Hey guys! Good morning ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope youโ€™re having a relaxing Sunday. Good luck to all of my bloggy friends running the Chicago marathon right now! <3

After work last night, I really didnโ€™t feel like going *out* to dinner. After recent meals of fondue and Chipotle, I was ready for something homemade.

So I made a batch of my Sweet Potato and Black Bean chili on the stove instead of the slow cooker (boiled for about 10 minutes, simmered for 15) and packed some up in a to-go container, covered it in Daiya, and took it with us to the movies ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My aunt and cousin have been telling me about a movie theatre downtown, where the seats and super comfy and you can buy wine by the bottle. I knew Iโ€™d be a fan, but had NO IDEAโ€ฆ.


Holy amazeballs.


I love, love, LOVE going to the movies โ€“in Valdizzy, Jeni and I would go almost every weekend- but this theatre took it to an entirely different level.

The seats were leather, SUPER roomy and had a little table on each side of the armrest.

Perfect for my chili and the bucket of Riesling we all shared ๐Ÿ™‚


We saw โ€œLife as You Know Itโ€ and it was amazing, but Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™d see anything in this theatre and like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I thought the movie would be *cute*, but it was really funny, emotional and I stayed awake the entire time, which means it was worth seeing in theatres ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Iโ€™m a notorious movie snoozer)

Theyโ€™re showing Casablanca at this threate, which Iโ€™ve never seen (!!!) so Iโ€™m hoping weโ€™ll make a trip back sometime soon.


This morning Iโ€™m off to Bikram, making some vegan cookies and then heading to work!

Have a great day!



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  1. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on October 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

    That movie theater is SO COOL!! I wish there was a theater like that around here- wine is so much better than a jumbo Coke!

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

      amen to that!

  2. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on October 10, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I want some of that chili to warm me up! It’s 47 in NY! Enjoy your day.

  3. amanda @ fake ginger on October 10, 2010 at 8:38 am

    So fun! I’ve never seen a theater like that!

  4. Ilana on October 10, 2010 at 8:50 am

    In Thailand the movie theaters have velvet covered couches and cocktail menus. I need one of those in NYC….maybe I just need to to to Orlando?

    Have a great day beautiful!!

  5. Krystina on October 10, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I love that you brought chili to a movie. What’s that place called? I totally need to go.

  6. Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites on October 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Holy cow, fancy! Were the tickets much more expensive?

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2010 at 11:13 am

      no, same price as everywhere else! 10.50!

  7. BIOCHEMISTA on October 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh my gosh that sounds incredible! I mean if that were in DC I wouldn’t have to sneak in wine-filled water bottles ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. amber moore on October 10, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Someone told me that there is a movie theater just like that in OkC, I must try it b/c generally I despise the movie theaters and their coldness. Wine makes everything better ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun at Bikram, I am def *jealous*.

  9. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 10, 2010 at 9:55 am

    We’ve got a couple of theaters like that near me, and my friends and I live for the VIP 21-and-over seats for when we go to tween movies like Twilight and Harry Potter. I love the “bring your own chili” idea though. I may be stealing that one…

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

    That theater looks amazing!

  11. Amy @ purewellnessamy on October 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Definitely see Casablanca! It’s one of my all time favorites! Classic movies are the best.

  12. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 10, 2010 at 10:22 am

    We have a theater like that in Minneapolis — full bar upstairs in the VIP section ๐Ÿ™‚ The price is higher but way worth it. Plus if you go after 7pm the whole theater is 18 plus (I love kids but not hearing them talk/scream…)

    I was planning on making your sweet potato/black bean chili today ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Little Bookworm on October 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

    That theatre sounds/looks amazing!

  14. Lindsey @ SoundEats on October 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I think you should take me on a date here next time I’m in Orlando. veganpalooza 2010? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope everything’s going well dear, we need to catch up sometime!

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2010 at 11:13 am

      lets do it! when’s you next day off?? we should chat about life- i miss you!

  15. KimLivesHealthy on October 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I love the Plaza! They have froyo downstairs at a place called Mochi, and it’s easy to sneak it into the movies ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like to hit up Total Wine and get the individual tiny bottles of wine to bring in lol perfect for a girls night!

