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Wine and Cheese?

Just got back from a buying trip with the directors of wine, deli, and R. Field. Was a great trip to Sacramento where we met with over 400 vendors offering cheeses, specialty meats, yogurt, you name it.

We locked onto quite a few great American artisan cheeses, and some really nice French cheeses as well. Keep an eye on R. Field's selection. In short time, they should offer a wider selection of cheeses from France, all flown in.

It's Here!

I always enjoy seeing a project that our team has worked hard on come to life. And so it was with great excitement and anticipation that I viewed our new website this morning. While it is still amazing to me at some levels that so much information about companies like ours is now just a click away, such accessibility sure does make things easier than when we had to flip through telephone books, cookbooks, newspapers, and more to find what we needed!

Flower Power

Today at the office I cleaned up a mock-up arrangement we’re doing for an awards dinner next week. The flowers were two weeks old so I finally had to toss them in the rubbish but I saved a happy sunflower from the centerpieces and put it on my desk. I had to take pictures to illustrate how just one simple flower can add so much cheer – that’s the magic of flower power! As I sit here working on my laptop and looking at my monitor I feel like the sunflower is smiling at me and….well it ... more »

Acai Bowl 101

One of my favorite afternoon snacks is an acai (ah-sah-EE) bowl…I’m eating one right now! For those of you who are well-acquainted with this purple berry from Brazil you know all about the high levels of anti-oxidants and the amazing energy they pack. I am not going to go into great detail about the omega this and the vitamin something that…all that you need to know at this point is that they are delicious and a great way to bring healthy habits to your snacking.

Pasteurized? Homogenized? What’s the difference? What do they mean?

People are always asking me what the difference is between pasteurized and homogenized milk, so I thought I’d try to break it down so it’s easier for everyone to understand.

Nairagi Seafood Kit

New products hit our stores every week. Some come from big manufacturers or outside vendors while others are ones we develop ourselves. Sometimes these offerings hit the mark while at other times… well, let’s just say they might not quite meet our expectations. I suppose that’s all a part of the process of learning and innovation. But sometimes, there’s an item that really WOWs --- a product that is so good we want to tell everyone we know about it. And that’s exactly what I ... more »

Alexander Valley Vineyards' "Gewurz"

So many times, I ask a customer what they like to drink and the answer is Chardonnay... but when offered a sip of a sweeter varietal like Gewurtaminer or Reisling, they smile and often report ..YES, this is a wine I can really like!"

Wines like Rieslings and Gewurtraminers, sweeter wines are perfect for our warm Hawaii climate and foods.

Easy wine to love, hard name to pronounce... so the folks at Alexander Valley Vineyards (AVV) have made it easier for us.... they call ... more »

My Favorite Roasted Chicken

Hey Gang, thought I'd start off my inaugural post for this blog with one of my bestest favorite dishes.

I love this because it's fast, quick.... but it tastes super good too.

So, ready?

This is what you need...

1 whole chicken, about 4 pounds
1 lemon
5 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary or a few sprigs of thyme....Fresh! If you don't have, then skip it....
Olive oil
Salt and pepper (hey, indulge yourself and get some fresh ... more »

Floral Care and Handling

Hi! I’m Wendy the Flower Child and am here to help you out with all of your floral questions. Everyone is always asking me how they can make their flowers last as long as possible. Here, I’ve put together a few tips for anyone who wants to get the most out of their flowers:

•Keep cut flowers cool until you can get them into water.

•Remove any leaves that will be under water in the vase. 

•With stem under water, cut about an inch off the stem with a sharp knife or ... more »


Every once in a while, I find a wine that I know I will love. When I saw and tasted these new wines, I liked them so much that I had an entire shipment sent to Hawaii. The best part about these wines, believe it or not, is the label on each bottle. They’re just so fun and not even close to the intimidating labels that you see on most wines these days. Similar to the labels, these wines (especially the new blended wines like Menage A Trois) are easy to enjoy for all wine drinkers, old and ... more »

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