Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Body Attack Launch & Dinner at Five Loaves

Hello Hello! Happy Wednesday! This week is just FLYING by for me, how about you?

Monday, I taught Body Pump, worked and made up a lovely Rachael Ray dinner (recipe to come on Friday!).

Tuesday, I worked, did some cleaning, and then headed out for the Body Attack launch. Body Attack 68 is a lot of fun. They played around a bit with the choreography and added some challenging combos. Running track:

Agility:

Group Fitness Instructors shot. We did a beachy theme and wore surfing tops (I'm in the lime green and am apparently a junior lifeguard ;):


One of the other instructors took lots of pictures, so hopefully I will have some more for you on Friday! After the launch, I headed to Five Loaves Cafe for dinner with a friend.

The restaurant has both outdoor and indoor eating space. We chose to eat outside to enjoy the beautiful Charleston weather. The menu is amazing and includes SO many great vegetarian options. I could NOT decide what to get, everything sounded so good.



I gave the waitress a few of my top picks and asked her to make my final selection. She went with the Fresh vegetable stir fry (vegetables, diced tofu, spicy hoisin peanut sauce, cilantro and a touch of coconut). It was amazing...mmm

My friend got the tomato and crab soup:

and chicken sandwich (Marinated chicken breast, fresh mozzarella, raspberry vinegar marinated tomatoes and a basil pesto sauce):


She really liked both. I will definitely be back to try more of their vegetarian friendly options.


Five Loaves Cafe on Urbanspoon


And for the winner of the ticket to the Greenville, SC Taste of the Nation is....LORI!!! Please let me know if you're still able to attend this Sunday (email me at itzyskitchen at gmail dot com).

OK- does anyone do work on blog design/layout? I am in desperate need of a new look around here. Please email me any ideas you have and the price to make the changes at itzyskitchen at gmail dot com! I have some thoughts on content changes I want to make to the blog and would LOVE to have a new look to go with it ;)

Enjoy the rest of your week and "talk" to you on Friday!!

BTW- New vegan blog you should all check out: Happy Little Vegans

59 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Girl...seriously, you might have the best legs I have EVER seen. I have serious leg envy because mine are tree stumps. You have FABULOUS legs!

I always love your launch recaps. :)

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

My goodness, every single time I see your legs, it reminds me I need to go weight lift! That restaurant looks great!!

You guys always look so good after teaching your classes! I look like a drowned rat after I get done teaching spin!! Thanks for all of the veggie/stomach emails!! You are the best!

Heatha said...

You instructors all look fantastic - great picture!

I need to move somewhere warm so that I can eat outside more often.....so jealous! :)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

that restaurant and stir fry look so good! glad your week is flying by, wednesday already??! :)

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...

I went to Five Loaves when I visited Charlie last year (can't believe it's almost been a year!!). I seriously ooohed and aaaahed at the menu for about 30 min. before ordering SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!! I wanna go back!!!

Britt said...

That stirfry looks awesome!

Congrats on the new launch, it looks like you all have so much fun with them!

It is freezing here today.... I cannot wait till we get warmer weather and can eat outside!!

Anne Marie said...

I love the pictures of the class!

Jessica said...

The stir fry looks really great!
I'm glad you enjoy your job so much. the pictures you post at the gym you always look so happy and alive. It's great to love what you do.

Jenna said...

I agree with Jessica. Do you want to fly up to Minneapolis and be my trainer? Lol.

Your dinner looks unbelievable! I can see why you'd want to go back. :) Have a wonderful day!

Ana said...

Sooo cute, I love the beachy theme!! That tofu dish looks delicious, I love it when restaurants have vegetarian options!

Katie said...

I mean you in the most platonic way possible (:-D) but you have the best legs! I need Body Pump in my life.

I would have ordered the stir-fry, too! It looks de-lish.

Have a great day!

Maria said...

I wish my fitness studio taught Attack, I would love to try it! Looks like a great place to eat! I love veggie friendly places:)

Staci Dombroski said...

That sandwich that your friend has looks amazing :)

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Yum, I love Five Loaves! We ate there a few times when I lived in the area. Everything is so fresh and also not too pricey :). Looks like you guys had a great meal!

Therese said...

You look adorable in the surfer top...great color on you!

Your friend's meal is gigantic :) Both meals look super yummy!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

I'm so glad you loved Five Loaves! You're class looks like a blast. I can't wait to come check it out.

dawn said...

so your legs and the menu are the best. LOL!!!!

insideiamdancing said...

The launches always sound so much fun- love the beack theme!

Five loaves looks delicious- I love when places have a good selection for both meat eaters and vegetarians.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Those do look like a lot of yummy options! This week is good so far - Day 3 of my group detox and it's a blast. Sad that my hubby is going on a business trip for a few days though...

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Wonderful post. Not just the week, but 2010 is flying by, I cannot believe we are going into May.

Tomato and crab soup sounds great.

And as the one dude commenting here...the lega do look quite tight.

Cheers!

Holly said...

The launches always look like so much fun! I love the running part in Attack - it pumps me up!

That restaurant looks wonderful. I LOVE it when they have a ton of veggie options (besides just pasta). Anything with peanut sauce sounds like a winner to me!

Lauren said...

That tofu dish looks amazing!!!!

Glad you had a great dinner out with a friend.

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teresa said...

love the pics, and i have to agree with the first comment, your legs are rockin! i need to get to the gym!

the lunch sounds fantastic, i love eating outside, it's so calming. have a wonderful week.

*Naomi* said...

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tell her I sent you! :)

that dinner looks SO good! coconut rice, I have always wanted to make that after trying it once. Its so refrshing and delicious!

awesome action shots!
xoxo

Aggie said...

