FNCE Social Fun

Hi guys! As you know, FNCE, the big annual dietitian conference, was this past weekend/early this week! I’ll be back to recap some of the educational sessions I attended, but for now, I wanted to do a quick recap featuring some of the food and social adventures I got into while FNCE was going on. Getting to see a bunch of my dietitian buddies in person is always one of my favorite parts of FNCE!

fig and olive dc

From left: Carlene, Kara, me, Alexis, Whitney, Alex, Elle

My favorite meal of the FNCE week was the dinner pictured above – a group of us went to a delicious spot called Fig & Olive near the Convention Center. Crostini to start! The pesto burrata was my fave – soooo good.

fig and olive dc

And for my entree, I had the sea bass! Also delicious. This was such a good dinner – great food and company and a really cool ambiance too!

fig and olive dc

Another great meal was dinner on Monday night with Elle and Alexis! We stumbled upon a cool looking Asian spot called SEI that was able to seat us right away – perfect because we were hungry and Alexis had a flight to catch! I shared a few sushi rolls (the “fish and chips” with flounder, malt vinegar, potato crisps, and wasabi tartar was my favorite – so unique!) and the kale salad with Alexis. Terrible lighting, tasty meal! Plus some unpictured bubbly.

SEI restaurant dc

Also, earlier that night, the three of us + fellow RD buddies Julie and Rachael met Ellie Krieger at a Mushroom Council sponsored cocktail party! So cool. She was really friendly and told us that her husband forages for mushrooms in Central Park (apparently he’s quite the foraging expert – so random and cool)!

meeting ellie krieger at fnce

We also got in some workouts during FNCE – on Sunday, Elle and I went to a super early morning yoga event hosted by the Seafood Nutrition Partnership. It was in the Touchstone Art Gallery near the Convention Center – cool spot for yoga! Unfortunately the yoga instructor locked some of the mats in her car so there weren’t enough and she had to keep the class really short and low key, but it was still fun. We refueled with some make-your-own salmon grain bowls (with farro – so yummy and chewy) afterward! I’ll have to recreate this at home – loved the mango in particular. Salmon for breakfast? Why not! :) Savory breakfasts always tide me over longer anyway.

salmon grain bowl

Early on Monday morning, a bunch of us went to a SoulCycle class hosted by the Blueberry Council. I hadn’t ever been to an official SoulCycle class – just a pop up class once as part of an event – so it was fun to finally do so! Spinning still isn’t my fave workout, but I enjoyed it and got a really good sweat. The instructor was fun and the facilities were really nice, too, which was good because we had to use their showers after – made more sense to stay downtown for the day vs. coming home.

soulcycle bloggers

We refueled with some yogurt and blueberries while getting ready, then decided we needed a full breakfast so Elle, Alexis, and I met Meme for a second breakfast at Farmers & Distillers across the street. I had the spinach, mushroom, and cheese omelette plus a side of french toast and bacon. Yum! Their latte was really good too.

farmers and distillers breakfast

These ladies are awesome. :)

dietitian bloggers

So fun to get to spend a few days with fellow dietitian buddies! I saw a bunch of old friends at the expo/conference as well, and met some new ones, too. :)

Stay tuned – next week I’ll be back with some highlights from the FNCE educational sessions I attended, plus my recap from the Marine Corps 10k, my first postpartum race, which is on Sunday! You can check out the action on Instagram if you want to see how the race goes before I post here on the blog. Have a great weekend!


  1. 1

    Oh boy, the fish and chips sushi roll at SEI might be my favorite meal ever! So glad someone else enjoyed how unique it was too! Looks like an awesome event :-)

  2. 2

    What an incredible time you all had! I hope to one day get to go and meet a number of you. I was living vicariously through your and Alexis’ Insta posts.

    Those meals sound so epic! The crostini looks like the perfect starter course.

    Ahhh I would love to meet Ellie Krieger! She is the driving force for my desire to become an RD. I watched her show on the Food Network, and I even reached out in an email a few times, which she actually replied to. She’s so sweet! I have been making her spiced nuts recipe for years and made it as a favor at our wedding. :) How cool you all got to meet and chat!

    I don’t love cycle either. It does not leave me feeling the same as Barre3. But I gave it a few tries and am glad I did.

    I can’t wait to read your FNCE sessions recap! Have a great weekend!

  3. 4

    Good luck on your race!!

  4. 5

    Awww looks like such a great time! I really should check out Farmers & Distillers.

  5. 6

    The food looks amazing. What a fun way to catch up with friends who happen to be colleagues . Good luck at the race today!

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