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Go to Chobani Soho

Note: This is a big picture post, because it has to be, because it was that good.

As most of us are huge Chobani fans, if you haven’t been to Chobani Soho yet, I am sure you heard they opened a store in NYC. It is in the corner of West Broadway and Prince Street.

Prior to heading to greek yogurt heaven, I went to a non-air conditioned, sweat fest  Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Vida Stacy, who is equally sarcastic and hilarious as me (yes, I do think I am rather witty). After yoga, Stacy and I met up with Kristin and Beth and we had a glass of wine and chatted before the Chobani event!

I was so excited to go to the new Chobani store. They are amazing and kind for inviting so many bloggers to the store to taste test their creations!

We were greeted by Emily, who started off the night by explaining a bit about Chobani’s history and foundations.

Dar then took the floor for the remainder of the evening.

We learned of Hamdi, the founder of Chobani, who is a Turkish immigrant that wanted to change the way people looked at yogurt in the US.

I loved the store’s design. It went with the story of Chobani completely. From the founder to the farms in upstate New York, the wooden details evoked the feel of a modern farmhouse with Mediterranean influences.

Dar explained that Chobani focuses on the quality of the ingredients, which are wholesome and natural. The only ingredients in the yogurt are milk and cultures. They do not carry sugar in the store, the dishes are sweetened with honey or agave nectar. The yogurt is delivered fresh everyday and kept at 34 degrees. Each “Creation” has a focus on one or two main ingredient/s that drives the flavor and taste.

Over the course of the night, we were fortunately served all 9 homemade creations for tasting!

Top: Pistachio + Chocolate

Bottom: Plain Chobani + Cucumbers

Top: Blueberry + Power

Bottom: Seasonal Fruit + Granola

Top: Plain Chobani + Olive Oil

Bottom: Peanut Butter + Jelly

and my favorites……

Toasted Coconut + Pineapple  The shredded coconut was massive and paired so well with the hazelnuts! This creation literally made me feel like I was on vacation.

WINNER! Fig + Walnut – I love figs. They are so sweet and the texture is so unique! When paired with the walnuts and the yogurt, it was instantly satisfying. I snack on walnuts and yogurt often, so I will absolutely be adding figs to the mixture in the near future (like tomorrow, since I bought figs last night).

We definitely embarked on a flavor journey at Chobani Soho.

They also have a “Mediterranean Pantry” with a variety of Turkish nuts, honey and olive oil imported from Greece so you can make your own Chobani creations at home. Mine will never be as creative or as tasty but I will give it a shot.

I will start with the awesome Turkish Hazelnuts I received in the goodie bag they gave all of us.

Huge Chobani bonus:

They sell water and donate 100% of the proceeds to the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, which funds clean drinking water projects. I love charity.

You should go visit the store and try each creation. Every single one was splendid.

If you would like more information, visit them:

**Don’t forget to enter my PRO Compression sock giveaway! It ends Wednesday Aug 15!**

Sangha House NYC

I haven’t been to a yoga class in over a year. I was genuinely excited, yet nervous, about the Yoga gathering at Sangha House NYC that was organized by Katherine of Sweat Passion and Tears. It was my FIRST event with blogger friends!

Credit: Sangha House

Prior to the class, Abby and I met up for a quick bite to eat and an iced coffee. We chatted for a bit and then walked over to the class. The studio is located on East 28th Street, btw Park and Madison, on the second floor. The space was quaint, inviting and beautifully designed. We filled out the applicable paperwork and went into the studio for class.  Ximena, the instructor, introduced herself and the class started.

I was challenged by a couple of things in the class: the poses, the speed in which we transitioned to the next pose and understanding which each pose was (by name). I will attribute all of this to my lack of attendance to Yoga class in the recent past. I did appreciate that Ximena was kind and helped explain each pose and even laughed a bit with us (or, when I fell on my head) trying to do a pose I cannot pronounce.

I loved that the poses were geared toward stretching that is necessary for runners. Even after one night, I felt an increase in my range of motion and flexibility and my breathing was relaxed. I experienced a couple of notable moments where I remembered how much I love the practice of Yoga. It was amazing to sit in a pose that stretched all of the muscles in my legs that were sore from the hand work I put into my running during the week as well as calming my mind.  **This was most likely because Damien Rice’s – The Blower’s Daughter was playing (a semi-depressing song that I have always loved).** I am happy that Stacy shared some appreciation for this song as well! Anyway, I do not want to give that feeling up. I now will be adding a weekly yoga class into my marathon training schedule. I want to stretch, strengthen my body and relax. Yoga (especially this class at Sangha House) was able to do this for me so I will be back.

After class I went to get a drink with a few of the girls from class (Beth, Annie, Katherine and Kristine) and it was great to chat with them about our common interests. Per the website, Sangha is a word that can be roughly translated roughly as a community with a common goal, vision or purpose. This event brought a number of women (and a couple of men) who practice for their own reasons into this community as well and I was happy to be a part of it!

Credit: Sangha House

Thank you Katherine and thank you Sangha House for a great night (and congrats to Abby who won an amazing outfit from Phat Buddha Wear)!

Do you practice yoga? What do you like about it?

Have you ever been to Sangha House?