  16. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on October 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Wine in the movie theatre? Sign me up! I’m not a big fan of movies but I am a fan of wine. This would definitely be one way I’d agree to go to a movie haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Allison on October 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    That movie theater looks so comfy!!! And chili during a movie=great idea:):)

    You must see casablanca!! Its a classic for a reason:)

  18. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on October 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    That movie theatre looks amazing!!! I think we have one like it in Chicago (or so I’ve heard), and this post just affirms the fact that I need to figure out if there really is one! Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Jessica@tastyandtrim on October 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    That chili recipe sounds amazing! I was actually thinking of whipping some chili up today. I think I’m goning to use your recipe but sub the sweet potato for butternut squash because I have TONS at my house right now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for another great recipe!

  20. Jessica @ Jessica Balances on October 10, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    That theatre looks incredible! I love going to this awesome indie theatre in Nashville that serves beer, mixed drinks, wine AND food – they don’t show mainstream movies, though, and I wish they did… but it’s lots of fun when I’m in the mood for something quirky!

  21. Allison @ Food For Healing on October 10, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    that theater is insane!! wow.

  22. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on October 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    wishing we had a theater like this here!! So COOL!

  23. Holly on October 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve heard of that theater too- but I have yet to go there. It looks awesome!! Lovin’ the bucket of wine ๐Ÿ™‚ That makes ANY movie better!!

  24. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I’ve been wanting to see that movie! Glad to kow it’s a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jaclyn on October 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I saw that movie Friday night and agree – a lot more emotional than I expected! That theatre looks amazing, I am super jealous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Yes I have been to those exact type of theaters and they rock! The chairs alone are worth the trip rather than those skimpy, fabric upholstery chairs with everyone else’s food stains on them but it’s dark so you pretend they’re not really stained and gross..yeah, nothing like upgrading to some pimp leather seats!!! And vino of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just got a crockpot this week. And earlier in the week made vegan chili and just posted about some soup I made. Previous to this, I never even made soup or chili or paid attention to anyone else’s soup recipes..they just werent on my radar screen so thanks for the re-link to yours!

    yoga AND vegan cookies…all before work? you’re good!!


  27. Ashley (whole-ier) on October 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    There is a movie theater like that here. I recently won a bet with my boyfriend that he has to treat me to a movie and bottle of wine!

  28. on October 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    our marathon was today too!! i did the half and now im enjoying my rest time and catching up on my fav blogs <3 ahhh and some yummy FOOD <3

  29. Moni'sMeals on October 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    now that is a theater! That is just like the ones here in LA-the only way I roll! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. rebecca lustig on October 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    ah my dad LOVES casablanca. you should definitely go see it!

  31. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on October 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    That looks awesome! I would love a theatre like that. We have one here that is slightly similar but not THAT nice. The chili looks delicious too. I love sweet potato in chili.

  32. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    We have a theater like that in my city! How awesome is it that you can drink wine while watching the movie? There’s nothing better than a chick flick + wine! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The only downside is the more expensive ticket price…

    • Fitnessista on October 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      not here! the tickets were the same

  33. Heather on October 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I hope that you get the chance to see Casablanca. It is my all time favorite movie!!

  34. Sheena on October 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Every Wednesday after 4PM, all movie tickets are half price at this theater. All you have to do is print out a Buy Local card from here ( and show it to them at the box office when you purchase your tickets. Half-off tickets = more wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Cara Craves... on October 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Such a fun experience!
    There is one here in Korea that is similar, but it’s a full-service restaurant.
    I have yet to try it out.

  36. Clare @ Fitting It All In on October 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Glad to know I wasn’t the only one that hadn’t seen Casablanca. I just watched it a few months ago and it’s great!

    I also sneak meals into movie theatres all the time….breakfast wraps, subway, chocolate yogurt name it!

  37. Emily on October 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I made your sweet potato chili tonight. It is uh-maz-ing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 12, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      glad you liked it!!

  38. Steph on October 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    My family always call Chipotle Chipoddle – never have I heard anyone else call it that – lol.

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