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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



Eating My Way Through Chicago – HLS Day 2

Saturday started out bright and EARLY!  Breakfast started at 8, so we made our way downstairs to see everyone and meet all the new faces.

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I helped with check in for a bit so that Kath and friends could take a breakfast break, and then I found a seat and got my own big plate of food – oatmeal, fruit, almond butter – yummmm.  SO many bloggers all in one room!

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There were internet issues in the conference room, so that’s why this post is going up super late.  But I chose the first track of the info sessions for the day – Fueling For Fitness.  I actually thought it was really informative and helpful, and it got my psyched for Sunday’s long run.

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I had started out in the other session, but made my way downstairs after a few minutes.  Rather than being disruptive, I just parked my butt on the floor in the back of the room.

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Afterwards I met back up with friends for the first break.  Have you met my absolutely fabulous roommate, Nienke?  I am obsessed with her – total love at first sight.  We were supposed to be rooming with Ashley too, but her poor husband had a sick kidney and she couldn’t make it – so sad.  :(  But Nienke and I made the best of our twosome, and hit it off from minute one.

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This weekend has also been fabulous because I’ve been able to reconnect with my best blogging buddy, Kath!  I miss her so much now that she’s moved.  I felt spoiled by getting to spend a whole weekend with her!

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The second panel I went to was on Stepping Up Your Blog Photography – another topic I’m sure we can all agree I could benefit from.  I was totally psyched because Nicole, the presenter had the same awesome camera that I have – love it.

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After lecture #2 it was time for a much needed lunch break, where I filled up a plate to the point that it weighed about ten pounds.  Tofu makes my heart sing!

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As does EGGPLANT…

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The rest of the sessions were very interesting, and overall it seemed like things went really well!  After the sessions were over, I grabbed Kath for some one on one friend time, and we headed to the lake for a fabulous five mile walk!  No pictures due to no camera – just lots of talking, catching up, and wonderful friend love.

After quick showers, we headed across town to a swanky vegan lounge type place, called Karyn’s on Green.

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We had the entire upstairs reserved for our group – very cool!  Many thanks to Angela for organizing the party.

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The motto – “Making Vegan Sexy” – love it.

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I am so used to going to bars and just ordering my typical club soda with lime, so imagine the excitement when I saw they had an entire section of their menu devoted to mocktails!  Just because they were there, and I was excited to have an option, I ordered one.

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The “Clip On” – absolutely delicious.  It was based with coconut water too, so I decided it was necessary hydration for my big run in the morning.  :)

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The menu looked so good that Kath and I decided to share some plates.  We started with the vegan maki roll – essentially sushi!

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Sushi was my number ONE favorite food before I gave up fish, and I haven’t even had any vegetarian sushi since (not sure why).  I was sooooo excited to be eating sushi again!  Must make sure to find good veggie sushi when we get to DC.

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We also tried some delicious raw crackers – very tomato heavy.  Good stuff.

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My dinner entree was disturbingly titled “chicken legs” – and was supposed to be a play on chicken drumsticks, I guess?

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The “chicken” was actually a mixture of tofu and seitan, which are two things I love.  I’m not really into the whole “fake meat” scene though, so the presentation and menu description sort of gave me a weird feeling.

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It came with a spicy mash of collard greens and sweet potatoes – delicious.  Perhaps I am becoming a southern girl after all?

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So fun to get to spend a weekend with so many fun bloggers!  I feel like my blog life and personal life have now officially collided.

True love knows no distance.  :)

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Going to try to convince Casey to run the Toronto Marathon so that we can visit Nienke!

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After food, fun, and friends, we headed home so that I could rest up for my morning long run.  Day 2 = total success!

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Jaclyn     at 6:32 pm

Random question – did you get that dress at Ann Taylor Loft? I have a navy dress that looks identical. Either way – cute dress! :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Nope – Anthropologie last spring! Navy is my favorite color :)

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Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul     at 6:34 pm

I’m excited to hear that the presenter had your camera because it’s currently on my wish list!

