Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Girls Night Out

Hi guys!

Dinner with Caitlin and Meghann was SO great! Part of me feels sad because this whole time in Orlando I’ve been a little lonely and then right when I start meeting more people I have to move! Wouldn’t ya know?! We went to dinner at this Thai place near Caitlin’s apartment (called Royal Thai on Semoran for Orlando folks) and it was deeeelicious! I heart Thai food big time so I had been looking forward to this for days.

I had the cucumber salad to start. The dressing was a sweet and spicy chili sauce. Very much yum.


And then for dinner I had my all time favorite: Basil Tofu. Goodness, I love me some Basil Tofu. I pretty much order it at every Thai place I ever go to. It’s sooooo amazing!


Now this was good but the best Basil Tofu I’ve ever had in my entire life hands down was at this Thai restaurant in Charleston called Basil. It’s on King Street for any Charleston readers and it’s AMAZING! The best Thai restaurant I’ve ever been to. I would have dreams about the tofu there. No kidding. Anyways, this tofu was quite good as well and I probably finished about three quarters of it.

It came with fluffy white rice—-


Which was a nice splurge since I don’t eat many white things.

After we ate we wanted something sweet (or was that just me??!!) so we hightailed it to Dandelion for cookies since it was on Megan and my way back to I4. It did not disappoint. I love this place!


I got a vegan cinnamon cookie with vanilla icing!


It was absolutely delicious but gone in about two seconds flat. Caitlin got a vegan coconut cookie and Megahnn got a vegan orange chocolate brownie! YUM!


We had so much fun that we decided to have another date NEXT Wednesday (kind of nice to break up the week!) at Ethos Vegan Kitchen since both Caitlin and I have always wanted to try it out. I have to fit in all these cool places before I move in a couple weeks!

When I got home I still was a little snackie but I decided to just make some tea and call it a night. I gave the girls some chocolate chip oatmeal bars to go so I wouldn’t be faced with them all when I came home!! 😉


We also discussed my “going away party” which is going to take place here on the 25th, a Thursday night. The plan is to go out to dinner then go to the Wine Room in Winter Park (so I can test my skills, obvi). If any of you guys want to come you are more than welcome!!

Back to the rest of my day! This afternoon was a great example of a day when I reaaaaally didn’t feel like going to the gym. Bleh. But…I knew I would feel better if I got off my butt and was active for a little while and so I went. It wasn’t too long or hard of a workout but here’s what I did:

about 10 minutes of spinning to warm up

2 sets of triceps kickbacks. 15 lbs each.

2 sets of biceps curls on cable machine. 10 lbs each.

2 sets of lat raises. 10 lbs each

2 sets of shoulder presses. 10 lbs each

2 sets of pushups. 12 reps each.

2 sets of twisted leg crunches

2 sets of crunches with legs at 90 degrees

another 5 minutes or so of spinning.

= 30 minute workout

I wanted to do longer but it was soo boring because the spinning machines are just facing the wall. Not even a tv or anything! You have to be totally focused to get going…sometimes I’m feelin’ it and most of the time I’m not. I’m finding that the more and more I run outside (like my run yesterday), the more I just don’t want to be stuck in my apartment gym. I’m sure it would be cooler if I was a member of a real gym and then I could actually go to spinning classes and stuff…but this is getting old! Oh well, 2 more weeks….

After the gym I snacked on a chobani with a half serving of Ezekiel cereal and a little raspberry preserves mixed in:


And a little while later I had a couple handful of these pretzels before I left for din-din:


I’ve been super snacky all day!!! Maybe it was the mid-morning wine?! Regardless, I’m off to take a bath and get in bed to read! Have a great night, y’all!

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  • Megan
    September 11, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Your dinner looked delicious and the little cookie place is adorable. The cookie and brownie look so yummy! So glad you all had fun!

