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Progressive Tweet Up Recap

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to attend the Progressive Tweet Up in Winter Park, presented by FLBLogCon.

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The event took places at 4 locations (which actually turned into 3) throughout scenic downtown Winter Park, a part of Orlando I hadn’t had the chance to explore yet.

1. Dexter’s

The first meeting ground was Dexter’s of Winter Park, a casual yet classy restaurant with great energy and even better food. I only had a chance to sample their sweet potato chips, which were crispy and delicious, but everyone who’d eaten there encouraged me to come back.

dexters(Source @professorjosh)

I met da infamous @dafoodie at Dexter’s, who’s known around Orlando for the delectable photos of food that he takes everywhere he goes.

dexters-group(Source @professorjosh)

2. The Spice & Tea Exchange

On the way to our second location, I met Margarita from Cupcake Cardio, who was the only other fitblogger in the group. As with all other blends, we instantly bonded and never had a dull moment in conversation all night.

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Spice & Tea had so much planned for us. First, we got to try a smoky onion dip infused with a yummy tea that I have no hopes of pronouncing.

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They also prepared amazing portobello burgers for us to sample with blue cheese dijon mustard. The mustard was the standout of the night, perfectly blending two flavors I wouldn’t have picked myself.

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3. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine

Our next stop was supposed to be a restaurant called Bosphorous that I was throughly looking forward to ordering some dinner at, but unfortunately they weren’t prepared for us when we arrived, so we proceeded to the next location.

4. Peterbrooke Chocolatier

For our final stop, we visited Peterbrooke Chocolatier, which ended up being my favorite part of the event. When I walked through the door, I saw champagne bottles dipped in chocolate, and it was seriously love at first sight.

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Not to mention, the heavenly smell of chocolate and the beautiful Valentine’s Day decorations had me instantly mesmerized. (Insert “kid in a candy store” reference.)

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To round up the event, the organizers of the event presented Jane’s Short & Sweet, who is donating all the funds from this event to a foundation to end human trafficking. Afterwards, we walked around and were offered samples from Jane’s bakery, Peterbrooke, and Quantum Leap winery.

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Peterbrooke definitely went all out in making this stop a great experience for the Tweeters. I ended up buying a bag of their signature chocolate popcorn, which has to be one of the best chocolate creations I’ve ever tasted, and some chocolate bacon I couldn’t resist getting for Troy.

5. Prato

Did I trick you there? I said 4 locations, not 5. Number 5 was an added bonus. Since we skipped over the Turkish food and Margarita and I were still hungry, we decided to try out an Italian restaurant everyone had been raving about, Prato.

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We enlisted Dafoodie’s help in picking out our dishes, and he agreed to come along to dinner with us. Graciously accepting his suggestion, I ordered the Widowmaker pizza, a brick oven-fired pizza topped with caciocavallo, romesco, calabrian sausage, and farm egg.

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It wasn’t something I would’ve ordered for myself, but I was so glad I did. It was the most unique pizza I’d ever tried, with its blend of spicy and savory flavors, and the creamy drippy egg as a sauce. If you’re ever at Prato, I highly recommend trying it.
Dafoodie ordered the Baked Farm Egg appetizer, a drippy egg baked in trippa alla fiorentina and corona beans, which he also noted was pretty amazing.
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Overall, I had a fabulous night and a great opportunity to meet so many wonderful Orlando folks. It made me realize that in the 3 months I’ve been here, I haven’t done nearly any of the exploring I promised myself I would do.  After complaining for years about not having anything to do in Gainesville, I need to get out there and take advantage of this city, see more places, and eat more heavenly food.

 

I’m wondering…

 

Have you ever been to blogger or Tweeter meet up? If so, what events have you gone to or what events are you looking forward to this year?

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I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.

5 comments

  1. That tea place looks totally awesome!
    You think 81 is hot – we’ve had between 105-110F all week!!!! 🙂

  2. Mmm. Those food pictures make me want to go back. Delicious.

  3. I had an awesome time and bought the spice packets for the onion dip. Excited to try making it this weekend.

    We’ll have to catch up next time!

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