Raw eye candy

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great night 😀 Here’s the clip from the news segment we did yesterday:

Megan, Sonya, myself and Michelle

So after I last talked to ya, I went back into class (late! slacker!) and was greeted by the lovely mango custard tarts with macaroon-alomnd crust we made yesterday.


(Okie blog readers:I made two extra tarts at school and they’re in the fridge.. if you come to the grand opening tomorrow night and would like to take them off my hands, please let me know!)

Instead of munching the tart, I had a bowl of leftover custard that I had saved.



We had coffee or tea (I chose the Rooibos tea) to go with our desserts.

*Sigh* The good life 😉

We got out the makings for raw pizza and got to work on the crust, cheese, and marinated veggies.

The crust went into the dehydrator:


As did the veggies, and the cheese went into the fridge:


After that, we did a deep clean of the kitchen –cleaned EVERYTHING- which was not nearly as luxurious as munching dessert and drinking tea, but you gotta do what you gotta do 😀

We came back to the hotel-casa and I sat on the couch for a good 30 minutes before getting ready for work.

I had a little coffee cup of raw granola with almond milk:


And made a sludge to take for dinner:


(Almond milk, Vegalicious, spinach, chia seeds, cinnamon, sea salt, a banana and Stevia)

From now on, I’m traveling with my Vita-mix—can’t live without it!!

Lately, before the restaurant opens, the cooks plate and set out some of their dishes for Matthew to critique and talk to the Executive Chef (who is also super awesome) which adjustments can be made before service begins.

I got a couple of pics of the plates that were set out.. because well, they’re raw eye candy. I’m a big believer that you eat with your eyes first– and all of the dishes I’ve tried from the restaurant have been beautiful look at and glorious to munch 😀

The Raw Macro (Heirloom Carrots, Ginger Sauerkraut, Sesame Kale Salad, “Tofu” with Hijiki Caviar)


Arugula Salad (Green Figs, Walnut Toast Crostini with Aged Cashew Cheese)


Kelly and I ended up making a TON of desserts tonight—the place was bumpin’ which makes me even more excited for tomorrow night’s grand opening- and I even managed to get a pic of a table’s order after we set it out. I was given permission to take pics in the restaurant (awesome, ehh?) and it’s a rare moment when I’m not busy and my hands aren’t covered in food, but I was glad I could take a couple of sneaky quick pics.


Chocolate tart, Baklava, Passion fruit parfait and Cinnamon Trio (Chocolate-Covered Cinnamon Creamsicle, Spiced Brigadeiro, Panna Cotta with Green Fig Compote)

We had a pretty busy evening and a lot of prep work to do before tomorrow night. I’m off to beddie, but I’ll see ya after my first real-life vinyasa class– I’ve only done podcasts before, so this should be interesting;)

Have a lovely night!



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  1. Jenna on September 12, 2009 at 1:11 am

    great food pics, they all look delish!

  2. Amanda @ Panda Lunch on September 12, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Waaaaay too much fun stuff and yummy desserts! How fun. Glad you were able to snap a few pics! And you did great in the news segement BTW, I would have been so nervous! Can’t wait to see what tasty creations are ahead!

  3. Erin on September 12, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Gina, your voice is SO CUTE!

  4. Emily on September 12, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Thank you so much for posting all these delicious looking foods! I find them incredibly inspiring.
    Hope you’re having a great time 🙂

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 12, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Enjoy your vinyasa class in the a.m. Are you serious, only podcasts before? Girl, then enjoy ya-self!!

    Onto the food. The walnut cracker w/ aged cashew cheese…OMG I’ve died and gone to gluten free, raw, vegan heaven.

    I havent listened to your news seggie, my daughter’s sleeping and no sound (dont wanna wake a sleeping kidlet!) but I will listen in the morning. I can’t wait to hear it!

    And I am bringing my VitaGod on a trip this winter that’s like 5000 miles from home. Going away for a month and couldnt live without it either, in a foreign country no less 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend and the Grand Opening!!

