This Is Not A Drill

On the last day of my week’s vacation on Maui, as I was getting ready for my morning walk, the Emergency Alert went off on my phone at 8:05. I glanced at the message, and heard the echo of the alarm going off on every cell phone of the hundreds of people, attending a medical trade show, who were in the same outdoor lobby area as me. It became surreal when I read the words, “Ballistic Missile Threat” and “this is not a drill.” Almost immediately, my cell phone rang. It was my daughter, Alex, calling me from our hotel room on the ninth floor. “What do I do, Mom?” “Get Continue Reading

Inspired in San Antonio

I was in San Antonio this past weekend visiting with friends and I was so happy that the hotel we were staying in had a good gym. (The Embassy Suites around Texas are pretty decent.) So, early Saturday morning, after a swig of coffee, I was down at the gym. There were not too many people working out, but there was one energetic woman running on the treadmill, sweating like crazy. As I started my treadmill walking-backwards routine, she and I began talking. Turns out, Julie (that’s her name) was … Continue reading

My favorite citrus fruit

The wonderful thing about this time of year is that California-grown citrus is in season and is being harvested daily! I have so many friends who are growers and I have learned that freshly harvested fruit can taste completely different (and better) from fruit that has been in storage. From November through March I love to try different “new crop” citrus. Last year I wrote about some wonderful things happening in the orange and mandarin world, and as each week or two goes by, different varieties become available in your … Continue reading

Fresh Inspiration: Edible Centerpieces

I was giving a tour of the Frieda’s warehouse last week, and as our visitors walked through the refrigerated coolers, opening boxes and asking questions, one of them asked, “What do you do with those cute little things?” She was referring to our spiky orange Horned Melons. I explained to her that Horned Melons (aka Kiwanos) taste like a combination of cucumber, lime and banana (but are a little slimy), and they make a great conversation piece. (We actually have a fun little video about these odd fruits on YouTube.) … Continue reading

Fresh Inspiration: Edible Centerpieces

I was giving a tour of our warehouse last week, and as our visitors walked through the refrigerated coolers, opening boxes and asking questions, one of them asked, “What do you do with those cute little things?” She was referring to our spiky orange Horned Melons. I explained to her that Horned Melons (aka Kiwanos) taste like a combination of cucumber, lime and banana (but are a little slimy), and they make a great conversation pieced. As I spoke, an idea popped into my head. Wouldn’t these Horned Melons, and … Continue reading