Wine + Chocolate

September 30, 2009

I lacking the motivation to type tonight – I can’t focus for some reason and keep thinking about chocolate!!!

[Just ate a square of dark. Feel better].

Classes went fine. Test went fine. I chugged through the day. Wish I could have spent it outside!!

I couldn’t decide what snack to eat during class so I just took a photo of all of the bars I had in my stash. Operation Bar Stash Reduction in full effect.

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I ended up eating that wonderful Jazz apple around 3:30, a few bites of the KIND bar at 5 (gave the rest to Lauri) and then had half the Larabar before my test. I was going to have the other half of the Larabar on the drive home, but you’ll see why I didn’t need it in a bit…

I ate my dinner after the test at 6:30 – I Bean + Caper Sandwich on Hazelnut Cocoa Bread from Great Harvest. The bread tastes a lot like pumpernickel (and this was an awesome topping combo)

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Navy beans were just mashed with some EVOO and salt

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I also had a carrot with a tbsp of Futter Butter Pumpkin Seed butter a la VeggieGirl! It is GREEN and tastes like something else I’ve had before. Grass fed beef maybe!?!? It’s good, but could use some salt!

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After class (which got out a bit early!) we walked back to EarthFare where our cars were parked and realized there was a wine + beer tasting going on!!

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I had about 6 different tastes (and turned down many more due to my drive home!) and 2 knobby pretzels. [The Blouberg you see there is one of my very favorite white wines!!!]

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I tasted this New Belgium 1554 and LOVED it so I bought a big bottle for Matt as a thank you for all of his help recently <3 I know he’s probably had it before, but he’ll love the surprise.

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Once home I felt a little empty due to a smaller dinner, but I wasn’t really hungry due to a liquid dessert. But I ended up digging into the chocolate. I had a piece of dark and then remember BethT’s gourmet chocolates and had the Bourbon Pecan!

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I’ve got to get in bed – Sarah is in Charlotte and we’re meeting for an early run!!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I love wine and chocolate together. I love going to the wine festivals where they give you a great red wine to try with a piece of chocolate. SO yummy.


2 VeggieGirl September 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

WHOO HOO!! Thanks for the shout-out about the pumpkin seed butter – interesting flavor comparison, hahaha 😀


3 Kath September 30, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I think you’ve been the first commenter 3 posts in a row!!! My Gmail comment email chain always has the first person as the name and yours has been it :)



4 Weekly Bite September 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I like the idea of the navy bean spread w/ just olive oil! So simple and nutritious! I love it when I find a random wine tasting! How fun!


5 Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 30, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Mmmmm…wine and chocolate! What could be better?!

Pumpkin seed butter looks…really….interesting and a little swampy -lol!


6 kay (eating machine) September 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

i LOVE when i find wine tastings at the store! whole foods has them all the time…


7 Emmalinda September 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I’ve been reading for awhile, but I’m a first time commenter. Couldn’t resist, as you wrote about New Belgium beer. :) I live in Denver, so the brewery is just an hour’s drive away. Their facility is almost 100% wind powered and do lots of other sustainable practices. They are awesome!

My husband is also a home brewer, so it’s pretty neat to read about Matt brewing, too. :)


8 Food Makes Fun Fuel September 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm

pumpkin seed butter sounds too good


9 Katie September 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm

i love blouberg!


10 Katie September 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

I like to doctor up pumpkin seed butter with about 1 tbsp sea salt and some lemon juice for a jar, using my Magic Bullet smoothie maker. It adds a salty flair!

And FYI, if anyone is interested in alternative nut butters, cashew is mind-blowingly good.


11 coco September 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

chocolate craving everyday! 😀


12 Jenna September 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

i MUST try some great harvest bread soon!
you should do it as a giveaway!!!


13 Leianna September 30, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I’ve got a lot of bars to eat up too, I need to start Operation Get Rid of Bar and Nut Butter Stash!


14 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

earthfare sounds so great!!!


15 angieinatlanta September 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I love random surprises like that! The other day, I walked into Whole Foods and they were doing a cooking demonstration around the idea of incorporating apples as much as possible – loved it!


16 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 30, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Jazz apples are good. They are a nice treat when I can’t get Honeycrips apples.