  • Kristin
    September 11, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Hi Jenna – I love reading your blog, but I’ve never posted. That basil tofu looks delicious!! I notice that you use 1/2 of a banana in your oatmeal. I often do the same and then freeze the other half for smoothies. The issue I run into is that I eat oatmeal every morning, but I don’t have a smoothie every day – so my freezer is slowly filling with banana halves. Do you have a super great secret for keeping the other half from getting mushy and gross by the next morning (to use in oatmeal again)? I hate wasting food. Thanks!

  • Meghann
    September 11, 2008 at 1:42 am

    I had a great time tonight and I can’t wait to meet up again! The menu for Ethos looks awesome, I will have a hard time deciding what to get. I’m very glad you guys know about cool places to eat like that, otherwise I would never discover them.
    Also super excited about the Wine Party!

  • Christie
    September 11, 2008 at 1:45 am

    aww looks like such a fun night… and those sweets looks so good… I am drooling!

  • jenna
    September 11, 2008 at 1:46 am


    I just cut the banana in half (with the peel still on) and then put the other half in my fridge for my oatmeal the next morning. When the naner is left in the peel, it won’t get mushy and gross! 🙂

  • Megan
    September 11, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Basil Tofu is my favorite Thai dish too! I haven’t had Thai food in forever and seeing that made me want some. I think it will be making and appearance in my weekly menu.

  • ttfn300
    September 11, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Glad you guys had a great night! I love those pretzels 🙂

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    September 11, 2008 at 2:02 am

    you are the speediest poster ever!! 🙂

    i had a blast, seeya next Wednesday!

    don’t worry, i plan to come visit you in Tampa often for beachside runs 😀

  • Julie
    September 11, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Kristin – I have used frozen banana in my oatmeal before and it works just fine since I put it in the micro anyway to cook with the oatmeal. It will work, but Jenna’s suggestion is good too!

  • Serena
    September 11, 2008 at 2:34 am

    That post made me want basil tofu too! Yum…
    Kristin, I do the same thing with my bananas (storing in fridge in peel) and it does work great!
    Jenna, I know it’s been said before but today’s posts really reminded me how much I like your blog and feel like I can relate to you and your eating and exercising habits and philosophies. I love your great attitude about food, friends, and fitness. I’m just sorry I don’t live in FL and can’t be at the party!

  • Kristie
    September 11, 2008 at 4:00 am

    So glad to hear your dinner went well!
    That little Dandelion place looks so cute. Lovin the brownie picture!

  • Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    September 11, 2008 at 4:02 am

    Once you’re in Vero, we have to do stuff together since we’ll be closer!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    September 11, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Glad you had such a fun night out! That cookie looks yummy!

  • Heather
    September 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Dandelion and Ethos are my two favorite places in Orlando, so hooray!

  • jennk
    September 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    have you tried the spinning workouts from they have 20 and 40 minute formats which guide you through a great spinning workout! i have really found them useful as i can’t always make the classes at my club.

  • Erin
    September 11, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Yeah! I LOVE Ethos & Dandelion!! I just went to Ethos for the first time for an early birthday lunch…check out my blog for some food pics!! 🙂
    (PS-The vegan red velvet cake at Dandelion is the best! And try the Snickerdoodle at Ethos—sooooo good!)

    ~Erin @ “Vegan & the City”

  • runjess
    September 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Indoor spinning machines are going to feel like torture once you’re used to running outside. If I go on the elliptical I have to take BOTH a magazine and my nano.

  • LadyLara
    September 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    LOVE Ethos!

  • HangryPants
    September 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Looks like a fabulous time and that basil tofu looks great.

  • Kristin
    September 12, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you to everyone who chimed in on the banana options – I don’t know why leaving the banana in the peel hadn’t occurred to me. I appreciate it!!

  • akeorlando
    December 28, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Like @Heather said above, Dandelion Communitea Cafe and Ethos are both quickly becoming personal faves. Of course, Dandelion has been around for a bit so I’ve known about that place, but I’ve only recently discovered the greatness of Ethos.

    By the way, I love Thai food as well and can certainly recommend a few places in the Central Florida area if you’re interested.