Friday part 2: The health event

… aka an excuse for vendors to pawn off pounds of bars on unsuspecting compulsive free foodists.


(The loot)

After work yesterday, I met Kate and Gina for this event:


The “Wellness Retreat” was being held in the old Virgin Megastore … which looked very sad stripped of its rows and rows of merchandise. The demos and random orange carpet strips didn’t do much to help the ambience:


Kate, Gina, and I only stopped in briefly as a way to kill time between work and our next event, so we did not partake in the strip-dancing class (but the event is going all weekend long, so you never know what might happen …).




We did, however, find time for a million free samples.



Plus a random plate of parmesan-crusted basa fillet with whole wheat couscous from nu-kitchen, a diet food delivery system in NYC:


This was not very good at all, and the couscous was the plainest thing I’ve ever tasted. Gina and I ate our fish pieces, and I packed our couscous into my leftover lunch containers to take home where it could be salvaged!

Once we had seen all we needed to see at Vitaljuice (which just reminds me too much of Beetlejuice), the girls and I crossed the street over to Whole Foods to try our sample luck. We came upon blackened swordfish, parmesan-artichoke dip, and spinach-artichoke dip:


At that point, I got busted for taking pictures in the store. There were more samples, but I can’t remember them! Oh well, less free advertising for WF — their loss. Sufficiently “appetized” for the evening, we headed out for the evening’s main course.

To be continued …

What is your favorite thing to do with an energy/health food bar? Do you eat them straight, crumble them on yogurt, bake them into treats, let them collect dust in your cabinet until an emergency (usually what I end up doing …)?

10 thoughts on “Friday part 2: The health event

  1. Lara (Thinspired) says:

    That looks fun…how do you find out about these things? Very cool.
    It’s kind of boring but I typically just have bars as an emergency snack or when I’m really snacky at the end of a meal. So, straight up!


  2. Gina says:

    That looks/sounds like such a great event!!! I usually just straight up eat my bars because I really only eat them on-the-go. Every once in a while I dip them in peanut butter, to add more deliciousness to them 🙂


  3. brandi says:

    ha, if you do go back for that stripteas class, you better post some pictures – those ones are hilarious!

    i love using them on yogurt OR for emergencies.


  4. snackface says:

    Free samples are my life! No, wait, they’re yours. Still, I love ’em! You got amazing samples, too. What is the deal with WF? Why don’t they want pics taken inside? I’ll never understand. My fave thing to do with energy bars? Just eat them. But I’m very much the person who lets them collect dust first!


  5. Anne K. says:

    Great loot! I looove getting free stuff. I go crazy at race expos, haha! That event looks really fun.

    I like crumbling bars into greek yogurt, or making a parfait with them. Some of them are also good as oatmeal toppers. But if I’m on the go, I’ll just take one and eat it straight 🙂


  6. Susan says:

    Bahaha, I love the pictures of the strip class. Free samples are definitely one of my favourite things in life. I maaay have plowed down a small child to get a peanut butter cookie sample the last time I was grocery shopping…

    I eat my bars straight up, usually with a huge glass of water. I’m not much of a “crumbler.”


  7. Alison says:

    I love anything with free samples! And free healthy samples are even better.

    I usually eat my bars straight. I enjoy the taste of them and don’t want to mix them with anything else.


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