Trade Shows and all that comes with them

by Joanne on May 21, 2012


Trade shows: I’m not talking trade shows that we attend as runners or foodies or even wine tasting events, I’m talking the work kind when we are the exhibitors and it’s ALL work.

The trade show we are working this week is in Philadelphia. The Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show. Even though my partner and I arrived late in the afternoon on Monday, the show hall was so far from being set up, it was surprising.

We thought we would be late and one of the last exhibitors to get our booth ready.

Not the case. Even though the hall closes at 5 pm. it looks like those folks are going to be working through the night.

After set up:

We had a long drive from Utica and didn’t stop for lunch. A few nuts and raisins were all that got me to 5 pm. Once in my room, I took out something to get to dinner.

Arbonne Essentials Chocolate flavored bar.

It’s new on the Arbonne block but follows the same strict Arbonne vegan friendly guidelines. It’s not hard, not super soft, not overly chewy. To be honest, it’s pretty good.

Nutrition: 48 g bar is 170 calories, 35 from fat (4g), No trans fat, 1.5g saturated fat. Sodium is 140 mg, Potassium 180 mg, Carbs are 26g with 4g from fiber and 7g from sugar. Protein is about average at 9g.

What’s in it?

Brown rice syrup, Brown rice protein, pumpkin seeds, water, crisp rice, pea protein isolate, alkalized cocoa, chicory fiber, oats, dates, cocoa butter, glycerin, natural flavors, quinoa, sunflower lecithin, and sea salt.

I’ve been enjoying the bar as a pre-workout snack (because of the carbs) as well as a post workout snack (because of the protein). I also enjoy the bar during the course of the day when I have the munchies, nibbling at one bar, little by little, throughout an 8 hour work day.

I also brought a shake with me.

Since I’m staying at a Residence Inn, my room has a fridge so I can stock it with stuff I normally eat and drink.

But having that little kitchenette doesn’t stop a foodie gal from enjoying a good dinner at a restaurant around the corner

McCormick & Schmicks : At McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, we are committed to culinary excellence. We demonstrate our commitment by offering; the largest selection of the freshest seafood, seasonal dishes prepared with local ingredients and regional chef-inspired preparations.

It was good!  The seafood cioppino (an assortment of fresh fish and shellfish steamed in tomato wine broth)

It wasn’t a huge dish but the perfect size coupled with a crisp mixed green, candied walnut side salad and lots of (Oh No! Not BREAD!) sour dough bread.

After dinner and on the walk home, a big, hot, fresh cup of Dunkin Donuts java to keep me up all night and enjoy the view from my room

It’s not like looking out our back window at home, mostly dark, with only the flowing creek to break the silence on a late May night.

Downtown Philadelphia. Here I am again and hoping for another successful trip. 

Do you have a favorite chain restaurant that you’ll go to no matter what city you’re visiting?

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  • At 2012.05.22 10:29, Johnny said:

    Oh my goodness, that McCormick and Schmidt’s meal looks so good! You just got me hungry. How was it?

    • At 2012.05.22 12:37, CJ at Food Stories said:

      I used to work for a company that did trade shows a lot. It was so fun travelling, setting up and marketing your stuff. When I travel, I always try to get a room with a fridge, too 🙂

      • At 2012.05.23 12:08, Gera@Sweets Foods Blog said:

        Ohh trade shows, I go often for work and to explore new products & markets.

        But I didn’t try those chocolate bars in middle of the show, 170 cals is ok for me, at least three of them are equivalent to run 40 mins+-, I can handle that 🙂



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