Friday, August 15, 2008

Just Call Me Trina

It always cracks me up when the baristas at Starbucks get my name wrong. It actually happens quite a lot, which is starting to make me think that I talk funny. I usually get "Gena" or "Deana," but "Trina" is a new one. I guess it's kind of fun to consider a new name for myself.

Breakfast was the usual Kashi instant oatmeal with high-fiber cereal and fruit (sliced strawberries today).

The highlight of this morning's breakfast was Barney Butter! Jennifer at Barney Butter sent me a box full of delicious samples to try... and wow, am I impressed! Barney Butter is a smooth almond butter (there's also a chunky version), but not the kind where the oil and nut butter separate and you have to stir it all together. It's actually a nice, thick spread. Barney Butter has a TON of nutty flavor (fresh roasted almonds), which is a nice twist on regular peanut butter. It is, hands down, the best almond butter I have ever tasted! I also love the individual on-the-go packets-- they're perfect for gym mornings.

Training Session

My training session at the gym this morning was great! The trainer and I were definitely on the same page about my flexibility goals, and she showed me a bunch of different stretches to help me loosen up. She also put together a full-body free weight workout that I can do at Healthworks as well as at home in my building gym. I have another session with her in a couple of weeks, so I have some time to improve a little!

Question of the Day

What is your "embarrassing" cooking (or food-related) story?

Me: I have tons and tons of embarrassing stories-- just ask Mal! I can be such a space-cadet in the kitchen sometimes! One of my classic cooking moments was when I baked a chicken, and then left the oven on all night long! We ate the chicken for dinner; I just forgot to shut off the oven! The next morning, Mal and I woke up and were surprised that it was so hot in our apartment. We immediately shut of the oven and opened all of the windows and doors. Duh! Thankfully, nothing bad happened!


VeggieGirl said...

Haha, I've had that happen too at Starbucks; and my name is EXTREMELY easy to spell/hear correctly!! :0)

Hooray for almond-butter and for a great training session!!

My embarrassing cooking (well, baking) story:

While baking cookies one time (in the early stages of my baking career; and while in a hurry!), I used 1/2 CUP of baking soda instead of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Talk about a deadly, major mistake!!

tonijo said...

I belong to Healthworks, too! It's a beautiful gym!!

How does the almond butter keep from seperating, do you know?

Tina said...


I'm not sure what keeps it from separating. I looked on the Barney Butter website, but couldn't find any information. I'll send Jennifer an email about it.

Trina said...

YAY for the name TRINA...I just think its funny because I get TINA all the time!

Awesome on the individual packets of almond butter

Calendar Eats said...

I have to say that I am lucky my name doesn'y necessarily sound/rhyme with other names so the baristas tend to get my name right- Simone. However, I do have to always spell it out for them like 5 times, so I guess that's just as bad.. haha! Maybe I should just make up a secret name like "Jane" that I just use for starbucks runs. As for my embarassing cooking story, I was making a grilled cheese sandwich for my best friend and she wanted it with american cheese. However, because I was trying to watch the season finale of the Bachelorette (my secret obsession of a show) I accidentally left the plastic wrapper on the cheese! When she bit into her sandwich and pulled out a piece of plastic with her teeth, well you can say I was beyond mortified. I guess you could say my excuse was I am gluten and dairy intolerant, but seriously, how oblivious can one be!!!

Simple and Divine said...

You know, I've always wanted to call you Trina, but felt like it was maybe taking our relationship to the next level a little too quickly ;)

So anyways, TRINE, I've had TONS of baking mishaps... One being that I tried to make bread and it turned into a dense, mcnasty blog of Y.U.C.K. Ever since then, I have been so off-put by bread, believe it or not, and this was well over six months ago, too!

Anyways, I think that the Starbucks peeps, do those name things to make their job more enjoyable! Heck, I sure would! My friend Cristin and I were at one and they spelled her name like so...C-A-R-Y-S-T-E-H-N. Carystehn. :) *chuckle, chuckle*

Mandy said...

