California Strawberry Commission Visits Boston!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | August 11, 2011 at 9:38 am
To say that I had a wonderful time in Monterey, California as I learned during my Strawberry ambassadorship is putting it mildly. The fact that I would get to relive a part of it at a local event in Boston was icing on the cake. The team from both the California Strawberry Commission and the PR agency were so wonderful that I was looking forward to seeing them again too.
It was also a lovely excuse to see the local bloggers who I really appreciated taking time out of their busy schedule to attend. I was well aware of the effect of David Grotto but was still amused to see how everyone else fell in love with his candor and style. Seriously that guy makes nutrition fun for the the rest of us. My favorite part? Twizzlers! No, I don’t eat them (I may be in the minority but I am not a fan of stuff produced with artificial colors). Anyway, he asked us each to close our eyes, smell it, lick it and then take a small bite – chewing 10 times before swallowing.
As much as I did not initially like it, I hated it more now. It tasted like crap – like I was swallowing plastic. Eww! His point was made clear when even the Twizzler lovers amongst us did not like the taste. His point of us taking more time to use all our senses to eat and doing it slowly will give us time to really taste food properly was well taken.
We repeated the steps with a strawberry and although I was a fan before but I don’t think that I have ever really tasted a strawberry with all my senses. His statement “what’s good for the heart is good for the rest of the body” hit the mark. The various strawberry inspired dishes wowed everyone but my favorite was the jazzing up of plain ole cheese melt sandwich.
Disclosure: This is part of an ambassadorship for the California Strawberry Commission!