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While The Snow Was Falling on East Coast…

January 24, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

I heard about snow storm targeting East Coast of the USA on Wednesday. As I was at the meetings in San Diego, my first thought was “I have to make it back home to Connecticut”. Originally, I was supposed to take the red eye flight on Friday, come home for a day, and then leave for the conference in Florida on Sunday. I called travel agent right away, and moved my flight back to Newark to the middle of the day on Friday, and Florida flight to Monday morning – and felt pretty comfortable that I dealt well with upcoming storm.

Only on Friday, when I was practically ready to start moving to the airport, I got a message on my phone any air traveler is dreading the most: “your flight had been cancelled”… The thought of my family dealing with the snow on their own was practically unbearable. After talking to the travel agent, the truth settled in – I will not be able to make it home for the weekend, no matter how hard I will try. And yes, I will simply have to go directly to Florida without stopping in New York – no other options.

Coming out of the stupor, I realized – I have very close friends living close by in Irvine, which is about hour and half from San Diego – visiting them for the weekend would be a lot better than sitting by myself at the hotel – so Irvine it was.

My wife kept me updated on the snow situation back at home – this is what they will have to deal with today, and even for a while:

snow storm 2016,

My day looked quite different – I discovered a Farmer’s Market in California. In the United States, there are two primary sources of fresh fruit and produce all year around – California and Florida, this was of course known to me. And farmer’s market is something which is not difficult to find in Connecticut, where I live – but only during the summer, mostly offering vegetables and a bit of fruit, and somehow always inciting me to challenge the authenticity of the actual “local farm” origin of that produce, seeing it sold from the pretty big trucks.

Thus farmer’s market we visited in Laguna Beach in California on Saturday in January was absolutely mind boggling experience for me as a foodie. All the citrus fruit you can imagine – grapefruit red and white, oranges, blood oranges, mandarins, Satsuma mandarins – to be honest, I don’t think I ever tasted a grapefruit which was as sweet and delicious as the one I tasted at this farmer’s market. Then you got strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears – lots of them. Everything tastes fresh, delicious and almost unreal for someone from the east coast. All sorts of vegetables, of course, almonds with lots of different preparations, walnuts, dried fruit – I can go on and on – I’m sure you can tell that I can hardly contain my excitement. So here is simply an extravaganza of colors for you, in the form of the pictures – unfortunately, blogs can’t convey taste and smell – not yet, at least:



Satsuma mandarins

Lots of beets of all colors

strawberries - I wish you could smell them




California Avocado



And then of course there were flowers:

Also, you never know then the Universe might strike back, so someone always have to be ready:

Galactic Patrol Car

Spotted on the street in Laguna Beach – couldn’t resist to include this

If you are on the East Coast, I hope your digging out was successful and not super-tiring, so you can now relax with the glass of wine or whatever your heart’s desires. I’m off to continue flying. Cheers!

  1. January 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I am so jealous of all that beautiful produce OMG!! I got up at 7AM and started digging myself out here, 30 inches in Brooklyn, I had to do my shoveling in 3 parts, because the snow was very heavy and it was so tiring lifting it. I deserve a great glass of wine tonight I think. Lovely trip Anatoli, looks like paradise to me.

    • talkavino
      January 24, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      I hear you Suzanne – please stay warm and safe.

  2. January 24, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Anatoli! We have about 2-1/2 feet on the ground here in Virginia, with drifting snow to about 4 feet. My boys got our driveway dug out to the street . . . they are SPENT!! I think it’s going to be wine time here in a few minutes!! Safe travels home!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:52 am

      Thanks Kirsten! Yeah, this is A LOT of snow to deal with …

  3. January 24, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I think you were better off not trying to get home! That farmer’s market produce looks amazing. Enjoy!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Well, to a degree – yes, however, I would prefer to be at home 🙂

  4. January 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What a treat to be surrounded by all that gorgeous color in the middle of winter!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Yes, it was a pure treat – both color and, most importantly, the taste!

  5. January 24, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    It took Mike4 1/2 hours!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:55 am

      Yes, there was a lot of snow for sure…

  6. Emil
    January 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Looks amazing! Glad you are not in the middle of this mess. Enjoy the warmth 🙂
    We cleaned up the snow, pulled down the shades and pretended it was spring for the rest of the day. Now I am sipping the last of my wine after finishing pasta primavera and looking forward to my espresso. 🙂 Have a safe flight!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:56 am

      Thanks. Well, your dinner for sure was well earned 🙂

  7. January 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I loved your beautiful photos! Safe travels! 🙂

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thank you Tonya!

  8. January 24, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Lovely photos; am sure the first hand experience was amazing. Travel safe and enjoy getting home at the end.

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks! Yes, definitely looking forward to getting back home…

  9. January 25, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Oh well! If it can be of any consolation, Stefano is still in Milan. His flight got cancelled twice! Thank goodness, I have the kindest neighbor on earth and he did the dirty work!
    Your pics are wonderful: a dream coming true also in light of what we have to deal with here!
    Enjoy the warm weather, my friend!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you my friend, yes, I’m enjoying warm weather at the moment. Hope Stefano will get home soon!

  10. January 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I would say this cancellation worked in your favor! Great photos.

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, you are right – it was a very nice experience.

  11. January 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I hope your family is okay. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend in sunny CA!

    • talkavino
      January 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Michelle – family did fine. And yes, it was a great experience!

  12. January 28, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Beautiful produce!

  13. January 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Adore a virtual snoop round other people’s farmers markets. I have no experience or comprehension of that level of snow fall. Hope everyone is safe and warm.

  14. January 31, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Wow! Such beautiful photos! Isn’t it funny the variety of climates we have within one country? One side is snowed under while the other has a warm farmer’s market. Cheers

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