Thursday, August 12, 2010

Work & Play

by Meghann on August 12, 2010

Bags, Bags everywhere!

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BUT, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what’s inside. ๐Ÿ˜‰

FYI: If you attending the Healthy Living Summit, early check in begins tomorrow at 3:00pm in the LINCOLN room. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We worked right through the morning stuffing bags. We were determined and by 1:30pm I am proud to say they were all STUFFED thanks to our amazing team.

THANKS LADIES!

We were all pretty much starving by the time we were finished and decided to grab a quick lunch from an adorable cafe down the street.

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Kath and I split the Eggplant Pizza.

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The pizza had a lemongrass olive oil and was topped with provolone cheese. It was simply delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

On the side I had a small container of roasted vegetables.

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And Sabrina shared some salty, yummy olives.

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Sparkling Aqua. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After lunch Heather and I (the two Chicago newbies ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) went exploring.

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You have no idea how excited I was to take reflective photos in the big tear drop. ๐Ÿ™‚

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At lunch Diana invited me to a really cool Raw dinner she had planned for any HLS attendee who wanted to join. I had no other plans, why not? I’ll admit I was very close to pulling out when I got back to my room and all I wanted to do was crash, but I sucked it up, got dressed and headed out. And boy am I glad I did!!!

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A group of 15 or so of us met in the lobby and walked a mile and a half to the Chicago French Market

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I love walkable cities! I wish Orlando was more like this!

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At first glance I knew I was going to love Chicago Raw. It was the cutest little grab and go place I’ve ever seen.

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Everything from the colors of the branding, to the cutesy store front, to the beautifully displayed food – I knew this place was for me.

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The only raw restaurant I’ve been to was very heavy and fancy. The food was mainly nut based, the prices were really high and the portions were small. At Chicago Raw the food was all fresh and light, the food was plentiful, and the prices were CHEAP compared to other Raw places. I wish there was a place just like this down the street from me!

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The owners of Chicago Raw were really sweet and had provided a few trays of samples to try.

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Of course I had one of each. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Raw Lasagna

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Raw Sushi (pureed pumpkin seed with shredded carrot & avocado wrapped in nori) — my favorite

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Raw Hummus

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Falafel

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Raw Hazelnut Biscotti

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Look how pretty the full version are!

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Each to-go entree is only $12!

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I also tried a bite of the raw oatmeal – OMG – MUST try and recreate at home! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Once our tastebuds were fully satisfied with sampling, it was time to eat!

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Gabriela and I split the Kale Salad

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It ended up being too much for the two of us. There was still about a third left when we called it quits.

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I also ordered the Almond Breeze smoothie which contained coconut water, berry juices, almonds, and a few other ingredients. It was surprisingly creamy and delicious.

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Thank you to Diana for setting the dinner up and double thanks to the great owners of Raw for treating us so special this evening.

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Next we cabbed it to Yum Universe launch party all the HLS attendees had been invited to.

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The party ended up being really crowded and a bit of a dud, but it was still fun to meet up with a few familiar faces. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Oh, and get a free massage. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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A gang went for drinks, but I only lasted a few minutes before needing to get back to the hotel. This girl needs some sleep!

Good night!!!

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