Loosey Goosey

August 20, 2011

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Thanks to sweet Shana, I had was carting around a 4-pack of delicious Dogfish beers. She brought them from her home state since she knows our household loves beer.

All we were missing was an ice bucket.

Spotted: ice pitchers on the table!! Insta-partay!

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We tried multiple attempts to get the caps off…

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Until Kate finally produced a bottle opener! #Lifesaver.

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Gretchen and Anne were fans

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Cheers, to blends!

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We split these among about 10 ladies, so everyone just had a taste – deliciousness! Loved the saffron Midas Touch!

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The conference ended with a bang (I ended up giving my Lulelemon giftcard back to the pot for another winner…guilt) and then we were free to play!

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A random handful of us headed to a really awesome wine bar called Vintage!

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We ordered glasses of wine – go red!! I had the El Minor ’08 Shiraz from Australia [jammy, earthy, medium bodied]

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And I ordered a salad for the first part of dinner. Decided to start off on the right foot!

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With some of Beth’s calamari on the side!

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After our bites, we headed to the next bar. Hopping around just sounded easier than a big sit-down dinner for 15.

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Next stop was a whiskey bar called Time

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Where we found PUMPKIN BEER!

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The Weyerbacher. Gulp gulp delish!

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The beers were awesome – but they were high alcohol and I was pretty much done for the night afternoon.

Until Meghann arrived and brought up the topic of gelato!

We went to Capogrio and sampled the Burnt Sugar flavor….omg.

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Heaven, when combined with dark chocolate.

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After 2 drinks and dessert, I started to fade. I’ve been up since 5 and our evening started early – feels like midnight to me! I’m ready to rest.

Had a wonderful time tonight, and ready for some Quaker Oats for breakfast!!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 20, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I love that y’all were drinking at the table!! What a fun night!


2 KathEats August 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Hi new real life friend!


3 KathEats August 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

(PS. Sorry we didn’t make it to the brewery – seemed a bit far :( )


4 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Oh no worries! The wine bar looks like a really fun place! It was so nice meeting you and I’ll have to make it down to Charlottesville some time with my boyfriend. I know he’d love it down there.


5 Kelsey @ My Search of Summer August 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Mmm Burnt Sugar & Pumpkin beer – love that Fallish flavors are popping up!


6 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) August 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Sounds like a fun time! I’m jealous of all your adventures :)


7 Chase August 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

So much stinkin’ fun today! Great hanging out with you!


8 KathEats August 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm



9 Molly @ RDexposed August 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Wow, you have a good heart…maybe too good of one! Or was it the beer that made you put the gift card back? ha


10 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

looks like a great night! I would have taken that lululemon gift card off your hands for you!


11 Shaya August 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

nooooo… I can’t believe the pumpkin beer is back!! I love it, and yet hate the reminder that summer is over.

I’m going to go cry now. *sniff*. and maybe drown my sorrows in a pumpkin beer.


12 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites August 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

It makes me smile to see you all together having so much fun! I hope I will be able to attend next year 😀

Midas Touch was my first ever craft beer experience! Delish


13 [email protected] August 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

That burnt sugar and dark chocolate gelato combo looks decadent and absolutely amazing!


14 Baking N Books August 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Okay – so now y’all are in my good book – anyone who can go out and enjoy a few drinks wins :)


15 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Love waking up to Quaker oats :) haha


16 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I’ll be having Quaker for breakfast from the comfort of my own home 😉


17 Erika @ The Teenage Taste August 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Whew! Sounds like such a whirlwind of activity! Glad you are having a great time, Kath!


18 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Everything looks so delicious…especially the pumpkin beer! I’m sure you’ve had the D.F. Punkin Ale…one of my favorites!


19 kaila @ healthy helper! August 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Good for you for giving the gift card up! I agree…I am sure someone else would have loved to win it! :)

That gelato looks amazing!!!!


20 Krystina (Organically Me) August 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

LOVE Midas touch!


21 Angel7 August 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

The Burnt Sugar icecream sounds to die for!



