Healthy Living Summit: Part III The Final Chapter!

by agirlandhermutt on August 17, 2010

HLS attendees had a few options after the Summit was completed to participate in. I signed up for the Core Fusion Yoga class at Exhale Spa.

We met up in the hotel lobby to get our FREE yoga mats (thanks to Subway!) and loaded up the bus to head to the studio.

The bus ride was a nice chance to relax in some A/C and just enjoy the view.

Exhale Spa is beautiful. Relaxing. Clean. Lovely!

Our instructor was John and he was a TRIP. He asked us if we were in the mood for a “stretch or workout” class. We all agreed…STRETCH. Whoa. If our class was stretch I don’t ever want to find out what the workout class is. It was fantastic but HARD! I loved it!

(Thanks to HangryPants for this photo!)

Once we had finished the class a few of us got all cleaned up and headed over to Chicago Curry House for an Indian feast with Gina, The Fitnessista.

The menu was large but I was on a mission to try the Paneer Makhani. Mmm…cheese.

I also split some Masala Naan with a few folks. So good. AND SPICY!

And I enjoyed a lovely Mango Lassi!

There were a few Indian food newbies in the group, but everyone seemed to really enjoy the food AND the company. Gina is a big Indian food fan and her love for it was contagious!

After dinner the group was pooped! We all headed back to the hotel for a little ghost hunting (what?! The hotel was haunted!) and to relax before flying out the next day.

On our last day at HLS, Arnold Bread sponsored a bagel and create-your-own cream cheese breakfast.

My cream cheese recipe included red onions, almonds, cucumber, jalapenos, and a pinch of salt. Mmmm…chunky cream cheese is the way to go!

The Roomie had to leave for the airport so we said our good-byes and I set out to do a little last minute exploring.

More of The Bean.

Other people are fascinated with The Bean too.

I came back to the hotel to finish up packing and get ready to meet a few peeps for lunch before heading to the airport. I also took some time to read through my Operation Beautiful book.

Finally, it was time to get going. Our final lunch was at Giordano’s for some classic deep dish pizza. If you remember on my last trip to Chicago, The Scientist and I visited Gino’s East for some pizza and it was not quite my fave. This time though? Totally a different experience! Loved it!

A few of us started off with a fresh side salad.

Then the star of the show appeared! A small pizza with mushrooms, spinach and fresh tomato. Woot!

Everyone loved it! Cheesy, saucy and lovely all in one slice.

It was nice to end my trip with these ladies! Wish the camera would have been a little nicer to us though. Booo for blurry photos.

Me, Andrea, Haya, Mary, and Laura

Mary and I took the train to the airport and everything was smooth sailing from there. I got home to be picked up by my boys and whisked home. I felt a little like a celebrity!

I also introduced myself to the silence and lovliness of Boston by having a dinner of the best thing I could think of…gazpacho. Ahh. I’m so glad that the gazpacho ban is over! How can I say no to fresh tomatoes, a little bit of avocado and some serious shaking of Garlic Gold Nuggets?!

Le sigh…I’m home. I loved every minute of HLS, but I sure did miss that mutt.

Now it is back to the real world!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina @ spabettie August 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

hee ! love the photo on the bus of everyone and their yoga mats – cute!

yaay you opened a shop ! fun !


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 11:26 am

I know! I haven’t “launched” it yet, but you know. Its there. 😉


Mary @ Fervent Foodie August 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Looks like that waitress shoulda sat in on the photography session 🙂


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 11:25 am

Ha! I’m sure they have to take quite a few pics. You think she would be a pro. 😉


Kaz August 18, 2010 at 2:16 am

Dude, if I were there, I would have TOTALLY got Caitlin’s autograph! Did it feel weird asking her for it? 😀

Yay for a great time in Chicago! Mmm, that deep dish looks so yummy.


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 11:25 am

Not really. There were a few other people around that were asking for it so I felt better about it. She was super nice!


Noelle August 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

I am so glad you had such a good time. It looks like a ton of fun. I am starved right now so everything lookes so yummy! 🙂


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

Me too. 🙂


Stina @ Girl Can August 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

I’m glad you liked the pizza at Giordano’s. I really prefer Giordano’s to Gino’s East as well though I’m a terrible Chicagoan because I don’t actually like deep dish pizza.


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

WHHHAT?! Stina…that is just wrong. 😉


Sally August 18, 2010 at 11:21 am

Erin – it was great to meet you at the summit! I’m now following your blog.


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

Yay! It was nice to meet you too Sally Does Not Blog. 🙂


Kat (My Fruity Life August 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I loved meeting you and thank you for helping me understand Indian food too! I am on a mission for that Paneer dish. So. Good. I wonder if its easy to make at home?

xoxo Kat


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

One of the things I regret the most about Chicago is that I didn’t try deep dish pizza while I was there!!!! So sad.


agirlandhermutt August 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Next time!


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Deep dish, Indian food, gazpacho!! OH MY!!!! Everythig looks so yummy!

I am a little sad that I missed out on all the HLS festivities…maybe next year!


Tiffany @ Simply Shaka August 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I’ve said it once and will say it again, I’m jealous.

I’ve still never tried gazpacho, I love cold tomatoes but something about it skeeves me out lol


Liz August 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Being back in the real world sucks. Can we go back to the hls weekend please?


Nicci@NiftyEats August 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I wish I had gotten a Mango drink from Cury House, the Indian food was delicious too. Okay, still jealous of the yoga mats yall received too.


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