Food, Friends and Pumpkin Cheesecake #OliveGarden #TwEATUp

So it all started after I posted about being at Olive Garden for a tasting event of their current and new menu items. Soon after posting photos of the yummy food, I received a tweet from Holly Pavlika asking when I was going to meet her and Kathy Zucker for our own Olive Garden trio hang out.

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Note: This is not a sponsored post nor did Olive Garden request that I write about my visit. I met friends, enjoyed a meal and wanted to share our experience. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Well, a few tweets later and plans were made to meet and enjoy a meal. When it comes to hanging out with friends there should be no delays. LOL

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A few days later and the a little one....met at Olive Garden Times Square for what was suppose to be a quick lunch but ended up being nearly 3 hours of laughter, female bonding and a flurry of tweets.

What did we talk about for so long....well everything and nothing.

We talked about the deck in Holly's Manhattan apartment, Kathy's tooth fairy gifts to her child, and my nervousness about joining LinkedIn.....

We talked about other things also....fears, goals, hopes and plans for the future. Things that we wanted to share with another like minded women. Women who get us. Women who support us.

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I can't tell you how important something like that is. Especially for me. I don't talk about it much but the past few years have been hard on me friendship wise. I've had to let go of a few female friendships and its been hard. Very hard. Like painful hard. But I had to accepted those friendship couldn't grow with me, my goals or my future.

But some female friendships can....some friendships encourage you to grow and be the best you judgement, no jealously, no pain.

And that is what I enjoyed for nearly 3 hours with Holly and Kathy....friendship....and of course food. Because food is one of those things that bring people together and bonds them. And I have to say Olive Garden is one of those restaurants that understand this.

As we enjoyed our meal, we talked, tweeted and laughed up a storm. We weren't rushed, hushed or interrupted except to ask if we needed anything else to help us keep enjoying our time together.

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Turns out dessert was what we needed to complete the bonding. LOL. Since I posted about enjoying Olive Garden's Pumpkin Cheesecake, Holly's been eager to try it herself. So we made sure to get her a slice ASAP to enjoy.

Of course she took a photo before eating it. LOL.

We also enjoyed a few other dessert sampling. Cause good friendships and yummy desserts go together right?

After all that we patted our tummies, exchange hugs and said our goodbyes...sorta...we tweeted each other a few minutes later about planning another meet and TwEATUp.

See why I love those ladies? LOL

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  1. How fun!! I love the Olive Garden. I was just telling my hubby that I have been dying to go back.

  2. I love getting together with my bloggy friends! Looks like you had a great time and yo can NEVER go wrong with pasta.

  3. How fun! Olive Garden is an awesome choice for a get together! I haven't been in a long time but I remember it being not so relaxed as it is now, and I love it now!

  4. yum! one of my favorite places to eat. I especially love their soup and salad and so do my kids!

  5. I love Olive Garden! The endless soup, salad, and breadsticks hits home every time! It's the perfect place for gathering with family and/or friends :)

  6. How fun!! Getting together with friends and family is so important. it's nice to stay connected and to just laugh and keep everyone up to date on your life.

  7. Awe, I love going out with friends, and it's been a while. I need to plan a lunch date soon!

  8. Pumpkin Cheesecake? YUM! One more reason I love Olive Garden.

  9. Oh what a great time y'all had... We love visiting Olive Garden especially with goo friends.

  10. It looks like you guys had a great time. How could you not? Olive Garden is awesome!

  11. I am so jealous! I remember seeing those tweets and wishing that I lived close enough to go.

  12. Well, of COURSE she took pictures. We bloggers must photo document every second of our lives. =D

  13. It's so nice to get together with fellow bloggers and just hang out. It looks like you guys had a blast.

  14. Speak of the devil... I was just telling my hubby tonight that I wanted OG. Wait til I tell him they have pumpkin cheesecake!

  15. What do you think of their new branding? I noticed it on the commercials and wondered if that meant other things would be changing as well?

  16. @Autumn Rose Reo I like their new branding. I think it shows company growth and vision. We'll have to see if it means changes for other things as well.

  17. I love Olive Garden so much! They are totally a guilty pleasure of mine!

  18. we haven't dined at the olive garden in such a long time. its been too long and now i need my fix including the desserts!