Blogger Meet-up at Twisted Laurel in Downtown Asheville

Have we talked about how much I adore blogger meet-ups?

Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meetup

Especially ones that include cute jars of flowers dangling from the ceiling.

NC Blogger Network Meet-up at Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC

About a month ago I started talking to Julie from Running in a Skirt and she told me about the North Carolina Blogger Network and a meet-up they were hosting at Twisted Laurel in downtown Asheville at the end of March.  I signed up for it right away!

Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC

I was super excited to go to Twisted Laurel because it’s one of the first restaurants Jeff and I went to when we visited Asheville before we moved here last fall.

Our meet-up was held in the Daphne Room, Twisted Laurel’s beautiful private dining space.

Daphne Room, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC- picture provided by Twisted Laurel

I was also super excited to meet a bunch of local AVL bloggers!

Felicia, Susanna & Julie, NC Blogger Network Meet-up, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC

Susanna and I met a few weeks ago at Panacea Coffee Co. and it was so great to connect with her again.  She and Jaime coordinated the whole meet-up and did a fantastic job!

Twisted Laurel was kind enough to provide us with complimentary appetizers from their new dinner menu.

Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, New Dinner MarchMenu 2016

Each one was better than the next!

Antipasto Plate, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

Antipasto Plate: A Selection of Local Meats and Cheeses served with Peppers, Pepperoncini, Artichoke Hearts and Olives

Stuffed Fried Pepperoncini, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

Stuffed Fried Pepperoncini: Pickled Pepperoncini  Stuffed with Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese, Deep Fried and Served with Marinara Sauce

Arancini, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

My personal favorite: Arancini: Creamy Mushroom Risotto Balls stuffed with Fresh Mozzarella and Served with Marinara.

The focus of the evening was Content Creation and we spent a good deal of the evening talking about our blogs and creative processes.  I learned a lot and had a great time getting to know Ferriss, Felicia, Tina, Laura, Caitlin and Ginger! (Ginger hasn’t started her blog yet but was looking for inspiration and added a lot to the conversation!)

For my entrée I ordered the Seasonal Salad made with local seasonal veggies, including KALE!  It was delicious. I washed it down with Catawba Brewing’s White Zombie White Ale.  Perfection!

Seasonal Salad, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

I’ll definitely be back to Twisted Laurel because I want to try so many other things on the menu, like Susanna’s Spanakopita:

Spanakopita, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

And Felicia’s Twisted Nachos:

Twisted Nachos, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

And whatever this was that Julie had:

Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

She told me but I was too busy drooling to pay attention. Julie, help us all out and remind me what this was again!

After we devoured our entrees, Twisted Laurel surprised us with complimentary dessert! I went to use the restroom and came back to chocolate cake and baklava on the table. Best surprise ever!

Dessert, Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up

Not only was the food delicious, the service was awesome! Our waiter was very friendly, attentive and very helpful when I asked him for a drink suggestion. I also love how the menu clearly noted what was vegetarian. There were also a ton of veg options, which I’ve found to be the case in most Asheville restaurants. Reason number 34,073,443 I love this city so much!

No blogger meet-up is complete without a group photo!

Twisted Laurel, Asheville, NC, NC Blogger Network Meet-up***Front Row (from left): Jaime, Felicia, Me, Ferriss *** Back Row (from left): Caitlin, Julie, Susanna, Laura, Ginger, Tina.

Super blurry and we’re looking in all different directions but fun nonetheless!

And to top it all off, Susanna and a few local (and non-local) businesses hooked us up with swag bags!

NC Blogger Network Meet-up Swag

In the bag:

Sweet! Super excited to try everything out!

What a great night! HUGE thanks to Jaime, Susanna, the NC Blogger Network and Twisted Laurel for hosting! Can’t wait for the next one!

Bloggers: Are you part of any local blogger groups? Do you connect in person? Readers: Do you like reading about blogger meet-ups?

Have a Wonderful Wednesday! <3

Note: This meet-up was held at Twisted Laurel in downtown Asheville, NC. The restaurant provided us with free appetizers and desserts. Attendees were given gift bags with products from the Biltmore Estate, Sticky Quotes, Young Living and Panacea Coffee Co. I was not asked to write this review or compensated in any other way for this post. As always, the views expressed on this site are my own.  

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Hashtag: Send Rebecca Mugs

LOCAL ASHEVILLE READERS: DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY ODD’S CAFE REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY FOR A $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Hi. My name is Rebecca and I’m addicted to coffee shops.

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

I can’t help it! There are SO MANY in this area and they are all so awesome!

On Tuesday I met up with Susanna at Panacea Coffee Company in Waynesville, NC, about 35 minutes from Asheville.

Susanna- zealousmom.com

Susanna and I met through the NC Blogger Network last week, and because I’m obviously addicted to blogger meet-ups too, we scheduled a coffee date.

I immediately fell in love with Panacea’s outdoor seating space, and we took full advantage of it  since it was such a beautiful day in Western North Carolina.

