Just BLEET It!

by Sarah on December 4, 2010 · 13 comments

I, yet again, spent a weekend night* at the grocery store.

*Although I guess, technically, Friday night is still a weeknight.
And no, I wasn’t the only one. Last night I met Rebecca at an Autin-wide “Bleet-Up” on the rooftop terrace of Whole Foods, promoted as a meet-up for both bloggers and blog-readers.

[Umm…this little sign made my night. Seriously…get your blogspot? Hahahahahaha…..]

After waiting in line to get in, I was immediately distracted by sandwiches spread before me.The guys from The Green Cart had brought coolers full of their pre-packaged, organic sandwiches and wraps.
I loved the Aegean wrap (obviously, it’s Mediterranean) with its chile hummus, and Kalamata olive-and-feta salsa. Sadly, my portion didn’t have nearly the number of sundried tomatoes that I saw Rebecca score later on, but it was still yummy. :) The Brahman, which was Indian-style was also incredible…loved the curried hummus!And the Saigon Lotus wrap? It literally tastes like eating sushi, but in a wrap. [And I mean that in a delicious way.]
They also make a number of great sandwiches, including a turkey, provolone, and basil pesto aioli and a salami and smoked gouda. There curried chicken salad wasn’t too shabby, either.
And because I promised to post awkward photos of them…
…thanks for letting me eat the insides out of so many of your sandwiches and waste a whole lot of bread*, Andrew and Jeff! [And I’m happy to be the first blog you’ve been on, Andrew…if that’s still true.]

*Sometimes I feel like the bread just gets in my way.

…and yes, I did eat a lot of sandwiches. As Rebecca said when she encountered me at this moment, “That is a huge mound of food you are carrying.”There was also the opportunity to sample some Batter Blaster pancakes.
These pancakes are made by squirting out the batter from a can, like whipped cream. The nutrition info is pretty impressive, as far as low fat and low calorie, and their ‘gimmick’ (you know, aside from the whole “you can squirt it from a can” thing) is that the batter is all organic. It is made with wheat flour and contains soybean powder.The pancakes really were quite delicious. They were offering chocolate chip (with both white and semisweet chips), blueberry, or strawberry. I, of course, said “give me everything.” And yes, I meant all-in-one.There was a little incident with the maple syrup, so many of my bites were just a mess of (still delicious) flavor, but seriously, y’all….white chocolate and fruit in your pancakes? That was a genius idea.Guess who finally tried kombucha? After finally eating kabocha, and now having kombucha,* I feel, yet again, like a true part of the “healthy living” blogger world. [Of course, my recent tendencies towards bacon-infused everything and affinity towards ice cream make me question this slightly.]

*Anyone else wondering if the publicist for the letter K^ has infiltrated the minds of food bloggers through subliminal messaging?
^and the sound it makes
The people from Buddha’s Brew, made here in Austin, had brought out the kombucha taps. They had both peach flavored and honeydew. Honestly, I didn’t really know much about kombucha, despite having constantly seen it all over the blogosphere…apparently it can be harsh tasting your first time, but Buddha’s Brew has a shorter second fermentation process, making it smoother tasting.
I loved it though! I went back for three or four little samples. I also mixed together the honeydew and peach for a special creation. This brand is sold bottled around town, but even more awesome is that at Whole Foods they serve it “on tap” at the juice bar. I don’t know why…but that makes me happy. :)

Also making me happy? The woman promoting Honest Tea gave me a “flight” of tea!
Not being a beer drinker, this was the type of ‘flight’ I can get behind. [Also flights to foreign countries. Preferably paid by someone else. With free bag checking.]The Pomegranate Red Honest Tea with Goji Berries was my first and favorite taste, but I also stopped in my tracks (in my drinks?) after sampling the Black Forest Berry. Winner of most adorably creative marketing scheme? Key chains made from the bottle caps!
After looking through the whole bowl and reading all of them, Rebecca helped me pick out the one that was the most “me”: Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?–Frank Scully

In addition to the food and drinks, there was music, as well as some “pop-up shops” from local boutiques and vendors.
Also, we took our pictures with Santa at the photo booth wearing random holiday paraphernalia.Clearly I was more focused on the food. :)

Since I’d parked in the garage, I got to wander through Whole Foods on my way to the car.
There was holiday cheer everywhere…and you might be surprised to know this if you don’t live in Austin, but lots of people (not just crazy ones like me) hang out there on the weekends. [I mean, there are like 12 restaurants inside of this flagship enormity. They are putting in a wine bar this spring, as well.]
I, of course, stopped by the nut butters…
…but I’m not ready to tell you about what I found, yet. [Aside from my current favorite peanut butter on sale and cheaper than anywhere else in town…seriously, sometimes Whole Foods is the more economical choice, y’all. (Sometimes.)]

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Amanda (Eating Up) December 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

That looks like so much fun! And I totally bought that batter blaster gimmick product last spring. It was amazing.

Maria @ Oh Healthy Day December 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I'd take a flight of Honest Tea over beer or wine ANY day.

I'm shocked that the pancake batter actually has real (and organic) ingredients. Totally need to give that a shot.

Cati @ crave and create December 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Oh, wow, look at that wall of nut butter! Good thing my WF doesn't have that much, as WFs is already pretty much my home-away-from-home (when I'm not at work making $ to support my habit, that is). This looks like so much fun–I wish Cincinnati had events like this, but I don't know of any!

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free December 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm

OMG!!! That looks like the funnest night ever! Garsh…..Can we just trade places for a while? YOu have so much fun!

Lindsay and James Cotter December 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

oh fun!! All those samples, food bloggers dream. haha!
Love the honey dew buddah brew. Quite tasty!

Lindsay and James Cotter December 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

oh fun!! All those samples, food bloggers dream. haha!
Love the honey dew buddah brew. Quite tasty!

Lindsay and James Cotter December 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

oh fun!! All those samples, food bloggers dream. haha!
Love the honey dew buddah brew. Quite tasty!

Lindsay and James Cotter December 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

oh fun!! All those samples, food bloggers dream. haha!
Love the honey dew buddah brew. Quite tasty!

myhealthiestlifestyle December 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I love Kombucha!!! It makes me feel a little tipsy anyway, so I would definitely choose it over beer or wine!! LOVE Whole foods! :-)

Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life December 5, 2010 at 8:53 am

What a fun Friday night! I <3 WF and can't wait for Charlotte to get one!

Jen December 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Oh, Whole Foods, you are what dreams are made of! I have told everyone to get me gift cards to WF for Christmas, they laugh, but I really hope someone does LOL!


Rebeccammendations December 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Oh, I love it– all of it. And, by "it", I mean you, this post, your blog. Thank you for coming– so glad you were there! Thanks for the link love!

jeff jackson December 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Wow, you kept your promise re: posting pictures of Andrew on the interwebs! I wrote him an email to let him know that he and our company are now world famous. (that's how this thing works, right?)
Love your blog!
Thanks for coming out and trying our food, we had alot of fun hanging out with you- I am going to link to your blog via our facebook page :)

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