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An Afternoon With My Favorite Monican

by Meghann on December 30, 2010

Gotta love company wide e-mails that begin with “Our office will be closing at noon today” and end with “See ya in 2011!”

Well done, Mr. Bossman. Well done.

Good news too because I had plans this afternoon. Big plans with this lovely lady.

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Monica (my former Chicago running buddy and Foodbuzz Festival roommate) is in the area visiting family with her husband this week and was kind enough to make a special trip to Orlando to have lunch with Derek and me.

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I love Monica. She’s just as hilarious as she seems on her blog and is so easy to get along with. It’s such a shame that she lives 3000 miles away!

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We decided to take the out-of-towners to one of my favorite Turkish restaurant on Park Ave: Bosphorous.

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Sure, they have have great lamb and chicken, but really I love going just for the lavas bread. The warm, balloon of bread basically melts in your mouth it’s so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Especially when you pair it with the babaganoush and hummus. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I always fill up on the bread and hummus (probably because it’s my favorite part of the meal), so I’m not quite sure why I even bother ordering an entree here, but I did. It was the white bean salad and it was good. I ate less than half before passing the rest to Derek and polishing off what ever bread was left on the table.

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mmm…. bread. ๐Ÿ™‚

After lunch we took a stroll along Park Ave and introduced Monica and Ben to the Wine Bar.

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The Wine Bar is a fabulous place where you load a little card up with money for self serve wine pours.

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The options are endless and each 1 oz pour can range anywhere between $1.50 and $25.00 (!) a pour!

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We kept it easy (and cheap) and stuck with $2.00 and less pours to really make our shared $20 last.

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Next Stop: Menchies!

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I have a problem…

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What? A Deal is a Deal! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Look who decided to join us.

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Kelly was out shopping and decided to stop by and say hi.

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Can you guess whose is whose? So many different color palettes.

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Mine was filled with my last taste of the all the holiday flavors.

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Pumpkin, Gingerbread, and Eggnog. I’m going to miss them all. ๐Ÿ™

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We spent hours outside talking and barely noticed the sun setting as we got up to leave. It was seriously a great afternoon talking and hanging out with friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was well after 7:00 by the time we made it home. I decided to make a quick dinner using random veggies and left over rice from the fridge.

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I started with broccoli, onion, garlic, and mushrooms then added the rice and a fried egg. Finished it off with some almond and soy sauce. Instant fried rice.

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Someone is outside lighting fireworks and scaring Maddie. Poor thing and shaking in her fur. I must go and protect her.

Good Night!

1 Sana December 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Ahhh! I love blogger meet-ups! Go save your fur-baby!
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2 Allison December 30, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Reading your blog makes me miss living in Florida year-round. I just got back from my holiday trip there and can’t believe how cloudy it is in DC! Looks like you had a perfect day!
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3 Amanda (Eating Up) December 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Someone is celebrating 2011 a bit early!
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4 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Blogger meet-ups sound like so much fun. Especially those that include frozen yogurt! ๐Ÿ˜‰

5 Kaitlin December 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Fun meet-up! And that wine bar looks awesome! What a great idea for trying all types of wine.
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6 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

How fun! It just occurred to me that the seasonal yogurt flavors will be gone soon ๐Ÿ™ Blast!
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7 michelle December 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm

here it is below freezing temps. Those pics make me jealous!
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8 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) December 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Yuuum, hummus and pita bread are two of my favorite things ever!

9 Christin@purplebirdblog December 30, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Hummus and bread… yes please!! ๐Ÿ˜€
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10 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I’m in Orlando and planning on going to Menchi’s Saturday. I CAN’T wait!!!
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11 Jill December 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm

that white bean salad looks wicked, what was in it so I can re-create it! ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I made some fresh baba ghanooj tonight :d

13 Matt December 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Sounds like a fun meet up!
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14 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Looks like a GREAT day! And I love that wine bar! I’m going to have to go down to Orlando after I turn 21 and try that place! So cool! ๐Ÿ™‚
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15 Lacey @ Lake Life December 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Your day looks so fun! Apparently I’m a little backwards…I ended up working almost four hours late today!

Poor Maddie. I have yet to meet a dog who doesn’t hate fireworks
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16 ezzie December 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Hahaa I love bread too ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially the Cheesecake Factory’s brown bread! Mmmmm~
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17 ezzie December 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Hahaa I love bread too ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially the Cheesecake Factory’s brown bread! Mmmmm~
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18 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 30, 2010 at 10:47 pm

what an awesome girls afternoon with monica and kelly!
self serve wine pours? oh that would be deadly for me. after a few pours, i would just keep pushing the button, but at $25 a pour….whoa, better save up for that one ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy December 30, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Hummus annnd frozen yogurt! Food envy.
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20 Michelle December 31, 2010 at 12:20 am

I am so jealous of your Florida weather! Frozen yougurt is still delicious in the winter, but it just tastes so much better eaten outside when it’s not 35 degrees. I came home from my run tonight and could barely chop the veggies for my dinner because my hands were so cold.

21 Krystina December 31, 2010 at 1:41 am

I looooooove Wine Bar!
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22 Ali December 31, 2010 at 9:37 am

So jealous of your weather! What I wouldn’t give to be able to wear a sundress right now!!
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23 rebecca lustig December 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

i LOVE ethnic foods– there’s something so exciting flavorful and fun about cuisines from other countries. however, i have yet to try turkish!! perhaps that shall be next

wishing you a happy healthy and safe new years eve!
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24 Melissa @ TryingToHeal December 31, 2010 at 10:21 am

so jealous you’re hanging out with monica. we’re only 200 miles away and i barely see her. that will change in 2011!! i miss you lady! happy new year!
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