I think I must be craving chocolate right now. These are the kinds of posts you’re going to get when I stop myself from buying ice cream at the grocery store. Sorry!
I’m sitting here visualizing a scoop of ice cream (ok, more than one scoop) covered in chocolate sauce and not just any chocolate sauce. Fudge is My Life chocolate sauce is decadent and a little chewy. I’ve tried the dark chocolate flavor and let me tell you, it is GOOD! I’m able to find it in Northern California Whole Foods stores. But for those of you who don’t live near a store that carries their products, don’t fear, the internet is here!
Sorry for adding to your calorie intake this holiday season…
Visualize sunshine, an ocean breeze and inland citrus and avocado orchards. This is a perfect way to describe Ventura County in Southern California. Not only is the region beautiful, but there is a ton of citrus grown here. In fact, Santa Paula (one of the cities in this county) claims it’s the “citrus capital of the world”. Wow! Really?
It doesn’t surprise me there is a cool and unique product featuring citrus being produced in Ventura County. Ventura Limoncello makes delicious handcrafted artisanal liqueurs using an Italian family recipe and lemons sourced from this region. I was first introduced to limoncello while traveling in Italy and was excited to stumble upon this product a few years ago. It’s best served cold and is a fun and unique gift for someone special (and someone who is at least 21 years old)! Enjoy!
I have a huge appreciation for the work that goes into producing a cup of coffee. I know this because I’ve had the opportunity to spend time on two remote coffee farms in Guatemala. Harvesting the beautiful crimson coffee berries is hard work (I’ve done it!) and the rest of the steps in the process of simply getting green (unroasted) coffee beans to market are also time-consuming and labor intensive. However, the “art” of roasting and brewing coffee distinguishes the mediocre from the exceptional. Blue Bottle Coffee is a master of this art. The company strives to use organic, pesticide-free and shade grown beans which is fantastic for consumers and the growers and they make a SMOOOTH cup of joe!
For those of you who don’t live on the West or East coasts of the USA, you can visit the Blue Bottle Coffee website and purchase the beans online. For someone who appreciates a great cup of coffee, a pound of Blue Bottle Coffee makes a great gift! However, if you do have access to a Blue Bottle stand, my husband (Mr. “I drink four cups of coffee a day”) always looks forward to his afternoon Gibraltar!