Fabulousness + Rawlicious

Today was a day of fabulousness. <—Also fabulous is that “fabulousness” is a word according to my Windows Live Writer.

Anyways, here are all of the day’s fabulous events in order of occurrence:

1. Andy Schleck edged out Alberto Contador for the yellow jersey in Stage 9 today at the Tour de France.

2. I received three times the amount of money I was expecting for my tax return.

3. I got that job I interviewed for yesterday and reallyreally wanted (!!!!)

4. I celebrated all these fabulous things with a fabulous meal with fabulous bloggers tonight :)


Okay. I will stop using the word fabulous ;)

So about that job? I’ll be doing personal training in a Toronto-area gym starting next week! It really is the perfect gym and ideal situation for me and I could not be happier about it :D Of course, I won’t start making any money until I get clients, so that extra boost I got from the government today definitely helps!!


For all the wonderful things that happened today, it was actually a pretty lazy morning and afternoon.


Started with a Toronto-style bagel topped with butter + mixed berry jam.


With a side of microwaved egg whites topped with laughing cow cheese. All on a Wall-E plate ;)

I had full intentions on going to the gym before lunch, so I thought a Run Glo Bar would be an appropriate pre-gym snack.


I love the idea of a small nutrition bar meant specifically as pre-run fuel.


Again, I liked how you could really taste the peanut butter, and it had dates! Those are always my go-to pre-run snack! I can totally see this being easily digested for energy before a run.


Except, I didn’t end up going to the gym after eating this. I got caught up in the last 20k of today’s Tour de France, and then the Harry Potter book I’m reading started calling my name.

I eventually had to break from all this laziness for lunch.


I mixed some of my leftover white bean-pork-mushroom-pesto with chopped green pepper, red onion, zucchini, beets and feta. Holy delicious. I ate it cold like a salad and it was awesome!

I eventually did make it to the gym late this afternoon. Walked the 25 minutes there because I was too lazy (or impatient) to wait for the streetcar. I know this doesn’t make sense. Can you tell I was in a mood today?? :P

Went straight to the weight room and tortured myself thusly:


Exercise Load Reps Sets Target
Deadlift 65 lbs 12 3 Lower back, glutes, thighs
Forward lunge  40 lbs ea 20 3 Quads, glutes
Reverse fly  10 lbs ea 12 3 Upper back
Jump squats bodyweight 20 3 Quads, glutes
Dumbbell bench press  20 lbs ea 12 3 Chest
One arm dumbbell snatch  20 lbs 12 3 Shoulder, quads, glutes
Lateral raise w/ side lunge  5 lbs ea 12 3 Top/side shoulder, inner thighs, quads
Cable pushdown  45 lbs 12 3 Triceps
Single arm cable curl  10 lbs 12 3 Biceps
Prone jackknife  bodyweight 12 3 Abs
Stability ball leg curl bodyweight 12 3 Hamstrings, hips, calves

Colour coded to indicate straight or alternating sets! I really hated doing the jump squats between sets, so I know it was good for me :P I then proceeded to walk home in the humidity. I was starved by the time I got back!

One thing I’ve noticed about Ontario is that the produce is cheaper than in New Brunswick. Cantaloupe is only 99 cents. 

I’ve been eating excessive amounts of fruit now that it’s so hot out. That’s what summer is for I guess – it tastes so fresh and delicious!

I also snacked up on a little extra protein…

Yes, protein desserts are still in my life. This is just a scoop of chocolate whey powder mixed with a tablespoon cocoa powder + stevia and a splash of water. Super rich and satisfying :)

I may have also been filling up on protein because of the blogger meet-up I had in store!!

Angela got a recommendation for Rawlicious and we immediately had to try it!

They have a mostly all raw-vegan menu and a super cute dining area!! We were in a room called the “Zen Den” hanging out on pillows and chatting away per usual.


Jess, Angela, Laura, Kristin, Sarah, Me, Jessica, Jenn. Missing is Callie, she’s the photographer ;)

Rawlicious has a juicer on hand so I figured I might as well take advantage of it to continue the fight against this never-ending cold I have.

Veggie juice: celery, cucumber, parsley, carrot.

Not bad actually. It tasted mostly of cucumber. I now know that juice is supposed to be drunk warm for whatever reasons, but seriously. Will a couple ice cubes really hurt?

We also ordered a Nacho Platter for the table: the classic trio of Guacamole, “Sour Cream” & Salsa, served with sliced green olives, green onions, hot banana peppers and a pile of Rawlicious Nacho Chips.

