Reader Meet-Up: sweetgreen

Last night’s meet up was a success! It was so nice to put a name and a face to so many people who email me and leave comments on the blog – and know a lot about me!

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We met up at sweetgreen in Dupont Circle, which is a cute little salad and frozen yogurt place where you order at a counter and can take it to go or sit down to eat. They focus on sourcing local and organic ingredients, and though not everything is local, they do have a board listing and highlighting all those ingredients.

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Another really cool thing about sweetgreen is that EVERYTHING is compostable – down to the forks, napkins, and frozen yogurt containers. So cool! They also have lots of predesigned salads and wraps that you can order from, which I love.

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But you can also make your own, which is what I ended up doing. Mixed greens, chickpeas, cucumbers, grapes, hearts of palm, balsamic, and a hunk of bread. It was really delicious and fresh tasting, and though I didn’t snap a pic, I absolutely loved the bowls they served the salad in! They were thin wooden bowls that were HUGE and that I have to find for my own apartment stat.

Several of us moved onto frozen yogurt after we were done our salads, myself included.

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Tart fro-yo with raspberries, chocolate chips, and sliced almonds. Even though it was chilly out, it totally hit the spot. Yum.

There ended up being about 10 people in all, which was a good number because we all got to talk and know each other quite a bit.

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Carissa, Kate, Kelly, Jennifer

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Emily, Me, Olga, Cory, Penny

I didn’t do that great of a job of taking pictures, but a few more people ended up stopping by during the couple hours we were there, and we all had a really good time (I think!). It was so fun to meet everyone and it was really nice to automatically have so much in common and to talk about.

I think I’ll be organizing another one of these soon!

Have you ever met someone in person that you originally met on the internet?

PS: Go vote! You can vote once a day and no email address is required. It ends FRIDAY!

40 Comments on Reader Meet-Up: sweetgreen

  1. Jenny
    October 26, 2011 at 9:49 am (8 years ago)

    I’m so sorry to have missed it! Sitter fell through at the last minute and as adorable as I think my son is I’m not sure it would’ve been the best idea to bring a 4 year old!

    I love sweetgreen! Their Chic-P salad is my favorite and I agree – I need those bowls too!

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm (8 years ago)

      I love kids!!!! Maybe next time we can do something outdoorsy so all are welcome and no sitters necessary!

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm (8 years ago)

      I’d never been there before. It was AWESOME!

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  2. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    October 26, 2011 at 10:05 am (8 years ago)

    So much fun! Must have been awesome to meet these people. I’ve met two bloggers but would love to meet more. even non-bloggers of course! Anyone that is intereted in the blogging world or healthy lifestyles!!!

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  3. Rebecca W.
    October 26, 2011 at 10:08 am (8 years ago)

    That Sweetgreen looks great! And it looks like the meet-up was really fun — too bad I’m in NYC!

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm (8 years ago)

      I LOVE NYC! Another reader below just commented about maybe doing a meet up when I come to NYC next time (my sister lives in Brooklyn!). Maybe I’ll plan something next time I’m up!

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      • Rebecca W.
        October 26, 2011 at 1:05 pm (8 years ago)

        That would be great!

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  4. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    October 26, 2011 at 10:09 am (8 years ago)

    Hearing about your meetup makes me miss our chances to hang out earlier this year. Hope we get to hang out again sooner rather than later!

    And that place sounds great. Love places like that.

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm (8 years ago)

      I know I’m so glad we got to meet and hang! I hope it’s sooner rather than later, too!

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  5. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 26, 2011 at 10:18 am (8 years ago)

    Well I did meet YOU! 🙂

    And honestly, Megan @ Braise the Roof is one of the girls I now regularly run around with. Weird how that happens. But it’s really only awkward when people ask how we met… lol

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm (8 years ago)

      Ahhh HLS 2010. Crazy how time flies, isn’t it!?

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  6. Katy
    October 26, 2011 at 10:31 am (8 years ago)

    SO much fun last night, Beth!!! Thank you for organizing and I’m glad to have finally met you. What a great group of girls last night! I’m now a fan of Sweetgreen and can’t wait to go back again!!

    Thanks again!!!! 🙂

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m so glad you came and we got to meet!! It was so fun. =)

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  7. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats
    October 26, 2011 at 10:33 am (8 years ago)

    So sorry I could only stop by at the end and missing everyone – I had such a nice time catching up with you though! And so glad you liked sweetgreen.

