Dole’s Healthly Lifestyle Blogger Summit

3 planes

14.5 hours

3,205 miles

And I’m finally here!

What an insane day of travel. I’ll spare you the details, but let you know that American Airlines has a lot of broken planes. I’m glad I’m not flying them home!

All of that travel was well worth it though. I arrived safe and sound at the gorgeous Four Seasons in Westlake, California for Dole’s Healthly Lifestyle Blogger Summit. I’m spending the next two days listening to wellness-related presentations, nutrition discussions, and participating in spa (!!!) and fitness activities. Obviously, I am psyched to be here.

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I’m also psyched about my hotel room at the Four Seasons. It’s beautiful””and you know how much I love hotels.

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TV in the bathroom? I’m pretty sure that means it’s fancy.

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Because of my crazy travel adventures, I missed the first 1.5 hours of the Summit’s kick-off event, a cocktail hour followed by a “Healthy Chef’s Challenge,” which was basically an Iron Chef-esque competition to introduce attendees to one another and challenge them to re-create a Thanksgiving meal with a healthy twist.

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Groups were formed and then divided into teams where they prepare healthy entrees using a variety of Dole products and then presented their dishes to a panel of judges.

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I arrived almost at the end of the competition, so I just watched and drank a glass of wine, which I really needed at that point in the day.

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Group pic!

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After the cooking competition, we sat down for dinner.

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We started with a thick asparagus soup, which I absolutely loved. (I’m working on getting the recipe for it, so don’t you worry!) I’m not generally a huge fan of soup because it doesn’t normally fill me up, but this one was very satisfying””heavy, but not gross heavy, ya know?

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The main course was the most amazing buffet””yams with bananas, farro spinach salad, grilled scallops, mint roasted Brussels sprouts, sliced turkey, and spinach salad with figs and goat cheese. So delicious, so nutritious.

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For dessert, we enjoyed a slice of pumpkin pie with a ginger snap crust and some berry crisp””also delicious.

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After eating all of that food and experiencing some serious jet lag, I was so ready for bed. I snapped a quick photo with Monica, went straight to my hotel room, and face-planted in my bed. I slept great last night.

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Busy day ahead! Stay tuned!

Be Thankful Challenge

I’m grateful for blogging and everything that it has afforded me. Who knew a little hobby would become such a huge part of my life?


  1. I have to agree with you about American Airlines. Last weekend I sat on the runway for over an hour because they had to change a tire and were waiting for someone to sign off on the work done. So frustrating.

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