Posted by Lauren
Tonight was so much fun! I met Megan and Amy at a popular Greek restaurant in downtown Los Gatos. Delivering fresh, authentic, and affordable Greek cuisine in three Bay Area locations, Opa is one of those places I should visit more often. Someone remind me why this is only my second time there… WTF was I thinking?
We each started out with a glass of red wine. Don’t you love stemless wine glasses?
An adventurous starter – flaming cheese! Saganaki ($10) – Greek cheese grilled to perfection. Served with warm pita bread. Topped with fresh lemon juice. Our waitress lit the tiny skillet on fire and we watched it burn down for about 20 seconds before she set it on our table to devour…
The cheese looks strange in the skillet, but don’t let looks deceive you. It was delicious, especially with Opa’s ooey gooey pita bread. I wanted to order 85% of the appetizers and need to go back for the zucchini chips and/or dips/spreads!
Megan picked a pita sandwich ($11 – $13), I’m not sure which type [because I wasn't paying attention]. They offer gyro, pork, lamb, beef, chicken, seafood, and a veggie option. Each sandwich is “dressed with Tzatziki sauce garnished with tomatoes, onions and mint… served with a side of Opa! fries or rice.” If I were ordering, I’d choose a lamb pita because… lamb rocks!
p.s. Opa! fries are the BOMB. People still say that, right? Their Opa! fries are “freshly sliced potatoes topped with crumbled greek feta cheese and a side of [the] famous Opa! sauce!”
Amy and I split one of the pita pizzas and a salad. Our pizza pick, above, came pre-cut, which I kind of thought was weird. The Amalia Pizza ($11) - Tomato sauce, melitzanosalata spread, mozzarella, sliced roma tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions, roasted garlic, chopped jalapeno and feta. The pizza toppings were great, but I wasn’t a fan of the pita crust. It seemed too thick – it is hard to believe it was actually a pita!
The salad was the better pick of the two. Horiataki ($11) - The traditional village salad. Ripe red tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, peppers, fresh oregano tossed in [the] Opa! vinaigrette topped with crumbled feta cheese. I was surprised when this lettuce-less salad landed on our table, but I did not miss the lettuce one bit! The huge chunks of tomato were really refreshing (I’m usually not a tomato lover) and the massive amounts of feta didn’t hurt either ;)
Amy, myself, and Megan – we chatted for almost 3 and a half hours before calling it a night!! Amy needed a caffeine fix at the 2.75 hour mark, so she ordered a Greek coffee.
Such a small cup :) Amy, please move up to the Bay Area for reals so these dinners can happen more often!
Jamie Eason’s LifeFit Trainer 12-Week Plan
A few days ago, Janetha from Meals + Moves linked to Jamie Eason’s Livefit 12-week weight lifting program and my interest meter instantly shot up. I’ve been looking for a detailed (and free!) program to follow to increase my time in the weights area… You can read more about the “Why” behind Jamie’s program in an article she wrote here.
Week 1, Day 1 – Chest & Triceps
I did the wide pushups + dumbbell bench press as a superset and then the narrow pushups (TOUGH! Did them on my knees…) + standing dumbbell triceps extension as another superset. Next, I finished the triceps pushdown with 30#s and then… I had to set up the bench + cables for the flat bench cable flyes.
I waited for the guys to clear out of the cables space and then quickly set up the bench + grips. I felt very out of place! The flat bench cable flyes were really tough too! I only had 10#s on each cable, but I could barely complete the three sets!
Before I left the gym, I ran on the ‘mill for 22 minutes to get to 2.5 miles.
While running, I read a bit of Breaking Dawn (guilty face) and the time flew by! Nevertheless, I was thoroughly sweaty when I hopped off the machine and bicycled home!
Tomorrow is a back + biceps day! I’ll keep you posted on how the lifting goes… gonna get beefy! Hahaha just kidding ;)
Question: Have you ever been to Greece?
The closest I’ve been to Greece is in my head – aka when I followed along with Ann Brashare’s narration and Lena’s trip to Santorini in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Santorini looks beautiful!!!
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