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My two top picks for citrus fruits: Sumo and Valencia Oranges.  For a few years now, I’ve simply ignored much of the citrus fruits when I browse for fruits at the grocery store.  The main reason was due to the labor involved in prepping the fruit before one can even enjoy it, which much of it is peeling the skin clean from the fruit’s flesh.   Within these last few months, I have ventured back into the citrus fruits category because I’ve been feeling a bit fruit deprived.  I used to frequent for apples but even that scene got a bit boring with my Fugi’s and Honey Crisps.  After nearly a dozen or so of named oranges, grape fruits, cocktail fruits and all that have been available for purchase, Sumo and Valencia Oranges are my top picks as listed above.  
I shouldn’t have been too surprised but Sumo is really darn good.  I just found out that it’s the cross between a Mandrain and the boring Navel orange! It’s basically eating a tender version of the small Cuties but in a bigger physical version.  Sweet, very tender and very easy to prepare for eating.  The downfall is the price for the fruit.  They are costly by the pound and found only at higher end shops.  I got mine at Byerly’s.
Valencia oranges are fantastic if you’re a person who enjoys cutting up the fruit and just strip eating the flesh if not only for the juice.  Valencia’s are predominately produced for the juicing industry.  It’s the main fruit for the company Florida’s Natural, the juice found in the refrigerated department with the other juices.  When you drink a cup of Florida’s Best, you can truly taste the fruit quite well indeed(not from concentrate)!  I found some big boys at CUB but you can also find these at the ethnic food stores such as Dragon Star.  
  
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My two top picks for citrus fruits: Sumo and Valencia Oranges.  For a few years now, I’ve simply ignored much of the citrus fruits when I browse for fruits at the grocery store.  The main reason was due to the labor involved in prepping the fruit before one can even enjoy it, which much of it is peeling the skin clean from the fruit’s flesh.   Within these last few months, I have ventured back into the citrus fruits category because I’ve been feeling a bit fruit deprived.  I used to frequent for apples but even that scene got a bit boring with my Fugi’s and Honey Crisps.  After nearly a dozen or so of named oranges, grape fruits, cocktail fruits and all that have been available for purchase, Sumo and Valencia Oranges are my top picks as listed above.  

I shouldn’t have been too surprised but Sumo is really darn good.  I just found out that it’s the cross between a Mandrain and the boring Navel orange! It’s basically eating a tender version of the small Cuties but in a bigger physical version.  Sweet, very tender and very easy to prepare for eating.  The downfall is the price for the fruit.  They are costly by the pound and found only at higher end shops.  I got mine at Byerly’s.

Valencia oranges are fantastic if you’re a person who enjoys cutting up the fruit and just strip eating the flesh if not only for the juice.  Valencia’s are predominately produced for the juicing industry.  It’s the main fruit for the company Florida’s Natural, the juice found in the refrigerated department with the other juices.  When you drink a cup of Florida’s Best, you can truly taste the fruit quite well indeed(not from concentrate)!  I found some big boys at CUB but you can also find these at the ethnic food stores such as Dragon Star.  

 

4.18.14

I hate good-byes. I simply hate them.  After some more time spent training all day today over at Maplewood for work, I rushed back to Golden Valley at the end of the day to meetup with my coworkers at Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant.  My coworker Ian is leaving us as of today at Second Harvest.  I’ve only gotten to know him since my short time at the facility but he is one big gentle kind guy.  Our facility doesn’t staff too many so everyone sort of knows each other well.  We also are very team oriented so it makes the bonds even tighter.  Ian is just the most kind hearted war vet I know.  He’s done 4 war tours in the military, black, 6’ 4”, 300Ibs, the most gentle personality I’ve come to know, mid-30’s, always smiling.  I had to have him sit down so I could hug him a few times over 30 minutes because that dude is too dang tall.  Saying our farewell got me teared up even sheesh.  He’s returning to his home state of Louisiana after many many years due to family matters down there.  He’s a country boy, grown in the fields of cotton and tobacco.  Gonna miss that guy a lot.  =(  He was our main Shipping and Receiving person who did a fine job while at it.  I only saw him for 30 minutes before everyone left because I got there late and I had to go meetup with a volunteer for his appreciation dinner with two of my other coworkers

