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Bountiful Eatery Blogger Meet-Up

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Last night a bunch of the Chicago Healthy Living Bloggers met up at Bountiful Eatery in Lakeview for dinner. Bountiful Eatery is an entirely gluten free restaurant that also has great dairy free and vegan options. Katie and I had eaten their previously and my takeaway from that trip was that not only was everything delicious, fresh, and healthy but you couldn’t tell it was gluten free. I was excited to go back!

There was a great blogger turnout yesterday and it was so nice to catch up with familiar faces.

From left to right: Bethany, Christina, Erin, Katie, me, and Emily [photo via Kelsey]. Not pictured: Sierra, Alyssa, Cate, and Kelsey.

Last time I went to Bountiful Eatery, I tried a sandwich, side salad, and soup so last night I wanted to order something a little different. I decided on the 3 salad sampler that came with quinoa salad (fresh made quinoa, red bell pepper, tomato, parsley, mint, cucumber, scallions, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs), chickpea salad (chickpeas, carrots, raisins, mint and extra virgin olive oil), and black bean salad (black beans, tomato, scallions, chipotle and cilantro) over spinach.

They were all good but my favorite was the chickpea salad. I loved the raisins.

After dinner, the owner brought out two desserts for us to try. One was a brownie and the other was a tofutti bar.

I tried the tofutti bar last time I was there and the brownie had dairy in to so I couldn’t have one but everyone else seemed to enjoy the desserts.

Bountiful Eatery is definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the Lakeview area and craving a satisfying and healthy meal! Also, thanks to the owner for letting us bloggers take over half the restaurant and providing us with a food discount!

This morning I woke up and completed my first VO2 workout. I warmed up for two miles and then ran 800 m at 5k race pace followed by an 800 m jog (repeated 5x) with a 1 mile cool down (total 8 miles). It was really tough but I was able to get my 800 m at 5k pace in the 6:30-6:40 range. I was definitely tired and really sweaty by the end but it felt really good!

Time to head to work, happy Thursday!

Have you ever been to an all gluten free/all vegan/all veggie restaurant? Did you like it?
Do you do speed work?

Catching Up {10-16-2012}

1. Hey guys sorry for being MIA yesterday. After a busy Sunday that ended with a beer tour (more on that later) I convinced myself that I would be able to write a post Monday morning before heading out to the burbs for a work meeting. Obviously my logic wasn’t great because I had to be up and out the door by 6:15 a.m. and no post happened. Yikes.

2. Let’s back it up to the weekend. A busy Thursday and Friday led to a pretty low-key and chill Friday evening and Saturday. My day and a half can pretty much be summed up by wine, scrounging up leftovers, football, Bossypants reading (finished), Joy Yee, Freshii (our fridge was bare- I needed my veggies!), and a short run thrown in there.

3. I spent Sunday morning logging 16 miles on the treadmill. Don’t even get me started on the fact that the rain stopped after about 5 miles but I was too lazy/annoyed to get off the treadmill, walk home, and then head back out to finish my run. The good side of the story is that I caught up on my news, caught some Tool Time (ha!), and tried a GU with no problems (although I took it bit by bit). The bad side? I was on the treadmill for over two hours and now I’m really sore, not from the distance or the pace, but the fact that I was striding differently. Ouch.


4. On Sunday I grabbed lunch with Katie at Bountiful Eatery, a completely gluten-free & healthy restaurant in Lakeview.. I hadn’t seen Katie since our last book club and I’d missed her at the marathon so it was great to catch up for a bit! Of course we forgot to snap a pic of us together, I need to get back on my game!

In full disclosure, Katie was asked to come in and check out the gluten-free restaurant and she was sweet enough to invite me to tag along. Fortunately, I came hungry because they definitely let us try a lot of menu items :).

We each started with one of their soups of the day. Katie tried their vegan spinach and I had their vegan squash. It was fabulous!

Next I tried their kale veggie wrap (kale, chilled medley of roasted zucchini, summer squash, red pepper, and onion with balsamic dressing) only I had the wrap in sandwich form on a gluten-free & egg-free bread. I’m so glad they were able to make the substitution for me (the pita had egg in it but looked fabulous), the bread was amazing! I also had a side salad.

Lastly, they were nice enough to bring out a gluten-free and dairy-free dessert from Rose’s Bakery (Bountiful Eatery carries their products). We both sampled the raspberry tofutti bar and enjoyed it but after soup and a sandwich we were pretty stuffed and hardly made a dent!

Bountiful Eatery is definitely worth checking out. Their food is good, healthy, and does not taste gluten-free (and I mean that in the best possible way– you can’t tell everything is gluten-free). They also have an extensive smoothie menu, I can’t wait to go back and try one!

5. After leaving Katie, I met up with Ian to go on a beer tour through Lakeview. The tour started at Harrigan’s then went to Bodega Ramos, Paddy Longs, and Delilahs all in three hours. Over that span of time we were each handed 16 tastes of beer. Needless to say we all got a little silly. It was even more entertaining that three of the men on our tour were frat brothers celebrating a 40th birthday. Pure comedy.

Paddy Longs is a beer and bacon bar so with every pour they brought out a different kind of bacon. I was planning on just giving my pieces to Ian but the bar decided to really hook me up. Free hummus platter? I’ll take it!

6. Walking Dead started Sunday night yay! Unfortunately because of the above beer tour I only made it through about half of the episode before falling asleep on the couch. Walking Dead airs at 8 pm CST by the way. #oldpeopleproblems.

7. Mondays are the only days during the week that I sleep in past 5 am. Unfortunately, yesterday I had to wake up before 5 am– Molly I don’t know how you do it!

8. Now tell me, what have you been up to? I feel so detached after being away for one day :P!