12:50 am

    I love your outfit, so chic!

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 11, 2010, 12:57 am

    Wow, great job running 15 minutes! That’s just amazing. πŸ™‚ You look so pretty in your outfit! Glad you had a great night out and enjoyed some good food.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 11, 2010, 1:13 am

    The food all looks amazing, but I am focussed on the PSL. Tomorrow, I must have another! <3

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 11, 2010, 1:14 am

    A brownie like that is not to be shared πŸ™‚ Looks like you had a blast and I can’t believe you are still up after 15 miles.

  • Camille September 11, 2010, 1:49 am

    So many great eats!
    Sleep tight and soundly (I’m sure you will!)

  • ari September 11, 2010, 1:56 am

    i love when bloggers own up to actually wanting dessert, and not just they “had a few bites because the table got it.” you’re my favorite.

    • Caitlin September 11, 2010, 11:57 am

      you’re my favorite!

      • ari September 11, 2010, 3:34 pm

        yay!

      • ari September 11, 2010, 3:34 pm

        yay!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 11, 2010, 3:27 am

    Salted chocolate brownies? You couldn’t really say no, it would have been wrong!

  • Orla September 11, 2010, 3:45 am

    Dandelion Market is the name of the area in Dublin where U2 started out with their first gigs!!! But the place you were at looks way nicerthan the current incarnation of the place in Dublin. Dessert looks amazing!!!

  • Lauren September 11, 2010, 6:52 am

    What a fun night! The brownie looks insane!! Good choice. πŸ™‚

  • Meghan September 11, 2010, 7:49 am

    Congrats on the 15 miles! That brownie looks awesome, and the combination of chocolate, carmel and salt sounds very yummy. Have you ever tried making pumpkin spice lattes at home?

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 11, 2010, 8:08 am

    Roasted corn on the… corn dogs?? lol That sign was perfectly in the wrong spot, it made me giggle.

    That stuffed zucchini looks delicious!

  • Chelsey September 11, 2010, 8:11 am

    Dandelion Market is a really cool name for a restaurant – the menu looks very unique as well. You always find the cutest places! That stuffed zucchini looks amazing. I would have also eaten the entire brownie myself if I had run 15 miles yesterday!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward September 11, 2010, 8:21 am

    Have you tried the toffee mocha yet? It’s the other fall drink new at starbucks. I had one yesterday and it was amazing!

  • lindsay September 11, 2010, 8:26 am

    Love your outfit! So cute!!

  • Heather (heather's dish) September 11, 2010, 8:43 am

    dandelion market is such a cute name. i love the shot of the zucchini boat too! i’ve been wanting to make those for a while…feeling inspired now πŸ™‚

  • Stacey September 11, 2010, 8:44 am

    Aw, I didn’t know that that festival was this weekend! We were planning on going! Looks like total fun, and I love your outfit by the way πŸ™‚ Those mini ice cream sandwiches are looking a little sinful, in a good way of course πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin September 11, 2010, 11:57 am

      It’s tomorrow too!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 11, 2010, 8:59 am

    Great pictures of you & K.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 11, 2010, 9:12 am

    Mmm Malbec is the best. You’re totally right though, any wine is good wine. πŸ˜‰

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 11, 2010, 9:15 am

    Oh how I miss Charlotte! Looks like a great evening! I hope you got a good night sleep!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 11, 2010, 9:23 am

    Good for you for getting dessert! After running 15 miles your body needs calories! πŸ™‚ Looks like a wonderful night.

  • Jessica (Fit and Clean) September 11, 2010, 10:30 am

    All of that food looked amazing. I love tapas restaurants! You can try a little bit of everything and not get over-stuffed πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 11, 2010, 10:58 am

    Looks like a great meal and a good night out!

  • i can eat, can't i September 11, 2010, 11:04 am

    wow, charlotte is so beautiful! why does this feels like charlotte has more cool things going on than nyc?! did you make that oreo ice cream sandwiches?! cus that looks gooooood!!! i’m so weak when it comes to oreo!

  • Nikki @ Balance and Moderation September 11, 2010, 11:19 am

    I can’t stop drinking those Punkin Spiced Latte’s – they are my new obession!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 11, 2010, 11:45 am

    Can I seriously move there? It seems like your area always has more fun stuff going on, compared to Minneapolis. Dinner looks awesome though, especially that dessert!

  • MoniMeals September 11, 2010, 11:53 am

    What a wonderful meal in deed! I don’t recoginze the oreo version cookies…hmmm, I know my cookies too! What are they? BTW, you and your husband are soooooo cute together. πŸ™‚

  • Amber K September 11, 2010, 12:07 pm

    What a great meal! Yum.

  • Clare September 11, 2010, 1:43 pm

    How amazing is your outfit? I’ll tell you: super amazing.

    I’ve had Colores del Sol and to be honest, I don’t really care for malbec. Tastes like grape jelly on a horse saddle.

  • erica September 11, 2010, 2:18 pm

    loooove your outfit!!!

    that brownie sundae looks so good!!! so do those ice cream sandwiches! ah, i need some dessert!

  • Debby September 11, 2010, 2:52 pm

    You are SO lucky to have Starbucks in the US because in Belgium there’s sadly none. I’m craving to try the pumpkin latte πŸ™‚

  • Kelly September 11, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Looks like a fun night! Malbec is my favorite kind of red wine.

  • Lisa September 12, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Man those cookies like evil!!! I totally want one now.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 12, 2010, 7:48 pm

    I was definitely at that festival Friday night!!!! Sad I didn’t see you there but it was a LOT of fun! Also, thanks for the tips about the Epicentre.. we went to Whiskey River and Suite.. Suite was SO MUCH FUN!

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 8:59 pm

      Suite is the bomb! Glad you had fun!

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