Sweet Eats + Sweeter Company

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 28, 2009

Hello, hello!

Thank you for all the feedback with regard to the FTC issues and blogging from my last post. It seems that we are all pretty much in agreement that as long as a blogger is honest about what they are reviewing and where they got it from, the reviews can be pretty helpful. Personally, I know that a lot of the dietary changes I have made over the past 2 years have been as a result of blogger-recommended foods, and that includes both recipes and products. I am very grateful to the bloggers/PR professionals who do their research and know that the food they are reviewing/sending out is in line with the overarching theme of their sites.

As a result of all the hubbub, I am adding a disclaimer to the right side of my blog. From now on, any time I eat something that has been sent to me as a sample, it will be highlighted in green. That way, you all will know that I have not paid for it, whether it is the first time I try it or the fifth. Capish?!

‘Nuff said :)


I’m so excited to finally tell you about my weekend with Sarah! With all the BlogHer excitement, I wanted to make sure I could do it right. Two weeks ago, Sarah came to stay with me for the weekend. We have been blog/email/phone/Facebook friends for a little over a year now, and we thought it about time to meet “in real life” :)


(That’s us on a Chicago architecture boat tour!)

Sarah arrived on Friday night and we immediately got to gabbing about pretty much anything and everything. The next day, Saturday, was jam packed! We woke up around 8:00 and went to the gym before heading to Whole Foods to pick up some dinner supplies and sample some delicious gelato :) When we finally returned, I made  Ebleskiver pancakes!


This was the first of two sets. I followed the recipe to a T and Sarah and I decided to fill half of them with blueberries and the other half with nut butter, per Aimee’s recommendation. We both agreed that the almond butter filling was definitely our favorite – thanks, Aimee!

After our filling breakfast, we headed out to explore the city. Our day included:

  • The Harry Potter movie – I’m in love! Time to read the books all over again…
  • Tour of Michigan Avenue (including The Bean!)


Last but not least, we also made a stop at YOGEN FRÜZ!


Holy delicious. Mara isn’t kidding around when she raves about this place on her blog! They had so many options to choose from. You can either blend it or top it (“it” being tart yogurt). I chose to blend plain tart yogurt with blueberries and blackberries, topping the whole thing with that just right amount of white chocolate chips. It was out of this world. They are moving near my apartment, too…uh oh! There goes the paycheck 😉 Just kidding, Bobby!

After our full day of fun, we headed back to my apartment and crashed. But the next day was just as fantastic – we woke up early and went for a nice 2-mile run around the city, came back and headed out to Tempo Cafe for breakfast. I’ve blogged about this place in the past – it is phenomenal.

Sarah and I both decided to go for the 3-egg omelettes, which arrive still in the pan! My choice was the Greek version, with feta, spinach and tomato.


The omelettes come atop a bed of delicious hash browns, and the whole meal is served with Greek toast and marmalade. You always leave this restaurant feeling satisfied!

After our meal, we walked around Michigan Avenue and made a stop at a few of the stores. We both picked up a cute new outfit from Forever XXI. Then it was time for the architectural tour!


I have been on a boat tour before, but the great thing about Chicago is that there is so much to look at, every tour has a slightly different twist to it. I learned a lot of interesting new tidbits. For example, did you know that Merchandise Mart (a single building in the city) has its very own zip code?

Before we knew it, our day was over and it was time to head to the airport.

Oh, but we made one very important stop along the way…


The new, GIGANTIC, Lincoln Park Whole Foods (click that link to see just how huge)! It reminded me of IKEA in size and scope – they even had those little cart escalators to get from one floor to the next. But the highlight for Sarah and me was the Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar. There was so much to choose from – everything from nuts and dried fruit to chocolate, ginger, and coconut…the list goes on! If you’re as crazy about Whole Foods as I am, you must pay this location a visit when you’re in town!

I had an absolute blast with Sarah, and although we never did get to make the dinner we picked up from Whole Foods, Bobby and I ended up using the ingredients for our own meal the next night.


(Teriyaki-glazed salmon with seasoned asparagus, red peppers and goat cheese).

