Good morning, Sara Celi here.
I love to travel. This is no secret.
I also love to eat. It's a love affair I've romanced for years, sometimes to my peril, but lately with control.
Lately and for a number of reasons, I've been spending a lot of my weekends in sunny SoCal with my husband, Sean.
It's been a nice break from the cold and wintry Midwest.
It's also given me a chance to see some of the nooks and crannies that make up the area, and a chance to see there is so much more to Los Angeles than Hollywood.
Often, this discovery involves food. In LA, there is a lot of that.
On my last visit Valentine's weekend, I stumbled on the promised land.
It happened on the Redondo Riviera, a fabled section of Redondo Beach, just two blocks from the Pacific.
You can tell by the attached photo that what I found was gelato, at the shop 22 Degrees.
Friends, we are not talking about just any gelato.
This gelato is not only made in the correct Italian way (with a smoothness that is oh so hard to replicate), it's also sold to you with full calorie information.
Nothing is held back.
Want to know how much fiber is in a serving? Got it. How many calories? No problem. If the gelato's gluten free? Not an issue.
As I looked at the 20 or so delectable selections, I saw it-- a little number I thought I recognized.
"What does the 3 mean?" I asked the clerk,but sure I already knew.
"That's for the people who are on Weight Watchers,"she said.
I couldn't believe it. That, friends, is when I took this picture.
You may not believe it, but Weight Watchers has helped me lose 37 pounds,
I am pretty open about it. I'm proud of myself. I made a decision in August 2007 to get healthy, and I have managed to do it. The real challenge comes in sticking to it.
At 22 Degrees on a February afternoon, I didn't have to worry about how a treat might affect my points for the day. I had the answer right in front of me.
My only question is, when can we get one in Cincinnati?