Eat that hot and sour soup

Hi friends 😀 Happy Saturday! How’s your morning going?

The Pilot and Bell are still fast asleep and I’m here chillin for a sec until I have to get ready for work (at the very last possible minute). Tonight should be a lot of fun since it’s the madre’s birthday, so we’re celebrating when I get off work.

Last night, we went out to celebrate Meg’s birthday (since she was in Cali) at Bamboo Club.


A sign of the times: I haven’t been to Bamboo Club in a few years- last time I went, if you didn’t have reservations, you had to wait a loonnnnnnnng time for a table. Last night, it was almost empty! The food is really good, but the service is pretty terrible.

My dates:

Birthday girl and Kyle


Pilot and Trev


The table shared some crab wontons:


+ edamame


I wasn’t too hungry, so I ordered a cup of vegetarian hot and sour soup and added a little brown rice to it:


and stole a few of the Pilot’s curry shrimp 😉


The best part by far was when they brought out Meg’s bday treat:


Berries flambéed tableside, then poured on top of ice cream. I had a bite and it was absolutely foodgasmic 🙂

A lovely evening with the fam 😀

Alright friends, I’m off to do the work thang one more day before I’m off for the next few days (!!!).

Have a wonderful Saturday and I’ll see ya this afternoon with a family post on my birth team 🙂



Something to talk about: Summer Shape Up warriors: how do you feel after this week?? Any requests for next week’s workouts?

Something to think:

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

Ashley Smith

Happy happy birthday to my madre (love you friend) and my good friend Jenna <3

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  1. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice on June 11, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Bad service can put a damper on things, eh??

    Your meal looks pretty good though!

    Have a great Saturday!

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

      this server was the WORST haha. but we still had fun 🙂

  2. hippierunner on June 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Happy Birthday to your mama! Great idea to add rice to the soup.

  3. kelli on June 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    love that pilot looks so happy!!

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

      he does! i like him 😉

  4. Kilee on June 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Looks like a fun night out with the fam! Hopefully work goes by fast and you can have a good time with your family tonight too.

  5. Kris | on June 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I hope your work days goes FAST for you so you can get your dancing shoes on!! Happy Birthday MOM!!

    Have a great day!

  6. The Teenage Taste on June 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

    That sounds like such a great restaurant. I love Asian food…hot and sour soup is one of my favorites! I love how spicy it is! <3
    Have a great day!

  7. Abby on June 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Do you have any fun leg moves that don’t involve squats or lunges? Lol 🙂

  8. fittingbackin on June 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I love hot and sour soup! too bad about the service though – eek! And I never thought to have rice with it – nice!

  9. Krystina (Organically Me) on June 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Happy Birthday to your madre! You look so beautiful, Gina. 😀

  10. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on June 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Happiest of Birthdays to your mother!!

  11. Colleen on June 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I was surprised how sore I was after this week, especially from those ball hamstring curls! It’s amazing what changing things up will do. I really like the circuit approach, it makes things go fast and keeps me working hard the whole time. I also love that it uses minimal equipment. I’m looking forward to seeing what else you have in store!

  12. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing on June 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Bleh. I hate paying a lot for a meal and getting terrible service! I used to wait tables, so I’m pretty empathetic towards servers…but I’m also that much more irritated when it’s obvious someone is just being lazy or a jerk!

  13. Kristin on June 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I spot your gorgeous new purse in the background of the shot of you and the Pilot and I have a question…I’ve been ogling that exact purse online for awhile now and the only thing holding me back is that I’m not sure the shorter handle is long enough to wear on your shoulder…what do you think?

    Looks like a fun night!

  14. Gina (Yogattude) on June 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

    How about some fun quad moves…I feel like my hammies are way stronger than my quads!

  15. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair on June 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I did your summer shape-up workout for the first time yesterday and I am SORREEEE! But in a super good way!

    Can’t wait to see next weeks workouts 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm


  16. Holly @ The Runny Egg on June 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Too bad about the service — for me, even if the food is great, bad service can ruin the whole night.