Your blog always puts me in a good mood :) Hope you are having a great week...sounds like you are! Your dinner at the Five Loaves looks amazing! I wish I could get a good tofu meal...I'm really trying to like it but still not sure. :)

And like everyone else already said...your legs are rockin!!! :)

Krista said...

I think that waitress made a good choice in that stir fry! How good was that??? :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Man, I really want that tilapia picata and that sandwich. And Jessica's right, your legs rock.

Dawn(HealthySDLiving) said...

Mmm looks like the waitress made a good choice!
Love the pic of the trainers! I'd love to try a body pump class!

The Blonde Duck said...

I never got the e-mail!

homecookedem said...

That stir fry dish looks amazing!! My best friend lives in Charleston and can you believe I still haven't made it up there to visit? I would love to see what it's all about!!

Esi said...

Glad the restaurant had good vegetarian options for you. The stir fry sounds so good!

Lori said...

What a great restaurant! The stir-fry sounds good, but I'm really leaning towards that soup. Yum!

Kelsey said...

work it girl! love that pic.. good gym motivation too!

hehe what a big pickle :P ha

xoxo <3

Molly said...

Yum! That fresh veggie stir fry sounds amazing!!!
Looks like a fun class! Must try the Body- classes at some point!

tam said...

Love the outfit and wow great pins lady! x x

Stacey said...

Class looked like a fun and really tough. Thst stir fry looked like a good dinner choice.

Lele said...

Your stir fry is so goooooooorgeous! A rainbow!
And wow I am way scared of Body Attack. I don't think I'd make it! I took a kickboxing class in college for ten minutes... and then pretended I had to go to the bathroom and never went back. I am so un-extreme with my workouts. I should be braver!

bhealthier said...

aww how fun and cute for the surfing tops! that dish looks amazing

fittingbackin said...

Junior lifegaurd - LOVE IT! I'm SUPPPPPERRRR jealous of your legs - they're just fabulous, girl!

Looking forward to the recipe of course! :)

Lauren (Health on the Run) said...

Your Body Attack class looks so fun!! Makes me wish I lived closer so I could try it!

Also, that dinner at Five Loaves looks amazing!! Your waitress definitely made a great choice. :)

Lori Lynn said...

Yeah! So happy I won the ticket and can't wait to go!

Road Trip!!!

Thanks so much!!!!

Lori Lynn

Julie said...

bah! so many things. first you have to tell me if you've tried fruit punch. haha now you have no excuses not to.

um when the person lets you know about the blog design let me know! because i'm interested in a new makeover too not to mention i want to move to wordpress but thats a whole other shibang haha

can you be my personal body attack trainer please? i'm bored of my workous haha

okay so far i would have chosen
1. Baby lettuce with grilled asparagus, eggplant fritters and goat cheese

2. *Smoked tofu, grilled zucchini, honey dijon and alfalfa sprouts

3. *Grilled Eggplant layered with tomatoes, herb goat cheese, carmelized onions and fresh spinach topped with tomato chutney - $5.75

hahahaa this is ridiculous there's too many options

and obvi: Canyon Road White Zinfandel, Caynon Road

;) thanks for the menu link hahaha

inmytummy said...

I love it when a restaurant has a bunch of entrees that look great. Usually I can only find one thing that I want!

I Run for Fun said...

Very nice pic. You look great in lime green!

lynn @ the actors diet said...

i love that you consulted with the waitress - the way to go!

Heather @ Get Healthy WIth Heather said...

What a fun launch and cute theme! The restaurant selections sound delish, I'd go there in a heart beat too.

Elina said...

I love the themed outfits. That stir-fry looks spectacular as well. So saucy :)

She-Fit said...

Your class looks so much fun... I would definitely go to it :)

Janetha said...

i wish the week was flying for me! but alas, it is not. i love the teaching pics, as usual, the jr lifeguard top is a nice touch!! the first action shot was funny. mmm~ i would have been all over your friend's meal! that bisque looks great! have a lovely day :)

Holly said...

you are seriously the dang cutest thing ever.

and that restaurant looks amazing - i've gotten so lazy in the kitch lately, i forgot how good real meals look :)

happy thursday girl!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

You look like a fitness model, Erica!! So beautiful and toned!! I love the dinner you got at Five Loaves- I bet I'd order the same thing. There is nothing more satisfying than a delicious peanut sauce on tofu with lots of veggies!!

Glad Body Attack went well and that you're having a great week!!

Angharad said...

Love the junior top. Cuteness. Your friend's sandwich looks divine, I have to say. Happy that I'm going out to eat pizza later after seeing all that yumness!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

thanks for the new vegan blog b/c u know i need another blog to read :)

and that stir fry tofu looks amazing

love the launch, erica!! you rock girl!!!!!!

littlemisspotato said...

Wow wow wow! I must try that class :D

BroccoliHut said...

Tofu and coconut is such a good combination--love the sound of that dish!

Jenna said...

Girl, you look fantastic! Killer legs! Wish I lived closer to you, would totally take your class, especially if it would give me legs like yours.

Thanks again for the mighty blog props and bonus traffic to the site.

pampered said...

Completely forgot about Cinco De Mayo…it always sneaks up on me. Need to find a nice mexican dish for tonight!

Sarah said...

Great choice on the stir fry, yum!

I love stir fries, and they will always have a special place in my heart- when we first met I made Ray a veggie stir fry for dinner, and he was very negative on all vegetables back then. He says he didn't say anything because he wanted to impress me :)

Congrats on the Body Attack launch, you always look so cute in your outfits in those pictures. I like the surfer theme, very CA :)