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A Dinner of Swag

by Meghann on November 9, 2009

I think the craziness of the past weekend has finally caught up with me. The non-stop atmosphere of the festival mixed with my lack of sleep, the time difference, and serious jet lag has completely demolished my immune system. I can already feel the sickness creeping into my system.

Go away sore throat and runny noseGo Away!

To help combat the sickness I sought out a packet of Amazing Grass Wheat Grass from my dwindling Healthy Living Summit stash.


I didn’t have the guts to take a shot straight up, but it made a great addition to my afternoon smoothie.


  • Amazing Grass Wheat Grass
  • Frozen Berries
  • 1/2 Pear
  • Ice
  • Fat Free Milk
  • Drizzle of Honey

The addition of the wheat grass lended a slightly grassy taste to the fruity smoothie, but it wasn’t bad at all.


As I was unpacking all of my swag from the weekend I was inspired to incorporate some of the new goodies into my dinner tonight.


The Napa Valley Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar with Pear and Spicy Apricot Mustard were the base dressing for a impromtu zucchini & yellow squash salad.




I had been dying to sample the Acme Bread baguette since I discovered it in my swag bag.



It was the perfect crusty vessel for the Mezzata Pesto


And creamy Cowgirl Creamery Mount Tam Cheese.




One bite and I was back in the San Francisco Ferry Building. I want to go back right now. πŸ™



My swag theme continued with dessert.



The chocolate caramels were slightly fruity. Delish!


Thanksgiving Challenge Update

Due to a weekend of ..err… unexpected excess I have decided to not count my trip to San Francisco toward my goal of spending less then $100 on food in the month of November. I’m not in San Francisco everyday and figured I’d better live up my experience there without having to worry about budgeting too harshly.

The new plan is to sweep the weekend’s spending under the carpet and begin again with today’s trip to Publix.


The $25.32 trip brought my total spent to $25.75 since November 1st.

Don’t forget you can tract my challenge progress here. πŸ™‚

It’s not even 8:00 yet and I am beyond ready for bed. I am looking forward to sleeping a real bed tonight.

Good Night!

1 Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 9, 2009 at 9:24 pm

FIGHT IT OUT . . . you need some rest and tea!

2 Jess (Fit Chick in the City) November 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Swag-a-licious! Hope you have a great night of catch up sleep!

3 Amelia November 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Delish looking meal! All your swag goodies really came together well. πŸ™‚

Hope you get back to feeling 100%!

4 amanda November 9, 2009 at 9:29 pm

haha yeah! San fran is toooo expensive, I am glad u chose to live it up there then eat a side salad or whatever is cheapest at each place

5 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Meghann, Andy and I did the same thing! We had to decide to not count SF towards our $100 goal. It’s not every day you go to an awesome food blogger event! πŸ™‚

6 janetha November 9, 2009 at 9:35 pm

ahhh so clever! and i think all the swag we got is super beneficial to the november challenge!!

7 Katie November 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Money spent on vacay doesn’t count πŸ™‚ LOL Delicious looking swag!

8 The Pancake Girl November 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Fabulous swag, esp that chocolate!

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9 Melissa November 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm

definitely best to splurge when it’s worth it!

10 Megan November 9, 2009 at 9:45 pm

try echinacea four times a day…it worked to stopped a cold from coming on for me.

11 Jen (Running With Cake) November 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm

My husband and I did a similar challenge in July. We decided to not spend any money on going out to eat for a whole month. We ended up saving nearly $500! We’re thinking about doing it again in January. Good Luck!

12 Evan Thomas November 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I have Napa Valley red bell catch-up and it really is something special

13 foodieinthecity November 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Feel better girl! Give your body the rest it is asking for πŸ™‚

That bread looks a-mazing!

14 Kat November 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Definitely rest a lot tonight and drink a lot of water/ liquids. I also love Emergen-C. I drink it every day, and even more often when I feel like I am getting sick.

15 Matt November 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Try taking some NyQuil. I swear by that stuff!

16 cookinfanatic November 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Ooooo those Napa Valley mustards are the best! I just had the Spicy Apple Mustard w/ Ginger & Cinnamon and it was freaking amazing πŸ™‚

17 Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 9, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I’ve always wanted to try Amazing Grass, but I don’t want to spend the money on it in case I hate it! I’m a new reader to your blog, and I love it!

18 Lizzy November 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm

i hope your not getting sick. thats not good!

dinner looks awesome. way to incorporate some new food finds πŸ™‚

19 Meg November 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

How on earth do you spend so litle at the grocery store?! I live alone too, but can never manage to spend less than $60! I am amazed.

20 Jenna November 9, 2009 at 11:57 pm

glad you got to use your swag in your dinner!

21 greensandjeans November 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

my jealousy of your san fran trip continues with your fabulous swag!

22 Mama Pea November 10, 2009 at 2:23 am

Oh, I’m hoping you aren’t getting sick! But I’m not going to say what my mom’s been saying, “Oh my god, it’s the SWINE FLU!!!” Oh hell, mom, not every sniffle is the swine.

23 Bridget November 10, 2009 at 3:56 am

Glad that you loved San Francisco so much! Also, $100 is difficult to get by on for food and the like there.

I hope the wheat grass helps!

24 Diana November 10, 2009 at 4:21 am

That sandwich looks amazing. πŸ™‚ Also, hope you’re feeling better today when you wake up!

25 burpexcuzme November 10, 2009 at 4:52 am

Meghann, I hope you feel better soon!
Oh by the way, long-time reader, first-time commenter. I’ve talked to you during the Foodbuzz Fest, but never really did introduce myself, so…hi. It was really nice to finally see you in person. Tee hee. You were shorter than I thought, but so freaking adorable.

Oh, and I’m really curious as to what you’re gonna do with all the free swag…You always come up with great recipes for one!

26 eaternotarunner November 10, 2009 at 8:15 am

Oh my god all that sway looks amazing (especially the cheese)!!!

Hope you feel better!

27 kristin November 10, 2009 at 8:34 am

that food looks amazing!!! i am so glad you had fun in san fran – allison had so many fun stories to tell me yesterday too – i am so jealous of you guys!!!! πŸ™‚

28 megan November 10, 2009 at 8:34 am

I use emergen-c packets as well, I swear they help. Any time I feel a bit of a cold coming on I take 2 packets a day and it goes away. I just did this last week, and I’m happy to say I did not get sick!

29 Megan November 10, 2009 at 10:56 am

Um…how did you EVER manage to bring that cheese home?!

Also, I second the emergen-c recommendation. That stuff works wonders!

30 meyergirl November 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm

That sandwich looks yummy! How’d you keep the bread fresh all the way back to Orlando?

31 DiningAndDishing November 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Bah that cheese looks so good! We have a Cowgirl Creamery right by my office in DC and I’ve never tried it – although now I am totally inspired to! Yum.

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