Saturday, June 5, 2010

Where to Begin???

Hello my loves! I hope you guys are having a Fabulous Weekend! The past couple of days have been fantastic! I have a lot to show you, so let’s just get right to it.
On Thursday my family and I went to Ginza for “Linner”
We started off with Octopus Salad
And Kani Salad
And then we got a few rolls which included; Godzilla roll, Liki 4, Amanda Roll, and Shrimp Tempura Roll
When I got home later in the evening I did Namaste Yoga for Runners because ever since I went for a run on Wednesday, my leg has been KILLING me
Ayer I woke up and had no idea of what type of workout I wanted to…I started to do Jumping Jacks and literally felt like my leg was going to crack into pieces so instead I did kickboxing moves, kettlebell, and toning from the Self Challenge and burned 589 Calories in 1.5 hrs.
I then went to the mall with mi familia and then we headed to Flushing Queens for Lunch…
I love when I go to Flushing; it’s like a whole different world.
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We went to the famous Joe’s Shanghai Restaurant for Lunch.
Joe’s is known for their fantastic Dumplings but unfortunately I could not try them because they were Pork but my sister said they were delish!
We got a plate of Shrimp Fried Rice for the Table YUUUUUUUUMS!
I ordered Szechuan Style String Beans…these were so spicy and ohhh sooo good!
My sister ordered Crispy Jumbo Prawns with Meat Sauce
And my mom and home fries enjoyed some Sesame Chicken…
We then walked it off by doing some shopping…great cardio lol
Later in the evening we went to a Carnival being held at a Local Church.
We of course had to check out the Eats!
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Fried Oreos (Oreos inside of Dough and then fried)
Funnel Cake
Home Fries and I decided to go on the Ferris Wheel (note to self; you are AFRAID of heights!)
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And then my sister and I went on the “Round Up”
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Thankfully I decided to enjoy these AFTER I got off of that ride!
We ended the night with Hailey riding the Merry Go Round
Perfect Day…. 
This morning I woke up at 6:20 am for my first day volunteering at River Fund NY. I wanted to be full of energy so I did Kundalini Yoga: Courage…and then fueled up with Overnight Oats; Oikos Greek Yogurt, Oat Bran, Splenda, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Tollhouse Chocolate Chips, and Peanut Butter with my usual Cafe con Leche
I arrived at the Food Pantry at 7:30 am…
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My first task was bagging fresh bread…
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I then helped hand out items to all the people waiting in line…and then I went inside and helped people fill out applications…you have to have a River Fund Card in order to get access the grub =)
After I was done doing that, I went back outside and gave out PIE! and not just any pie…TRADER JOE’S PIE!
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I loved that they had people from Cornell University educating people on how to eat healthy and they were even giving out samples…
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We finished serving food around 11:30 am but our day didn’t stop there…we then started to stock up for next week…
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My experience here was amazing! Yes, I was tired…yes, I was hot but I loved every minute of it. All the people were so kind and incredible…I even had an elderly man write me a poem =). I met this one lady who was going through a really hard time in her life and she thanked me for being so sweet to her and said that my presence there is making a difference…(I got a little teary eyed). I decided that I am going to continue volunteering here and I might even take home fries one day so she learns at a young age, to give back.
By the time I got home, I was STARVING and dove right into this plate.
Brown Rice with Black Beans, Onions, and Peppers on a bed of mixed Greens.
I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your Saturday! I think I am going to stay home, enjoy my AC and just be lazy =)


  1. I love that volunteering was such a good experience for you and of COURSE I'm sure your smiling face made a difference to the people there.
    Your suuuuussshiiii looks fabulous too. Gotta have the Liki 4- I've been reading about it for 4 years now, right? I hope it wasn't hot out or it would be too smelly.

  2. Busy busy! That's so great that you are volunteering for such a great cause. I can only imagine how you made those people feel :) Oh and the deep friend Oreo's? Ugh...they don't even SOUND good to me!

  3. Is that red rice on the one sushi roll? If so, that's awesome. Those green beans look great! Glad the volunteering went well!!

  4. Fabulous weekend! From the festival to awesome chinese food to volunteering. Sounds like a good time. I'm so impressed with TJ's for donating their food!

  5. see? this is the kind of volunteering i should be doing! I am def not allergic to people! lol. I cant beleive we have a place this awesome in our neighborhood. and God Bless TJs for donating! The people are eating good!
    this touches my heart Mari. This is the perfect outlet for you to give love.
    and MMMMM octopus salad!
    and I have a joes shanghai by my office! they have crab soup dumplings... they are amazeballs...i will take you there. MUAH! miss yoU!

