Salad Domination

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a fabulous and relaxing day.

For dinner last night, we hit up BJs.


I love BJs Brewery. For 1 reason:



For those you who have yet to experience the pizookie, it is a cookie baked in a pizza pan, but not totally cooked, so it’s soft and gooey in the middle. Topped with ice cream, and usually chocolate chips, but this particular BJs wasn’t feeling very fancy last night 😉 I had about 5 glorious bites.

Also, a pomegranate sunset:

pom sunset

And for my entree, the garden medley salad with blackened salmon, no cheese, balsamic on the side.


Welcome to total salad domination.


I do have to show ya’ll my cousin’s smiley face fries:


How stinkin’ cute are those????

On the way home, we made faces together and took pictures. (Example: mad face, surprised face, all the classic Gina/Pilot faces)

Here’s one of the best ones: Cat Face


Rawr 😀 Haha

This morning, my aunt, cousins (the little ones stayed home and slept) and I went to Latin Cardio and then to Einstein’s for bagels.

I got a small orange juice:


and a good grains bagel with hummus, tomato and lettuce.


I really love bagels. Makes me wish Valdosta had a decent bagel place because the ones out of the package aren’t the same. At all.

We’re off to the BEACH!

See ya tomorrow with the last week of the Summer Shape Up 🙂



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  1. breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 on June 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

    First of all, I love BJ’s salads. YUM. Never had the pizookie though…gonna have to try it next time I go!!
    Have fun at the beach! I went yesterday 😀

  2. Dana in KC on June 13, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I do the same thing to a salad. A good salad is my all time favorite meal.

  3. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on June 13, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Oh my gosh, a pizookie sounds FANTASTIC!!!
    I had the pleasure of visiting Einstein’s bagels ONCE while I was in Indianapolis. Probably one of the best bagels I’ve ever had…they need to open in Upstate NY!! 🙂

  4. Nicole on June 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Wow that pizookie looks amazing! I don’t think there is a BJ’s around me, I love getting a good big salad when I go out to eat! I think thats the first time I’ve ever seen smiley face fries haha, have a good time at the beach ! 🙂

  5. Kristina on June 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Mmm, we used to LOVE BJ’s where we used to live… walk distance. I always got those salads, never saw those fries tho!! SO cute!! 🙂

    I’m totally craving a bagel sando now… 🙂

    Have a great day at the beach!

  6. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on June 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Wish I could go to the beach today 🙁

  7. Crystal on June 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I love the minestrone soup at BJs. And I have definitely been a bagel kick lately; cinnamon raisin ftw! 🙂

  8. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Ahh the pizzookie looks gorgeous (and enormous!) Have fun at the beach and soak up some rays for me – it’s raining here!

  9. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try a pizookie! Have fun at the beach, Gina!

  10. Run Sarah on June 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    That pizookie looks amazing!!! I love the cat face, haha! Latin cardio sounds like fun – what kind of class is it?

  11. Sarah @ cocoanutshakes on June 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hold up, is that pizookie half chocolate????? Amazing!! Those things are out of control good.

  12. Kelly Michelle on June 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I’m going to be in Orlando in a few weeks, you should totally go back! lol I am there a lot too (from Miami) but I always seem to miss meeting you

  13. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on June 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    YUUUUM Pizookie! What a great weekend you’re having 😉

  14. Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches on June 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Wow. That pizookie looks so good! Have a great time at the beach!

  15. Raphaela on June 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I can’t believe BJ’s is so close to me and I’ve never eaten there. I’m gonna have to try it. Maybe learn how to make a gluten free pizookie! Have fun at the beach!

  16. Cassie @ Tasteful Tales on June 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Gina… long time reader here but first time commenter! I just have to comment on that pizookie! That could be the best dessert idea ever and as a cookie dough fanatic I love the fact that it’s not all the way cooked so it is gooey in the middle!


  17. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on June 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I need a pizookie in my life!!!

  18. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on June 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Looks like a great trip! Glad you’re livin it up! I neeed a pizookie too!! I may try to re-create one – you’ve got me DROOLING! 🙂

  19. Danielle (Runs on Green) on June 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I had to re-read this post because I thought you were talking about BJs the superstore! (Like Costco)

    I’m wondering how they made a potato into the shape of a smiley fry?! lol

    Have fun at the beach 😀

  20. Katie on June 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I need a pizookie in my life especially after the rough road I have been going through, looks so good! I have never had one!

    Love the cute pic of you and your little cousin! So adorable!

    Glad you are having a great time with your family!!!