I didn’t really use a recipe. I coated the salmon with 2 tbsp. teriyaki marinade, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, pepper and a dash of salt, then cooked it up in a skillet with olive oil for roughly 5 minutes, skin side up. I then flipped the salmon and waited for it to be completely firm – it turned out great! Meanwhile, Bobby cooked the asparagus and red pepper together in a pan with olive oil. Once they were done, I topped my veggies with goat cheese. It was a fabulous meal and took less than 20 minutes.


Sarah is a salmon extraordinaire, so I hope it met her criteria :)

Word in the ‘Sphere…

  • FitnessMagazine.com is currently featuring a complete guide to yoga that includes workout videos, photos of the positions and answers to common yoga questions. Check out some of these crazy moves by clicking here. I don’t know if it’s possible for me to bend that way! Thanks to Nathan for letting me know about it.


How's the view? (Sorry, can't help myself!)

I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!


{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalie July 28, 2009 at 6:58 am

Looks like you had SO much fun! I thought Harry Potter was great, now I’m gonna have to re-read the last book twice since it comes out in two parts :)

The Whole Foods has a trail mix bar?! That sounds amazing! I wish my whole foods had that.


2 Mara @ What's For Dinner? July 28, 2009 at 6:59 am

DANG! I wish I’d been free that weekend because it looks like you had SO MUCH FUN!! I love Tempo, and you KNOW how much I love the Fruz. i think soon, you and the boy need to come out by me, we should go for sushi and fruz! Love you! So glad we finally got to hang out!


3 MarathonVal July 28, 2009 at 7:05 am

Hold up – does our S. Loop WF have a gelato tasting station I don’t know about?!?! I remember hearing back when they built it 3 years ago that it would have something like that but I must be blind because I’ve never seen it….

I do wish ours had a juice bar too. Either way I’m still a WF addict, I can spend hours in there!


4 Erica July 28, 2009 at 7:07 am

Sarah rocks and it looks like you two had SO much fun. Isn’t it incredible how you can “meet” blog friends online and then when you meet them in real life, its like you’ve known them forever?? You guys had so many good eats but I’m really loving that froyo! I think Josh and I need to go out for some this weekend 😉


5 coco July 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

oh.. how I missed that Merchandise Mart when I went to Chicago! it looks fabulous! :)
love all the food that you’ve been having!


6 Jess July 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

I have to make it to that whole foods the next time I’m in Chicago! Make my own granola bar? SIGN ME UP! haha! :)


7 Amanda (My Summerizations) July 28, 2009 at 7:27 am

my gosh it’s the whole foods mecca! i need to get my butt down there soon.

sounds like you guys had a fun visit! i love the yogen fruz 1) for its name 2) for it options. i wonder how many different yogurt places there are now…


8 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

what a fun weekend! Next time I’m in chicago i’ll make sure to try yogen fruz — looks DELISH! 😉


9 Ada Rubin July 28, 2009 at 7:42 am

That looks like such a fun weekend! Yogen Fruz actually has a line of yogurt-flavored gum that they sell at Whole Foods. Isn’t that bizarre?


10 Andrea (Off Her Cork) July 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

How fun! Hooray for friends! And that Whole Foods looks amazing! Totally makes the one I have seem all podunk. LOL


11 noodlegirl July 28, 2009 at 7:55 am

omg I am so green with envy I am amazed my hair is still black lol!


12 ksgoodeats July 28, 2009 at 8:01 am

That looks like such a blast!! I MUST try YogenFruz next time I’m out there. I’m 95% sure that’s the WFs my cousin goes to (it’s by his work) and I’m really jealous. That place is GINORMOUS!


13 carolinebee July 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

Chicago gets better and better with every post I see I swear 😀 Sounds like u two just instantly clicked that is awesome!! I mean obviously Foreva XXI brings everyone together….glad you’re having a great summer love!


14 Kath July 28, 2009 at 8:21 am

Great idea for the green color!!


15 roseyrebecca July 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

OMG That Whole Foods is humongous!! I want to go!!

I agree with you on learning about tons of new foods from different blogs! It keeps me motivated to stay healthy when I read about new, interesting healthy foods on blogs!!

Your omelets look great!!

And I think I commented on everything I wanted to. There were so many times throughout your post that I was like OH I WANT TO COMMENT ON THAT! :-)



16 missyrayn July 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

I’m so jealous of that Whole Foods. We have a nice little one about and hour and a half from us that we hit up about once or twice a month. But I would LOVE a bigger one! They have so many options for healthy things that our normal grocery just doesn’t have.

