Ughh… I am soo tired of our daily summer afternoon thunderstorms.
Can’t a girl catch a break?
It was so beautiful before the rain hit too!
I came home from work around 4:00 this afternoon (I <3 Fridays!) and immediately did level 1 of the 30 Day Shred. I really enjoy the combination of running in the morning and shredding in the afternoon.
I knew dinner was going to be late, so I wanted an extra hearty snack to hold me over for the four hours until meal time. I took advantage of my stocked fridge and made a Green Monster.
In the blender I had:
- 1 Packet of Amazing Grass
- Almond Milk
- 1 Peach
- 2 Tablespoons of Ezekial Granola
My former Coco Loco cup was the perfect travel cup for my green smoothie. It brought me back to the Bahamas. 🙂
I have to admit towards the end of the cup the smoothie was a bit intense on the grassy taste. I think next time if I use just the peach I will have to pair it with a bit of a sweeter fruit.
Abbie and did manage to make it to the park before the clouds exploded.
But all hell broke loose on the way home! Oh well, at least Abbie was able to let loose for a few minutes.
Derek and I made a deal that if I waited for him to make it to town before eating, then he would accompany me to a fun restaurant I have been dying to try in Orlando.
Cafe 118 recently opened as Orlando’s first complete raw restaurant back in January. I’ll admit I have not been the biggest fan of the current raw movement, but, I have been dying to experience this restaraunt for a while now. I am always up for any new experience with fun, delicious food.
Inside Cafe 118 was cute & quaint with only a handful of tables and one server for the entire restaurant. I found it a little amusing when the single server provided us with a bit of a raw diet sales speech as we were being seated. I smiled politely as he gave his spiel. I am all for new experiences, but there’s something about someone turning their nose up at my own way of eating that always puts me on edge.
Derek claimed her was on the edge of starvation upon arrival so we immediately ordered the Hummus starter to nibble on as we decided what we wanted.
I was surprised by the large serving size of the raw hummus that was served with sun dried tomato ‘crackers.’
The hummus was very delicious with just a hint of spice to it. However, Derek was very disappointed with the crackers. In fact, as I began this post he reminded me to post his sincere distaste for them. Despite his distaste for the crackers, Derek did enjoy the hummus and plans to enjoy the left overs with some pita chips that are in my cabinet.
When it came time to take our main orders I had a hard time deciding what to order. Each item was so unique and unlike anything I had ordered before, I just wanted to try it all.
After much mental debating I went with the Beet Raviloli stuffed with macadamia ricotta and topped with a pear wine sauce.
The dish was exceptionally good. Overall it was very sweet, but I always love savory meals that have a sweet base to them. The macadamia nut cheese was definitely a first for me and even though the cheese itself was a bit rich I really liked it. I was even surprised how much the small portion size filled me up.
At first Derek ordered the Spicy ‘Bean’ Burrito off the menu, but was immediately persuaded by our server to get another dish a try. He believed the burrito might have been too much of a raw experience for his first time. The server reccommended the signature Lasagna dish which Derek agreed too.
Derek’s lasagna dish was layered with sundried tomato ‘pasta’, zucchini, macadamia nut cheese and basil pesto. Overall the dish had a very fresh taste to it. Even though he believed the dish tasted wonderfully, Derek was afraid it wasn’t quite enough to fill him up. Luckily, we still had dessert on the way. 🙂
Again, the menu had so many fun dessert options I had such a hard time deciding. Derek told me to pick the two things I wanted to try the most, then I would order one and he would order the other.
I ended up with the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart.
OMG YUM! This was very rich, but so so so good! I love chocolate and this sliver of tart hit the spot.
I was also desperate to try some of their raw ice cream so Derek ordered a serving of their Coffee and Walnut from their yummy ice cream list.
Derek stated the coffee flavor wasn’t as strong as he was hoping, but I could definitely taste it in my spoonfuls. The raw ice cream texture was very unique, it was more creamy the regular ice cream. I wanted to bring a pint of ice cream home with me, but it was a little $$ to justify.
Overall I said our first raw experience was a success. The food was great – of course I would not have expected anything less – and we left the restaurant happy and satisfied. I had told Derek before the dinner if he didn’t fill full afterwards I would personally purchase him a McDonald’s Hamburger on the way home, but he claimed he was perfectly content. 🙂
We decided to take advantage of the beautiful evening and take a stroll down Park Ave. We kept noticing people walk around with tickets hung around their necks and wine glasses in their hands. We investigated and discovered the Sip of Park Ave just happened to be occurring that night. The Sip Of Park Ave is where you purchase a pass that entitles you to a tasting of wines from each restaurant along Park Ave. It seemed like fun and I am only sad I had not hear of it earlier.
We bumped into a couple of ladies who were done sampling wine for the evening and offered their tickets to us, of course we jumped at the chance!
There was only about 10 minutes left for samples, so we quickly hurried to Spice and snagged some free Merlot.
It was a decent pour of wine. Just enough to savor as we made out way back to the car. 🙂
My twin bro drove up from Miami for the weekend, so we met him at a local Irish Pub for some good drinks and conversation. I really was not in the mood for a beer, so instead I happily sipped on a glass of soda water.
I never get to talk to my brother enough, so it was great catching up. He is now in his third year of med school and he always has the best stories to tell.
It’s very late and I am ready to crash. I hope everyone has had a happy start to their weekend!!