More Pineapple Problems?

source: www.bbc.com/news


As if pineapple did not have enough problems with all these Pineapple on Pizza haters that are free to roam the streets, there is more to be concerned about.

This weekend thousands and thousands of music fans will attend the Reading and Leeds festivals in England. It’s going to be a fun filled 4 days that includes a gazillion bands on  more than 10 different stages.

As with many large events, the festival organizers have banned things like fireworks and weapons.  At the Reading and Leeds festivals this year however, a more dangerous item has been identified.  Yep, you got it.  It’s our friend the pineapple.

Apparently, fans of the band Glass Animals love to carry around pineapples because of some lyrics?  Or something like that…..

The point is that pineapple is being singled out once again! Have you heard about Chili Peppers banned at a Red Hot Chili Pepper concert? Or Salt and Pepper shakers?  How about Meatloaf?  Ever heard about banning meatloaf sandwiches from a concert?  Or what about Bread?  I could go on but I will spare you.

Why is it that pineapple makes it such a contentious issue?

Is it that some are afraid of its magical powers?

Pineapple not only has a uniquely sweet and tart flavor that is irresistible, but it is healthy too! It’s packed with vitamin C, manganese, B- vitamins and fiber. It also contains something called Bromelain which contains enzymes that are great for your digestion.

But really it is just so delicious!

Especially on a pizza. Really.  If you don’t believe me, you have one week to try Garlic Jim’s special Pizza of the Month price for the Gourmet Hawaiian.  It is a truly tasty tropical treat. Trust me.

Ciao for now



The Great Pineapple Controversy

pineapple-jpgWe live in divided times.

It seems as though everyone these days have strong opinions on modern issues. Some of us even judge others for the way they think- and nothing divides more families around the dining room table these days than…..

Pineapple on Pizza.

Some people love it, and some people feel strongly that it is a slippery slope that could lead to pineapple on peanut butter sandwiches or pineapple chunks in macaroni and cheese.

This is the reason that it is very important to have a say in the legislative process by voting very carefully. If you are a Pro-Pineapple & Pizza Proponent, don’t come crying to me if you wake up one morning with a big fat ban in your home town on pineapple on your pizza.

Just ask the  citizens of Iceland, whose President recently said publicly that he would ban pineapple on pizza if he could!  Oh my!

Well, thankfully my friends at Garlic Jim’s are open minded on this very hot button issue.

Not only do they welcome pineapple on their pizza, but Garlic Jim’s doubles down with coconut and almonds as well.  Take that – you pizza purists!

Obviously you can see what side I am on this issue- and I am darn proud to say it.

I love pineapple on pizza! So there.

So, if you  happen to be on the fence regarding this issue, how about trying a slice of something new this month?

Garlic Jim’s Gourmet Hawaiian is a little different, but in a wonderful sort of way. That luscious pineapple that some people are so frightened of is the amazing companion for Canadian bacon, almonds and coconut.

So if you are having trouble swaying those you know to embrace your Pro-Pineapple Point of view, sharpen up your debate skills because you are going to want to share the happiness that this pizza brings.

Ciao for now












It’s Garlic Festival Time!


garlic festival

Many years ago, I was driving with my future husband to Santa Cruz, California late at night. As we were passing through a little town on Highway 101, an interesting aroma filled the car.  I glanced at him.  He glanced at me.  Finally after about 10 minutes of glancing and wondering, I casually said, “Do you smell something?”

Indeed he had.  “What the heck IS that?”  “It REALLY smells like garlic!”

The smell remained a mystery that evening, but while driving back the other direction a few days later in the daylight, that pungent smell led us to a sign:  Gilroy- Garlic Capital of the World!!

Mystery solved.

Gilroy, California grows lots of garlic.  As a matter of fact, its largest employer is Christopher Ranch, the supplier of Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza’s amazing  roasted garlic that adorns many of its pizzas.

Gilroy has made a name for itself not only for its garlic production, but for its garlic festival that has been held every year since 1979.  This eclectic and fun filled event has been growing each year and boasts almost every kind of garlic food that you can think of including garlic ice cream!  It lasts for three days and even has stars from the Food Network on hand.  The Gilroy Garlic Festival naturally has a Garlic Festival Queen and Queen’s court. These young ladies are judged on their talent, a personal interview, an on stage question, and of course- a garlic speech.  So start writing yours if you are garlicy kind of gal who is between the ages of 18-24 who would like to try out for this next year!

This year’s festival is July 28-30. If you are anywhere near Gilroy, just follow your nose- you will find it!

Ciao for now!






Reason #547 not to smoke cigarettes (and why not to lie to your parents)

Matilde_de_Áustria-Teschen.5Once upon a time there was a beautiful young lady who, like many teenagers was a bit of a rebel and didn’t tell her parents the whole truth. The young lady in this story is the Archduchess Mathilda of Austria.

One evening, Mathilda had gone to the theater in a lovely gauze dress and decided to sneak in a quick smoke while her father wasn’t watching. Unfortunately, Mathilda’s pop, Archduke Albert, suddenly showed up.  In a tragically deceptive move, Mathilda made the decision to hide the cigarette behind her very flowing and flammable dress. I probably don’t need to detail what happened next. Sadly, Mathilda did not survive this accident.

