Sunday, November 09, 2008

San Francisco and a Bag of Nuts

Last month my wife and I went on a business trip to the US. But we never saw each other there. Why? Because I went there two weeks earlier than her. One week after I returned to the Philippines, it was her turn.

This is me in San Francisco, California.


This is my wife in exactly the same veiw deck overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge - two weeks after I was there.


From this point you can fit the Golden Gate Bridge on your hand.


But come closer and you'll see just how big it is. This is a sample of the main cable that is almost a meter in diameter and contains 27,572 wires. This is Lilia with her cousin Riza who lives in SF.


I love nuts and on a neighborhood walk in Silicon Valley I found this bag of nuts.


The popular Ding Dong mixed nuts that me and my Mapua dorm mates used as "pulutan" back in college contained peanuts, green peas and cornik. But the mixed bag I saw there have almonds, walnuts, pepitas, pecans, pistachios plus cranberries. The combination is great and you'll munch away until there's none left. It's also a healthy mix. On a quick internet research you'll discover that you'll get antioxidants, vitamin E, omega 3, reduced cholesterol, kidney/gallbladder stone prevention, lower risk of heart disease, etc. Research on each of the ingredients and you'll see what I mean.


Everytime you pour some in you hand, the certainty of getting a different mix each time and the fact that different combinations result to subtle variations on how your next mouthfull will taste is kinda fun and exciting.

Here's another fun thing to do with this mix - exploring your EQ ability by forcing yourself to pause eating and let your artistic talent flow then create a work of art before you continue eating. Well, my wife did the following art works while I was on the side munching away her art supplies. She only managed to make two before I ate everything hehe.



I hope this kind of mixed nuts reach Manila. Maybe some of you guys out there know where I can buy this locally.


nancemartin said...

Hi Herms, I also like mixed dried fruits and nuts. Pero nakaka-tikim lang ako pag nasa business trip din and pag may dumarating na relatives from abroad. I hope to see one in SM (though matagal nang wala), text ko si Lilia if I find one. Ako din ha! Best regards... Nancy

Jescel said...

an idea is to make a similar one yourself.. get those mixednuts in cans and buy raisins and other dried fruits and mix 'em up. you can find mixed nuts in Rustans, or i believe SM has them too. and yep, it's a much healthier snack, if you don't eat the whole bag at once, that is :o)

Chris Tannery said...

Trader Joe's - a brilliant choice! You can't go wrong with their goodies if you're into organic produce.