May 152014

She’s a figure skater, an activist, an entrepreneur and a busy mom.  She is Kristi Yamaguchi and she recently paired up wit Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese to share some of the ways in which she balances life.  Alpine Lace and Kristi held an event in Boston recently so that Kristi could talk a little bit about how she establishes a balance between work, family and play – and guess who was invited?  That’s right, moi!

The event was  held up on the rooftop deck of the Taj Boston hotel.  As soon as I arrived, Kristi was sharing three of her top life ingredients – the things that she needs for a happy, healthy life.

Family, Fun and Career.

alpine lace life ingredients kristi yamaguchi hers

I got to share mine, too:

alpine lace life ingredients kristi yamaguchi

I know that there is a glare on the board, but it says: Cupcakes, The beach and Disney World.

Yamaguchi became a household name in 1992 when she took the gold at the Albertville Olympics. She was named to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1998, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1999 and was inducted into the USOC Olympic Hall of Fame in 2005. Yamaguchi also founded the Always Dream Foundation, wrote two New York Times bestselling children’s books: Dream Big, Little Pig! and It’s a Big World, Little Pig! and created a line of active wear called Tsu.ya.

Kristi spoke to us about the importance of eating healthy, but one thing she said that resonated with me the most was that she encourages everyone to schedule 30 minutes of “me-time” every day to do something you love.   Whether it’s going for a walk, catching up on sleep or even tweeting – it’s important to take some time out for yourself.

As part of the event, we were given the chance to learn the rumba from two professional dancers -Liliana Jimenez and Jorge Valdez, who were both amazing.

alpine lace life ingredients kristi yamaguchi rumba

I figured that since I am a regular in Zumba class that I’d be able to get the Rumba down with no problem.  Let’s just say that it definitely wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be, but I managed.  Liliana and Jorge were excellent teachers.


We also got a chance to spend some at a pairing station as part of this event.  Guests got to try some different varieties of Alpine Lace® cheese and pair their cheese with things like crackers, jams, veggies, dips and even chocolate.

Here are Kristi’s pairings:

alpine lace life ingredients kristi yamaguchi cheese pairings

Alpine Lace® put out an amazing spread.  I ended up going with some  Swiss Cheese (my favorite), crackers, baba ganoush and some cucumber slices.   Before you ask, I went back for seconds. And thirds.
alpine lace pairings

Alpine Lace® Swiss Cheese is made with wholesome ingredients, like reduced-fat milk, so it’s better for you.

Alpine Lace® Swiss Cheese is a good source of protein, which helps maintain lean muscle, and a good source of calcium, which helps build strong bones. It is available at the deli counter, where shoppers can ask for it to be sliced fresh to exactly the thickness they want.

The Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese family of products also includes American, Muenster, Provolone and Cheddar.

Overall, it was a really fun night.  I got to meet a few of the folks from Alpine Lace, hang out with some other Boston bloggers and I have to say that Kristi is even lovelier in person than you can even imagine.  She is very laid back, down to earth and easy to talk to.

alpine lace life ingredients kristi yamaguchi bloggers

alpine lace life ingredients kristi yamaguchi blogger group

It was so great to be able to be part of this event and I can’t thank Alpine Lace enough for the invite.

  119 Responses to “Alpine Lace Deli Cheese Event With Kristi Yamaguchi”

  1. woow…that looks like 100% fun indeed..I love the dancing part..yaay to Zumba :)….I’d like to try Alpine Lace as well, now that we’re living in New York. TFS Robyn…

  2. Was she as nice in real life as she seems on tv? She is beautiful and you look great, too! How fun was the rumba?

  3. It was great to see you at this event Robin. You guys are naturals at the Rumba! What wonderful opportunity to meet Kristi – she is super nice and her advice about 30 minutes of me-time is spot on! Glad to be there too and hope to see you at future events. 🙂

  4. Looks like a fun day overall. She is so talented and keeping her name out there in great ways.

  5. Looked like a great sponsored event and love that you got meet Kristi, as well as the other bloggers from your area, too 🙂

  6. Looks like a fun event! Love me some KY and Alpine Lace!

  7. How cool! I have always loved Kristi Yamaguchi since she won the Olympics.

    Looks like a super cool event – the spread they put out looks awesome too 🙂

  8. The rumba will come in handy later on.

  9. Wow, sounds so cool!! I did a webinar with her and she was so nice! You were in Swiss cheese heaven too.

  10. I love Alpine Lace cheeses-Muenster is my absolute favorite-Swiss comes in second! I always have Muenster cheese in my refrig! That sounds like it was a really fun experience for all–The Rhumba-uh I think I will pass and watch others do that dance!

  11. You met Kristi? How cool exciting!!!! I remember watching her on the Olympics when I was a little girl- I would have been 8 during those games!

  12. I never would have noticed Alpine Lace at the store if it wasn’t for their blogger campaigns. The zumba class looks fun!

  13. I love the hot pink dress she’s got going on there! I followed her skating career, but it looks like she’s got a pretty awesome thing going on since she’s been off the ice. Also I like the varieties of cheeses Alpine Lace has.

