Rock Star

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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Three drinks last night. Seven miles this morning. I am a rock star.

Theodora‘s interview lasted two long hours yesterday afternoon, so when she walked in the door of her apartment, it was time to drink. Yes, Theodora, I will drink with you. Friends don’t let friends drink alone.

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We drank Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka mixed with lemonade and iced tea. Oh, yes, we did.

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We also munched on some pita chips with hummus.

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After our little happy hour, we headed to Eataly for dinner with friends.

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Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, is finally here in New York. Two years after Oscar Farinetti opened his groundbreaking food and wine market in Turin, Italy, he has teamed up with Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich of Batali-Bastianich (B&B) Hospitality Group to transform a 50,000 square – foot space in the Flatiron District into New York City’s premier culinary mecca.

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We headed upstairs to Birreria, a rooftop restaurant and brewery. The menu is mostly Italian, but influenced by Austria and Germany cuisine.

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Theodora and I met Gabriela at the bar, where we immediately ordered a round of beers. Cheers!

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It was my first beer since being sick, and it went down fine (no stomach issues), but it didn’t taste as delicious as it normally does. Somehow, I lost my love for beer. How sad. I’m actually not that worried considering marathon training has started and that’s how my beer obsession started in the first place. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time until I’m craving beer carbs again.

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Ashley arrived a little while later and we sat down for dinner. It was a hot night, but the cool breeze felt nice.

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To start, we enjoyed freshly baked bread and olive oil. The olive oil was especially amazing when sopped up with bread. I ate a lot of it.

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For my entrée, I ordered the Insalata Cotta Cruda, which was Bibb lettuce with wax beans, potato, roasted onion, asparagus, tomato, olives, capers, and red wine vinaigrette. It was awesome”” refreshing, flavorful, and surprisingly hearty. The potatoes and salty capers were great additions.

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After dinner, we said goodbye to Gabriela and went to Wined Up for a post-dinner drink.

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Ashley’s husband, Bo, met us there, and we enjoyed some good wine and conversation. We talked about running and training for the New York City Marathon, which, of course, reminded me of my run the next morning. I wanted to drink a second glass of wine, but the thought of running hungover in the steamy city heat quickly changed my mind.

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Theodora and I ended up calling it quits pretty early and headed home to bed. Marathon training = responsible Tina.



  1. I’m so jealous of your fun day! I’d love to go to Eataly some time, I hear that it’s a really cool concept. Plus i love Mario Batali. I have his Molto Italiano cookbook and everything that I make from it turns out amazing.
    If you’re looking for a good cookbook, try Molto Italiano.

    Ah, I need to go to New York some day!

  2. That salad has my name all over it.

    I’m interested to see where this diet lighter in gluten will take you. Interesting that you are losing your taste for beer. After going gluten free, I too hated even the thought of drinking beer – let alone the smell of it. Then about a month ago, I had my first GF beer (Redbridge). Even an average beer tasted like nectar of the gods!

  3. What a fun night! That restaurant looks really cool. I like the unique atmosphere. That salad looks really tasty too! 🙂

  4. Great job on the run – you ARE a rockstar!! Looks like a really fun night and your entree sounds delicious! I always find it a little tougher to get myself moving after a night of drinks but after it’s done, I feel SO much better! 🙂

  5. Haha you ARE a rock star! I used to be able to do that back in my college days but certainly no longer!

    And isn’t Eataly the best?! I was so excited when it opened – you just reminded me I need to make another trip there soon!

  6. I’m so jealous of all of you !! I went to Eataly when I came up to visit my cousin in NY last month and absolutely LOVED it !! The panini place was awesome and the little desserts !!

  7. it’s so great to see you feeling better! happy marathon training…hoping those beer cravings come back soon because i always love to see all of the fun beers you try! 😉

  8. I also found it a bit difficult to balance my social life and marathon training. I definitely managed to still put back a few drinks but it did make me more responsible, probably a good thing!

  9. Have you ever tried English Cider? I’m not talking Woodchucks, but I mean Magners or Strongbow? They are Gluten Free and absolutely DELICIOUS!! I know a few places in Harvard Square sell Magners Hard Cider- I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet!

  10. Call me crazy, but lots of my best runs in college were after a night of cocktails..perhaps it was the post-buzz adrenaline rush? It’s a mystery to me.

    Isn’t Birriera awesome? I was just at Eataly this past Saturday…the only issue is the ridiculous line. The secret is to go with friends and be each others’ placeholders while you buy things to snack on during the wait 🙂

  11. You are so my type of person – long run followed up with Happy Hour and delicious food! Sounds like a fabulous day!

    Next time you’re in NYC try Becco – Mario Batali also has a stake in it and it’s DELICIOUS! (and totally not that expensive for NYC!)

  12. Can’t believe there is an Eataly in New York! I used to travel to Turin, Italy for weeks at a time for work and that was such a great place to go after a long day of work. Your salad looked great!

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