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Dinner with the Florida Swim Network

by Meghann on July 6, 2011

Tonight was a blast.

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Discussing blogs, training, and dogs over dinner while being live streamed? What’s not to love? Throw in a couple of girls that I admire and love and a dreamy host who’s always down for a laugh and you’re golden!

You can check out the full interview on the Florida Swim Network now, but let me give you a little background…

My friend Bess and her husband (Swimmer Joe) started an online channel for swim nuts called the Florida Swim Network. Once a week they live stream a show hosted by SwimmerJoe where they invite guests on to have dinner and discuss any and everything.

A couple of weeks ago Bess invited Katy, Julie, and I on for a ‘FitBloggers’ episode and you know I immediately jumped at the chance, not only would it be fun to be on the show, but it’s an excuse to have dinner with friends.

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The taping happened at the Shipyard Emporium in Winter Park.

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They completed the restaurant right after I moved and I’d been dying for an excuse to check it out.

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It’s a really cute place with a diverse menu, fresh baked bread, and a deli case. They also have a full line of Shipyard brews, plus a couple of loca, homegrown ones. I didn’t get to try a beer tonight, so I’ll have to come back for a sampling.

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When I arrived the crew (aka Bess) was setting up for the shot.

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We had our own little table in the back and it was kind of fun to be so secluded in such a beautiful space.

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A hummus appetizer was awaiting when I arrived. I tried two pieces and was in garlic heave, – good thing no one can smell your breath through the internet.

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At 8:00pm it was show time.

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The show was incredibly laid back and so much fun. It really was just like having dinner with friends. Well, a dinner that’s being live streamed to who knows how many people, but still fun. ;)

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We were even caught in the act when the food arrived and started taking photos of our food. ;)

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I ordered the BBQ Chicken Flatbread because the stout bbq sauce sounded delicious, but was sadly disappointed. The sauce was too sweet and overpowered the pizza. It was also missing red onion – the green onions just weren’t the same.

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However, everyone else’s meals looked delicious, so I know what exactly to order and what not to order next time. ;)

The hour show flew by so fast that even after we wrapped up, we still sat around for another hour continuing the conversation. We need to all get together and do it again (even if we’re not being filmed. ;) )

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If you have some free time – I highly suggest checking the interview out! You’ll have the pleasure hearing me rattle on about my recent bike collision and upcoming Augusta Half Ironman Training, plus some great blog advice from Katy and get a sneak peek into Julie’s past as a diver. Go now! ;)

I made it to Orlando on the early side this afternoon and stopped in to Whole Foods for a Chocolate Split Smoothies (minus the bananas).

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It was just like a chocolate shake!

And I was able to restock my supply of Naturally Nutty Peanut Butter.

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I <3 this stuff!

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Locally, I can only find it at the Winter Park Chamberlains. So worth the extra drive to pick it up. I bought three jars in total! ;)

I’m crashing on Katy’s spare bed tonight! I’ll deal with driving back to Tampa in the morning. :)

Good Night!

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