  6. carolinebee on September 12, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Yayy you look so cute and excited in the video!! Good luck at vinyasa, that should be fun 😀

  7. foodcents on September 12, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Those looks absolutely tasty, even at 6:00am. Looks like a great experience you are having there, congrats:)

  8. Rebecca on September 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Love the ‘eye candy’. It all looks wonderful. I like how you had a mug of almond milk & granola!

  9. Lauren on September 12, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Great job on the news segment! That is so wonderful for you guys.

    And good luck tonight. I am sure it will outstanding!!! Good luck Gena! I’ll be thinking of you. 🙂

  10. VeggieGirl on September 12, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Did the anchor say “hair-loom” tomatoes?? Hahaha, oh boy 😀

    Gorgeous tart and OOOOOTHER treats!!

    I love vinyasa!! Enjoy the flow.

  11. Leianna on September 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

    All those raw dinner pictures looks so good, I could eat all of them!
    Thanks for sharing, good luck at the Grand Opening tonight!

  12. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on September 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Great segment! And eye candy for sure! Yumm… I need to learn how to make raw desserts!!


  13. Melissa on September 12, 2009 at 10:46 am

    That argula salad looks divine!!!! Do you get to take home all these beautiful recipes???

  14. Brittany on September 12, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Woo-hoo for being on the local news- you are officially famous! Totally wish I was in OK- I would definitely be coming to the Grand Opening tonight =)

  15. fittingbackin on September 12, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Aw loved the little video – your voice is so cute!!

    The pictures look amazing, especially the desserts!!

  16. shannonmarie on September 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I’m a big believer in the idea that you eat with your eyes first, too. With that in mind, my vision is satisfied with the arugula salad pic (figs are my fave), so now I just need to do the same for my taste buds and tummy 🙂

  17. Jenna on September 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Great job on the segment chica! Loved it.

    Holy yum, I would have been all over those tarts. The ‘crust’ sounds right up my alley!

  18. Jenny on September 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    look at your hot stuff! you were totes the star of this show 🙂

  19. The Voracious Vegan on September 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Congrats on the TV spot, how exciting! Everything looks absolutely amazing, especially that custard tarte….yummm! Have fun with Vinyasa, it is my favorite form of yoga. Remember to BREATHE!

  20. Amelia on September 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Just caught up on your last few posts. Totally loving your posts about school. It’s such a unique experience and I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying yourself! 🙂

  21. MarathonVal on September 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Great job on the news clip! 🙂

  22. Traci on September 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    We’ll be there tonight for dinner at 5pm!!! I’m so excited! (And if you have any of those tarts left, I’d be glad to help you out. Look for the short brunette with glasses with the tall husband and short adorable three year old!)


    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2009 at 12:52 am

      hi tracy!
      i’m so glad you guys came for dinner and it was so nice to meet you! your little daughter is ADORABLE. i wish you would have reminded me about the tarts.. i just got home from work and saw your comment! hope you enjoyed your meal and that you’ll be back 😀
      take care and thanks again for saying hi!

  23. Madre on September 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Best of all things great to you and every one there on your opening night!! We will be with you in mind and spirit! (and our tummies will just have to deal with not actually being there)
    Enjoy! Besitos, Madre

  24. Pam on September 12, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Great Vid…Gina….you looked so cute!

    Love the food!

  25. Krystyn on September 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    It looks like you are having such an awesome time!! That Mango Custard pie looks amazing!! And props on the segment, you did awesome!

  26. GirlonRaw on September 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    You looked uber cute in the video. I spoke to Matt last night. You have inspired me. I am keen to enrol :)))

  27. The Formerly Anonymous Yvette on September 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Wow everything looks so delish! Especially cashew cheese. — puhleeze! Never had a “hairloom” tomato though! Is that an OKC thing? Oh and I am a total granolaholic and yours looks amazing. Thank you as always!

  28. angieinatlanta on September 12, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Great pics! I love beautiful food; it just enhances the dining experience, right?

  29. WholeBodyLove on September 13, 2009 at 12:43 am

    You look so cute errr…pretty (I realize “cute” may sound condescending). I love seeing your creations!

  30. Shelby on September 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Fabulous video Gina!

    I don’t know how you do it… I wouldn’t be able to refrain from eating everything I made there!

  31. Gliding Calm on September 13, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    You are so cute Gina! This is sooo cool!!!

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