I think my sleep is catching up with me. The past 2 weeks have been super busy. I don’t think I’ve seen this much of downtown Chicago in my life & my car will thank me for the rest after this coming weekend.

Last Thursday I went to #CaStrawberryTour at the Merchandise Mart hosted by @MJTam. They had some members of the California Strawberry Commision, a strawberry farmer and David Grotto. They gave us some very informative information on strawberries. Did you know that strawberries are packed in the picking field & put directly on the truck to ship to stores? I didn’t either. That’s why it’s important to clean them before we eat them.

They had a variety of recipes to try with strawberries. One was Strawberry Gazpacho. It was like a strawberry soup. One flavor I knew was in there was cucumber. The soup was sour & that’s how I eat my cucumbers. I peel, cut them up & add salt pepper and vinegar. We were discussing at the table what was in it & I said I taste cucumbers. They gave us a cook book with those recipes & many others. When I looked it up, there it was, cucumbers.

Another treat was David Grotto. He’s a diatician & author of numerous books. Not only does he know his stuff, he’s really funny & after Thursday I think he can make anyone eat their vegetables. I don’t know if I’ve told you all this, but I can only eat a few fruit whole. Strange, I know! I can eat grapefruit no problem. Strawberries I only eat in smoothies & yogurt. Any other fruit has to be in some form of creamy yogurt. It’s something about the texture I don’t like & makes me sick to the stomach. Anywho, he had us take a strawberry twizzler & a strawberry and do a bit of a taste test. I’ll be the first to say I was shocked the strawberry tasted better!

Lastly, they gave us a recipe book for giveaway. I’ll post the giveaway this Thursday so be sure to stay tuned. Do you all like strawberries & what’s your favorite way to eat them?








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  1. Wow! Who knew you could do all that with Strawberries!

  2. That strawberry pizza looks so yummy. I have a hard time turning down strawberries every time I go to the grocery store 🙂

  3. The kids love when I slice them up and toss with sweetener and mix with cream.

  4. Anything with strawberries tastes good, but I have never heared of strawberry soup “Strawberry Gazpacho”. I will have to try it sometime.

  5. Those fixings were amazing! I’d be all over those! I went there once for an event with rice, and it’s beautiful in there.

  6. OMG, I’m drooling. J’adore strawberries in all forms!

  7. mmm..love strawberries…they used to have the strawberry festival where we lived in FL…mmm…shortcake for sure…but willing to try anything…strawberries are a fav….

  8. I love stawberries! I also didn’t know they were packed in the field. That pizza and those sliders look so delicious.

  9. I love strawberries!! I didn’t know that they were packed in the picking fields. Looks like a great event!

  10. I do like strawberries and I prefer them as is or dipped in chocolate. Looks like this was a cool experience! 🙂

  11. Yum! I love strawberries!

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