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We had something to celebrate tonight…  I wrapped up the book this morning and relaxed all afternoon.  It felt well-deserved!


The Hus asked what I wanted to do tonight and I said, “I want to go OUT!  Just the two of us.”  So we went.  We went to two bars: a  gastropub called the Lincoln and a British pub called Big Ben.


Lincoln’s had a great beer menu, but a pretty limited food menu for vegetarians.  I got the taster:


And a salad:


The Husband and I split a gnocchi, mushroom, and spinach entree (we asked that they hold the chicken!), asparagus side, and fries.  All in all, it made a pretty good meal!  Sometimes, you just have to get creative with the menu. 🙂




And… the Big Ben lived up to all our expectations.  This restaurant used to be down the road, but burned down in a huge fire.  They recently re-opened.  I felt like we were in a small piece of England.



We ordered sticky toffee pudding and apple crumble.  The apple crumble was very disappointing – not very crumbly at all!  But the toffee was great.

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Let’s see… other activities of the day:


  • PB sandwich and sushi for lunch.  ‘Twas delicious.
  • Girls on the Run coaching this afternoon.  It was so much fun, of course.
  • And LOTS of heel-clickin’. 


🙂 🙂 🙂 Good night!



  • Gina February 11, 2011, 12:17 am

    Congrats on wrapping up the book! Such a huge accomplishment 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 11, 2011, 12:21 am

    Woo hoo!!!! Definitely a good reason to celebrate! Congrats Caitlin! 😀

  • Lauren February 11, 2011, 12:35 am

    Congrats, Caitlin!! And here I am complaining about having to write a three page paper 🙂

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:52 am

      Hahahah a three page paper can feel pretty intense. All writing projects are hard.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now February 11, 2011, 12:45 am

    Congrats! I can only imagine your relief!

  • Kristina @ spabettie February 11, 2011, 12:47 am

    CONGRATS!! so excited for you.

    looks like a perfect (and delicious!) celebration for you two!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 11, 2011, 12:51 am

    Congrats! You’re amazing – as always.

    I adore gnocchi, and I always have to get creative with the menu here in SD. We’re moving to Portland in three weeks, and I’m really looking forward to their plethora of veg, organic food options and eateries. Woot!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 11, 2011, 1:09 am

    WOOOOO Congrats, Caitlin!!!!!!!! That must be one of the best feelings in the world!! Hope the celebration continues into the weekend 🙂

  • Carin February 11, 2011, 1:19 am

    Well done honey – bet you feel fantastic!

    I’m interested – does the authentic British pub have a soundtrack/ jukebox of Brit bands and songs? And… have they imported any authentic British lager louts to add to the ambience?!

    (Before I get any derisory comments or accusations of stereotyping or cultural racism, I should point out that I’m British and speak from experience!)

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:53 am

      Hahah you know the husband is British, right?

      There was Britishy music playing, yes. And they have British beers. They had Spotted Hen!

      • Carin February 11, 2011, 7:05 pm

        It’s Old Speckled Hen – don’t go in and ask for Spooted Hen (unless it’s a dodgy US knock-off!)!

        I know this from (a) frequenting pubs when I was younger and still in the UK and (b) my encyclopaedic knowledge of beer – amazing as I’m a teetotaller!

        • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 7:25 pm

          Your right. I combined that and Spotted Dick. LOL

  • hippierunner February 11, 2011, 1:25 am

    Major high-five, Caitlin! So great that you finished early! Those well-deserved desserts look so yummy, I want some toffee now!

  • Deirdre February 11, 2011, 1:28 am

    Congrats! So excited for you! Hope you get on The Today Show again!

  • Runeatrepeat February 11, 2011, 1:38 am

    I once saw a tv show about new ice cream flavors and someone suggested Sticky Toffee Pudding. I’ve never had the “real” thing, and really want to try it now!

  • mojdeh February 11, 2011, 2:04 am

    hi caitlin
    Its sometimes that I have ben your reaser but unfortunately I couldnt read all your posts
    could you please tell me , is there especial goal by this blog? I mean do you have any plan to talk about any specific diet or anything else ? please do me apologize if my Question seems a bit strange but its a just a que and nothing else

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:54 am

      nope – this blog is just about how to eat healthy vegetarian food in a balanced and fun way! i don’t follow any particular diet.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed February 11, 2011, 2:54 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! that is definitely worthy of some big celebrations 🙂 your gnocchi and asparagus look delicious! so happy for you, enjoy it, lady!
    Heidi xo

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) February 11, 2011, 3:34 am

    oh i love that you went to a British place! sorry they didn’t do a good crumble though – you’ll have to get the Hus to make you a read British one!

