Farmer’s market finds and a new barre burner

Hi! How’s your morning going? So glad you liked the dinner recipe!


We spent the evening exploring the OB farmer’s market, which has quickly become my favorite. It’s huge, but not overwhelming so, and they have an incredible variety of vendors, from clothing, candles, accessories, produce, flowers, and allthefood. We didn’t end up getting any produce, but went to enjoy the music and have dinner together.




I was on a mission to find a pupusa, which is a treat that our dear friend from El Salvador used to make for our family on a weekly basis in Tucson. A pupusa is a stuffed corn tortilla topped with cabbage slaw and spicy salsa. The kick from the salsa, crunch from the cabbage and soft tortilla are heartwarming; nothing quite like it. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the pupusa lady again last night, but did have an awesome chat with the kombucha girl.

She sold me a kombucha scoby for $4! Operation kombucha begins today. 


(+ this amazing green smoothie we all shared. The Pilot totally thought the scoby bottle was a beer bottle, and was really excited until he found out a mother bacteria was dwelling inside.)

This morning, I’m teaching and excited to spend the day with my little sidekick. I was thinking of picking up one of those inflatable pools -similar to the one we had last year- for the backyard. I think it would make her day 😉

Hope you have a wonderful morning <3



Something to do: A new barre burner! This one is fairly short (7 minutes) but would combine perfectly with these two barre burners + this ab burner for a complete workout. It does involve lots of micro movements and squats, so may be one to skip if you have any knee, hip or joint considerations. As always, modify as needed, and let me know how it goes if you give it a try! Hope you enjoy.

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  1. Lucie@FitSwissChick on July 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Farmers Market just are the best place to be!
    Haha, I had to laugh about the pilot thinking the kabocha bottle is beer. Too funny!

  2. Kara H. on July 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I’m so scared to try to make Kombucha. But spending $7 per bottle seems ridiculous to me. I’m going to challenge myself one of these days to give it a try! Can’t wait to try the barre burner. Just did Workout 1 again two times through and am dying right now. 🙂

  3. Britt@MyOwnBalance on July 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

    As always, great video! I’ve only had a papoosa once but it was delicious! Hope you find one next time! 🙂

  4. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 17, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I just tried barre3 last night for the first time! My legs were shaaaaaaking! CrossFit is still my true love right now, but I really need to try one of your barre burner videos!

    I love kombucha, but making it myself seems crazy! Maybe one day 🙂

  5. Bridget on July 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I am obsessed with your pants that you’re wearing at the market! I need some!!!!

  6. Megan on July 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

    The farmers market is the way to go! I love getting fresh produce and trying new things at our farmers market!

  7. Brynn on July 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Your barre burner videos are quickly becoming my favorite. You’re not kidding when you call them burners- wow!! So good!

  8. Beks on July 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

    How does homemade kombucha compare to bottled kombucha, taste-wise? I’ve only ever had bottled, and have been considering making my own, but I’d be the only one drinking it (I live with picky eaters/drinkers).

  9. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on July 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    ohhh nothing like exploring the farmer’s market!

  10. Tara on July 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My favorite Farmers Market is a smaller one near my home; I find their prices to be so much better than the Ferry Building (more well known). Also, I just wanted to stop-by and let you know that it is spelled ‘Pupusa’. 🙂 Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      fail. should have googled it 😉

      • jen on July 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

        Still wrong….

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I love farmers markets! And all of the seashells at yours. If I lived by the ocean my house would be all beachhouse themed. Ahh, a girl can dream. 😀

  12. Emily on July 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Look at Liv’s long legs! She is getting so bit.

    I’m actually home this weekend, so I’m super pumped to hit up the farmer’s market Saturday morning! It’s a fair walk from my apartment, but it’s huge!

    • Emily on July 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

      I mean “big.” Livi’s getting big. Darn autocorrect! 🙂

      • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

        she is so big! it’s crazy

  13. Chelsea@TableForOne on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I love the farmer’s market! I spend every Saturday at our’s and enjoy every minute of it. You pants are adorable!! Where did you get them?

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      thank you! i got them at the farmers market last week 🙂

  14. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I am hesitant to make Kombucha. I just tried to make sauerkraut the other day and after 2 or 3 days it was a total failure, wah wah. I need to get my fermenting confidence back up! Ha

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      what happened with your kraut? use lots of salt and make sure the liquid covers the cabbage by pushing down on it often during the first 24 hours

  15. Lisa on July 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Love that rug where is it from?

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      thank you! world market

      • Lisa Heinlein on July 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

        🙁 don’t have a world market but checked out online and its on sale! Thank you for responding.