22 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Burnt sugar gelato?? I’ve never heard of that flavor, but sounds delicious! Glad everyone seems to be having a great time, although I can’t imagine how anyone wouldn’t!


23 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Time, and the passage of it, are SURREAL at conferences and when traveling, too.

The days feel 48 hours long, each.

And there is so much crammed into each and every hour…that of course you’re ready to fade. I think desserts helped you stay going stronger for longer though :)

Everyone looks awesome! So much fun.

and I LOVE the vertical city image 0092 it’s called. The lighting is STELLAR!


24 Lauren August 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

What an amazing time at HLS – your table was hilarious with the chilled beer! I really enjoyed meeting you and chatting about everything! If you need further suggestions on beaches, let me know!


25 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 10:27 am
26 Mac August 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I love Shiraz! I tried that on a wine tour in Aussie!


27 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Aw, how sweet of you to give it up… That was kind, I’m sure your momma is proud of the daughter she raised.
What a fun night, pumpkin beer?! Mmmm! -Vintage looks ahh-mazing!


28 Mom August 21, 2011 at 6:45 am

Yes, I was just thinking that I am pleased she gave it up. Maybe we can play Bingo at Christmas Kath and you can win a chocolate Santa!


29 Laury @thefitnessdish August 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

So much fun! Wish I could have stayed down tonight…Had to bring the baby back to the burbs :(

I would have showed you all the hott spots with the best beers 😉

So great meeting you! Thanks for the amazing event and all the hard work!


30 Amanda @ the beauty notebooks August 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Wasn’t the burnt sugar flavor incredible? I paired it with the Amish Sweet Milk flavor — even better!


31 Sana August 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Don’t you wish you could stay up foreverrr? Conferences are tireinggg!


32 jassy August 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

wow…gelato…dark chocolate :)


33 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 20, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Burnt sugar gelato? OMG. I love burnt sugar – soo yummy! It sounds like the HLS this year was amazing, and I cannot wait to read the recaps.


34 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine August 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I’m tuckered out too, and I didn’t even have half the day that you did!

#grannyatheart :)


35 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm

That oozing chocolate on the gelato is taunting me. :)


36 Lisa August 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Hm I kind of want a beer now too. I think I will take sleep instead, but I am going to keep my eye out for that pumpkin beer!


37 Lilly August 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

so many amazing things in this post, ahhh! but the gelato steals the show for me, jealous :) Looks like such a fabulous time!


38 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I am seriously DROOLING over that gelato!


39 lynn @ the actor's diet August 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

ha – you’re right by where my family lives! i go there for the free wifi (and gelato) whenever i’m in town.


40 Khushboo August 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

Dessert= sustenance! Looks like a fun night, and very big of you to give back the gift card!


41 Hannah August 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

Burnt sugar, wow! So much better than plain caramel 😀


42 Kathleen August 21, 2011 at 4:06 am

What a nice person you are! What a bummer, I was the person who finished the bingo game behind you so I could have won the lulu card. Bummer. I had to leave the conference a little but early to celebrate my wedding anniversay. oh well.


43 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 21, 2011 at 5:23 am

HLS looks like so much fun! Maybe I’ll make it next year :)


44 Maggie August 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

Hi Kath,

First of all, I just want to let you know that I absolutely love your blog and the beautiful food that you incorporate into your life. I also live in Philly and it’s really exciting to see you explore the city I love! I highly recommend running along the Schuylkill River one morning if you get the chance- it has long trails and gorgeous sights.

Also, I was wondering if it would be possible for you to make a page of all your fellow Healthy Eating Summit bloggers’ blogs. I’ve been clicking on the small links you include in your blogs, but it would be great just to have them all in one place so I could find them again.

Hope you’re enjoying your trip!


45 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

We ran along the river yesterday! :)


46 Maggie August 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

Ahhh I meant Healthy LIVING Summit. :)


47 Angela August 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

Hi Kath, I was wondering if you could help me… I’ve been interested in finding a blog abOut balancing motherhood, fitness, and healthy eating BY a working (preferrably out of the home) mama. I’ve found alot of mommy blOgs, but not many if any meeting all of my interests!
Happy Sunday!
P.s. I’ll be stopping into Charlottesville in September on my way from Baltimore to Myrtle Beach!


