Today’s lunch is the favorite frozen delight the Kashi Maya Harvest. Never feels like (OR more importantly TASTE like) frozen food. I had hoped to make my lunch all week, but alas not this week. Sometime soon I will get my act together. Life is just a bit much lately.
I admire those who do think up an idea & do whatever it takes to see the dream come true. Especially when the ones benefiting from it are no the ones putting in the effort!
For example, one of the best places to eat in Wilmington, NC is Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn. The place is a legend & even has a Mongolian Grill spin off that is pretty incredible too! One of the greatest thing about Flaming Amy’s is the salsa bar! Although you can still get traditional salsa if that is what you are craving they also offer a few other selections – 8 to be exact!
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
Green Tomatillo Salsa
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Ginger Peach Salsa
Flaming Hot Salsa
Chipotle Tomatillo Salsa
Avocado Wasabi Salsa
In my opinion the Ginger Peach Salsa is pure heaven! I try others but that is the one I just keep returning to. I love adding it to everything. Serious salsa nirvana!
Needless to say I was THRILLED when I learned not only are they are great place to eat, but they are also doing great things for others! OPERATION SALSA DROP was started in response to a request for salsa to be shipped to a deployed soldier in April 2010. The mission of the “Spicy Forces Unit” is a simple yet inspiring one. Get salsa to those brave souls that can’t possibly make it in due to dedicating their lives to serving in the Armed Forces & are currently deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan. “Operation Salsa Drop is a non-profit organization created by Jay and Amy Muxworthy, owners of Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn and its sister restaurant, Flaming Amy’s Bowl, located in Wilmington, N.C.”
What really touches me is that not only do they make the salsa available to the deployed troops, but all they have to do is ask. They don’t sell it to them like some places would. They ship it to them for FREE!
They also make the special Operation Salsa Drop salsas (“Fire in the Hole!” – Flaming Hot Salsa; “Shock ‘N’ Awesome” – Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa; “TARFU” – Traditional Tomato) available for civilian purchase. In fact but purchasing the 12 oz. salsas for $4.50 each, you are enabling them to send more salsa overseas! Their method is for every one sold, they will ship one.
Another rewarding way to help out is by sponsoring a shipment. You can donate money to help cover the cost of the shipping or you can send a care package to someone you know there. Also they make it easy for deployed military to request salsa. Simply send them your APO or FPO address & they will add it to the list. The salsa gets sent as soon as the sponsorships are made to cover the cost for it to be mailed.
I promise you that the process of sponsorship is extremely easy. You can even use PayPal! The salsa might be perfect for holiday giving! Gives as a gift to someone you know & also to someone serving to keep you safe.
My cousin recently deployed to Afghanistan & it feels really good to know that all though this war is no longer breaking news, there are those that remember we have troops there. The guy would may have been at the next table over eating a burrito is now stuck with military “cuisine” while risking literally life & limb to honor commitments that he never got any input in making but is devoted to just because it is for America. Feels good to have a way to bring him a smile from home.
I am very thankful for Operation Salsa Drop & everyone who is supporting these effots.
& can’t wait to hear about how my cousin enjoyed his drop!
& even more excited to hear that he is safely home & the deployment is over. But that one is going to have to wait a while. Still I am extremely proud of all he is willing to give & the bravery he shows each & everyday.
GOOD LUCK KEVIN!