OMG I love your oatmeal 'mug'! So cute and girly!

I say, I must pick up some almond butter, it sounds so yummy! And look at those individual packets - so cute! And convenient!

Tina said...


Jennifer already replied to my email! The separation doesn't happen because of the palm oil in the Barney Butter.

From the BB website:

What is palm oil and why is it an ingredient in Barney Butter?
Palm oil is a non-hydrogenated, healthy alternative for preventing oil separation in foods. Palm oil comes from the fruit of the palm and has a balanced fatty acid composition and is cholesterol free. It is easily digested, absorbed, and available for energy by the body unlike it's synthetic counterpart: partially hydrogenated oil, or trans fat.

Allison said...

Don't worry..I'm sure you dont talk funny.
I worked as an Sbux barista right after college, and it's darn near impossible to hear customers sometimes, between steaming milk, grinding coffee, frappucino machines and the gets tough. :) have a great weekend!

Kate said...

My name is Kate and that is another one that can't translate from my mouth to their ears.


Not good.

tonijo said...

Thank you so much Tina... I was thinking that's what it might be. I had peanut butter with palm oil in it once, and I didn't like it very much (the flavor was a bit strange)... but I think I'd be willing to give it another go (especially since those individual packets are a godsend. Why don't more companies do this?)

Thanks again for digging in and finding out! I really appreciate it.

Jenn said...

Haha! I've gotten everything too, from Jane to Jan to Jim :o)

Hmm...embarassing stories? I'm full of 'em, too! A lot of times I use too much or too little of an ingredient in a recipe because I don't read tsp. or tbsp. correctly! Oops!

Quinn said...

I always am tempted to give the baristas a totally fake name. I figure it would be one of those chances to fully change your identity.

As for embarrassing stories, I think it would have to be the first time I ever really "cooked." I mean I baked, but cooking is a different animal. It was for my boyfriend my sophomore year of college, and I thought it would be fun to make salmon. I had my Joy of Cooking cookbook all set out, and a little while into cooking, everything was going fine, we were like, "What is burning?" Well, it was the cover of the Joy of Cooking. I had it open, over a burner. I still have the cookbook, perfectly burnt with the rings of the burner on the cover. It's my first cooking "scar."

Caitlin said...

trina: you make me laugh.

love, caitlin

HangryPants said...

Tina, Thos little packets of almond butter look great! Do you know if they are sold at Stop&Shop? I can look online if you don't know.

One of my emvarassing food stories involves my first Pumpkin Loaf. I have no idea what happened, but it rose so high that it spilled over the side. Halfway through baking, I had to take it out and transfer to a new pan. The thing took like 3 hours to bake! It tasted great though.

Tina said...


It looks like you can buy Barney Butter at some Whole Foods. You can also order it directly from the BB website. Here's a link to other retail locations:

Royal said...

Imagine having a name like "Royalene" I have been called "Rosaline" "Raylene" "Josaline" its quite funny...Ill stick with Royal.

Jess said...

I, too, have had many an embarrassing kitchen story! The latest - I wanted to make a cup of tea, so I filled up the teapot, turned on the burner, got distracted...and forgot about it.

Lesson learned: Teapots melt...

HangryPants said...

Thanks Tina! Your the best food researcher. I definitely did not see it at Stop & Shop today, but I'll try WF.

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Your cheesy baked eggplant looks so good, even as left overs. I want to try that recipe.

Anonymous said...

No one ever gets my name right...I have just accepted it (and blame my parents!)

My biggest cooking/baking blunder is more of a kitchen blunder. I had a bunch of people over last summer for a party. I was making these watermelon margaritas for everyone and the ice just wouldn't crush in the blender. So I got the bright idea to use a wooden spoon to move things around. Well apparently I pushed the spoon too far down because it was destroyed in a split second with teeny tiny wooden bits every where. I had to throw away all that tequila. :(