hey, Herringbone

Hi guys! How’s your day going? I’ve loved reading your September goals and things to look forward to this month. It’s going to be a great one!

Our Labor day was pretty enjoyable: spent the morning watching Mary Poppins with nana and relaxing,

Livi made some cookies to send home with nana,

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(it’s become a weekend ritual, and she does a great job of pouring the ingredients and mixing the batter)

the pups had a trip to the spa (aka dog groomer)



we met up with our cousins,

and had a date night!

Date night

We celebrated our anniversary last night since the Pilot was gone on the actual date. He picked out a restaurant in La Jolla called Herringbone, and it was absolutely fantastic.

Herringbone front

I would have snapped more photos in there, but my iPhone wouldn’t do it justice. Instead of chopping down the magnificent trees to build Herringbone, they built the restaurant incorporating them into the structure. Even when you’re inside, it still feels like you’re outdoors: surrounded by trees, hanging lights and modern decor.


I had the jale-berry margarita (strawberry with jalapeño-infused tequila, agave and lime) and we ordered a dozen oyster combo to share.

For entrees, I chose the seared albacore (which had olives, chopped almonds and potatoes served over a savory red sauce… it was to die for) and the Pilot had the halibut, which was buttery and perfectly cooked. With white fish, it’s a fine line between “perfectly cooked” and “chewy lemon-infused eraser.” I’m guilty of the latter. 

Of course, we had to have dessert 😉 We got the sea salt chocolate chip cookies (which were served with a glass of cold milk) and the sundae, which had a brownie layer, chocolate ice cream, marshmallow fluff and cacao nibs. I can’t even describe. It went from the moaning and “there’s no way we can eat this giant sundae” and then it was gone. We did manage to take a couple of cookies home with us 😉

Dessert combo Enjoying some adventures with my little love before getting ready for Zumba.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!


Something to do: this workout! One of my very favorite strength hybrids. Been craving some yoga in my life lately, too.

PS. SCANDAL IS BACK THIS WEEK!! Anyone else anxiously awaiting the return?! Edited to say: it’s the 25th. I could have sworn the TV said this week, but then again, I was already mentally planning my popcorn and wine Scandal-watching party haha.

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  1. Kate @ SoCal Runner Gal on September 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Ahh, my friend is the manager over there and I STILL have not been! What is wrong with me? I know their food is amazing too. Glad you had a nice weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      you will LOVE. so so good!

  2. Liz on September 2, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Caroline just looks happier, happier in the photos you share. She’s definitely come a long way! =)

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      she is a different dog! we love her so much <3

  3. Emily on September 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Just hopped on board with scandal this summer and watched all the seasons. So excited for its return!!!

  4. Allie on September 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I just started watching Scandal and I am HOOKED! Can’t wait for it to come back. =)
    PS. I’ve been reading your blog for years…and been addicted to goat cheese and almond butter ever since. Thanks for all the great tips…this is the only blog I make sure to read every day. =)

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      that is awesome! a great combo to fall in love with 😉
      so very happy you enjoy the blog! thank you for reading for so long <3 xoxo

  5. Kelly S. on September 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Scandal doesn’t start until September 25 🙁

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      wahhhhhh. i’ve tried to be patient all summer but it’s so hard haha

  6. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Sea salt chocolate chips…now theres something i ought to try! I can just taste the salt bringing out the sweet flavour of sugar in my mouth…dipping it in cold milk and making it soft….going to bed with a milkstache…


  7. Brynn on September 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Love a good yoga practice !!

  8. Heather @fitncookies on September 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I love Scandal!!! I am eager for it to return!

  9. Anita on September 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, that glass of cold milk really sold it for me! I love that idea of building a restaurant around those beautiful trees– next time I’m in San Diego I’ll have to visit. 🙂

    Always, Anita

  10. Amanda on September 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Obsession with Scandal would be an understatement. Secretly Team Fitz & Olivia =).

    Speaking of fab desserts, last time I was in SD we made a trip to Little Italy and hit up Extraordinary Desserts. Un.Real.

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      ahhh! i still haven’t been to little italy! can’t wait to check it out

  11. Shaina on September 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    This week?! Why did I think it was later?! Guess I’m making a trip to Crate & barrel tomorrow for my Olivia Pope wine glasses haha.

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      fail to meeeee. it’s the 25th. i’m really excited haha

      • Shaina on September 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        Wow. Way to burst my bubble Gina haha

        • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

          i burst my OWN bubble too haha

  12. Robin on September 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    People think I’m kidding when I say this, but as a former middle and high school teacher, and now college professor, Mary Poppins is ab-so-freakin-lutely my teaching mentor. She does NOTHING wrong.