I’m sure Matt enjoyed his Thank you gift. You’re so sweet. :-)


17 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm

You definitely stumbled upon the perfect post-class treat! Vino y chocolate=perfecto :)


18 Susan September 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Ha, sometimes all you need is a little dark chocolate 😉 I think I may like the colour of pumpkin seed butter more than the taste! 😛


19 Mara @ What's for Dinner? September 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Good night = wine + chocolate :)


20 Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Ha ha! I have that exact same KIND bar in my purse and I SWEAR it’s calling my name!

Love me a wine tasting like the next gal, but man, I hate it when they serve it in the same little plastic thing they dispense your medicine at the doctors! 😀

I’ve been craving chocolate too lately- mercury must be in retrograde!


21 thepinkpeppercorn September 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

The tasting looks fun! But I am still stuck on wine and chocolate!! Enjoy your early morning run :)


22 Jenn (www. ) September 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Love the bean sandwich! That bread looks soo crusty and delish.



23 Morgan @ Life After Bagels September 30, 2009 at 9:51 pm

That sounds like a good sandwhich, and easy to make. I should try it, I’m getting into sandwhiches more and more.


24 Lizzy September 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

i love letting my chocolate cravings get to me :)


25 Deirdre September 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Aww it was nice of you to reward Matt. He definitely seems to have been a great help recently.


26 AnnQ September 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm

LOVE the impromptu wine and beer tasting. :-)


27 Rachael September 30, 2009 at 11:32 pm

What a great idea to do with beans!


28 Andrea of Care to Eat October 1, 2009 at 12:17 am

1554 is one of my faves! If you ever see Session Black (from Full Sail Brewing Company), definitely give it a try. It’s a cheaper beer (that may not be available on the East Coast) but so, so good.


29 Diana October 1, 2009 at 1:16 am

Sometimes you just gotta eat a little bit of chocolate! It happens to me too. 😉


30 Kirsten October 1, 2009 at 5:04 am

Ha, love that the pumpkin butter tasted like grass fed beef. Funny stuff.


31 christie, honoring health October 1, 2009 at 5:28 am

Now, I am not sure if I want to try the pumpkin seed butter or not :) I like grass fed beef and I like pumpkin seeds but I’m not sure about at the same time 😀


32 Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs) October 1, 2009 at 6:18 am

If I had all those bars lying around, I’d probably eat WAY too many. I can’t control myself around them…


33 Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) October 1, 2009 at 7:11 am

LOVE jazz apples… jealous of your “stash”.. i always feel better when I have an adequate supply of bars on hand!


34 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 1, 2009 at 7:15 am

What a fun way to blow of a little steam after your test. I’m totally with you on the bar stash… it’s so hard not to give in when you find a new brand or flavor! :)


35 Kasey (Fit For Wellness) October 1, 2009 at 7:19 am

I heart larabars!!!


36 Jess October 1, 2009 at 7:29 am

I love New Belgium too! I went to college in Ft. Collins where it’s made, so I’m a total beer snob. My husband and I only drink New Belgium or Odells.


37 [email protected] October 1, 2009 at 7:30 am

I love stumbling upon a lovely wine tasting! Good way to end your super busy day!


38 Barbara October 1, 2009 at 7:46 am

I heart wine tastings..always a good time!


39 Paige October 1, 2009 at 7:47 am

That’s awesome there was a wine and beer tasting going on! What a way to end class!


40 Jac October 1, 2009 at 7:49 am

hope your test went well!


41 Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life October 1, 2009 at 8:06 am

You look so cute with your backpack! :-)


42 JENNA October 1, 2009 at 8:11 am

pumpkin seed butter sounds…interesting! :) what a fun way to end the day with a wine tasting!


43 Seth @ Boy Meets Food October 1, 2009 at 8:17 am

Seeing the LARABAR reminded me, I wanted to make sure everybody knows about my giveaway.

I am giving away some LARABARs on my site. Just hit up this post.

I know it’s totally simple, but that sandwich looks really good. I love capers!


44 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans October 1, 2009 at 8:27 am

yay for impromptu wine tastings! new belgium beer is my favorite! If you guys ever make it to colorado, the brewery is AMAZING!


45 Danielle October 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

Wine and chocolate sound like the perfect end to a stressful day!


46 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life October 1, 2009 at 8:45 am

Chocolate always makes any day better!


47 Kath October 1, 2009 at 10:44 am

Awesome to know! We hope to do a western brew tour someday!

What a delicious idea! I really need a magic bullet – or some kind of small-scale blender.



48 Kathy October 1, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Chocolate and wine….2 of my favorite things!


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