by Jenn (eating bender) on July 30, 2008


The show (and performers) last night was absolutely insane! As in literally, I think some of those people are insane – but in a good way, of course πŸ˜‰ The show is called Kooza (click the link!), and it’s the newest Cirque du Soleil performance out there right now! If you have never been to a Cirque du Soleil show (there are several across the country, I think), you really should consider going. Basically, it’s an acrobatic and circus performance with talented people who accomplish AMAZING feats in 2.5 hours. Here’s a breakdown of what they did last night:

1) Gumby – I don’t know how else to describe these girls. You could literally bend them every which way, just like Gumby! They stacked on top of each other by RESTING THEIR NECKS ON THE FLOOR at one point – seriously.

2) Trapeze – The girl who did this was only 17! She went so high that she had to attach a cord, and actually fell down trying to do her hardest stunt. It was terrifying!

3) Unicycle – A guy balances a girl on his head while riding a unicycle, then proceeds to twist her around in several directions while STILL riding the unicycle. Enough said.

4) Tight-rope walk – These four men RODE BICYCLES on a tight rope!

5) Spinning wheels – These men used a JUMP ROPE as wheels were spinning them higher and faster in the air! It was really scary (almost too much so) at one point because they didn’t have any sort of cord attached to them and one of them FELL OUT OF THE WHEEL! He caught the edge and had to hoist himself back up – I sort of screamed at that point.

6) Crazy chair guy – he stacked about 10 chairs one on top of the other and balanced on them all. For the first six or so, he didn’t even have a cord. I’m telling you, these people are insane!!

7) Juggler – I think this guy could juggle pretty much anything. He even started to do tricks WHILE he was juggling.

8 ) Catapult tricks – One acrobat would be catapulted ON TO THE SHOULDERS of another. And at one point, there were TWO people stacked on top of each other and a THIRD person flipped on to their shoulders. We are talking INCHES of landing space that has to be exact.

There is probably a lot more that I am missing, but I have to rest my mouth now because even TYPING about it still makes my jaw drop! My head started hurting by the end of the performance because my face had a SURPRISED look the entire time! I’m telling you – GO SEE THIS SHOW!!

Ok, so that was my night. It was pretty damn fantastic.

Now here is what I ate that day! I’ve got to keep this quick because I’m super busy today, but I hope that my show review helped keep this post interesting!


A microwaved poached egg with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge in the middle.

Along with a slice of sourdough wheat bread with hazelnut butter.


The last of my key lime pie Larabar samples. It was just as good as it was the first time around. I will definitely be looking into this flavor in the future! Sorry the picture is a little awful blurry.


I met my friend for lunch at Millenium Park. I stopped at Cosi and didn’t snap a picture of my actual food because I got the same as always – a Bombay Chicken Salad! But of course, not wanting to disappoint you, I have a visual representation!

With spinach, red pepper, red onion, tomato and tandoori chicken, it’s impossible to go wrong!

I also had 1/2 of the Etruscan whole grain bread. I gave the other 1/2 to my friend because it was warm and fresh out of the oven. It was just too good not to share :) I can be nice like that sometimes.


I saw a post on Elastic Waist that said Starbucks was continuing to offer FREE VIVANNO drinks every Tuesday from 2-4 pm, so I knew I had to take advantage of that!

I got the BananaChocolate again. Hey, I know what I like alright?!


Bobby and I decided to treat ourselves (aka we had a gift certificate) to McCormick & Schmick’s for dinner. We started out by splitting a warm loaf of sourdough bread.

And for dinner, I got what I had last time: cornmeal-crusted walleye with sweet potato hash. It came with fried onions on top – I managed to sneak a few pieces but put the rest on the side.

As for what that pool of green liquid is? Your guess is as good as mine! I ate my way around it but had a small taste and it was very oily. I’m just not sure – but it was fancy!

Ahh I must go now, unfortunately. But to recap:


Happy humpday, everyone :mrgreen:

1 VeggieGirl July 30, 2008 at 11:47 am

I LOVE Cirque du Soleil shows – Kooza sounds absolutely phenomenal.

Hazelnut-butter!! Larabar!! Sweet potato!! :0D

The UGL (Unidentified Green Liquid) is probably an aoili of some sort – maybe spinach? herb? Who knows, haha ;0)

2 Sharon July 30, 2008 at 11:49 am

I really need to try Larabars!!!
They had samples of them at Costco when I was there a while back, but they were out fastttt.

