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Warning: Major Food Porn Ahead!

Hi friends!!

I am REALLY trying to stay positive because this is the worst part of my week right now………Sunday night. I’m trying to push out of my mind that last Sunday night I only got 1.5 hours of sleep. Meh.

Anyways, I have had a jam-packed and super fun day and here is a recap! It is quite long though so be forewarned! πŸ™‚

This morning I headed over to the baby shower and enjoyed a crepe & mimosa for lunch!! They had the shower professionally catered by this swanky mediterranean bistro in town and I got to pick the executive chef’s brain for awhile…always fun! For my crepe, I got the veggie medley (just seasoned sauteed veggie inside the crepe with a black olive tapinade on top!) because the other options included cream, cream and MORE cream!

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The crepe seems to be hidden by a huge salad with yummy dijon vinegrette. And, the chef JUST MADE this whole wheat bread from scratch this morning before the shower! He was so excited for me to try it….I felt like a rockstar πŸ™‚ I also had one unpictured mimosa…very yummy!

Now, the REAL fun foodie part of my day started after I picked up Ryan and we headed into downtown St.Pete to go to the Grand Prix. I called and the brand new RAW restaurant had just opened up last week and it was right on the way so YOU KNOW we had to make a pit stop!!!!!

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It is a tiny place, but SO cute and quaint inside. Since I had just eaten I was not “starving” (but could always eat more!) and so I finally ordered what I have been wanting so badly since I heard about it for the first time a few weeks ago: their infamous 100% raw SOFT SERVE!!!!

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This picture just doesΒ  not do it justice. For starters, they had about 15 different soft serve flavors but I easily got talked into the chocolate peanut butter!! Their raw soft serve is made with pureed bananas and almond milk and my “sundae” was topped with raw cacao syrup and fresh juicy blackberries. It was seriously one of the BEST things I have EVER had!!!! Gina and Abbie, here is another reason to come visit me! πŸ˜‰

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Here I am with the owner…chatting it up and enjoying my ice cream!

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Yep, I was in foodie bliss heaven for sure! And you know the best part???!! The chef actually went to my school and they told me that one day this week I can come after work and shadow her around for the afternoon to learn how to make all the fun raw desserts!!!!!! Jealous??! I am SO stoked!! I have to call on Tuesday to set up a day this week when I can come! They make raw cookies, raw carrot cake, raw CANNOLIS! The whole nine yards. Just look at this cute little kitchen!

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And they had a whole wall set up for special raw nut butters! I had my eye on a few, which I have seen on Katie’s blog, but refrained because they were expensive and I am currently running a nut butter factory out of my house right now! πŸ˜‰

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How convenient that Ryan’s office is only a few blocks down…hmmmmmm I see a lot of this place coming up in my future! Even Ryan was impressed with the ice cream. Next time I want to try the pineapple coconut, which she said was amazing as well!

So after my little trip to foodie heaven, we met up with our friends and went down to see Danica and all the race cars!

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It was fun, just SUPER hot and Danica crashed and was out of the race! I was sad because, of course, I cheer for the only girl in the crowd of boys! πŸ™‚

I got home just as my brother and dad were pulling out to eat at Pei Wei so you know I jumped in the car and made the trip with them! I ordered the “Thai Delight”, which featured thai basil, siracha, bell peppers and chili sauce, with tofu and steamed brown rice. It was fab.

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I forgot how much I love this place! And it is pretty healthy, too, depending on what you order of course. I am in love with the tofu there…..so chewy and delicious. I could have inhaled this whole meal but I limited myself to half so I could bring home leftovers for tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Check out my fortune!

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I didn’t eat the cookie, just took out the fortune, and I am 99.999% sure this pertains to my RACE and how AMAZING you all are with your support and donations! Only a couple of weeks ago I was so freaked out at the prospect of having to raise over $4,000 dollars on my own, but that fear has totally left. I’m so proud to “know” you guys and so thankful for all the amazing support and E-Cookbooks you have been buying!!!!

Speaking of Team in Training, tomorrow is the BIG DAY for Meghann’s second Blogger Bake Sale!!!!!!!

And yours truly will be making a delicious batch of homemade Super-Charge Me cookies for it! You know, the amazing and healthy cookies that I make that are jam-packed with all sorts of good stuff…like coconut, dark chocolate, oats, flax, dried cranberries, almond butter………..the works. So please support my girl Meghann and bid for these cookies tomorrow! I can’t wait to bake YOU a batch! πŸ™‚

That is all for now, folks. I am headed into the tub to rewind and then starting a new book. 3 AM comes mighty early!! πŸ™

ps—

I totally made Ryan do The Shred when he woke up this morning and, I love him, but he almost died! He admitted it was MUCH harder than he thought it would be and Jillian is a beast. I did the cardio circuits along with him as well as the push-ups for extra motivation and afterwards I asked him to give a comment for the blog and he just goes (while panting), “tough”.