    • Fitnessista on September 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      she’s practically perfect in every way 🙂

  13. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on September 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic meal — especially those desserts! 😉

  14. Katie on September 2, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I think cookies should always come with milk like that, the perfect pair!

  15. Lauren on September 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    That is a really cool concept for a restaurant!

  16. Stephanie on September 2, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Gina! Did you know that Herringbone is one of Brian Malarkey’s restaurants? He was on top chef. He has a few others in SD all with the fabric themed names: Searsucker (which I’ve heard is SO good) and Burlap and Gingham (though I think these closed recently?). I still haven’t made it there yet, but I’ve been wanting to go! Have a great week 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

      i had no idea -that’s amazing! i’ve had searsucker and LOVED it.

  17. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on September 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    That workout certainly looks like an ass kicker. Yay for date night. 🙂

  18. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    That place looks so cool! San Diego has such quaint places. In Phoenix, it’s all chains. Boring…

  19. Emily @esquaredsouth on September 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Not entirely sure what it says about me, but I totally zeroed in on the chocolate chip cookies WITH milk! Kudos to the restaurant for serving milk with their cookies! Five stars on that one (and the awesome natural decor). Happy anniversary to you and the Pilot!! #teamOliviaandJake (loved him since he was on The Unit)

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

      i thought it was an awesome touch, too!
      i LOVE jake, but still team fitz over here 🙂

  20. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance on September 2, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Too cute for words that she makes cookies for her nana!

  21. Nicole @ Squash on Squash on September 2, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Those are the cutest dog pictures! What breed is the first pup?

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 12:29 am

      cavalier king charles 🙂

  22. Erin on September 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    You scared me with the Scandal comment. I instantly said, “I hope you set the DVR for it!” My mom and I Netflix Marathoned Scandal in a record 2 weeks. Love Olivia Pope’s wardrobe!

  23. Yaara Leve on September 3, 2014 at 12:17 am

    OMG that cookie and sundae combo looks amaze! Marshmallow fluff whaaa?? I want! And I love that idea of incorporating the trees actually into the restaurant–that’s so innovative! It’s so nice that your family is still relatively close. It looks like Liv is really close to her nana!! I’m still really close to mine. It’s such an important relationship to maintain. Also- I don’t know if it went though–but I recently sent you an e-mail to your fitnessista account–just wanted to make sure that you got it!

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 12:33 am

      i did get it! my email inbox is a total nightmare but i promise to get back to you this week. xoxo

  24. lindsey on September 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

    SCANDAL!!!! I’ve recently discovered this via Netflix and have been binge-watching HARDCORE!

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 11:35 am

      it’s SO GOOOOOOD

  25. Kara H. on September 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Wow, that dessert looks AMAZING! My mouth is watering.

    I just am getting through Season 3 and I’m ADDICTED to Scandal! I watched four episodes in a row last night and could barley keep my eyes open but wanted to watch more. I don’t know how I’ve missed it for this long.

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

      ahhhh it’s so good!!

    • lindsey on September 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Um yes I’ve been guilty of a few 2 am nights with said problem, haha!

  26. Tracy on September 3, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Ahhhh! Scandaaaaallll! My heart skipped a beat! Can’t wait til the 25th! 🙂

    I love that asana workout!! I loved it when you originally posted…I think I’ll do it again tomorrow. Please create more workouts like that! <3 Are you still considering yoga teacher training?

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      yes i found a studio here but am not sure when the official start date is! really excited 🙂

  27. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on September 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    That dinner sounds amazing! What a cool looking restaurant! I really loved introducing my son to Mary Poppins. I was so glad the he enjoyed it too. It was his first movie that was all real people and not cartoons and he was very entertained by it. Seeing him enjoy a classic like that made my heart happy. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      it made me so happy too! she especially loves the music

  28. Molly on September 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Next time you to to Herringbone (or try Searsucker downtown) get the Peter Rabbit cocktail 😉

  29. Tiffany on September 4, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Olivia Pope… my hero. Even better that she drinks wine and eats popcorn for dinner! hahah

    • Fitnessista on September 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      that’s a girl after my own heart right there

  30. Kristen on September 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Have you seen the Olivia Pope wine glasses? Love Scandal!

    • Fitnessista on September 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      yes, they’re amazing!

  31. Theresa on September 18, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Love your pet dogs. Love your cookies even more. They look so crunchy and delicious. Any recipes for them?

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