I Paid How Much For This Mango?!

July 23, 2017

I suffered major sticker shock the other day. I made a quick stop at a supermarket, to pick up a watermelon to bring to a get-together. While looking for the melons, a lady offered me a free sample of a mango. Yes, please!

It was delicious. She pointed to the Read the rest of this entry »


Healthy Food and Unhealthy Food

May 13, 2011

Let’s start with the unhealthy food.  My friend Huck, knowing my tendency to blog about Oreos (in posts like this one, ooh, and this one!) alerted me to this news story that has been popping up all over the interwebs this week.  Have you heard about the newest Oreo that Nabisco is releasing in stores this summer?

It’s called the Triple Double Oreo:


That’s a cookie, a layer of chocolate cream, another cookie, a layer of regular cream, and another cookie.  My mouth is watering just looking at it.  But I will need to stay away, though… if I get my hands on a bag of these calorie- and fat-bombs, than I will eat the entire thing.  I’ve done it before.

My question is this:  Why stop there, Nabisco?  Maybe they have bigger plans ready in case this particular product flies off the shelves (and why wouldn’t it?).  I’d like to see a DoubleStuf Triple Double Oreo – which would be the cookie above with twice as much of each layer of cream.  Then they could have a Quadruple Triple Golden Oreo, which would be cookie, cream, cookie, cream, cookie, cream, cookie, with all the cookies the vanilla flavor.  Or, why not the Fudge-Covered Peanut Butter DoubleStuf Heads or Tails Quadruple Triple Oreo, which would be chocolate cookie, peanut butter cream (x2), golden cookie, peanut butter cream (x2), chocolate cookie, peanut butter cream (x2), golden cookie – and the whole thing dipped in fudge.  Then, someone at the Texas State Fair, which is renowned for its deep-fried-food innovations, can toss the whole thing in the FryDaddy, and make a Deep-Fried Fudge-Covered Peanut Butter DoubleStuf Heads or Tails Quadruple Triple Oreo.

My god, I think I head a heart attack just thinking about it.

Let’s move on to a (much) healthier food item.  Remember the yellow champagne mangoes I recently bought?

Well, the other day, I ate ’em.  And they were delicious.  They tasted like regular mangoes, which I just learned were called Tommy Atkins mangoes, but they’re a little bit smaller, have yellow skins, and smaller, seemingly flatter pits.

Mangoes aren’t the easiest fruit to cut up, but this is how I did it.  First, I cut off the two sides of the mango, along either side of the big flat pit:

This represents, actually, a majority of the edible flesh of the mango.  There’s some remaining, clinging to the pit, which I just sucked on.  Mmmm!   For these two pieces, I then scored them:

And then, because these were very ripe (possibly a couple days overripe, even), I was able to slide a spoon along the edge, separating the flesh from the skin, and scoop out the mango pieces, like you would the flesh of an avocado.  And voila!  Mango pieces ready for my lunch bag:

Mango is so freakin’ good.  If you don’t like mango, than there’s something wrong with you.  There – I said it.

Oh, and if you ever run into my friend Huck (who showed me that bit of Oreo news), ask him what a “ho-fro” is.

Keep it up, David!


Sneako de Scare-o (and Produce Infusion)

May 5, 2011

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!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.

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:

KALE!

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!