KCRW & Whole Foods

Two of my favorite things in the world are NPR and Whole Foods! This Wednesday WF is donating 5% of their store net sales to KCRW – southern California’s National Public Radio affiliate.

If you are in SoCal – visit one of the Whole Foods locations listed below on April 8th to get some fancy organic food & help a great radio station.

Participating California Whole Foods Market Locations:

Sherman Oaks
Beverly Hills
Redondo Beach
Sherman Oaks West
West Los Angeles
Brentwood
Woodland Hills
Pasadena
Torrance
West Hollywood
Santa Monica
Porter Ranch
Fairfax
Westwood
Valencia
Glendale
Jamboree
Thousand Oaks
El Segundo
Arroyo
Venice
Wilshire Blvd.
Montana Avenue
Laguna Beach
Long Beach

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Barney Butter – 4 ways

So, I finally broke down and bought some of the infamous Barney Butter. I had resisted for months now despite the raves around the blog world. Ben wanted to go the Borders and there is a Whole Foods nearby, so I had a lot of time to just walk around and see all the very expensive and delicious goodies I shouldn’t buy. A jar of this stuff is $9.00! That is ridiculous. But, I had to at least try it and see what all the hype is about.

1. First I tried it straight up, out of the jar. Good stuff 🙂 It’s been a while since I’ve had any Almond Butter, so it was a nice little surprise to taste it again. dscn71551

2. Then, I put it on a piece of bagel, because bread and (Barney) butter just go together.dscn71621

3. Since I was trying it right after dinner and calling it dessert I added a piece of dark chocolate and melted it in the micro. Amazing. But, what combo of nut butter and chocolate isn’t amazing?

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4. This morning I put some BB on my oats. This was a nice, and subtle change from my usual PB.

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Final Review –

Pros – I got the crunchy kind and I love the big pieces of almonds in it. It tastes good 🙂 There is no oil on top & no need to stir it. It’s made from California almonds. Again, it does taste good 🙂

Cons – The price! That alone will probably keep me from buying it on a regular basis. Also, I am perfectly happy with my natural PB where the only ingredients are : Peanuts and Salt. Barney Butter has evaporated cane juice and palm fruit oil. I know this is part of what makes it taste so good, but I’m used to plain old PB or almond butter with no added ingredients and would not want to get myself used to added stuff.

I really liked it, but I don’t know if I can put it on regular rotation in my shopping cart. I will definitely be enjoying this jar though!

It doesn’t help that I also bought this at Whole Foods too…these suckers are expensive, but I love them! I was forced to pass by the hot food/salad bar because I allowed myself to buy these things 😦 Boo.

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P.S. – I did 5.6 miles this morning and didn’t have time for any repeats. I managed to turn off my alarm and fall back asleep for another 20 minutes.

P.P.S – If you visit the Barney Butter homepage you can request a free sample!!! It’s on the front page, left hand side.

Have a great week!

Eat I 2/6/2009

I had to be at work super early today since I had volunteered for the Breakfast Club – where my co-worker and I bring breakie into work. I just did it because she wanted to and I didn’t actually want to make anything so I bought a bunch of pan dulce and she brought fruit and juice. I ate half a piece of one and had a couple of bites later in the day – oops!

For my real breakfast I made oatmeal with the Kashi Go Lean oatmeal mixed with a packet of instant original and it was very Blah 😦 I sprinkled some brown sugar on top and that didn’t help much.

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For lunch I convinced my peep, Lisa, to go with me to Whole Foods! It’s not hard to convince anyone to go there if they realize the amazingness that is the WF salad bar. I ate this HUGE salad pretty fast and ended up feeling bloated for the rest of the afternoon (I know, TMI). dscn5730

I also got this great soda drink thinger. I liked it, but am not sure if it contributed to my uncomfortable fullness for the whole day. Hmmm.dscn5731

I signed up for a Web design class that I am taking from 6pm-9pm tonight and then from 9am to 4pm tomorrow. I am bummed that I have to be stuck in a class tonight and all of Saturday, so it better be good!!! Hopefully, this class will teach me how I can improve the blog and further my career in the same shot! Anyways, by the time I get home tonight it will be after 10pm and I will probably just hit the sack and catch up with you tomorrow.

Part of the reason I went to WFs for lunch was so that I could eat my packed lunch for dinner in class. I have a PB&Pumpkin Butter, a cup of milk (that was meant for my snack with cereal), more cherries and a cup of cereal if I want something else. Have a good night 🙂