  6. What a fun few days! The food looks delish and you can't ever say enough about volunteering! Plus you look uber happy in the Ferris Wheel despite being afraid of heights!!! (I could never do it!)

  7. Good for you for following through with your volunteer goals. I'm glad you enjoyed it (and the!) and they are lucky to have you!!

    Enjoy your Sunday Mari.

  8. That sushi looks divine! Is that purple rice?! So awesome that you are volunteering.

    PS I'm literally drooling over that Sesame chicken....

  9. Aww I am glad you had such a good weekend and such a good experience volunteering! That shrimp fried rice looks SO good. I can't eat shrimp, but I love fried rice!! I think I am going to make some right now in fact!

    Jen @

  10. So SOOOO glad that the volunteering went well- what a great project!!!!! Looks amazing and I am so happy you are involved.

    Your sister's shrimp looks fab! Yum. I laughed at the dirty look that girl gave you...haha, you need a papparazzi disguise!

  11. Fun wknd!!! LMAO At the girl giving you a dirty look @ the carnival.

    I sm so jealous of all of your food and workouts this wknd. I love doing kickboxing moves in between my kettlebell moves, it jacks up my heart rate and kicks my butt!

    And looks like the volunteering is going to be the start of a beautiful thing. Glad to hear you had such a positive experience first day and that your assistance is appreciated! I want pie now---hook a sister up JK :)

  12. Aw, what a great weekend you had! Busy, but fun, fun, fun! And Mari, I'm devastated you couldn't try those lovely dumplings!!! They are AWESOME. I thought they had a crabmeat version of the xiaolong baos though?

  13. Yay for volunteering! I volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank. It's very rewarding and puts your life into perspective. I'm so happy you did this :)

  14. wow what an aamzing experience and thank you for taking pictures to show us all everything! it feels so good to help out, its a feeling like none other!! no matter how 'hot' or 'long; the day is you just have to think how much worse some have it out there...amazing!!!

    all of the carnival food...wowwwza! fried oreos?!?! hahaaa i think thats a bit much for me but I am sure they taste pretty heavenly!

  15. WOW, Octopus salad, Chinese steamed dumplings, Zeppole, Pecan pie all my favourite things..

    Why was the girl giving my lil sis a dirty look. I would kick her butt! (if she wasn't to tall that is) lol..

  16. Your volunteering is making such a diffference in the lives of those people! Isn't carnival food crazy? Last year we saw fried butter. Yes..butter. How disgusting is that?? I didn't know I was afraid of heights either until I hopped on a farris wheel. One time I was fine..the next totally afraid!

  17. Yumm Ginza. When are we going there hahaha. Deep fried Oreos are probably the best things ever. Glad your volunteering went well! So nice!

  18. loved ur volunteer blurb!!! :-)

  19. Hooray for volunteering!! I'm so glad that you love it. It is such a good feeling!!
    Delish eats, as always!!

    <3 jess

    P.S I hope I didn't offend you when I said NYC was dirty--I meant that some places I went it was dirtier than I had imagined!! Sorry about that!! I still loved it :)

  20. wow what an awesome weekend :) i'm so glad the volunteering went so well! and the commute time? girl 1 minute is way to far for me ;)

    sushi for linner sounds perfect to me and with a side of carnival and cheezy fries! YES PLEASE!

  21. I'm so glad that it was a good experience for you!! Looks like you had a very busy weekend!

  22. I'm so glad to hear your first day volunteering went well. You have a good heart and I think it would be awesome if your niece did that with you. I remember my parents taking me to work at a soup kitchen one holiday when I was a kid, let's just say what I learned never left me! :)

  23. So happy for you that you had such a lovely experience.

    I think I'm back to my regular commenting self. Sorry for being MIA!

  24. HEY!!!! This is Bayo's wife. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Bayo says hi too :)

  25. so proud of you! you are taking great strides and using your time off wisely!
    fab food here, and the Zeppoli's, YUM!!!! wish I was there :)

  26. Look at all the wonderful food at the food bank! Those people are so fortunate to have such options. I know our community doesn't have a food bank and it breaks my heart.

    All the food at the fair looks sooo good! And fried oreos?! They sound good. Is that gross for me to say? :)

  27. Looks like you have been busy. The fair looks like fun. Flushing does look like another country, OMG. I can't believe you had octopus, I will have that on my next blog post...that I am still working on right now.


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