Saturday, August 28, 2010

Crazy Cook & Blogger Meet Up

Thank you all for the feel better wishes & keep those galaxy granola entries coming!! I didn’t end up going to the Quarterly, but am back to feeling 100% today and have had a great weekend so far. Last night, we headed to Cuoco Pazzo (the crazy cook) for dinner with our friends Mandi, Bryan, Lindsay and Patrick.

meetup 001 One of the funny things about the Charleston area is that some of the better restaurants are hidden and don’t look like much from the outside. This is exactly the case with Cuoco Pazzo. The restaurant is basically one small room with only about a dozen tables.  We called ahead and made a reservation.  For dinner, Josh got the Pollo alla Parmigiana:

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And I got the Spaghetti Aglio E Olio (spaghetti with red pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil). It was basically enough pasta to feed a family of four :). Luckily, I had a very hungry husband to share with.

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Everyone enjoyed their meals. One of the neatest parts about the restaurant is that they have a man who sings (in Italian) a few nights a week. He was there last night and was amazing!  The ladies (Mandi, Me, Lindsay):

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Cuoco Pazzo on Urbanspoon

I woke up this morning and fit in a great six miler before it got too hot:

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Then I did a few things around the house and headed downtown for a blogger meet up with a very cool lady, Kelly from Fitting Back In, who is in town for a wedding.  We met at Caviar and Bananas, an adorable market & cafe in downtown Charleston.

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Caviar and Bananas offers everything from baked goods

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to coffee, to beautifully prepared salads, sushi, sandwiches, etc.   Since I am officially a parfait expert, I had to give theirs a try. I also got a cafe au lait.

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Their parfait was very yummy, but again, no match for my favorite from Charleston’s Cafe.

Kelly is adorable and so easy to talk to! We gabbed for almost an hour. I also got to meet her husband, Austin, and two of their friends. They were all so, so sweet. Kelly & Austin are a fabulous couple.

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On the way out, I grabbed two key lime tars for Josh:

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Caviar & Bananas on Urbanspoon

The rest of my day has been spent running errands. I am going to head to the pool for an hour and then will be packing up for a work trip. What have you been up to this weekend??

28 comments:

homecookedem said...

Oh YAY!! Glad you and Kelly got to meet up!! :)

tam said...

Fab meals and fab times, happy days x x

lynn @ the actors diet said...

love the name of that place!

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

What a fun meet up! I love Kelly!! Her blog was one of the first blogs I started reading:)

Janetha said...

you are always having such fun meet ups.. i wish more bloggers lived here! that bananas and caviar place looks so fun & tasty. xo

VeggieGirl said...

Fabulous meet up!! This weekend I've been organizing photos & videos from NYC, and at dance practice :)

Heather said...

What a fun weekend you've had so far!

Today was C's first soccer game and tomorrow morning is our first Team Challenge training run. I'm excited!

teresa said...

how fun! that pasta looks outstanding. and what a fun market, i love stuff like that! enjoy your sunday!

Maria said...

My Josh would of loved the little lime tarts too:) We are staying at our friends until the house is done, well Josh is going back and forth to work, but I am happy I have a clean and quiet place to stay...with a kitchen:)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

what a great weekend! 6 miler before it got too hot...you go girl!

and love that you met up w/ friends and just have been having a great time!

Things for me..well, working, and dealing with crap. Ugh.

Julie said...

awww what a fun packed weekend! you are just the cat's meow over there with your meetups and dinner dates! i love it :)

last night i was at a fun going away party for one of my besties and then today and sunday will slash were spent out east with the familia! i also just finished box dieing my hair to get out the nasty summer orange tint that was growing from my scalp hahaha

i hope you get your charleston parfizzle on soon!

kate said...

Love reading about peoples meetups! So much fun! I wish there were more bloggers in Iowa.

From Here to There. In Purple. said...

you all look gorgeous! glad you enjoyed yourselves.

happy sunday :)

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Oooh. Let me know what Josh thought about those Key Lime Tarts! Isn't Caviar and Bananas cool? I spent the day cleaning out my closets. Can you believe I still had stuff from ten years ago that I hadn't worn. Off to Goodwill it went. Have a good trip chica! <3 Ya

Meghann said...

Caviar & Bananas? Love that name!

lee said...

Glad you had fun. Kelly is a sweetheart.

BroccoliHut said...

Why does it seem that pasta is always served in mountain-sized portions?? Fortunately, I usually have a hungry guy to share with too:)

Bridget said...

That's a bummer you missed Quartely! But good to hear your feeling better!! Looks like a fun meet up :)

Kerstin said...

Glad you had such a great weekend - blogger meet ups are just the best!

Priyanka@thehealthydiary said...

Caviar and bananas is such an interesting name! Your weekend lookks like so much fun!

I had pretty boring weekend amidst some boring books :(

MizFit said...

SO SO SO SO FUN.
you rock the bloggermeet up.
I totally do...when I happen to stumble upon other bloggers at the local inflatable jumpy house or playground :)

CaSaundraLeigh said...

It's always fun to try out new restaurants..I think it's my fav part of traveling actually! :-) And I hope I can make it down your way sometime so we can grab lunch! That'd be so much fun

S said...

Mmm sometimes a huge plate of pasta does just the trick. It's a nice treat for sure.

fittingbackin said...

So good to meet you, Erica!! I need to send peeps over here to see your pictures - I clearly don't take enough! LOL Loved meeting you - hope you had a safe trip!!! Reading this i'm like wow - she's right- it was only 'almost an hour' - flew by - sad! :(

Katie said...

I know what you mean... often the best restaurants are hidden away and don't look like much from outside!

That pasta looks SO GOOD. I haven't had a really good pasta dish in a while, and I'm craving it.

Glad you're feeling better :-)

Anne Marie said...

Your meet-ups always look like so much fun!

Holly said...

Oh my word, that pasta looks delicious!!! And those key lime pie tarts....

I am so glad you are feeling better! I hate being sick, but especially on the weekend. :-( And you realllly don't want to be sick for your b-day!

Krista said...

Your restaurant meals look awesome! And great run, too...