Thursday, March 4, 2010

Worlds Are Colliding!

Hello my loves!!!! I hope ya’ll had a great Thursday! The weekend is almost here, WOOHOO!!!!!!

Thank you for all the sweet comments ayer in regards to my grandma =)

The prayers went really well, about 40 people showed up. It’s nice to know that people still care enough to join us every year to pay respect to my abuela.

Before the prayers my mom, sis, homefries, and I went to Empanadas Cafe for an early din din.


Here is a little info about them, courtesy of their website:

“Empanadas Cafe, a place that opened as a sort of "United Nations of Empanadas," has become the dream caterer for New York's social, corporate and cultural events.

This small an intimate cafe, located on the border of Corona and Forest Hills Queens, is transforming this traditional dish into a gourmet, sophisticated and healthy choice.

The secret formula: rigorous quality control and the use of fresh ingredients.

Atmosphere: Empanadas Cafe is a family business where every detail counts. The decor is embellished by original paintings and photographs from renown Latin American artists; the furniture is hand made and it has the rustic feel of a Latin American country side.

Details to note: This team of two sisters and one brother have made the Empanada preparation into a gourmet trip in which the traditional recipes: shredded beef, shredded chicken and shredded fish pave the way to the non-traditional such as broccoli and mozzarella, spinach and ricotta, mixed vegetables, chop pork and shrimp. The more exotic combinations include the Hawaiian (ham, cheese, and pineapple), sweet plantain and mozzarella and the latest introduction: empanadas for desert--dulce de leche (caramel) and cheese, nutella chocolate and banana, guava and cheese.”

Empanadas Cafe has been featured in various publications…and they deserve all the acclamations!   


The Empanadas come in three different styles; White Flour, Corn Flour, and Organic Flour.



Since I am not eating meat, I chose 1 Plantain and Cheese empanada and for dessert I got a guava one…if you look close enough, you can actually see the names of the empanadas, imprinted on them…this makes it easy to differentiate them when you order a large amount.


Inside of the Platano and Queso….


This is the Guava one…I like that they are NOT too big…it’s fairly easy to watch your portions when you eat here…


Inside the Guava empanada…so yummy!


I also enjoyed some Cafe Con Leche…


After din din we went to my aunts house…while we were there my “new” phone broke down…I could not hear anything on it. My cousin was nice enough to drive me to Sprint (again!)…they had to order me another phone which I should be getting mañana. I then had to run back to my aunts house so that I would not miss the prayers…by the time I got there I was super sweaty (about 15 blocks)

After the prayers, my aunt put out all the yummy eats that she baked! I felt like I was on a temptation challenge on The Biggest Loser…Thank God I wasn’t because I would have failed!


I enjoyed some Mini Dominican Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting…


And 1 Dominican Cupcake with Dominican Frosting…


AND a couple of pieces of Bread Pudding


Thank God my phone broke down and I was forced to sneak in a mini cardio session before I indulged in these treats lol


Two of my favorite things have come together…Jillian AND Yoga!!!!


“Jillian introduces a new yoga workout unlike any other. Combining hard-core yoga power poses with her dynamic training techniques, Jillian will get you real weight-loss results fast. YOGA MELTDOWN includes two complete 30-minute workouts that include a warm-up and cooldown. Begin with the Level 1 workout which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn mega calories. Then progress to Level 2 which adds twists and balance poses for an even greater burn.” Courtesy of

I was able to try Level 1 this morning on Exercise TV. I enjoyed the routine, perhaps I am a tad bias since I love Jil Jil but I think if you are a Vinyasa Yoga fan, you might want to give this workout a try. The whole practice lasted about 35 minutes and it included Sun Salutations, Chatarrungas, Balance Poses etc. It kept my heart rate between 60%-70% and I managed to burn a little over 200 calories.

After my workout I refueled with Oikos Honey Yogurt mixed with 1 Banana and PB and my usual cafe con leche


I also snacked on a Luna Lemon Zest Bar during the day…


I had to run some errands today and then headed into the city with my sister to pick something up. On our way back, I talked her into going to 5 Burros Cafe for Linner… first I mentioned the Steak and then said Margarita and I managed to persuade her lol (It was pretty easy haha).

We started off with some Chips and Salsa…

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I of course had to get a Piña Colada…”say hello to my little friend


I ordered the Shrimp Fajita din din plate…which came with Grilled Veggies, Shrimp, Salad, Rice, Beans, Guacamole, and Sour Cream…this was a party in my mouth, delish!


