A Night Out With Kristi Yamaguchi and Alpine Lace

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the lovely comments, tweets, emails and general love sent to me regarding Tuesday’s post!  I was kind of nervous and excited to make the announcement.  It’s such a huge change, which inevitably brings up fear along with anticipation.  You guys gave me the warm and fuzzies all day and made me feel so lucky to have this little blog. :)

But let’s talk about food, shall we?  Who doesn’t love food?  The other night I was lucky enough to be invited to a dining and dancing event with Alpine Lace Deli Cheese and Kristi Yamaguchi!  You guys, I am such a fan!! Obviously she is an amazing figure skater but I loved her on Dancing with the Stars.  She is my favorite contestant ever!  Plus, even though I live in probably the biggest celebrity spotting city outside of LA, I never ever ever see celebs.  Ever.

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I had an absolute ball at this event.  Kristi is so amazing.  She is poised and a great speaker.  Plus, she is a do-it-all woman with her Olympic medals, two children’s books, a new active wear line and more.  She spoke about a topic near and dear to my heart: finding balance.  The million dollar question is how do we do it all and find balance?  As Kristi eloquently put it, you can’t.  You can only do what you can and you need to cut out stuff that isn’t important to you.  Take time to focus on what makes you happy, even if it is for only 30 minutes a day.  Great message, right?

Alpine Lace Deli Cheese Event With Kristi Yamaguchi

The evening was split into three stations:

  • Wine and cheese pairing.
  • Learn the rumba!
  • Meet Kristi and pick three things that make you happy or are important to you.

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I started at the pairing station and let me tell you, this was maybe my favorite station.  Ok I liked them all, but check out this spread! 

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I want every cheese plate from now on to look like this!  Seriously though, the good folks at Alpine Lace set up some amazing assortments to allow us to create our own pairings.  Alpine Lace cheese is actually up to 45% reduced fat and made with skim milk (which is amazing if you eat a lot of cheese like me!).  I don’t know about you, but I often get stuck in a crackers and cheese rut.  This pairing station encouraged us to make combinations with sliced Italian meats, baba ganoush (love!), sliced apples, dried chickpeas and chocolate.  

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I think my favorite combo was cheese with strawberries, quince paste and balsamic vinegar.  Just the right amount of sweet to balance against the saltiness of cheese and crackers.  Sadly, I could not partake in the wine pairings but they had an incredibly fun selection!

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kristi4After stuffing my face noshing, we moved on to the rumba station.  Oh goodie!  A chance to burn off some calories.  Ok this was so.much.fun!  We had two professional dance instructors and I was thrilled to learn the rumba.  I have taken some salsa lessons before and some dance lessons before our wedding, but I’ve always wanted to learn the rumba.  It was so fun and we even learned some basic turns.  The instructors were so friendly and encouraging.  

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Last, but not least, I got a chance to meet Kristi and pick out the top three things that make me happy and add up to 100% nutrition in my life.  I choose: dancing, my husband and the beach.  Kristi was so friendly and really down to earth. 

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Overall it was such a great night and I want to thank Alpine Lace so much for inviting me!  They were simply amazing and I’m stoked to try out their reduced fat cheeses! 

Readers, have you ever met a celeb?  What’s your favorite cheese pairing?  Have you ever learned a ballroom dance?

Comments

  1. Ah I’m freaking out!!!! I was a figure skater growing up and Kristi Yamaguchi was my favvvvvvv! Having a starstruck moment right now! p.s. you look gorgeous!
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  2. Oh my gosh how freaking cool!! What a great event and I think it’s always cool to see celebs up close haha it reminds us that they are real people too! …only like, way cooler.
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  3. Figure skating is huge where I grew up in CT. I was invited to this event, but couldn’t attend! I love your recap… I would have been right next to you “noshing/scarfing down” cheese. lol
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    • Oh I wish you could have been there! It was all food bloggers! I didn’t know a single soul (and for the record, they are less friendly than fitness bloggers!).

  4. OMG, you are so lucky! How did you ever get invited to this event? I am a huge fan of Kristi Yamaguchi! Now both of us have met celebrities this month!
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  5. In Paris we can run into celebrities, but I NEVER notice. My husband will say, did you see so & so…. The one I saw regularly frequently was French actor Thierry Lhermite who used to eat lunch in the same bistro as I did.

    I love cheese with salad, balsamic vinaigrette and walnuts.
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    • There is a delicious salad from a local restaurant here made with manchego, apple, gorgonzola, walnuts, fig and balsamic vinegar. It is one of my favorite things of all time!

  6. What a fun night – wine, cheese and dancing – I’m all in! I’ve met Chalene Johnson, who to me is a celeb and one of my favorite women!!!
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  7. This looks like such a fun event! I love how they called the top things that make you happy your “life ingredients.” The food looks awesome! You know I always can go for a good cheese plate.
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  8. wow, she hasn’t aged! crazy!
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  9. Well done Alpine Lace and Kristi Yamaguchi !! Thanks, Britt, for the blog-tour of the night out–it looks amazing and I would love to try some of the combinations with the low fat cheeses (my favorite food is cheese). I will certainly remember thanks to the lovely blog–wish I was there!

  10. I am totally living through you here. I have never met anyone famously cool beside seeing a concert. Well, I can’t remember if I have or not. Which, if they were even cool enough to mention, I think I would remember! haha But I did always want to be Yamaguchi! I used to pretend I was her when I skated in the winter.
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  11. I LOVE Kristi and that food spread looks absolutely phenomenal!! YUM! What a fun night.
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  12. My mom and I used to watch Kristi Yamaguchi on TV while growing up! That’s so awesome that you got to meet her!

    I’ve never learned a ballroom dance. I have no coordination whatsoever, so I’m not sure I would be able to keep up! lol
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  13. oh man, this event looks like a blast! i used to be a big Kristi fan – so cool that you got to meet her. i’ve tried a bit of the rumba but don’t really know it…but i’m a big salsa/bachata dancer. :)

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