Girls Night Out at the Circus

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Last week I had the pleasure of attend the UniverSoul Circus here in Chicago.  Thank you to the promotions department at the UniverSoul Circus for gifting me with tickets.  For those of you who have never had the pleasure of attending the UniverSoul circus you should definitely put it on your to-do list.  For those of you who have attended you know that it is a great time for boy and girls and children of all ages.

As a single woman with no kids, a call to one of my bffs and a short ride to the circus made for a great mid-week meet up.  We laughed, we took photos with the clown, we danced, we ooh and aahed and had a genuine great time. This is not the circus for you if you are not into adventure and if you are not in the mood to have a good time.  There are many instances where the audience is invited to participate and who knows you just might find yourself inside of the ring dancing to the latest move music.

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While this circus may not have as many animals in the show as other circuses.  This circus does offer parents the opportunity to have their children ride the elephants and camels, before the show and during the intermission. For those of us who attended without kids, there were still opportunities to buy the light up lasers we enjoyed as children and indulge in cotton candy, snoballs, popcorn and all of the other circus treats.

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From the moment the show begins, with it’s international performers from all across the world (literally), to the final bow, the show leaves  you laughing, dancing and wanting more.  Not only do you feel as if you can reach out and touch the performers, the space is so intimate, the talent of the individuals who perform life threatening feats with no safety nets leaves you in awe.  I believe that the adults leave more excited than the children do.

This was a perfect girls night out.  My friend and I enjoy ourselves and were able to relax and have fun on a Tuesday night.  We laughed, we stared, we almost fainted when the BMX bikers did their stunts, we danced, we sang along and had a great time.  The UniverSoul Circus is definitely not an event you would want to miss when it comes to your town.  If you have already missed it look forward to next year.  If it has not been to your town yet, get your tickets now.

 

Stay Blessed…….Stay Fabulous

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Private Dinner with Canadian Lentils

The first night at BlogHerFood16, some of us went to a special dinner hosted by Canadian Lentils.  The dinner was hosted at a wonderful location in Austin named, Vuka, a wonderful indoor and outdoor space with music and outdoor games for adults (please click the link and check out the pictures, the space is amazing).  The weather was great for outdoor dining and since the dinner was being made on a food truck the outside atmosphere was perfect.

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We were greeted with an open bar and an antipasto station.  The antipasto station and the open bar was a great welcome to the first day of a conference.  It was important to pace myself because there was more food to come.  In addition to the antipasto station there were appetizers and then we were ready to order our final entree’s.  The premise of the dinner was to find different ways to experiment and cook with Lentils.  Canadian Lentils always pulls out all of the stops when they host us and this time was no exception.

We were able to go to the truck and select what we wanted from the menu.  My choice was the lentil salad with avocado, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes and dressing, along with the salmon taco, and the Frito pie.  I have never had Frito pie so I was very excited to taste this particular dish.  The chef incorporated lentils into each of the dishes served as well as the dessert which was a sweet potato brownie with lentils.  The food was really good I just felt like the lentils could have been transformed a little more, they just felt like an additional ingredient.  But the food itself was tasty and satisfying.

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Another great thing about Canadian Lentils, is that after the feed you all of this amazing and tasty food, and serve you drinks to your hearts content, they also provide you with great parting gifts to compliment your kitchen and to inspire you to cook more at home and to cook more with Lentils.  From the cooking utensils, to the cook book and recipe cards Canadian Lentils definitely brings out the cook in you.

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While I have not had many experiences with Lentils prior to attending the BlogHerFood conference, I do have friends that cook and eat lentils often and I am learning.  One of the best things about Canadian Lentils as a company is that they get you excited about cooking lentils and experimenting with flavors.  During the conference Canadian Lentils had pre measured lentils in mason jars and a spice station with recipes and a chef on hand to assist you in making the best choices for your lentil creation.  I spent time putting together my Indian inspired and Creole inspired lentil recipes that I am waiting to cook.  (Video will be forthcoming).  I am looking forward to making and enjoying my lentil creations.  What are your favorite lentil creations?

 

 

Stay Blessed……..Stay Fabulous!

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