Excuse the blurry picture, but I had to just say the raw tortilla chips were awesome! As was the “sour cream.” The consensus was that it was probably cashew based. I say it was based of deliciousness.

Everything on the menu sounded so unique and amazing. I finally ended up with a Taco Wrap: Seasoned Nut-Loaf, Guacamole, chopped Tomatoes, Red Onion, shredded Romaine, Salsa and Nut Cheese.


Thumbs up!!! I asked for it without the guacamole (“allergic”) but otherwise everything on it tasted great! The nut-loaf was a little spicy and had a great crumbly texture. The nut cheese reminded me a little of hummus. I really enjoyed this, and for being a raw meal, it was pretty darn filling!!

When the waitress asked if we wanted to see the tea menu after the meal, I couldn’t help but take part.


Knowing it was getting close to my bedtime, I chose one of the “non-caffeineted” ones, Rooibos Samarkhand: Rooibos, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Calendula & Rose Petals.


All served in a cute little mug to boot. Good for my sinuses!

There may have also been a little raw dessert action…


Much better than my last raw dessert experience. Y’all know I’m a butter and sugar girl, but this raw brownie was definitely tasty! It was mostly coconut based, but my favourite part was the icing, which I think had something to do with coconut butter.

Fun fact: Callie (right) and I are driving to Chicago together for the Healthy Living Summit!! Blogger road trip?? Yesplease :)

I’m pumped that Sarah (left) and Angela (right) will also be at the Healthy Living Summit! Also, props to Jessica (mid-right) for suggesting the restaurant. It was a total win, and I have a feeling we’ll be going back to the “Zen Den” till we’ve tried everything on the menu!!

I should also thank Laura for her TTC tips (Toronto Transit Commission). Thankfully, I didn’t have to act crazier than the crazy people on the subway to stay safe on the way home. Another win!!


And with that, I bid you a goodnight!! *muah!*

Posted on July 14, 2010, in Restaurants, Reviews, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. greensandjeans

    Yay Andy! Even though I could probably snap him in two, I still think he’s a total cutie. AND YAYYYYYYYYYYYY YOU! I’m so stoked for you that you got that job! Freaking fantastic.

  2. Congratulations on what has surely been the most awesome day since you moved to Toronto!!!!

    Woohoo for the job and the money and the food! :)

    Let me know when you figure out how you’re going to structure the whole personal training thing. I think my mom would definitely go to you to set up a program but the gym is sufficiently far enough away that I don’t see her making it her regular place. Anywho – just keep me in the loop!

  3. Major congrats on the new job! That cafe looks awesome – so cozy and perfect for a small group.

  4. Im with you on juices, put some ice in it. I actually got yelled at a few days ago because I asked for ice & was told it ruins it. Oh & apparently it makes the owner look like they are giving you less juice.
    Silly debate!

    Congrats on the job, sounds awesome!

    I love that restaurant, very cute & i’m a huge fan of tea so i’m kind of jealous

  5. Love these meetup pics and girl, you’re going to the HLS?!!?? Wow, congrats!!!!!!!

    tax return, there was a snag in mine…STILL WAITING for my money ugh

    congrats on your job and if you need a killer raw brownie recipe, I’ve got one. no coconut involved, which is fine, but just not in brownies, for me at least :)

  6. congratulations for the job! :)

  7. Awwwww jealous of your meet up and the raw food, it all looks real yummy! So cool you got the job your gonna love it!

    Any advice for a girl who’s just about to do a 6 week intensive personal trainer course welcome! x x

    • Take advantage of your instructor’s knowledge!! The woman who taught my course was super knowledgeable and I always stuck around picking her brain. She taught me SO much. Also, fake a little confidence. It’s intimidating being around so many fitness-minded people, but know that you deserve to be there too :)

  8. Hooray on the return…SCORE!!!

    By the looks of that workout you will be an awesome trainer! Congrats!!!

  9. Congrats again on the job, that’s so exciting!!

    I wish I could have made it out to the meet up, everything looks yummy! Looks like you all had a great time. I’ll have to put it on my list of places to try.

  10. That’s fabulous to hear Susan! Congratulations!

  11. Congrats on the job! That’s super exciting!!

    Sorry about the guac allergy though, that must suck :/

    Your wrap looks super tasty, I love wraps wrapped in lettuce & leaves!

  12. Wish I could’ve made it out last night but I was stuck in a computer lab for three hours (I’m in school part time)! Will definitely have to check Rawlicious out though!