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Amy     at 6:38 pm

I’m glad you’re having a great time! It looks like a really fun weekend. :)

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Tina     at 7:01 pm

You look so beautiful! And sound so happy.

And if I ever gave up fish, I would have to find veggie sushi too. Love sushi!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Oh wow – thanks!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog)     at 7:16 pm

oooh it all looks like so much fun!

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)     at 7:21 pm

Aw, so glad you and Kath got some time together! I am sure that made her feel better! It sounds like a great event and I am happy that you got to enjoy yourself!

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Sarah     at 8:00 pm

Do you think you would be able to come up with a couple of vegetarian sushi recipes for you favorite readers? :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

for sure! as soon as i move :)

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Heather     at 8:59 pm

glad it was a success!

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Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner     at 9:17 pm

A vegan lounge? How cool! So many awesome bloggers in 1 place!!

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Chelsey     at 9:29 pm

what a fun day you had! i’m so glad you and kath were able to catch up!

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christina cadden     at 9:40 pm

Looks like you had a great time!

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linda     at 11:45 pm

oooh pretty color, where is your dress from?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Anthropologie – last spring!

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Ashley     at 2:32 am

Awwww, now I want to meet you both even MORE. You ladies are all just gorgeous. I love the color of your dress! One word: Foooooodbuzzzzzzzzzz ;)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Amen girl – see you there!

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Sarah     at 10:17 am

It looks like you had such as great time and the vegan lounge sounds delicious.
Have you ever thought of making sushi? I have made it a few times its not that hard, the hardest parts are making the rice and finding really fresh fish. You won’t have to worry about the fish part just the rice part and you can find some really good tutorials online (like this one I used: http://www.sushilinks.com/sushi-recipes/rice.html).
It’s even more fun to make the sushi and invite friends over to eat it with you!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I HAVE made sushi before, back in my fish eating days! I even have the rolling mats and everything – maybe we need to give it another try. Everything is better with soy sauce :)

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 10:32 am

I really want to try a vegan restaurant!

Are there any in Charlotte?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Sadly, not really :( One of the reasons I am moving is the LACK of specialty restaurants here in CLT. There is one new place called Luna’s Living Kitchen that opened in South End, but they have limited hours.

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Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City     at 11:27 am

Hey! It was great to meet you and commiserate about stomach problems while running…le sigh. I lived in DC for seven years, so let me know if you have any DC questions/want recommendations! :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

YES! Thanks for running with me and letting me talk about poop. :) Can’t wait to hear how Chicago goes!

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Amber K     at 11:32 am

I’m not a fan of fake meat either, but that’s mostly because the reason I don’t eat meat is because I think it is disgusting. And the fake meats that try to taste like meat just gross me out!

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R @ Learning As I Chop     at 2:38 pm

How can you find out about these conferences? I would love to get better at my camera work

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I found out about it through the conference website – http://www.healthylivingsummit.com. It was mentioned on many healthy living blogs. There is another one in May called FitBloggin’ that you might want to check out!

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kATH     at 8:11 pm

:)

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Nienke at Revel     at 8:15 pm

YES YES YES you guys HAVE to run the Toronto Marathon! You will have free room, board and entertainment!

……aaaaaand now I’m totally craving those Maki rolls……..

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Sarah     at 10:01 pm

Looks like you had a blast at HLS. When do you move to DC? What will you be doing? I just discovered your blog through Kath and love it. When you get to DC we’ll have to gather all of the bloggers in the area to say hi!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I’m moving to DC at the end of the month! I just finished my internship here in Charlotte, so right now I’m just worried about getting moved. :) I would love to do a get-together!

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Amy @ Amy Starts To Run     at 11:18 pm

Thanks to this post, I have been craving some delicious veggie sushi all day long!

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breathlessyoga     at 12:13 am

Love your site, such a good resource.

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lizliz     at 3:38 am

Nice post! I find it funny that you think “chicken legs” is a disturbing name..to me it sounds way better than drum sticks. Makes me feel like a primitive cannibal when I say it :P

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Just that as a vegetarian, it’s weird to order “chicken” anything!

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