In 1998, David and I were in Finland over the holiday season, exploring the Arctic Circle, dining in an igloo and studying Finnish design. At that time, I discovered what looked like the most unusual kitchen gadget I had ever seen, the “Jucy Salif’ lemon/lime squeezer, designed by Philippe Starck.

I wanted to get it at the time, but it seems way too pricey at over $100. It was made of aluminum and was one of most innovative kitchen gadgets I saw in Helsinki. The photo above was taken by John Watter, and it makes my new squeezer look very glamorous, which it is.

Last week, while touring Paris, I spotted the same tool again, the only time I had seen it since Helsinki. This time, I bought it and brought it back to Boquete with me, to my huge delight! I love it - - - isn’t it beautiful?

It works exactly like you would imagine, the lime juice follows the grooves in the squeezer and drips perfectly into the glass, no squirting or splashing. Can you see the drop of lime juice in my photo?

Philippe Starck designed the juicer for Alessi back in 1980, and there is an abundance of information available about this creative French designer at You can now buy one at for $94.00.

Now, what to make from our prolific limes that grow in our garden? Easy and fast, simple and luscious, would be my adaptation of Aurora’s Avocado Ceviche, from my new book, Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook.

1 avocado, peeled and cubed
4 small limes, juiced
1 large dill pickle, finely diced
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Place avocado and lime juice in a small bowl and marinate about an hour. Combine all other ingredients in another bowl and add marinated avocados. Note that the amounts of some of the ingredients are changed slightly from the original, as I wanted to use it as a salad dressing. Stir lightly and refrigerate until ready to use. Serve with crackers or as I served it, a dressing over chopped lettuce.

In France, I paid about half the stated price as Amazon’s price, but I’m sure the trip over to Europe wouldn’t pay that difference for you.

If you have a lime/lemon squeezer you love, please let me know about it.

Happy squeezing!