Mediterranean Thursday?

Hi friends! ITโ€™S FRIDAY! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have something fun planned for the weekend <3

Last night, I was planning on making curry chickpea patty-things, but the Pilot could tell I was exhausted from work and suggested we try the new Mediterranean place that opened a couple of months ago.


Even time we drive by, we say โ€œOH! We need to try it!โ€ but still havenโ€™t. Last night was the night, and weโ€™ll definitely be going back.

Zayna is a Mediterranean restaurant, which is one of the keys to my soul. Feed me hummus and falafel, and I will love you forever ๐Ÿ˜‰

zayna (2)

It didnโ€™t take much deliberation to decide on my order: the vegetarian plate.

veg plate

Greek salad with house dressing

2 grape leaves

hummus and baba ganouj

2 falafel

pita with zaatar seasoning inside <โ€”donated to the Pilot

+ iced mint tea

The Pilot rolled with the grill sampler:


2 enormous gyros (one chicken, one lamb)


green beans

salad and


He was a very happy kid indeed ๐Ÿ™‚


We also shared a piece of baklava, which Iโ€™ve had a hankering for ever since the girls at work were talking about Greek festival.


It was perfection. Sometimes baklava is super gooey and a little too sweet, but this one wasnโ€™t in the least.

After our feastly dinner, we took Bella for a walk and called it a night ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots on the agenda today!

-Bloodwork (wahh!! hoping I can beg them to at least let me hear the little guyโ€™s heartbeat as a reward)

-Meeting up with my nana and madre ๐Ÿ™‚

-Phone calls like whoa (booking cleaners for the new casa, utilities transfer, etc.)

-Workout (I think itโ€™s a yoga and cardio day)



Thatโ€™s last on the list ๐Ÿ˜‰

See ya later today!



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  1. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on July 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    That restaurant sounds mega delish! Ugh, moving (even though you’re going to a super fab new house) is such a pain. Coordinating all the transfers of utilities and stuff is always a hassle. I hope everything goes smoothly for you guys!

  2. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on July 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

    The menu at that restaurant looks superb! As does the food. Yum! I would have ordered the same thing as you, although, Pilot’s plate looks quite tasty as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on July 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Mmmmm. I’m pretty sure if we had a place that made that plate, I would never cook again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life on July 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    When you an the Pilot go out to eat it looks a lot like my hubby and I…. lots of veggie plates, humus, etc for me and lots of meat for him! Haha

    Those Falafals look amazing!!!!!!!!!!…. and you just made my crave Baklava!

  5. Sara K on July 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Middle Eastern food is the bestttt! I count my lucky stars that I grew up with this food on a daily basis ๐Ÿ™‚ Yum!

  6. Dana Marie on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    your plate is filled with my Fav Mediterranean meal items!

  7. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on July 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I love Mediterranean food! We have this “hookah” place that serves awesome hummus! Have a good day Gina. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Wow, that food looks good! I’ve never tried falafel, but I hear good things. Good luck with the packing. I think that is the worst part. Oh…and the blood work ๐Ÿ™ Trust me, after having this baby, you won’t mind a little blood work anymore!

  9. Carrie on July 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yum! I used to not care for Greek food until I went to Greece this spring, and now I’m craving it all the time!

  10. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on July 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I would like everything on your plate! Looks delicious!

  11. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 22, 2011 at 11:16 am

    You definitely can’t go wrong with falafel and hummus. Looks amazing!

  12. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 22, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Yum now you’ve got me craving some Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food! I could probably eat my bodyweight in hummus and tabbouleh!

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

      you and me both, girl

  13. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    That hummus looks amazing on your plate. I hear ya on baklava, it’s totally hit or miss. I hate when it’s drenched in honey and gets mushy.

  14. Katie on July 22, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I would get what you got, and I love the big blobs of hummus! I don’t like when I go somewhere and they are skimpy on the hummus ; )

    YAY for the new house ! Moving stinks but you will be in a beautiful house and get to decorate it ! The nursery will be so fun to do!!

