Orlando Weekend Part 1

Hey everyone!



(Pic from here) And HAPPY WEEKEND to my non-American readers 😀

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend so far! We’re having so much fun in Orlando… even though half of our little party group remembers all of last night.

This might be to blame:


That’s a pitcher of chocolate vodka and Bailey’s. Yes, it was that kind of night 😉

We got into O-town safe and sound, dropped Viesa off at the pet hotel –she doesn’t stay at my Aunt’s because she tried to eat her Yorkie once – and had a little pre-dinner drink.


That’s a Bailey’s shake.. basically the best thing I’ve ever made in a blender. Frozen bananas, Baileys, Kahlua, almond milk and cinnamon. Absolutely amazing.

We all went to Opa for dinner- one of my favorites. My aunt and I ate at this awesome restaurant last time I was in town.


(Dancing on the tables and napkin throwing are encouraged)

Megan and I (and her pilot’s head…edited to say: he wanted me to note the fact that he was making a goofy face. Hahah)


Of course we got our Baileys and chocolate vodka pitcher, while the pilots opted for Red Bull and Vodka:



(hubba, hubba)

We got the INCREDIBLE smash-at-your-table hummus with pita slices for the table:


And my aunt and I shared eggplant dip:


(I ate the dip and hummus plain since I don’t eat white bread)

Greek salad with goat cheese instead of feta:




Mixed greens with lemon and olive oil which were a little on the greasy side, but still good:


And some bites of the baklava they brought out for my cousin’s birthday:


We feasted and danced on the table. I call that a good night 😉

We also went out to Chili’s after Opa so that the non-lightweights (aka gladiators) could drink more, but I was done drinking for the night. Instead, I ate my weight in tortilla chips and salsa. They tasted SO good and it was an excellent choice to have it as my treat night for the week—totally worth it.

This morning, we got up and went to a two hour Zumba class at the YMCA. Unbe-freaking-lievable. It didn’t feel like two hours at all and I LOVE taking classes every now and again instead of teaching them.

After Zumba, we were all still a little full from our late-night tortilla chips, so we went to Whole Foods and got juices.

I got a green apple, kale, lemon and parsley juice which melted all of the Baileys away:



Now, we’re off to Epcot and will be watching the fireworks from the Disney area 😀

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I won’t be blogging tomorrow since we’re heading back to V-town, but I’ll be back on Monday with the rest of our trip re-cap and the Shape Up workout for the week. See you then!



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  1. lilveggiepatch on July 4, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I've had made-at-the-table guac before, but hummus is a whole 'nother story! Looks delicious.

    Have a great trip with Megan and your pilots! Happy 4th 🙂

  2. mayapamela525 on July 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Love all the bailey's combo! That stuff is like chocolate milk…only better.


  3. heartswholefoods on July 4, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Can't go wrong with delicious hummus (crushed on the spot!) with fresh pita bread. Mmmm! Yay for delicious Greek food–I just had some for lunchie :). ooooh and I adore baklava, looks soo good!

    Sounds like you are having a great time in Orlando. Happy 4th of July!

  4. Annie D. on July 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    EPCOT is my favorite! Have fun!!

  5. Normal Gal on July 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    OK, normally I only have Baileys in the winter, but with that concoction, I must try now!! haha

  6. carolinebee on July 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    ha i really liked the last picture of Viesa thinking she's petite enough to fit in your lap 😀 What a funnnn night, your dranks look way better than the boys'!

  7. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on July 4, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    sounds like a great night! Glad you had fun!

    Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  8. Krista on July 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Oh wow, I love Bailey's! That pitcher sounds like a fine brew!
    Happy 4th!

  9. Gena (Choosing Raw) on July 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    sooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!

  10. Joelle (Chasing Pavements) on July 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    That Bailey's shake sound amaaazing-and I didn't even know they had chocolate vodka!

  11. Mandy on July 5, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Um… I NEED to make some of the Bailey's shake right away!!

    TWO hours of Zumba?? How fun!!! We only have one hour classes… Zumba is really new to me – I've only been going for a month now and only once a week, unfortunately… but I am addicted!!!! Such a blast!!! Or blasty 😉

    Enjoy the rest of your trip! Orlando is my home town… I miss Disney's fireworks!!!

  12. shelby on July 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    At the table hummus!? That sounds soooo good!

    Its a little late but Happy 4th Gina!

  13. eatingbirdfood on July 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

    It sounds like you all had a GREAT time and the baileys shake is right up my alley!

    Enjoy Orlando.

  14. K on July 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Hi there! I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I love your blog! I came across it the other day & I couldn't stop reading. I even read through your archives!

    You've inspired me to give some healthy recipes a try because they just look so yummy on your site!

  15. MarathonVal on July 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I'm so impressed that you attended a TWO HOUR Zumba class! What an athlete!

    Also I love the idea of choc vodka (which I didnt even know existed) and Baileys… sounds fab!

  16. Girl on Raw on July 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Wow I don't know how you do the exercise after a massive night. I am wiped out all week usually. I AM THE lightweight 😉

  17. shefit on July 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Love the pics! looks like you are having a great time!

  18. heyitstay on July 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    That Bailey's milkshake sounds IN-CREDIBLE!! So tasty, I'm sure.

    My sis and I were just talking how awesome it would be to go to Disneyland (or World!) for the 4th – I'm sure they had amazing fireworks!

    Oh and Chili's chips & salsa = amazingly good choice. So warm, and thin and salty. Perfect!

  19. Christina on July 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hummus crushed at your table sounds so authentic and all the food looks amazing! Hope you had fun at Epcot 🙂

  20. Bec on July 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    sounds like you had an amazing weekend, that hummus sounds delic!

  21. fittingbackin on July 5, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    WOW – all of that food looks SO good, Love it! Your drinks look yum too – love the RB/vodka pitcher – woo! Hope the fireworks were fab and you had a good trip back to GA!

  22. Danielle on July 5, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Happy 4th my dear… glad you're having such a great time 🙂

  23. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on July 6, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I'm thinking the hummus wasn't the only thing "smashed" at the table. 😉

    Glad you had such a fun 4th! I'm thinking some green juice was very necessary this morning.

    Hope you have a great Monday!

  24. Thinspired on July 6, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Snmash at your table hummus is freaking awesome! Happy 4th to you, Gina!

  25. Anna on July 6, 2009 at 9:14 am

    What a fun weekend! Those drinks look totally incredible. And that hummus! swoon!

  26. justine on July 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    You are seriously making me want to move to Orlando!!


  27. Kristen's Raw on July 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    What a blasting fun time!!!!!

  28. William Roberts on June 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I love to taste some greek foods because they are very spicy..”;

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