Chicago —> Des Moines

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Greetings from Des Moines! I had a few delays during my travels (crazy strong winds in Chicago + brake issues on the plane), but I eventually made it, safe and sound!


When I arrived in Chicago, I was more than ready for lunch. I ended up buying a salad with chicken and roasted veggies and an iced decaf Americano with crème brulee syrup.

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My salad wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped (not enough chicken or roasted veggies), so I also ate a Larabar that I brought from home.

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My layover in Chicago was 2.5 hours and then we sat on the plane to Des Moines for another 1.5 hours, so I got hungry again and broke into a snack that I packed, which was a banana with a packet of chocolate coconut peanut butter. I just squirted the peanut butter on the banana as I ate it. Surprisingly, I didn’t make a total mess!

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I arrived in Des Moines around 6:30 PM, hopped in a cab, and high-tailed it to the hotel. I had dinner plans at 7:00 PM with a few of the folks judging the Ultimate Potato Recipe Contest, so I pretty much exploded in my hotel room and then boogied to the restaurant.

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Thankfully, our dinner reservation was at Centro and it was just a short walk from the hotel. I was only about 10 minutes late and no one seemed to mind. A couple of other people had minor travel issues as well, so they were understanding.

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To start, we shared some bruschetta and fried Brussels sprouts among the table.

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The fried Brussels sprouts were to die for and we ate every single last bite of them! Fried Brussels sprouts = love.

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During dinner, I ordered a glass of white wine, which tasted especially wonderful after a long day of travel.

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As an appetizer, I ordered the spinach salad, which came with bacon, Asiago cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, and a ridiculously delicious warm bacon salad dressing.

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For my entrée, I ordered the seared sea scallops, which came in a lemon butter sauce with Brussels sprouts, pancetta, red onions, and roasted hazelnuts. Holy goodness, it was amazing. Actually, the entire dinner was amazing, and I left Centro stuffed to the gills. So much good food!

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Question of the Day

What’s your favorite fried food?

Mine is definitely Brussels sprouts!



  1. Fried brussel sprouts sounds AMAZING!!! I love any and all vegetables but usually roast mine. I have a recipe for roasted brussel sprouts with maple syrup and hazelnuts that is to-die-for. Now I’m hungry again… 🙂

  2. Brussels Sprouts are a Fave for me as well….roasted with olive oil, Kosher salt, pepper and bacon….Yum. But my favorite fried food has got to be Calamari, which we have plenty of out here in CA….I love it as an app, on a salad or as an entree….so good! Cheers!

  3. Just curious if you had any issues w/ the PB packet at security. I always see them collecting jars of PB so I never thought to try the packets!

  4. I just had to laugh- Monica from Run Eat Repeat took a very similar picture of her hotel in Richmond on her Sabra Tastemakers Dinner post- you guys must have stayed at the same brand hotel- same angle-same decor- only difference is a picture on the wall…I don’t know why I thought this was funny- I just remember seeing that picture before- even though it is two separate pictures in two separate places LOL

  5. Chicago weather made a huge swing and it looks like you got caught in it. It was beautiful over the weekend and then all the sudden it’s like 30 degrees and threatening to snow.

    Fried food? Oh man, plantains and polenta have to be up there for me. I also have an obsession with this tempura coconut ice cream at a restaurant in my hometown. It is a scoop of ice cream, covered in vanilla pound cake, and flash fried. It is one of my favorite desserts!

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