Make New Blends

Hiiiiii 😀 Happy Saturday! Hope you’re having a great morning <3 Thanks for the shopping encouragement yesterday. I’m gonna keep looking but may have to purchase the Express dress anyway 😉

Last night, I had an AMAZING dinner with new blog friends (= blends)


Kiran, Jackie, Katy, Kelly and Me

We dined at Cedar’s, which is one of my Orlando faves– they have incredible Lebanese food and hummus that will melt your heart

cedars (2)

Holler to Jackie for being my wine buddy 🙂 We split a bottle of Cabernet.


The wine glasses at Cedar’s are magical.. you drink a little and it refills on its own 😉

The table shared a plethora of appetizers:

Fluffy, freshly-made bread and hummus

cedars hummus

Spinach pie, falafel, baba ganouj, tabbouli, chicken kebab, olives, yogurt sauce and a special Lebanese walnut spread that Nick (our amazing server) brought us to try

 spinach pie dinner

My plate:


(x12? Haha)

Katy and I also decided to bust out with the bellydancer:


(Proof: I still have no clue how to use my camera)

And then somehow, we ended up here:



We played “musical desserts” – take a bite and pass it on 🙂


I had so much fun hanging out with the girls! Can’t wait to see them again soon 🙂

This morning, I’m off to Dance Trance with Jenny, who’s driving from Gainesville to go to Veg Fest with me. Can’t. Freaking. Wait.

See ya later today with the re-cap!



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  1. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Gina, how would you recommend adding goat products into my diet? I’m currently vegan, but I’ve dabbled with the idea of trying integrating goat products for health reasons. I’m afraid that if I do it will be hard on my stomach, so I’m wondering if you have any advice?

  2. Paige @Running Around Normal on October 23, 2010 at 9:47 am

    That sounds like so much fun! Glad you’re meeting so many new friends so easily. Blogs are a great thing, eh? Have a good day at veg fest, girl!

  3. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on October 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Veg Fest? Lucky!

  4. Wendy @ Seriously Sassy on October 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Looks like a fabulous time! (Hint: try the “TV” setting on your cam for pics where there’s movement happenin’)
    I have GOT to find blends in my area! If you’re a Chicago area blogger – hit me up!

  5. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Have fun at Veg fest! Sounds like a fun time.

    Maybe the next Bridal Bootcamp workout can feature some belly dancing moves??

  6. Mi-An Dela Cruz on October 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

    the dessert line-up is so legit!!!

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    What a fun blogger meetup! And have fun at Vegfest. That basically sounds like my worst nightmare, but I’m sure there will be some deliciousness there. 😉

  8. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on October 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Yum, Lebanese food is my favorite. There’s not a bad option in the bunch! Makes me want to pick up some Lebanese for lunch. 😀

  9. Moni'sMeals on October 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

    what fun and success on the blogger meet up! That dessert tray is divine. We have seen that before from you right?

  10. Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun on October 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Never tried Lebanese food before…how was it? Seems similar to Greek…
    I love making new Blends – so much fun! Sometimes I wish there were more bloggers near me. 🙂

  11. Bethany @ More Fruit Please on October 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I love Cedar’s! I took my boyfriend there for his birthday with some friends a few years ago and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. A perfect place to get to know new blends!

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Those little desserts are adorable! I love blogger meet-ups and you’re so lucky to have so many of them near you. Can’t wait for your recap! 🙂

  13. grocery goddess jen on October 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Those mini desserts look so tempting every single time you post about them. Yum. Have fun with Jenny!

  14. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on October 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I love the musical desserts idea- they always look soo good at Seasons 52, so I might have to try that next time I’m there with a group 🙂 Hope you have a great day!

  15. Miss Muffin Tops on October 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    That looks like an awfully fun blogger meet up, I’ve never had Lebanese food before but now I really want some.

  16. Alexa@Living La Vida Pura on October 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Photo tip: Use the flash when you’re trying to catch an action shot in a dark room. You need to have a fast shutter speed to catch the action clearly, which means you need another source of light.

  17. Caitlin (EatFeats) on October 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    That dessert tasting looks fabulous. I always drool over the Seasons 52 food that bloggers post!

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I want to play musical desserts, drink wine, and bust out moves with the bellydancer! It looks like SUCH A FUN night!!!!

    I hope you and Jenny have a blast today at Veg Fest! I have been to a few veggie fests over the years and they are so cool, they recharge my batteries that being a veg/vegan/plant-based is fun and that other people do it too 🙂 Not that there’s any shortage in So Cal, but ya know, kinda like what a blogging convention will help me do in…2 weeks! Recharge and recenter 🙂

    I am going shopping today for cocktail dress attire…wish me luck. And I wish you luck finding something!


  19. Charmaine @ Perfectly Picked on October 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    That’s awesome going for dinner with other people in the blogging world!! Looks like it was a good night!

  20. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on October 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    That looks like so much stinkin’ fun!!! I LOVE the express dress 🙂 I’m learning how to belly dance right now and its so fun! Enjoy Dance trance!

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm

      hahah! no she never did that!

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    That’s awesome that you have so many bloggers living nearby! That looks like such a fun night. Especially the part with the musical desserts. 😀

  22. Hotchick on October 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Do you still eat salad beasts? I kinda miss those on your blog.

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      yes all the time! i’ll bring them back- i just don’t blog all of my food and didn’t want people to burn out on seeing the beasts

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      yes all the time! i don’t post all of my eats and didn’t want people to get burned out reading about them 🙂 i’ll bring them back!

  23. Barbara on October 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    gina, i’m curious to know … how do you all usually split the check when you’re out w/several people and some drink alcohol and others may not. i know everyone has their thoughts on it and i’m always curious to know how others handle the situation. do you pay equally or ask for separate checks. i usually just go w/the flow.

    • Fitnessista on October 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      i always go with the flow. last night we split it evenly between us and then jackie and i bought the desserts at seasons since we drank wine at the restaurant… it all worked out perfectly 🙂

  24. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Looks like an awesome dinner!

  25. Raya on October 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Awww, looks like you had so much fun!!!! Sorry I missed it!

  26. Kate on October 25, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Musical desserts? LOVE it!

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