Living the San Francisco Dream


Where did your breakfast come from?

As he often does on Sunday morning, Gene was busy whipping up his yummy cheese and mushroom omelets today when his idle Sunday morning thoughts included:

Where does our breakfast come from?

omeletSo he read labels and discovered: our simple breakfast had ingredients from four continents.

North America

  • eggs - California (the town of Ripon not too far away - we could consider this local)
  • milk - California (likely nearby, too)
  • cheddar cheese - Vermont
  • marmalade - Canada!
  • bread - US-state unknown

South America

  • Parmesan cheese  - Argentina (funny, right?)


  • dried mushrooms - Italy


  • salt and pepper - South Africa

I'll be walking down to one of our local Farmer's Markets in a bit, where I'll be buying local produce, maybe a piece of fresh fish or some artisan bread or cheese made here in California. And I'll be thinking how amazing it is to see where our food originates and how it travels the world to end up on our tables.

cabbages at the farmers' market

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 20 commentsLottie Kendall • February 23 2014 09:59AM


Fresh and local ranks high in my book, and even more so on my plate. However, at times, those delicacies from elsewhere fill a much needed niche. Breakfast sounds yummy. I had a smoothie - boring.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

All I can say to this is that omelet looked fabulous, now I am hungry.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) over 6 years ago

Lottie - I am too hungry right now to think about where it comes from - but I am sure half of it comes from your neck of the woods, not mine.

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Lottie, great reminder how dependent we are for our food and something as basic and often taken for granted as breakfast! Santa Fe has an awesome Farmer's Market with a range of food grown and/or raised with TLC in New Mexico. 

Posted by Emily Medvec, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (eXp Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

Lottie - I'm so envious that you have a year-around farmer's market in San Francisco.  It's a great way to get so many locally produced items.

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

The picture is so great that makes me hungry. I probably need to go to IHOP now.

Posted by Bahman Davani, CM at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055, Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX (Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas) over 6 years ago

Lottie, One of the many things I like about Whole Foods is that I can get a lot of local fresh and well as local just about anything. Of course, I'm into Organic now which they have a lot of that too. 

That looks like a great breakfast ... followed by shopping for produce at a local Farmer's Market ... what a great start to any day.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Debb, smoothies are anything but boring--delicious!

Scott-LOL! Gene will ask if I'd like an omelet -I've never said 'no.'

Dagny, we were surprised - 4 continents??


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Emily, I chatted with some of the vendors at our local farmer's market today; water issues will be affecting some of our availability and definitely prices soon. I wore my Active Rain "let it rain" shirt, my version of a rain dance, and a great conversation starter.

Laura, many farmers' markets in San Francisco are open year round; others in the suburban areas are seasonal.

Bahman, pictures of food usually make me hungry, too. Hope you enjoyed your meals, wherever you ate them.

Kathleen, we like Whole Foods too, and the closest one is only 5 blocks away! Their organic blueberries are superb!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Hi Lottie, You're making my stomach growl and it's much too late for me to eat!  I'll have to come back and read this again in the morning for inspiration.  Thank you for sharing the great ideas!

Posted by Rebecca Foresee, Let's foresee the possibilities . and get results! (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 6 years ago

Good morning Lottie. I have to do my workout first, but will look forward to a great breakfast as soon as I am done.

Make it a great week!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Lottie. Looks like an International smorgasbord of food combinations. LOL

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Good morning, Rebecca -- It's time for breakfast!

Breakfast always tastes best after a workout, Joe. Enjoy yours.

Michael, we didn't intend or plan for an international smorgasbord, and were rather surprised to see from where our food emanated.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Lottie, that is interesting, and have not thought about where the ingredients are from.   Shall have to look at mine this morning!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 6 years ago

Joan, I think you'll be surprised; we were. And if I add in my coffee, the meal spreads even more.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing these interesting facts on the sources of our food. This is a good question for us to be asking about all of our meals.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 6 years ago

Sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy a Sunday Lottie. Hope your visit to the market was fruitful .

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 6 years ago

We really don't look at the origin of the food we eat, at least I don't. I just look at the ingredients. Buying domesticl if you can certainly makes the most sense.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 6 years ago

Interesting thought, Lottie.  I pay a lot of attention to what is in my food, but haven't paid as much attention from where it's from.  Probably something I should be more aware of.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 6 years ago

Hi Roy, thanks for the re-blog.

Janet, I did, indeed, enjoy the farmer's market. Visiting there is always a treat, and I came home loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Jane, fun how an idle thought made us aware of how international even common ingredients are.

John, it was interesting to us.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago