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Weekend Recap: Bloggers in San Francisco

Hey there! Did everybody have a great weekend?

Mine started off with a package from Way Better Snacks that I won from a giveaway on Natalie’s blog.

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I’ve tried their black bean chips before and I absolutely loved them so I’m excited to taste the other varieties they sent me as well.

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I also did my routine Friday evening shopping and stocked my fridge full of fruits and veggies for the week…

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After unloading the goods, Brandon and I took Coco for a walk and then went on a 1-mile run to follow through with our 5k training plan. Things are going great so far and I’m looking forward to adding on some distance next week.

I was able to sleep in a little on Saturday morning before getting ready to drive to San Francisco to meet up with Carly, Katie and Becky for lunch.

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I thought I would be smart and use my Best Parking App to find cheap parking close to their hotel and ended-up parking in a really bad neighborhood (which I didn’t realize until after I paid they guy and give him my keys-doh!). It was only two blocks from their hotel which was in an area that was completely fine but for some reason this particular street was awful.

Luckily, a police officer was there arresting someone as I was parking and he called me over (knowing I was out of my element) and directed me towards Market Street where he told me I would be safe. Yep, I pretty much ran the entire way to Market Street.

I was relieved when I made it to their hotel and so happy to meet all three of them for the first time. We chatted for a few minutes about all of the fun they had in Napa and then decided to head towards the Ferry Building to grab some lunch.

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There’s a pretty large Farmers Market there every Saturday and things were boomin’, as usual.

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We stopped for lunch at The Plant Café which is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco.

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We wanted to sit outside but they were really busy so we took first available at a table inside.

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I was a bad blogger and didn’t photograph my food but I got the same thing as Becky, The California Plant Burger, and she took pictures of hers so you can always hop on over to her blog or her Instagram if you are curious. It’s the third time I’ve had The Plant Burger there and I love it! I’ve also made it at home several times using Jenna’s recipe.

I really enjoyed getting to know all of the girls better and talking “shop” with them.

Unfortunately, Katie and Becky weren’t feeling so hot and decided to go back to the hotel for a nap but we made sure to take a group picture before saying our goodbyes.

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Photo courtesy of Carly

I was sad that they weren’t feeling well but enjoyed the time we spent together. They all seem so nice and I hope to meet up again with them someday.

Even though we lost half of the crew, Carly and I had a great time perusing the shops inside of the Ferry Building for a while.

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Of course, there was a ton of great stuff but neither of us bought anything. It was really fun getting to know Carly better, she is such a genuinely sweet person!

As we walked back towards the horrible street my car was parked on, we got to see another escapade involving two police officers this time. Thankfully, no one got shot and we made it out of there unscathed.

I decided to swing by Whole Foods on the way home to pick up dinner and a few things I forgot to get for future blog recipes.

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We tried the mushroom polenta lasagna with a side of summer veggie salad and kale salad.

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I loved the polenta lasagna and plan to try and recreate it for the blog soon!

After our bellies were full, we relaxed on the couch while watching the movie Admission. I love both Tina Fey and Paul Rudd and thought they were really cute together in the movie. It was a good one!

I spent most of my day today working on recipes so I’m ready to relax for a little while before Monday gets here. Have a good one and I’ll see you soon!

 

What fruits and veggies are you loving right now?

If you’re a blogger, have you ever met up with other bloggers before?

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  • TheDessertEngineer July 21, 2013, 8:00 pm

    You’re so lucky to live near such a wonderful city. I used to live in CA briefly, and I miss it all the time now. In Georgia it’s peach season. We bought fresh peaches from a farm last week, and my husband turned them into bourbon peach cobbler.
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  • Lisa July 21, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Seriously looks and sounds like SUCH an awesome and amazing time!!! How fun that you girls decided to get together and do a meet-up like this. I absolutely love it.
    I’ve met bloggers at blog conferences, but other than that never have met any others! I always wish there were some bloggers in my area!
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  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run July 21, 2013, 8:54 pm

    i love the sf ferry building!

  • Carly @ Snack Therapy July 21, 2013, 8:56 pm

    You are just TOO sweet- thanks for putting up with our tired selves on Saturday. I’m so glad we got to meet. We’ll have to get together again soon and continue your search for a distressed wood cutting board.
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    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 7:11 am

      I’m so happy I got to meet you too! I would love to get together again but I won’t make you look at wood all day, lol…pun intended. ;)
      I can’t wait to read all about your time in Italy and in Costa Rica, I’m so excited for you!!

  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green July 22, 2013, 4:11 am

    Aw that is so nice that you guys got together! I need to find bloggers around me to do the same. My friends don’t blog so it’s hard to strike up a “what feature do you think sounds better for the blog” conversation.
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green recently posted…Maple Pecan-Cashew PopcornMy Profile

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat July 22, 2013, 4:38 am

    What a great weekend! I haven’t had the chance to meet any bloggers yet, but I really hope I get to real soon! It would be so fun!

    I love all that fresh produce! I’ve been especially enjoying the pineapple and strawberries this year.
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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 22, 2013, 5:37 am

    Glad you had a fun meetup! I’ve been able to meet up with a couple of bloggers before, and it really is a cool experience – nice to be able to talk about all things blogging with people who understand what you’re talking about!
    Gotta love fresh summer produce – I’m loving zucchini and berries right now.
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  • Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme July 22, 2013, 5:43 am

    Blogger meet ups are so much fun! What an awesome little group and I’m so happy you made it to and from your car alive ;). PLEASE tell me where your adorable outfit is from…LOVE it! And you are so pretty :). Looking forward to that mushroom veggie polenta lasagna recipe.

