On the prowl

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful and relaxing weekend 😀

I was like a little kid at Christmas when I found out there were two Zumba classes in a row yesterday. So my aunt and I went and had a little Zumbathon 🙂

We split a Larabar in between classes:


The two hours of Zumba rocked my face off…and my booty 😀

After Zumba, we found my cousin who was running in the gym and all went to Whole Foods for some bfast action.

I had my favorite green juice: green apple, lemon, spinach and parsley


and a container of berries:


The pilot and I got ready and we started our hunt for ugly Christmas sweaters.

I kept begging him to look for a thrift store in Winter Park.

The reason:


I REALLY wanted something from Cafe 118* 😀

So we got to-go:


I had the Pad Thai:


He got the Mexican Salad (which was kind of gross- they shafted us on the queso sauce and there were hardly any veggies…mostly spinach) and we shared the raw s’more, which was glorious


I think I’ll be making some of those this week 😉

The first time I had Cafe 118*, I was sick as a dog all night because as a semi-raw newbie, I didn’t know and ordered a bunch of nut-based food. Nuts are no picnic to digest in large quantities, so I’ve learned to order mostly veggie-based food at raw restaurants and one nut-based treat. Haven’t gotten sick since 🙂

We went to quite a few places, on the prowl for an ugly Christmas sweater for the pilot and no luck so far :/ We did find him an awesome pair of hideous brown pants and a leather derby hat, but no sweater.. yet. We have a week and a half to find something for both of us, since I also lost the bid on the dress I was going to wear. eBay won’t let me copy the picture, but it was a beautiful Christmas abomination mini dress 😀

For dinner, the pilot and I decided to make a Sunday night grill feast (on Saturday).

I did the usual veggie packs:


(Squash, zucchini, mushroom, grape tomatoes, onion, rosemary, garlic, sea salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil)

And marinated some of fresh and beautiful salmon in a little bit of maple syrup, and rubbed them with sea salt and pepper


In honor of my fellow vino-loving bloggy, my aunt and I shared this wine:


It was very Goode. 😀

Everyone else had Baileys, which I stole a few sips of 😉

The pilot put everything on the grill and did the salmon on cedar planks:


And they came out beautifully:


Perfectly cooked, seasoned and topped with some chopped red bell pepper


My plate, with vino and some sweet potato fries


Quite the feast, ehhh? 😀

We watched the end of Elf,  and most of Sisterhood of the Traveling pants before I fell asleep on the couch 😀

I did something yesterday that I haven’t done since the weather has gotten colderI ate raw until dinner, which I used to do all the time. It felt SO. GOOD. So I’ve decided that I’m going to try to get back into that and see how it goes, and if anything, I can warm lunch up in the dehydrator so that it’s not totally cold when I eat it. Of course, I’m going to roll with whatever I feel like (and that might be oats in the morning or roasted veggies for lunch), but I’m going to make more of an effort to eat raw like I used to, because I love it (and how it makes me feel) so mucho.

Well it’s time for me to wake the snoozing pilot and see if he still wants to hit up a museum he was talking about, pick up Viesa then get on the road to Valdizzy 😀

Have a wonderful day!



Today’s tip: Get SPICY!!! Try to add some extra spices and herbs to your food whenever possible—not only do they taste delicious, it’s an easy way to get a ton of cancer-fighting antioxidants and nutrients. Read about it here.

Something to do: We have today and tomorrow to help get Katie’s ad revenues up—she is donating ALL of her Foodbuzz moola to charity this month. What a sweetheart, right?? 😀 It’s an easy way for us to help raise some money for an excellent cause- all you have to do is visit her blog and click around a few times :D 

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  1. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on November 29, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I loveeeeeeeeeeeee that flavor Larabar. My only one that tops that is the Cocunut Cream Pie. They are both so amazing!

    Now I have to go to Orlando. BAH! I need to try that raw place.

  2. Shelby on November 29, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I’ve been trying to do the same now, get back to raw. I used to do it all summer and I love how it makes me feel. I’ll be looking forward to meal ideas from you, since I know you make some of the best raw recipes!

    Your dinner looks lovely too!

  3. katey on November 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    yummm that smore looks really good!

  4. chocolate-covered Katie on November 29, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I’ve still never tried Zumba! Someday, someday…
    And those raw s’mores have me contemplating relocating my home just so I can have a taste. They look too good to be true!

    P.S. Thank you so much for the sweet reply emil; I’ll write back soon 🙂

  5. jenna on November 29, 2009 at 11:06 am

    woohooo!! Murphy-Goode! It’s good practice for WHEN you come out here to visit! 😉

  6. VeggieGirl on November 29, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Gorgeous meals!

  7. Nicci@NiftyEats on November 29, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I love Salmon, I think it’s my favorite type of fish!

  8. Carolyn on November 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

    That salmon looks great!!

