Where Am I?

by jenna on June 5, 2010

Mornin’!

I’m currently in a seminar on EPA, DHA and ALA and loving it! Those are omega-3 fatty acids, by the way, and my brain is being stretched by all this new information.

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Being here and taking notes on sustainability and nutritional information makes me feel like I’m back in school. I miss school…..very much.

Some quick facts about what the heck is going on. I was invited to come to Philadelphia by New Harvest, a brand new company that has made the first completely vegetarian source of omega-3 oil. Usually, people take a fish oil supplement to get their omega-3′s, but what are people that don’t eat fish supposed to do?

Personally, I love fish but don’t eat it twice a week like the American Heart Association recommends. I’ve also never taken a fish oil supplement (I actually don’t take any supplements at all) and was pretty clueless about the whole thing.

This is really eye opening and interesting for me. All day today we are learning about the benefits of non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acids….we are also partaking in a vegetarian cooking class and going to The Giant Heart exhibit at the Franklin Institute, which is what I’m super excited about!

I’m not going to go into every detail on dinner last night because you’ve probably read about it on 4000 blogs by now, but it was pretty epic. We ate here and I ate pretty much everything on the menu.

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We ate. We drank. We bonded.

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An early morning wake-up call was rough. I was in the middle of a lovely dream about Flying Goat Coffee and felt like it was 4am. Not cool.
I was much less a cranky giant after I ate.

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Hotel breakfast buffet. Eggs, half a bagel and fruit…I didn’t eat that yogurt.
I’m off to drink 356 cups of black tea. Be back with fun omega-3 facts and my thoughts about the supplement.
**Disclaimer: New Harvest did send me to Philadelphia to learn more about their product but the views I express on this blog are completely and totally my opinion alone.

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 5, 2010 at 7:25 am

That’s so cool! I was wondering what you guys were actually doing in Philly together…
That meal sounds amazing!
And how interesting about the omega 3 supplement. I never really thought about what vegetarians were supposed to do…

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Paige (Running Around Normal) June 5, 2010 at 7:31 am

I’ve always thought about getting those fishy omega-3′s and being vegetarian. I’ve just been taking flax seed oil, but this sounds very intriguing!

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jenny June 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

Sounds like an interesting product, as a vegetarian, it’s something I’ll definitely be looking into

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Ellie June 5, 2010 at 7:38 am

Sounds cool! I guess I’ve never thought about omega 3′s for vegetarians but it’s a good point. Do we absorb omega 3′s in pill form the same way we do omega 3′s in fish?
enjoy your trip

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Sarah (OC2Seattle) June 5, 2010 at 7:38 am

I’m impressed by the amount of fresh fruit at the hotel breakfast buffet – very nice. I’ve been taking Omega-3 supplements for years – not sure if they help but I figure they help balance out all those Omega-6s we get from corn fed beef, pork, chicken, and yes, even some farmed fish (why I stick to wild). Can’t wait to hear about all you learn!

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A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 5, 2010 at 7:41 am

Cool, cool, cool! Can I have your job when I grow up!? :) Anddd, I’ve added some new reviews to my blog if anyone is interested.

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A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 5, 2010 at 7:42 am

Cool, cool, cool! Can I have your job when I grow up? :) Also, I’ve added my first product reviews if anyone is interested.

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks June 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

Cool, I hope you share some of the most interesting things you learned!

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Amber K @ sparkpeople June 5, 2010 at 7:58 am

I have loved reading about this same trip on the different blogs and I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say when you have the full information. I don’t eat meat, but I do take fish oil supplements for the omega-3′s, so I’m VERY curious about a better source!

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’m so glad the Philly mystery has been revealed – I kept thinking I’d missed a bunch of posts :s
Have a great time anyway, it sounds so interesting!

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Tammy (Defining Wellness) June 5, 2010 at 8:03 am

This is such a great idea . . . especially for pregnant vegetarians. I’ll be curious to hear what you think. Franklin Institute is AMAZING! My dad and I went there a million times when I was little because I was a science nerd and that’s how I liked to spend my weekends. The heart, of course, is classic. Enjoy! ;)

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

That looks like the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever seen. Usually, I end up staying at Holiday Inn Expresses when I’m on the road, and the selection is far skimpier. Think scary, neon yellow scrambled eggs and lots of muffins. Not a pretty sight.

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Suzanne de Cornelia June 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

Everything looks delicious. Interesting classes! I love school too– went to UCLA and with UCLA Coach Wooden’s passing yesterday was just thinking how terrific it would be go back to school FT.

Beautiful pic on the bottom of four great & healthy looking girls. (I’ve decided to be a girl until I’m 100).

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Erin June 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

This looks like a great event. You’re going to learn a lot!

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Kellie June 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

What a great experience. You really do have a great job!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) June 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

I love school too! So learning about all that stuff would be great.

Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 5, 2010 at 8:27 am

That restaurant looks fantastic, I need to convince my parents to take me there sometime! The small plates pictured here and on Tina’s blog are absolutely mouthwatering!

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Daisy June 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm

hahaha “you probably read it on 4000 blogs by now.” touche. your pics got the job done. what a beautiful meal.

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Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Looks like such a great seminar!! So jealous :D

Jenn

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suz June 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

What hotel were you at that offered that fabulous buffet? My husband is from Philly & we’re visiting next month. We’re staying at Hotel Palomar, where your dinner restaurant is! Can’t wait to try it!

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jenna June 6, 2010 at 6:58 am

That was hotel palomar….but we were in a conference room with a small set buffet. Not sure what the breakfast is like for the rest of the guests.

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Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life June 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I’m excited to read about what you learn!!! We’ll all learn from your knowledge!!

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