Show 236, August 12, 2017: Patricia Greenberg, The Fitness Gourmet. Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks

Patricia GreenbergNutritionist & Chef Patricia Greenberg runs The Fitness Gourmet ushering in a new era of bite-size livable health, nutrition and fitness solutions.

Her new cookbook, written with her teen-age daughter, Gabriella, is Scrumptious Sandwiches, Salads and Snacks – Simple, healthy recipes, for school, work and home. The book contains 50 light and nutritious recipes using ingredients that you already have in your kitchen. It’s a perfect resource for back to school. Also ideal for college students living near campus in apartments or dorms.

As a working parent, a teenager, a busy professional, single parent, young couple, or caretaker, this collection of scrumptious, simple, and healthy recipes will help you learn to prepare foods that taste good and are good for you. For on the go, as well as at home, made with readily available ingredients that are simple to prepare.

As a handy sidebar each recipe has the up-to-date Nutrition Facts label you see on packaged food goods at the supermarket.

We’ll chat about healthy eating that also tastes really good with The Fitness Gourmet.



Show 39, August 24, 2013: Kevin Davis, President and CEO of Bristol Farms

Bristol Farms CEO Kevin Davis with Jet TilaMr. Davis was a 21-year veteran of Ralphs before joining Bristol Farms as executive vice president in 1996. He was later named President and CEO in 1997. In 2010 Davis and his management team purchased the 12-store Bristol Farms and returned it to local ownership. They also own the popular Lazy Acres stores in Santa Barbara and Long Beach.

The Santa Monica store represents something very special for Bristol. There is more selling space there than in the other stores. Also in addition to the signature fresh foods there are more everyday household items available so the store is designed as a one-stop shop for all of their customers’ needs. It has the largest wine department of any of their units and also has an in-house smoker for meats. Think chicken and brisket…



Show 36, July 20, 2013: Customer Service and Speculoos Cookie Butter

SupermarketProducer Andy sounded off about a less than satisfactory customer service story he experienced at his neighborhood chain grocery store. Is it acceptable customer service for a store employee to shrug off a simple customer request when the employee didn’t have a clue where a common item was stocked in his area. Shouldn’t a store employee have enough training and basic initiative to instead go ask  a co-worker who knows instead of giving up?

Next we jumped into the Speculoos Cookie Butter craze playing out at a Trader Joe’s near you.

Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe'sSpeculoos Cookie Butter is made by a small Danish company and is apparently a Trader Joe’s exclusive in the U.S. It comes in both a smooth and crunchy version. It tastes like the best fresh ginger bread you ever had with a kick. It’s incredible, melted, over ice cream when used like a fudge sauce. People use it like peanut butter but it has a much richer flavor profile.

Surprisingly it’s the number one selling product in all Trader Joe’s right now, and they seemingly can’t keep it on the shelf. The crunch variety is presently out of stock and they aren’t sure when it will be back. The explanation is the manufacturer makes one version at a time. The smooth, when you can find it, is limited to the purchase of two jars per customer.

Crazy but absolutely delicious …!


Show 8, December 8, 2012: Jeff Moore – President of International Pacific Seafoods (parent of Wild Things Seafood.)

Wild Things Seafood in FullertonThe mislabeling of seafood at the retail and restaurant level is very much in the headlines and on the nightly newscasts. Jeff is an authority on seafood and he spoke clearly about what the consumer needs to know to have faith that the fish they buy in the supermarket or are served at a restaurant is really what it’s labeled as.

A lot of the mislabeling has to do with importers trying to avoid certain duties or tariffs on specific species of fish.