Monday, November 29, 2010

Poll of the Week - 11.29.2010

Well it’s been another unexpected break since I last posted, and I owe you guys tons of posts and then some. I’m getting my act together, though, and in the meantime – here’s a new “Poll of the Week”!

Between getting ready for Thanksgiving and getting ready for the Christmas season, I’ve spent a lot of time in the grocery store this past week. I love walking through grocery stores, looking at all of the fresh produce and soaking up holiday cheer. But the best days of all are when you stumble across Free Sample Day! I love when this happens, the whole store becomes one giant string of “free sample” serving stations - and it’s always on a day when I’m starving. It doesn’t get much better than showing up hungry to a store full of food and getting to graze your way through for free – especially in the days leading up to big food holidays, like Thanksgiving!

For this week’s “Poll of the Week”, Little Scarlet wants to know, when you’re lucky enough to show up on Free Sample Day, what’s your favorite kind of sample?

Monday, November 15, 2010

San Diego...

I’m still in San Diego, still working the neuroscience circuit. I’ve missed you all, but don’t worry - Little Scarlet will return on November 22, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

See you all in a week!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Poll of the Week - 11.01.2010

I was picking up some last minute Halloween candy at CVS this weekend and couldn’t find any candy corn. I was scouring the shelves looking for this all-important staple, when I found myself face-to-face with a bag of red-and-green peanut M&Ms. I took another look, and sure enough – the rest of the candy aisle was all Christmas candy!! Now, I love Christmas more than any sane people should (it’s a family trait), but I very firmly believe that no store should stock Halloween and Christmas goodies at the same time.

And so I stood there with witches and jack o’lanterns to my left and snow angels and Christmas trees to my right, when I realized I was standing right where Thanksgiving is (sandwiched in between two highly over-commercialized holidays). And then it hit me – Thanksgiving’s only a few weeks away!!

Always the last Thursday of November, Thanksgiving comes a little earlier some years than it does others. This year, people all over the country will sit down to offer thanks on *November 25*. Thanks for friends, thanks for family, thanks for hearth and home – and thanks for food. After all, we can’t survive without it!

But for most of those people, giving thanks for food goes far beyond merely appreciating sustenance – we give thanks for stuffing and pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and green bean casserole, turkey and wine. And we thank the people who took the time and the care to arrange such wonderful menus to enjoy with their families.

So this week’s “Poll of the Week” asks, have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet?