all the hummus

Hi guys! How was your weekend? Hope you’ve had a great one so far <3

Mine has involved lots of hummus. Always a good thing, right? 😉

First, we had an amazing night out at Meze, a Greek spot downtown. Lots of hummus was consumed, along with the most beautiful grilled salmon, fluffy rice and seasoned vegetables. We knew immediately that we have to take Liv with us next time; they have bellydancers! (Livi always says “I want to see the belly-dancing princess” haha)

Us after meze

This one took it over the top. Not only was she a gorgeous dancer, but also had this sheer cloak-thing with tiny sparkling lights.

Belly dancer

Oh, and she touched fire. Hashtag pure talent.

It was a great evening, and then I came home to relieve our wonderful babysitter while the Pilot met up with some friends for a guys’ night. 

Saturday included Zumba,


editing extravaganza,

My office

making cookies (used this vegan recipe)

Baking cookies  1 of 1Baking cookies  1 of 1

and a glorious dinner at True Food, which is probably in my top five restaurants ever.

True food

More hummus:

Dat hummus

plus the best kale salad, grilled chicken, sweet potato hash and Malbec.

Kale salad

My little heart, talking her phone.

Me and livi at true

We introduced her to the glory that is Menchie’s after dinner, and also taught her how to yell “MENCHIE’S!!! MEEEEENNNNNCCHHHHIIIIEEES” as we drive up. We get really excited about froyo.

Since I got my stitches out and can go in the ocean again, we’re hoping to try paddleboarding tonight. Dinner: jalapeño burgers on the grill, sweet potato fries, and celebrating National S’mores Day.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!



What’s on the menu this week?

Did you plan and prep? What’s on the fitness schedule? Don’t forget to check in on the monthly workout page!

Top five restaurants ever?

This is going to be a tough one, but for now I’ll have to say:

-Pure Food and Wine

-Cafe Poca Cosa

-Cafe Gratitude

-True Food Kitchen

-Bo Beau Kitchen

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  1. I see you’ve got a cute little batter-stealer!!!

  2. THAT KALE SALAD LOOKS LOVELY!!! As does the sweet potato hash! But let’s face it….it’s pretty hard to mess up sweet potatoes! Love all the humus too! Is that a watermelon radish I spy for dipping???

  3. Chelsea Anthony says:

    My mom is coming to Tucson this week for my baby shower and we’re taking her to Cafe Poca Cosa. Can’t wait!!

  4. True Food is definitely one of my favorites too! I just went there Friday night and had the bison burger, protein style. With half kale salad and half sweet potato hash on the side. The best! I used to be a hostess at the Santa Monica location where I live, but it’s wayyy more fun to be a diner than it is to be an employee. Haha! Jalapeño burgers sound amazing, by the way. Post the recipe!

  5. True Food is definitely one of my top favorites. Pita Jungle will always be my #1 forever.

  6. Hummus is the best! I just got some of TJ’s jalapeno cilantro, it’s probably my favorite! A belly dancer with lights?! Fun 🙂

  7. Yaara Leve says:

    You know it’s coming–I love that LBD in the top pic!! Where from? And that Greek restaurant sounds amazing! I think salmon, hummus, and seasoned veggies are the perfect meal. Hands down! Hope you have a great week!

  8. You can never go wrong with a weekend trip to Menchie’s!

  9. Happy Sunday! This week I’m teaching a few Les Mills classes, including BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP, I’m taking yoga, and I’m working out in the weight room at least three times. I usually have my workouts planned ahead for the week in my calendar.

    As far as food prep, this week will include overnight oats for breakfast, hearty salads with grilled chicken for lunch and cottage cheese for snacks. Already portioned out in tupperwares.

    I love Greek food as well. Have you heard of Taverna Opa? It’s a chain, but always a good time. Have a good one!

