Hanging with a Hot Chef

There are definitely some perks to working in Kansas so often.

Cleaner air.

Empty highways.

Friendly joggers. (who actually smile and wave at me!)



And last night, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow blogger and Hot Raw Chef, Amber Shea!

Amber and I have been trying to coordinate a meet-up for some time now, so I was excited that we finally worked it into our busy schedules!

We met up at La Bodega, a lovely restaurant featuring drinks and small plates:

We each enjoyed a couple glasses of wine, a small plate (a dip of pureed tomato and goat cheese for me!) and lots of great conversation! Among the topics we discussed were our attempts at P90X (Amber just finished her 90 days!), raw chef and nutrition schools, and the trials and tribulations of blogging. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, of course, we talked about food!! One of the things I love about Amber is her flexible (almost) vegan philosophy. While I absolutely admire people who are committed to living a fully vegan or raw food lifestyle, I’ve personally found that a flexible approach toward food and diet works well for me. It’s nice to meet someone who feels the same way!

It’s also nice to meet someone who happens to be an amazing raw chef:

They bring you goodies. Amber brought me some samples of her white chocolate fudge bites, and they were delicious!! In fact, I polished off two on my drive home!

P.S. I am always willing to be a taste-tester, Amber!!

Obviously, we had a great time– and I hope there are many more meet-ups in our future.

Hope you’re all having a great week so far!!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

Both you and Amber have such beautiful skin! You both glow!

Pure2Raw Twins

So cool that you got to meet Amber!!! What fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I love meeting others who have similar interest in all aspects of life! xoxo


How fun!!!! I recently found a raw food blog of someone who lives near me too!!! Fun to meet new friends!!!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

Awesome awesome post! Although, I’m biased ๐Ÿ˜› I’m totally stealing your photo of the La Bodega sign, btw.

Food, wine, and conversation – I had a great time with you as well! I have SOME friends that share a mild interest in health or food or fitness, etc, but they’re just not as…well, *obsessive* as I am about it. There’s something REALLY nice about having someone to talk to who’s into all the same stuff – especially including BLOGGING! It was very refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, again, so glad you loved the blondie bites! I’ll be writing about our meetup myself next week. We definitely have to do it again sometime – obviously! Have a great rest of your week. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh and hey, by the way, I just checked and for some reason, you were not on my blogroll. Appalling! That has now been corrected ๐Ÿ™‚


      Ha, I hadn’t updated my blogroll in FOREVER– so mine has been corrected as well!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Callie {Rawxy}

Awe, looks like you two had a great time! Amber is such an amazing person though, so it’s hard not to enjoy her company ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to laugh though, as I consider moving to the West coast, at your things you enjoy about Kansas City list. I live here, and yet, the grass is always greener I suppose! But, none-the-less, it is pretty damn nice to have empty highways – well, as long as your not headed to O.P. after 4, that is ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Ha ha, yes– the grass is always greener! There are definitely some perks to living on the West Coast, too, so let me know if you have any questions while you consider moving! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Also– I saw Amber’s post about your AMAZING cookies! You need to bring those to West Coast, for sure, so I can try them!!


How fun you two were able to meet! You both look beautiful! It is so great to met up with like-minded people. Makes you feel better about what you’re doing sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Aww, thanks! It’s definitely nice to meet new, like-minded friends! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Michelle {lively kitchen}

Just clicked over from Amber’s blog – glad to find yours! I’m jealous of your meet-up – I would have loved to have been in the company to such fantastic bloggers.

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