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Chobani Workout Parfait Party

Tuesday evening I was invited to a blogger bootcamp thing at BarreWorks downtown, hosted by my favourite Greek yogurt company Chobani.

And I am not just saying Chobani is my favourite because they invite me to fun events, actually talk to me, feed me, and give me free stuff (like those sensual workout shirts). Wait, yes I am. That is basically the way to my heart. How could I not love them? I think companies need to take note here, because Chobani does the social stuff extremely well, and I believe that is why they are so incredibly successful. Well, and they really do have great yogurt, which is of course helpful.

But seriously, I really appreciate that even though Chobani is an American company, they make an effort to include us Canadian bloggers. We usually get shafted on things like this, so it’s refreshing.

Anyway, I met up with my bloggy pal Stephanie on the subway so we could go over there together. We originally met at the last Chobani Toronto blogger party in June.

We had been blog/Twitter stalking eachother for a long time before that though. I wasn’t sure who was going to be there, so I was excited to arrive with someone I knew.

We know eachother even better now, as we had quite a bonding experience on the way to Barre Works. I was perfectly on time to meet Steph, and I was late for the last Chobani blogger party because I had trouble finding the restaurant, so I was excited to actually be on time for this.

Too bad we walked for 25 minutes in the wrong direction. Neither of us had been there before so we didn’t know where it was, and when we got off the streetcar we walked for about 15 minutes down Queen street. The wrong way. I don’t even know how that happened. I am not the most directions savvy, I will admit, but I had my trusty iPhone (I would never find anything without it) and it has never let me down. But alas, it did. Once we realized we were going the total wrong way, we turned around and started speedwalking back where we came from. And then again, I don’t know what happened, but my silly iPhone AGAIN gave me the wrong location, so somehow we walked about another 10 minutes PAST BarreWorks. Totally missed it.

So, late again. We arrived at BarreWorks technically about 25 minutes late, but only five minutes after the warmup started. It was alright though. We had just been practically running, so we were pretty warm. And I was already sweaty.

Chobani’s instructor Tiffany led us through a pretty intense bootcamp workout. And I do mean intense. Intense as in zero breaks. One thing after another; squats, pushups, burpees, crunches, and exercises I have definitely never even done before. All with balls and bands.

And of course incorporating the bar.

I love that Chobani has hired a workout instructor for their employees. I work in a building full of sports organizations and we don’t even do that. Well, we did have office yoga, but we organized that ourselves.

The workout was super intense and I was extremely sore afterwards. My legs were especially dying. It’s two days later and stairs are still a bit iffy. Tiffany was no joke. Steph even said that she just finished eight weeks of bootcamp and it was nothing like this. I liked it though, the hour flew by and I desperately needed an ass-kicking after all the ridiculous things I have been eating lately.

After our sweat session, Chobani had the perfect post-workout snack waiting for us…

Ah, that beautiful Chobani parfait bar.

I packed my jar with as much deliciousness as I could. I don’t think I could have squeezed any more in it…

And then I went back and did it again. And I took a third jar home with me for breakfast the next morning…

You see?! You see why Chobani is my favourite? Chobani yogurt also has double the protein of regular yogurt, is fat free, and made with all-natural ingredients. So I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about my three jars. Not even about all the toasted walnuts, chocolate chips and dulce de leche I jammed in there.

The event was also catered by The Food Dudes who made some pretty delicious appetizers for us that were Chobani-inspired.

I don’t even know what that is, but there is Chobani in the crust, and it was really, really good.

Two other Toronto bloggers who I originally met at our first Chobani party were also in attendance, Morgan from Life After Bagels and Gillian from Battle of the Bites. Steph and I had fun re-meeting and catching up with them.

The four of us closed the place down!

I also had a really good time talking with the cheeky minx Lindsay from Chobani, and the girls from High Road Communications. I love being included in things like this. Thank you to all of you for having me, I had such a great time! Please come back to Toronto!

