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Where Indian food babies are made of…….” Smile


Hi friends!! Hope you’ve had a lovely day <3

I spent most of mine exploring NYC with Gabriela and Jaclyn Smile


First we met up for an Indian food lunch on Lexington and 28th, aka “Curry Hill” aka the place I will live when I move to NYC (in my dreams).

curry hill


Diana recommended this place to us last night and it was, dare I say, the best Indian food I’ve ever had.

We split the channa masala:


Veg jalfreezi




and the dosa pictured at the top of this post. It was my first dosa experience and now I’m a fan Smile Dosa is like a thin lentil crepe, stuffed with veggies:

dosa (2)

It was so delicious. Everything was flavorful and SPICY- just the way I love it Smile There was also a lot of ghee used in the dishes… and I wouldn’t kick ghee outta bed if you know what I mean Winking smile

Even though I was a little weighed down with my Indian food baby, I couldn’t help but jump for joy- I was so happy!


Gabriela and Jaclyn agreed Smile

jumpjump (2)

We ventured down to Union Square to check out the farmer’s market

farmers market

(Hello little goat. I love your cheese)

to lululemon (we each got jackets)

and to One Lucky Duck (the takeaway spot next to Pure Food and Wine, where we dined last night)

one lucky duck

The goods:


Raw almond butter cup ice cream (my all-time fave)

ice creamice cream (2)

We shared the ice cream, the fruit punch juice (which had pineapple, apple, pear and beet) and a couple of the cinnamon crispies.


After chilling with the girls, I met up with a friend who works at Conde Nast (home of SELF, Glamour, Vogue, Teen Vogue, etc). It was funny because as I walked past the building yesterday, I thought about how amazing it would be to work there. Today, I was inside the building. I may have tinkled a little with excitement.

For fear of totally nerding out, I didn’t take any pics there, but it was so fun to chat with my friend and to just be there! Amazing.

Now I’m at the airport, doing the blog thang and eating some balsamic veggies and quinoa salad from the airport deli.


Back to Orlando!!

See ya in the morning with the video from the Gatorade event this morning Smile 



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  1. Ilana on November 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Sounds like a fab rendez-vous with New York! So sad I missed you but you were definitely in good hands with Gabriela! Curry Hill is my fave – my boy and I go there for date night regularly and the Pilates studio where I’m training is just a few blocks away so after a hard day of training, channa masala meets my face.

  2. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan on November 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    My mouth is watering over your Indian meal! I had no idea there was a place in NYC nicknamed Curry Hill…that just jumped to the forefront of places I must visit when I go there.

  3. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on November 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    That Indian food looks so good — but not as good as that almond butter cup ice cream. Wow!!!

    Have a safe trip home 🙂

  4. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on November 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Sounds like you had a blast! I would love to visit the place that Indian food babies are made of. Sooner rather than later would be nice! 🙂

  5. Amanda/RunningOnCoffee on November 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I love Indian food! Never had dosa before though. What jacket did you get from Lululemon? I love the look on the guy’s face behind you as you were jumping 🙂

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Your day in NYC looks so fun. I just love it there.

  7. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on November 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Best Indian food of your life? Thank God you visited! You couldn’t die without having feasted in Curry Hill. 🙂 Safe travels!

  8. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on November 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    2 of my friends work at Conde Nast, I wonder if you passed them!

  9. Jaclyn on November 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, today was so much fun. Yes, what indian food dreams are made of, for sure! Definitely the best indian food I have had in a while! Shopping, the farmer’s market, LULULEMON (wearing my new supa soft, comfy hoodie right now!!), taking pics around the city 😀 and getting to know you guys better – was so great!

    Call me (if and) when you come to Seattle! 😉

    My airplane was delayed 1.5 hr, I fell on the train platform -mayjah bummer- but now, I’m online on my way back, tomorrow starts another week… Safe travels back to Orlando GIna!!


