The Welcome Committee

Hi guys! How are you?? Hope youโ€™re having a fabulous weekend.

After a weights sesh, 1/2 spin class and 1/2 Latin Cardio class (I wanted to do both so I split it up!), I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Seasons 52 with the Orlando Welcome Committee:


Raya, Jeanette, Katy, Katy and Julie ๐Ÿ˜€

Seasons 52 has been my favorite restaurant since before the bloggy days (over 2.5 years!) and I was so excited to have my first โ€œI live in Orlando nowโ€ meal at their restaurant.

They greeted us with sparkling wine and seats at the chefโ€™s table, which had the most beautiful viewโ€ฆ


of the desserts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Heh heh.

I had a lovely glass of Reisling


and the chef prepared an amuse-bouche of smoky salmon with mango and pineapple salsa.


We also shared a bounty of incredible appetizers:

Goat cheese ravioli


(The goat cheese was warm and salty – perfect with the herbs and soft tomatoes)

Goat cheese and artichoke flatbread

flatbread (2)

Chipotle shrimp flatbread


and edamame with green tea sea salt.


For my entree, I chose my favorite lemon grass salmon salad. The salmon at Seasons is always cooked perfectly – Iโ€™m super picky about salmon being too well-done (because then it tastes like a pink eraser).

salmon (2)

And then, the best part.


desserts (2)

They left the entire tray of desserts at our table so we could wreak havoc on them ๐Ÿ˜€

We played musical desserts and each took a bite of one and passed it down. This is an excellent idea for those who arenโ€™t afraid of cooties ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dessert domination occurred:

lowly fruit

Except for the lowly fruit cup. Iโ€™m all about some fruit, but Iโ€™m not about to waste precious dessert-eating space on fruit when I could be munching on baklava ๐Ÿ˜‰


It was the perfect meal, with even better company ๐Ÿ˜€

During dinner, we talked a lot about life and also blog stuff, like:

-Why itโ€™s important to blog for YOU instead of for traffic

-experiences with negative comment haterade

-That running marathons must be similar to childbirth because you forget how painful it is

-Fashion blogs

HLS hotel ghost stories

-How people in the blog world, whom you donโ€™t physically *know*, can actually be considered friends ๐Ÿ˜€


Such a blasty. Thanks again girls for welcoming me and to Seasons 52 for my legendary food baby ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m off to take a dance class (apparently itโ€™s like being in a hip hop videoโ€ฆand I am ALL over that) and then meeting some more blog friends for lonchi.

Have a great day!



Todayโ€™s tip: Since itโ€™s a great idea to switch things up in your routine to prevent plateaus and boredom, a good rule of thumb is: if you did it yesterday, donโ€™t do it today. If you ran yesterday, go for some yoga or weights today. If you danced yesterday, spin today. Remember *change creates change* and by altering your routine on a daily basis, consistency will be even easier ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on September 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

    what a fun night! i’m the same way with salmon…overcooked and chewy is NOT something i’d pay money for – blech! have fun at your hip-hop video dance class ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on September 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Aw! It is so great that you already have built in friends in Orlando! Fabulous!

  3. Runeatrepeat on September 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Fun! So good that you get to be back with friends ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 18, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I love “change creates change” — that is so true in so many areas, not just plateaus! It goes along with that saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

    What a nice welcome committee — enjoy your weekend Gina!

  5. Nicole on September 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I want to dine at Seasons 52 so badly! It looks incredible. I’m applying to a school in Orlando, so maybe it’d happen sooner than I last expected!

  6. Little Bookworm on September 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Sounds a lovely night. Love the look of those mini desserts!

  7. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on September 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

    LOVE!!!! You, some of my favorite bloggies, and Seasons 52 all at once?! The only thing that would make it better would be if it were HERE ๐Ÿ™‚ Or I were there… Love you girlie!

  8. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on September 18, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Wow…what a fun event! When are you all coming to San Diego huh!?! I loved the comment on the overcooked salmon tasting like a pink eraser. I couldn’t agree more!

  9. Laury @ thefitnessdish on September 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Looks like a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d love to get a summary/ outline on those discussions, lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Joslyn (missfitbliss) on September 18, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Looks like a really fun evening.

  11. Whitney @ Whitinspired on September 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I love going out to eat with people who aren’t afraid to share! I love to try everything! That is such good advice about switching it up…too much of something is never a good thing.

  12. Raya @ Raya Runs on September 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Yay!!! So much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Karyn on September 18, 2010 at 10:23 am

    musical desserts sounds like the best game everrrrrrrrrrr

  14. Jessica@tastyandtrim on September 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

    All of the food looks great! Especially the flatbread and mini desserts. Glad you are enjoying Orlando, yay ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. christina cadden on September 18, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Looks like a great time!

