hls – the gift that keeps on givin'

18 Aug

missed recap 1, 2 or 3?

Hey, hey!

It’s finally time for the fourth and final HLS recap!

After the last session on Saturday I had a really short break before yoga.

I was so excited about this yoga class!  Confession:  I have never been to a studio yoga class before. There isn’t a studio in my town, so I only go to our gym yoga.  And let me tell you, it is NOT the same.  Subway sponsored us to go to Exhale to attend a core fusion yoga class.  Core Fusion Yoga includes a cardio element and is fueled by upbeat and inspirational music.  Oh, and the instructor was cuh-razy.  And I liked it:)  A lot.

There are no Chinese gongs at Gym One.  Nor are there any wall ladders use for stretching (perfectly normal).

Allison, Lauren, Lizz, me

Love my new yoga buddies!  I was freakin’ out Saturday because I didn’t know anyone going to yoga.

Let’s be real.  I didn’t know anyone going to yoga, AND I didn’t know anyone going to the Mexican dinner I had signed up for that night.

Hi, I’m Candice, and I sometimes get scared of being awkward and having no friends. There, I said it.

So, like any normal person would do – I tweeted out a plea for friends during one of the sessions on Saturday.  And the angel above in the blue dress was my twitter hero:)

I loved this yoga class.  Oh, and they gave us free mats!

Which we had no other choice than to cart around for the rest of the night at said Mexican restaurant.  Classy.

JT and I before yoga

After yoga, we dried our sweaty hair, applied new deodorant and rushed out the door to dinner!

Sabrina had made reservations for a group of us at Mercadito, a swanky and fun mexican restaurant.

Jessie, Sabrina, Lizz

I sat with this awesome blogger and we hit off right away!  I  love this girl.  Cannot wait to go to NY to visit sometime.

It was a fun night of chattin’ up a storm, takin’ photos of our food…and eating!  All the plates were for sharing.

I was in heaven from the start – 3 different kinds of guacamole

chips fo dippin’

mixed greens, red cabbage, corn, jícama,
queso fresco, chipotle-balsamic vinaigrette

fried plantains with a  ginger-jalapeño sauce

vegetarian tacos – black bean hash, rajas poblanas,
crema fresca, crispy potatoes

These tacos were the food highlight of the day for me.  The flavors were fantastic, and the corn tortillas were homemade – so soft!

and dessert….

flan de cajeta  – goat’s milk caramel custard

Flan!  I’ve never had flan before – it’s always been a dessert that I’ve only seen in the movies, lol.  This caramel one was to die for!  There were two other flavors brought to our table, but I nearly gagged on one of them, so I tried to lure the caramel one back down to our end;)

This meal was awesome – so many different new flavors.  And I loved that everything was shared.  I got to try so much, but I was able to walk our rather than roll out, so that was a bonus!

We hung around the restaurant for quite a while and then walked back to the hotel about midnight.  Still with our yoga mats in tow.

And that’s a wrap!  About 4 hours later I was up and at ’em, heading to the airport.

It was such a quick weekend…and I totally wish I could relive it!  I’m so ecstatic about the new friends I made, and the twitter and blog fun that will ensue.  HLS: the gift that keeps on givin’.

Hope to see ya at HLS 2011!

10 Responses to “hls – the gift that keeps on givin'”

  1. Hangry Pants August 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    1. Really cool that that was your first non-gym yoga. I’ve never been to such an … upbeat class before.

    2. You are not awkward, socially or otherwise!

    • kate August 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

      I agree! Id never been to a class with such a peppy teacher! Variety is the spice of life, though.
      And you rock Candice!

  2. Susan August 19, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    “Hi, I’m Candice, and I sometimes get scared of being awkward and having no friend”

    Story of my LIFE!!! 😛 Haha. But that was the great thing about HLS, I got the feeling there were a lot of us just wandering around looking for people to chat to, and everyone was open to hanging out. Also, that’s awesome they gave you a yoga mat!! I bet you all looked totally cool lugging those things around after 😉

    • candice August 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

      Yes, cool is the exact word I was thinking of;) lol

  3. Dorry August 19, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I love this! So great that you just put yourself out there and tried new things! I wish I could have been involved in every dinner and every activity – yoga & dinner looked like a blast! 🙂

  4. postcollegecook August 19, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    I had so much fun yoga-ing and eating and carting around yoga mats with you! This might have been my favorite part of the day.

    • candice August 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

      I have to say it definitely was my favorite part. Actually – it was my favorite part of the whole weekend:)

  5. amber@SAHM's musings August 19, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    “Hi, I’m Candice, and I sometimes get scared of being awkward and having no friend” Um…ME TOO! All the time, but things usually turn out fine.

    I’ve enjoyed all your recaps. Looks like so much fun. Maybe I’ll put this on my wishlist for future adventures.

  6. Tina August 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    Are they definitely having an HLS 2011? I badly want to go!

    • candice August 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

      I guess I can’t say definitely, but I think the cards are stacked in our favor! I’m keeping my fingers crossed:)

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