End-of-the-year-itis (noun): an affliction that affects people as the year comes to an end; characterized by laziness, a lack of motivation, and a dismissive attitude. 

I’ve had it for a while now.  Totally being dramatic, but I feel like I’ve let loose  (too loose) with a bunch of different things since the beginning of October.  And that’s not like me.  If anything, I gain motivation as the new year approaches. 

Well, I don’t know what did it, but I got my MOJO back this weekend.  Woo!  Let me tell you all about it…


Earlier in the week, I asked Vishnu if he wanted to try The Ciderpress Café.  What I left out was the fact that this restaurant is 100% raw and vegan.  I figured that wasn’t super important information!

And luckily it wasn’t because we both loved the food and overall experience.

The Ciderpress Cafe

We started with cauliflower buffalo bites (raw cauliflower covered in a cashew buffalo sauce).  The bites were tasty, but the star of the appetizer was the “ranch” sauce.  It was light, creamy, and herby. 

For my main entrée, I went with the Pad Thai.  Apparently this is the most ordered dish on the menu.  There were zucchini and kelp noodles, pineapple, cabbage, almonds, mixed veggies, and a spicy tamarind sauce.  This was nothing like regular Pad Thai but it was delicious in a fresh, clean way.  Vishnu decided to go with the Bella Burger.  I am definitely going to order this next time.  The bread made out of zucchini and flax, the eggplant bacon (YUM!), and the house mayo were ah-mazing.  Such a unique sandwich! 

And we couldn’t leave with trying one of the fabulous raw desserts!  After consulting with our waitress, we decided to go with the coffee fudge torte.  In my opinion, this was the star of the meal.  Rich, creamy, chocolaty, with a coffee kick.  I will be back!

The Ciderpress Cafe food


Saturday morning started with a four mile run.  The only reason I was able to go that far was because the weather was perfect – overcast and slightly breezy.  LOVE!

A few hours later, Vishnu and I headed to The Saturday Morning Market.  The plan was to photograph the market/stalls/food and then eat lunch.  Guess what…we only got to the lunch part because it was SO HOT (the perfect weather disappeared).  I was literally drenched in sweat from head to toe.  Gross.  On the flip side, the food we tried was awesome.  Between the two of us, we tried an Italian sausage (Vishnu), a vegan veggie burger (me), coconut chocolate chip macaroons, a strawberry pineapple smoothie, an spinach/artichoke/heart of palm empanada, and fresh OJ. 

Vegan burger

Chocolate chip coconut macaroon

We planned to walk around a bit afterwards, but neither of us could take the heat so we came back home.  Vishnu prepped for his new rotation, and I organized my drawers and closet.  It’s crazy how productive and good decluttering makes you feels. 

And then we headed to the theater to see Spectre.  My overall thoughts (and keep in mind I’m not a Bond fanatic) – it was good but not great.  Casino Royale and Skyfall were much better.  The action scenes were enjoyable, but the overall storyline felt like it dragged on a bit.  Still a fun experience!


Sunday was ultra productive.  I work up at 5:30 to see Vishnu off to work.  I then worked out (strength training + 30 minute incline walk), ate breakfast, cleaned, started the laundry process, and showered all before the time I would have normally woken up! 

I also made and photographed muffins and granola (recipes to come soon!).  

Chocolate chip coffee muffins

By the end of the day, I also filed a bunch of random documents, finished this blog post, did a little more blog work, did a little work work, planned my workouts for the week, and made a new-to-us Indian dinner.  Go me!

I’m hoping this productivity streak lasts through the end of the year.  Here’s to seven weeks and counting until 2016!

Did you have a productive weekend?  Did you go see the new Bond movie?  Thoughts?

By Parita

13 thoughts on “Weekend Recap – I got my MOJO Back”
  1. You go girl- way to go, P! It’s such an awesome feeling to get your mojo back!! Can’t wait for these muffin recipes- they look fab! The Bond movie hasn’t come to Mumbai yet but I’ll definitely try and catch it when it does- I feel like it’s one of those movies everyone ‘should’ see at least for the sake of conversation ha!
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    1. Because it’s a series and the story lines somewhat build on e/o, it is a must watch movie. Just don’t expect too much!

      And thank you! It feels good to be productive again!

  2. I would say it was a productive weekend, but not as productive as I would have liked. I need to do some organizing as well. Certain drawers are taunting me as I write this, haha. Your vegan/raw dinner sounds AMAZING! There was a place like that in Oklahoma City that I adored. I need to try to find one in DC.
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    1. Vegan restaurants, in my opinion, have some of the tastiest food. Maybe it’s because there are more restrictions so that forces the chef to be more creative!

      P.S. Make sure you stretch!

    1. Thanks!!

      And I have a Nikon D5300. But only the kit lens. I want to get a 50mm lens but need to get a hang of the one I have first (per Vishnu!).

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