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Dinner with J

by Meghann on December 15, 2010

I-4 and I are no longer friends. πŸ™

After being delayed by I-4 on both Friday night and Saturday morning, you would think I had learned my lesson by now. Nope.

It took me thirty minutes to get off I-4 tonight. That’s THIRTY minutes on the off – ramp alone. That’s insane! I promise traffic traditionally isn’t that bad in Orlando. I don’t know what’s up with I-4 lately, but I’m not a fan.

Rant over.

On to the fun stuff. Like what I was driving to…


Dinner with my favorite fashion blogger J at Press 101.


Beautiful, no?

I love Press 101. I’ve ate here several times in the past and always enjoy the funky, modern decor and atmosphere.


Tonight I by-passed the regular menu and went straight to the specials.


The Asparagus Explosion Flatbread caught my attention.


Only when it came out it resembled more of a thin crust pizza than a traditional flatbread. A bit more food than I was expecting, but I’m not complaining. πŸ™‚


The asparagus explosion came with asparagus, bacon, marinara sauce, and lots and lots of cheese. I’m not a huge fan of TONS of cheese on pizza, but it worked really well on the ultra thin crust.


It was nice to catch up with J and trade social media secrets. Coming from two different blogging niches – there’s so much we can learn from each other!

I had a fun package waiting for me when I got home from my favorite red headed Mexican, Monica.


I may have mentioned my jealousy of her access to Trader Joe’s Season Tea. So we traded. She sends tea and I’ll show her a rockin time at Universal while she’s in Florida over x-mas break. Win-Win, right?


I had a cup of the Candy Cane Tea when I got home. It was a delicious minty away to unwind after a busy day.


Also in the package, Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Joe Joe’s.


Remind me to give Monica a big kiss when I see her. Holy crap these things are good! Forget the minty tea. It’s all about the minty chocolate!


And a Christmas card!


Speaking of Christmas Cards.. I got another one today from another one of my favorite couples.


Merry Christmas to you too Ashley and Bo! πŸ™‚

Derek and I discussed doing Christmas cards together this year, but I felt funny doing cards together when we’re not living together or married yet. Really if we did Christmas cards it would only have been to get a photo of Derek, Maddie, and I together on everyone’s mantel. πŸ˜‰

It’s interesting that not sending a card out together hasn’t stop anyone from addressing cards to both of us. I’ve received two separate Christmas cards that were addressed to bother Derek and myself from various family members. I found that interesting, so I texted a photo of the envelop to Derek for a giggle.

His message in return?

“Really is a nice thing to see. Future looks bright!”

Love that man. πŸ™‚

1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Awww that is so darn sweet!!!!! In all seriousness..
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2 Evan Thomas December 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Something tells me next year you three will be on a lot of people’s mantles πŸ™‚

3 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Ditto! πŸ™‚
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4 Dori December 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

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5 Kristyn December 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

There are very few men left out in the world who are like that. Looks like you and I are lucky people cause I got myself a GREAT man too! πŸ™‚ Cheers to REAL men, Meghann! πŸ™‚ Cheeeeeers!

6 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm

My husband and I used to send out Christmas cards together when we wern’t living together or engaged. We pretty much knew we were going to get married, and it gave my out of town relatives a chance to put a face on Keith. It may have been weird, but worked for us!
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7 Amy December 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

That is adorable!
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8 Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 15, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Two years ago (before we were engaged), my fiance’s friend addressed our Christmas card “The Future Fiance’slastname’s”. It made me giggle!
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9 G December 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

The last part of this post made me smile…. Isn’t love such a beautiful thing?! <3

10 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I love that tea!
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11 Ann December 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

That is so sweet! When I was looking at the menu of the restaurant you went to, I thought “I’d try the Asparagus Explosion” then saw that you had chosen the same! Looked good.

12 Allie December 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

A red headed Mexican?! That is so cool :)! I have yet to try candy cane tea ahhh I really want to! Asparagus+bacon=perfect on pizza.. good choice.