  • Little Bookworm February 11, 2011, 4:02 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! 😀 Love the sound of the Big Ben pub – sorry the apple crumble wasn’t very good though!

  • Marina February 11, 2011, 4:34 am

    congrats on finishing your book! i would love to try that sticky pudding…

  • VeggieGirl February 11, 2011, 5:08 am

    YAAAAAAY major congratulations, dear Caitlin!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 11, 2011, 5:31 am

    CONGRATS CAITLIN!!! 😀 Seriously, I can’t WAIT till the book comes it!! It’s going to be awesome!!!

    And you celebrate in STYLE girl! The food looks delish 🙂

  • Cathy K February 11, 2011, 6:18 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! you’ve worked so diligently, i am happy that you got to celebrate with some down time and husband time. way to go!!!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam February 11, 2011, 6:34 am

    Congreatulations!! What a big weight off your shoulders! Sounds like a perfect celebratory evening. I’m curious what beers you tried – do you remember? Enjoy decompressing from the book!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:55 am

      One was called Brown Shugga… that’s all I know!

  • Lauren February 11, 2011, 6:45 am

    AHhh, Congrats!!!! That must feel so good! 🙂

  • Sarah February 11, 2011, 6:58 am

    Eeeee! Congratulations on finishing your book!

  • Kara February 11, 2011, 6:59 am

    It must be such a huge relief to finish!

    I can’t wait to hear about your 3rd book in the works 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 11, 2011, 7:06 am

    So glad you enjoyed your night! Definitely well deserved. And I now want some gnocchi and english toffee pudding…even if it is only 7 am.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 11, 2011, 7:13 am

    Great way to celebrate finishing the book! Congrats!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 11, 2011, 7:18 am

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to see it on the shelves! 🙂

  • Ashley February 11, 2011, 7:18 am

    Congratulations on finishing the book. It’s so exciting. I can’t wait to see that one in stores too.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged February 11, 2011, 7:24 am

    Hooray! Definitely a reason to celebrate…here’s to the rest of the publishing process going smoothly!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 11, 2011, 7:33 am

    Congratulations sweetie! That is amazing news! The celebration was well worth it! Can’t wait to see the book!

  • Fit Chick Britt February 11, 2011, 7:34 am

    Congrats!! That dessert looks divine!

  • Lizzy @ runbakerace February 11, 2011, 7:35 am

    Congrats on finishing #2!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 11, 2011, 7:35 am

    Congrats on finishing the book!

  • Meryl @ scribbled musings February 11, 2011, 7:36 am


  • Katherine: Unemployed February 11, 2011, 7:41 am

    I just got pb&j ingredients yesterday. must make soon. with sushi.

    congrats on the book!

    (PS I put up the fitness post too)

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 11, 2011, 7:42 am

    Congratulations!! Finishing the book deserves a night of celebrations. Sorry there weren’t more veggie options for you.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 11, 2011, 7:53 am

    Yay congrats! You deserve to celebrate after putting in all that hard work writing!

  • Marieke February 11, 2011, 7:55 am

    Apple crumble never seems to be that crumbly in the UK anyway! Coincidence? In Holland it’s way more crumbly/crispy on the top.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 11, 2011, 8:06 am

    Congrats on finishing the book! How exciting for you!!

  • Lee February 11, 2011, 8:07 am


    It’s always so interesting to me that you and other Charlotte bloggers have remarked about the lack of vegetarian options in the Charlotte dining scene. I live in Atlanta and I always thought the two cities were pretty similar but we have a ton of vegetarian choices. I wonder why Charlotte doesn’t?

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:56 am

      Because we heart BBQ LOL

  • Katie Photiadis February 11, 2011, 8:11 am

    I’m so jealous–I wish there was a good British pub in Richmond, VA! Your dinner looks delicious (and a good way to celebrate). Congrats again on finishing your second draft!

  • Nicole February 11, 2011, 8:12 am

    Congrats—sorry I wasn’t there to celebrate, but nevertheless, I’m super excited for you!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:56 am

      You can make it up to me tomorrow night. 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books February 11, 2011, 8:13 am

    CONGRATS! Does this go to the Editor now and then return for more drafting for you later?