    Congrats on all of the goodness! Looks like your life in T.O. is off to a great start!

  13. Again, congrats on the new job! Wheeeeee! And for tax refunds! I’m so happyyyyyy for youuuuu!

  14. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you = fabulous :)

  15. Congratulations on the new job! It was great to see you last night and I’m very happy you didn’t encounter any crazies during your travels home. Handy advice for the future though. :)

    We definitely need to hit up a David’s Tea soon. I love that place!

  16. Ahh, congrats congrats CONGRATS on the job offer(s)! Especially at the place you wanted. That is awesome! I can’t wait to hear about your experience. Also…..kettlebells is just not the same without you…*sniff*


    • Ahhh, I walked past a kettlebell studio last night and got all excited about it!! I probably won’t make it to Ottawa again before you leave – but you know Vancouver is at the top of my list ;)

  17. CONGRATS!!!!! You definitely deserve to celebrate! That raw brownie looks amazing!

    Wall-E is the most endearing movie I’ve seen. Honestly, I love Wall-E and have no shame admitting it!

  18. Congratulations on the new job! how exciting, and what a relief! That is the best feeling in the world.

  19. Fantastic night! Fabulous food, even more fabulous company- I had so much fun!

    See you on Sunday!!


  20. First–congratulations! life is going swimmingly for you in Toronto! that’s so exciting.

    Looks like you’ve got a great group of girls there with same interests as well!

  21. Woohoo! Glad you loved Rawlicious just as much as I do ;)

    Great photos btw!

  22. haha…i am so glad to hear those raw desserts redeemed our previous experience.

    CONGRATS ON THE JOB! i am SOOOOO very excited for you, and can’t wait to catch up to hear all about it.

    Love ya!

  23. CONGRATS!!! That is so awesome! And what a perfect way to celebrate with a meal and great bloggers. I’m so happy for you!

    Also good job on the jump squats in the workout. I like to add plyo moves like that when I want to up the intensity. I’m actually excited for when I go back to hardcore workouts post baby and can do things like that again. Hehe.

  24. CONGRATS! I KNEW you wouldn’t have trouble finding a job and I bet clients will be knocking down your door soon =)

    That raw-vegan meal looks delish. I really need to trick my friends into coming with me to some “healthy” restuarants in NYC. Maybe I’ll ease them into it slowly.

    Nicole G

  25. Looked like you had fun! The food looks delicious! :-)

  26. CONGRATULATIONS on the job missy! Knew you would get it. Mad skillz.

  27. Yay on the job!! Woo Hoo! Heard from Starbies yet? I swear I am going to work there soon…

    Question on the trainer front. You are hired by the gym to be a personal trainer or to work at the gym and then establish a clientelle? Do they help you get clients or is that gravy on top of working at the gym?

    • They’ll mostly be providing me with clients to train, but I’m responsible for getting them to renew their packages. That process is all done through the gym. Of course, bringing new clients into the gym on my own will be more than welcomed! :)

  28. What an amazing day of fabulosity!! (See if Windows Live Writer will take THAT word! ;) )
    So happy things are settling down right where they should for you, Susan. Like you told me on one of my posts a few days ago, I feel like I’ve been right there with you through these life changes, and I’m glad we could go through them “together!”

  29. Wow, Susan!
    I´m just SO happy for you!
    It looks like you truly had a fabulous day – a perfect one :D
    Wish you a FABULOUS week – and terrific days!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  30. With a day like that, you get to scream FABULOUSSSSSSS as much as your heart desires! In fact, I recommend at least one blood-curdling one before you retire that word. Congrats are definitely in order!

  31. when raw/vegan food tastes absolutely delicious i am alll for it. i love being able to eat it if i want to, but of course, you know as well as me, its also nice being able to eat greek yogurt and eggs on the daily.

    YAY for the job! go you! i told you, didn’t i??!

    oh yeah, and i officially (don’t know if i said this yet) blame you for my addiction to protein powder. as if it wasn’t bad already, protein fudge, protein mousse, protein cookie, protein bar, protein cookie dough, protein chocolate sauce, protein ice cream- talk about SWEET tooth! if we were roommates, i think we could subsist on eggs, protein powder, and carrots and salsa alone. well, at least for a week or two. i’m sure you’d eventually hear your waffle maker calling your name after too long.

  32. i bet that cute elephant was your fave part of the restaurant! ;)

    p.s. i have to read all of your new posts since ive been gone. i just couldn’t bring myself to marking them as read! hahaha.

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