by Anna on April 15, 2010

in Life,Vegetarian

Lets talk about lousy costumer service, shall we?  *Sigh* Sooooo… today I was going all over looking for a place that would print some things I designed for my site, and it was pretty, pretty lame. ‘Kinko’s’, now called ‘FedEx’, almost shooed me out. Actually they did shoo me to their competition across the street. Clearly this company is making loads of money that they can send people to print in another place across the street. It started with a phone call… I called and ask if they could print my stuff for the next day. They said yes but it would depend on the type of paper I needed. So after I explained myself and all… he begrudgingly said okay, then I asked his name and he told me “ My name is…anybody can do it for you when you get here” (Such a pretty name right?) But the truth is his name should be “I’m too lazy to be bothered and I don’t give a crap”. So I got there with my project and Man…he was even worse in person, *double sigh* after a few questions he told me they couldn’t do it. And then he told me to go across the street to a neighborhood print shop. And guess what? They were fantastic, they had paper, they had a sweet heart designer to help me setting up my documents and she was extremely knowledgeable and useful. So there you go, I have to thank mister “ anybody can do it for you when you get here”. Because  big trade names just lost my attention. From now on I will always look for the small personable more useful places. By the way… the name of the place is Printland at Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica. Anyway…. after all that I came home and looked into my fridge, I had tomatoes, cucumbers…. and loads of herbs from my little garden. So instead of just a salad I decided to make Gazpacho. Do you like /do Gazpachos?


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 Serrano Chili
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly grounded black pepper
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1pint mixed cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh flat parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Dice the 2 red tomatoes, cut the bell pepper and the chili, roughly chop ¾ of the cucumber and cut the remaining piece in small dices set a side for garnish. Pell the red onion and cut in small dice set half a side for garnish. In a blender combine the chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, chili, cucumber, onion. Blend on low speed until the vegetables begin to turn into a puree. Turn off and scrape down the sides of the blender, Turn the speed to high and slow pour the olive oil, blend until very smooth. Pour through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. Stir the reserved diced cucumber and onion along with the cherry tomatoes, parsley and the red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate the soup for at least 8 hours or overnight. To serve, drizzle with olive oil. Enjoy.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Natasha June 7, 2010 at 10:58 AM

your pics are very pretty 🙂

Jean May 5, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Oh, my. This gazpacho looks wonderful!
.-= Jean´s last blog ..Caprese Salad Bites =-.

sarah April 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Beautiful Gazpacho! Great photos.

My husband and I are very big on customer service. We worked in the service industry for so long and can’t stand when people don’t care about customer service. We’ve walked across the street many a time. Glad you found some place that was nice.
.-= sarah´s last blog ..Knock, Knock, Knock? =-.

Sophie April 27, 2010 at 1:57 AM

Waw, Anna!

Your apart gazpacho looks just PERFECT!! I so love your radiant colours in here!
And with edible flowers!! Waw!!!

MMMMMM,…many greets from sunny & warm Brussels!

Kerry April 25, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Looks delicious! I almost always have these ingredients on hand, but I’ve never made a gazpacho. This is one I will definitely try soon. Thanks, Anna.

Lori April 25, 2010 at 8:27 AM

This has got to be the most beautiful gazpacho I have ever seen. Wow! Oh, and boo to the big chains who think they don’t need small business. I agree with you, support the smaller folks who actually care about people. You should swing back by the Kinkos and let the guy know you blogged about him. Ha, ha!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..An Amateur at Everything: The Garden =-.

Jenn April 25, 2010 at 6:43 AM

How are you doing these days???
2 blog awards for one fancy lady 🙂
You deserve it because your work is always exceptional, lovely stories, and amaze-balls photography. I cannot get over the gift you have with a lens.
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..Getting down to business… =-.

Ann April 23, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Wow.. Awesome pictures, looks so beautiful and colorful
.-= Ann´s last blog ..Paniyaram =-.

Stella April 23, 2010 at 4:46 AM

Hi Anna, this is absolutely beautiful! I love your photos. Oh, and I’m sure it’s delicious too. I’m going to save the recipe. It’s getting pretty hot down here in the subtropical hollow!

MaryMoh April 20, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Looks healthy and delicious!
.-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Okra and Char Siu Chicken Stir Fry =-.

Cherine April 20, 2010 at 1:47 AM

This gazpacho looks soooo good!!
.-= Cherine´s last blog ..Toum – Garlic Lebanese sauce =-.

