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A Visitor

by Meghann on October 14, 2011

Blogger fail!



Oh, well. This is why we have smart phones, right? πŸ˜‰ I <3 my Evo!

Tonight Derek and I had a special visitor all the way from NYC – the amazing and beautiful Ashley!


Ashley and I met over a year and a half ago at a race in NYC and have remained great friends since. Derek and I have stayed in NYC with her and her husband, Bo, we’ve skied together in Vermont, spent the weekend at Disney, and met up at the last two Healthy Living Summits in Chicago and Philly. For being so many thousands of miles apart, we’ve been lucky enough to see each other on a semi-regular basis. πŸ™‚

This visit was more of a ‘right place, right time’ situation. Ashley and Bo are in town for a friend’s wedding and just happened to have some free time to spare with us (yay!).

Derek and I picked Ashley up from the airport early this evening and headed to a local italian restaurant for dinner.


We had originally planned on dining at a different location, but the crowds and awful parking situation quickly changed our minds. After a quick scan via the Yelp app we discovered Bella’s Italian Cafe and were parked, seated, and ordered in no time.

Instead of the usual bread basket, they started us out with some bruschetta.


I was starving and couldn’t eat my serving fast enough!

Next came the side salad with a balsamic vinaigrette.


And for the main dish I ordered the Rustica Pizza with roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, prosciutto, and cheese.


The pizza was surprisingly delicous. There was just enough toppings, just enough cheese, and the crust was perfectly light and airy. I give the pizza two very big thumbs up and would happily order it again and again. πŸ™‚

After dinner we drove Ashley home and said our good-byes for the night. Tomorrow I’m meeting her super early for a *gulp* 20 miler. Yikes!

This will be my first long run of the season with a friend and I’m looking forward to spending 4 hours chatting up a storm with Ashley as we explore what Tampa has to offer.

Good Night!

1 Sana October 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

You and Ashely are total blogger bff’s! It makes my heart happy πŸ™‚
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2 Cait's Plate October 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Oh that pizza looks absolutely incredible. I want it!

And yay for such a fun meet up and fun night!
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3 Michelle October 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Have a great run!

4 Kelly October 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I LOVE potatoes on pizza! That pizza looks delicious!
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5 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm

20 miles?! good luck, meghann!! i’m shooting for 5 in the morning, but at this point, it will be just as much an accomplishment as 20 is for you. have fun!!
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6 Alaina October 15, 2011 at 12:53 am

That pizza looks like the perfect fuel for a long run!! Enjoy your run tomorrow! πŸ™‚
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7 Sarah October 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

Good luck on your 20 miler! I love running with friends. I feel like them miles just fly by!
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8 Hillary October 15, 2011 at 8:34 am

Put caramelized onions and prosciutto on anything, and I will eat it. Yum.
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9 Corey @ Learning Patience October 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

20 miles GULP is right! Have fun!
xoxo from Trinidad
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10 Angela October 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

I <3 Bella's! Best Italian in Tampa! Have a great run!

11 Hope October 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Looks like such a fun night! That pizza looks delicious πŸ™‚
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12 Britt @ Run with Britt October 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

That pizza looks amazing! Good luck on your run!
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13 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

That bruschetta looks delicious!!
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14 meghan October 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I LOVE Bella’s. My drink of choice is the Vodka Gimlet, and they have a great one. …Their food is also good too. Ha.
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