Cala what? I had never heard of calamondin until I got a call from an acquaintance named Steve who offered to give me a calamondin cake that his sister made in Florida. She runs a business called Calamondin Café.
Wikipedia says that calamondin is a citrus fruit believed to be a hybrid of a kumquat and a mandarin orange. Based on the cake I tasted, the calamondin may be related to the lime too. I really enjoyed the moist cake and the combination of tangy and sweet flavors. I was lucky enough to get a couple to take home and some to bring back to work for others to enjoy.
Over the past couple of months, Steve has kept me posted via email on the construction of a new Weigel’s store in Sevierville. His plan was to meet me at the store’s grand opening and give me the cakes. He told his sister to send the cakes after one of the convenience store clerks mistakenly told him the grand opening would be in mid-August. There’s a bit of lag time between when a store opens its doors and when they invite radio stations in to promote the opening. In this case, it was about three weeks. Fortunately Steve kept the calamondin cakes in his freezer until I could get them this past week during my remote broadcast.