And a side of flour Tortillas (I only had one)


My sister ordered the Nachos Con Carne which I just had to sample! (didn’t touch the meat). This was SO FREAKING GOOD! The next time I go to 5 Burros, I am going to order this with Shrimp!


It was really nice to have some one on one time with my sister…we rarely get to spend any solo time with each other (besides the gym lol).

Check out Amanda’s Yoga Mat Giveaway!!!

Stay Tuned for my next post, I have some exciting news!!!!



  1. jealous of the mini cupcakes!

    and i've NEVER had an empanada!

  2. I've never had an empanada either! Looks like quite an authentic treat. I'll have to try one of these soon!

  3. What are dominican cupcakes? I want some!

    I'm glad you had a nice time with the fam and enjoyed your Jill Jill tape. I know you're such a fan.

    I was so proud of you when you left a comment about your 5K! I'm sooo frieken excited for you!

  4. Glad there was such a great turnout and that you spent some quality time with your sister!

    You seem to have the worst luck with phones! Third times a charm, right? The next one will be awesome, hopefully.

    You eat Plantain and cheese empanada? I want!

  5. I have never had an empanada but those look DELISH! thats a place I def should be at! crazy fillings, I love unique little places like that!

    those treats loook amazingggg, the dominican dessert with dulce de lechE?! hellooo party in my mouth right htere

    YES you got a margarita! I love those little guys, this restaurant is all over the 'sphere haha, they should know about it!!

    very interesting about jillians yoga tape, I would be interested in doing that!

  6. Like many of your readers, I have never tried an emapanada either!!! It looks amazing (along with all the other food..) Maybe not the best for the waist line (Jillian, your best friend, wouldn't be happy!) BUT everything in moderation, right?! Speaking of Jillian, I can't believe you used the word "Friend" in front of her name, YUCK!! I'm so not a fan. But hey, if she gets you motivated, that's awesome. And clearly, she does! You're a working out fool!

  7. SHUT the heck up-those cupcakes and empanadas look BALLER!! ahh!! happy friday lovely!

  8. Can't wait to hear the news!! The empanadas look awesome-I've never had any.

  9. So jealous of your shrimp fajitas and drink right now! Yes at 9 in the morning. Those nachos look amazing too! And those cupcakes...okay I think I need to make my breakfast so I stop salivating haha.

  10. Mari, how lovely that so many paid respect to and prayed for your grandmother. The food your aunt served looks really wonderful. I love empanadas and just wish they were easier to prepare. I really like your blog and will be back often to see what you have conjured up. Have a wonderful day....Mary

  11. I've never had an empanada, but they look fabulous with all those goodies inside! And that pina colada...I want one NOW! Bring on the weekend :)

  12. Wow girl, you are doing great with the no meat eating challenge! I am proud of you :) I can't wait to hear what the good news is, and I will definitely be checking out that yoga program. You were right about Jackie so I trust your opinion on this one too! Lol.

  13. it woule be nice if u took me out to eat when i'm in NYC.. those empanadas look DELICIOUSSSSSS...

  14. Those empanadas look off the hook. I like your choices, and I am glad (as I am vegetarian) that they had good veggie offerings.

  15. That's awesome that people came to pay their respects.


    Thanks for the shout out about my giveaway girl. Love ya!

  16. im so sorry to have missed out on your day of remembrance. It looks like you all had a great time.

    I think you did really well at 5 burros! i am still salivating over missy's lobster salad. mmmm.

  17. Guava empanada= brilliant. You;;re making me sooo hungry for mexican food now! Mmmmm. Great job with the running !

  18. I think I missed a post. I am glad that people were able to remember your grandmother. That must be so special.

    So jealous that you went to 5 burros but glad you got to spend time with your sister.

    Can't wait to hear the announcement!

  19. Too much good food in this post!!

  20. OMG, those empanadas look so good! I haven't had one in ages!

    All the food at your Aunt's house looks amazing - kudos for staying in control!

    Exciting news? Can't wait!

  21. Empanadas look so good! Have you ever made them on your own?

  22. i miss u...sounds like someone is making great use of time off, good for you, you deserve it. I once made weight watcher empanadas, yum! I love those with cheese and meat :)
    Happy Friday

  23. Mari! It looks like you had a great day with your family celebrating your Grandmother's life.

    I'll have to check out Jill Jill's yoga video. I can't believe it's already on demand.

    BTW, read my latest post. =)

  24. Such delicious food! I need to check out that empanada place! you are right. we so need to hang out. Once my two exams are over next week....

    Speaking of which. Email me the info about this weekend. I am going to try super hard to make it!


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