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 11, 2011, 8:14 am

    Congrats on the book! What a great way to celebrate!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within February 11, 2011, 8:23 am

    congrats!!! can’t wait to read your new book! that gnocchi looks soooo good.

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life February 11, 2011, 8:26 am

    Congrats! I know you are so relieved. 🙂

  • Kelly February 11, 2011, 8:42 am

    I JUST bought that same shirt on Sunday…only in the cream/white color. You have good taste! 😉 Congrats on the book, too!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:57 am

      It is so pretty and comfy!

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) February 11, 2011, 8:55 am

    The gnocchi looks awesome! I just posted a pan fried gnocchi recipe (which is actually healthy somehow), and a mushroom/spinach combo would work nicely as an alteration to the recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

    PS you look so pretty in that first pic!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:57 am

      Oh man… I need to look at your recipe for sure.

      Thank you 🙂

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef February 11, 2011, 9:06 am

    woohoo! that’s great!!

  • Shari February 11, 2011, 9:08 am

    Congratulations on finishing the draft! So exciting! 🙂

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable February 11, 2011, 9:08 am

    Congratulations! 🙂 Super exciting!! I heart gnocchi. Last weekish sometime I had goat cheese gnocchi that was heavenly. They’re like pillowy mounds of happiness.

  • Whitney February 11, 2011, 9:29 am

    Congratulations! You deserve a celebration 🙂

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit February 11, 2011, 9:31 am

    Congrats on finishing up! That’s so great! 🙂

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) February 11, 2011, 9:37 am

    Congrats on finishing! Will you have to do a series of edits or do the publishers take care of that? Just curious.

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:59 am

      I’ll have to do edits, too 🙁

  • Kasey @thisbodyismyhome February 11, 2011, 9:50 am

    Congrats Caitlin, a much deserved celebration! Can’t wait to hear all the details for book #3.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats February 11, 2011, 9:53 am


  • Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! February 11, 2011, 9:58 am

    A fabulous reason to celebrate (though, who needs a reason, really?) I’m so excited for your second book!

  • Kristen February 11, 2011, 10:05 am

    Congrats! I’m so happy for you! I already have a list of girls (younger cousins, neighbors, etc) I can’t wait to give the book to!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) February 11, 2011, 10:12 am

    A night out was well deserved! Congrats on finishing the book. I’m also looking forward to hearing about book #3.

  • rebecca lustig February 11, 2011, 10:14 am

    you absolutely deserve to celebrate. I can not wait to pick up my second Caitlin Boyle book. (even if I’m not in this one, hehe)

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 10:59 am

      🙂 Thanks Rebecca!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 11, 2011, 10:22 am


  • Rachel February 11, 2011, 10:24 am

    Congrats!!! You are so epic.

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 11:00 am

      No you are so epic!

  • Gammy February 11, 2011, 10:28 am

    Congrats! Also – LOVE your blue top!!! Where did you get it? (If you don’t mind) 🙂

    • Caitlin February 11, 2011, 11:00 am

      New York and Co!

      • Gammy February 11, 2011, 11:19 am

        Awesome. Love them. I might go buy one for myself – but I live in DC so I won’t bump into you looking like your twin anytime soon 🙂 Love your blog! xo

  • Claire February 11, 2011, 11:21 am

    CONGRATS on the book! ps. love “pub grub” 🙂

  • Amber K February 11, 2011, 11:42 am

    Congratulations! What a fun way to celebrate finishing up your book. I know that there is more work to do, but you have come so far! I know I’m not the target demo for the book, but I’m still excited to read it when it comes out!

  • Sana February 11, 2011, 11:46 am

    Sooo proud of youuu!

  • Kacy February 11, 2011, 11:58 am

    Congrats! That is such an accomplishment! And yay for beer!

  • Kiran February 11, 2011, 12:06 pm

    A great reason to celebrate!!! Wahoo!! Congrats and cheers from Orlando 😀

  • Stephanie February 11, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Congrats! It must feel like a huge relief. 🙂 I love when I get big projects off my chest!

  • sarah (sarah learns) February 11, 2011, 5:29 pm

    congrats on finishing the book! 🙂 your celebration looks like a lot of fun & it’s definitely well-deserved.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 12, 2011, 8:16 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!! What a HUGE accomplishment 🙂 You should celebrate all week!

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