    You and the Pilot are so cute!

  17. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    have a great day
    I’m off for some family birthday fun today! My birthday was on thursday. its going to be fantastic

  18. Emily on June 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    both you AND the Pilot are absolutely glowing 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      thank you 🙂

  19. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on June 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Ahhhh Happy Birthday to your mama!! All that shrimp sounds delicious, and the crab wontons/dumplings…holy yum.

  20. mi-an on June 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    love that quote!! might have to snag it! 🙂

  21. Kim@ The Future Dr. B-S on June 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Love hot and sour soup! And crab wontons… was a veg for 2 years and I would always sneak one or two from my husband’s plate at my fave place. Feel GREAT from week 1… HATE burpees even more now than I did before

  22. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on June 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Hope work flies for you so can enjoy the rest of your day(s)!

  23. Moni'sMeals on June 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Looked like a fun night, except for that bad service… I had that too this week. Oh well!

    Have a great day!

  24. Rachel @ Healthy Teacher on June 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    The only thing I would love to see for next week is something that would target my tush and upper legs. I have cellulite there, and I don’t weigh much. It’s just there from when I had gained weight, and now I can’t get it off, I’m assuming, without gaining muscle there instead. What are your thoughts on a workout that targets that area?

  25. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I did the summer shape up workout on Tuesday this week and I swear I’m still sore! I can’t wait for next week’s torture session… I mean, workout. 😉

    Happy birthday to your mom and Meg!

  26. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    “Berries flambéed tableside, then poured on top of ice cream.” = YUM!!! I love bananas foster and have had those flambeed tableside (much more fun than making them at home where the wow factor isnt quite as good but still fun)..pretty much anything flambeed is just…good. Right? 🙂

    Glad you guys had a fun night out despite the meh service.

    Have a great weekend!

  27. Amelia on June 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Gina, you are beautiful (as always) but I have to say that in this post, the Pilot looks like he is ‘glowing’. Funny, I know, but he looks SO happy in the pic with his arm around you. I think there should be a thought bubble next to his head that says, “Yes, this is the love of my life and she is having my baby”. 🙂

    Looks like a fun night, despite the bad service.

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      so cute 🙂

  28. kari on June 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Enjoy your day and wishing you and your family a fun evening.

  29. Laura @ prettylittlewords on June 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Mmm….wantons….. *drool*

  30. kaila @ healthy helper! on June 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I am always confused….is meg your sister or your friend? Haha anyways looks like a fun time!

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      my brother’s girlfriend 🙂

  31. Frannie on June 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I agree with some of the comments above – I have really enjoyed the circuit routines! It has also been nice that the moves do not require a lot of gym equipment. I also enjoy the “total body” approach.

    As far as requests… triceps (loved the dips) and more shoulder work 🙂 Thank you for being so generous and sharing your fitness tips!

  32. Amanda Jewell on June 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I love everything flambeed! … even men… 😉

  33. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on June 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Okay, seriously- where do you find your quotes? I always LOVE them and end up writing them down or emailing them to friends. i’m a sucker for great words. 🙂

    That dessert looks pretty fab too, btw!

    • Fitnessista on June 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      i’m a quote googling fanatic 🙂

  34. Becca on June 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    It’s an awesome workout! I’m so sore but in such a “hurts so good” way. Keep it coming! 😉

  35. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on June 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Those crab wontons look sooo yummy! Glad you had a good time with the fam!

  36. Rose on June 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    One of my pet peeves has always been kids wearing ball caps at the dinner table. When has it become acceptable/good manners to do that at a nice restaurant?

  37. Annie@stronghealthyfit on June 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I’m loving the summer shape-up. It’s just good to have a workout plan! I was so sore from the first day I did Workout 1, but I did it again yesterday!

  38. Tichina on June 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I am currently on the lookout for a hot and sour vegetarian soup recipe! This soup looks so yummy 🙂

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