Our good friends, the Orr’s, have a beautiful avocado grove in Ventura, California. Fire, then devastating mudslides have razed much of the area recently. Undaunted, they picked these beautiful fruits, packed them up, along with limequats, and sent them off to us and some other lucky people. (They suggested we use for gin & tonics—we will.) To have these exotics arrive here in the frozen, snowy east is indeed a great gift. But even better, is this lesson of generosity and friendship. California sure knows how to grow ’em good. Thank you Orr’s for everything. Reach out to friends and family today, dear readers.