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Nothing But Good (and new friends) #ChobaniTO

Goooood morning!

I am in an exceptionally fab mood today. I feel giddy with excitement! First of all, my work has been trending on Twitter in Canada all morning, and if you are familiar with Twitter you know that is a BIG. DEAL. (well I think it is…it is, right?) I run my organization’s Twitter page so I feel so unbelievably proud. Though it probably has nothing to do with me, and more to do with the 16 championships we are running this week… Still though, I feel like a proud parent!

And the second reason for my fabbest of the fab mood today would be because of the amazing time I had last night eating my face off with a bunch of fellow bloggers. I was invited to a blogger party at the Fifth Grill in Toronto, hosted by the awesome girls at Chobani!

It’s true, we love the Cho.

You guys probably already know I love Chobani Greek yogurt. I have raved on about it before, and how excited I was when it FINALLY came to Canada after seeing it on American blogs all the time.

I was pumped for this event, but I had no idea what to expect. Unlike the Yogurty’s and Jamba Juice party last week, I knew no one in attendance. I showed up alone (alone and wet, it was raining), and I had no partner in crime. I felt very shy at first, and started to prepare myself for awkwardly inserting myself into conversations that were already going on.

But almost immediately I found Steph, who I feel like I already know, as we are Twitter friends and fellow blog stalkers. This is amazing to me because basically you are just instantly friends. It is funny to know someone without actually knowing them, but I immediately felt at ease and ready to confidently get my eat on.

The restaurant was awesome and served a ton of Chobani-inspired appetizers. Each app had Chobani incorporated into it somehow, and ALL of them were delicious. All of them. And you better believe I made a point to try everything (…several times).

There were some other things, but those were the highlights for me. I never wanted to stop eating. And I definitely took away tons of ideas of how to use the delicious Chob in the future.

And, oh my sweet baby cheeses, there was a make-your-own Chobani parfait bar for dessert.

I am a sucker for make-your-own anything, because it gives me the chance to LOAD UP, which I definitely did.

Twice actually, because the Chobani crew is amazing and a half and provided lids for those cute little Mason jars, so we could take our parfaits home! I ate my second one this morning for breakfast. Beauty.

It needs to be noted that I did not once feel weird taking pictures of anything. Normally when I am out with people and I snap a pic of my lunch, someone will be like “Um, are you taking a picture of your sandwich?” Yes, what does it look like I’m doing? But everyone was a blogger, so they understand the importance of pictures (no one likes to actually read anything anymore, c’mon). It was camera city!

And not only was everyone cool with taking pictures, everyone wanted in on the pictures!

(Ali, Steph and I)

My friends are pretty cool with my incessant picture-taking, and I actually think they like it, but not as much as these gals did!

(Me, Steph, Stephanie, Siobhan and Britta.

I loved making new blog friends! It was so great to meet so many like-minded, picture-taking freaks. I see more meetups with these girls in the future for sure!

And I need to say that the cheeky American minxes from Chobani, as well as their Canadian PR team, are super awesome. I kind of already guessed this, as Alyssa from Life of bLyss has raved on about their amazingness several times, and she was not wrong. I really enjoyed talking with them. And they liked getting in on the pictures, I’m pretty sure…

(And so does that man in the poster)

Chobani peeps = the three black blazers on the end.

Just such a good time, honestly. Perfect for my first blogger meetup. Thank you so much for having us Chobani! I really do love you!

Oh, also, the Fifth Grill has a really cool freight elevator. Just want to say that.

Right?! For an elevator? Super cool.

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The Chobani has Arrived

I love Greek yogurt.

I love the thick and creamy consistency (it’s so much more thick than regular yogurt), I love that it has two to three times the amount of protein as regular yogurt for about the same amount of calories, and I love how filling it is.

I eat it nearly every day around 10:30am for my mid-morning snack, and it keeps my hunger monster in check until lunchtime. I also use plain Greek yogurt in any recipe that calls for sour cream.

