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Outdoor Kitchen Jamaican Style

Outdoor Kitchen Jamaican Style

Let’s face it, food cooked outdoors just tastes better. Doesn’t matter what it is — coffee, pancakes, risotto, a hamburger. I’ve done it all outdoors and it is always extra flavorful and raises my spirits just thinking about it. I swear that I burn off extra calories eating a meal…

The Hawaii Project

The Hawaii Project

Everybody who knows me has been hearing me rave about how much I love Hawaii since my first visit last April. Yes, I know I haven’t even blogged about it, but mainly that’s because I didn’t know where to begin. I’m so backlogged on travel experiences that I’d love to…

Why Water Quality Matters

Why Water Quality Matters

It is clear that drinking water is more beneficial to the body than drinking sodas, coffee, tea and juice, but so few people pay attention to the quality of the water they consume. Tap water, for example, is filled with harmful contaminants such as chlorine, fluoride and all other sorts…

Foie Gras, The Truth behind the Delicacy

Foie Gras: The Truth behind the Delicacy

One food that I was excited (yes, I said excited) to see in St. Martin was foie gras. Foie gras has gotten a lot of bad press over the years because several special interest groups have decided to target this tiny cottage industry over a lack of understanding the anatomy and feeding habits of…

Money Matters in St. Martin

Money Matters in St. Martin

In St. Martin, there are three main currencies: The Euro on the French side, the Netherland Antillean Guilder (ANG) on the Dutch side and the U.S. Dollar, which is accepted everywhere. The exchange is about .75 Euro cents for every Dollar and 1.79 Guilders for every Dollar. This is why…

Where to Stay in St. Martin

Where to Stay in St. Martin

If you’ve read my suggestions on how to find a reasonably priced place to stay while on vacation, you know that I love to stay on organic farms or something similar. Well, in St. Martin this wasn’t possible basically because there are no farms. So we opted for a small…

Health Food in St. Martin

Health Food in St. Martin

If you can’t eat just anywhere, then here’s your guide to finding health foods on vacation. In particular, people with severe intolerances like gluten intolerance will need to pack their food. As you know, I like to pack my own healthy stuff to bring on my trips. Usually, a few…

Where to Eat in St. Martin

Where to Eat in St. Martin

I was so happy that the food on St. Martin was mainly good. Once I realized that there is virtually no source of fresh water on the island, I was worried what that meant for my 2 week vacation. We are foodies in our family, so going somewhere that has…

Fishing in St. Martin

Fishing in St. Martin

Over the last year is so, my husband has been getting into fishing. So on this vacation we decided that we were going to do a fishing trip to mix up the experience a little. He went on the web and found a guy named Richard who does fishing excursions…

Christmas Dinner in St. Martin

Christmas Dinner in St. Martin

Yesterday was Christmas. We spent a lovely day without going anywhere. Well, it would’ve been a much more lovely day if the neighbor’s mom didn’t crash into our rental car. We’ll get it all sorted out in the morning, so I’ll have to let you know how it turns out…

Surprising facts about St Martin

Surprising facts about St. Martin

Because people had always touted the beauty of St. Martin, I always thought it would be a lush island with lots of natural resources. Instead, we found out that the island has virtually no natural water source. Without a natural source of water, there is no local food. Sure you…

How much water should you be drinking

How much water should you be drinking?

Nowadays, there appear to be many misunderstandings about how much drinking water is most beneficial to your health. Several professionals state that you ought to consume eight eyeglasses per day. Others sustain that you ought to consume a minimum of 1/2 oz of water for each pound of body weight….

Thanksgiving and the End to Hospitality

Thanksgiving and the End to Hospitality

Let’s face it, hospitality is dead. It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without somebody complaining about how whatever it is that you were eating or you’re serving in your holiday meal conflicts with their social or moral stance on something. Back in the day, when somebody went…

Halloween Myths How We All Got Duped

Halloween Myths: How We All Got Duped

People always assume that because my birthday is the day before Halloween that I automatically love it. But nothing could be further from the truth. Even as a child I couldn’t stand the idea of walking from door to door begging people for candy. I didn’t even really like candy…

Berlin Worst of the Wurst

Berlin: Worst of the Wurst

Well, I just got back from Berlin.  Let me tell you it was so much fun.  I had studied German in the past, but never really got a chance to use it.  So this trip was an opportunity to put my German skills to work.  And it did pretty good….

Things to do with kids in Berlin

Things to do with kids in Berlin

One thing that I love about Europe is how children are considered in almost everything they do. Just because a person has children, doesn’t mean that they have to stop living. Berlin is no exception. The wide variety of monuments are all interesting to children and adults. For history, you…

Surprising History in Berlin

Surprising History in Berlin

Berlin has so much to offer to the traveler. Just make sure you don’t do what we did and leave your guidebook at home. It can be a challenging city to get around without enough information, and the frequent rain can put a damper on your plans but if you…

Bacon Lovers Rejoice!

Bacon Lovers Rejoice!

Recently, I saw a reporter ask the question, “Can you eat bacon and still be healthy?” If you’ve read anything I’ve been writing over the past 3 years, you’ll realize that my answer is a resounding YES! As a certified nutritionist who believes in following the wisdom of the ancients…

The Low Down on Safe Cooking Equipment

The Low Down on Safe Cooking Equipment

One of the biggest problems people have with eating better is the concept of quick and easy that has been shoved down our throats by the media. If marketing executives have succeeded in nothing else, they have convinced us that we are not worth the time and effort of preparing…

The Myth of Moderation

The Myth of Moderation

Moderation is a term that is often bandied about by people when they no longer understand what to eat. Unfortunately, this approach to eating fails nearly 100% of the time. My grandfather was the first person I had ever hear use the saying. He was born in the West Indies…

Is Raw Milk Good For You?

Is Raw Milk Good For You?

Anyone who knows me knows that I continually tout the benefits of raw milk. Raw milk packs a powerhouse of fat soluble nutrients and easily assimilated minerals in it. Unfortunately, governments worldwide are increasingly not only trying to deter consumers from consuming this natural, nourishing food, but, in the US…

Dangers of Vegan Diets

Dangers of Vegan Diets

I recently received an e-mail from a woman who was asking me if the hostility she perceived in vegan people she’s met could possibly be related to vegan deficiencies. She participates in forums where vegans blast her for having a different perspective on nearly everything. As a nutritionist, I face…

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating disorders in children are on the rise. Is this any surprise? With more and more parents switching to unhealthy extreme diets such as vegan, macrobiotic, low fat and raw food, what hope do our children have to develop a normal relationship with real food? Since people first began to…