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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
As does EGGPLANT…
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.
We had the entire upstairs reserved for our group – very cool! Many thanks to Angela for organizing the party.
The motto – “Making Vegan Sexy” – love it.
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.
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. :)
The menu looked so good that Kath and I decided to share some plates. We started with the vegan maki roll – essentially sushi!
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.
We also tried some delicious raw crackers – very tomato heavy. Good stuff.
My dinner entree was disturbingly titled “chicken legs” – and was supposed to be a play on chicken drumsticks, I guess?
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.
It came with a spicy mash of collard greens and sweet potatoes – delicious. Perhaps I am becoming a southern girl after all?
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. :)
Going to try to convince Casey to run the Toronto Marathon so that we can visit Nienke!
After food, fun, and friends, we headed home so that I could rest up for my morning long run. Day 2 = total success!