Monthly Archives: October 2009

Frappé Classico

Here's to your health!

Here's to your health!

I didn’t have the time to go to Pier 39 this week but that’s ok. Having a simple moment for a simple indulgence closer to home was completely fine with me.

Ghirardelli chocolate. You don’t have to be in San Francisco to enjoy it. It’s available for Foodservice!

The instructions say to pour ice and water into a blender, add the Ghirardelli Frappé Classico  mix and espresso and blend until frothy. Taking a sip made my eyeballs spin and my tastebuds do a Lindy Hop. Some smoothie shops really are that busy that we need to keep a quick, quick, really quick beverage blend on hand and if such is the case with you ~ keep some Ghirardelli Frappé Classico  on the shelf.

A 12 oz.  serving takes a cup of ice, a half-cup of milk, one quarter-cup of Frappé Classico  powder and your choice of 1 to 2 shots of espresso or double-strength coffee. And you don’t even need coffee if your customers don’t want any.

Safe to say, you might even want to twist the recipe your own way should the time ever come. Ghirardelli’s website suggests that you can add your favorite syrup to it as well: raspberry, peach, orange. Try something. Experiment and let me know what you think!


San Francisco, Hawaiian Style


It gives me special pleasure to go on a Sunday afternoon walk on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Our destination was Pier 39, but for all the glory of the bay it is easy to say the journey is the destination. Pier 39 is a festival marketplace with stores, restaurants and fun-filled attractions for kids and adults alike. I enjoyed the fresh air, the sun, the bright colors of the store fronts, the diversity of the faces in the crowd, the street performers, and the sea lions clustered and sunning themselves at the far end of the pier!

Seriously, I was there for a smoothie. The place of choice; Maui Wowi Hawiian Coffee and Smoothies. Not too crowded, but it was obvious that a constant stream of return customers and / or impulse shoppers thought likewise as myself!

Maui Wowi. The ambiance itself made me just want to sit and enjoy myself even though at the moment I hadn’t even ordered yet. Bright colors and lots of entertainment for the eyes. What to buy, what to buy? Interestingly, the guys who work there seemed to be very comfortable there. So many jobs in the world can be mundane and repetitive ~ but at Maui Wowi, it was as if these guys were enjoying their day as much as any of the tourists.

Smoothies are their “signature beverages.” I had a black raspberry and boy am I glad for it. My mouth hasn’t had a splash of flavor like that in a while. And the blend? I chose “Smart Blend.” It is specifically designed to increase oxygen to the brain. Not that I suddenly felt capable of going on Jeopardy or The Cash Cab after drinking it, but an increase in alertness after hoofing it around the Embarcadero was a pleasant jolt. It added the boost without changing the flavor of the drink.

Smart Blend

“Smoothies are a great accent to the coffee line,” Maui Wowi states on their website. “They are a super snack and the perfect pick-me-up for the mid- and late-day consumers. Coffee sales will capture the morning crowds and smoothies will capture the afternoon and evening crowds. Everyone will be satisfied throughout the entire day!” Worked for me.

What exactly is a Maui Wowi Smoothie? “For 23 years, our all-natural, vitamin-packed, non-fat, Fresh Fruit Smoothies have been served throughout the country. Pre-packaged to ensure the integrity of Maui Wowi Hawaiian, our fresh fruit blends are a combination of our secret non-fat yogurt recipe with the best in tropical fruit purees and fresh fruit juices. We mix ’em to order wikiwiki with a fresh banana. They have been a cult favorite for decades. You gotta get one, their website goes on to say, and I heartily endorse that!

But all this information is for tourists like me. What about if you yourself are considering opening a franchise? Take a look at the info they share on the web: “Smoothies are where specialty coffees were 20 years ago, which at the time was a growing but also very fragmented segment. U.S. retail sales of smoothies surpassed $1.6 billion in 2005 and are expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2010.”

Going Green

Wheat Grass, Chlorella, Alfalfa Oh My!

Wheat Grass, Chlorella, Alfalfa Oh My!

The green color of vegetables is due to the presence of chlorophyll.

Some people might ask, So what? and I’ll be happy to answer that with a brief list of benefits.

  1. It assists in the growth and repair of tissues
  2. It neutralizes pollution and would be of benefit to smokers and firefighters
  3. It helps your blood carry oxygen
  4. It is useful in chelating calcium and other heavy minerals
  5. It works with vitamins A, C and E to neutralize the free radicals in your body
  6. Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer of your breath, urine and fecal waste
  7. And other benefits abound.

Sources of chlorophyll are as common as the green grasses of the earth, but there’s a smoother way than having to eat the grass.

 Need a boost?

Need a boost?

Green Blend

Green foods are legendary for their health benefits, thanks to high levels of chlorophyll, naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. Get a quick and easy dose of the most powerful greens.

Nutritional Information <br>15 Calories, <br>0 Total Fat, <br>0 Cholesterol, <br>0 Carbohydrates, <br>0 Fiber, <br>3 gms Protein, <br>0 Sugars <br>Serving Size: 1 Scoop = 4.3 Grams

Nutritional Information:

  • 15 Calories
  • 0 Total Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 0 Carbohydrates
  • 0 Fiber
  • 3 gms Protein
  • 0 Sugars

Serving Size:

  • 1 Scoop = 4.3 Grams


Wheat Grass, Spirulina, Barley Grass, Chlorella,
Alfalfa, Flax Seed, Rice Bran Solubles, Pumpkin Seed

Smoothie Business Floats Above the Economy


Bloomberg reports on October 2nd that, “For the first time, the average amount of time it takes fired employees to find a new job exceeds the length of their standard unemployment benefits.” The report goes on to say the Labor Department results show: “The jobless rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, while payrolls fell by 263,000.”

On the other hand, the smoothie industry is still experiencing growth. At about the same time the Labor Department reflected the sad employment news, Erika Engle of the Star Bulletin reported that the Tropical Smoothie chain plans on opening “10 stores in Hawaii over the next four to five years, adding to the spread of the more than 275-unit chain across the U.S.”

The public demand for smoothies seems to defy the gravity of the economy. Not everyone has money for a new car or home, but some inexpensive entertainment with friends remains prominent.

Health and nutrition are keywords in the smoothie culture. But a recent article by Mark Newman of Temple News warns that, “Some smoothies pack more than just vitamins.” He reminds the readers that fruit smoothies are a great way to satisfy hunger pains and boost energy, but to be aware that many smoothie recipes include other things besides fruit. He states, “It’s OK to enjoy one of those monster-ccino drinks with whipped cream and syrup on top once in a while, but these calorie vampires shouldn’t be a regular routine.” His advice is to make sure that your smoothie actually contains adequate amounts of fruit, and the fresher the better.

Nature's Defense

Nature's Defense

When choosing your smoothie ingredients,

don’t forget the Smoothie Essentials Blends.

Smoothie Essentials Blends 
are a wide range of functional supplements, 
delicately mixed by our herbalists 
for maximum health benefits.

Smoothie Essentials Blends contain no preservatives. We protect and preserve our Blends simply by packaging and sealing them in an airtight HDPE canister.

Add as much as you want to your smoothie. It would be very, very hard to overdose on our Blends. While there are a lot of herbs in our Blends, the safe limits of these herbs are high.

Boost Your Immunity

Boost Your Immunity