    Happy Weekend! xoxo <3

  15. MMiller on July 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Wow, now I think we will be having Greek food this weekend! We used to pass a place every day called OPA! And always said we needed to eat there some day! So after a year of passing the place, we stopped in to check it out! We were there every week for about 6 weeks! Then went to monthly, now just stop when we are in the mood! We have been trying some new things too! I’m not a big fan of falafel, but mu husband has been on the lookout trying to find good ones ever since he had them in Israel or Egypt when he was in the Navy! He has been disappointed with most he has had stateside! The ones at our OPA restaurant he said are the best he has had since! Even though not exact, he thinks his mind remembers them as better than they actually were! We have shared dinner plated a few times, but our go to are the lamb Gyros! They are amazing!

    Hope all goes well with getting all of the utilities switched and turned on! We used to need a few weeks notice for some things in FL! And one or two required you to be home when they came! Be careful with the packing! At least it isn’t like packing the POD! You are going to feel like it is Christmas when you get everything from the POD back and unpacked! Good Luck!

  16. Caroline on July 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I’m the same way, hummus + falafel = happy girl! I’m Middle Eastern so my mom cooked that type of food for us growing up, to me it’s total comfort food.

    I have a random question – have you ever posted about get body composition testing done? I thought you posted about the bod pod before, but when I searched for it on your site, all I could find were posts about your storage pod ha! I’m getting tested on Monday (bod pod + underwater weighing) and if you have a post on either of those methods, I love to read it!

  17. Nicole on July 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Oh, your meal looks delish!! I couldn’t find felafel I liked until I went to Egypt last fall. Being a vegetarian, this is what I was served most meals and I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. Since I’ve been back, I suddenly like every felafel I come across! Who woulda thought?! I did however severely burn out on the baklava while I was there (that was also the dessert severed with EVERY meal) and just the thought almost makes me dry heave ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for that image!

  18. kara on July 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    “Mediterranean restaurant, which is one of the keys to my soul. Feed me hummus and falafel, and I will love you forever” – this basically could have come out of my mouth. could you even believe i had never had falafel until last year?? now i pretty much have it once a week. and i have always been IN LOVE with hummus. i just can’t get into grape leaves, though. not sure what it is about them. the rest of it looks delishhh.

    ANYWAY. i think Mediterranean Monday is the way to go!

  19. Allison on July 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I love love love love Mediterranean food!!! and i totally feel you with the packing!!! im moving on the 1st, just across town so nothing major, but it still involves everything going into boxes and the afore mentioned boxes taking over everything!! i am so excited to move and get out of the boxes!!

  20. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on July 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Oh my goodnesss, that all looks fabulous! I love Greek/Mediterranean restaurants, esp because of pita bread and hummus. Mmmm.

  21. Natalie S. on July 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I love love love Mediterranean food! I made babaghanoush the other day using the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, and it was deee-lish-us!

  22. kate on July 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    omg that food looks amazing I love mediterranean!

  23. kate on July 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    omg that food looks amazing I love mediterranean!

  24. Allison @ Food For Healing on July 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    packing woohoo!
    blood work sucks, i have to get it done once a year to keep an eye on things
    all that food looks absolutely tasty. i am jealous

  25. Beth (well ill be) on July 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I’m craving falafel now! You’re veg. plate looks amazing!

  26. Kristine @ Running On Hungry on July 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Baklava is one of my FAVE desserts – that looks like perfection!

  27. Kayla @ on July 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Apple boxes are the BEST packing boxes. As someone who moves constantly (I work for an international organisation and have moved over the past 10 years about once a year on average) I use apple boxes- ESPECIALLY for books. You cant really get them ridiculously heavy, they are recycled use and then I recycle them myself. I may not like moving, but when packing up the “mess” I love having the same size boxes that I line up against the wall as my sign of progress ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Alexa @ Simple Eats on July 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Those big blobs of hummus and baba ganoush look awesome. I would lick those off the plate!

  29. Namaste Gurl on July 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Mediterranean food is definitely one of my favorite cuisines! ๐Ÿ™‚ So fresh and flavorful tasting.

