The World on a Vegan Plate – Italy

Last week Jerome & I “traveled” back to Tuscany for a locally inspired pesto pasta, a classic Chianti & a dream! Several years ago, we took Chris on a whirlwind 16-day tour of Italy. We stayed in all the big cities – Milan, Venice, Florence & Rome – and saw all the major cites – […]

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Another Year Older & Another Year Wiser?!

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” –John Lennon  I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I share my birthday with the late, great John Lennon so I thought this quote was appropriate. It was last Monday, October 9th that I turned 55 years old! Holy Moly, can […]

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The World on a Vegan Plate – Vietnam

Last week Jerome & I “traveled” to Vietnam for a sandwich, a beer & a night with Robin Williams! Lately, I’ve become obsessed with Vietnamese food. Between the spring rolls & the pho, I’m loving the freshness of everything. The Vietnamese sandwich known as a Banh Mi has quickly become one of my favorites. I […]

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Meditation for Beginners

“The goal of meditation is not to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.” –The Age of Enlightenment The average person has more than 50,000 thoughts per day! Stop & think(!) about that for just a moment. Is it any wonder I’m walking around in a continuous state of anxiety & brain […]

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Favorites Friday – Netflix Health Documentaries

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Favorites Friday but I just had to share some of the awesome documentaries I’ve watched recently on Netflix. Before I get to that, I have to admit something first. I think I may have a slight OCD problem. It’s not that I wash my hands a hundred times […]

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Walking My First Ever “Race”

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” –Thomas Jefferson Happy Labor Day to my American friends! For those of you elsewhere, Labor Day is considered the official end of summer – even though it’s still hot & humid here in southern California. It’s a great day to hit the beach, […]

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The World on a Vegan Plate – Mexico

This month we’re traveling to Mexico for tacos, margaritas & a night with an iguana! I’ve lived in southern California most of my life and eating tacos is a way of life here. In fact, we have them at least once a week & I love them. Since becoming vegan, I’ve been experimenting with lots […]

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The World on a Vegan Plate – Turkey

This month we’re traveling to Turkey for a mediterranean meze, a Casbah inspired cocktail & a daring prison escape! Last year when we were planning our visit Turkey, I was less concerned with the political unrest & more concerned about what I could eat. I was a new vegan & was a little nervous that […]

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The World on a Vegan Plate – Spain

This month, we’re traveling to Spain for Paella, Rioja & Jésus de Galíndez. While visiting Spain last year, I quickly realized this VERY meat-centric country loves their tapas but most are animal based & I was hard-pressed to find a lot of vegan options. However, once we arrived in Barcelona, we found tucked away in the very […]

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Boot Camp or Bust – Why Women Over 50 Need To Exercise

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” –Gene Tunney About 4 weeks ago, I signed up for Long Beach Boot Camp and it has been a life saver for me. Let me be very clear about one thing – I am NOT an exercise fanatic. I have, however, tried many different types […]

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