  16. Chicago Cuisine Critique on September 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

    It looked like you ladies had a great time! Seasons 52 is one of my favorite Orlando restaurants. Yum!

  17. Jess - The Domestic Vegan on September 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

    That Tip of the Day is so true for me! I need to constantly switch it up, and that really helps me stay active consistently.

    Glad you have a nice welcome wagon in Orlando! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on September 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I want to be in Orlando!! Do any of you have an extra room I can move in to? ๐Ÿ™‚

    THANK YOU for today’s fitness tip. I recently got out of an exercise rut, and I’m trying really hard not to get myself into another one! It’s easy for me to fall into the trap of doing almost the same exercise routine repeatedly, so the general rule of “if you did it yesterday, donโ€™t do it today” is simple enough for me to remember…and hopefully stick to!

  19. MoniMeals on September 18, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Those lil desserts=Most likely the best thing I have ever seen in my life! Every restaurant should do that, plus it would help with portion control right!
    Great advice on swtiching it up.:)

  20. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat on September 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! The food looks like it was really good.

    Thanks for the tip today!

  21. Caitlin (EatFeats) on September 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Yay blogger buddies! What a great welcome dinner.

  22. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Aaw, looks like you had a wonderful welcome dinner!!

  23. Sana on September 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Oh HLS ghost stories ๐Ÿ˜‰ Mummm Baklava > Fresh fruit ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      your roons are on the way, little lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Allison on September 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    thatd be so fun to get together with a bunch of bloggers like that. Theres only one in my area, but we’re close.
    Kind of wish i lived in a big city

  25. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on September 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    All that food looks great! I’d have trouble deciding between your salmon and the chipotle shrimp flatbread, and would probably have to have both. You ladies look like you had an amazing time – I’m sure with blogger friends like that you’ll have no problem adjusting to your new home!

  26. Nicci@NiftyEats on September 18, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Looks like a great group of bloggers, it’s always nice to know a blogger wherever you may go.

  27. melissa on September 18, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    oooh green tea sea salt?! what was that like? i picked some edamame this week at the store, had a hankering and they are great for ya!

  28. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on September 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Looks like you had a blast! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You deserve it!!

    I’ve been loving changing it up… I did something different for each one of my work outs this week and feel great.

  29. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    “Iโ€™m all about some fruit, but Iโ€™m not about to waste precious dessert-eating space on fruit when I could be munching on baklava ;)”—OH THAT IS SOOOO TRUE!! Love that attitude and I employ the same thinking ๐Ÿ™‚

    Musical desserts, in my younger days I used to do that w/ my friends drinks when we were out. Like if theirs was pinker, cuter, had an umbrella, looked good or better than my drink, I wasn’t above taking a sip. It’s a great way to mix your liquors ๐Ÿ™‚

    Looks like an awesome time with great girls, soooo glad you’re settling in!

    Enjoy your weekend in O-town!


  30. Elizabeth on September 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    G, you look like princess jasmine from aladdin in that last pic! <3 <3 <3

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      hahah thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. The Midwestern Magnolia on September 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Thrilled to have you in Orlando! I’ve lived here for three years and am a huge fan of the area. As a fellow hot power yoga, Whole Foods, and Season’s 52 lover, we’re bound to cross paths at some point!

  32. Liz @ Blog is the New Black on September 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Looks like a fun night. What a great looking group of bloggers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    That’s awesome that you have all those bloggers in Orlando to keep you company while you’re there. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sounds like a fun night!

    I totally agree about overcooked salmon. I’d *rather* eat a pink eraser than overcooked salmon. ๐Ÿ˜›

  34. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on September 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I love how you said that overdone salmon tastes like a pink eraser. Hahaha! It most certainly does! What an analogy ๐Ÿ™‚ but so true!! Glad you are having a great time in Orlando!

  35. Kate@andwhenshesays on September 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    So excited for you having a local Seasons 52 now! And now I’m excited to try out their new fall menu…yum.

    • Fitnessista on September 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      it comes out NEXT WEEK!!!

  36. Gustavo on September 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hey Gina!

    Glad you girls had a good time.

    That same day we enjoyed Season’s 52, so I couldn’t get you some pics ahead of time. It looks like you picked some delicious items though!

    This is what we had…

    Seasons 52 on DishMagical

    P.S. The lake view and sunset was a welcome treat. You guys should have sat outside ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on September 20, 2010 at 10:55 am

    i had so much fun on friday! ๐Ÿ™‚ i’m so glad you’ll be in orlando for a while. can’t wait to see you again soon!

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