There’s just something about being in the high sierras. I don’t know if it’s the clean and crisp air, the fresh pines that surround every turn, or the authenticity of the people walking through town or hiking the surrounding trails. It’s one of my favorite places to escape to in the summer. Even when we were little and were bouncing between soccer tournaments and cross-country practices, we made time for this altitude getaway.
If we’re lucky, our trip is accompanied by a tart caramel apple or maybe sample of the famous Ben & Jerry’s shop. No Vermonster for us, but maybe a scoop of our favorite – Coconut Seven Layer Bar.
Most trips are packed between running, hiking, biking, and then collapsing on the porch with a good book. We usually pack in most of our groceries, relying on Trader Joes from home, but often have to pick up some last minute essentials from the only grocery store in town. Sure the restaurants in town are one of a kind, but we prefer to make some of our Fuelling favorites – tacos, enchiladas, taco salad, fajitas…get the picture? We are certainly a Tex-Mex kind of family, especially with our close connection to the Lawry’s brand. But that’s a story for another day.
Speaking of favorites, who says you can’t have two favorites? I mean, would your parents say they favor one sibling over another? If they do, that’s just not fair, but it’s a whole different issue in itself. I think it comes down to the fact that just like people, products have their special qualities that make them unique. It’s how Meghan and I are quite opposites but have learned to create a balance in our household. (Note: this took YEARS to achieve)
I’m talking about yogurt here. For example, you’ve seen how much I love Chobani products. I’ve used them in countless recipes (great substitution for butter, sour cream, mayo), eat it for breakfast topped with granola or fresh fruit, eat it as a snack in the afternoon, or topped upon my favorite dinner – sweet potato. Goodness knows the rest of the blogging world is hooked as well. How they blend flavors seamlessly together, emphasizing the richness and creaminess of Greek yogurt, I have no idea.
However, I’ve also cultivated my love for another yogurt – Noosa. This Australian yogurt found a new home in Colorado and countless grocery stores across the states. My mom, who has a great eye for finding the tastiest products, first introduced it to me. When I first dipped into the tub (because eating out of the container tastes better), a new world was opened. Noosa reaches a new level of creamy, adding fruit and flavors to the bottom of the containers without all the extra sugars of some yogurts.
So, when we made our first trip to Vons, it was a no-brainer to throw both Chobani and Noosa in the cart. How perfect would a bit of tart Chobani + blueberry Noosa go with Shea Schats granola. For those who are not familiar with Mammoth, Schats is THE bakery to go to for a loaf of Shepherder or sourdough bread, or a doughnut (a treat from our childhood).
Let’s just say I had this planned from the moment we left the store. I even dreamt of the layers of sweet maple granola amidst creamy and protein dense yogurts. When I shared my enthusiasm with Meghan, she just looked and me and said, “you’re such a geek.” Aw thanks for the love Meghan.
While putting my breakfast together, I had an epiphany. Apparently photographing food in the daylight presents a much better, if not delicious image, compared to my usual fluorescent pictures. Also, while I usually rely on my iPhone because it happens to be on my person at all times, using an actual camera, like my Canon, makes a world of difference. Feel free to roll your eyes and utter a loud “duh” because I think that was my reaction.
What are some of your favorite products?
*Neither Chobani nor Noosa have endorsed me for the review, so the thoughts found above are those of my own.