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Hi, Chi

Hi guys! Hope you’ve had an awesome day πŸ™‚

I made it to Chicago late this afternoon after being delayed a lil,

chicago

(Hi, Chi!)

And took the L train with these two lovely bloggies πŸ˜€

l buddies

I have to admit, it was a little rough dragging my 50 lb suitcase, Livewell bag, purse and camera all over Chicago, but was so stoked when we made it to the hotel.

Check out how creeptastic it is!

hotel

There are ghosts everywhere.

For dinner, I had a beautiful feast with beautiful friends πŸ™‚
dinner

We dined at Karyn’s on Green, which is a purely vegan restaurant using fresh, organic ingredients.

We were greeted with wheaty bread, which is always a good sign πŸ˜‰

bread

+ EARTH BALANCE and chives

butter

I rarely use butter in restaurants because it tastes plastic-y… this was soft, herbed and lovely. I slathered it on the wheaty bread with a goofy smile on my face πŸ™‚

For apps, we ordered some stuff to share:

The beets

beet

Mushrooms

mushroom

(mushroom, mushroom!)

and hummus with raw crackers.

hummus

For my entree, I rolled with the arugula salad with goji berries, fennel and orange

salad (2)

+ some Riesling πŸ˜€

wine

Mad faces:

ange

Heh heh.

I’m gonna call it a night- I’m staying with Gena since I was afraid of the ghosts at the other hotel:)

gena

Love her <3

See ya tomorrow with more Summit shenanigans!

xoxo,

Gina

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36 Comments

  1. caronae on August 13, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    So sad I’m not there! πŸ™‚

    Glad you’re having fun and meeting so many great bloggie friends! The arugula and goji berry salad sounds pretttttty spectacular girlie!

  2. Kristina on August 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    yum, the resto looks awesome… I keep saying this but I *SO* wish I was there with everyone!! πŸ™‚

    looking forward to more recaps πŸ™‚

  3. Hangry Pants on August 13, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Loved meeting you Gina. Seriously! Stay clear of ghosts.

  4. Kimberly on August 13, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Ghosts? no thank you, I would never get to sleep.

    Have fun!

  5. Wendy on August 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Omg please tell me your ghost stories!!

  6. Erin on August 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    WELCOME TO CHICAGO! It’s going to be SO HOT and humid and there will be airplanes EVERYWHERE, maybe it’ll make you not miss the pilot? Enjoy your time here!

  7. Gina on August 14, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I must say it is so fun seeing lots of the bloggers I follow in each other pictures!

  8. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on August 14, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Eeek, ghosts!! That’s so funny that you went to stay with Gena haha. I probably would too. I don’t do ghosts.

  9. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on August 14, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Ha ha, I think that’s the hotel I stayed at when I was in Chicago, too– and my husband and I were BOTH scared of ghosts!!!! πŸ˜‰

  10. Nicole on August 14, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Flight delays suck….but your hair looked great!!

  11. Ashley on August 14, 2010 at 2:40 am

    LOVE the recap but am definitely missing being there! Things are getting better on our end though..which is definitely the most important thing πŸ™‚ You look lovely!

  12. The Husband on August 14, 2010 at 6:57 am

    You know I have a problem when I sneak a peak at the blogs my wife follows and I find myself saying, “Hey! Do Gina and Angela know each other? I’m pretty sure that’s Angela in that picture!”

  13. Jenn (eating bender) on August 14, 2010 at 7:25 am

    So great to see you! The last comment about staying with Gena is hilarious! Gotta love historic Chicago πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to hang more today/tonight. You look gorgeous!

  14. Dana in KC on August 14, 2010 at 7:32 am

    All my favorite food bloggers in one photo! Looks like so much fun.

  15. Tina on August 14, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Those mushrooms and beets look delightful. Don’t you love cities and all the restaurant options you can find? Can’t wait to hear more!

  16. jassy on August 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

    what’s the story behind that hotel? πŸ™‚

  17. Lauren on August 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Dinner looks yum. Have fun today!

  18. Krystina on August 14, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Oh God that food….yum.

  19. Brittany on August 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

    It looks like the weekend is off to a good start! I love Gena’s shirt!! πŸ™‚

  20. Jess on August 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I stayed in a place in North Carolina last weekend that was haunted for sure. Normally that stuff doesn’t bug me but I was up most of the night trying to talk “it” into leaving us alone. Of course, the boy was snoozing happily…

    Looks like a great trip so far, otherwise. Have fun!

  21. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

    That hotel looks awesome! How fun to be roommates with Gena!

    Looks like a great time so far, have fun!

  22. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on August 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

    That restaurant looks awesome!! I’ve always wanted to go to one but don’t know if I would like the food.

  23. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on August 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Ghosts really? Do tell! At least you had an alternate option!

  24. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’m glad you made it safe!

    The restaurant looks amazing! I wish I could go to a place where I knew most everything would be ok with my body.

  25. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on August 14, 2010 at 10:46 am

    It’s so crazy to see all my favorite bloggers together! I’m glad you guys are having a blast πŸ™‚

  26. kristi (sweet cheeks) on August 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    aw, looks like so much fun!! your dinner looks fab!!

  27. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on August 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Even tho veggies make me cry, that dinner sounds really good!

  28. SheFit on August 14, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Oh no, that hotel does look creepy. I’m glad you had someone to stay with πŸ™‚

  29. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    That’s too funny that you’re staying with Gena! I don’t like to stay alone in hotels either, ghosts or no ghosts. πŸ˜‰

  30. Run Sarah on August 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    The food looks so fresh and amazing!

  31. Kristi on August 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Um, I don’t understand what’s so creepy about that hotel. It’s what the historic parts of Chicago look like. Not everything has to look like the suburbs.

    • Fitnessista on August 15, 2010 at 2:18 am

      have you been to this hotel before?? the hallways are scary… EVERYONE has been saying they have the creeps from it. i’m all about historic, but this is quite different

    • RhodeyGirl on August 15, 2010 at 2:21 am

      Actually it is super duper creepy here- it is considered the most haunted place in Chicago! Just google it… you will read some crazzzzy stories!

  32. Pure2raw twins on August 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Glad you made it safely and having a great time. Wish we could be there, it would be fun to hang out! Love the mad faces, too cute!!

  33. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I am so jealz of your dining companions and of course, a vegan restaurant in the land of meat and taters…awesome!! I can say that b/c I am from Chicago and when I lived there, vegan was still a 4 letter word but I think it’s improving, obvi, by looks of the resto!

  34. Rachel @ Healthy Teacher on August 17, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Sister that picture of me with no makeup on and a sweat stache is redonkulous. Had fun riding with you on the EL, watching women breastfeed and talk about kicking each other’s asses, or someone else’s. Who knows. Had a blast though!

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