    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 7:22 am

      Thanks Sara! I’m kicking myself for parking there, it was so horrible!
      My top is a cheapy from H&M and my jeans are Current Elliot Stiletto’s that I got last year. And you are spoiling me with your compliments!! ;)

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 22, 2013, 6:19 am

    I love blogger meet-ups! You already have a common interest!

    I’ve tried a bag of those “way better snacks” and they’re not too shabby! I like that they are sprouted grains which is supposed to be better for you vitamin-wise. :)
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    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 7:22 am

      Yes, you can’t beat healthy chips! :)

  • Becky @ Olives n Wine July 22, 2013, 6:31 am

    You are seriously so sweet – so many nice comments about the girls who stayed out MUCH too late the night before meeting you ;) Next time we meet, I promise to be more than half alive so we can have a real conversation and talk about all of your awesome recipes that I need to recreate! I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday! <3
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    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 7:27 am

      No worries Becky! I wish I could have gone to Napa with you instead, that’s where the real fun was, lol.
      I still had fun talking with you girls and I look forward to hanging out in the future sometime.
      I’m sure you are exhausted from traveling but I hope you feel back to normal soon! :)

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance July 22, 2013, 7:41 am

    I love your photos! Everything looks so fresh and delicious! And that view from your lunch table! I watched Admission over the weekend too! It was cute! I love Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
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  • Sonia the Mexigarian July 22, 2013, 7:55 am

    I have only met other bloggers at the RnRSF, briefly, and at Blend (which was so much fun and you must go next year!) and a brief meetup at Yogurtland :) that is all. We should have a Bay Area blogger meetup potluck party or something. haha.

    It’s always hit or miss in the city. If an area looks skeevy, and I’m by myself, I circle until I find something safer looking. I have never actually been to the SF ferry building. I have driven and walked past it, but never when it’s in full farmers market swing. -sad- And I totally want to eat at the Plant Cafe! I tried to get my group of friends to go eat there when we visited Alcatraz, but they wanted something different. haha.

    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 11:45 am

      We should try to arrange a Bay Area blogger get together! That would be fun.

      Yeah, I learned my lesson about parking in the city. Next time, I’ll survey the area a bit before I park there. :/

  • Nicole @ Fruitnfitness July 22, 2013, 8:42 am

    That is so fun that you were able to meet up with the girls while they were in CA! That polenta meal looks amazing, I can’t wait for you to recreate it for us :)
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  • Ashlee@HisnHers July 22, 2013, 9:08 am

    Oh thats a bummer that everyone was under the weather. You looked adorable though! Love those blue pants.
    Taht lasagna looks delish…can’t wait to see your recipe for it!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 22, 2013, 9:53 am

    Omg, so after you dropped us back off at our hotel I looked at a map, and you totally parked in the Tenderloin! I knew that the Tenderloin was the worst neighborhood in SF, but I had no idea where it was, or how close to Market Street it was! At least we all made it :)

    It was so nice meeting you! Also the pictures of all the produce you picked up are making me hungry. Can’t wait to see what amazing recipes you cooked up yesterday!
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    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 11:43 am

      The street I turned down to get to the parking area didn’t look that bad and it wasn’t until after I had paid the guy that I realized I made a big mistake. I feel like such an idiot for parking there! I was seriously concerned that we might get shot when we walked past the cops but we made it out alive! :)

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl July 22, 2013, 11:22 am

    That polenta lasagna looks amazing!! I cannot wait for you to recreate it :).
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  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} July 22, 2013, 1:44 pm

    Aww, jealous of your blogger meet-up! Glad you girls had fun. I will have to try the Plant Cafe next time I’m in SF!
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  • Heather (Pinkaholic Fitness) July 22, 2013, 4:28 pm

    What an awesome weekend!!! Love whole foods and loveee all Organic Girl products! Im on a green smoothie kick right now so locing all variety of fruits with spinach and kale

    • Sarah July 23, 2013, 6:57 am

      I almost always get a good batch of salad when I buy Organic Girl, every now and then it will be a little crappy. It’s so expensive but you can’t beat the convenience!

  • Sarah @ Sweet Miles July 22, 2013, 5:13 pm

    How fun does that look!!! Yay for training for a 5K! You will do great!! Sidenote–I’ve recently been digging lavender stems, wrapped together in twine or jute, then put in a mason jar or clear vase as a center piece. That picture reminded me I need to do that!
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    • Sarah July 22, 2013, 9:27 pm

      Oh, that sounds so pretty! Will you make one for me too? ;)

  • Taylor @ greens & chocolate July 22, 2013, 6:27 pm

    Holy produce, girly! I am envious of it all :) Looks like a fun blogger get-together!
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  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats July 23, 2013, 2:56 am

    That lasagne looked delicious!!

    I wish I could have blogger meet ups but it is a bit of a party of 1 here in Australia for me :)

    Well done on your ongoing 5k training!
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    • Sarah July 23, 2013, 6:58 am

      You’re the only healthy living or food blogger in Australia? That’s crazy! You’ll have to come to the states for a blogger conference once year!

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