13 Matt December 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Looks like a great meal πŸ™‚
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14 Ash Bear December 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I love the trading idea!! Hmm, what can I send you from NYC? πŸ™‚
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15 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

That tea looks amazing! I’m in the DC area where they have TJ’s… so I WILL be making my way over there soon! πŸ™‚

Derek seems like the sweetest man ever! I hope to meet someone like that soon, because I need a good man! College BOYS are stupid. πŸ˜‰
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16 Hannah L. (Hannah Lives) December 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I love that Derek’s response to the Christmas card was such a happy one! It makes me want to congratulate you, lol! Maybe you should be sharing some of your peppermint Joe Joe’s with him!
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17 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm

after 10 yrs of marriage and 12 together and sending out xmas cards for most of them, this was the first year i ordered return address labels w/ both me and my hubs’ names on them. Since i am always the one addressing the cards, i figured in the past, why not just use “my” labels..but realized it may confuse relatives we dont talk to that much, so i ordered joint labels this yr.

i think if u have the patience to address cards, that’s the deciding factor on doing it next yr or not πŸ™‚ it’s an undertaking each and every year for me…haha!
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18 Christin@purplebirdblog December 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

What a sweet, sweet man!!! And that flatbread looks killer!!
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19 Kaitlin December 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

absolutely LOVE that TJs candy cane tea! I’ve gone through two boxes already– so delicious all day long.
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20 Shanna, like Banana December 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I want that pizza and those dark chocolate mint cookies…I’ll be on the hunt the next time I’m at TJs!
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21 Alana of Whole Wheat n' Wildberry December 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

That’s so cute!!! Love love love cute boyfriend stuff like that πŸ™‚

22 kristen December 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I see bright shiny bling in your future πŸ˜‰

23 michelle December 16, 2010 at 12:11 am

My husband and Ihave never sent out Christmas cards. Maybe next year? He has spent all but 20 days of 2010 in Iraq and isn’t back until mid-January so there would be no recent pic of us. Maybe photoshopped of him there and me over here. I think next year we’ll do something…

24 Kiran December 16, 2010 at 12:24 am

Time to plan for a sit down with you lovelies on SM πŸ™‚ I would definitely make it next time around.
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25 kathleen December 16, 2010 at 12:29 am

is the candy cane green tea and different from say, a normal mint green tea? or is it just a cute name.
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26 Jess@atasteofconfidence December 16, 2010 at 12:54 am

Aw Derek’s response is so cute:)
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27 Marina December 16, 2010 at 1:06 am

Aw, so cute πŸ™‚
How long are you two together? πŸ™‚

28 Lauren December 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

LOVE J’s blog and she seems like such a wonderful down to earth girl. Glad you had a good night out.

We didn’t do cards this year With moving and everything else, it just wasn’t in the cards this year. We started doing them when we got engaged though.
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29 Katie December 16, 2010 at 6:48 am

Derek is so sweet ! U both are and are a wonderful couple ! I feel in 2011 there will be a xmas card with you and derek on it! Oh Maddie too!
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30 Allison December 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

I used to live in Doctor Phillips, near Press 101. That exit is always madness.

31 Hope December 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

Aww! Derek’s reponse was so cute! πŸ™‚ I never knew TJ made Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Jo Jo’s!!! I must get these asap! πŸ™‚

32 Colleen December 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

Now that is a good man!

33 Regina December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

I see a big shiny left ring finger ring in your immediate future =)
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34 Kacy December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

That restaurant looks great!

I don’t know what I would do about traffic if I lived in a real city, I’m so spoiled here in Oklahoma City.

35 Nikki T December 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

Oh my, those minty chocolates look delish! You mean no TJ’s in Orlando?! Crap…I guess I can’t pick anything up while I’m there in January πŸ™
I need to make more friends to send me awesome treats from USA-only stores! πŸ˜‰

36 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 16, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Wow. that is like every girl’s dream to hear! SO many guys would freak out if they saw that…you picked a good one! Just tell him to hurry it up!
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37 Laura (Starloz) December 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

i think joint partner cards are such an american thing, i’ve never seen one of these except for on tv & blogs
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38 Brittney December 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Can I just say that I’m waiting for the post exclaiming “I’m Engaged!!!” with a picture of a rock. And I’ve been expecting it for a while. πŸ™‚

39 Ffion December 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

My boyfriend and I have been together five years, and I tried to breach the subject of giving joint gifts to both of our families this year, but he shrugged it off. My sister and her boyfriend been doing it for years (they’ve been going out a similar amount of time), but she’s more forward than I am, I think she just tells her boyfriend whats happening rather than asking! I have in the past signed Birthday cards from the two of us, ut hes hopeless and is probably oblivious to most of them! Here’s hoping for next Christmas for the two of us, eh?
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