final paris picsJ’aime Paris! From the minute we hopped off the Eurostar (high speed train) I knew this was a city that screamed my name. The chaotic streets, the beautiful language that engulfs you & the never-ending list of things to see and do in this sparkling city makes me feel right at home.

 We quickly tossed our bags at the hotel (Le Pradey) & set out for the day! My heart was pounding with excitement as we began to walk the city & my mind was in pure bliss knowing that I was steps away from so many wonders. We walked to The Louvre and through its gardens, to the Obelisk, to the Grand Palais & up Champs Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Sights of the Eiffel Tower peering over the buildings at every which angle made my heart skip and jump.

We ended up back at The Louvre* for a night tour of the museum – over 30,000 endless masterpieces housed in one palace. A drink was needed after all the information we took in from our guide – so we set off to a 404, a Moroccan restaurant recommended to us by a friend. We knew we were in the right spot as soon as we walked in – the vibe, music, decor & the food was scrumptious beyond imagination.

To end our first night in Paris we ended back up at The Louvre – Parisians all over the park. Cuddled on their blankets – drinking & singing songs while lit up by all the top notch sites. As the clock tips at the hour mark everyone screams joy & I looked up in disbelief to see the Eiffel Tower sparkling! The light show happens for five minutes every hour from dusk till 1am. With the sight from afar my hub & I knew that we had to make it for the last show. No taxis in sight for a half hour & what to do in a city where no one speaks your language? Run. Yes, we ran to the Eiffel Tower.

Minutes were passing by fast & our breath was running out after every few blocks (we were not in our running shoes). 12:56am – 4minutes to get there. We could see the tip, but we could not find the base..running down & around streets to only arrive right at 1am. Covered in sweat & barely able to breathe, we look up – and the Eiffel Tower starts sparkling. We made it, just in the knick of time! Needless to say, we had a good nights rest after a late night workout.

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Moroccan Spiced Lemon Dressing


Nom nom nom, this dressing is delish!  There’s a new salad joint right by my apartment and they have the most unusual salad dressings, this one included. So I decided to give it a whirl & test it out in my kitchen – needless to say I have now been making this dressing for a few days in a row!

  1. In a medium bowl combine: 1/4C fresh lemon juice, 2T Fage 0%, 1.5t honey & 1/4t ground of each of the following cumin, cinnamon, ginger & salt 
  2. Whisk in 1T EVOO (to 1/4C, I only used 1T) slowly so dressing becomes smooth & emulsified

I am currently addicted to kale so I have yet to try this dressing on any other salad base, but I am sure it would taste just as yum & will add a bit of Moroccan spice to any green!

  1. If you are using kale, rip the leaves off of the stems in tiny pieces & place in large bowl – add a pinch of sea salt & massage the kale with your hands
  2. Add in whatever veggies you may have in your fridge! I threw in tomatoes, radishes, yellow pepper, celery & dulse flakes.

Toss the salad with the dressing & munch on this blend to get bikini body ready (yes, SO soon!) and you won’t regret it!

Nutritional Info Per Serving for Dressing (Serves 2 Large Salads): 90 calories – 7 grams of fat – 7 carbs – 2.5 grams of protein

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