Culinary Delights, What is Organic

What Frieda Rapoport Caplan Taught me

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I never personally knew Frieda Caplan, the woman who is credited with bringing many once-exotic fruits and vegetables to the United States. I knew only of her gifts—kiwifruits, habaneros, jicama and Asian pears. I was just a toddler when she opened Frieda’s Specialty Produce, the first woman-owned wholesale produce business. The ground she covered made it easier for me to open my company in 1996.

Hearing of Frieda’s passing at 96, I was profoundly touched by the outpouring of admiration and sorrow. I reached out to a few of my early colleagues who knew her. I was moved to tears by their stories.

Thus, began a series of revelations about the importance of mentoring and being mentored. Continue reading “What Frieda Rapoport Caplan Taught me”

Culinary Delights, Organic Policy and Regulations, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Dubai: A Gateway to The Middle East Market and Its Flavor

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In December, I traveled to Dubai as part of a Trade Mission with the Organic Trade Association (OTA). At the onset, I was nervous about what I had read online. A conservative Muslim culture that I knew nothing about. Well, none of it was what I expected!

I found a vibrant International culture of Westerners, South Asians, and of course, Emiratis all coexisting with tolerance and acceptance. A place of great wealth with an eye towards the future and a market that is hungry for Organic products. Continue reading “Dubai: A Gateway to The Middle East Market and Its Flavor”

Culinary Delights, What is Organic

Speaking in Tongues – How Food Idioms Pepper Our Language

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What’s in an idiom? It’s a saying, usually set down from the past, that has a very different meaning than its literal words. The words don’t mean what they say, can I say what they mean?

For instance, when I’m talking with my friend, am I actually chewing the fat? And when I’m found wrong, is there really egg on my face?

In a nutshell, idioms are phrases that we use every day, as easy as apple pie, without even realizing it. Continue reading “Speaking in Tongues – How Food Idioms Pepper Our Language”

Culinary Delights, Travel, What is Organic

A Gastronomic Gulet Getaway

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Traveling along the Turkish Turquoise Coast via Gulet is all about submitting yourself up to debauchery—one of Turkish delights.

It’s an excuse to feast on fresh Mediterranean fare while the sea tickles your hair and the sun slices the water.

The main objective of the crew is to take care of your every need and want. Specially to offer multi-course traditional meals from the Turkish Mediterranean basin. Continue reading “A Gastronomic Gulet Getaway”

Culinary Delights, Travel, What is Organic

The Sailing Gourmand: A Turkish Gulet of Local food and Local Flavors

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Once again, the Turkish Turquoise Coast has beckoned us from halfway ‘cross the world. What better way to while away an early October week than aboard a traditional Turkish sailboat?

According to our beloved Wiki: “A Gulet is a traditional design of a two-masted or three-masted wooden sailing vessel from the southwestern coast of Turkey.

Built in the coastal towns of Bodrum and Marmaris, similar vessels can be found all around the eastern Mediterranean.”

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We depart port from Bodrum on one of these mighty sailing vessels.

Continue reading “The Sailing Gourmand: A Turkish Gulet of Local food and Local Flavors”