Opening night success

Hey everyone! Hope you’ve had a great night- sorry I’m posting so late, but today has been go-go-go until now!

I woke up LATE this morning after 10 beautiful hours of sleep, face-planted. Needless to say, I missed yoga and went to Zumba with blanket-marks still on my face. Sexy, no?? 😉 I grabbed a nanner with AB before shuffling out the door:


Zumba was just what I needed to get out of my zombie-like trance. It was a lot of fun and I did back and biceps for 25 minutes before coming home to get ready for work.

I munched a fruit plate:


And a protein drinky made with almond milk, vanilla brown rice protein, chia seeds, carob, cinnamon and Stevia.


I got to 105degrees and everyone had been long at work prepping for tonight’s grand opening.

image  (Pic courtesy of Michelle)

And started helping Kelly with all of the desserts we needed to make for tomorrow—we make almost everything at least a day in advance.

image (Pic also courtesy of Michelle)

As I was prepping away, Matthew Kenney came over and asked if it was cool if I were interviewed by ABC for the 10 o’clock news in about 5 minutes. I was like, “Um… sure????” and before ya know it, I had a mic pinned on and a camera light and fellow U of A alumnus (go cats!) in my face. I’m very, very relieved to say it went pretty well –I didn’t have enough time to get nervous!- and I’ll post the clip for you guys as soon as it becomes available.

I got back to work, and after a while I was feeling snacky so Kelly and I shared this glorious raw sushi roll.

004  (The avocado had gotten too brown for the kitchen to serve it, so we happily took care of it for them)

The restaurant was BUMPIN’. Seriously, it was the place to be in OKC on a Saturday night if you were hankering for a gorgeous and healthy meal. I was so excited to meet 4 bloggies while I was working, too!!!! 😀 Thanks so much for saying hi, girls and I wish we would have had longer to chat!!!

By the end of the evening, Kelly and I had plated and sent out 65 desserts. Yeahhhhhhhh 🙂 We were also very stoked because Michelle came in to do some prep work in the back, since we start serving breakfast on Monday and have some new recipes (Beignets, cinnamon-orange rolls or rocky road brownies, anyone??).

About 10 hours later, it was time to call it a night and the service meal was the same Thai cucumber salad we made in class Monday.

To beef mine up a little (since I was starvin’ like Marvin), I added some kelp noodles with a spicy almond butter sauce.



I’m back at the hotel-case just chilling in the silence after tonight’s frenzy. The energy inside a kitchen is crazy awesome, but it definitely feels good to come home and chillax for a while afterwards.

Tomorrow, Michelle and I are going for a long(er) run and hoping to do some yoga, too. I need some stretching action, big time! 🙂

Hope you all have a fabulous night and a very happy Sunday! See ya tomorrow 😀



Zumba song of the day:”Blanco” by Pitbull

Oklahoma bloggies: Please send me an email (fitnessista at gmail dot com) and let me know if you’d be interested in doing a blog meet-up this Wednesday night.

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  1. Nicci@NiftyEats on September 13, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Sounds like the grand opening was a huge hit! Ive ever heard of kelp noodles before, they do look yummy though. You can’t go wrong with sushi anytime!

  2. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on September 13, 2009 at 1:30 am

    You look cute in the chef outfit! Sounds like you’re doing great.

  3. Pam on September 13, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Hey that’s great about the interview…pretty cool!

    Food keeps getting better…yum!

  4. Angharad (Eating for England) on September 13, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Umm Blanco by Pitball? Rocking.
    Looks like you had a super busy and fun night! Love the look of that caterpillar-y sushi roll!

  5. michelle on September 13, 2009 at 2:23 am

    thats so exciting to be on tv!so happy for you. and i was wondering where the banana sandwiches had gone

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 13, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Wow I can tell from your post that the place was slammed. Opening night that was preceded with tons of press…yeah, you’re workin your tail off. I have worked in the bar & nightclub business for 10 years and I know what it’s like to literally turn hundreds of tables a night…with hundreds/thousands of people coming in and out. It’s freakin’ exhausting and that sweet, sweet quiet of your own space after the chaos of the day/nite that is never-ending..well, relish and savor your silence woman, you deserve it! Enjoy your workout tomorrow, can’t wait to see your news clip!

  7. Jess (Fit Chick in the City) on September 13, 2009 at 7:57 am

    What an exciting experience you’re having there! All the food looks super yummy! Enjoy your run and yoga class today.

  8. Melissa on September 13, 2009 at 8:14 am

    You’ve probably mentioned this before, but what IS that between the slices of nanner? It looks absolutely delicious!

  9. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on September 13, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Yum, raw sushi sounds amazing! I hope the night went well =)


  10. CaSaundra on September 13, 2009 at 9:23 am

    You’re becoming quite the TV star–love it!!

    So glad you’re enjoying your time; I love reading
    about your adventures 🙂

  11. Lizzy on September 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Aw i wish i was in Oklahoma now! i hope the meet up is a success! YAY for the grand opening of 105 degrees! congrats girl

  12. K on September 13, 2009 at 9:53 am

    That breakfast menu!? Amazing! Congrats on the success and being interviewed!! I can’t wait to see the clip!

    Your zumba song cracked me up because my mom told me yesterday she’s a Pitbull fan! Hahah!

  13. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

    That sushi roll looks incredible!! Make me one?? 🙂 So glad it went well!

  14. Stephanie on September 13, 2009 at 10:18 am

    How exciting and wonderful that opening night was such a success! And congrats on the news coverage, you are becomin’ famous eh 😉 !!

  15. The Pilot on September 13, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Congrats, baby! I’m sure evrything was amazing. Maybe mail some home? Ha, love you <3

  16. Jenna on September 13, 2009 at 11:11 am

    looks like you had a fun opening night!

  17. Gena on September 13, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    You’re seriously driving me nuts with all of the food porn! And nice shot of the kelp noodles — I’ve been enjoying them myself!

  18. Lisa on September 13, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Your sushi rolls look really good – we just made homemade sushi last night and it was a ton of fun, except ours weren’t quite as good looking. Congrats on getting so much great media attention, I definitely would love to try a raw food restaurant soon!

  19. Pam (Highway to Health) on September 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Congrats on the successful opening night and the interview! Your pictures are out of control! Yum!

  20. Katie on September 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Raw cinnamon-orange rolls and rocky road brownies sound AMAZING! I don’t guess you can share any recipes, huh…? 😉

  21. Amanda on September 14, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, I just found this site through, and since I’m into Raw Food I had to check you out. The Sloppy Joe’s recipe looked amazing and I will be doing that some time soon. But you ahve plenty of stuff that look amazing and you seem like an inspirering person.

    I love your website 🙂

    Raw Food Girl from Sweden <3


    • Fitnessista on September 14, 2009 at 11:10 pm

      hey girl!
      thanks so much for taking the time so say hi 😀 so glad you’re enjoying the bloggy so far!
      take care <3

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