Sneako de Scare-o (and Produce Infusion)

First things first: I’m on TV again today!  I’m in a tape piece on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where Ellen, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, scared people all over the Warner Bros. lot, using a hidden mariachi band.  Yep!  A hidden mariachi band!


Look for me at about the 1:10 mark: I’m walking to my office, carrying my lunch (salad bar).  Yep, I was totally startled, and as soon as it happened, I knew exactly who was behind it.  Enjoy!

Moving on.

Yesterday was another good food and exercise day.  I went to the gym after work, where I did 34 minutes on the elliptical (a lot of it pedaling backwards), and then 16 minutes walking on a 15 degree incline on the treadmill.  I don’t use the treadmill very often at all, as I prefer to walk or run outdoors, but it’s been a long time since I’ve incline walked, and since my neighborhood is flat flat flat, the treadmill was the way to go (and the only option at that time of night).

I also went to Whole Foods last night.  The last couple times I’ve been grocery shopping, it was quick stops where I just picked up a few necessities.  Since my fridge and countertop fruit bowl were pretty barren, so I was excited to completely stock up.  I’d say I did a pretty good job:

Starting at the top left and working clockwise, that’s a tub of spinach, broccoli, bananas, celery, a honeydew, a mini-watermelon, a cucumber, 4 Packham pears (an Australian variety similar to Anjou), yellow squash, 2 green peppers, 2 yellow champagne mangoes (more on these in the next paragraph), strawberries, braeburn apples, and mini-carrots.  This Whole Foods didn’t have any of my beloved yellow or purple carrots.

I didn’t know that there were different varieties of mangoes, did you?  I thought there was one kind of mango, and it was called a mango.  Wrong.  Here’s another picture of a yellow champagne mango:

According to the interwebs, yellow champagne mangoes are also commonly called Ataulfo mangoes (that’s actually what the sticker on my mango says), and they’re very popular in Mexico, and gaining popularity in the United States.  In fact, they’re the second-most-popular mango variety in the U.S., after the Tommy Atkins variety.

Which raises two questions:

  • Did you know that standard mangoes that you see in every supermarket are called Tommy Atkins mangoes?  Who is this Tommy Atkins anyway?
  • If Ataulfo mangoes are the second-most-popular mango variety in the U.S., does that mean that there are still other mango varieties that I haven’t seen yet?  Are mango varieties going to start popping up everywhere, like radish varieties?

I guess that was actually four questions.

After taking the produce group shot, I put all the produce away, and then realized that I forgot to include one of my purchases.  Oops.  I was too tired to re-stage the photo.  So I snapped a pic of this item solo.  Here it is:


I’ve eaten kale plenty of times, at restaurants mostly, but this is the first time that I’ve actually bought it.  And, truthfully, I’m inspired by my own blog.  I recently wrote about my officemate and friend Maggie, who’s been bringing in and sharing kale chips, and now I wanna make kale chips too!

I’ll document it when it happens, and I’ll be sure to tell you about that yellow champagne mango, too!

Keep it up, David!

11 Responses to Sneako de Scare-o (and Produce Infusion)

  1. Sheilah Lowe says:

    Kale chips are awesome–enjoy!!

  2. Jenna says:

    LOL Ellen is known for her pranks, and she really got you. Good thing is she doesn’t use them to be mean, but to make people smile.

  3. lanae says:

    The Ellen video was a hoot. I’m surprised no one had an accident! lol. I bought kale too after reading your post. Haven’t made the chips yet but today or tomorrow, hopefully.

  4. Andre' says:

    Thanks to your blog, Kale Chips are my new favorite thing. I had my friend try them and she love them. She also brought some home for her kids to try and they too loved them. We loved how much of a crunch there is. It makes you think you’re eating potato chips or something unhealthy. I made mine with Red Kale since that was the only Kale in stock at the store. I am not sure how much taste difference between that and regular Kale. It tasted great either way. It doesn’t take too long to bake. I found 15-20mins is a good cooking time at 350 degrees. The important thing is to have the Kale as dry as possible before you bake them so you’re not steaming the Kale. As for the mangoes, there are several varieties Ive come across here in my local Meijer. Im not too sure of their names. Ive bought a kind that were smaller than the average mango but more of an yellow-orange collar. They were very sweet and a smooth texture. I will have to be on the lookout for the name and let you know. Take Care!

  5. Dacia says:

    Wow! Good thing I am reading this while eating lunch or your pictures would have left me ravenous. Fruits and vegs are so yummy and pretty to look at.

    Thank you very much for the info on the mangos. I definitely had no idea that there were numerous varieties but will be on the look out going forward. If you find out any info about said Tommy Adkins please post an update 😉

  6. Lynn says:

    The Ellen video made me laugh, but you were so cool when they surprised you! I would have dropped my salad and ran. lol Scaring people in the bathroom might backfire on Ellen someday, because those people are in there for a reason. She might have to start giving out some clean Ellen underwear!
    Your produce looks great! I would give anything for a Whole Foods store in our area. I would love to try the Kale chips, but ever since my step daughter named her son Kale, I have a hard time eating it. I keep thinking she had a Gwyneth Paltrow moment by naming her child after a form of produce. LOL

  7. Jenny Dahl says:

    Here’s a little known fact I learned the hard way: mango is related to poison ivy, and if you’re allergic to poison ivy, there’s a good chance you’ll be allergic to mango, too… but only the skin! It’s got oil in it that’s similar to the urushiol that causes all the torment. I had never tried mango until a friend brought one in to work and shared it with me… cut it in half and did the pretty diced-but-still-attached to the skin cuts. I didn’t know until my lips swelled and started to itch that I should have been more circumspect in my acceptance. 🙂

  8. Pat says:

    Wow. You were scared by the Ellen Show? What was that like?

  9. I don’t know which part to !!!!!!!! about first..the yellow champagne mangoes or the hidden mariachi band…just wow.

    Life is good on Cinco de mayo, si?


  10. Nurse Karen says:

    I cracked up at that barely-there little hitch in your walk as you kept going past the Mariachi Band…”Mr. Cool”. I don’t like being startled nor scared, so I probably would have peed my pants then had an MI & died on the spot. Not pretty. However, your produce is beautiful! Way to Go, David!!!

  11. Debbie says:

    When I was on my maternity leave, a friend of mine made me a few dishes so I didn’t have to cook. He had kale in his garden and substituted spinach with kale in a spinach lasagna recipe…it was really good.

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