What was I thinking? Open a Ceramics Store in Seattle? What was I smoking?!

Six years ago in 2012, I was frantically preparing to open a "Holiday Store" in the largest mall in the Northwest US - in Tukwila, Washington (a suburb of Seattle, sort of near the airport).  I had run some numbers and was convinced that the margins allowed for factory direct purchase, importation into the US, …

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When the work days don’t end in Spain

This is a tribute to the men and women of Macetas Gonzalez. Let me start by asking, "How many of us have worked long days?"  We all have probably?  Many workers face long days during seasons such as a harvest.  When the crop is ripe and the conditions are correct, days don't quit until the …

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Plate size – What’s in your Cupboard?

Straight up?  This is a post about the importance of plate size.  In the States, the average dinner plate size has increased by a third since 1960 - from 9 inches to 12 inches. Bigger plates encourage larger portions and the consumption of more calories.   In 1961, the average US citizen consumed 2,880 calories per …

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Seville Beauty Pageant – The April Fair Parade

It is April and here in Andalusia, the annual Beauty Pageant has started in Seville.  For months now the beauties of Andalusia have been on a special diet and exercising daily.  Days are counted down as each contestant's hair is brushed and they are told they are the most beautiful creation in the world. I …

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GringoCool Olive Oil, Taste Testing Parties – the Millenial Pepsi Challenge!

Since we launched our GringoCool brand of Spanish extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), we have encouraged our friends and family to hold test tastes in their neighborhoods.  We are very proud of the quality of EVOO that we sell, and we will gladly put ours in a test taste with any -mano a mano!  - bring …

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