Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gringos & Christmas Tree

Hey all! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. After teaching Body Attack last night, I came home, took a quick shower, and then Josh and I headed out to dinner with friends at a new restaurant in Mount Pleasant, Gringos. I apologize for the dark pictures.

The decor is simple but fun. Their motto is "Kinda-Sorta-Mexican-ish..." which I love! They have a great menu filled with options for burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, and fajitas. Josh got a burrito with steak and chicken:

I (of course ;)) got a big ole salad with black beans and LOADS of veggies and amazing salsa:


They even have coca cola from Mexico in glass bottles (the recipe is a bit different). Our friend got one:

The food was very FRESH and not greasy. The salsas were awesome- especially the black bean and corn. We like this place better than Moe's and it comes CLOSE to chipotle status. We will definitely be back.

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Today, I got up early to teach my Saturday AM Body Step (which was more packed than usual today- hooray!). Afterwards, I went grocery shopping, ate some lunch, and then Josh and I went out to get our tree and a few other Christmas necessities. We stopped at Starbucks on the way and I got my usual (favorite) grande skim misto with three pumps of pumpkin spice:

We came home and got the tree up (but not decorated yet) and decorated the outside of our house. Here is our undecorated tree:


Now its time for some choreography switching and then I'm off to our Group Fitness Holiday party. Let me know what you're up to ;)

36 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Glad you had a nice meal; now go decorate that tree! :-D

Lizzy said...

just brought the tree up from upstairs. ours is unfinished too,but slowly but surely were getting there! hope you have a fantastic evening! :)

Molly said...

can't wait for tree decorating! the fam picked up a tree but is waiting to decorate until I'm home!
I'll be holed up studying for the next week, unfortunately.
Have fun at your xmas party!

Pam said...

Happy times are here again...he he!

Nice tree!

Enjoy!

just me said...

that coke tastes different because they use real sugar, none of the other stuff!

can't wait to see what the tree looks like after it's decorated!

Dawn said...

you remind me how much starbucks I actually drink.
we have a really good burrito joint; I should take pics like you do.

Abbys Vegan Eats said...

That place sounds great!! I love fresh Mexican ood. Your salad looks exactly like something I would order! YUM :)

Your tree looks great (even w/o decorations) lol. Enjoy your holiday party, dear! :)

inmytummy said...

That salad looks great. Yum.

Have fun at your party!

homecookedem said...

I love those kind of places that serve fresh kinda sorta mexican food! Looks great!!

We decorated our tree today and it looks so purty! It's the smallest one we've ever had, but it makes me happy! :)

Julie said...

awwww i lovee the holidays! i definitely think when you have the tree in the house its a sure sign that its xmas time. (ohmygod i just rhymed and totally didnt want to haha)

have fun tonight and partay it up ;)

Maria said...

Yea for your tree! We put ours up the other night. Love your salad! Glad you had fun. I went to a blogging brunch today, it was tons of fun. We have another holiday party tonight. Busy busy!

Angela said...

mm, I went to starbucks after work today and got a nonfat afe latte with pumpkin spice. It was good! I wonder if skim misto is the same?

Britt said...

Looks like a yummy dinner!

We got our tree today too, yay! It is also snowing here at the moment, so its definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. :-)

Alison said...

Mexican food is probably my all time fav - I've recently be introduced to Chipotle and love it!

Looks like you had a full, busy Saturday - sometimes they are just the best kind. ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

cant wait to hear the stories from the Group Fitness Holiday party...those things have a way of bringing out really drunken antics from coworkers LOL

Jessica said...

Can't wait to see your decorated tree! :)

Lauren said...

Fresh Mexican food is always a nice treat! Your salad looks awesome.

Looks like you picked out a great tree. Have fun decorating!

Lauren said...

Well this will come to no surpise to you, but we got our tree today too! Honestly girl, it doesn't even phase me anymore how our lives are pretty much identitcal. I can't wait to hear what you had for dinner tonight! If it was snobby joes and sweet potato fries, then we pretty much were seperated at birth! :)

Glad you had a great day and hope tomorrow is just as wonderful!

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

Your tempting me with that pumpkin pie Starbucks syrup!! Can't wait to see after pictures of your tree!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

We still need to get our tree up! It's not Christmas without a tree...and Christmas started in my mind many days ago! ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

p.s. I just saw holly make a vegan chili and link back to you but the link is funky.
it looks great but i cant find it on your site...if you have a minute can you shoot me the linky love? thankx honey!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

That salad looks fabulous--I'm really picky when it comes to salsa--my grandpa's homemade garden salsa is my fav.

Can't wait to see your decorated tree--make sure you send me a pic so that I can enter you into the Secret Santa giveaway! :-)

emptynutjar said...

Salsa, guacomole, black beans - sounds wonderful :)
Have a nice sunday.

kilax said...

Hee hee. I was going to say, I think that place kind of looks like Chipotle!

fashionablyfit said...

Gringos sounds a lot like Tijuana Flats. I was so sad when the one here closed!

Holly said...

Your tree is beautiful!!! Ahhh I LOVE putting up the tree and decorating it...like a trip down memory lane. Now to hire someone to take it down... :-)

I want to try a SB Misto SO badly!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Can't wait to see the tree decorated! I love seeing the posts of everyone's trees up!! So festive!!!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I love the tree, can't wait to see it decorated.

truesimple said...

I will have to try Gringos the next time I am in Charleston! I am a huge fan of southwestern grill style places. I love Moe's and the such : )

Have fun decorating that tree - the holidays are so much fun!

*Naomi* said...

mmm looks great!!

i got a grande misto today too! :)

ktbwood said...

NOM that meal looks great!! and good tree!! the decorating will make it beautiful!

Shannon said...

have fun decorating the tree!!! and hope you had good holiday party :) i went to my first last night!

teresa said...

ah, cute tree! that meal sounds so nice, delicious!

Krista said...

Great salad! Can't wait to see your tree all decorated...

Fresh Local and Best said...

I can't wait to see the tree decorated!

Anonymous said...

How many calories do you think you consume in a day? Curious because it seems like you are trying to lose weight?