The Day the Taste buds Died

Hey guys! How’s it going?? I loved reading your guesses for whom our celebrity taster is going to be. You may have just hit the nail on the head. That’s all I’m saying 😀 SO EXCITED!

Today was an off-day from the gym, so I slept in a little made a fun bfast.


Chia pudding! 1/4 cup chia seeds (I can’t help but think “ch-ch-ch-chia” every time I reach for the chia bag), 3/4 cup almond milk, sliced nanner, mesquite powder, Stevia, cinnamon and a drizzle of almond butter.

All mixed up:


I got to class and we got started on our final exam. You may have seen me on Twitter instead of studying 😉 The exam went pretty well but I do know of one question I missed. For the record, maca is from Peru and not Chile 😉

A stinky drinky to celebrate the test being over:

007  (Gingerade is my favorite so far)

And then I spent the entire day cooking with dead taste buds. (More on that in a second)

I made raw crackers as part of the appetizer:


And started on that one thing you saw the other day and it would not come out right to save my life. I made it three times and the texture was off and the taste wasn’t right, no matter what adjustments I made. I kept tasting it and adjusting and it tasted so bland to me! I took it up to our instructor who said the flavor was wonderful. I told her I couldn’t taste anything and she said that clove can numb your mouth (it’s used for dental ailments) and that was probably the reason why I couldn’t taste anything anymore. So I spent the entire day prepping food that I couldn’t taste!! So we’ll see what happens with that….

I did make a salad beast for lonchi when it was all over:


And ate almost an entire $10 bag of kale chips because I felt bad depleting the kitchen’s stash.


They were delicious though 😉

To unwind a little after school, I did a beautiful 20 minute Power Vinyasa #4 podcast courtesy of YogaDownload and am about to head to work.

Here’s the plan for the rest of my time here:

  • Work tonight
  • Hopefully drinks with the twins after work (I need some vino in my life!)
  • AM run
  • AM salon appt (to look less like a homeless person when I see my husband)
  • Prep for dinner
  • Final 3-course dinner presentation
  • Date with the pilot
  • Saturday yoga
  • Saturday event at the restaurant


The next couple of days are going to be a whirlwind but I’ll be sure to take lots of pics for ya and keep you updated when I can 😀

Tomorrow I’ll be posting pics and ALL of the recipes for my 3-course meal.

Have a great night!


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  1. Courtney on October 1, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I always think ch-ch-chia too, without fail. I’ll def. have to try kale chips if they’re half as amazing as you and others say they are!

  2. Lindsey @ Sound Eats on October 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I had no idea clove could do that! funky.

  3. rhodeygirl on October 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    can’t wait to see your final project!!!!!! xoxo

  4. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 1, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Yay for not loooking homeless for hubby. I think I need to make an effort to not look homeless since I DON’T have a hubby hahah

  5. Shelby on October 1, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I can’t wait to see the meal!

    Mmm, love that chia breakfast!

  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 1, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I cant wait to see your meal!!!

  7. kristi (sweet cheeks) on October 1, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Your bfast sounds so yummy…I need to try that!!

    Hope your weekend is a blasty! 🙂

  8. sue on October 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    gingerade is my favorite flavor too! good luck with the final dinner presentation!

  9. K on October 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    I had no idea clove could do that! Very interesting!! I can’t wait to see your meal – I can’t believe that your time there is already done, it flew by!

    Hope you got some vino 🙂

  10. Jenna on October 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    girl why do you keep drinking those horrid drinks if you don’t like them!?

    • Fitnessista on October 1, 2009 at 11:44 pm

      i DO like them now. but still think they are stinky 😀

  11. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I had no idea that cloves did that! Wow…you learn something new every day! Can’t wait to see your meal!

  12. Katie on October 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! I hope it goes just as you hope and that it’s the fantastic capstone to this amazing experience. Take lots of pictures – we can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂

  13. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Sorry bout the dead taste buds…a holistic alternative to baby orajel is clove oil for teething my dear 🙂 and also when I had my wisdom teeth out, they packed my mouth with clove-soaked gauze. It’s an numbing anesthetic and I cannot believe you just had to prep all your meals with a numb mouth! OMG girl, that’s not the greatest stroke of luck but I know they will all be smashing no matter what 🙂

  14. Jess on October 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I always think of the chia pets song too! I also love the yoga download free 20 minute flows!

    Good luck tomorrow! 🙂

  15. Kailey (SnackFace) on October 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

    Your chia pudding looks so luscious and amazing! Could that be taken in a dirty manner? I so didn’t mean it that way! Anyway, I also agree that it’s possible to love Kombucha but think it stinks– it so does! Hope your night was fabulous!

  16. Courtney on October 2, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I am sooo excited for the recipes! I wish I could get my hands on chia seeds. 🙁 Boo, looks like I will just have to keep come drooling all over your bloggie. 😀

  17. Cara (Cara Craves...) on October 2, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Good luck with the meal prep…I am sure your results will be fabulous!

  18. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on October 2, 2009 at 6:18 am

    mmm chia seeds are deliciosu! I love them in my oatmeal and they have such a rich nutty flavor!

    your recipes are fantabulous, what a little chef you are!

    good luck with the meal!!

  19. Paola on October 2, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Actually I knew about clove, just not that it could be that bad!! But I must have missed where you ran into them in the above…??
    Anyway, good luck for the meal, I’m really, really curious!

  20. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on October 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Did not know that about cloves – interesting.

    Oh, how I would love some all raw kale chips! Really need to make my own…really need an Excalibur. 🙂

    Enjoy your last few days there Gina – I can’t believe it’s almost over!

  21. Chelsa on October 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

    You should really check out if you havn’t already. The classes are better than most real life classes that I have been to. The instructors are amazing and super imformational. The subscription is really cheap I think $9 a month for unlimited hour long classes although they offer one free class each week. And I love the blog section which they update with free 20-30 minute sessions. I have been using this site for years and love it!!!

  22. Chelsa on October 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

    and it kind of sounds like they paid me to say that but I promise they didn’t. I’m just obsessed lol

  23. Danielle on October 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

    That must be so weird to not be able to taste anything! Can’t wait to see your recipes!

  24. Carrie on October 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Good luck and have a great time with your husband! I just bought some chia seeds and I cannot wait to make that breakfast. That salad looks amazing also! I am going to search for a recipe for kale chips now. I have got to get that excalibur out and working!!!

  25. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on October 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Oohh kale chips — I have been craving them. So good!

  26. Kimberly@Living Free on October 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I have never heard that about cloves! I have also never had raw kale chips and was wondering if you have how to make them somewhere on your blog. I would love to try them:)

  27. Katie on October 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Gingerade is my favorite flavor too! I like the strawberry flavor as well!! Love your blog!

  28. Michelle on October 2, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Gingerade is my favorite too. It helps settle my tummy when I am stressing in the morning. Trilogy is awesome too as it is ginger and raspberry and lemon. Strawberry tastes kind of like strawberry cider and is pretty yum too.

  29. PG on October 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hey, Loved your series at this school! Best of luck for dinner tonite.

    I had one question, could you recommend a psiralizer? Also could you tell me how easy/difficult it is to use? I have read conflicting reviews.

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