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Lunching & Sipping

by Kiran on January 21, 2011 · 8 comments

in Family & Friends

We live in North-West of Orlando, where we are often left complaining of our limited dining options and disappointing menus. Don’t get me wrong, no doubt the location and neighborhood is one of the best location to live in Florida, we find it difficult to enjoy outing as much as we should. Not till recently, we discovered many hidden (to us) gems on the North-East of Orlando. Cities such as Winter Park and College Park. Wahoo! Amazing places to dine and mingle with friends. I did just that today.

It was a great day to go out for lunch with one of my blog friend, Meghann.

We met for lunch at Infusion Tea and the food was FANTABULOUS! We chatted about anything and everything social media, personal issues ;) and blogging. It’s amazing the friendships that I’ve made through blogging. From being a once-upon-a-time-professional to a home-maker, blogging has provided me with a platform to network and make wonderful friendships. Not to forget, discovering and indulging great local and fresh foods.

I chose a platter of warm multi-grain flatbreads, with 3 dips consists of tabbouleh, hummus and mango salsa. Sounds fancy, eh? So delicious.

Meghann had a Middle Eastern pizza. “Thanks Meghann for an amazing lunch! Next one would be on me, and perhaps we can try Dandelion?”

We said our goodbyes and I headed for another meet-up with my good friend, Tisse.

Wait.. get ready to laugh! We met at a place aptly named “Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar“! :D I am so loving the North-East side of Orlando.

Tarun would have to visit this place. It’s amazing! The menu options are so minute-to-detail. We ordered our tea and coffee, proceeded to comfy armchairs and chatted away for a few hours. I am such a chatty, it’s mind boggling!

My dear friend, Tisse :)

Tisse is a life coach, motivational speaker and an arts advocate. Phew! We are match made in heavenly friendships because we are both equally chatty. I hope she wasn’t bored to tears with my philosophical nonsense ;)

Of course I had to leave another Operation Beautiful note in hopes to cheer anyone visiting the Drunken Monkey restroom. It’s a weird sentence. I know.

Cheers to positivity and great friendships, at home and around the world!

Apart from traditional networking methods, how do you meet new friends away from homeland? Of course, after 5 years in USA, I refuse to refer to it as foreign. America is more of our second home, away from home :)

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1 Jeffrey Scott January 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Sounds like a great time. Love the coffee bar name. Looks like a neat place. I love to find new places to try. Especially if it’s unique, and not too trendy. Out of the way and hidden gems are wonderful.
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2 Kiran January 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Jeffrey,
Hey buddy, thanks for chiming in :)
I so agree with you. Both Infusion and Monkey Bar is such a great place to hang with friends or blends. Not too often for me, it’s way too far off. But like you said, hidden gems are the best usually :)

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3 lynn @ the actor's diet January 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

i have made some lovely friends via blogging. just found your site via kath’s and am excited to read more!
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4 Kiran January 26, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Lynn,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for commenting. You are too sweet :)
I’ve made some great blends too. Blogging community rocks! :D

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5 Natalia - a side of simple January 26, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I’m not sure who I get more excited to spend “time” with, my blogger friends or my other friends! Blogger meet-ups steal my heart :)
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6 Kiran January 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Natalia,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for commenting :)

You are so right about friends and blends. I guess both are great, in it’s own way.

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7 Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

What a big blob of hummus! Sounds like a great lunch!
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8 Kiran January 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Julie,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for your comment :)
The hummus and everything else was so organically delicious! You should check it out whenever you are down in Orlando :)

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