Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Randomly Hectic

I’m not sure why today ended up being so busy and hectic! I went out to run errands and by the time I looked at my watch I realized yoga was in 10 minutes and I never would make it!! Sad! I went to the apartment gym for a quick upper body workout though to make up for it. My roommate and I decided to order take out tonight from our favorite little lebanese restaurant (the one I buy my hummus from!) I got a house salad (the best ever with radishes, tomatoes, cucumber and a lemon juice/olive oil dressing) and an order of falafel. I love falafel!! There was a little stand in the Marais District (aka the Jewish Quarter) in Paris that sold the best falafel in the word. I’m not kidding, either. It was actually wrote up by the New York Times to be the best in the whole world!!! I would walk there after yoga class and buy a huge pita and eat it on my walk back to my apartment. It was always loaded with hummus, tzaki sauce, cabbage, hot sauce…the works. Probably about 1000 calories and its so strange because I probably ate that 3 times a week and ended up losing weight at the end of my trip! All that walking!

I snacked on a new bar today I picked up a the health food store the other day. Very yummy and I’m going to look for these again at the store! It held me through a weight lifting workout and until dinner. Impressive—-170 calories.



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  • sarah
    January 23, 2008 at 12:06 am

    i know what i’m having for dinner now! thanks for the idea…YUM!

  • arimcg
    January 23, 2008 at 12:17 am

    mmmm I love falafel too! It can be so good if you go to a good place. That looks great.

  • Sarah (another one!)
    January 23, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I know EXACTLY which falafel place you are talking about in Paris. I spent the summer in Israel and had some pretty amazing falafel. When I was in Paris a few months ago, I knew I had to try this place out. I do have to say that it definitely rivaled some of the falafel stands in Israel : ) Mmm now I want falafel, but I guess I’ll just have to settle for some hummus and pita because I don’t know of any good places around here.

  • Sara F
    January 23, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Sara F-
    I had a DELICIOUS hummus, rice and falafel pita with tzaki sauce from my favorite cafe today. I love greek food, especially falafel and eat it all the time…but i have a question…what exactly is in falafel? I never gave it much thought, but I don’t think I know. Thanks for the yummy blog 🙂

  • Jill
    January 23, 2008 at 4:43 am

    Have you tried out the new Dr. Weil bars? I’ve seen them around but have not yet tried them and was wondering if they were any good.

  • Alison
    January 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago and I totally love it! I just went to Whole Foods the other night to buy a lot of the foods I’ve seen here…and what a treat, everything has been delicious!! Thanks for all of your ideas, you’re so good at what you do!!

    Sara F,

    I also live in St. Louis and was wondering the name of the cafe you went to to get the falafel wrap…I’ve been trying to find a good Greek restaurant but wasn’t sure where to start looking! Let me know if you have the chance…thanks!

  • jenna
    January 23, 2008 at 6:31 pm


    I’ve never tried these bars! Never even seen them. I’ll be on the lookout

  • Sara F
    January 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I got the falafel pita at Kaldi’s coffee house (the original) over off clayton rd at Dumun. I love their food, coffee, and desserts, and would highly recommend giving it a try. However, it is not an authentic greek restaurant or anything. My favorite greek place is downtown. Its a little hole in the wall/bar-type place called Olympia Kebob House and Taverna. It’s located at 1543 Mccausland Ave St Louis, MO 63117. I love their hummus appetizer, their traditional gyro, and also their stuffed peppers. I really don’t like red meat and under any other circumstances will not eat lamb, but I eat it there! Its nothing fancy but I hope you enjoy!

  • Alison
    January 24, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Sara F,
    Thank you so much for the information! I’ve been to the Kaldi’s in Chesterfield Valley, but only for coffee…never for food. I’ll definitely have to try the food at the Clayton location! Also, I’ve heard great things about Olympia as well…looks like I’ll have a few new places to try soon! Thanks again for your help!!

  • Katie
    January 24, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I love falafel but I don’t know what exactly it is, either! What exactly IS falafel?? Even though greek food cannot always be super healthy, I always feel so good when I am eating it for some reason. Greek food is the best!!

  • Ashleigh
    January 31, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Alison & Sara,

    I no longer live in St. Louis, but the absolute best falafel I have had is at this little dive in mediterranean cafe. Very small, but have amazing food. The falafel wraps are great, but I often just ordered a plate of spicy hummus with falafel on the side, served with pita. Really really good. You should definitely try it! It’s call Al Tarboush located on 602 Westgate in the Loop!