Friday, April 23, 2010

479 Popcorn

I just tasted a sample of to-die-for popcorn! My tastebuds are excited and they feel like dancing!! The compay is 479 Popcorn from San Francisco. The founder is Jean Arnold, who has an international upbringing and trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Jean says that the ideal temperature at which to pop corn is 470 degrees fahrenheit, thus the name of her company.
You may be thinking, "what's the big deal about popcorn", so here's the scoop. There are eight different flavors of 479 popcorn, and as I said earlier, I just tasted one, namely Ginger Sesame Caramel. The sales rep for 479 Popcorn brought the GSC for me to taste and I didn't think I would like it. When I popped a kernel into my mouth, I was very pleasantly surprised. The buttery carmel and ginger erupted with a zesty, zing and tingle and lingered in my mouth long after the popcorn was gone! Wow! I haven't tried the other flavors, but based on my experience with the GSC, I have a feeling they will be a real treat! Other flavors are just as exotic: Vietnamese Cinnamon Sugar, Black Truffle & White Cheddar, Chipotle Caramel & Almonds, Fleur de Sel Caramel, Madras Curry Coconut & Cashews, Pimenton de La Vera and Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt. I think 479 Popcorn would be a good fit for my gourmet section in my gift shop!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today is Administrative Assistant's Day. I am creating a gift basket for a client's AA, and it includes aromatherapy shower steamers, chocolates, cozy socks, a candle, a purse hanger and a notebook. Who wouldn't like to receive such a gift! Gift baskets are, in my opinion, so much more fun to receive than flowers or a plant! The shower steamers are wonderful! You just place them in the shower away from direct water spray and the steam generates a wonderful aroma that soothes and relaxes. No explanation needed for candles, socks or chocolates, except that the chocolates I offer in my gift shop are superior in quality to the supermarket choices. The notebook is from Marie Osmond's collection and the purse hanger is a unique lady's accessory that has become very popular. With a purse hanger, there is always something to hang your purse on so you don't have to place it on the floor! It attaches to a table and the weight of the purse keeps it firmly in place. When I am at business meetings or luncheons, I always use my purse hanger and I always get comments on it..It gets noticed and people will visit my gift shop afterwards to pick one up!