Raise Your Roti in the Ayer

Morning bloggies πŸ˜€ Hope you’re having a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.

Raise your roti in the ayerrrrr…


Last night, a group of us had an incredible Indian feast at the Chicago Curry House.

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The menu was like a textbook- HUGE and everything looked delicious.


There was pappadum and dippers,




Vino πŸ˜‰


and we dined family style on vegetable appetizers


Channa masala and baigan bhartha

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with rice, naan and ROTI!


It was an amazing dinner with lovely company πŸ™‚

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Sana, Courtney, Kristi and Lin


JT, Jessie, Sean, Laura and Paige

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Jackie, Nicci, Mindy and Cortney

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Erin, Andrea and Kat

After we left happy and with Indian food babies in tow, I met my roomie at the haunted hotel…



and we decided to flee the ghosts and came to another hotel for the night πŸ™‚

I just got back from brunch and am about to meet up with Mara and Gena for exploring, but I’ll see you later tonight before I leave!

There is Chicago pizza in the very near future…



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  1. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I bet your Indian feast was glorious πŸ™‚

    Have a fun day!

  2. nicole@making good choices on August 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    You really switched hotels?? Tell us ghost stories!

  3. Sara K on August 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Yummmm love roti! Looks like a great time with the HLS crew πŸ™‚
    From what I’ve seen on some of the other blogs definitely looked like a creepy hotel…ick.

  4. Alicia at Poise in Parma on August 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve gotta find some friends who like Indian food. I drool over all of your Indian feasts!

  5. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on August 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve never had Indian food before. And what was up with your hotel?!

  6. Romy on August 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    yummieeeee indian food!!! i love indian food πŸ™‚ we went on friday for our feast πŸ˜€ did you use your new camera? happy sunday!!!

  7. Jackie (Peaces of Earth) on August 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I am trying to convert my roommate into an Indian food lover. I haven’t had Indian in far, far too long. This looks soo fun!! Minus the ghosts. Have fun with Gena and Mara!

  8. Whitney on August 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    hahaha. I love that you switched hotels. I would’ve done the same thing. I don’t sleep with no ghosts.

  9. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on August 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Yes…Chicago pizza is the best!

  10. Lin on August 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    haha I love our angry faces! Indian food is the bomb!

  11. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on August 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Haunted? Do tell!

  12. Anne on August 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I think it’s funny that you gave Garlic Gold a shout out for sponsoring your hotel fees and never stayed at the hotel! HaHa

    • Fitnessista on October 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

      they gave me money that was enough to cover my hotel expenses, so it didn’t matter where i stayed πŸ™‚

  13. Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness on August 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    It was great to meet you and share in the feast. You are every bit genuine, glamorous and fun in real life as you are on the blog πŸ™‚ As for the Zumba – I had a BLAST at the class – and my abs are feelin’ it today.
    Have fun exploring Chi-town and have a safe trip home!

  14. Emily on August 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I demand ghost stories!! πŸ™‚

  15. Tina on August 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    What a fabulous group of bloggers! And awesome that there was so much variety.

  16. Pearl Lee on August 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    omgosh! you two beautiful ladies could be twins!

  17. Karyn on August 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    awesomeness! and a haunted hotel?! double awesomeness!

  18. Anna on August 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    hola! I have a quick question….which would you recommend: insanity or turbofire?
    thanks πŸ™‚

  19. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on August 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I would have had to switch hotels too!

  20. Cat on August 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Silly Gina, didn’t anyone ever tell you that ghooooosts are preteeeend!!! πŸ˜‰

    Tell us more about the haunted hotel! I once worked with a woman who refused to work in a hospital because of the ghosts.

  21. shelly@campinggirlchronicals on August 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    That indian looks sooo good!

    I nominated you for a blogger award.. thanks for all of your fitness tips and inspiration.


    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

      thank you so much for the award!!!

  22. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Looks like an awesome Indian Feast! I’m making my family Indian food tonight– Chicken curry, naan and saffron rice.

  23. Heather (Heather's Dish) on August 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    mmmmmm roti! indian sounds like heaven right now!

