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To Vegas And Back and Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Vegas is an odd place. I’ve been there a few times and always had a fantastic time—for a few days. To me, Vegas is about as American as we can get. Why go to Paris when you can see the Eiffel Tower, have a huge, complimentary breakfast, walk across the street to pop by Lady Liberty, and then have margaritas at mid-day while you play a few slots. My BFF Suzanne’s Vegas experience is very different from mine. In her new book, To Vegas […]

Nutrition tips for the frequent flyer

Traveling is a huge part of my life. I’ve been blessed in that I have seen much of the world and I plan to see much more of it. Fortunately, because I have logged so many hours in the air, I have gotten my inflight kit down to a science. With a little preparation, and a few nutrition tips, flying doesn’t have to take such a toll on the body or the mind. Flying can actually be a time to […]

Avocados and Travel

The avocado is the perfect snack. I may even go so far as to say, that it is the perfect food. It can be sweet or savory, is highly satisfying and keeps you sustained for hours because of it’s healthy fat and high protein content. If you count amino acids, the avocado has 18. (That’s all of them by the way) We have been traveling a lot lately, but often food and travel snacks create a dilemma. What to bring?! […]

My Veggie New York

“Veggie Havens” was the title to a recent, exciting NY Times article about new and not-so-new Veggie-Centric restaurants in New York.  I was ecstatic, since it’s about time others took notice of the abundance of vegetables and scrumptious preparations in and around the city!  Also because it makes my dining out experiences that much easier. As a gluten-free, dairy-free vegetarian, restaurant eating can be a challenge. But it’s one I always face with a smile and a big thank you […]

Artichokes @ Casa Mono

Running the Venice Marathon

My friends and I ran the Venice Marathon last week. Well, our friend Caroline ran; Heather and I ran along, ate, drank and cheered. “Marathon” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks “Venice” – I think romance, gondola, Vivaldi –  but this was the event’s 25th anniversary. There even was a couple who’d run all 25. That’s romantic! My job was food and hotel. I did my research and did quite well. We found a lovely, […]

Eiffel tower in the day time. J’aime…

My Favorite Chili & Pepper Destinations

L’Avant Comptoir In Paris – Perfectly cooked, perfectly salted, perfectly spicy peppers. We quickly ordered another order as we practically inhaled the first one. Yum – I just don’t know if I can be any more specific than that. Zeruko in San Sebastian – It seems silly to be talking about the Chili Peppers at this place when every single tapas they create is more creative than the last or next or the one the person next to you is […]

Venice Airport Salad Bar

Organic Restaurants, Markets and Delivery Services in Paris

(This is the second of two posts I wrote for LivingMaxwell.com) Last month I walked into a client’s house and on his kitchen counter was the most random yet beautiful arrangement of produce, truffles and bread. When he saw me staring at the haphazard array, he immediately got a bit defensive and said, “What can I do with rutabaga, fingerling potatoes and basil? Do you have a recipe for all this stuff?” He told me about the weekly delivery he’d […]