The Orange Shop, Citra, FL | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 28, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

Our time in Florida went by quickly, and soon enough we were on our way home. I have driven on highway 301 in Florida many times before, but I have no memory of stopping at The Citrus Shop. I’m so glad we did this time around.

There are multiple billboards on your way to the Orange Shop, so you don’t miss it, and we knew we had to stop. It has been open since 1936!

Here is a great video about the history of The Orange Shop.

It is pretty Floridian.

Side note: everyone I know that has left Florida after growing up there has very strong attachments to it. I know that I would not want to live in Florida again, but I do love visiting, and not just because my family is there.

Blue skies, palm trees, and citrus. What more could you want?

Spanish moss and seashells, in case you missed any part about this being in Florida.

The products inside the shop were wonderful, which wasn’t that surprising.

We bought two different kinds of marmalade, including the Honeybell.

Add to the list of regrets about not purchasing: pink grapefruit delicacy.

I wish I had taken a wider shot of the interior, but I did manage to capture the wall of fame, over by the coffee.

I didn’t buy any premium meat snacks, but I did enjoy the packaging quite a bit.

You buy them by the bushel.

If you are ever in or around Citra, Florida, definitely make a stop at The Orange Shop. It will not disappoint!

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Photography: Noritake Behind-the-Scenes

by Jamie Sanford on October 14, 2013

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Of course I have more images to share from the most recent Noritake photoshoot! You can see other images from the past few photoshoots here and here. Images taken with the  Sony Alpha 550 and the 50mm f/1.4 Sony Carl Zeiss lens.

Fresh fruit adds great color to the shots.

This is Pearl Noir.

More props.

More Pearl Noir, with focus on some prop florals. Aren’t they gorgeous?

The 50mm f/1.4 has a ridiculously shallow depth of field. I need to remember to crank that up next time.

More pops of color, and the handy paintbrush for dusting.

My absolute favorite prop that our fantastic stylist Alexis Anthony brought in was star anise. They made everything smell delicious.

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Montell Williams’ Juicer.

by Jamie Sanford on October 20, 2010


Why should I be getting a juicer from famed talkshow host Montell Williams?

…yeah I don’t know either.

It looks pretty legit though.

Product description:

Take a step toward better health and wellness with the HealthMaster fruit and vegetable emulsifier from Montel Williams. With its strong 1200 watt, 2HP motor and commercial-grade, stainless steel blades, this powerful pulverizer has the strength to liquefy whole fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens in just minutes–while still retaining the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

It makes a great shake–but it’s not just for drinks! In addition to being able to make your favorite juices and power smoothies with ease, this high-speed emulsifier can be used to make all-natural baby foods, salad dressings, frozen desserts, and more–you can even use it to mix ingredients for cupcakes, muffins, pizza dough, and breads. You’ll have fun experimenting–there’s 318 recipes in the included cookbook to try.

Hot, healthy foods–it makes them too. Using centrifugal friction, the HealthMaster naturally cooks foods into hearty, robust soups right in the carafe. And, it does it without stripping away important nutrients like boiling can. Your hot foods will be just as healthful as raw foods–now that’s something you’ll really warm up to.

Ready to try it for yourself? Choose your favorite color and get ready to create and taste the healthiest foods of your life. Once you have the HealthMaster Emulsifier in your kitchen, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

The Montell Williams Juicer HealthMaster Emulsifier is available from QVC for $164.52.

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Sarabeth’s Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves

by Jamie Sanford on February 17, 2010

Sarabeth's Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves

I can vouch for this product, I love visiting Chef Central and I picked up this product during a past visit.  I understand that $8.99 for some jam might seem high, but I can attest to the quality, and it is delicious.

I think that a great way to pick a host/hostess gift is to think about the morning after the event.  These preserves, with an easy-to-make recipe for a preserve delivery method, would be lovely.  Bonus points of you put the dry ingredients together in advance and give them to your host/hostess in a jar accompanying the preserves.

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