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

Susanna and I spent a good chunk of our date hanging with a cat that just randomly wandered up to our table.  It even sat on Susanna’s lap for bit (if you click on that link, please ignore my ridiculous face and pay attention to the awesome mug instead).

Panacea Coffee Company- Waynesville, NC

We had a great time getting to know one another and talking about all things blog-related.  I definitely see more meet-ups in our future. Preferably at Panacea because 1) the atmosphere was great, 2) the coffee was delicious, and 3) perhaps most important: I want to hang out with that cat again. Don’t tell Aslan!

Panacea Coffee Company, Waynesville, NC

Panacea Coffee Company, Waynesville, NC

Speaking of blog friends, a few weeks ago Teri and I started talking mugs on Twitter.

Twitter Mug Chat

Seriously, the number of mugs Jeff and I own for just the two of us is completely ridiculous, especially considering there are probably only three I drink from regularly.  But I just can’t get let go of them and I’m always compelled to buy more.  It drives Jeff crazy, but I’m a hoarder, what can I say?

We went back and forth until we finally decided it was necessary to do a mug swap. I mean, Jeff can’t get mad about another mug if I receive it as a gift, right?  Right.

Teri said it was OK.

#SendRebeccaMugs

When the guy at my rental office asked why my package had a hashtag on it, I simply said, “it’s from my blog friend.” He definitely gave me a weird look, but I was too excited to explain.

Blogger problems.

I ran home and ripped open the package to find coffee beans, dark chocolate, and, of course, a fabulous new mug!

Mug Swap Goodies

Thanks, Teri, for the delicious goodies! I can’t wait until you get yours! Let’s make sure #SendRebeccaMugs starts trending on Twitter so I end up with 3,000 mugs and Jeff can kill me…

Now that we’re done talking about mugs, we should probably talk about this burrito I shared on Instagram yesterday.

Wow. OK, guys, stop whatever the heck you’re doing and go make this right now. You think I’m kidding, but I am so not kidding. This burrito will change. your. life. I don’t know if it’s because I just got back from spin class and grocery shopping, but I scarfed this down like at any minute someone was going to come in and take it from me. It was THAT GOOD. You absolutely need this burrito in your life. In the Whole Wheat Tortilla: (measurements are whatever-just do you) Brown Rice Chickpeas, yes, chickpeas Spinach Habanero Cheddar One Egg All the Frank’s Red Hot. All of it Garlic Powder Avocado, my love Olive Oil, for the pan Heat rice and chickpeas in a small amount of olive oil. Add Spinach and Grated Habanero Cheddar. When spinach is wilted crack egg into pan and let cook through. Add all of the Frank’s Red Hot. Sprinkle on some garlic powder. Heat your whole wheat tortilla in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Top with cooked ingredients. Add avocado. Stuff. Your. Face. You’re freakin welcome.

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I whipped it together after returning home from a particularly challenging spin class, where my bike was stuck in a ridiculously high resistance for most of the class until I finally decided to move to a different bike.  (Side Note: I don’t know what it is with me and spin classes lately.  Last week I pulled my pants off by accident and this week I nearly pedaled my legs off. Sheesh!)

This burrito, though, this burrito was magical. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s probably the best one I’ve ever made.  Now, I may have just been ravenous from my workout and in one of those phases where I would have eaten the frying pan if I didn’t get something in my stomach ASAP,  but I sincerely believe my taste buds know better than that. Please, please, please go make this and let me know if I’m totally insane.

While you’re doing that, I’m going to chug ALL of this Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time- Catawba Brewing Company, Asheville, NC“PB&J Time Ale is a ‘Light Brown’ ale brewed from five different grains that is then lovingly-aged on raspberries and roasted peanuts.  Take a sip, let the bread, fruit, and nut flavors mingle on your palate, and recall the carefree days of youth as you enjoy our PB&J in a glass.”

Yes, it smells and tastes just like a PB&J sandwich.  No, it isn’t weird or gross.  Yes, it’s completely delicious.

I wonder if I can special order it for our wedding.  Hey, Catawba, let’s get on that!  P.S. I love you.

Speaking of our wedding, here is a short wedding planning update.  Yesterday morning I ran into Jeff’s office to remind him that it’s ALMOST MY BIRTHDAY. Then I called my mom and told her too, ya know, in case she forgot.   Totally normal for an almost-29-year-old, right?  I’ve always loved birthdays and this year I’m extra excited because we’re going to New York to visit family and friends and to go BRIDESMAID DRESS SHOPPING. Caps were necessary there.  This whole planning a wedding is moving right along.  We hired a photographer earlier this week, I updated our wedding website with accommodation info for our guests, and I contacted some DJs. I’d be lying if I told you I’m not completely overwhelmed. I mean all I really care about is the food and the cake anyway.  Oh, and Jeff, I care about him too! Smile with tongue out

OK, now that I’ve talked your ear off, I’m off to yoga!

Are you a mug hoarder? Do you like camping out in coffee shops? What are your plans for the weekend? Let’s chat!

Have a wonderful weekend! <3

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