Lazaro April 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Saw you on Denise’s page. Glad I read your informative and well-written blog. Look forward to following you here. Cheers!

Juliana April 19, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Anna, what a lovely soup…love the colors in it, and from the list of ingredients must taste delicious. Great pictures!

lululu April 17, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Oh, such a colorful and mouth-watering picture. Beautiful job!

Anna April 17, 2010 at 6:49 AM

Thanks Jenn, read blogs in the morning is a very dangerous thing, it makes you dig into things that will not agree with your thighs. 😀

Anna April 17, 2010 at 6:32 AM

Oh! Jenn, I want always to be your friend. LOL

Jenn April 17, 2010 at 6:13 AM

ANNA!!!!! *hugz* It’s been so long!!!
So beautiful!!! *jumpy claps*. I love gazpacho, but have never made it myself. I will definitely have to give this a go. The colours are lovely and amazing. They scream summer for me. I want to be back in L.A.. Last weekend I was going to suggest to my sis and bro-in-law to head to Santa Monica Pier. Yeah, we’d have to fly for that friends.. anyhow.
PEOPLE are A**HOLES!!!! This is the second post I’ve read from a fellow blogger where people could give a crap. I suggest if you see this person in public to punch him in the face. I’m sorry, that’s horrible advice. But when I get mad, my rage knows no bounds.
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..Favourite things ~ Honey Lemon Frozen Yogurt =-.

citronetvanille April 16, 2010 at 10:41 PM

beautiful photos, I want those tomatoes!!! the gaspacho looks so fresh and fragrant, great recipe!
.-= citronetvanille´s last blog ..Either way, it’s good – Chocolate pot de crème or panna cotta? =-.

sweetlife April 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I hate people who suck at their job….anyways great bowl of wonderful ya got beautiful

.-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Excuse…. =-.

Anna April 16, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Thanks Kaitlin. 🙂

Kaitlin April 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Wow – yum! These photos are so great!
.-= Kaitlin´s last blog ..Me? On the Martha Stewart Show? =-.

Anna April 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Thanks Jennifer. 🙂

Anna April 16, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Thanks Hannah. 🙂

Jennifer @ maple n cornbread April 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Hands down the most beautiful gazpacho EVER!!!!!!!
.-= Jennifer @ maple n cornbread´s last blog ..Honey Blueberry Bran Bread =-.

Hannah April 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM

That is truly the most beautiful gaspacho I have ever seen, and trust me, I’ve seen a good number of variations! I just want to dive right in.
.-= Hannah´s last blog ..Amazing Amazake =-.

Anna April 16, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Thanks Erica, do you have any other variation? 🙂

Anna April 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Thanks Carrie, I loved your blog. 🙂

Carrie April 16, 2010 at 12:12 PM

One of the prettiest meals I’ve ever seen! It looks like it would taste wonderful.

Erica April 16, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Wow! That is a beautiful gazpacho!!!!! Love, love, love the pictures! we love gazpacho here and yours looks and sounds amazing, Anna!

Anna April 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Thanks Natasha, they are all from my lil’ garden, I’m in love with growing herbs. 😀

5 Star Foodie April 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM

What a pretty presentation with the sliced cherry tomatoes and flowers!
.-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..5 Star Makeover Announcement: Pasta =-.

Anna April 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Thanks Steff, Yes they were sweet. 😉

Anna April 16, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Thanks Bunky, If you find a way to make him like it, please tell me. Mine also pout, what is wrong with them? 🙂

Anna April 16, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Thanks Nancy, foodgawker just told me that they are dull. 🙁

Anna April 16, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Thanks Divina, is always a pleasure to have you here. 🙂

steff (steffsays) April 16, 2010 at 6:44 AM

how gorgeous are those tomatoes?! wow! i bet they were perfectly delicious too.

bunkycooks April 16, 2010 at 5:04 AM

Your gazpacho is beautiful! I wish I could covert my hubby to like it as much as I do!

Nancy aka Spicie Foodie April 16, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Wow this looks and sounds so good! Fantastic photographs – beautiful colors!
.-= Nancy aka Spicie Foodie´s last blog ..Blood Orange Zest Rolls =-.

Divina April 16, 2010 at 12:48 AM

Anna, this gazpacho is so mouth watering most especially we’re experiencing summer here. I love the heirloom tomatoes and their juiciness. Talking about it and looking at the gorgeous photo again is not helping. 🙂 I’ll keep that lesson in mind, Anna.

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