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45 Comments

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    VeggieGirl
    April 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    RAW SOFT SERVE?!?!??!?!?!??!! Oh. my. goodness. freaking. gracious. holy. yum. whoa.

    Great fortune form the cookie!! I know that you WILL do well in the race – good luck!!

    DO stay positive for the upcoming week – hang in there!!

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    Caitlin
    April 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    cute tank!! Where is it from?
    Oh, and that new cafe looks so yummy!!

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    OH MY GOSH! Foodie Heaven! Can we please go to that place together? Maybe we could make a day of it and go to the beach!?? WOW!!!

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    You were right! MAJOR FOOD PORN!!!! That soft serve looks completely divine!

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    Hallie
    April 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Wow that raw dessert place looks amazing! That’s so cool.

    And I love how the boy thought the Shred was hard. I want my guy to try it too, but I have a feeling even if he was DYING inside, he’d be all, “eh not too bad” just to stay macho πŸ™‚

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    MJ
    April 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    That raw dessert place looks fab, and now you have something to look forward to during the work week. The Artisana line sounds yummy – here’s a review
    http://www.thenibble.com/zine/archives/artisana-nut-butters.asp#review
    LOVED my first Ezekiels 7grain muffin, after yesterday’s run. So much more dense and satisfying than the standard ones. The Arnold’s thins make reasonable toast, but the muffins may be my new treat.
    You’ve got me thinking about trying raw recipes and Shredding! (which I have no doubt will kick my behind……) So great to be able get ideas from folks so far away – the internet rocks.
    Dh and I made our first trip to the Farmer’s Market yesterday – stocked up on strawberries, baby spinach, sundried tomatoes and picked up cupcakes (our not-so-secret vice) from a couple of local vendors. I have to restrain myself or I buy more produce than I can eat, between different markets Sat AND Sun, and WF just down the street (and they’re doubling the size of our TJ’s!). The champagne mangoes have been a hit.
    Sleep tight all!

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    Matt
    April 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    That place looks kinda cool!

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    Angela
    April 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Don’t worry about lost sleep– it’s lost so just keep plugging forward like you always do!
    Maybe you sleep less because Sunday evening you have a lot of thoughts in your head? I have that problem ever since I started med school — brain overflow! Anyways, a sleep doctor told me if I work out more and tired myself out physically, I’ll sleep better. So far so good.

    PS- We made the enchiladas tonight and they are superb! No enchilada sauce so i mixed canned tomato w/ taco seasoning.

    PPS- Did shred today and almost died. I am still limp! I’m trying to get my bf to do it >:)

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    Run Sarah
    April 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    That restaurant sounds amazing…yum…raw banana ice cream looks so delicious. That would be awesome to shadow the owner too!

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    zestycook
    April 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Awesome fortune and I am with Ryan – I have done the shread before as well πŸ™‚

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    Shelby
    April 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    *DROOL*

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    Sharon
    April 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, what an awesome time!

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    Bec
    April 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    That soft serve looks so good!

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    Lisa D
    April 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    soooo exciting to find yummy new food places! Can’t wait to hear about your day of raw desserts! That is awesome! Also, Ryan’s shred comment is priceless!

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    Nicole
    April 5, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    That place looks awesome!! My boyfriend and I are going to go to Florida at the end of the month, hopefully I can stop there!

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    Chocolate Covered Katie
    April 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Jealous? Um yes! In Texas, we don’t even have regular vegan soft serve, let alone raw soft serve.

    Thanks for the shout-out :). Ugh I wish those nut butters weren’t so expensive too! I’m hooked because they’re so good, but I have to ration them– so hard!

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    ttfn300
    April 5, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    raw soft serve?? and getting to learn all those desserts????? jealous!!!

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    Clean Veggie
    April 5, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    that raw soft serve looks awesome!! im so jealous πŸ™‚

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    Alison
    April 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Wow! That soft serve looks great! Did it actually taste like ice cream? I would imagine it to be kind of like a thick smoothie.

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    Meg
    April 5, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    What a fabulous day! The new raw restaurant looks awesome and it is fabulous that you get to learn how to make all those foods!

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    RunToFinish
    April 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    you get to shadow her, how cool is that!!