  10. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Today was amazingggg!! As was the rest of the weekend, I’m so glad I got to spend more time with you! Have a safe trip back and a great week in Orlando 🙂

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Omg those are GREAT action jumping shots! I love them!

    So happy that you had great Indian food and that you’ve had a blast with the girls…the joy is oozing off the page on this post! Such good times!

    Have a safe flight back home and can’t wait to hear more about your trainer session with the celeb trainers you mentioned earlier.


  12. grocery goddess jen on November 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Omg I love good Indian food. Everything you ate looks fab.

  13. Amy on November 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Dosas are awesome! There was this one place I used to go to in Chicago that had dosas that were seriously like 3 feet long! If you find yourself back in San Francisco again, you have to go here: <3

  14. Cara Craves... on November 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Almond Butter Ice Cream? That sounds crazy good!

  15. Sarah Anne on November 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I LOVE that restaurant! We have one here in Vancouver and we go all the time. It was my first South Indian experience as well. (Normally I’m a straight up North Indian food fan – but I won’t discriminate these days) They actually have a lunch buffet and whoa…so amazing! I was so excited to see you went there and enjoyed it!

    Safe travels!

  16. Elizabeth on November 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    omg my aunt worked at conde nast for years! she was the associate publisher of W and WWD and the ad director of vogue.she LOVED it and i loved visiting her at her office. If only i had majored in communications in college because she could have set me up with a sweet internship! she lives in tampa now and misses nyc miserably!

    hope you enjoyed NYC! it’s my second favorite city! (aside from my hometown chi!)

  17. Jill@MyAdviceQuarterLife on November 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    You should probably get a column in a magazine. I’d read it!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

      girl, i WISH 🙂 thank you!

  18. Gloria on November 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Gina, You have pretty much reached the pinnacle of Indian food awesomeness. I just spent 2 weeks in India and went to Saravana in Delhi twice. Of everything I ate on my trip, their veggie stuffed dosa with sambar and coconut chutneys was the most amazing thing I ate… and probably the greatest thing I’ve ever eaten… ever! So you can save yourself a trip to India now 😉

  19. Mi-An Dela Cruz on November 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    OMMMGG!!! the indian place you went to is mine and my boyfriend’s favorite in NYC!! we go there for DOSA though!!!! so cool to see it on your blog! i’ve never had dosa before til i met him (he’s my indian lovey) and now i’m all over it! isn’t it just deliciousss!! and my other favorite spot in NYC is Union Square…it has Whole Foods, Lululemon and Sephora all in one area!!!! :)) Girl, we would have the best time in NYC!!

  20. Emily Eats Clean on November 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Every time I read about your Indian food eats, I want to grab a fork and eat my computer screen! Too bad my hubby is not an Indian food fan. 🙁 I need to figure out which of my girlfriends will go have an Indian feast day with me!!

  21. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I wish someone could supply me with roti at all times.

  22. Shanna on November 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Indian food rocks. What a fantastic time you are having!

  23. Moni'sMeals on November 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Now that is some Indian Food.

    Glad you had such a great time. 🙂

  24. Heather (Heather's Dish) on November 15, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    yummmmmmmmmm, indian food has my heart 🙂

  25. NC on November 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I am from south india , and dosa is my all time favorite , glad you got to go to saravana bhavan , it totally rocks . Dosa takes forever to make , but nothing beats homemade dosa with a dollop of ghee … I so miss home !!! .. Glad you had a fun day !!

  26. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on November 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    You just lived my dream day, Gina. What an amazing New York day 🙂

  27. sassy molassy on November 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Ooh, I always love jumping photos! And that indian food looks amazing. I’m having a serious craving right now. My dream is to work for Glamour mag, but I dont so much think I could be an NYC girl. I love the slower paced life and the outdoors too much.

