J-ville Adventures

Hi friends! How are you?

What an AWESOME night in Jacksonville.

First, my mall radar went off:


Somehow, after I picked up my rental car, it automatically drove me to St. John’s Town Centre—funny how that happens, huh? Winking smile

I did a little damage and met up with Lindsey for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen.


We were originally supposed to go to Healthy Way Café, but were super sad to discover that they had closed down :/ CPK was a good replacement and we each had delicious salads. Mine had roasted veggies (eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, onion) and sundried tomatoes with a dijon vinaigrette.

After feasting and shopping, it was time for some of THIS:



Rocked. My. Face. Off.

The national headquarters are in Jacksonville, so I took their “Year In Review” class, highlighting the dances from 2010. I love every second and as I left, it made me realize that I know what I’m supposed to be doing right now: blog and dance  Smile 

After getting my booty shake on, this lovely lady and I made dinner together:


A veggie stir fry with:




-grape tomatoes


-black beans

-Garlic, coconut oil, sea salt, pepper, soy sauce, lemon juice


+ choco-cado pudding for dessert


It was scrumptious—far better than anything we would have gotten at a restaurant.

This morning, I’m going to make some b-fast and then drive to Valdosta for Jeni’s baby shower. I’ll see ya this afternoon from Valdizzy!



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  1. Katie~RunfortheBikini on January 29, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The Roasted Veggie Salad at CPK is my favorite!! Now I’m craving it, I may have to make a trip to the mall w/ CPK for lunch today 😀

  2. Sara on January 29, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Dance trance looks ridic!! Too bad i couldn’t make it through a zumba class without looking like a total goon 😉

  3. Tina on January 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I WISH there was a Dance Trance close to me in NY! It sounds like such a blast. Your meal looks lovely! I love cooking at home because you are in control of the ingredients and the preparation!

  4. Ali @ Ali on the Run on January 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    After you writing about dance trance so much, I’m dying to try it! If you hear of any classes in NYC you’ll have to let us all know. Or you could just come up here and teach one 🙂 Hehe. Have a fabulous trip!

  5. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Somehow, no matter where I go, I always end up at the mall too. It’s like my home is calling out to me. 😉

    Sounds like you’re having a blast so far! Enjoy the baby shower today!

  6. Kathie @ Frugal Fit and Fabulous on January 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    awesome night for sure!!!! enjoy the baby shower! =)

  7. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on January 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

    blog + dance = perfection??? I think so. 🙂

  8. Katy (The Singing Runner) on January 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Ahhhh how did I miss that you were in Jacksonville? I go to school there! I’m here right now! Ahhh!!! Haha!!! 😉
    I really need to check out CPK at the Town Center. 😀

  9. Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) on January 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I love CPK salads. So funny a pizza place has such amazing salads, but I don’t complain 😉

    Your dinner looks amazing as well! Have a good trip to Valdizzy!


  10. Jenn on January 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Thank you for the CPK suggestion! I am on a month long wellness plan, sort of like yours: no gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, etc. and I was stressing about where hubby and I could go for Saturday night date night dinner. I love how their menu breaks all items down by allergin information.

  11. Jessica on January 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I looovveee St. John’s! When I went to school in Tallahassee, Jax was the midway point between me and my parents so my mom and I used to get a room and spend the weekend shopping and eating… it’s a wonderful place!

    Drive safely and have a great weekend 🙂

  12. Erica on January 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Haha, mall radar! I love it. 😀

    And dinner with Lindsey…I can’t imagine a better way to spend an evening!


  13. Jackie @ Baking Charms on January 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    The veggie stir fry and pudding look delish 🙂 Have a great time at the baby shower!

  14. Jess - The Domestic Vegan on January 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    What a fun day! That dance class sounds so fun & dinner looks amazin’! 🙂

  15. Carolyn on January 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for opening my mind up to CPK. I was set to NEVER go there because I figured miss gluten free would be SOL there. That salad looks fantastic, so fantastic I might have to swing in for one at the Tucson mall this weekend. While doing massive damage to my debit card! 🙂
    I am so happy you had a good time at the Dance Trance Review. Shake that thang & shake it up girlie!!

  16. Kara on January 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hope you don’t have to play the “guess what candy bar is mashed in this diaper?” game at the baby shower. It’s a little too close to reality for me 🙂 All time favorite baby shower game? At a co-ed shower, the men had a contest to see who could chug beer from a baby bottle the fastest. So funny 🙂

  17. Allison on January 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    You were only 30 minutes from me!!! And i am always a little peeved that i have to drive 30 minutes to the town center for decent shopping lol you would think that since St. Augustine is so popular with tourists they would have a few more stores….

    I was reading an article about the Jacksonville dance trance the other day and i had thought it was just an orlando thing but i definitely want to go now that there is one so close!

  18. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Good to know California Pizza Kitchen is Fitnessista-approved! That definitely helps to know when I travel so much.

  19. Sarah on January 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I felt like I was channeling you today…my lunch salad was a big pile of spinach, smoked salmon, dill, GOAT CHEESE, carrots (cooked in maple syrup in microwave), artichokes, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar…so good!

  20. Moni'sMeals on January 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    if you were meant to teach dance trance and blog…you are good to go!

    I still need to try DT. Glad you are haing a nice time. 🙂

  21. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on January 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    That salad looks so tasty!

    Have fun in valdizzy! 🙂

  22. Melissa @ TryingToHeal on January 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    yay for seeing LINDSEY!!!! I miss that girl!!! and you too of course!

  23. Lauren- HungryDancer on January 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I love that salad!! Theres a CPK across the street from my work, so it used to be my favorite work lunch! I wish they had DT in Los Angeles!!

  24. Katelyn on January 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Uh, yum. Can I just say your bowl of deliciousness looks especially delicious? Mixing errthang together is my favorite way to eat! 🙂

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on January 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Have a safe drive, Gina!

    And how fun you and Lindsay got to meet up! I love meeting up with bloggie friends!

    And I hope you have a wonderful time at Jeni’s shower…I know yow close you two are and so I hope you have a really special day with her 🙂

  26. Heather (Heather's Dish) on January 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    so glad you had such a fun day!

  27. Karen on January 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Grew up in Jax as a Navy Brat. I miss it!

    Love St. Johns best when it is all dressed up for Christmas.

    When you are in the area I also loooove St. Augustine.

  28. mi-an dela cruz on January 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    OMG. I made the chococado pudding last nite (tweeked it a bit and put carob powder instead, no coconut oil and vanilla)… out of this world good!!! have fun at the baby shower!

  29. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on January 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Is Dance Trance anything like Zumba? Sounds fun!

  30. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Ha, love that you searched out the malls!

  31. kate on January 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Im really interested in trying Dance Trance too. I need to research it more!

  32. Runeatrepeat on January 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I like that you have mall radar 🙂

  33. Sana on January 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Are are doing exactly what you are doing!! I am so glad you found happiness!

  34. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on January 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I haven’t had that salad at CPK…it looks delicious. I will order that one next time for sure.

  35. Amanda on January 30, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Mall radar…. you’re adorable! Man I could use a nice long mall browsing.

  36. Christin@purplebirdblog on January 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I made some choco-cado pudding the other day too… love that stuff!

  37. Shannon on January 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Healthy Way Cafe closed down?!? Saaaaad panda! I’ll have to try CPK now (I go to UNF).

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