Soul Food

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! How’s your weekend going so far?? I’m feeling like a new person after 11 hours of sleep… when I went to bed last night, we had been awake for 20 hours! I happily made up for it last night 😀

After we got into Tucson, we were greeted by my familia, then stopped by the madre’s for a little while before I had to go to the dentist. One hour of teeth scraping later, my mom and nana picked me up and we met everyone at my little bro’s basketball game.


(The guys in the stripey shirts were playing for the white team)

I forgot how intense high school basketball games are! It was fun, even though I never imagined that I’d be cheering for my rival school, Sabino. My little bro goes there and I went to Sahuaro, back in the day 😉

After the game, we came home and got ready, and then all 12 of us (my grandparents, mom, stepdad, two brothers, my bro’s girlfriend, the pilot’s friend, and the pilot and I) went to La Parrilla Suiza, where they have the best green salsa I’ve ever had.

I had about a thousand unpictured chips dipped into said foodgasmic salsa. I usually don’t eat the chips and salsa, because once I start, I can’t stop, but last night I just rolled with my hankering 😀

I usually get the tamales, but ordered something different last night:



Oh how I love ze little shrimp.

The fajitas came with an awesome coleslaw with purple cabbage and a light vinaigrette and some guacamole – I asked for extra slaw instead of tortillas because it’s soooooo good 😉


And had frijoles with no cheese, which rocked my face off.


I wanted to swim in them.

Mexican food is my ultimate soul food. It just reminds me of when I was a youngin’ and makes me so happy 🙂

I crawled into bed when we got to the madre’s and fell into a Mexican food baby coma. T’was glorious.

This morning, we’re going to hit the gym and then say hi to the dadoo’s family before going SHOPPING!

Have a wonderful Saturday and I’ll see ya soon <3



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  1. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

    OMG those fajitas and slaw look amazing!!! Makes me want to go for more authentic Mexican 🙂

  2. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on January 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Those are the yummiest fajitas i’ve ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy yum… I want to come there for dinner!!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

      seriously you should– that place is AMAZING 😀

  3. Nicole on January 9, 2010 at 11:13 am

    have fun!! about to go to the gym to do one of your treadmill workouts 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

      yeahhhhh! please let me know what you think! 😀

  4. Jess on January 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Despite growing up on Italian and Eastern European food, the stuff I crave most often is Mexican and Asian. Go figure. A good homemade pierogy takes me back, though!

  5. Michelle@Eatingjourney on January 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I love Mexican food. In Australia NO ONE can make it well. It’s gut wrenching to go out to mexican here and they have a pumpkin, sunflower seed burrito w/ rosemary.

    it’s just wrong

    • Fitnessista on January 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

      hahaha that’s definitely a little different 🙂

  6. Sara on January 9, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Mmm love shrimp fajitas! That’s always my choice of entree when I go eat Mexican food! I live in California where we have some pretty good Mexi cuisine and I always miss it SO MUCH whenever I’m abroad!

  7. LindsayRuns on January 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

    It’s not my heritage, but Mexican food is my favorite. I could eat it every meal and be happy. Love the idea of the slaw, wish they did that here!

  8. Rachel on January 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Love Mexican food, but it’s so hard to make healthy choices with it. I often have the shrimp fajitas, though 🙂 Shrimp’s my favorite!

  9. Jenna on January 9, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Food looks great!!

  10. stacey on January 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Your food looks so good! I think that I might have to make some mexican food for dinner tonight:)

  11. Paige @ Running Around Normal on January 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    That’s so sweet you went to your little bro’s game!! Sounds like so much a fun with such a big group. That slaw looks amazing!

  12. Erica on January 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Sounds amazing and the food looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Shrimp fajitas it what I always get also 🙂

    Have a wonderful time with your family and soak up every minute!

  13. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on January 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    mmm shrimp fajitas are my favorite!

  14. Jessica (Get My Skinny On) on January 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Those shrimp fajitas look delish! they definitely make me want to make some =)

  15. Jenny on January 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    It was so weird going back to high school sports events for my little bro. Really fun though!

    Have a great Saturday 🙂

  16. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on January 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Great eats! I love fajitas

  17. Romy on January 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Your shrimp’s look yummy!!! I love shrimps too 😀 I would have devoured this too 😀 Have fun with your family!!!

  18. Marissa on January 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Yum! I think Mexican Food is my favorite!

  19. Susan on January 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Glad you got a great long lazy sleep. Yum that Mexican food looks so good. We can’t really get it here but I try my hand at making fajittas and salsa. Not as good as the real thing.

  20. Lexi on January 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I love shrimp fajitas! I always order that when I go out for mexican. I love mexican food so much, but I would have to say that indian food is my ultimate soul food.

  21. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on January 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    That looks so good! I love mexican food!

  22. Run Sarah on January 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Chips and salsa are my weakness at Mexican restaurants! I’ve decided to stop buying tortilla chips at home, so when I go out I can enjoy as much as I want.

  23. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Hope you are having a great trip, that dinner looks amazing!

  24. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I always forget how intense highschool bball was too. I remember parents flipping out and getting in fights!

  25. skinnyrunner on January 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    oh yum. mexican food is definitely my splurge food. so tasty.

  26. Lauren on January 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Wow, I’m having convulsions over this Mexican feast! What a fantastic night out with the family. They would have had to roll me out of that place when I was done. 😉
    Have a great weekend sweetheart!

  27. Susan on January 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Gina, I got to say your breakfast cookie is yum yum yum!!! I made it and added rice protein powder, cinnamon and some blueberries. Heaven. Thank you, can’t wait for the day when your cookbook is published!! Enjoy the sunshine and hanging out with your family.

    • Fitnessista on January 10, 2010 at 1:51 am

      yeahhhh! i’m so glad you like it 😀
      me too, girl 😉
      still sending prince vibes your way 🙂

  28. Julie @ Pickley Pear on January 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I’m totally making shrimp fajitas tomorrow evening. Your meal looks de-lish!

  29. Allison on January 10, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I am catching up on a few days of posts, and when I read that you held the dog while the pilot fixed her carrier on the plane, I temporarily forgot that you were talking about your husband and I was like “whoa, the airplane pilot fixed her dog carrier?”…..and then I realized.
    I am glad husband/pilot helped while pilot/pilot flew the plane.
    Have fun in AZ–I am so jealous–I lived there my wholeeeeeeee childhood and it is the greatest place on earth.

  30. Leah on January 10, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Those fajitas sound so good! Fajitas are my favorite thing ever. I just love mexican food.

  31. katie on January 10, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Mmmm that food looks amazing! So glad you’re enjoying time with your family! I totally understand the exhaustion-we drove down to Florida on Friday, after I got off. Even though I slept a couple hours in the car, it was 24.5 hours Between times that I was in a bed. Craziness.

  32. Kalli@fitandfortysomething on January 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Love shrimp fajitas too!

  33. Tyler on January 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I wish I had some good Mexican restaurants close by! Those look delish! I’ve been trying to find the Mandy Ingber Yogalosophy DVD, do you know where you can buy it by chance? I’m all up in Amazon’s business and I can’t find it to save the life of me. Maybe Best Buy?

  34. Sarah on January 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    YUM. I am in California and mexican food is 1) as authentic as you can get without being Mexico and 2) delicious here. I have about 4 favorites in town alone. Glad you had a chance to indulge on your trip! Mexican food is my absolute fave.

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