From Cocoa Trees To Honey Pizza

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Had a chance to take in the United States Botanic Garden. 


Loved going in the greenhouse. 


The air was fresh and the flowers beautiful. 


The 2nd to last photo is a cocoa tree, which I had never seen before. 


It was incredible to me that those pods hold the amazing stuff that gives us chocolate. 


G-d’s creations are so amazing. 


Also, we went for dinner and my daughter had this amazing pizza with cheese, figs, spinach, and honey. 


I couldn’t have the dough because of my Paleo diet, but I just tasted the toppings, and it was literally like heaven. 


I was glad that the taste didn’t show up on the scale this morning. 


To me the wonderment is how our senses can literally indulge in so many wonderful things almost like the Garden of Eden. 


Thank you G-d for giving us life and the ability to enjoy your amazing creations. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Two Days–Two Scary Statistics

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(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)


Happy Presidents’ Day today!


The picture is of a snoozing guy on the Washington, D.C. metro with a scarf that looks like the American Flag.


Scary statistic of the day: 


Robots and artificial intelligence are forecast to push unemployment to 50% by 2045


Is that a good thing because people will have more time for leisure?


No says the experts…work gives live meaning, and without it we’ll all be sleeping our time away on the Metro. 

Valentine's Day

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Happy Valentine’s Day yesterday!

This photo is of luscious chocolate covered strawberries from Godiva. 

Scary statistic of the day:

About 1 in 5 people over the age of 25 (about 42 million people) has never been married, and the median age for marriage is 27 for women and 29 for men and rising.

Is this a good thing since people are perhaps further along in their education and career then and more ready to get married and have this as a priority?

No, says the research, since 50% believe that we are simply not better off with marriage and children as priorities.

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With these two holidays and statistics taken together, we are heading towards a very jobless and loveless future.

Andy’s advice for the young folks (who of course won’t listen because they are young):

1) Get married and get bliss!

2) Get a technology degree and get employed!

You can have a job and a spouse…little human-robot children to follow. 😉

Popcorn Delight

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So we made it to Florida, but the plane ride was horrible.

Spent an hour and a half on the tarmac waiting to take off because of “low clouds.”

Is that for real?  

It was raining outside and the damp air and smell on the plane was sickening.

But we made it, and in Florida, it’s always happy and nice–air was warm, the sun was out, and the people were in holiday party spirits. 

Headed straight to the pool and had a great swim–pushed myself even though still woosy from the turbulent flight.

We had a nice dinner and then stopped in this store with amazing popcorn–covered in caramel drizzle and milk chocolate. 

Only in Florida (these were no Cracker Jacks)!

The lady gave me a sample and I passed it off to my daughter and wife–oops, the one with the big chocolate gob fell on the floor.

Then we passed this tattoo place and watched this guy in the widow getting a huge tattoo on his calf of this fantastical women’s face. The lady proprietor tried to convince us to come in–ah, no thanks. 

Next was a bottle of wine for the night and back to the hotel. 

Looking forward to more adventures this week. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Wicked Good Waffles

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Just wanted to share this yummy waffle from the Wicked Waffle in Bethesda, Maryland. 

This waffle was steaming hot and had sugared flour and chocolate drizzle and had less than 200 calories!

The Wicked Waffle has all sorts of waffle sandwiches…made fresh right there in front of you. 

Grilled cheese, egg and cheese, tuna melt, tomato with mozzarella and arugula, waffle french toast, also meat waffle sandwiches (but those not kosher). 

The only food that can take on waffles is pancakes, but these wicked waffles will give any pancake a very big run for the money. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Extra Special Delivery

Valentines Delivery
I took this photo in Washington D.C. of a bicycle messenger delivery with Valentines Day treats.



He was carrying an assortment of balloons and gifts (those are hiding in the basket under the balloons)!



What do you think chocolate, flowers, or something even more romantic?



There is enough hate and hostility in the world. 



It’s wonderful when love is in the air and people show each other that they really care. 



Going home from a day at work, and what can be nicer than someone waiting for you when you get there. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

“Wicked” Contact Lists

Chocolate Technology
So two interesting things I learned today about information and communications technology.



One, technology is better when it’s chocolate. Pictured here are telephones, cell phones, and smart phones made of luscious chocolate. Only problem is that the technology is too beautiful to eat!



Two, kids these days are putting in some very creative names into their smartphones’ contact lists to identify their parents. For example, one of my daughters friends who went out with us today told me about three names her friends are currently using for their mothers:



– Birth Giver



– Financial Aid



– Mental Case



Ah, while we have to appreciate creativity in our young ones, perhaps too much of anything is no good. 



Anyway, I’m glad that I’m still “Dad” on my girls’ phones–or at least I think that what they are still calling me!  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Jewelry Kiss

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I really like these Hershey’s chocolate…earrings!



No, they are not really made out of chocolate., but they are in the shape of chocolate kisses!



There are different colors based on the gemstones of the person’s birth month. 



There are also similarly rings and necklaces in the shape of the Hershey Kisses.



What a nice way to tell someone you love them and give them a jeweled, if not chocolate, kiss. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

$5 to Plop Someone In the Face

$5 to Plop Someone In the Face

Everyone in Washington, D.C. is Spring Crazy today.

Outside, kids raising money for Strike Out Illiteracy.

For $5 donation, you get to plop a plate full of whipped cream and chocolate syrup in someone’s face.

That’s worth it! 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Fremont Street Light Show Las Vegas By Andy Blumenthal

Fremont Street has a cool free outdoor light show.

It is in the “downtown,” which is actually at the north end of the Strip (go figure).

The high-tech light show of 2.1 million bulbs is on a canopy covering 5 street blocks.

The show lasts about 5 minutes and is beautiful.

I tried to combine the overhead show with some of the faces of the people walking down the street.

Enjoyed the experience – like an IMAX and very creative.

Interesting…on the way over, took a cab and talking with the driver, he told me how one of his colleagues found a box of chocolates in his cab this week.

When he opened the box, there was $300,000 inside!

Like Forrest Gump’s mother told him, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get” – in Vegas and beyond. 😉

(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)