Special to The Enterprise
Fresh from the garden of my cluttered mind, hereÕs a bouquet of suggestions, just in time for spring. Kind of my own version of spring cleaning, without the rubbish.
First up: CafŽ Mediterranee. If you read my last column, you know how much my family loves this place, even though it no longer offers ponchik, (a specialty dessert requiring two days of preparation) on the menu. Turns out my whining ÒshakedownÓ was successful. Janet, the owner, prepared a special batch for my son, which garnered the same display of gratitude IÕd expect from him if homework were suddenly banished.
The good news is, although Janet no longer serves ponchik on a regular basis, (see prep time above), she will accept special orders in large quantities, provided the lead time is reasonable. Think of the CafŽ next time you host a party and find yourself needing to offload some of the work. The ponchik is to die for, as are all the desserts.
Speaking of death, IÕve been fielding questions about the disappearance of my least favorite hereditary trait: dark circles under my eyes. In the natural, they look like NFL-certified eye black.
As it turns out, the answer is vitamin E serum, compounded by El Macero Pharmacy. I apply it before bed, and no matter what IÕve been up to the night before, I no longer receive scrutinizing stares in the morning. Skip the flashy, expensive cosmetic counters and opt for this affordable solution instead. (YouÕll love the vitamin A serum as well.)
When it first opened, El Macero Pharmacy received my no-cash, no-trophy honor of distinction Ñ Best New Business of the Year. I award this each January, but when it came time to choose this yearÕs winner, I was too distraught by all the empty storefronts to make a decision. My mood improved this spring, however, when I noticed the business community was suddenly procreating like wild Arboretum ducks.
So, without further adieu, the winner is … Westlake IGA. The new West Davis grocer is small, but, as we all know, size doesnÕt matter. This is a full-scale market. It offers high-quality goods,
favored brands and plenty of variety. The mastermind behind this business is obviously clever. I say we put the CEO on task to resolve other pressing matters, like a sensible Fifth Street solution Ñ one that lets me drive faster than I already do.
As with any spring cleaning, I saved the most unsavory task for last, and though it isnÕt in my usual scope (Davis-based businesses), I canÕt help but make an exception.
Back in March, I was practicing yoga and listening to smooth jazz on KSSJ, 94.7 FM, when the commercial-free music was interrupted. A soothing voice told me I was an appreciated listener … Ommmm … that it had been a pleasure to play my favorite music … OMMMM … but that a business decision had been made to transform the station into trash …
OMMMYGOD! Just like that, they signed off without so much as a namaste.
My yoga teacher tells me distractions are only a problem if we make them so, but in this case, that station manager inspired a new pose. I call it the single-digit salutation.
No chant, breath or cleaning supply will fix this mess, but for those who loved KSSJ as I did, there is small comfort in the continuation of the Smooth Jazz Concert Series. Check out http://www.huskyshows.com for details.
Ñ Heidy Kellison lives and shops in Davis. Her column appears monthly. Reach her at [email protected]