  14. I love the buildings in the background in the last picture. 🙂 That does look like a fun event, and how cool that you got to do a dance w/professional dancers!! Aweeeeeesome!

  15. Aweeom! Looks like so much fun and and I love cheese!

  16. Awesome event!! She is such an inspiration and I love the cheese, too! 😉

  17. So cool! I love Kristi Yamaguchi!! I’m totally jealous!

  18. Well, now I’m jealous. What a fun event. Unfortunately, I’d have to decline because Swiss cheese gags me lol.

  19. How fun that you got to meet her. I need to do better about taking 30 minutes for myself every day. It’s definitely a challenge.

  20. She is someone I would absolutely love to meet. That must have been a great experience and I love the message. I definitely need to do a better job of taking time for myself.

  21. I’m SO jealous that you were able to attend such a fantastic event! I was lucky enough to catch the webinar from Kristi and Alpine Lace but to be able to meet her in person AND learn how to rumba from professionals…Priceless!

  22. Look at you getting right in there and doing the rumba! What a neat event.

  23. This sounds like an awesome event! I wouldnt be able to Rumba LOL,you looked like you did just fine!

  24. What a fun event! And you love cupcakes, the beach and Disney World – all three of my favorite things, too! I’m really craving cheese now…

  25. Love Kristi!!! What an awesome event. I loved the way they incorporated exercise and nutrition.

  26. I just love Kristi Yamaguchi! She was such an inspiration to me when I was younger. What a cool event!

  27. What a cool event. I also love that Kristi is even better in person. I love it when people we see in the spotlight for so long are totally normal and nice.

  28. Your A Supah Stah (BOSTONIAN ACCENT) Looks Like You Fun & You Met Kristy How Awesome Is This!!

  29. Looks like it was a really fun evening. I wouldn’t have learned the Rhumba I would have done the Stumbla

  30. Looked like so much fun, loved watching it on FB 🙂

  31. This is such a neat event. Looks like you had a lot of fun and it is awesome thata you got to meet celebrities. The food looked really good as well.

  32. What a COOL event! I’m not a fan of swiss cheese, but I love what they said and esp love the taking 30 mins for yourself!

  33. How fun! That looks like a fabulous event 🙂

  34. What a great event! I’ve always been a fan of Alpine Lace cheese, too. 🙂

  35. what a fun event! I got to attend a webinar with her last month and was impressed with her real personality. I’d love to meet her as well!

  36. What a privilege! How exciting you got to meet Kristi!

  37. Awesome event. That looks like so much fun.

  38. I’m jealous I want to do this kind of event. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  39. That would have been such a great time, company and all!

  40. I was able to share with her on a webinar, and was taken by her grace and how down to earth she seems her tips wee amazing and I see you had fun enjoying great healthy snacks and dancing Zumba!!!
    Glad you got to meet her in person

  41. Super cool. I have followed her for years since he is a local Bay Area person. From Fremont, Ca., right near me.

    Glad you got to meet her.

  42. Snacks and dancing, how can you go wrong?! Looks like a super fun event.

  43. That looks like fun. What a neat opportunity to meet Kristi!!

  44. Sounds like a fun event! My hubby absolutely loves Alpine Lace Swiss.

  45. How neat that you got to meet her! I remember when she was in the Olympics! It sounds like Alpine Lace put on a great event.

  46. Looks like an awesome events! I like Alpine Lace a lot.

  47. Mmmm, Alpine Lace, so yummy. I love Kristi!

  48. Lucky you, meeting Kristi Yamaguchi is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I remember seeing her skating in the Olympics years ago.

  49. I agree that “me-time” is definitely important! Love events that pack in a whole lot of fun, not just promo for their products 😉

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  50. sounds like a great experience – must have been great to sample all that yummy cheese and meet Kristi Yamaguchi!

  51. I wish I could get to attend event’s like this how on earth did you get so lucky ?

  52. Sounds like you had a great time. I love that you got to meet Kristi!

  53. I love Khristi Yamaguchi! Used to be a big fan of hers and she’s still beautiful! me time is definitely a must… although usually it takes longer than 30 minutes… 🙂

  54. What an amazing event! I adore Kristi Yamaguchi! So cool to have such a great time learning from her.

  55. That looks like a super fun event!!! How cool that you got to be a part of it.

  56. Oh my gosh. I would just hang out by the cheese table all day long…. what an event!! Yum!

  57. That sounds like an amazing event! Lucky girl! I have never tried Alpine Lace cheeses before, but I do love cheese. I will have to be on the lookout for it at our grocers!

  58. Lucky girl, I bet you had so fun! xo

  59. Now that I read about your post, I’d like to try Alpine Lace already! What you had looks fun especially the dance part. 🙂

  60. Food, dancing and great people…what a fun evening!!

  61. What a delightful event it must have been, and how fun to meet other relevant bloggers!

  62. That’s really awesome. I remember growing up watching Kristi Yamaguchi ice skate, she’s great. Looks like you had a fun and memorable time.

  63. Definitely a cool event! She looks like she’s super sweet, I hope she’s that way in real-life too! And what a spread!!!