  16. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on July 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’ve never had papoosa. It sounds easy enough to make, right?

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      it’s one of those things i don’t want to mess up 😉

  17. Tammy on July 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Were those shells at OB Farmers Market?? I’m on the lookout for shells!


    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      yes! they have them at a store on newport (i can’t remember the name). tons of shells

      • Tammy on July 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        Hmm.. maybe I need to make a trip to OB soon.. 🙂

  18. RachelG on July 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I just might bust out this barre burner while waiting at the airport. Lol 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      doooo it. haha

  19. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on July 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Evening farmer’s markets are so fun! I love the one in San Luis Obispo. They have an awesome Thursday night one. Have you been there? It’s one of my favorite places in CA!

  20. Tracy on July 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Super cute pants 🙂

    I’m excited to hear how Operation Kombucha turns out!!! I’ve been wanting to make some for quite a while but I’m kinda scared! Lol

  21. Lindsay on July 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    This was the first barre burner I’ve done, and…WHAT was I waiting for? Loved it! Can’t wait to do more, but this time it was my warm up for SSU workout 1. Thanks Gina!

  22. Allison on July 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    The pupusa vendors are also at the Hillcrest farmer’s market! Sunday mornings. There’s also an amazing Salvadoran restaurant in SD you might want to check out. I think it’s just called El Salvador but I might be wrong!

  23. Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse on July 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Those veggies look amazing! What fun finds 🙂 I am working at the Farmer’s Market with my mom this summer, and it is so much fun!

  24. Tiffany on July 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    El Salvadoreño.. best pupusas in town. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      happening. thank you!

  25. Mary on July 17, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Those pants look so cute on you! And I’m loving the barre burners.

  26. Kailey on July 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    That Barre Burner was my workout “dessert”…these quads are on fiyahhh!

  27. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I always like going to farmer’s markets and supporting local farmers. They are also fun to check out!

    Thanks for sharing another barre video with us! 🙂

  28. shaina on July 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    giirrrrrrrl, you make crazy genie pants look good!

  29. Jessica on July 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    So I think you look adorable in those pants, but Im wondering what your hubby thinks? My hubby would seriously give me the side eye if I wore pants like that in public. (again, I think they are adorable, and I certainly dont omit clothes in my wardrobe based on my husband’s opinion, just wondering what yours thinks of that style of pants;)

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      i don’t even think he noticed or cared. he probably would wonder if we were out to dinner or something like that, but at the farmer’s market, right by the beach, anything goes 🙂

  30. Laurelleg on July 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve been making my own kombucha for a couple months now and I love it. I was nervous at first but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, it is easy to do, so much cheaper than buying it in the store, and I can come up with whatever flavors I want! I got a whole kit from and they have really good info on their website to get you started (whether you got a kit from them or not).

  31. Rachael on July 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Just did this workout. LOVE it. Also, my husband walked in on me doing the hip swing move with the ball. He then proclaimed it his new favorite exercise ever for me to do. So thanks for an awesome workout and a great laugh!

  32. Yaara Leve on July 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I love your hair! And that cilantro looks amaze! I legit want to crawl into my screen and grab it.

  33. Kate @ SoCal Runner Gal on July 18, 2014 at 12:01 am

    The OB farmer’s market is great! It is tied with the Little Italy farmer’s market in my opinion. Have you been? Saturday mornings – really great!

    You should put your teaching schedule on the blog somewhere so us locals can come check you out! Have you looked into teaching at FIT? That’s my gym and that would just be super cool. 🙂

  34. Weber1791 on July 18, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Hey Gina is pupusa

  35. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on July 18, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I love your videos! I’ve shared them with some of my friends and they love them too– perfect for workouts in our little apartments!

  36. Laura on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Love your barre videos!! Really appreciate you doing them!!!

  37. Justine Mckenzie on July 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I did this workout this morning (and I did the other barre video last night after a 5km run) – WOW i’ve never tried barre before AND I LOVED IT. Ohhhhh the burn in this video!!!!!!! So much burnnnnnnnn. LOVE the barre videos – more please :D!!

  38. Rachel on July 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Loved that!!! Thanks!!! Keep em coming.

  39. Andrea on July 19, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for the barre burner…that is one type of workout I am dying to try! I am eyeing up some home dvds too.
    Good luck with the kombucha; I have been brewing mine for several months and it’s always fun to try new flavors in the second ferment. I’ve made peach ginger, grapefruit ginger, cherry rooibos, lavender, just to name a few. Would love to know how it’s going for you and what flavors you try out.

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