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southern exposure conference day 1

WORKOUT-
30 min. Zumba (left halfway in because I didn’t care for the instructor)
30 min. on stairclimber (331 cal.)

I spent all day today at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Conference at the Caribe Royale in Orlando.

The day started with a tour of the Spice World, a company known for its garlic nationwide and headquartered right here in Orlando (who knew?).
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We weren’t allowed to take any photos inside the factory for proprietary reasons but check out this one I took outside of me and my fancy shmancy hairnet.

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Spice World makes spice blends and seasonings but their bread and butter is 95 percent garlic.
We were treated to a BBQ lunch catered by Two Breasts and a Butt and son-in-law Lou told us a little about the company’s origins.

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As the story goes, in 1948 founder Andrew Caneza borrowed $10 from his girlfriend (later wife) to start producing garlic and selling it out of the back of a station wagon in New Orleans. Almost sixty five years later, the company remains a family business but has grown to harvest over 60 millions pounds of garlic in California alone. Lou said three generations of the Caneza family work at Spice World, including 10 of the founder’s 14 grandchildren.

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Some of the Caneza family( founder Andrew Caneza is second from the right)

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Loi and I in front of a vampire’s worst nightmare

After lunch we went back to the Caribe Royale for a blogger roundtable discussion. Different produce representatives picked our brains in hopes of better understanding the mysterious ways of the elusive blogger. Apparently we’re hard to get in touch with. Again, who knew?

Here I am! Contact me, please? Kthnx.

Disclosure: Golden Sun Marketing provided entry to this event but all opinions are my own.