Last night was awesome. I’m actually still basking in the afterglow of my awesome evening and it’s noon!
One of my favourite brands on social media (and in my fridge!), Chobani, invited me to attend a blogger dinner at The Terrace @ The Fifth Grill and I immediately responded with a yes. I’ve had a serious love affair with Chobani ever since I first tried it at the Hip Urban Girl Champagne & Cookies holiday party and often go out of my way just to grab a couple cups.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I also didn’t think I would know anyone there at all. The nerves faded away the second I arrived at the event and was ushered into a retrofitted service elevator. I found myself chatting (work, weddings, boys…what else) with Wendy from Hip Urban Girl and Amanda from The Hot Plate within seconds. Minutes later, I met Lindsey from Happy or Hungry and it was like we’d known each other for years. I guess that’s what happens when you mutually stalk on the internets…
We also began getting plied with canapés within seconds. The amazing team in the kitchen at The Terrace had incorporated Chobani into their delicious dishes (recipes to come) – yum! We sampled seared shrimp with Cho-infused guacamole, chilled pea soup with a dollop of minty Cho, pizza, chopped salad, spanakopita…the list goes on. Check out Lindsey’s blog for food photos – I was evidently too busy scarfing things down to document it on instagram.
I couldn’t resist wearing my summer new lace-backed coral dress from Anthropologie…and apparently Lisa couldn’t resist trendy coral either! Cute, huh?
One of my favourite parts of the event (aside from the food, of course!) was getting to meet and talk to new blogger friends. So many events in Toronto rely on inviting the same bloggers, and I loved that #ChobaniTO allowed lifestyle, fitness, health and food bloggers to mix and mingle. Everyone was super-friendly and had so much to share with one another.
Also awesome: Chobani’s team flew in from NYC! Although Emily couldn’t make it, Lindsay was there and had exciting news to share with us all! More Chobani is coming to Canada! Not only are they bringing in more flavours – you know, the ones we drool over when we see bloggers in the US eating them – but they’re also committed to manufacturing in Canada with Canadian milk! I, for one, can’t wait.
As if that news wasn’t amazing enough, Lindsay capped off her mini-speech with the announcement that the parfait bar was open. Yes, Chobani parfait bar. Is this real life? What ensued can only be described as girls gone wild.
I, of course, exercised complete self-control.
OK, I’ll be honest – I ate it all. Then I packed up another and brought it home for breakfast. Even though it’s thick, creamy and a little tart, it’s also practically guilt-free: 0%, protein-packed, low-sugar yogurt. Yum!! Of course, when I went to go eat it this morning, this little glutton demanded she be included:
Thanks again to the wonderful teams at High Road Communications + Chobani for hosting – I had the absolute best time ever.
Want to follow some awesome new bloggers?
Check out: Ali at Running With Spatulas, Lindsey at Happy or Hungry, Gillian at Battle of the Bites, Britta at Red Bike in a Grey World, Christina at Stars in the City, Stephanie at Snacking on Sunshine, Amanda at The Hot Plate and Megan at The Gut Gazette. (ladies – did I miss you? Leave me your URL in the comments!)