3 Danielle July 30, 2008 at 11:54 am

Kooza, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks… you lucky girl, everything looks and sounds incredible. Glad you had such a great day!

4 Fit Bottomed Girl July 30, 2008 at 11:56 am

That show does sound amazing. I saw a similar type show in Vegas and it was cah-razy!

I so wish they had Cosi in my area. I love their food!

5 Megan July 30, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Wow! That show sounds amazing!

What brand is your sourdough bread? It looks so good.

6 Aimee July 30, 2008 at 12:33 pm

So I was reading your blog while eating my lunch and reading about Starbucks made me crave it and I had to go get a Mocha light Frap, at least I can blame your blog when my husband says “you went to Starbucks again” πŸ˜› I already marked my calendar for next Tuesday, thanks for the FYI!!

That Cosi bread looks so good, I wish they had those in Pittsburgh.

7 Fitnessista July 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

i love love love cirque du soleil!!! kooza looks like it was an incredible show.

your dinner also looks wonderful! no clue about the green liquid though….

i’m gonna have to go back to starbucks and try another vivanno next week. i know i’ll like it more if it’s free :)

8 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

That show sounds awesome!

And congrats! YOU ARE TODAY’S WEDNESDAY WEBSITE on my blog! So go check it out right now!!

9 blueberryhil July 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm

That fish looks so good. The husband and I are going to McCormick and Schmick for our anniversary dinner, and your pictures are making me very impatient!

10 oatmeal July 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Ooooh I LOVE Cirque du Soleil! I’ll have to watch that video when I’m off work! So jealous you got to go watch them–they are pretty crazy, aren’t they?

Could the green liquid be…kiwi juice? Hahah I have no clue either! I thought the green was a part of the plate’s color! πŸ˜›

11 Sarah July 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm

wow that show looks and sounds amazing–I wish I could have been there, it seems like it would be so fun! I’m glad you had such a good time, especially after your not-so-good day the other day.

The food, as always looks delicious. I really wish that there was a Cosi around me, that bread sounds like it’s to die for!

12 annaalstondonnelly July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Hmm your dinner looks fabulous, and I am so impressed you shared your bread!

13 whoisrunnergirl July 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm

omg I wanna go to Kooza SO BAD. I keep trying to get tickets but my friend is dragging her feet. I should just go alone lol. btw, had Cosi the other day. Fantastic. Even better than Panera if I can say it : )

14 V July 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hazelnut butter sounds fab… I’ve never had it. I’m kind of a sucker for hazelnut-flavored anything!

15 totaltransformation July 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Ah, if only my daughter had an attention span as long as 2.5 hours.

16 mi July 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm

having read a summary about your blog on foodie’s blog, there was no way i could not add you and start reading you!! very much looking forward to it :)

17 Andrea July 30, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Love M&S. For a chain they have fab food! I’ve only gone there when I could “treat myself” too :)

18 lindzakins921 July 30, 2008 at 7:39 pm

awesome show!!!! how exciting… i got my parents tix to cirque for sept (they saw it in vegas also and are hooked) so after showing them your post they are even more excited now!!!

ps. just wanted to tell you how much i love your blog and how deserving you are of being posted on foodie’s blog :)

19 jenngirl July 30, 2008 at 8:28 pm

is it just me, or does that picture of a poached egg w/ melty laughing cow in the middle look good enough to eat? haha just an observation

20 Lisa July 30, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Cirque shows always manage to completely amaze me…Kooza looks like it continues that tradition. Glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks for the egg beaters egg white plus laughing cow cheese combo idea–tried it, loved it!

I can not wait to try Cosi. The bread and salad look so delicious!

I had the chance to enjoy dinner at McCormick and Schmicks when I visited a friend in Portland. Great food. And with a gift card,even better!

21 chandra July 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

I have never seen one of those shows, but I’m sure if I did I would sit there in amazement with my jaw dropped in an “OMG how the f-word to they DO THAT?!” type expression. :-)

Your eats look so yummy!!

22 Melissa July 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I’ve never heard of Kooza…but it looks so cool! glad you liked it! and I need to see if there is a cosi out here in the west coast…your posts make me drool about their bread!

