The menu, revealed

Hey everyone! HAPPY FRIDAY! Wahoooo! Hooray for the weekend and double hooray that I get to see that pilot guy tonight ๐Ÿ˜€

My last night at work was great โ€“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 โ€“this was the best batch Iโ€™ve tasted.. so fluffy and tofu-like- kale salad, carrots and sauerkraut. Pretty much amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 Hellโ€™s Kitchen-esque dreams. Iโ€™m insanely nervous for tonightโ€™s 3-course dinner final, especially since I couldn’t taste anything I prepped yesterday. Iโ€™m hoping when I get there this afternoon, it tastes the way itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 didnโ€™t get out the nervous energy I was hoping for. Iโ€™m still a hot jittery mess.

I hit up the spa โ€“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, Iโ€™ll be posting the recipes for all of the above and will hopefully have some awesome pics to share with yaโ€™ll.

Please send some luck and good vibes my way ๐Ÿ˜€



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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    That menu is PHENOMENAL!! Best of luck!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    The menu sounds awesome! You’ll be awesome too ๐Ÿ™‚
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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

    GOOD LUCK GINA!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  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* ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Amazing menu! Can I come and join you?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Simple breakfasts like toast and nut butter can be so good ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck on tonight!!

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