  30. Molly on July 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Hey Gina, I know this is way off topic, but could you tell me how you make your version of the protein muffin…I searched your blog high and low and couldn’t find a detailed account of your version. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      i use applesauce instead of pumpkin, brown rice flour, and nix the cacao powder (and add cinnamon or chocolate chips)

      • Molly on July 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

        Great! Thanks so much!

  31. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Oh man I totally would have gone with the gyro plates — I love that stuff!

    Have a good weekend!

  32. Cait's Plate on July 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I love Mediterranean food. I could seriously probably live off it and be happy. That picture of the Pilot is so cute – he really does look SO happy. Haha.

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      he was not impressed. haha

  33. Lindsay Loves Veggies on July 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Yum!! Your veg plate looks amazing!!! Hummus plates never fail.

  34. Brenda @Baby on the Way on July 22, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I also had a Mediterranean Thursday with homemade falafel! It was my first time making it, and it was much easier to do than I had anticipated! Wish I would have gone all out and made baklava too…

  35. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Mmmm I love Mediterranean food!! Especially baklava…swoon ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Katie on July 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I love Baklava… It’s a shame it has like a million calories ๐Ÿ™

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      SO good. that’s why i share my piece with the pilot ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. kristi (sweet cheeks) on July 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    your plate looks like pure perfection. I would happily swim in that hummus. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Mallory Padron on July 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hope the move is going well, I loathe moving! And as for the weird things we do, we turn everything into a song. We usually sing about the dogs, but a day in our house is like a long musical. A really really bad musical.

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      haha i love it!

  39. Kris | on July 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    My heart belongs with Hummus…..its my lover ๐Ÿ˜‰


  40. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Hummus blobs! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Omg yes you are moving, arent you!! A new house generally means…moving, huh! ๐Ÿ™‚

    We *just * moved into our new place last week. Landlord gave us 30 days to be out of our old place, he was selling it. So in addition to an international trip for food photography to Mexico City, I packed my life in boxes and came home and 30 hrs later moved into our new place. It’s been a whirlwind 2-3 weeks!

    I hope your packing and moving goes well!!

    You know this but I have to say, don’t lift ANYTHING!!! Lifting is straining and can set off contractions and you just need to put your feet up and direct traffic and tell everyone else what to do, okay!!!!

    “Sometimes baklava is super gooey and a little too sweet” — I admit, I actually love it like that ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. The Teenage Taste on July 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! Look at all that hummus! <3

  43. Jackie Smith on July 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve already bought one of the tanks in blue. I need more tanks now that I’m doing Zumba regularly!

  44. Lisa on July 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I had Mediterranean Tuesday for my bday. Free baklava for dessert!

  45. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 22, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Haha, you did look pretty wiped in that first photo of your last post, that is for sure. I am glad your man knows when to take his lady out on the town! That hummus looked soo creamy and good. Good luck with the packing!

  46. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I love Mediterranean food! I just went to a Greek restaurant last week, but this post makes me want to go again. You can never have too much pita + hummus!

  47. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I love med restaurants too! They always have great selections! And that veg plate is totally what I would have ordered too!

  48. Amanda on July 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Lamb gyros!!!!!!! *drool* Oh and your hummus… *drool*

  49. Bojana on July 24, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Now that is an interesting article – gelatine, made of humans? ๐Ÿ™‚ I know this will sound creepy as hell, but I kinda like the idea … Much better than gelatine from animals, I say. Though I am not sure … wouldn’t eating human gelatine technicaly make us canibals? :b

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      i was wondering that, too!

  50. Josep on July 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hi, I would like to add that mediterranean food it’s just an expression too wide to define the reality.
    I’m from Barcelona, we have our own style of mediterranean meals not related at all with greek food, the only common product is olive oil, no pitas, no hummus, no vaklavas.

    Fish salads, roasted vegetables, clams bbq, variety of fish and rice meals, arroz a banda, arroz caldoso, wonderful dishes based on octopus and calamari, etc…

    Anyway, I love greek food too

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