23 Julz July 30, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I LOVE CIRQUE! We see it every year that they come to Philly!! :) And your Cosi Bread looks SO yummy and I’m not even a bread lover!! -PS- Their Tomato Basil soup is amazing, so I’ve heard! My Lactaid Pills and I will have to try it out soon! hehe Have an amazing Thursday Beautiful! :)

24 HangryPants July 30, 2008 at 11:23 pm

What! I missed something free. Remind me next Tuesday, please. :)

25 Jenn July 31, 2008 at 6:07 am

VeggieGirl ~ Thank you for suggesting that it might be an aioli – I never would have thought of that, and it makes me feel better about tasting it πŸ˜‰

Sharon ~ Costco is so good about samples! I love going there, sometimes just for that purpose :) Hope you can find some Larabars soon!

Danielle ~ Thanks, it was a great way to make up for Monday πŸ˜‰

Fit Bottomed Girl ~ I could always send some your way if ya need me to πŸ˜‰

Megan ~ The brand is actually Trader Joe’s – I found it there for pretty cheap $2 and it is darn tasty! Very soft and thick, too! Let me know if you try it out :)

Aimee ~ Haha, that’s awesome – I will totally be using that excuse sometime!!

Fitnessista ~ Everything is better when free, I have found πŸ˜‰

Foodie ~ Again, I can not thank you enough for featuring me on your site! It completely made my day/week and I could not stop smiling! :)

blueberryhil ~ Oooh sounds like fun! Let me know what you get!

oatmeal ~ Yes, they are insane (in a good way)! And thanks for the try on the green liquid…I guess we’ll just never know. I don’t think it was kiwi juice though πŸ˜‰

Sarah ~
If you ever come to Chicago, I am taking you out to Cosi!

Anna ~ I’m pretty impressed (and SHOCKED) myself! :)

whoisrunnergirl ~ Definitely go to Kooza, even if it’s by yourself – it’s soo worth it! And Cosi and Panera are definitely in a close race in my book…I don’t know if I can pick a clear winner! Oy!

V ~ Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed – let me know what you think.

totaltransformation ~ Yes – although there were a lot of kids there so maybe something like this would do it for her?

mi ~ Thanks for reading! I will add you to my list, too :)

Andrea ~ I love gift certificates – it’s how I eat out, haha.

Lindz ~ Awesome about your parents! And thank you so much for your sweet comment. Please know how much I LOVE your blog and all of its delicious oat creations :)

jenngirl ~ You’re right, it DOES look good enough to eat! So I did :)

Lisa ~ I’m so glad you liked the egg with Laughing Cow! And I’m excited for you to try Cosi, too! :)

chandra ~ Yep, that was definitely me at the show. My face hurt when it was over!!

Melissa ~ Check it out – I hope there is one nearby so you can try it!!

Julz ~ I’ve actually tried their tomato basil soup – it is just as amazing as you think it is! Good luck trying it out, with your Lactaid Pills in tow, of course πŸ˜‰

HangryPants ~ I will remind you, no worries :)

26 Rose July 31, 2008 at 8:56 am

I am late in posting, but I wanted you to know that I tried one of those Starbucks smoothies because of your blog post! Thanks for the head’s up!

27 Fitzalan July 31, 2008 at 10:23 am

Why didn’t I know about the free smoothies????!!! I could have used that!

And when I was looking at your dinner pictures, I thought you had made that at home and I was so envious. Then I was envious because you ate at M&S–so good! I love getting oysters when I am there.

Hope you are productive and make it through your busy day today!!


28 Jenn July 31, 2008 at 11:32 am

Rose ~ I’m so glad you tried it! I love it when people try the products I review, it makes me feel this blogging is all worthwhile :)

Fitzalan ~
Don’t worry! You can do it next Tuesday! And I looove the mussels from M&S!

29 glidingcalm July 31, 2008 at 11:37 am

Ahh! I’ve been dying to see Kooza! Sounds so fun!

And my family always goes to McCormicks and Shmicks! Fun fun fun!!!

Have a happy happy day!

30 Jenn July 31, 2008 at 11:42 am

Em ~ It’s a great show – you should definitely try to see it! And M&S = heaven!

31 Mark Salinas July 31, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Looks fun! The food..yum!

32 rhodeygirl August 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

ooooh! i am going to see that show for my birthday next month!! I can’t wait!! I have seen many of the Cirque shows and I love them so much!!!! Now you have me even more excited!

33 Jenn August 7, 2008 at 9:58 am

Mark ~ Thanks!

rhodeygirl ~ Have an awesome, awesome time at the show!! I’m sure you’ll love it :)

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