Here in Canada, we do not have the biggest Greek yogurt selection, although I will say that it has gotten better. When I first discovered Greek yogurt, I could only find Liberté in grocery stores, and even that was hit and miss. I usually could only get the plain, or sometimes vanilla.

(I just Googled Liberté Vanilla Greek yogurt, and three of the pictures in the first two lines of Google images were from my own blog. Weird.)

Note about Liberté – I really like it, but at $5.50 for the tub pictured above, it’s expensive.

Anyway, not long after I embarked on my Greek yogurt adventure, PC jumped on the bandwagon and started making their own.

It’s cheaper than Liberté. I don’t find it to be quite as good (except the 2% kind – that stuff is dynamite), but I do like it. Plain, honey, and the flavoured kinds (mango, strawberry, blueberry) are the best, in my humble opinion. The vanilla one tastes like dirty bum to me.

I can always find PC Greek yog in the grocery store I shop in (Superstore), even if Liberté is out, so I like that it is readily available.

And lately I have been noticing Fage and Oikos making an appearance on our Canadian shelves! I have tried both, and they’re okay…comparable to PC and Liberté, but not as cheap as PC.

Since I have started reading blogs though, it has become quite apparent that I am missing out in the Greek yogurt department.

We Canadians have been apparently missing the alleged God of Greek yogurt.

We don’t have Chobani.

All the American healthy-living blogs I drop by seem to absolutely rave on about Chobani and how amazing it is. It is rare to go one day without hearing about how awesome it is, and how it must be made of unicorn tears, and will make you look like a supermodel, and is heaven in a plastic cup, and I’m going to post a million pictures of me and my Chobani and make all you Canadians jealous, and you haven’t experienced Greek yogurt if you haven’t tried Chobani, blah Chobani blah.

Yeah yeah, rave on, rave on. You got me, I’m jealous.

So I had never tried Chobani. I know, your American mouths are probably wide open in shock right now, since Chobani is so rampant on your grocery store shelves and your entire country seems to be overflowing with the 30 flavours of Chobani available to you (that is my view from here, anyway). But yep it’s true. I am a Chobani virgin.

Or I was. Until yesterday.

Look what arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon!

YES! Free samples from the beautiful people at Chobani, to celebrate CHOBANI COMING TO CANADA. Finally, FINALLY I get to taste what all the hype is about!

I immediately busted open the peach, because I looove peach yogurt and have never tried peach yogurt – Greek edition.

I expected to be disappointed. I had heard so much about this yogurt that I did not think it was possible for it to live up to my expectations. I was wrong. It was thick and creamy and delicious. I have since tried the black cherry and strawberry flavours, and they are both awesome as well.

Where have you been all my life Chobani?!

Oh right, not in Canada.

Except it is now! At a Loblaws/Superstore near you!

Well probably not near you. You can check out the store locator on the Chobani Canada website, but so far these creamy tubs of deliciousness are only available in Mississauga, and one location in Etobicoke.

This is bad news for me as I typically do not go west of highway 400, and because Mississauga confuses me. But I do plan to bribe my coworker who lives there to pick these up for me.

And I’m hoping they come to Toronto soon!

Update: Emily from Chobani informed me in the comments that Chobani is also available in Toronto, Scarborough and Ajax. Excellent.

Note: Chobani is not paying me for this review, but they did send me free samples of Greek yogurt and I assume the trade-off is that I talk about them. All opinions expressed in this post are from my own brain.

But they also sent me a pretty sweet recycled lunch bag…

And I can be easily bribed, so you should probably take everything I’ve said with a grain of salt.

(I had just gotten back from the gym, hence the sweatiness and the bad hair going on in that pic.)

I do really love Greek yogurt though. And Chobani really is good. I am already a big fan! If it ends up in a store near me, I’ll probably be buying it all the time!

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