• A Warm Welcome

    April 10, 2010

    Seriously, how is this my job!?! Right now, I feel like the luckiest gal alive! :mrgreen: The event hasn’t even begun, but I’m already have a fantastic time.

    When I arrived in Orlando, I was absolutely starving. Lunch just did not cut it today. I almost stopped at Starbucks to buy myself a snack, but I’m so glad that I waited. When I walked into my hotel room at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, I was greeted with a delicious spread of cheese, crackers, prosciutto, fresh fruit, and chocolates.


    It was such a pretty display!



    I’m pretty much devoured the whole plate in a matter of minutes. It’ll definitely hold me over until dinner tonight. 😉


    As you probably know, I LOVE hotels… in a weird way. Here’s my room!



    I’m also sort of obsessed with hotel bath products (as you will see on Trading Up Downtown on Monday morning).

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    The hotel itself is really funky and modern. I can’t wait to explore it more over the next couple of days. The Fitness Center looks pretty sweet, too!




    And, the best part about the hotel: a 10,000 square foot pool deck! Oh, yes!


    It even has a water slide!



    I can’t wait to enjoy it!


    I’m actually debating putting on my bathing suit right now and heading outside for a little bit. I didn’t put on a bathing suit once last year (because of crappy weather), so this might take some courage! 😉

    I’m having dinner with the Walt Disney chefs tonight! Can’t wait! 😀

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    { 49 comments… read them below or add one }

    Food Makes Fun Fuel April 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    This vacation is like a dream! I love the prosciutto plate :-) Sounds like a tasty dinner!


    Marisa (Loser for Life) April 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Swanky!!! Ooooh, please steal that picture of the Italian flag with the utensils for me!!!


    Helen April 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    What an amazing welcome!!! it looks so pretty and must have taken someone ages to lay it all out. I hope you have a great time in Florida and I’m SOOOOO jealous of your job!!


    Chloe (Naturally Frugal) April 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    That platter looks fantastic and like the perfect treat after a plane ride. I love hotels too, they feel so luxurious and fun for a night or two away!


    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous digs!


    Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    WOW @ that pool!I could’ve used one of them in my backgarden today…
    I have a thing for hotels – I like the room service, and the fact that you can leave the room messy, and come back to it super clean again 😛


    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    So amazing — you’re lucky but also have earned this so enjoy! Thanks for taking us on the adventure. 😀


    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) April 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Wow!! Have a great time!!!!


    Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    That hotel is amazing! what a pool deck! enjoy it, and keep posting pics!


    Diana April 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    That place looks amazing! :)


    Lisa P April 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    What hotel is it? My husband and I are planning a vacation to Orlando next year and I would love to check out the rates for that hotel. It looks gorgeous. Enjoy your mini-vacation and the bake off!


    sassy molassy April 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Love the spread. I’m guessing they knew who they were working with and couldn’t resist the opportunity to greet you with some fabulous goodies. I love hotels too. ALways nice when they are surprisingly modern, friendly and clean!


    Danielle (Coffee Run) April 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    The hotel looks amazing!!


    Alyssa April 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    How awesome! I’ll definitely be rooting for the five MN women competing in the bakeoff, gotta support the home state. Have a great time!!! :)


    Wendy (Give Love Create Happiness) April 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I am so excited to read and see all about it! You deserve this, with all your incredible hard work, and it is so much fun to see it through your eyes. I would def take a swim, and enjoy your amazing dinner tonight!


    Courtney April 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, looks awesome! You’re so lucky to get to go to Disney World AND the Pillsbury Bake-Off! Next year, you should enter it! Your recipes are all delicious. 😀


    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Wow! What a great hotel. I always enjoy fruit plates as well. You’re one lucky gal!


    Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Okay I’m officially so jealous. What an amazing room and snack and pool and dinner with the chefs from Walt Disney. How amazing. Do you get to do any fun stuff while you are their, like Disney World.


    Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    oooh that platter looks so yummy! Love it!


    Kait April 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Looks like you’re having a great time already, I hope the rest of the trip is just as great!


    jaclyn@todayslady April 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    What a great hotel!!! It looks so nice!! You definitely have an awesome job and are incredibly lucky!!!


    Heather (Heather's Dish) April 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    haha, it’s official, you really are just about the luckiest girl in the world! what a great spread of beautiful food, and your room looks amazing. you should totally hit up the pool first thing :)


    Meghan@traveleatlove April 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    What an amazing experience!


    Julie @ Pickley Pear April 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I want your job!! Have a blast and enjoy the sunshine and warm air :) Can’t wait to hear about the event!


    katey April 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Seriously, who ARE you with these fancy trips?! :-) Hope you have a great time…don’t forget the sunscreen!


    Lynn (The Actors Diet) April 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    go for a swim, girl! you’re in florida at a swanky hotel!


    Coco April 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Wowie! It is cloudy and gray here in San Francisco — Florida looks like heaven right now. Have a great time!


    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Oh, have a great time!!! You are going to have a blast…I’m sure of it! Can’t wait to hear about the event!


    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    OMG. You’re getting quite the royal treatment! That hotel looks like 5* status – enjoy!


    skinnyrunner April 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    completely and utterly jealous, yep that’d be me.


    Maria April 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    LUCKY:) I love hotels too! Have fun!


    Rachel April 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous day. That hotel looks amazing and the snack spread must have been such a treat. I love getting pampered/spoiled on vacation :) Can’t wait to hear about your dinner tonight. It sounds like fun!


    Teri [a foodie stays fit] April 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I don’t even like swimming but that pool could get me in a swimsuit! :)

    seriously – your job rocks! Have so much fun! Can’t wait to see pictures from the event!


    Cait (Cait's Plate) April 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Ah!! Have a blast! I’m SO JEALOUS!! :)


    ida April 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Love the melon leaves! looks like you have an exciting weekend ahead- I can’t wait to read all about it


    maria April 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I am so jealous of that pool and Florida weather right now! How awesome!!!


    Pam (IIN Health Coach) April 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Wow the hotel and pool deck looks awesome, have fun!!


    Cole April 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, that pool!


    Kristie April 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I am completely in awe of EVERYTHING about that hotel! Gorgeous!


    Ellen April 10, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Well now we know what heaven looks like! Amaaazing. I’m so jealous right now!



    Karen April 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I have a hotel obsession also. That place looks amazing.


    Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Sounds like dinner is going to be an awesome experience- can’t wait to hear about it!!!


    Emily Eats and Exercises April 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I love the pool. Definitely get that suit on!


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    brittany April 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I would be in the pool ALL of my free time!! I live in Florida but have NO POOL :'(


    Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    The hotel room looks cool! I also am obsessed with hotel rooms :)


    Michelle April 11, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Tina! I always thought I wanted to be Rachael Ray… but I wouldn’t mind being you!


    diana(mymarblerye) April 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

    is this one of the resorts at Disney World? Which one is it? Can you link it? I’m thinking of going to Disney World this summer and that place looks awesome!


    Hannah April 12, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I love hotels too – it was always so lovely when I treated myself to hotel stays during the last four months of travelling, as mostly I was at hostels! Wish someone else had paid for mine though 😛 And that I had lovely carved fruit awaiting me upon arrival!


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