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How Exciting!!! My Earth Fare Winnings and Trip to Earth Fare-Columbus By: Jenn

As mentioned in a previous post in the beginning of March I participated in the Fight For Air Climb Event to benefit The American Lung Association. I arrived before my scheduled climb time. I always get weary of parking, lines, crowds and want some time to shake off my jitters before every event. While I waited I chatted up a lovely young lady working at the Earth Fare Columbus booth, I even ran into her afterwards and asked her to snap a post climb pic. Thanks BTW 🙂

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I had no idea what earth Fare was. It turns out it’s a wonderful, environmentally friendly and nutrition oriented store, similar to Whole Foods. They are strict with what they put on their shelves, check out their food philosophy They also support a boot list (items which they no longer deem approved for their customers) a 100 Mile Commitment Stamp (foods purchased within 100 miles of your Earth Fare store) and a Family Producer stamp (shows you what comes from the little guys, come on people – SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY).  There is a location about 12 minutes from my house, not too far and as I would soon find out worth the drive!

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While enjoying a complimentary Banana and Clementine from the Earth Fare booth I signed up for their drawing to receive a bag o’ goodies from the store.

YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT… I WON! Super exciting for me, I don’t EVER win these type of things. IT MADE MY DAY!

On my very next day off I headed out to Earth Fare by Polaris in C-Bus. What a beautiful place!

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***Yes it was of course snowing out that day. Ohio’s Winter has been atrocious!

 

 

 

 

I felt so comfortable upon my arrival, the store was warming and bright. Not in the fluorescent light kind of way but with natural light.

How cute is their monthly calendar that’s displayed when you walk in, showing fun specials and store events!

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Ahhhh my favorite area, the packaged dried fruits, nuts and granola.

What yogurt covered anything please!!!!!!!!!!!

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I spent way too long browsing around the store and discovered what I may consider, until proven otherwise, the best idea yet! A scoop your own ravioli freezer!!! This ice box of cheesy goodness totes ravioli made with no artificial preservatives or bleached flour (would you drink out of a gallon of bleach… no? Then why would you eat food soaked in it?).

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Winning the drawing proved profitable for both myself as well as the store, check out some of the items I picked up from them.

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I LOVE ULTIMA (the packets above are all natural electrolytes) and always use them at the gym. SnapPea Crisps are my new salty snack of choice! Home-made Brooklyn style spicy pickles (do you guys know I’m from NYC?!… Aayyy Oh) Nature’s Path Blueberry Pop tarts, these are for my beautiful wife, who has a Pop tart fetish but refuses to put the nasty preservatives and fake ingredients in her body (talk about a score on that find). Lastly Energy Chunks – Honey & Pistachio, perfect for after a run!

Here are my winnings! OH HAPPY DAY!

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I love the Nature’s Path brand and get all of my cereal from them so that was an awesome prize! I’m hyped for the organic honey which is always so expensive. The veggie chips are crunchy amazing-ness (I’m making up some words here, I know!). The only thing I didn’t care for in this group was the orange cranberry hot quinoa cereal, I LOVE QUINOA, and was really looking forward to my morning treat. I had to toss it unfortunately, it just didn’t mesh with my taste buds.

While I was at the checkout line I picked up a pamphlet on becoming an Earthlete Ambassador. Which is a program where you and your fitness adventures work with Earth Fare and spread the word about their earth friendly store, in return you get a 5% discount and some other pretty cool perks. I’m looking into that and will keep you updated on the progress. If you’re interested in becoming an Earth Fare Ambassador check out their program qualifications here:

http://www.earthfare.com/community/earth-fare-athlete-ambassadors

Lastly I want to mention the prices, I found them to be totally reasonable and not over-priced. I find some establishments feel that just because they are a fancy, shmancy, good for you store that only provides paper bags, that they can charge and arm and organic leg. ***Being a better person and not naming names***

Now don’t mind me, I’m just chomping away on a honey & pistachio energy chunk

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Have you ever been to Earth Fare?

What was your experience like?

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Grilled Tomatillo Salsa By: Matt

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis tasty, zesty and mouthwatering Tomatillo Salsa will impress your guests.

*This is a K.I.S.S. recipe meaning – Keep It Short & Simple . Restaurant slang for don’t overdue the already flavorful ingredients.

Now, let’s get to it! 

2 lbs. tomatillos *cleaned, remove the paper like husk*

1 each small White onion or 3 shallots

1 ½ bunch cleaned cilantro

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½  Bunch cleaned parsley

4-6 Cloves garlic

1-2 jalapeño(s) –Depending on heat Preference

1 ½ tablespoons of fresh lime Juice

1 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon of ground cumin

salt and pepper – To Taste

1. Rough chop the tomatillos and onion, toss the tomatillos and the onions in the 1/4 cup olive oil and add a couple pinches of salt and pepper.
– I like to grill the tomatillos and the onion, ahead of time so they have a little bit of cool down time in the fridge. While gathering up other ingredients.

2.  Let the tomatillos and onions cool for a few. Now add all ingredients except the remaining olive oil to a food processor or blender.
Blend tom salsaWe now want to pulse-blend this *meaning zap it* wait a second,  then zap it again.

3.  Add the remaining olive oil (just a drizzle at a time).

4.  Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper at the end.

Now go get some veggies, blue corn tortilla chips, anything you like, and enjoy!

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Keep Cooking!

The Taste Tester – By: Matt

As a Chef, Taste Testing is huge! But just because these are Taste Tests, doesn’t mean they should go unnoticed in a chef’s diet!  Of course if one of my cooks ask me to try a dish or sauce they’ve conjured up, it’s a simple yes, no questions asked!  Naturally, I taste a countless number of creations every day! From a simple bite of pepper corn saute, a spoonful of fresh Pico de Gallo, to the salty, deliciousness of a buttery-egg yolk Hollandaise sauce (that you know would be delicious on that carb loaded biscuit).  And it begins!! I dip my spoon in…  The first bite, delicious.  I take another to be sure.  Delectable!  I reach in for thirds….  Then suddenly I hear, “DON’T DO IT!”.  My brain has brought my stomach back to reality! I regretfully lay my spoon aside.  But alas! I conquered that hurdle!  I didn’t let myself overdo it!

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After many observations, it comes down to this, a chubby Chef does a ton of Taste Testing! HAHA! But really, after watching all the Taste Tests my past mentors did in one day, it was almost like they were eating a small to medium sized portion meal!  In my kitchen, there are always those days when the chicken salad or Chef’s soup tastes just right, so you have to keep Taste Testing it.  Well I like to call that Grazing! If you get spotted grazing multiple times a day you’ll likely be called a goat, cow, piggy or pretty much any farm animal name!

The list below contains some of the saute station items found in my kitchen.  It is one out of five stations that would be regularly “checked” by Chefs for quality.  You guessed it, that means lots of Taste Testing!

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As a Chef, it is my responsibility to eat!  Plain and simple. But it is also my responsibility to myself to not overdo those Taste Tests and to be mindful of what I’m putting into my body!

By incorporating these food intakes into my diet plan I can keep tabs on how they affect my body. So to all the Chefs out there trying to stay healthy, fit, and live well, think before you repetitively Taste Test that Demi Glace or that succulent Pork Belly!   Save some room for those fresh strawberries! Remember, they may just be Taste Tests but they all add at the end of the day.