Granny Panties

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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It’s my first night in Chicago and I’m wearing my granny panties. I had a great time meeting and hanging out with blog friends, but this old lady definitely needs her sleep. The Healthy Living Summit starts tomorrow, so I want to be well-rested and energized.

For dinner this evening, I had the pleasure of visiting Chicago RAW Food.

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R.A.W. stands for Raising Awareness Worldwide and the mission is to make a change to the way people eat.

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Raw is located in the Chicago French Market and offers a wonderful menu of fresh, raw foods, including salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and desserts. Oh, the desserts!

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Diana contacted the owners of Raw ahead of time, so we were treated to a special tasting this evening.

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The owners, Polly and Carole, were incredibly friendly and accommodating.

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And they were more than happy to tell us about what Raw has to offer.

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And, of course, being food bloggers, there was plenty of photo snapping during the tasting! 😉

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We sampled six different goodies from the Raw menu, including Falafel patties Sandwich on Onion Flatbread, Egg Salad on Sprouted Wheat Bread, a Lemon Square, and Hazelnut Biscottis. All of which were soooo delicious!

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We also tried a sample of raw lasagna, which was amazing! So much flavor!

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My favorite of the bunch, however, was the Lemon Square! :mrgreen:

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I also purchased Raw’s Signature Carrot Muffin. I mean, I had to try it! 😉 I ate half and saved the rest for tomorrow morning.

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Bloggers at Raw! :mrgreen:

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After dinner, we headed to the YumUniverse launch party.

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The event was held in a swanky art space Chicago’s hip Pilsen neighborhood.

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Blog friends: Katy, Gracie, me, and Gabriella! These ladies are great! :mrgreen:

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The event offered cold water in glass jars and vases, which was very cool and environmentally-friendly! Cheers! 😀

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I enjoyed the event, but my bed was definitely calling my name. I ended up grabbing a cab with some other bloggers and heading back to the hotel early.

It’s way past Grandma’s bedtime. Good night!

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52 Comments

  1. Seeing as I now wear granny panties in both the literal and figurative senses, I really wish I was there with you! Ain’t no shame in going to bed early. (Or in wearing giant underwear.)

  2. I love the cold water in those fun jars and vases! I remember when we were little kids, the jam jars used to have flintstone characters on them.. we used to save them and drink out of them!! Now, I just wish we had them for canning jelly!

  3. Glad you enjoyed the RAW place at the French Market. I live in Chicago and work nearby the market so I’m always catching the samples there. So far my favorite is the apple pie bar! YUM! Enjoy your visit!

  4. Sounds exciting. Glad you got to venture into the raw world. Just out of curiosity…most bloggers’ seem to be young. How old is the oldest active blogger?

  5. you are too funny!! granny panties? 😛 but i totally understand. i haven’t been able to stay up too late past my bed time after awhile.

  6. Oh, so envious! There are no raw food places in Canberra 🙁 We barely even have vegan-friendly restaurants! 🙁 I’d kill for that lemon slice, I think..

  7. Looks like so much fun! Interesting though the last time I was in Chi town Pilsen was considered more of the mexican influenced neighborhood. I guess things have changed!

  8. Oh I really hope to go the the healthy summit next year! Looks like you girls are having so much fun! I will live through your recaps! lol!

    The carrot cake muffin you def could not pass up : ) looks delish!

  9. It’s really amusing that a lot of the bloggers I follow are together and posting very similar photos. I’m definitely going to try to convince my boyfriend to come with me to Raw next time I’m in Chicago! Everything looks so colorful and delish!

  10. The food at Raw looks so good! The glass jars and vases are cute, but is cold water all they had to offer? I mean, we all have to hydrate, but martinis look cute in glass jars and vases too! 😉

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