Reality Check, Jamaican Style


Boarding a non-stop flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, I never imagined landing at a destination as polished as my grandmother’s silver. Round Hill resort and spa is nothing like the swanky, sexy, urbane retreat depicted on it’s website. It’s been around since 1953  hosting VIPs with names like Kennedy and emblems like Polo, and a person gets the feeling that Chef... Read More

Taste of Cannibalism for Vegetarian in Paris


It isn’t easy to be vegetarian in Paris. I learned this the hard way with my first café lunch, Salade de gésiers confits, which I quickly discovered means salad with preserved gizzards. Why would anyone go to the trouble of preserving a gizzard, much less putting it on a lunch plate? Well, taste is a very personal thing, and as it turns out Parisians have a history of eclectic... Read More

Rice & Beans & Skinny Jeans

Morning turtle patrol at Piro beach, Costa Rica

My new friend, Allison, told me I’d been at fat camp. She was leading me through the black sand and mist at Carate beach, Costa Rica, where as sea turtle volunteers, we started most days with a 5k patrol at 5:30 a.m. We were looking for turtle nests, but we were thinking about breakfast. It probably would involve fresh-squeezed star fruit, tree-ripe bananas, savory gallo pinto... Read More

Peak at Conservationist Haven


Peak Season at Len Foote Hike Inn At Georgia’s Len Foote Hike Inn, “getting away from it all,” requires a five-mile hike through mountain laurel thickets, rhododendron, oak and hickory trees to a ridge at 3,100 feet within Georgia’s Amicalola Falls State Park. Once there, the 20-room, LEED Gold-certified Inn offers a sustainable stay without TVs,... Read More

Bravo Cabo!


I admit, when invited to Cabo San Lucas, visions of cruise ships and tourists nearly kept me inland. But that’s only because no one mentioned the intimate lunch we might have in the sustainable community of Sol del Mayo in Santiago, or the area’s best kept secret, Casiano’s spontaneous cuisine in nearby San Jose. Good thing I am a sucker for a beautiful beach. Casiano's... Read More

Destinations Travel Magazine – Beaches of South Walton

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Destinations Travel Magazine –  If the idea of a family vacation in Florida conjures images of mouse ears and crowds, think again. Known as the Emerald Coast, or the Forgotten Coast, a 26-mile stretch of turquoise shoreline in South Walton County is worth remembering. Branching off Highway 98, County Road 30-A dips through white quartz sand, rare coastal dune lakes, and... Read More

Touring the Amalfi Coast with Chef Shawn Doty


“Have it your way,” is a phrase that should have been reserved for Shaun Doty’s guests, particularly those at his first YEAH! BURGER where orders are customized to individual preferences. (Go ahead, order the veggie burger on gluten-free bun with a side of locally-grown organic greens, a seasonal cocktail and copy of Food Inc to watch at home.) So, who better to lead a customized... Read More

What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?


Vitamin donuts? Black market margarine? See the evolution of America’s diet and our government’s effect on what we eat at the National Archives’ exhibition What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? through January 3, 2012.  Covering propaganda to innovation, historic documents illustrate Uncle Sam’s role in food production from farm to  factory, and its role... Read More

If These Walls Could Talk

Digital Graffiti

Once a year the pale, stoic walls at Alys Beach, Florida, do talk, and sing, and dance; maybe recite some poetry, morph into who-knows-what, or yell at passers by. It happens infrequently, but fabulously, at Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach’s annual feast for the eyes and senses. On Saturday, June 11, this otherwise quite stretch of the Gulf Coast becomes a city of lights,... Read More

Edible Landscape at Alys Beach

Alys Blueberries

June is the perfect time for two of my favorite things: visiting the beach and picking fresh blueberries. So, I couldn’t have been happier to find the blueberry bushes surrounding half of Alys Beach’s Lake Marilyn heavy with ripe berries. My son and I picked bowls full of warm, delicious fruit and whipped up non-dairy blueberry smoothies for breakfast (made with coconut... Read More

Believe Nothing

 “Believe nothing.
No matter 
where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with you own reason and your own common sense."

               - Buddha

“The same molecules
that make up the food
we consume become
the molecules of our
minds and bodies.
So, unless you grow
your own food, you
should choose a
farmer as carefully as
 you choose your 
doctor or pastor.”

  _ Tim Willey, Farmer
             Madera CA
 “If man made it… don’t eat





        - Jack LaLanne

  “If we are
 always arriving and
 departing, it is also
 true that we are 
 eternally anchored. 
 One's destination is 
 never a place but 
 rather a new way of 
 looking at things."

           - Henry Miller
  “The rest of the
 world lives to eat…
 I eat to live.”
- Socrates
“Teachers open the door, 

you must enter by 


         - Chinese proverb

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