The lovely people of Flatout Bread Chicago sent me an e-mail a few days ago inviting me to an event with Lisa Lillien, aka, Hungry Girl. I've worked with Flatout before and my obsession with the product is well-noted. I kind of thought I might be getting punked - it was April Fool's Day, after all. But like clockwork, a car retrieved me from work yesterday and whisked me downtown.
I arrived at the most amazing space overlooking Navy Pier and Lake Michigan
and was greeted with delicious food from Lisa's latest book, "The Hungry Girl Diet."Chef Tom made some amazing bites - I think the pizza-bella was my favorite, but his black pepper carmelized chicken Flatout Banh Mi was excellent. I took in a few bites and met with some super awesome bloggers while perusing Lisa's new cookbook.
What I liked about the recipes was that they're easy - I already have most of the ingredients at home. They also mentioned that you can freeze Flatout bread, which will be great to have on hand as my Ironman training gets hot and heavy. Ain't nobody got time to create a four-course meal after a two-hour bike ride. The Flatout pizza was precisely my solution to being too tired to cook and not wanting to have cereal in front of the television again, so it's nice to be stocked up again.
And then, Ms. Hungry Girl herself arrived. Since Valerie asked me on my Facebook page what Lisa is like, I'll tell you this - she makes me feel tall! I mentioned that she looks so much taller on Hungry Girl on the Cooking Network, and she said that's because the crew custom built the counters to be four inches shorter for her.
Not to gush, but I think she embodies the idea of a life of balance. She's not rail thin and enjoyed a glass of wine with the rest of us. She told us she's a control freak about her food, which I think you would have to be when you travel as much as she does. Lisa said when she's going to a bunch of appearances, she'll have a breakfast of fruit and coffee since she'll likely be snacking on her own recipes later. She also carries emergency snacks - her favorites are a half of a Quest bar with a Tablespoon of peanut butter, which you can buy in little tubs.
Instagram followers, for more pizzas ....