Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. -Forrest Gump Chocolate is the food of love. Delicious, decedent and divine. Do you know that almost 60 million pounds of chocolate are purchased for Valentine's day? How much of that will you be...

Costa Rica - Pura Vida! Want more joy in your life? Here are 10 things I try to do : Be Positive - I know, easier said than done. Train you mind to focus on the POSITIVE things that happen in your day. Eliminate Negative People/Situations/Energy - You know what sucks the energy out...

This week I embarked on a challenge. It is called the #75hard challenge. The two most common questions are, “what is it” and “why???”. Both good questions. In essence, it is a way to challenge yourself in order to change your mindset. I heard about it from a facebook friend...

Ewe. No way. I don’t like it. This is gross. Sound familiar? If you are a parent, you have probably heard these comments more than once. Kids can be picky. Kids can be fickle! One day they love something, the next day they say, “Yuck! I don’t want that!”. What can...

Eating out can seem like a daunting task if you’re vegan or plant based.  At first it is overwhelming. Eating at home is easy - you are in charge of what you buy.  But eating out requires a little more thought, foresight, and the right questions. Vegan and vegetarian restaurants are...

My first experience with jackfruit was in India.  After visiting a temple, I noticed this odd looking thing on a street vendors cart.  I asked my driver what it was and before I could say anything he was procuring a bit for me to try. As I was thinking, but...

Aubergine/Eggplant is a versatile fruit. What? Fruit? Yes, eggplant or aubergine is actually botanically a fruit, technically a berry because it contains the fruit of the plant (just like strawberries, etc.). From a culinary perspective it is a vegetable because it is used in main dishes and savory dishes. It...

I love summer! Long days, warm nights, beach parties, family picnics, and amazing food! The farmer’s market is exploding with fresh produce! Here are 5 tips for shopping your local farmers market: 1. Try before you buy Use this as an opportunity to try new things. Taste different varieties...

In a nutshell, it is better for you, it is better for the environment and it is better for the animals. What does ‘whole, real, plant based food’ mean?   Foods that when you hear the name, you see a picture in your minds eye.  Ingredients such as unrefined fruits and vegetables,...

Singapore is a diverse playground for foodies and those who relish (pun intended) trying new dishes. Local markets offer a variety of spices and ingredients to create and experiment with dishes at home. For the adventurous, Little India is home to some of the most flavorful food in Singapore. Some Indian...

-- This article appeared in the March 2017 Bamboo Telegraph, Singapore Singapore offers several interesting venues for grocery shopping.  One such venue is the wet market.  Wet markets offer a true Singapore experience.  From sights and sounds to smells and tastes, be prepared to be have your senses invaded! Tips for visiting: Arrive...

-- This article appeared in the January/February 2017 Bamboo Telegraph, Singapore   Happy Chinese New Year!  Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore are particularly special!  There is much to do and see and, of course, eat!  Do you know that many of the foods consumed during Chinese New Year have a special...

-- This article appeared in the November, 2016 Bamboo Telegraph, Singapore   How many Asian noodle varieties can you name?  The number of noodle variations can be overwhelming. Asian noodles may look similar to Italian noodles, but they are quite different. Asian noodles are made from a variety of ingredients such as yam, potato,...

--  This article appeared in the October 2016 Bamboo Telegraph, Singapore   Three meals a day isn't always enough!  Whether it is for kids after school, a husband who can’t wait for dinner, or you returning from a tennis match, snacks are always in high demand. Unfortunately, most snack foods are highly processed,...