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm (8 years ago)

      So glad you made it and we got to chat!! I hope to see you soon!

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  8. logan
    October 26, 2011 at 10:37 am (8 years ago)

    I haven’t met up with anyone who has a blog that I read, but I did meet my now-husband after meeting him through match.com. I guess that counts as meeting someone through the internet. For several years I refused to sign up for any online dating site, but after going dateless for too long in a new city, decided to try it. Lucky for me (and him too)! Maybe the next time you come to NYC you could have a meetup here.

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm (8 years ago)

      I think online dating is such a great option for young professionals who are ready to settle down. It’s so hard to meet people other than those you work with once you’re in the “real world” – and I agree – that counts!

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      • KC
        October 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm (8 years ago)

        I met my husband and father of my children on match.com, too! I also met sereral other “dates” before him, but he was/is by far the very best online meet-up ever.

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  9. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    October 26, 2011 at 10:57 am (8 years ago)

    I was just about to say I haven’t, but I actually have! I found a book club group on meetup.com and met up with everyone from there. It turned out great!

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm (8 years ago)

      Ohh I’ve never tried MeetUp.com but I’ve heard its good if you’re looking for a group!

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  10. Cortney @ Nerd on the Run
    October 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm (8 years ago)

    I have met Jess @ Blonde Ponytail and Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete. Both great ladies and amazingly nice! I love the blog community and soooo glad that I found it and joined in! 🙂

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm (8 years ago)

      I met Nicole at FitBloggin’ this year. She was so cool!

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm (8 years ago)

      Please do! It was a blast!

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  11. Penny
    October 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Such a great time last night, Beth! Let’s definitely do it again soon!

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    • Beth
      October 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm (8 years ago)

      So glad I got to meet you! It was so fun. And now I remember you’re from MICHIGAN not Minnesota. =)

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  12. Liz
    October 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m so sad I missed it! (had to work late). I’ll be at the next one 🙂
    I’ve been voting almost every day for you girl! You totally deserve to win.

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  13. Dani
    October 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m bummed I had to work late, too 🙁 Buuut, I really hope you do one again soon. It looks like you ladies had a great time!

    Sweetgreen is one of my faves… I started recreating that October “Fall Apples” salad at home after realizing I was spending $40+/week just on lunch salads! It’s pretty much the best salad ever.

    Hmm, I’ve met a few bloggers thanks to HLS ’11!

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  14. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    October 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm (8 years ago)

    I’ve met quite a few people from different things online, but only one other blogger (which was last weekend!). I wish I could have made it out- looks like you guys had a blast! I’ll be much more likely to be able to get away on a weekend, so I hope there’s another meet-up in the future.
    And I LOVE sweet green. I got the October salad last time I was there.
    And ya know what? I also really like that you can order a small or big yogurt, unlike the places where you fill you’re in- because you’re less likely to go overboard (on calories AND money!)

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  15. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    October 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm (8 years ago)

    I’ve met MANY people from the internet. Bloggers, MeetUp, etc. I think it is so much more common than people think.

    Looks like you had some tasty treats and a nice turn out! Great job Beth!

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  16. Roz
    October 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Fun! I’ve never met an fellow bloggers…but look forward to the day I do. Have a great Wed.

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  17. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks like you guys had a great time and it’s always nice when people are as nice in person as they are online.

    This past year I met someone I’ve been friends with since 2007 after the death of my dog that I “met” on Dogster and then a lady and her family came through town that I’ve known from a weight loss site for 2 years. No bloggers yet though!

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  18. Marlena
    October 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm (8 years ago)

    I met my husband online. We’ve been married 11 years!

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  19. Amy
    October 27, 2011 at 8:46 am (8 years ago)

    I met my husband online. Just celebrated our nine year anniversary.

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  20. Barb
    October 27, 2011 at 9:18 am (8 years ago)

    Looks like fun!! Next time you’re in Philly visiting, you should try and set up a meet and greet 🙂

    Barb

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  21. Theodora
    October 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm (8 years ago)

    Once, I was in line for the bathroom before a race, and this weird girl came up to me and said she read my blog. I thought she was cool, though, so we ended up splitting a room at a blogger conference a few months later, and she didn’t kill me in my sleep, so I guess she was cool.

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