This time last summer you may remember I spent a day asking one simple question – “Would you like to try a cherry?”
Can you guess what I got up to today?
Need a hint?
Yes, I was again asked to help out a family acquaintance by heading into downtown Vancouver to demo Jealous Fruits cherries at the Urban Fare location in Coal Harbour. I had the day off work, so it was pretty easy to say yes to spending the day giving out fruit samples for a little compensation.
I had my little table set up in the produce department, and dutifully handed out the ruby red fruits. The vast majority of customers were impressed with the flavour, and the size of the fruit.
Speaking of size – these cherries are huge! I believe the refer to them as export grade quality/size (which makes sense, as most of Jealous Fruits cherries are exported out of Canada). Check these suckers out!
Although it was fun, it wasn’t quite as busy as last year, as I was at a different location. Just meant I had time to have a more leisurely lunch – which was perfect, because we finally have some sunny summer weather in these parts!
After much humming and hawing, I ended up getting my lunch from Urban Fare – not the location I was working at (as I wasn’t impressed with their sandwiches), but the one up the street that I demoed at last year.
The sandwich creation that caught my eye was called the Prosciutto Profundo – prosciutto, balsamic crema, curly endive, mango, honeydew, parmesan petals, on panini. Mango and melon with prosciutto in a sandwich? I had to try it.
So…the ingredient list? Misleading. First, there was no parmesan, but there was smoked gouda. Good thing I love me smoked gouda! And that was definitely not curly endive, but instead leaf lettuce. Also not a big deal, but perhaps they should change their signs?
I actually really loved the combination of flavours in the sandwich. I worried that the melon and mango might make it soggy, but they found the right way to layer the ingredients so that the bread retained its texture. The balsamic crema added a nice acidic bite, while the salty prosciutto balanced out the sweet fruit. And the smoked gouda added that extra little dimension – I actually think parmesan would have been too salty for the sandwich.
I paired my sandwich with this sparkling mineral water I spied while demoing my cherries – Edj Lithia Spring Water, natural coconut flavour.
It is described as “unsweetened, zero calories, lightly sparkling, with trace amounts of naturally occurring lithium”, from Halcyon Hot Springs in the Kootney Rockies, BC. The fact that it came in a coconut flavour pretty much had me squealing with delight in the middle of the store.
The coconut flavour is very prominent, the carbonation very subtle, with a minimal minerally flavour. As much as I hate paying for a bottle of water, it is a fun alternative to regular ol’ water when you want something with a touch of flavour that will still quench your thirst. Bonus points that the bottle is landfill biodegradable.
I spent my lunch break in the same park as last year – what can I say, it has got a great view!
After my cherry sampling shift was over, I took the opportunity to grab a few things on sale at Urban Fare. I considered just coming into downtown next week to pick them up, but realized their sales end on Saturday, so it was now or never!
I grabbed one of each flavour of those Edj waters – coconut, key lime, lemon, pink grapefruit, and cucumber mint. Expect a review on those!
And if you are a Dragon’s Den watcher (side note – totally my new favourite show), you may recognize this product…
Holy Crap – the world’s most amazing breakfast cereal. Organic, vegan, gluten free, wheat free, nut free – but not taste free! The Dragons went NUTS over this cereal. I see it on the shelves in some grocery stores (like Whole Foods), but shy away from the price tag, especially since I’m pretty sure I can recreate it myself for cheaper. But as luck would have it, it was on for a decent price, so I felt justified buying it. That way, I can make sure to get the proportions right when I do recreate it (or make my own version of it).
So there you have it – another summer day filled with cherry goodness. And I may even get the chance to do some more demos this year, if my schedule permits. Hopefully you’ve gotten to enjoy some sweet, juicy cherries this summer. If not – what are you waiting for?!