Rarely do I talk about work on the blog, but I thought it would be fun to share a “day at a food show” with you all.

I’ve been doing food shows for about 4 years and I’ve certainly learned a lot along the way. I should probably say my stomach has learned a lot along the way.

Saturday 7.2.11 – Gluten Intolerance Group Show – Orlando, Fl

7:15 Realize I’ve overslept. Roll out of bed and down to the fitness center for a quick 25 minute treadmill workout.

Lesson #1: Always, always bring work out clothes, shoes, etc. Even if you end up not using them or not having time, if you DO have the chance, you’ll be really glad you have them.

Breakfast: Coffee + water + 2 hard boiled eggs + apple + raw macadamia butter

Lesson #2: Always start the day off with a decent breakfast. Or you’ll be snacking the ENTIRE day. (Trust me, it took me a long time to finally learn this)

Make an endless amount of Gluten-Free Quesadillas – always a favorite at these events. Simultaneously, resist the urge to eat half of the brownies you cut up. :)


Snack on a few kale chips before lunch.

Lesson #3: Bring your own snacks/typical snacks – there are never veggies at food shows, and always an abundance of sweets.

Lunch: Caesar Salad +salmon + roasted vegetables. This was a really good conference lunch – it was delicious!

Lesson #4: Eat a real lunch. Eating all samples will leave you with a belly ache and completely unsatisfied.

Snack on some GF Quesadilla pieces, because they are good and taste a GF cupcake. Resist all other show snacks. (Gets a lot easier after you’ve done a ton of them.)

The pool looked to inviting to skip so after the show ended, I grabbed my book, a beer and a seat in the sun. I drank 1/2 my beer, read about marketing remarkable products and literally turned into a pile of sweat. I decided not to pack a swim suit on this trip, because I’ve never had time to use them in the past.

Lesson #5: Always pack a swim suit – even if you don’t think you’ll have a chance to use it.

Then it was time for a rest and some computer work, along with Diners, Drive ins and Dives and some kale chips. (A rather awful combo to be completely honest as Guy was touring the country on the search for BBQ and I was hungry ;) ) I was really wishing I had some hummus on hand for a little snack, but no such luck so I stuck with part of a go picnic meal.

Dinner was interesting. We headed to the Boardwalk at Epcot and stopped into the ESPN Club for a drink. When it came time to head somewhere for dinner and we asked the bartender for a dinner recommendation, he laughed, reminded us that it was a holiday weekend and we DIDN’T have a reservation, told us we were eating there and handed us a menu. We laughed, realizing it was a little crazy that we would just be able to walk in somewhere :)

Dinner: I had trouble deciding between the two most opposite items on the menu – the Muffaletta Burger and the Veggie-Hummus Sandwich. I ended up making a great decision on the burger and ate about half of the burger and fries, leaving pleasantly full.

Lesson # 6: Order what you are craving! When I’m in the mood for a burger and fries I get one – I eat plenty of salads and veggie sandwiches to balance it all out!

I hope you enjoyed this twist on the daily eats posts!