Secrets & Surprises

by Sarah on June 27, 2011 · 17 comments

Secret: All I’ve wanted to eat lately has been this Straus Family Creamery Organic Nonfat Maple Yogurt.Surprise! It tastes really good mixed with peanut flour…

…and blueberries?
Secret: Despite my great love, I only buy this yogurt when it’s on clearance. (Two for $1 each!)However, there’s probably no surprise that I’m figuring out a way to make it myself.Secret: The photo above was taken following the one shown below.
Surprise! I actually lifted the berries out and licked off the yogurt to make for a better photo.

Speaking of yogurt…

Surprise! Maria sent me coupons for FREE Voskos (up to $2.50).
Secret: I waited until they were on sale at Sprouts for $2.50 apiece, so that I could get the biggest amount of yogurt for free. [And while I love the non-fat, we all know I prefer my 2% Greek yogurt…come on Voskos….make it already!!!]Are you really surprised that I will go back on Wednesday, the day the sale changes, to stock up on more? [Or that I keep looking at the photo above and thinking, “The Leaning Tower of Voskos!”]


Secret: I have a hard time going to the movie theater without bringing snacks.Surprise! Yes, that’s hummus.
Secret: I love this World Market purse, not only because it’s cute, but because the side pocket has no bottom, and you can hide things in between the lining.
Surprise! This time, I also had a Diet Coke and a small popcorn (because who doesn’t love movie theater popcorn????)Secret: I did smuggle the empty containers out just so I could take a picture when I got home.
Surprise! The popcorn and Diet Coke were free. (Well, sort of.)

The secret here is that I bought a Groupon for 10 movies, 10 drinks, and 10 small popcorns for The Paramount‘s Summer Classic Film Series.


Surprise! I love old movies. And YOU might be surprised at how well some of them stand the test of time. [And fine, Cactus Flower wasn’t actually part of the series, but it is HILARIOUS…y’all need to watch it. It’s much funnier than the Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston modern take, Just Go With It.]

Secret: I really don’t mind going to the movies alone.
Surprise! Sometimes a solo Sunday matinee is just the way to recharge for the week.


Secret: Sometimes all I want at the end of the day is a Diet Coke.Surprise! I’ll even drink Diet Pepsi if that’s all I can find hidden in the back of the cupboard.

Surprise! I packed a lunch for today.Why? Because I’ve been keeping a secret. [And no, it’s not that I pick my nose, despite what the photo below might indicate to the contrary.] Surprise! After being laid off from teaching…I got a new job! Yep, y’all…I am officially a “Foodie In Training.” Did you know that there really was a job title of “Foodie”? And that I managed to procure it?
If you live in Texas, you know about Central Market. You know that it is a high-end grocery store where shopping is an experience of the kind where around every corner you see something new and exciting in the way of food-dom that you’ve never seen before, or that you didn’t know existed. The produce section provides the kind of peace—even on a busy weekend—that only beautiful, robust, colorful, fresh vegetables and fruit can (to the type of people who find solace in staring at produce, that is). You know it’s the type of store that stocks 15 different kinds of store-made sausage, 12 types of specialized salts, and so many different types of cheese that someone with a lactose intolerance might start to feel uncomfortable.

It’s been called “a Disney World for foodies.” And now, I’m on my way to becoming one.
I am working towards “earning my stripes,” which is the green-and-white striped apron of all Central Market Foodies, who (to quote from CM’s own website) “love food, and they dedicate themselves to tasting it, learning about it and sharing their knowledge with you (or anyone else who asks, for that matter).”
I’m still figuring it all out, and it’s a whole new world* from teaching. I know I have a LOT of training to do to become a ‘store expert.’ I’ll share snippets when and if I can, but what it boils down to is I get to spend all day talking to people about food. The store’s motto is Celebrate Food. Celebrate Life.” and as cliche as it sounds, I truly feel like the vast majority of employees do feel that way and are happy to be at work.

*I always wanted to hang out on a flying carpet with Aladdin, though.

[Oh, and did I mention that my commute has gone from 40 minutes in the morning and an hour and a half at night to TEN MINUTES both ways? Hello, improved quality of life! What am I going to DO with all this time?]

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

COngrats, Foodie! Although I'd have to differ in opinion that you are 'in training'. I think you're there!

PS… only you would sneak cut up veggies into a theater! Hilarious :)


Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli June 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

Wow! Congratulations on the new job! That sounds like my kind of place! Can I just be in charge of the cheese section? I will sacrifice myself (for the sake of the customers of course) and try each and every cube, sliver, and spread!

Secret: I've totally licked berries and put them back before taking a shot! Hahaha!

And I'm SOOOOO jealous of your Voskos! I can't seem to find the plain non-fat anywhere since the first time I tried it! By far, my favorite Greek yogurt!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

Congrats on the job! You have the coolest job title I've ever heard. Way to go, Foodie!


Maria June 27, 2011 at 10:04 am

The secret is out! I hope things are going well there (sounds like they are!). What's this "In training" BS though? :)

Why am not surprised that you sneaked veggies into the movie theater?


atastelife June 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

I'm so excited for you! And I'm glad the cat's outta the bag (or I guess the foodie?)!!!!!!!!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

Yay! Enjoy celebrating food and life and getting paid for it! That commute is awesome; I'm pretty jealous, actually.


Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 June 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Congrats on your new job! I can't wait to hear all the great food things you learn.


Sarah @ Eat Live Austin June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Congrats, girl! That sounds like the perfect job for you!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I loved that bowl!! I've been mixing yogurt with coconut flour recently and wondering if that's a common thing to just mix flour with yogurt and eat it's good to see you do it, too!


Maris(In Good Taste) June 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Congratulations on the new job!!! Sounds perfect!


divinelykatherine June 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I am so happy you got a new job! It sounds amazing!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean June 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm

so so so so happy for you!!!


Sara June 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm

AHHH! That is so awesome!!

Congrats! Sounds like a kick ass job right up your alley!

And PS I sometimes go to movies just for the movie theater popcorn. And usually by myself. :)


teabagginit June 28, 2011 at 1:35 am

Congrats! And training my butt, you're a bona fide pro!


Lele June 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oh. My. God. It's like the mother ship is calling you home! I am so unbelievably excited/jealous. More jealous, actually. Although based on the (two) highly memorable times I've spent in Central Market (that'd be the two highly memorable times I've been to Austin), I've eaten so profusely of the unbelievable quantity of samples that it did make me realize for the sake of my self-discipline that it's probably better I don't work there. That being said (and apparently I've been quite lengthy) CONGRATS!


missymiller June 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

That is awesome!! I miss CM so much.

Reply June 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

So how long until you earn your stripes?
Perfect job description for you. I wish we had a Central Market. I am in dire need of a Disneyland for foodies!


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