  28. Laura J. on November 16, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Sounds like such a fun little trip! Love the action shot and your workout outfit- too cute! Safe travels home 🙂

  29. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 16, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Raw almond butter cup ice cream?! Yowza!! 😀

  30. Jennifer on November 16, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Love your blog…quick question for ya….in some post last week I think it was you had the best grey/taupe nail polish color that I loved! I’ve been looking for a color like it forrr-everr…do you know the name/brand? kthxbye : )

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2010 at 8:43 am

      chanel color #505 🙂

  31. Namaste Gurl on November 16, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Jealous– that’s all I have to say. No, but I’m glad you had a good time and of course, amazing eats! 🙂

  32. The Pilot on November 16, 2010 at 1:13 am

    So. Jealous. Mail me some!! Haha <3

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

      missed you hot face <3

  33. KimLivesHealthy on November 16, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Have you found a good Indian place in Orlando yet?

  34. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on November 16, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Sounds like such an amazing trip! I can’t wait to make it back to NYC [and One Lucky Duck!!] but I don’t think I would be able to decide what to get at Pure, OLD… all those places! Have any favorites?


    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

      the s&m salad, raw lasagna and tamales are my favorites! as far as dessert goes, anything will be amazing!

  35. Ali on November 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

    What a fun trip! I like the guy behind you in your jumping pic haha he looks thrilled.

  36. CaSaundra on November 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time in NY..good food, friends, and shoppin! My kinda trip for sure 🙂

  37. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 16, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Looks like you definitely made the most of your time in NY! I used to really want to work for a fashion magazine too. It would be awesome to always be surrounded by amazing clothes! 😀

  38. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Those jumping shots are awesome!!! I can’t wait to hear about the gatorade event!

  39. Lauren on November 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    That looks like such a fun day. I would love to work at Conde Naste (have been applying for various jobs on and off) but I would settle on a tour, I’m definitely jealous. Glad you had a good time in NYC.

  40. Allison @ Food for Healing on November 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

    indian vegetarian restaurant, thats sweet!
    that thin crepe thing looks tasty too

    also its funny how that guy is staring at you when you were jumping haha

  41. Mo on November 16, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I’ve got to say, you really know how to travel – you always hit the best spots and seem to have a great time. Your “tinkle” comment made me laugh! Safe travels.

  42. Susan on November 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

    OOOHHHH You had me at the dosa picture!! That’s what’s up! 🙂

  43. ash on November 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

    What a great trip! Delicious food! I think I need to check out lulumon…. !

  44. Christine (The Raw Project) on November 16, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Love the pictures, how fun! Looks like a wonderful day and now I’m craving Indian food. 🙂

  45. Barbara on November 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

    looks like an awesome trip. speaking of conde nest, have you seen the September Issue? it’s a documentary about what goes into getting the September issue (the most important issue of the year) completed. i enjoyed it, you should netflix it or rent it one day.

  46. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on November 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

    So cool you ate at Pure – I was just reading the Living Raw Food cookbook. And the Indian food is making me drool right now. Dose is one of my favorites. 🙂

  47. Snack Girl on November 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I LOVE NYC – I am very jealous. Looks like so much fun.

  48. LisaG on November 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I think you could probably teach those trainers some stuff! Glad you had a blast in NYC.

  49. Divya Vikram on November 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I am a regular reader of your blog and I was so excited this morning to see a dosa pic here!! Dosa is a staple food of South India where I come from and Saravana Bhavan is an exotic and famous restaurant! Glad you had a chance to eat there. Dosas are pretty simple to make at home! Let me know if you would like to have the recipe.

  50. Kailey (SnackFace) on November 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Bahhhh what an amazing trip! I am a teeny bit jealous of the whole NYC trip and a whole lot jealous of the Conde Nast visit! You know I would have peed my pants, too! Ok, not really, but you know what I mean.

    Isn’t that Gabriela so sweet? I’d love to meet Jaclyn too!

    Hope your flight back goes well!

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