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    Michelle
    April 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Amazing and yummy ice cream..I could actually eat that. I am looking forward to learning about what you get to do next week in the raw cafe. Yes the shred is tough..my legs are feeling it.

    Get some sleep!

    M

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    c.h.e.l.s.i.e.
    April 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Just wanted to come out of blog hiding and say I love your blog. I am so intrigued by the whole idea of eating raw and that soft serve looks delicious!

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    Jess :)
    April 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    That soft serve looks amazing. As does the rest of your foodies. I love Pei Wei! I need to try their tofu…awesome fortune!
    <3 jess πŸ™‚
    xxx

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 5, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    NASCAR and raw food in the same post? That has to be a first.

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    OrangePop
    April 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Jenna I am so excited you got to try Leafy Greens. Actually, it didn’t just open. I’ve been to the Madiera Beach & other St.Pete locations, & I believe this is the 3rd location? I hope it does well. I remember these ladies coming into MY WORK/store the day before their opening, loading up on bananas & zucchini. Amazing! I’ve tried the maple-soft serve. Eh, I tasted just rich banana! BUT OMG, the ZUCCHINI SPAGHETTI is RAW & AMAZING!!!!!!!!! You MUST try this! And, their “Real Deal” raw sandwich, esp. since you love that “other” raw sandwich!!! E-mail me if you have any other Q’s. This lady is amazing. She cured herself of… lupus, I believe, eating raw. She gave us a tour of the kitchen- all made-to-order & fresh, organic & amazing! Have fun!

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    Michelle Hisae
    April 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    That soft serve looks AMAZING! It almost looks like melted almond butter! Haha. I just found out that there’s a vegan frozen yogurt place right near my school that I had NO idea about! Coincidence. I can’t wait to go there and try it out! Yummmmm.

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    Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks
    April 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Wow what an AWESOME day!! That little restaurant looks so neat! And hello?!?! That soft serve?! In the words of VeggieGirl, HOLY YUM!!!

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    Sara
    April 5, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, that restaurant looks great! And what a neat opportunity for you to learn how to make the desserts!!

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    Caroline
    April 5, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Raw soft serve? Sign me up!

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    HangryPants
    April 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    hahaha! Thank you for the warning – the soft serve looks awesome.

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    Samantha
    April 6, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Artisana products are great! Thats one of the few “specialty” things I can find here. I eat the amazon bliss almost daily.

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    Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!)
    April 6, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Great day! At least you’re starting off your week knowing you had an awesom weekend! πŸ™‚
    Have a great Monday!

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    Tina
    April 6, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Oh wow! You’re so lucky a raw place opened up in your town! I wish there was a raw place here but so far, haven’t seen any. However, those Artisana nut butters are available here at one of the organic health food stores I go to. I got a raw cocoa coconut butter a few weeks ago, it was okay but definitely not worth the very high price!

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    Fit Mommy
    April 6, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Turning me into a foodie just reading your blog. Fun! Would love to find a raw food joint in my town…

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    Kudret
    April 6, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Long time reader here coming out of her lurker shell. I’m going to start commenting regularly because I just got a new blog that is attached to my name in the comment. I just wanted to say that I love love love how that raw food ice cream looks. If you want any recipes for Pakistani food/Indian food that you want to try out, let me know and I’ll send them your way.

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    K
    April 6, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Oh.My.Gosh! That raw ice cream is pure food porn – my jaw dropped! Honestly, I want to move to Florida now!!

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    Melissa
    April 6, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I hope your Sunday night turned out better than you were dreading! I’m so jealous of the raw/vegetarian restaurants you have down there!

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    Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    April 6, 2009 at 8:12 am

    What a great day!!! I’m reading a book right now called The Fortune Cookie Chronicles that you might want to check out (since you like to read too!).

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    Kelly
    April 6, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Mmmmm. That is some serious food porn! I admire your ability to network. It’s definitely a great skill and one I wish I was better at. That raw soft serve does look absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to see you post about what you learn.

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    ModelBehavior
    April 6, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I am so jealous of all the great restaurants you have avaliable! Here in Nebraska we are pretty limited to applebees or ruby tuesdays πŸ™‚

    http://www.modbehav.com

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    Danielle
    April 6, 2009 at 9:35 am

    That is seriously awesome that youa re going to shadow at the raw restaurant good for you!

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    skinnyrunner
    April 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

    what cute pictures. you make me want to get over my fear of raw foods and actually try something!

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    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    April 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Oh wow – what an AWESOME opportunity!!!!! That would be so much fun!

    Bummer about Danica – love that girl!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    April 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    What a cool restaurant!

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