Looks like you had fun!


17 verbalriot July 28, 2009 at 9:29 am

How awesome that you and Sarah got to spend so much time together! :) That omlette breakfast looks incredible!


18 Melissa S. July 28, 2009 at 11:53 am

ahhh…first blogher reviews then spending time with sarah!!! i need to come visit, ASAP!!!!


19 lookingforserenity July 28, 2009 at 11:56 am

Isn;t that forever 21 the best?!! Did you go to the one on michigan ave. ? ITs like THREE stories! I LOVE IT


20 Hangry Pants July 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm

You and Sarah look like you had such a great time together!


21 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Glad you had such a fun weekend!

Love all the eats!


22 eatingbirdfood July 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

It looks as though you showed Sarah a lovely time! Glad you all had a great weekend.

And, Chicago looks like so much fun! I have to make my way up there soon, especially now that I know about the trail mix bar. Seriously though, a make your own trail mix bar is like a dream come true for me. :) And Yogen Fruz sounds yummy as well.


23 ttfn300 July 28, 2009 at 3:45 pm

ok, i want to come for a visit!! looks like so much fun :)


24 Danielle July 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

It looks like you and Sarah had an awesome time taking over Chicago! Ha, love the yoga pose comment 😉


25 Kristie July 28, 2009 at 8:19 pm

What an awesome weekend, oh my gosh!
PB filled pancakes? YUM.
Giant omelettes? YUM.
Yogen Fruz? YUM. (Definitely trying some topped with white chocolate chips next time I get it!)
GIGANTIC Whole Foods? CRAZY. I’d probably NEVER leave.

So glad you had such a good time! Have a great week Jenn!


26 Emily July 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Oh my goodness! I WOULD LOVE to have some of that FroYo right about now! MMM! Looks like such a fun time!


27 lilveggiepatch July 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm

SARAH!!! Looks like a great weekend.


28 Rebeca July 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Oh man that sounds like an amazing weekend… I can’t wait till the next time I get to go to Chicago… I need that WF in my life!


29 broccolihut July 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Wow, what a fantastic weekend! Those Ebleskiver pancakes sound amazing, as does the Yogen Fruz. Have a great week!


30 buffmuffy July 28, 2009 at 11:22 pm

…. that is like the perfect dessert. i am in love with blackberries right now.


31 MizFit July 29, 2009 at 4:18 am

you re so freakin cute.

I love that now I HEAR your blogposts in my head as I read …. since I finally met you in person.


32 Aimee July 29, 2009 at 8:20 am

What an awesome time! If you ever come to Pittsburgh to visit Sarah, let me know!! So glad that you liked the nut butter filling.


33 Penny July 29, 2009 at 8:55 am

Oh my gosh, that salmon dinner looks fantastic!


34 justine July 29, 2009 at 9:35 am

Looks like a blast!! Isn’t great meeting bloggie friends. Its so great meeting someone and already knowing you have a shizz ton in common. Great eats :)



35 homegirlcaneat July 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I find the whole FTC issue so interesting and weird! I don’t understand how they could ban free samples like that ? It actually makes no sense to me whatsoever! I am 100% on the blogger side of the issue!

YOUR FROYO looks amazing!! And I was IN LOVE with the HP movie too! It was by the far the best one…I need to see it again and again!


36 Ash @ On The Rocks July 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

That whole foods is gorgeous! I always love visiting that store, but wish it was a little bit nicer on my wallet :(


37 glidingcalm July 29, 2009 at 8:41 pm

ahhhhhhhhhhh you got to spend time with Sarah!!! how funnn!!! I bet that was SUCH a blast!!!

love the salmon meal and the fro yo action!! and your pancakes are adorable!!!!!!!

wuv you!!


38 Marianne July 31, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Make your own trail mix bar? That is way too fun!


39 Erin August 2, 2009 at 11:53 am

HOW COOL that you guys met in person! BFFs! I love it!
I lik how they serve the omelet in the pan. Amazing!


40 Al September 3, 2009 at 11:20 am

Love the comments about Yogen Fruz. Just tried acai-blueberry and its great! guilt-free for sure with its antioxidants.


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