by Heather

Before the earthquake so rudely interrupted us, I was busy recapping my Philly weekend at HLS.

So far we’ve eaten at Farmicia and the Pumpkin Market, and now it’s time for the actual conference day…

From early morning to afternoon we hopped from session to session about writing better {and legal!} recipes, dealing with negativity, monetization, and more. In between, of course, was lots of food.

healthy living summit blog conference

{I miss you Jen!!}

Lunch was the highlight of the meals: greens, vegan sandwiches loaded on rich Great Harvest bread, and the most delicious quinoa chickpea salad.

salad and sandwiches

The food tables were arranged with sandwiches on both ends and salad in the middle- I picked up my sandwiches and turned around and realized the salad line was only going one direction, and it was a loooong line.

I was starving so I took my plate to the table and mentioned I was too hungry to wait, I’d just get my salad later. Then I walked away to grab a drink. When I came back, salad had magically appeared on my plate. One of the servers overheard me and brought me salad- so sweet!

chickpea quinoa salad

vegan lunch at conference

We had a late dinner reservation, so we took some time after the conference to do a little Philly exploring. I finally got to see the Reading Terminal Market in the day time. {It’s where the cocktail party was.}

reading terminal market philadelphiasarah and jen sightseeing

It was full of every vendor you could imagine- ice cream, flowers, fish, bread, etc.

reading terminal market vendors

We played tourists for a little longer, then started off on our walk towards Kanella, a local Greek restaurant.

kanella greek restaurant philly

It was cute and cozy and we were seated immediately.

jen allie and mekanella dining companions

While the food was delicious, it was an interesting dining experience. See, with the exception of hummus and feta, I really don’t like Greek food. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives top my most-hated-foods list. But I wanted to branch out and try something new; plus I loved the company.

When it came time to order, I asked for a delicious veggie and apricot topped flatbread without the tapenade {read olives!}. Not an atypical request by most standards. The answer? No, I could not have the flatbread without the olives.

kanella dinner menu

I forget what I asked for next, but it was a similar response. I was immediately flustered and overwhelmed and had no idea what to order. We finally found a solution- the lamb and arugula topped hummus without the lamb.

So I essentially had bread, hummus, and pita for dinner. But it was above average hummus- rich with lemon and tahini, and I loved arugula added to the mix. The dip for the bread was unique and satisfying as well- a thin tahini-type dip.

bread with tahini dipping saucehummus with arugula and pita

{Photo courtesy of Allie after some battery-camera-lens-swapping; her battery died and I didn’t have the right lens with me.}

Interestingly enough, we were told the chef doesn’t allow photographs of his food. Of course by then we’d already finished with the picture-taking. Winking smile


Do you like Greek food? You can add grape leaves to the list of things I don’t like, although I don’t encounter those in my day to day life.Winking smile


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Adrienna August 25, 2011 at 10:00 am
You're way more positive than I am! That sounds like a terrible restaurant. Adrienna Just blogged...Chorizo-Stuffed Peppers
Jen @ Eat With Knowledge August 25, 2011 at 11:31 am
Miss you too Heather!!!! I can't wait to see you again!! :)
mary (sisters running the kitchen) August 25, 2011 at 11:40 am
I like most Greek food....but I do NOT like olives....hate them actually. i hate when i accidentally eat one...it's the worst. i have never tried Kanella out...my sister has gone for lunch and said it was pretty good! mary (sisters running the kitchen) Just blogged...s’mores pie
Heather August 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm
That's EXACTLY how I feel about olives. I even hate the taste they leave behind if I pick them off pizza or something.
Jess @ Jess Go Bananas August 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm
I've never really had greek food before, but I hate olives capers and well I don't eat meat! I loled at your dinner though - just some hummus lol :) Jess @ Jess Go Bananas Just blogged...Black Eyed Susans
Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff August 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm
I like Greek food, minus the olives. I've tried olives so many times (since I married an olive-loving Italian, I keep trying), and I just can't convince myself to like them. I think that everything tastes better with a little tzaziki sauce, and I love a good gyro! We're lucky to have a local restaurant that serves Greek specialties like spanakopita and stuffed grape leaves. Yum! Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff Just blogged...Dunkable Dream Treat: The Triple Double Oreo
Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm
Love the revised header and site changes!
Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Just realized that you are a Dallas blogger (like me) AND you were at the HLS this year (like me) but we did not get a chance to meet in person. This is my first time on your blog so Congrats on your pregnancy! Maybe we will meet at a local race sometime (post baby).
Heather September 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm
I wish we'd gotten a chance to meet at HLS! I'm actually in NC though. ;)

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