New Harvest Weekend: Part 3

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Today was a busy one! But, it was all FUN stuff! :mrgreen:

After the New Harvest presentations, the group traveled to the Reading Terminal for a vegetarian Italian cooking class at La Cucina.





The owner of La Cucina, Anna Maria Florio, is a Philadelphia native and the daughter of Italian-born parents from Italy. She was the instructor for our cooking class this afternoon.


Anna Marie introduced herself and explained how to prepare the various courses of our meal. Then, we broke off into small groups of 2-3 people and got right down to work making our lunch.




Tanya, Anne-Marie, and I tackled the Orange and Fennel Salad.




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Lunch also included the most amazing Crostini with caramelized onions, fig jam, and goat cheese. I ate 3 or 4 of them. So good!


We also made homemade Sweet Potato Ravioli, which I really loved. They were doughy and sweet.



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Finishing touches:


Time to eat!!!


Everything was delicious. We did a great job! 😀


For dessert, we enjoyed fresh berries soaked in Limoncello with homemade whipped cream.



After lunch, we ventured over to the Franklin Institute to check out the famous heart exhibit.




The Giant Walk-Through Heart, originally built in 1954, is two-stories high and would be the accurate size for a 220-foot tall person. Cool!




Our last stop of the day was the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Rocky Steps.



Jenna and I visited the Rocky Steps on Thursday, so we rested our feet for a little bit.


It was a long day, but I enjoyed it all. Plus, having a 2-hour break before dinner was just what I needed to recharge for the rest of the day.

Gotta get ready for dinner! See ya! 😎



  1. The food all looks delicious, I bet that was such a fun experience. And I remember that giant heart from when my 3rd grade class took a field trip to Philadelphia!

  2. Like a feild trip but even more fun! That walk through the heart looks cool. We just learned all about the blood flow through the heart..this would have been a neat way to really get into it!

  3. Goat cheese, caramelised onions, figs… those are some of my favourite things. Huzzah! The salad looks like its been made by a real chef, too 😛

  4. That’s so awesome! This looks like a lot of fun. I definitely would love to cook with people :D:D I haven’t been to Philadelphia though. It looks like a really pretty place 🙂


  5. looks like so much fun! I bet the cooking class was amazing- you guys made some great things!
    Philly looks great! My boyfriend and I are contemplating the Philly Half Marathon in Sept! I love going to cities I have never been to for half marathons because it allows me the time to explore the city!

  6. It looks like you had so much fun making lunch. I bet it tasted sop good after all the effort you guys put in. You have really seen the sights of Philly too, the heart exhibition looks so cool. Can’t wait to see dinner!

  7. The giant heart at the Franklin Institute is awesome. I remember running through it as a kid and thinking it was the coolest thing in the world.

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