i lost you, all of you and now i have to build you from the ground up again.  life is almost meaningless without you.  all the trouble i’ve endured ever since you’ve come into my life, trying to maintain this relationship with you and trying to keep you going.  from the lowest pits to the my greatest feats, you lay the soundtrack to my life.  the late night working to invest in what i had in you.  the late nights that you kept me up and enough to keep up the energy of a hundred people at a time.  for the second time around, this is me putting out my honest effort to rebuild what i had from ground zero, literally.  it’s all good.  we all start somewhere and we all start fresh the second time around.  this time, i’ll recollect what i can remember from what i used to have and what i once enjoyed with you, of you.  i’m not going to say it’s easy, it was tough enough for me to have maintained what i had when i last lost you, all of you, but only the most pure remains and from recollection, i will bring you back into my life.  sometimes i despise you because you push me to the edge yet it is you who also pull me back when i’m standing on the edge.  this complicated matter of mine alone.  this time, i finally have you to myself and i’ll share your goodness with the world, with those around me.  Purple Rain, i finally have you.  i’ve thought about you since last summer before all fell through and then i lost you too even before i had you.  i made an honest choice and i bought you through Itunes because i simply couldn’t live without you.  your soothing melody yet of woeful wonders that captures my spirit in the current condition.  with you, i am out to reclaim what was mine, what i built my temple with, through tunes and through the expressive lyrics that for years kept me going. all lost but found, one song at a time. 

(Due to high Copy Right protection, 99% of Prince’s songs are only accessible if purchased legally.  This is why gaining access to listen to his song, not to mention his most popular song, ‘Purple Rain,’ have bothered me for so long. No longer concerned for only 68 cents off Itunes).

4.17.14

I strongly dislike if not hate the thought, if not fact, that in life, one accidental mistake can change life forever. A thought I had while driving home tonight.  Keeps me on my toes. Life. 

Gassed up before I came home from work.  I went inside to buy lottery tickets.  I wanted 5 Megamillions.  The clerk suggested I buy a Powerball ticket that had already been printed with the Powerplay Option in play.  He said he had a good feeling about the ticket because an elderly lady requested it but ended up not paying for it and his logic is that most winners are old folks, hence I will have good luck because it’s essentially a ticket from a potential old person winner.  This clerk’s always been good to me and I know he needed to sell the ticket in order to make his book-keeping at the end of the night easy without deducting loss in his store.  I told him I’d give him 10k should I hit.  He said “that’d be nice” and I left with the ticket and two Megamillions.  

I dropped off a Temp Coworker on the Northside by Penn and Lowry.  We also dropped by the Union Liquor store for some 40’s.  Man, that store is busy as heck on a Thursday night! Errbody must be thirsty as heck, not to mention, it’s definitely a hood liquor sto’ fosho!   

4.9.14

Popped some bottles with Jim in the back of Second Harvest after we clocked out of work tonight.  It was great being out under the stars after having been cooped up inside after dark for so many months of cold.  Bottles of my choice next time.  After a long day of work, it’s nice to just kick it in the parking lot. =D!

Went over to Maplewood today for the New Employee Get together Luncheon at noon.  The Distribution Center there is pretty big compared to our facility.

Came home near 11PM and mad grubbed while watching GOT. Life is good. 

3.30.14

Today was such a gorgeous day.  I felt that warm sunshine against my scalp, that was such a great feeling.  The grass slowing popping out green in some places.  The tulips are coming out already too!  Soon enough the winter birds will be gone for the summer again.  

I was reminded yesterday how excited I am to put on a cap again.  I find it funny how I’ve enjoyed wearing caps years go and I’m looking forward again to being able to do so =)

I’ve been eating all day but I think the multiple trips to the bathroom balanced that out; I ate too much pepper throughout the day.  I also bought a big bag of Famous Amos cookies from Costco so I’ve been chowing down on those with milk all day too! So yummy! I’ve always loved those cookies and I’ve only remember getting them from vending machines because I couldn’t find them anywhere else? 

Gah, it’s good to have a lazy nothing to do-not do anything kind of Sunday.  Just music and movies all day long.  =)

Gotta go in tomorrow for some medical training at work tomorrow for a few hours then lunch with Jimbo afterwards! 

I’ll also go checkout the river tomorrow.  Can’t miss out on Spring Crappie action this year!

Perhaps I’ll start hitting the trails tomorrow as well? We’ll see! =)))

You should holla at yo boy ;)

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