Tamater of my dreams + giveaway

Hey everyone! Hope your humpday is treating you well 😀

For dinner last night, I broke out this treasured heirloom tomato.


I got it a Whole Foods on Sunday because it was so beautiful, and decided it was destined for some caprese before our dinner last night.

I sliced it up and topped with sea salt and pepper


Topped mine with raw goat cheddar and the pilot’s with havarti, and fresh organic basil

caprese (2)

It was pretty face-rocking amazing 🙂

For dinner, we had a little Italian shrimp stir-fry thingy that I made up on the spot.


I sauteed an onion and garlic, then added a can of organic diced tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, sea salt, pepper, a splash of balsamic and red pepper flakes. Then I added in some organic shrimp, topped with fresh basil and served with roasted asparagus.

Not too shabby 😉

The pilot had a lot of studying stuff to do last night (wah wah) so I chilled and watched American Idol and then called it a night.

This morning, I met the girls for a weights sesh (munched an apple on the way) and we dominated our core. I’m going to be sooooore tomorrow. It feels nice to know you did something 🙂

After weightstravaganza, I couldn’t wait to have another Cherry Chocolate Bomb smoothie (Kristen’s recipe). I made the same changes that I made the other night and it was equally amazing.


I did some work on the computer, then had a slice of millet for snack covered in a blanket of nutritional yeast and chili powder.


After running some errands, I had a quick meeting with the cafe owners to go over the plans for the cafe.

I still can’t believe this is really happening!


The thing is, we need some help. We’ve been thinking of names for a few weeks and haven’t found anything we love. (The pilot has contributed the funniest hippie sounding names he could come up with…goofer). I want to name for the cafe to be something intriguing, but without the words “vegan” or “raw” because I don’t want to scare anyone away by thinking we only serve carrot sticks. So, what would you name a high-raw, gluten-free, vegan cafe??

By leaving a suggestion below, you’re giving us permission to use the name you suggest (or a variation) 😀

 The creator of the name we end up using will receive a batch of macaroons and $50 worth of goodies from the health food store (think almond butter, bars, nutritional yeast, or whatever fun things you might be needing).

We’ll pick a “winner” by Friday and I’ll have the goodies out by Saturday.

I know ya’ll are geniuses at this sort of thing and I can’t wait to read your suggestions!!!

I’m off to train a client, then pilates and ZUMBA!



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  1. samantha on February 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    sweetgreen, whole.

  2. Tiffany on February 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    What about “The Other Side,” as in “The grass is greener on…”

  3. Chava on February 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm


    With a big slash between:)

    Sounds great- wish I could come eat there!

  4. Bethany on February 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm




  5. nelly on February 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    fresh eatery

    olive oil or sweet pea (popeye’s people)


  6. RobinW on February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Aureole, it’s a beautiful word meaning ‘halo’, which is like having a healthy glow!

    The Vibrant Almond

    Spicy and Fresh

    Clean Flavor

    Living Flavor

  7. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on February 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of tomatoes plain … I do roast them with some basil and garlic once in a while and they’re delicious!

    How about something like Fresh? Or The Lite (or Light) Cafe?


  8. Tatum on February 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I think it needs a nice catchy one word name. Something like ‘Fresh’ or ‘Crisp’. One of my favorite little spots is a salad shop called ‘Tossed’. It’s simple yet inviting

  9. Allison W. on February 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Veggie Palace?
    Veggie Enchantment?

  10. Brooke on February 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    What about Nuts & Beets instead of “Nuts & Bolts” may be too far fetched but I can’t get it out of my mind and then you could have a blender/nut cracker symbol or something. My other idea was Devour, short and simple and would definitely entice me to stop by!! Good luck and congrats!!

  11. Mj on February 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Cafe liberation!
    Liberating cosumers from the nasty derivatives and additives that are now all too common in everyday food(especially processed).
    Also liberating in the sense that it defeats the prejudice that all vegans only eat huge salads(even though salads are bomb).
    and last of all it also plays off the rebellious edge I feel a lot of vegan and vegetarians embody to forgo what is “marketed” to us as healthy for “economical” and other unsightly reasons

  12. Ashley on February 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    what about Sano cafe (Sano is spanish for healthy )

  13. cjbrownsc on February 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I like “It’s All Good!”.

  14. Diane on February 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Living Well or The Living Well (as a play on words since it’s raw a.k.a. “living” food and people could come to the Well for nourishment…)

    Congrats and good luck! 🙂 Your blog is always so inspiring and “real”!

  15. Neslie on February 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    how about…..

  16. Randi on February 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I always thought a good vegan restaurant name would be:


    or Cafe Root?
    It sounds very strong to me.

    • Beth on February 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      I’m not sure if it has been suggested yet…I started reading, but after 4 pages I skipped to end. LOL

      Origins, or Origins Cafe or Taste the Original

  17. Jessica Nagle on February 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    okay I just typed out a bunch of names and clicked submit and they didn’t go through… a little frustrating!!! :/ i’ll try to remember them…

    -Vivre… means to live, to be alive, to exist

  18. Elise on February 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Oh Vivre is good! Although maybe people wouldn’t know how to pronounce it?

  19. Natalie Rojano on February 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Lonchi 🙂

  20. Olga @ Healthing It on February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    A Piece of Mind
    Au Naturel
    Crunch Cafe
    Naturally Better
    According to Nature
    & the beet says to the coconut
    nature’s script
    Nature’s Rx
    Green with Energy

  21. Lea on February 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Quintessence-which is Latin for essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
    Lucky Palate
    Everybody Eats-food for everyone
    Sacred Chow- like sacred cow
    Green Symphony
    Cafe Viva
    Good Earth Cafe
    Lucky Palate

  22. Jenna on February 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Gina’s Munchies!

  23. Kelli on February 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    How about Health Nut, or Tru, as in, Too Good to be True (because it is healthy and raw and still yummy)?

  24. Jessica Lee on February 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Raw and Raunchy

  25. Kelli on February 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Devour (I don’t know if I spelled that right. Like if you devour your food.)

  26. Jessica Stammen on February 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    NOSH (as in, munch)



    Socks off





    (I’d love to be noshin’ on your macroons!)

  27. Alice on February 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Zoom Bar

    Pros: Airplaney reference, Zumba shoutout, about getting Energy
    Cons: Might sound too much like a coffee shop

    Lift / Cafe Lift

    Pros: Lift evokes pilot stuff, as well as health & wellbeing – lifting your game, getting lighter, weightlifting.


    Pros: Simple, encapsulates the vegan/raw ethic and food aesthetic. Evokes Luxuriousness and abundance – the opposite of the stereotype of vegans as abstemious sprout eaters.

    Enlighten Food

    Pros: About lighter, more mindful and considered eating.
    Cons: A bit hippy-ish, could come across as preachy

  28. Katherine on February 19, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Pulire (clean in Itallian)
    Tersus (clean in Latin)
    Aptitude for Epicurean
    Apple Pie Order

  29. Katy (The Balanced Foodie) on February 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hey Gina, I already posted but I saw this as a name for an event and I thought it was a great name for a cafe.


  30. Morgan on February 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Glamour Grub by Gina

  31. All Women Stalker on February 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

    That’s a glorious-looking tomato right there! And my mouth’s watering just looking at your stir-fried shrimp.

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