Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tweet Up

by Meghann on June 29, 2011

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending my first ever official Tweet Up at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.

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Funny Story.

A couple of months ago I saw a handful of my Orlando twitter friend tweeting about a Tweet Up they were attending at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Orlando. As a HUGE fan of Anthony’s – and their mouth watering pizza – myself, I was a teensy bit jealous I couldn’t be there.

That jealously led to some back and forth tweets with the Anthony’s tweeter (where I put on my best pouty face and begged them to have a similar Tweet Up in Tampa). Those tweets caught the attention of Anthony himself (yes, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is actually own by a nice guy named Anthony) and sure enough – Bam! – a Tampa tweet up was born!

LOVE the power of Social Media! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Tweet Up was co-hosted by the folks at Metromix Tampa. They provided a few door prizes for the event and created a twitter list of attendees.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect at the tweet up. Would I make new friends? Meet tweeters in the area? Find everyone talking to each other by typing into their smart phones? So many things could happen!

Luckily I brought a friend.

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(side note: out of the two months Courtney and I have known each other – this is the first time we’ve seen each other in normal clothes and not running/swimming/biking gear)

And we all know what I was really there for anyways…. The Food!

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Oh, Anthony’s, you know you make the best pizza ever. Please – never change. ๐Ÿ™‚

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With the (multiple) pizza options, they also had a beautiful salad and their famous wings and meatballs.

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I immediately dug in, piling my plate high with salad, a meatball, chicken wing, and two different slices of pizza – the cauliflower and basil, tomato, and fresh mozzarella.

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The cauliflower pizza is Anthony’s newest addition to their menu and I have to say it was the most interesting. The roasted cauliflower and mix of cheeses was super buttery and rich, I almost needed a cup of marinara sauce on the side to dip the pizza and cut the richness a tad. It tasted amazing, but I could only handle a slice at a time.

As always, the wings were flavorful and grilled to perfection and the extra large meatball with ricotta cheese reminded me of my Dad and his love for Anthony’s meatball appetizer.

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The tweet up wasn’t terribly large, but I did make one connection with @CarlosEats. Carlos writes a local food blog and promised to help me become more involved with the Tampa food blog scene. Yay for new friends!

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Our table lucked out with door prizes at the end.

Courtney won a DVD pack courtesy of Metro Mix Tampa.

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And I lucked out by winning BOTH the giveaway for funniest tweet (I tweeted Anthony’s telling him how I should win because I got the ball moving for this event in the first place ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and a random door prize for putting my name in a box.

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Score!

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Did I mention Derek got to join in on the fun too? You say free food – he’s there!

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My first tweet up was a blast! Good food, great people, and new people to follow on twitter in the Tampa area. Win, Win in my opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Big THANKS to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Metromix Tampa for making this possible!

After the Tweet Up Derek, Courtney, and I thought it only seemed logical we would walk next door to World of Beer for a quick drink.

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I ordered the Cigar City Jai Alai – a Tampa local IPA brew that has really grown on me.

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mmmm….. beer. ๐Ÿ™‚

We stayed, talked, and parted ways.

Pizza + Beer = major sweet tooth alert when I got home.

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Much better. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pretty in Pink is on the DVR and it’s calling my name.

Good Night!

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