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