Spring Has Sprung

Catherine Topping, LCI’s newly promoted Account Supervisor here, with a few musings on my favorite time of year – spring! While I did not enjoy losing an hour of sleep a few weeks ago to daylight savings, there’s something so delightful about leaving the office north of 5:30pm and realizing, “Hey! The sun is still out!”  Springtime means not just longer days, but wonderful flowers, warm weekend afternoons, and for some, hay fever.

At LCI, we are celebrating spring with a slew of new business wins. We’re delighted to add NatureBridge and Lotus Bakeries to our client roster. These two new companies join our list of many rewarding clients, and we’re looking forward to the challenges presented in the outdoor education and culinary marketplaces.   

Springtime also brings a few of my favorite things:

·         The return of “Glee!” Walk down our LCI hallway in the afternoon, and you’ll probably hear one of us humming along to Season One’s tunes. I can’t wait to see the Madonna-themed episode, and of course, find out what will happen to Will and Emma! Check out the trailer for Season 2 here.


·         Artichokes and Asparagus:  A stroll through any Bay Area farmers’ markets is a clear indication that winter’s long gone. Tulips, pea shoots and spring lettuce mixes have replaced Swiss chard, turnips and Brussel sprouts.  


Love asparagus? Turn on the broiler, and place trimmed stalks on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar, a few pinches of kosher salt and a couple grinds of fresh black pepper, and place in the hot oven for 7-9 minutes till the stalks caramelize, and serve immediately. Delicious.


·         Lupin and Poppies: Rolling hillsides covered with purple lupin flowers and California’s state flower, the poppy, is a sure sign of spring. The deep purple and orange wildflowers sparkle in the sunshine amidst the deep green grass. In a few short weeks, the lush green grass will fade to brown, but for now, bike rides in western Marin are fragrant and filled with color.

2 thoughts on “Spring Has Sprung

  1. Springtime means renewal and not a moment too soon. Not just the beautiful new flowers, but a chance to re-think business and how to continue to win. Great thoughts, Catherine! Cheers, David

  2. I absolutely live for asparagus! Thank you for the recipe Catherine; I will try it immediately.

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