I grew up in Redondo Beach. I loved summertime – the weather was warm, there were good waves, lots of volleyball, body surfing – we spent as much time outside as we could. My friends and I loved to bike along The Strand that connects our beach cities from Torrance Beach to Manhattan Beach. Riding along, The Beach Boys singing “Surfing USA” would come across the radio. You could hear people up and down the beach yelling out “Redondo Beach, L.A.” when they hit that part of the song.
I have so many great memories of growing up in the South Bay. Check out this photo I found online.
One of our favorite things to do on a hot summer’s day was to ride from Redondo to Hermosa to Juicy Lucy’s. This guy had a TINY hole in the wall window in a building on the bike path, and he sold THE MOST AMAZING fruit popsicles ever! They were all fruit and full of flavor. They were so refreshing on a hot summer day, and I still kind of drool at the thought of those flavors.
I'm not just reminiscing, though; those memories are impacting some new products I'm developing; one of them is an homage to those great fruit popsicles we used to get. I’m hoping I can recreate that flavor experience for you too because it was just so good.
I'm curious – what’s your favorite flavor combination of summer?
Email me back here. It doesn’t have to be fruit-based. I mean, I have to say, the old Chart House® mudpie is a pretty happy memory too.