  24. christina cadden on August 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I have never had Indian food but it all looks so good!

  25. Little Bookworm on August 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    All the Indian food looks amazing! πŸ™‚

  26. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on August 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Totally used your post to get the names of all the dishes I couldn’t remember lol. I had such a blast last night…you’ve officially gotten me hooked on Indian. Thanks πŸ™‚

  27. Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife on August 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    You and Sabrina are like the cutest things ever!

  28. Lauren S. on August 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    What’s the hotel’s name? Haha I want to look it up and read about the ghost stories πŸ™‚ I love haunted places!! But I agree it probably wouldn’t be the best to sleep in a haunted hotel…scary!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      google “congress plaza haunted” πŸ™‚

  29. Katie on August 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Roti is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOw what a great group of peeps and a glorious indian feast!!!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh deep dish pizza is so good! Enjoy it! xoxo

  30. Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on August 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Ooooh looks delish even though I’ve never had indian and don’t know what any of those things are!

    A haunted hotel?? What was going on there??

  31. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt on August 15, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks so much for planning a great dinner out! The food was fantastic and the company was even better!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2010 at 11:27 am

      thanks again for joining us for the feast! it was so awesome to meet you <3

  32. Heather on August 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    so jealous of HLS! great pics!

  33. Jaclyn on August 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Sorry I missed that Indian Feaaaaaast!! Another time!!! I ended up going to Sabrina’s Mexican dinner which was equally as delicious (however there was no roti in the ayer ;/, ha!)

    I heard you guys left the hotel…k, so I went to the 12th floor this morning, ya know to check it our for myself…definite creepy vibes!!! It’s like 27689 degrees warmer for one thing, and there was like NO ONE up there.. how was hotel numero dos?!

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

      hahah! i’m glad you agreed with the creepiness! hotel number dos was amazing… we went to the westin and slept like babies πŸ˜€

  34. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Love the group dinner shots! Wow, holy blogger mania! I cannot imagine being around that many bloggers…I am sure you couldnt either before this weekend LOL πŸ™‚

    Anyway so happy that you got to take part in all of this and please post the pics or direct us to the post where you wore your Rent the Runway dress that caused all that bruhaha (both in real life and in the comments..ha!) before you left. I must have missed that post.



  35. Juanita on August 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

    LOVE, love, LoVe Indian food! Masala dosa’s are a particular favourite – along with butter chicken curry and biryanis!

  36. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Hahaha I love the picture of you and the girls making the “Gina face”!

  37. tweal on August 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Damn I crave Indian food every time you post about it. Looks. So. Good.

    I think you all look much better when you smile instead of that scrunched up face – it will give you wrinkles πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

      hahah you’re not the first one to tell me that!

      • LisaG on August 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm

        I like “mean face” it’s funny.

  38. jenna on August 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    oh my your weekend was soooo busy! it looks like you all had such a blast, indian food and you taught zumba? how cool!!!! I hope you had a great time.

  39. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com on August 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    yay!! im putting together a post on roti! oooo how ironic πŸ™‚ mmm roti is fantastic! i guess its also called chapati- either way its YUM YUM YUM <3

  40. Laury @ thefitnesdish on August 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Looks like a great time!!!!

    Chicago pizza is VERY ambitious of you…I took 2 bites of that stuff and was full for a week πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on August 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

      hahah! um, i had three pieces πŸ˜€

  41. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Love the Indian food shots, and the one of you and your roomie in the hotel!! Looks like a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  42. Diana on August 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    oh wow, looks so yummy! wish i could have gone to this dinner too! πŸ™‚

  43. Maria on August 16, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Where in Chicago was the conference held? it looks like you had a great time. I’m glad you enjoyed Chicago!! It’s such a fun city πŸ™‚ I love it.

  44. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) on August 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks again for organizing such an awesome dinner! It was so great to finally meet you and the other bloggers as well. I’m glad you were able to escape the haunted hotel! If you are ever in South FL, please let me know, I would love to hang out. πŸ™‚

  45. Paige @Running Around Normal on August 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I had so much fun at the Indian restaurant! Hands down best I’ve had. It was so nice to meet you, Gina πŸ™‚

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