  21. Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife on June 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Moving to San Antonio soon and there is a BJ’s right by our townhouse. I’m DEF getting a pizookie!!!

  22. Romy on June 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Your salad looked delicious!! Enjoy your time on the beach 😀

    I can’t believe it yet but we’re going to California for our Honeymoon!!!! 😀 😀 San Francisco – Los Angeles – Las Vegas – Hawai and New York on our way back 😀 yay 😀 😀

    I’ve never been to the US. Can’t wait 😉

  23. Little Bookworm on June 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    That pizookie looks amazing! Yum. Hope you had fun at the beach!

  24. Amy @ Amy Starts To Run on June 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Pizookies. Are. The. Bomb.

  25. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on June 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    mmmmm fresh bagel sandwiches are the bomb.

  26. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on June 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    A pizookie sounds SO GOOD. I’ve never had one at a restaurant, but it sounds a lot like Toll House Pie- if you’ve never had that, you should definitely make it! Delicious. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  27. kristi (sweet cheeks) on June 13, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    PIZOOKIE!!! holy yum is all i have to say about that.

    how in the world did they make those smiley face fries?!? I want to try that with sweet potato fries, haha.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  28. Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on June 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Mmmmmm the famous Pizookie! Looks delish! Have fun at the beach!

  29. Carly @ The Road To Health on June 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Aw I like her sparkly nail polish! 🙂

  30. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    i love smileys! I used to buy those all the time,but since i dont eat fries much i haven’t bought them in a long time, they are so fun though! I love Mccains haha

  31. Jo on June 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Oh I love BJs! Those pizookie’s have so many calories though.

  32. Katherine on June 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    your cousin is adorable! that dessert is crazy, I just hope the photos are not in chronological order 🙂

  33. christina cadden on June 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Looks like lots of fun and that cookie looks amazing!

  34. Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit on June 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I am currently having a love affair with bagels, too. I love their versatility! An english muffin or slice of bread is just not the same 🙂

  35. Kellie on June 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Pizookies are the best. I try to make my own at home with a vitamuffin and light icecream, but it doesn’t even come close.

  36. Janna on June 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I love that you love pizookies! I really need to try one!

    haha my dad used to make those smiley face potato things when we were. aw. childhood memories.

  37. caronae on June 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I might have to try making my own pizookie one day!

  38. fittingbackin on June 13, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    smiley face fries?! too cute! I want that cookie… amazing! I had never heard/seen the word pizookie!!

  39. Julie @ Pickley Pear on June 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Wow the pizookie looks amazing! Good thing we don’t have BJ’s around here 🙂 Einstein’s is great. I don’t go nearly enough.

  40. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on June 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I love BJ’s Pizzookies!!!! They are absolutely amazing!!!

  41. Ellen on June 13, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Holy pizzookie, that looks off-the-charts AMAAAZING. I have no idea if there is a BJ’s near me, but you better believe I’m going to look into it!

  42. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on June 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Dessert envy here…..that pizookie looks delicious!!!!!!

  43. Kristie on June 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever failed to completely demolish and dominate every salad I’ve ever ordered at a restaurant. Only way to do it!

    I’m DYING for that pizookie right now… I’ve never had one before but I can easily see it instantly becoming my new favourite dessert at first bite.

  44. Brittany on June 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    It looks as though you are having a blast with the fam! I had a blackened salmon salad this weekend as well and basically finished it off the same way. Clean plate club all the way!!


  45. Kris | on June 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I have definitely never had a pizookie! We don’t have a BJ”s in Vancouver, but I bet we could make a healthy one of these very easily!


    • Fitnessista on June 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

      i made a vegan version for my birthday (and for a girls night) and it was even better than the original 🙂

  46. Natalie @cinnamonbums on June 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    i love pizookies! especially those huge pizookie platters where you can get like five different types of pizookies.. my fave is the original chocolate chip one, though the oatmeal raisin is also super good! one of my friends named her band “the pizookies” haha

  47. Erin on June 13, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Love your blog, read it mult times a day. 🙂 One thing you need to try!! Add Fresh Mint to your chocolate cherry bomb shakes… SO GOOD!!! had two today!! totally addicted…as you are. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

      oh YUM! i’ll definitely try that!

  48. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 14, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Mmm fresh, thick, doughy bagels are the best! Especially with a smear of cream cheese and smoked salmon. 😉

  49. Elisa on June 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Your cousin’s fingernail polish is my favorite thing about this post 🙂
    Love your blog!

  50. Lauren Pavelka on June 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I second Elisa, I love your cousins nailpolish. So cute!!

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