  9. Lisa Pupo on November 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Gina….you rawk girl! I feel like you are a kindered spirit of mine, haha I have been reading your blog and I love it! It’s uncanny some days I will read your blog and realize that I made exactly what you did the day before. When your dog Bella was sick…..my cat Daisy was sick and she had that same sad look in her eyes and had to be put on antibiotics! I try to eat raw for breakfast and lunch and love to make a nutritious dinner (meat free of course but I will eat grilled salmon on occasion!) Another thing we have in common is the love of red wine…organic of course and I usaually have a glass while preparing dinner…it’s the best!

    Thank you for your inspiration!

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 29, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Raw pad thai and raw smores look amazing!!

  11. Mama Pea on November 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Your feast is almost as gorgeous as you in your darling outfit! Love the boots!!!

  12. simpledaisy on November 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    That salmon looks delicious:) I love salmon but haven’t indulged since deciding to go vegan. I am sure I will add it back into my diet at some point!! I love it too much to give it up forever~

  13. Paige @ Running Around Normal on November 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Yay 118º! That Pad Thai looks amazing! And so do the s’mores. Wantie.
    Good luck on finding the pilot a sweater soon.
    That feast looks SO good, too.

  14. Menden @ Skinny Menny on November 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve been trying to get my boyfriend commit to wearing an ugly Xmas sweater for our big Christmas party this year! I think it would be sooo hilarious if we were both wearing the tackiest sweaters ever. I want one that lights up or something – anyway, I’ll keep an eye out and let you know if I find a good store for them! 🙂

  15. Lena on November 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    ok that explains sooo much…ive been eating my thanksgiving leftovers all weekend which many of our courses had nut bases (cashews, chestnuts, and pecans) and ive been feeling like crap all weekend not knowing why! got to keep that in mind next time! thanks Gina!

  16. Cara (Cara Craves...) on November 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    That salmon looks slammin’

  17. Lauren @ eater not a runner on November 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    That salmon looks amazing! We don’t have any raw places like that around here :-/

  18. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on November 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Love the tip on spicy food…..the spicier the better!!! Have a safe trip home! Love your boots, by the way. 🙂

  19. jenna on November 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    that phad thai looks soooo good! i watched elf last night too!

  20. skinnyrunner on November 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    that cedar-planked salmon looks so good! yum.

  21. K on November 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I can’t wait until my bestie comes home for good because I’m forcing her to do zumba with me. Every time I read about it on your blog I just want to go!!

    Oh my word – that smore!! Delicious!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm

      you will LOVE zumba! 😀

  22. Melissa S. on November 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    oh man, i can’t wait to see the outfits you guys get for the ugly sweater party.

  23. laura dishes on November 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Cute outfit! I love Elf… it always gets me in the Christmas spirit. 🙂

  24. Lisa on November 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    If you didn’t find any sweaters; try Goodwill, or some of the dollar stores around here. I’ve surely seen them @ Walmart too. I luv grilled salmon & veggies; one of my favorites.

  25. Stephanie on November 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I was going to suggest WalMart, too, but I saw Lisa above already beat me to it! They definitely have some “unattractive” clothing items for the holidays 😉 Also, as a backup you could always buy plain sweatshirts (for about $5 at WalMart) and then a pack of those iron-on designs and do that and puffy paint. Those sweatshirts were all the rage about 10 years ago, and now it’s a cheap option for an “ugly xmas sweater party”!

  26. Meggilizz on November 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Okay–you’ve encouraged me to make raw overnight oats for breakfast tomorrow!! 🙂 I’ve done it once before with yogurt, but I’m fresh out, so we’ll see how milk works.

  27. glidingcalm on November 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    i had salmon tonight and thought of youuuuuuuuuuu!

    HUGS lovahhhhhhhh!

  28. emptyjar on November 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Hi there,
    I have enjoyed your blog for long time. So great.

  29. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on November 29, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    That maple syrup marinated salmon sounds amazing. I love all your grilling action. The Pilot needs to give Christian Dior some lessons!

    Now about that raw s’more. I definitely think I need that in my life. 😉

    Safe travels back to V-town my friend!

  30. chrysta on November 30, 2009 at 2:35 am

    I cannot wait to try Zumba! I wanted to go this week but they had it canceled since it fell on thanksgiving. Darn! Oh well…The Salmon looks fantastic by the way. Id love to know how to make a raw s’more! That sounds incredibly fabulous!
    Have a good night!

  31. Pure2Raw Twins on November 30, 2009 at 9:08 am

    So glad that cafe 118 is a hit!! We plan to stop there this coming weekend before we head back to NC. I can’t wait!!

  32. Brigid on November 30, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I love eating raw, but I struggle with it in the cold months. I need to find some good recipes. We just had a raw cafe open in my town, and I’m dying to try it.

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