We have declared the Summit is like college orientation. So many people to meet and greet from all over the country. Mixers. And roommates!!
More and more people have descended upon Chicago. A group of us decided to do an early dinner before our outing tonight and Diana had coordinated a tasting with RAW, a fabulous establishment "Raising Awareness Worldwide" about the wonderful benefits of eating a plant-based diet.
We decided in the Healthy Living spirit to walk to our destination – about 1.5 miles away.
Eye see you!
Upon our arrival, these AMAZING DIVAS, Polly and Carole, presented us with some tastes of their foods.
Lasagna! Look at those layers!
Falafel (my favorite) with cashew cream!
Pumpkin Seed + Carrot + Avocado "Sushi"
Everything was raw, vegan and SO full of flavor!!!!! Very complex. Best raw food I’ve ever had!!
[I had one of each kind – plus 2 more falafels!]
And for dessert…
and Lemon Bars!
They had a whole case of delicious prepared foods
Including RAW OATMEAL!!
When she saw the look on my face, she opened it immediately to sample 🙂
Raw oats, apples, raisins, maple, cinnamon, Himalayan sea salt
I think it was made with fresh apple juice? I must replicate this coming apple season!
In the spirit, I clearly required a green juice cocktail
I requested something hard core with lots of veggies (plus a green apple)
Hit the spot!!
Diana shared her "sushi" with me too 🙂 It’s all seeds, carrots and avocado.
Raw brownie ganache sample bonus – my fav dessert!
Girls! I was left so full. I think nutrients make you extra full because the body is satisfied 🙂 Thanks so much to Polly and Carole for the awesome treat!
Our group then caravanned to the other side of town for the launch party of the site YumUniverse.com, a new website devoted to raw, vegan, gluten-free yummy things.
I love all kinds of foods and would never stick to just one way of eating, but I do love this style so much!
The party was so stylish – lots of fun decor and art (in the form of dirt expressed below!) with samples of foods and cocktails
Unfortunately the lines were so long that I didn’t get to taste or sip anything 🙁
But I did get to chat it up with lots of new friends!
And I was "celebrity" sighted by a fun threesome of friends!!
Did get to taste an Acai Vodka that tasted like a cosmo
And an organic sake
It was a bit strong for me!
Our group departed via vehicle by Miss Braise The Roof (thank you!) and made it back to the hotel and on to the closest restaurant for a nourishment
Emily and I rekindled!!!
And my bed is calling my name so loudly I can’t think straight!!
Guess what tomorrow involves: HOT YOGA!!