48 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 10:28 am

I’m guessing there are too many because those mamas probably don’t have much time to blog! But the mommy blogging community is huge, so if you checked out maybe Babble.com you might find some there?


49 Angela August 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Thanks! I was also thinking that they would be a busy group and less likely to blog, it is still fun going through the different blOgs!


50 Alaina August 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

The fall beers sure are making an early appearance! I love it though; fall is my favorite time of year and I’m so excited that it’s right around the corner! This summer has been way too hot. :-)


51 Fran August 21, 2011 at 7:52 am

Looks like a great time was had in good old Philadelphia! Glad you enjoyed it!!


52 [email protected] Flying ONION August 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

What a blast!

And good for you for putting back the gift card. That would be a ridiculously tough decision..haha! 😀


53 Cait's Plate August 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

That gelato looks completely perfect.

I’m glad you’re having such a good time (and I don’t blame you for being exhausted!)


54 Hillary August 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

Does it make me a bad person that I totally would have kept that Lulu gift card? ; )

That gelato looks like heaven. Yum.


55 Christine (The Raw Project) August 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

Haha on the bottle opener, surprised you don’t have one on your key ring! Mine has come in handy a lot. 😛 What a fun night!


56 Sandy August 21, 2011 at 9:25 am

My son has the UVA bottle opener on his letting. I’m sure you need one.


57 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee August 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

Gelato?? I’m so jealous!!! Once I had chocolate hazelnut gelato, it was heaven in a bowl. That salad looks good!


58 Shannon @ A Pinch of Ginger August 21, 2011 at 11:56 am

Kath- I love that you hit all my favorite places in about a 3 block radius of my office! Time is our companys dubbed happy hour spot. And Vintage is Amazing! If you get the chance to come back, you must have their brie at Vintage. Its divine!

So thrilled ya’ll are enjoying Philly! :)


59 Mindy August 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Hi Kath! Love your blog! Next time you’re without a bottle opener and you have at least 2 beers, try using one of beers as the opener — take a beer in each hand and tip caps in towards each other. Place one of the caps under the other and pull. It’ll pop right off! …If my description doesn’t make sense I’m sure there are plenty of youtube videos out there since it’s a pretty cool/handy party trick 😉 Happy eating! Or in this case, drinking!


60 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Matt was just telling me this last night!!


61 Allison August 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

The mention of pumpkin beer has got me thinking of all the delicious fall flavors… Soon!


62 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

mmmm burnt sugar flavor?!! That sounds amazing!!


63 Sonnett August 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

looks like you are really having a fun time!! i am in love with the wine bar’s wall art!! beyond groovy and 100% my style and taste – awesome!!


64 Katie @ Plates and Paste August 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’ve never had the desire to go to Philly, but you’re making it sound like a lot of fun!


65 Katie August 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Hey Kath! It was great to see you again and hang out a little at HLS! Thanks for sharing the beer love… glad my keychain was able to save the day :-) Hope you didn’t get caught in too much rain heading back to C’ville.


66 Mary Frances August 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

Glad you saved the day! Didn’t know there are people who actually don’t carry them as part of their keychain or purse… sounds like a great schwag item for next year.


67 Shana August 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

So glad you enjoyed the beer Kath! SInce I’m new to the blog world, I’m not sure of the protocol here, but may I use some of your Dogfish pictures on my blog? You guys got some great shots!


68 KathEats August 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm

You can take them with a photo credit :)


69 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

Oh I am so ready for pumpkin beer! Can’t believe the fall season flavors are starting already. It’s about time for us to start brewing for the cooler weather……Thanksgiving beer, Christmas Ale, dark big crafty yummy flavors.


70 Katie August 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

Omg! I cant believe you were at Vintage – sooo love that bar! & Time too! that area is so cute & fun in Philly :) I’ve been a reader of your blog for years, wish i had been caught up enough to realize you all were going to be in philly :( I so woulda had to visit & meet ya! a next time. katie


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