This very sad story is not just a public service announcement about the dangers of smoking and lying.  Yep, there is pizza involved.

It seems that Mathilda, was picked to marry King Umberto of Italy to strengthen ties between the two countries. When Mathilda’s life ended unexpectedly, a gal named Margherita married Umberto instead.

Margherita (a non-smoker) lived to a ripe old age of 74.  She was super popular and was often given interesting gifts. According to legend, a famous pizza maker named Raffaele Esposito created a pizza for her that was themed to represent the Italian flag- tomato, basil and mozzarella.

It was probably delicious- as is the Garlic Jim’s version of the Margherita pizza.

As sad as this story is, Archduchess Mathilda did not perish in vain!

So don’t smoke! Don’t lie!  Have a Margherita pizza instead!

Ciao for now!





More Great Tomato News!


This week there is some great news for those of us who love tomatoes and tomato products! Ohio State University just published a three year study that suggests tomato consumption cuts down our risk of skin cancer.

This is really good news for super fair skinned people like me who like to eat pizza outside in a lawn chair. 

It seems that the same compounds that give tomatoes their lovely red color might also protect our skin from damaging (but oh so warm and wonderful) rays from the sun. Previous studies have showed similar results where  Lycopene, an antioxidant that tomatoes are full of, actually prevented some redness from sun burn. Isn’t it interesting that this vegetable (yes, I know it’s a fruit smartypants- I really just like to call it a vegetable) with such a nice red color helps to keep you from getting red?

Full disclosure about the new study- it was done with mice and it seemed to work on the male mice and not the female mice.  That doesn’t bother me though, I am confident that those female mice were probably sneaking in some extra time in the tanning bed.

What we do know is that more and more evidence leads to the belief that the lovely red and juicy tomato is one of the healthiest things you can eat.

And since its the middle of July and my skin is exposed to some serious rays almost every day, I had better eat lots of tomatoes.

Good thing Garlic Jim’s is promoting its Queen Margherita pizza this month!  Olive oil and garlic infused crust, basil, roasted garlic, smooth 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese and of course  those fresh and tasty chopped tomatoes.

Being healthy is so delicious!

Ciao for now




July 8- Celebrate our independence again!

liberty bellI hope that everyone had a wonderful and celebratory July 4th! This is one of my favorite holidays for so many reasons.  I think it’s wonderful that July 4th is that it is celebrated in a summer month.  While living in Seattle can be pretty hit and miss when it comes to the weather, when it does work out- it is pretty awesome. Lounging around all day or maybe firing up the BBQ or attending a baseball game with the anticipation of a fun fireworks show when the sun goes down can’t be beat!

July 4th  is also a time to seriously reflect on just how lucky we all are to live in this country. If you haven’t heard a lot of complaining lately, you probably live under a rock.  And if you live under a rock- well I guess it doesn’t really matter what country you live in. The fact is that this system that our Founding Fathers came up with is a pretty darn good one!

Today, July 8th, is the day that the Liberty Bell was rung in the place that we now call Independence Hall.  It rang to summon the citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. If you haven’t read it since grade school you should give it a read.   Seriously.  It takes as much time as it does to page through all of the vacation pictures that someone you barely  know posted on Facebook.

Take a minute and put yourselves in the shoes of the citizens in Pennsylvania listening to the reading of the Declaration. Actually take a few minutes.  Taking yourself back to 1776 is a really good way to appreciate the amazing freedoms that we have in our country and the brave men and women who have given their lives for our comfort.

So today, July 8th, how about a second Independence Day celebration? Order yourself a pizza.  Any pizza you want!  Because you live in a free country!  ( But may I suggest the Garlic Jim’s Pizza of the Month?  It’s perfect for summer celebrations!)

Speaking of pizza, I’m pretty sure that the Founding Fathers didn’t order delivery when they were sweating over the details of this important document.  So while you are chomping on your delicious pizza that was effortlessly delivered to your front door, give these guys a genuine thank you.

Happy July 8th!

Ciao for now!



Celebrate July with Rita!


( No, not the meter maid or the gal with sweet smelling perfume….  )

Happy July 1!

Summer time is in full swing and cold, slushy, yummy margaritas are in order for just about any occasion during the summer months.

What else does July 1 mean?  It means a new Garlic Jim’s Pizza of the Month- of course! And this month there’s another Margherita for all of us to indulge in- The Queen Margherita Pizza. It is oh so perfect for a summer soiree or just a summer meal on the back porch.  I just love eating on the back porch. And eating pizza on the back porch.  Actually, I love eating pizza anywhere.  Have I mentioned that?

Ok- back to the Queen Margherita.

She is simply divine!  Garlic Jim’s uses its thin, crispy and slightly chewy garlic infused crust for this one.  Then it is topped with a lovely olive oil base, fresh basil, fresh tomatoes and that famous roasted garlic. Just a few ingredients, but the flavor is out of this world. This pizza is my favorite for summertime because it is nice and light and fresh.

It goes well with ice cold lemonade, sweet tea, a cold brew and, of course- a margarita.

Ciao for now!