  64. Awww! You re one lucky woman to meet such amazing figure skater and join this event too.

  65. I have been wanting to try Rumba. It just looks fun to me. It looks like it was a fabulous event.

  66. Rumba sounds like so much fun, despite the fact I have two left feet. What an amazing opportunity!

  67. What a great experience that must be! Meeting Kristi Yamaguch! You look so pretty in that floral dress.

  68. How fun!! I love cheese so this would have been a great event! 🙂

  69. How exciting. Looks like you must have had a great time. We love Swiss cheese!

  70. What a fun event! Must have been great to meet her – and eat all that delicious cheese!

  71. It looks like they packed a lot of fun into the day! I always loved watching Kristi Yamaguchi skate, it sounds like she is fun to hang out with!

  72. Looks like such a fun event!! and Alpine Lace® Swiss Cheese is one of my familiy’s favorites!

  73. She was my hero in the 90s! How awesome you got to meet kristi in person!

  74. So cool that you got to meet Kristi Yamaguchi. Plus Alpine Lace Cheese is delicious.

  75. What an awesome opportunity. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and learned a lot too!

  76. What a great chance to try something new and meet a household name!

  77. This looks like a fun event, especially with all that good cheese involved. Also, LOVE Kristi’s outfit. It’s adorable. – Katy

  78. What a fun experience! I totally agree about taking “me” time everyday that’s so important for everyone. I like that the Alpine Lace Deli Cheese is made with wholesome ingredients, that’s what I look for in my foods.

  79. Looks like you had a awesome time wish I was there with you glad you had fun!

  80. I got addicted to their cheeses when my father owned his own butcher/deli store. I have yet to find them locally where we recently moved to and hope to soon.

  81. What a neat experience, getting to meet her! That pairing station looks yummy too.

  82. Looks like a fun event, and if a Rumba junkie like you struggled… forget me. I’d be on my back flopping around like an upside down turtle.

  83. Wow, what a fun time! I would love to meet her, she seems so down to earth. I love her idea of 30 min. a day – that sounds like heaven!

  84. Oh my goodness, what a fun event! And I LOVE Kristi!!!

  85. This looks like so much fun and that cheese sounds delicious too!

  86. what an experience! She always seemed like absolute Grace — it’s nice to hear that she’s nice and laid back in person.
    Also, cheese! mmmmm…

  87. Sorta kinda pissed that I couldn’t make it to this! I have been a Kristi Y fan for years and years and salsa dancing and all the fun! Looked like a reallly fun event!

  88. I like the tip about taking 30 minutes a day of me time. I have not heard of Alpine Lace cheese. I will be on the look out for some. We are a family of cheese lovers.

  89. That looks like such a fun event! I used to love watching her figure skate on tv.

  90. I am jealous! I have loved Kristi forever (I used to really follow figure skating).

  91. I have loved Kristi for as long as I can remember. I would recreate her moves in my living room!

  92. What a great adventure for you! You got to meet some really great people. I am also envious that you got to eat all that great cheese!

  93. So cool that you got to meet her! You look excited in the photos!

  94. What an amazing opportunity! i have such a cheese weakness, I think I would have walked away with a happy belly!

  95. She was such an amazing skater , you’re so lucky yo got to met her and I love alpine by the way it’s really yummy

  96. Very cool!! Kristi Y. seems like such a sweet person. Did you have fun doing the Rumba? I bet you did!!

  97. Kristi looks like a sweetheart! And Alpine Lace cheese is at the top of our deli list every time! The kids love it.

  98. What a fun event! She was my favorite figure skater when I was a kid 😀

  99. What a fabulous night! I have to say, we were meant to be friends. Cupcakes, the beach, and DISNEY. Seriously. Why don’t you live in Florida? 🙂

  100. It sounds like you really had a great time at the event. Kristi looks so beautiful and I’m glad to hear that she’s so nice. I keep hearing about Alpine Lace, I need to try some! By the way, you can have Disney, beaches & all the cupcakes you want if you move to Florida. My brother is a pastry chef 🙂

  101. I love her emphasis on taking at least a small portion of time in your day to do something for yourself. Sometimes it’s easier said than done 😉

  102. What an amazing event to attend. Not to mention a delicious spread!

  103. My favorite figure skater, yay! She held an event for reading for kids today in San Jose, she’s awesome 🙂

  104. What a great event. Loved that you learned some moves and met kristi yamaguchi!

  105. I had no idea that she wrote children’s books! What a cool event! Love your dress, too!

  106. This looks like such a memorable event!

  107. that must have been so much fun. My girl would love to meet Kristi!

  108. I had no idea Kristi was involved in so much. She’s definitely an icon in skating. Looks like it was a wonderful event, and glad you had a good time.

  109. Looked like it was an amazing event and sounds like you had a lot of fun as well. I would have so loved to meet her.

  110. What a fun night! She looks fantastic and I love how involved she is. I’m jealous of your dance lessons. i need all the help I can get.

  111. I actually never heard of her, but she sounds like a wonderful and interesting person to meet! 🙂

  112. It sounds like a fun time!

    It’s so fun to get out and about.