Friday Fun With Bloggers!

12 12 2011

Yes, I know it’s Monday, but since I don’t blog on the weekend, I thought I’d catch you up!

On Friday night, I went to a blogger meetup at Lauriol Plaza. Lauriol is a must-visit when in DC, especially in the summer and you can sit outside,  sip frozen margaritas, and watch people stumble up the hill to Adam’s Morgan.

Well, it’s not summer, but Lauriol is still perfect for yummy margaritas, especially when you’re surrounded by some of your sweaty friends and you’re celebrating a new Ironman!  (All people pics courtesy of Sarah – thanks girl!)

Carly, Sarah, Rachel, the other Sarah

Me and Erin

Ironman, Ironman, Soon to be Ironman, Marathoner (soon to be a “Goofy Marathoner“)

It’s so fun to hang out with these ladies! They are good peeps. And they enjoy delicious food too, which may or may not be something I look for in my friendships…(kidding! but it doesn’t hurt…)

I ordered the crab and shrimp quesadilla.

It had the perfect amount of seafood and cheese. I ate it all up!

And you can’t go to a blogger event with these ladies without some sweet treats, especially when one of them is the District Chocoholic. Victoria brought us some cookies that were stuffed with chocolate, which I unfortunately ate too quickly to take a picture. She also brought some sample chocolates from a local chocolate company for us to taste and give feedback. I’d like to say may palette is refined enough to give specific thoughts on the flavors, but unfortunately my descriptions were limited to “Yum” or “I like this one better than that one.” Probably not so helpful…

Lauren brought some deee-liscious toffee, which she’ll hopefully be putting up the recipe for soon!

Apparently my camera thought I wanted to focus on the salsa bowl 😦 Regardless, I was stuffed, but still popped a few of these babies in my mouth. YUM!

And, I brought some gingerbread cake balls, dipped in white,

or dark chocolate.

ooh baby!

I love me some holiday cake balls, but I didn’t mind pawning them off on my friends. They’re so tasty, but not quite the healthiest dessert. I needed to get them out of the house! I actually health-ified these cake balls a smidge, by swapping out some of the oil in the cake recipe with some Greek Yogurt, and by using low-fat cream cheese in the frosting. I guess they also have some extra protein in them, but I still can’t classify them as “healthy.” Still, no one complained or said they tasted like I tried to make them a bit healthier, so I’ll count that as a success!

Gingerbread Cake Balls


1 box gingerbread cake mix, prepared as directed on the box (you can also make the cake from scratch if you choose!)

Cream cheese frosting (homemade or store-bought)

Chocolate chips (dark, white, your choice!)

How to:

Bake the Gingerbread cake, as directed on the box. You may want to do this the night before, so the cake has time to cool completely.

(This mix called for 1/3 cup oil, which I swapped with the same amount of Greek Yogurt)

When the cake is completely cooled, crumble the cake into small pieces. Then dump about a cup (maybe more?) of frosting into the cake crumbs.

Stir it in completely, and then roll the cake into balls. Place the balls onto a lined baking sheet.

Place the cookie sheet in the freezer or refrigerator for a few hours so they can harden a little.

When you’re ready, melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the cold cake balls in the chocolate, and then place back on the cookie sheet. When you’ve dipped everything, place the tray into the fridge or freezer until the chocolate hardens.

Dig in!

They’re really rich, but oh so tasty!

Go Tri Surfside!

28 07 2011

Last Wednesday Chris and I decided to head to Surfside in Glover Park, D.C. for dinner.

We had been there many times before and knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into by going back: good margaritas, stellar chips and guac and really good Caribbean salads, burritos, quesadillas and tacos. As usual, I left completely satisfied, so when a bunch of our (Steph and my) tri friends decided to get together for dinner and drinks last night, I suggested Surfside! I can’t get enough! The sign on the wall was a big selling point for the group…

Steph, Victoria and I decided to get in a quick swim before meeting the rest of the girls for dinner. Apparently I did not get the memo about the matching suits…

While waiting for the group to arrive, we decided to get a head start on the 1/2 price pitchers.

The salt on the rims of the glasses is always the icing on the cake.  We were all super hungry but some of us had never met before and others had not seen each other in a while, so we ended up polishing off a good portion of the pitchers while chatting before we even ordered our food.

(from left) Victoria, Erin, Steph and Emily...

(from left) Lauren, Me and Sarah

We were also celebrating Emily’s amazing race this past weekend at Ironman Lake Placid. If you have not checked out her race recap, get over to her blog and check it out!

We did finally make it past the drinks and get some food. Like I said, the menu at Surside is amazing and even better, it is right there on the wall for you to see.

The food is delicious and I love that the dining is casual. You simply walk up to the counter to order and within 10 minutes a delicious meal is ready for you to devour. If you choose not to order one of the already designed menu items, you can create your own salad, tacos, quesadillas or burritos.

Steph, Erin and Emily making big decisions

The food was not surprisingly delicious, including the platters of chips and guac that were ordered for the table to share.

We only managed to get one group shot and for some reason it came out RED. So odd…

Of course, a night of dinner and drinks with triathletes would not be complete without dessert, so we piled in Stephs car and headed into Georgetown for some Ice Cream/Fro Yo at Thomas Sweet.

I think that I am going to actually go out on a limb right here and say that Thomas Sweet is my favorite fro yo in D.C. Big statement right there! They have about 50 flavors of ice cream, 15 flavors of frozen yogurt and a complete toppings bar with every topping you can think of. I probably should have called this post “Go Tri Surfside AND Thomas Sweet.” Seriously, do it.

Ice cream was enjoyed!

take 1!

Much better!

It was such a fun night. We all agreed that we had stayed out way past our usual bed times, but I think it was worth it! There is nothing like a good night out with good friends and good food.

Question of the Day: Have you ever met someone via the blog world before meeting them in person? Did it turn out how you expected??