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Stuffed On Panini’s & Summer Lemonade

by Courtney on August 9, 2010

I am feeling so incredibly “bloggy” right now, as I type up this post while sitting in a cozy little corner of MochaLisa’s Caffe. ;)

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Earlier this evening, I met up with my friend Heather here for an early dinner date. I suggested MochaLisa’s for their delicious paninis and cozy atmosphere. You may remember my last visit with the “girls” or my previous two times stops in for mid-day coffee. All of my experiences have been great here, so I figured it would be a safe bet. :)

I started off by ordering an iced lemonade, which for some reason I never do. I guess I’ve always been too concerned over the extra calories and didn’t think it was worth it? But ohhhh man, am I glad I went for it today! I ordered the Mango Raspberry Lemonade, which was quite honestly one of the best lemonades I have had. Ever. It was light, sweet, and super summery…I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all this time! :shock:

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After looking over the menu, Heather and I decided to share two different paninis, since we were both having such a hard time deciding on just one.

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Panini #1 was the Bruschetta Panini, which was bruschetta spread & fresh mozzarella cheese, combined with fresh basil, on ciabatta bread. The bruschetta spread was really good, and the gooey mozzarella was definitely a welcome component to the sandwich. :)

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Panini #2 was the Chicken & Pesto Panini, which was grilled chicken breast, roasted red peppers, provolone cheese, and spinach combined with a pesto spread on ciabatta bread. Heather and I both decided that this one was our favorite. Absolutely everything about it was just fantastic. Definitely a winner! :)

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A bag of chips is also included when ordering a sandwich, so I picked the Sweet Maui Onion which are my favorite! I probably had about 2/3 of the bag, and am feeling absolutely stuffed after eating both my panini halves. Ughhh. :oops:

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Heather and I had a great time chatting and catching up. It seemed like forever since we last got together at Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In! I really miss getting to see this girl all the time.

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Tonight the hubby has another softball game, so I’m headed over to watch that and hang with my favorite fans. :)

Question for the Night:

What drink just screams “summer” to you? Do you have a favorite summer time drink?? 8-)

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1 Amy August 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Passionfruit iced green tea!!! Unsweetened of course, but its yummy!

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2 Heather T August 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

It was so nice to get to see you and catch up tonight!! Good choice for the location :) It was yum!!

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3 Shanna, like Banana August 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Summer screams iced lattes, white wine (vs my typical red), and smoooooothies!

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4 kbwood August 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hahah i LOVE how “bloggy” you are in that cafe!! your lemonade sounds AWESOME!! I <3 anything mango!

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5 Adriana August 9, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Passion tea lemonade! It’s amazing and so thirst quenching.

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6 kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

lemonade couldnt scream SUMMER louder to me :)

mm ive been getting into paninis like crazy lately. move over sandwiches! theres a new bread in town <3

lol

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7 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 10, 2010 at 7:37 am

Mmm look at all that melty cheese! Yum. In the summer I LOVE drinking diet root beer. It’s not natural or healthy, but it sure is delicious!

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8 Courtney August 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Yes it is! I like diet Cream soda…mmmmm :-P

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9 Naomi(onefitfoodie) August 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

mmm those paninis look SO freakin delicious! there is nothing better than a crispy sandwich with gooey cheese!!!

ICED COFFESS!!!!!

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10 Britta August 10, 2010 at 9:03 am

mm I’m a big fan of a cool rose wine…or a peach belini!

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11 Chicago Cuisine Critique August 10, 2010 at 10:00 am

This looks quite yummy! I love paninis!

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