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Monday, August 2, 2010

Feeling Blissed

Greetings and happy August! It's still summer, but I feel like we're being cheated with all of the fall clothing on sale and recipes for pumpkin pie circulating. Too soon!, I say. Too soon!

Of course, take one step outside and it won't feel like fall for one second. It is SWELTERING here in the ol' midwest. I can't complain too much, though; I'll take the heat and humidity over the ice and snow ANY DAY!

We braved the heat this past Saturday for Bliss Fest! Though this was the third annual BF, this was my first, and I was very excited.

I'm such a bad little blogger, though. I was so distracted with chatting with friends and familiar faces (and sweating) that I didn't take nearly as many pictures as a Good Little Blogger should. Still, I shall share with you what I have.

I caught the very end of this raw chocolate pudding demo. It's made with avocado, so it's extra creamy and wonderful. I know this is like Raw Food 101, but hey, good is good! (Especially when it involves chocolate.)

Steep raffle tickets! Not a whole lot of veg*n bikers present, evidently.

My friend Val was making smoothies at the Cafe Gratitude booth. They were also selling beautiful glass water bottles and "I love my life" shirts.

There were a few different booths for complimentary or low-cost massages. It was tempting, but I'd feel bad making someone run my sweaty self. I did have a spinal screening, though, which was eye-opening and worry-confirming. (Is that a word?) There were food demos, some speakers, and live music.

I devoured this veggie burrito by Bonheur (filling included summer squash, eggplant, and purple fingerling potatoes with cashew cheese - not sure about the spices or sauce, but by golly, it was good!)

...while this raw demo was taking place. I was more interested in the food being prepared than the "information" being provided by the man with the microphone.

My friend grabbed a sample. Isn't that lovely?

Kevin and Ann Marie Gianni of "The Renegade Health Show" were the headlining presenters. I had hoped to meet and chat with them, but their booth was pretty busy every time I made the rounds. I only got to hear a chunk of their presentation, but I really liked what I heard, especially in regard to helping and coaching others.

We scurried off to catch up with some friends, but I made sure to grab some cashew ice cream from the Fud booth on the way out. It felt so wonderful to eat something COLD! The raw caramel and chocolate sauce were a heavenly touch.

Ah, ice cold water. "Spin the globe then pack your bags." Oh, Caribou Coffee. If only it were that easy.

We closed out the evening with roller derby.

I found this Remax Man particularly funny.

It was a blissful Saturday!

This week should be pretty busy here on Hungry Vegan Traveler, so please stay tuned!


  1. I was at Blissfest too!! My first as well! But my boyfriend and I didn't make it there till about 4:45, and even though everything said it was open till 7, all but 3 or 4 of the food booths had shut down :[ But I still got some hummus & pita and some yummy Jamaican rice with curried tofu. I wanted some of the raw cashew ice cream SO BAD but couldn't bring myself to spend $6 when it's only like $3 in the restaurant!


  2. Aw, I think I was heading out by then! I splurged on the cashew ice cream because I don't make it down to the restaurant too often. Did you catch any demos or presenters while you were there?

  3. Sadly, no! It really looked like everybody was already closing up shop. I was a little disappointed overall, to be honest, but I mostly blame myself for not going earlier in the day.