HLS: The Conclusion

Hey there! I’m currently blogging from 20,000 feet above ground, on flight from Atlanta to Bloomington! Although my first connecting flight had free wifi (whoot whoot!) this one, sadly, does not, so I thought I’d spend some quality time on Live Writer Winking smile 

Yesterday the presentations came to a close, my brain was beginning to reach fried status. The roomie and I headed back up to our room to straight up veg for a good 2 hours, before finally mustering up some motivation to shower and head out.

We hit up Sampan, a tapas restaurant on the happenin’ 13th street close to the hotel for tapas and cocktails.


It has a really fun and modern atmosphere in it, and everyone sat pretty close together – better for sharing, I presume Smile


I loved that they had a vegetarian menu to offer, too.


To start, I ordered a delicious drink called a chambord spritzer. I am a HUGE fan of chambord, so when I saw the cocktail that boasted this raspberyy liquor goodness, chardonnay, and club soda, I immediately ordered it.


MmmmSmile I will definitely be recreating this at home!

Tapas are meant to be shared, so we ended up sharing a bit of everything we ordered! We started with a tasty tangy salad.


And followed it up with pad thai and some roasted broccoli with pine nuts.



Everything was SO delicious at Sampan. I wish Bloomington/Normal had a restaurant like it!

We left Sampan after dinner, but weren’t ready to call it a night. After a slight mix up regarding a lost cell phone, we found ourselves at Tutti Fruitti, which I whole heartedly declared the best froyo place I’ve ever been.


Of course, we sampled a few flavors before making a commitment, but in the end I decided on an oddly delicious flavor, taro, as well as an old favorite – cake batter Smile


I couldn’t believe how good the taro flavor tasted. It had a slightly nutty flavor, slightly resembling a pistacchio, but a sweetness that wasn’t obvious. It contrasted – and complimented – the birthday cake flavor well. I topped everything with sprinkles and brownie crumbles. Go big or go home, eh?

Go home, we did not. After finishing up the sweet treats, I was on a quest to drink a Yuengling beer.


Quest=conquered Winking smile I see what all the hype’s about now! I hope they sell it at Friar Tuck – the largest liquor store in town here.

We headed to bed at an hour past my bedtime, but somehow, I managed to make the 5k fun run this morning. I literally rolled out of bed with 10 minutes until they took off, and then found myself changing into running clothes and meeting the fun run gang in the lobby.


It was more of a walk than a run, but I didn’t mind too much. Plus, I was excited about where we were walkingIMG_1817


We ended up walking to the Rocky Stairs (!!) and then running up them. On the way back, a group of us turned the walk into a run, for a quick 1.5 mile sweat. It felt good to get my heart rate up. It was the first time I worked out all weekend!


I LOVE running with bloggers Winking smile


Now I’m back in Normal, and although I’d like one more day before it’s time to live in reality again, it’ll be nice to get back in the “Normal” routine Smile

Have a good night, all!!

What did you do this weekend?

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  1. Jess @ Jess Go Bananas says:

    My weekend was spent at the beach!
    I love places that serve both vegetairian and meat eaters alike! Makes everything so much more easier!!!!

  2. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice says:

    Paige, it looks like such a wonderful weekend! My goodness!

    I imagine running with bloggers would be a blast too. Glad you are home safe!

  3. stephanie says:

    looks like you had lots of fun! that’s for letting me pretend like I was there by reading your updates :) have a great week!

  4. I wish I woulkd have gone, I am so jealous! Glad you had fun!


  5. Welcome back and thank you for keep those of us following from home updated :)

  6. “I am a HUGE fan of chambord, so when I saw the cocktail that boasted this raspberyy liquor goodness, chardonnay, and club soda..”

    That would have been a hit for me too!

    And that beer. Never heard of it. Then again, I dont drink (or like!) beer but glad you found one.

    And glad you had such a great time this weekend!!!!

  7. I love taro flavored froyo. It’s my go-to! Sounds like such a fun time!

  8. Yuengling! That’s randomnly in my refrigerator right now! ha ha. My roommate is obsessed with it and so whenever her family goes that way, she has them pick up a case or two… sooooo good!

  9. I never saw you! So sad!
    LOVE Yuengling!

  10. As a Philadelphian (or a suburbanite of Philly), I had to chuckle at the Yuengling. And, speaking of Chambord, I recently had a drink called Cham-Wow. Chambord, vodka, cranberry juice and fresh basil. It was awesome!

  11. Taro is one of my absolute favorite flavors of froyo!!! But it can be really challenging to find!

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