Posts of "Market Report"

The Avocado Next Door

I love trees and I’ve never met one that I couldn’t find something beautiful about with one exception – the homely avocado tree. It’s awkward –it’s huge –it’s blossoms are indiscernible and the fruit is unapproachable. It seems like one has to wait months before you’ll ever get to taste it and it’s an inedible ...

Apple Season Is Here!

Even if I knew the world would go to pieces tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. –Martin Luther Apple season is here! So, that begs the question of what shall we do with our apples this season? Another apple pie? Now, is that what you really want? Or do you want Mojave’s Creamy ...

Panzanella Made with Whole Foods Market Cibatta

Panzanella with Whole Foods Market Cibatta: Every Friday, I purchase the Cibatta two-loaf pack from Whole Foods Market for only $3.99. First, on Friday night, the fresh cibatta is accompanied by a good glass of wine, a saucer of olive oil and grated Parmaggiano Reggiano and a plate of olives, almonds, figs and cherries while ...

LaVitaFresca at Whole Foods Market: Marshmallows

Today, I want talk about marshmallows. Marshmallows are usually spongy, plastic cylinders that our kids beg us to buy. Most jet-puffed marshmallows would, much like a Twinkie or cockroach, survive a nuclear holocaust. I happen to love marshmallows but find most quite repulsive.

Meyer Lemon Lemonade with a Mediterranean Twist

I moved into this little house ten years ago — it was early July 2000. It’s a tiny, sweet dwelling on a small lot in the LA Strip built in 1946 with many old fruit trees. The backyard is beautiful and I’ve made sure that every inch of it is used to grow or support ...

Seduced by the Pomme D’amour

Awwwwe…the tomato with its smooth shiny skin, voluptuous curves and natural beauty; so sweet and tart. You can’t help but stare…but please don’t stop there. Then you have to touch it, hold it, taste it and savor every color, shape, size and variety that you can get your hands on. It’s no wonder the French ...

Avila Beach: A Little Bit of Heaven

The first time I went to Avila Beach was when my daughter was about 2 years of age. I always took her to the Central Coast for our vacation because it was only three hours from Los Angeles and was about as long of a car ride as she and I could take.

California Farmers Market Lime Pie

I went to the Torrance Certified California Farmer’s Market on Saturday. The colors of California’s Spring bounty were breathtaking. The sweet carrots were in a rainbow of colors: purple, orange, yellow and white. The daikon radishes were bursting out of their opalescent skins just ready to be sliced up, salted and accompanied by an ice ...

Scent: Wild As The Wind

The power of scent is terribly underrated by most of us. Everyone longs for sensation — like the experience of when you see someone and it hits you like a thunderbolt as the Sicilianos call it. Frankly, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful people in my day, but looks don’t seem to strike me with ...

Chick Magnet

I thought that one of the craziest decisions that I ever made was to procure my horse Fabio, a retired and compromised polo champion as I like to remind people. At one time this horse was quite the athlete and at 26 years of age, he remains the Jack Lalanne of horses. After Fabio became ...