  10. My #1 fave will always be Chuys – the one in Texas that’s been expanding East-ward. NOT to be confused with the “ick” biker-type restaurant of the same name in Arizona/California. Same name, same spelling but not at all related (I used to work at the Austin Chuys back in the day, so I know this to be fact). If anyone finds themselves in Austin/Dallas/Houston (and I believe they’ve expanded into Louisiana), you must order a Texas-tini (like a Mexican Martini) and ANYTHING smothered in the “boom boom” sauce (a spicy queso). Freaking MMMMMMMMM!!!!!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      hahah i read that and immediately thought of the tucson chuy’s! i like it but not in my top 5 😉 i’ll definitely have to try your fave chuy’s one of these days- that boom boom sauce sounds dreamy

  11. We’ll definitely be enjoying more heirloom tomatoes topped with feta cheese, good olive oil, oregano and salt & pepper. We had so much of that this weekend and it is the most delicious combination. Other than that I have no idea what I’ll be eating. Not much of a meal planner here.

  12. Jacquelyn says:

    Gina, where did you get your black dress in the top pic with the pilot!?! I love it!!!! U look cute as always! Xoxo

  13. Girlfriend your legs are bangin’ !!! TOTAL motivation!!!

  14. Looks like such a lovely weekend you are having! My fave restaurants? That is actually a tough decision!

  15. I love the fact that you and your man find time for date nights. I wish we did that more, but we’re such homebodies that we always end up staying in. Such old bores! LOL I don’t do too much meal prep, but I’ve been into cooking more this summer. On the menu this week is turkey meatloaf muffins, oven-baked panko shrimp, and probably a chicken dish. Of course, banana bread and baked oatmeal will show up at some point! 🙂

  16. OMG, while reading your posts I am getting more and more excited for my trip to San Diego next May! I need to try all these restaurants!!

  17. That kale salad looks delicious! I’m glad you’re able to enjoy the ocean again! Hope paddle boarding is a blast!

  18. Those cookies look amazing! I definitely need to try them!

  19. i’ve had my fair share of greek food this weekend too. lots of hummus. and maybe lots of pita too.

  20. I love Meze! I ate there with co-workers on a work trip. We wandered around the area for an hour trying to find a place with a menu we liked that wasn’t $$$ and that didn’t have a super long wait time. Meze to the rescue! The house made hot sauce was AMAZING! They actually sell it buy the bottle, but I traveled with only a carry-on and it was to big to fit.

  21. Just an fyi, but those sheer things that the bellydancer had are called Isis wings.

  22. that vegan cookie recipe looks fantastic!

  23. Looooove True Food! I was in San Diego last week, and went there 2 out of 3 days. The tofu and shitake cups are awesome!

  24. Hummus, kale, cookies and Menchies? Sounds like a delicious weekend!

    I go back to college on Wednesday to start training for cross country season!

  25. hummus, malbec, and fro yo… mmm so many good eats! love your black dress in the first pic, too 🙂

    i live in the LA area and still haven’t tried cafe gratitude yet, but have heard amazing reviews – i must try it soon!

  26. I have to agree with you on True Food! I love it SO much and that salad is to die for (especially with the salmon).

    I also love to see that you go out for fro-yo after your healthy dinner. I do this…probably way too often. 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      i like it even better with salmon too, but had salmon the night before so i was trying to switch it up!
      haha it has to happen 🙂

  27. What a fun weekend and Livi is adorable 🙂

  28. I just happened to make Indoor Smores (from Iowa Girl Eats) this wknd (they are my daughter’s favorite) & didn’t even know it was Nat’l Smores Day. 😉 We went to Menchies last night, too. 😉

  29. Yesssssssssss, TRUE FOOD! My favorite restaurant here in Colorado. Everything is

  30. So hard to pick favorite restaurants!! I think my list is constantly changing. Cafe Gratitude opened here in Kansas City and I have yet to try it. I need to get there soon! I’ve heard great things.

    Have a great week 🙂

  31. I seriously just drooled a little bit. I have to check out those restaurants…

  32. Hi Gina,

    I’m in San Diego for work and am staying downtown and would love some restaurant recommendations! I tried Searsucker last night which was amazing and I highly recommend it if you haven’t been yet. I went to Pulpo for lunch today for fish tacos and they were amazing. Where could I find a good acai bowl in the area?

    Thanks so much!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i haven’t had acai downtown yet! if you make your way to ocean beach, check out tiki port (it’s only about 10 min from downtown). searsucker and meze are the only spots downtown i’ve tried so far! (and loved both)
      have fun in SD!

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