Two Special Meals
May 23, 2009

Hey all!

Hope you’re enjoying great weekends. I’m here with a quick post to report on two lovely memorial day meals. The first was an NYC blogger lunch yesterday afternoon. Gina, aka the Fitnessista, was here in NYC for a visit, and I was lucky enough to meet her and a few other bloggers for lunch at Caravan of Dreams.

Other bloggers present were Ashley, Melissa, Brooke, Megan, and Katie.  It was great meeting these fellow NYC girls (and seeing Melissa) and getting to know Gina, who is every bit as warm, beautiful, and enthusiastic as she is on her blog! It was also great to meet her friend Megan, who’s a fellow raw gal.

Here’s a shot of my lunch, which is my favorite Caravan dish: the Thai Avocado Salad:


And a group shot: Melissa, Ashley, Megan, Gina, Me, Brooke, Megan, and Katie:


Tonight, I celebrated my new promotion with Melissa, who was sweet and generous enough to treat me to dinner at Pure! Melissa and I have both been a bit deluged in work and life lately, so it was really delightful to celebrate the end of her finals, my new title, and her upcoming trip to South Africa with a relaxed and delicious meal. To start, we split the sushi rolls, which we both forgot to photograph. Then we each had a salad. I had the S&M salad, which I’ve blogged about before, and Melissa tried this salad, which is a new addition to the summer menu:


An assembly of heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, and a balsamic reduction, it looked and tasted amazing.

Here’s a photo of the two of us:


It was a great meal and a great night. I am very, very fortunate to have Melissa as a friend.

Speaking of Melissa, she’s hosting a great giveaway on her blog: a sampling of the popular Blueprint cleanse! Check it out! Also be sure to check out Zesty’s amazing blog makeover giveaway!

And now it’s home for some work before I hit the sack. I’ll be back with a recipe or two later this weekend. In the meantime, thank you all for your great feedback on my last post. I’m so glad that I’ve inspired some of you to feel confident about your food choices, and I hope I’ll continue to encourage your confidence! Keep it up, everyone.


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  2. What a fun blogger dinner! I’ve never been to NYC but now I’m itching to go – such a great city!!

  3. Congratulations again Gena. It was great to catch up. I have to get my hands on some of those tomatoes…and watermelon with salt and pepper, genius!

  4. You are so pretty! Where is your top from in the first picture?

    I have to say that I am so impressed by your blog, it’s so motivational/inspiring and fun to look at! It’s definitely become one of my favorites.

    Congrats on the promotion 🙂

  5. Gena,
    Congratulations on your new title!
    I really must slip in a visit to NYC in the next year or so to visit Pure. I am excited for Sarma’s new book already 🙂
    You look great – it’s so nice to see you all, since here I know of no one who is trying to eat more raw, much less there be raw places to eat at. I think my trainee at work might be interested though, post seeing my random colored juices every morning!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend ~ I shall look forward to your recipes this week.
    As always, thank you for the inspiration, Emily.

  6. Wow, Congrats on your promotion Gena!!! What a bunch of amazing looking gals you all are…..seems like you all had a great time together too. It must be amazing to be able to meet up with fellow rawbies like that – lucky yoos ;0)

    Enjoying your site as ever!!!
    A bientot
    Loulou x