The menu, revealed

Hey everyone! HAPPY FRIDAY! Wahoooo! Hooray for the weekend and double hooray that I get to see that pilot guy tonight 😀

My last night at work was great –I was greeted with a ticket for a Four Shot and an ice cream- but it got even better because I got to join the twins for some vino and dinner

Beloved shiraz, where have you been all of my life?


And for dinner, the Raw Macro


Raw tofu –this was the best batch I’ve tasted.. so fluffy and tofu-like- kale salad, carrots and sauerkraut. Pretty much amazing 😀 I had a great time wining and dining with the girls and it was a great way to celebrate my last night at work.

I slept in a little this morning because I kept waking up last night and had some crazy Hell’s Kitchen-esque dreams. I’m insanely nervous for tonight’s 3-course dinner final, especially since I couldn’t taste anything I prepped yesterday. I’m hoping when I get there this afternoon, it tastes the way it’s supposed to!

B-fast was not the most aesthetically pleasing creation:


Ezekiel with almond butter, cinnamon and mesquite. Despite its less-than-stellar appearance, it rocked my face off 😀

I pounded out a sweaty 5.5 miles on the RAD (Revolving Apparatus of Death) using the same playlist from the other day. While the run felt glorious, it didn’t get out the nervous energy I was hoping for. I’m still a hot jittery mess.

I hit up the spa –no facial or massage this time, only the boring but necessary treatments- and am back at the hotel-casa getting ready to meet the twins for a smoothie before Michelle and I head to class for last-minute prep.

Here is my menu for tonight:

First Course:

Yellow Almond-Flax Crackers

Smoked Paprika Zucchini Hummus

Coriander and Orange Marinated Olives

Second Course:

Apricot, Mint and Cauliflower Rice Dolmas

Creamy Cucumber-Dill Sauce

Organic yellow bell pepper, tomato and kalamata olive salad

Third course:

Local honey and walnut Baklava

Coconut vanilla cream

Next time I see you, I’ll be posting the recipes for all of the above and will hopefully have some awesome pics to share with ya’ll.

Please send some luck and good vibes my way 😀



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  1. Anna on October 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    What a beautiful menu (those dolmas sound especially enticing)! Best of luck!

  2. Sarah on October 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    GOOD LUCK! I would dine at your place ANYTIME with a menu like that! MMMMM.

  3. kay (eating machine) on October 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    mm i thought it looked like you were making baklava! yummmm

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Wow yummy baklava AND coconut ice cream. You are amazing. This is aweomse.

  5. Georgina on October 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Gina, I’m a lurker who has really enjoyed reading your blog this past few weeks. Good luck tonight, your menu looks delicious! I’m jealous the classes you’ve taken sound great, I wish there was a 105degrees academy in Scotland! 🙂

  6. VeggieGirl on October 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    That menu is PHENOMENAL!! Best of luck!!! 😀

  7. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    GOOD LUCK TONIGHT!!! I’ll be thinking about you!

  8. Mellissa on October 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Good luck tonight- the menu looks amazing!

  9. brandi on October 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    your menu sounds awesome! I can’t wait to see pictures of it. Yay for seeing the Pilot soon!

  10. Jordan on October 2, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Apparently, I’m quite retarded. I just now noticed [over a month later] that you changed your URL or RSS feed or something… cuz I haven’t had an update from you since August! I got it all fixed now and it’ll never happen again <3 Ahhahha.

  11. Spotty Prep on October 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Good luck!!! I seriously wish I could be there to try those courses, yum 🙂

  12. Danielle on October 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Good luck, with such a great menu I’m sure you’ll do fine!

  13. Erica on October 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    The menu sounds AWESOME! I’m sure it will turn out great- you are so talented!! Good luck and enjoy seeing your man!

  14. Felicia on October 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Good luck!! It will be absolutely fabulous. 🙂

  15. Jaime (Embracing Balance) on October 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Sending you happy, lucky vibes!! *hugs*

    and laughed out loud at RAD. haha.

  16. K on October 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    G$, you are going to ROCK IT tonight!! Good luck 🙂

  17. caronae on October 2, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    The menu sounds awesome! You’ll be awesome too 🙂
    Good luck!

  18. Katie on October 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Local honey and walnut Baklava


  19. Andrea of Care to Eat on October 2, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    You don’t need luck! You got this one in the bag 🙂

  20. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on October 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Your menu sounds AMAZING! Can’t wait for the recipes. You’re going to kill it!

  21. Emily on October 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Good luck, Gina! You’ll do great! 🙂

  22. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) on October 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Best of luck! The menu sounds divine! Can’t wait to see the recipes!

  23. Tania :) on October 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Yum!! Sounds amazing. Good luck!! 🙂

  24. Stephanie on October 2, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    You are gonna rock that menu girl, sounds amazing!! I also love that you had sauerkraut last night, I’m Polish and love this stuff like crazy 🙂

  25. Janna from Just Flourishing on October 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    GOOD LUCK! I’m sure it will all go flawlessly!

    Very exciting you get to see the pilot. Have a great night!

  26. Brittany on October 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Good luck, good luck good luck! I having a funny feeling that you are going to do great!!

    I can’t wait to see the photos and recipes!

    Have fun seeing the pilot tonight.

  27. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 2, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Good luck sweetie, all will be well and you’ll do great!

  28. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Good luck!! Everything sounds incredible, and you’re going to do great!

  29. Veggie Booty on October 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Just reading the menu made my mouth water! You are going to rock their faces off 😉 Just HAVE FUN!!

  30. Nicole on October 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    good luck today! you will do great!

  31. Kaytee on October 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I love mediterranean food. It all sounds delicious.

    ALSO! I thought of you when I was watching Wheel of Fortune and one of the contestants was from Valdosta. Represent!

  32. Cara (Cara Craves...) on October 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I adore Baklava!
    I can’t wait to see how yours turns out.
    Have fun with it all.

  33. kristi (sweet cheeks) on October 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm


  34. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Good luck….how can you go wrong with a menu like that!?!

  35. Jenna on October 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    good luck tonight gina, you will rock it out! can’t wait to see all the foodie pics!

  36. Fallon on October 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    The menu sounds great. You’ll do amazing. Good luck girl!

  37. Paige@ Running Around Normal on October 3, 2009 at 12:12 am

    That menu is rockin’! You’ll do amazingly. But still. *sends good vibes to Gina* 🙂

  38. Shelby on October 3, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Amazing menu! Can I come and join you?! 😉

  39. CaSaundra on October 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Ooo fingers crossed!! Can’t wait to hear the
    outcome–I am sure you’ll blow em’ away! 🙂

  40. Tina on October 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Simple breakfasts like toast and nut butter can be so good 🙂

    Good luck on tonight!!

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