What are a group of bloggers to do when they hear that a wonderful blogger is moving to the area?
Host a “Welcome to Orlando” dinner, naturally!
When I got word of Gina, aka The Fitnessista’s, plans to move to Orlando from Valdosta, I was immediately excited and knew it would be a great chance for area bloggers to get together and warmly welcome her to our wonderful city.
Luckily, a bunch of fantastic bloggers were more than happy to welcome Gina and we all decided to meet at Season’s 52 to enjoy dinner and drinks last night.
The gang included (from left to right above):
- Raya of Raya Runs
- Gina of The Fitnessista
- Jeanette of J’s Everyday Fashion
- Katy of Katy Widrick
- Katy of The Balanced Foodie
Gina had the hook up at the restaurant and was able to snag us the chef’s table.
While we were waiting for our table, we enjoyed complimentary glasses of sparkling wine.
I’m always down for a little bit o’ bubbly! 😉
After we were seated, the chef greeted us and described the amuse-bouche he created for our table.
It was salmon served on a delicious pineapple mango salsa. Loved it! I would definitely order a much larger portion of this little sample as a meal if it was offered on the menu.
Following the amuse-bouche, our server brought out a bunch of appetizers for us to sample.
Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Flatbread
Edamame with Green Tea Salt
Housemade Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli
Grilled Artichoke Flatbread
Every single appetizer was fantastic, though my favorites were the goat cheese ravioli and the chipotle shrimp flatbread.
I had two pieces of the shrimp flatbread, one piece of the artichoke flatbread, a large spoonful of the goat cheese ravioli and lots and lots of edamame.
Since our dinner wasn’t until 9 p.m. I ate a little something with Ryan before arriving, so I wasn’t too hungry after my pre-dinner snack and the appetizers. When it was time to order our entrees, I opted for the chipotle grilled prawns with tomatillo salsa verde and fresh guacamole appetizer as my main meal.
It was so, so good!
The shrimp were perfectly seasoned and the guacamole was a tasty relief from the heat of the dish.
Then it was time for the best part of any meal…
Season’s 52 offers a variety of mini dessert shots, and we decided it was best to taste them all and shared the whole spread… with one exception…
The fresh fruit!
And we call ourselves healthy living bloggers… 😉
Fresh fruit is fantastic, but when choosing between a dessert shot of fresh fruit or carrot cake, rocky road mousse or pecan pie, there’s no competition!
Possibly my favorite part about Season’s 52 is that the restaurant concentrates on creating fresh, healthy meals. Everything on their menu has 475 calories or less which is a neat concept when you think about all the restaurants that have 1,000 + calorie dishes hidden on their menu. It takes the guessing game out of the equation.
We all agreed that our meal was delicious!
I really enjoyed chatting with these wonderful bloggers. I had a great time talking about blogging, food, fashion, Orlando and more. These are some fun girls! 😀 I can’t wait to get together again soon.
It’s about time for a good workout at the gym.
Ryan and I also have plans for a date later today, which I’m awfully excited about.
See ya later, friends!