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There is history, thought, and great stories woven into every food recipe, every plate served, and every new restaurant opened that gives us a glimpse into someone else’s life and culture. We are all connected on this tiny hamlet of a planet—and many times it’s food that connects us. I offer you a chance to explore great healthy recipes and […]

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English Pork Pie Company–Owners of The British Chippy, Becomes Parker’s

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So this may be confusing but what was the British Chippy, owned by the English Pork Pie Company, has become Parker’s British Institution! I’ve reviewed the British Chippy (click here for that review). But seeing as they have evolved quite a bit, they deserve a refresh. I’ve recently spent time in England–a good two weeks, both for work and vacation. […]

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Black Iron Bystro–Steampunk, Old West, or Just Plain Cool

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I kid you not when I say there is a struggle going on with the decor at Black Iron Bystro in Blasdell NY. Part steampunk, part old West, the atmosphere inside is a mixture of cast iron innovation meets John Wayne at the saloon.  With meticulous attention to detail, the decor tells a story–Brian Mecozzi’s story. Mecozzi is the owner and […]

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Satiate Your Palate with these Exciting New Restaurants this Memorial Day!

To say that the past month has been challenging is a bit of an understatement. My husband has been overseas for work and in 15 years this is the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other. But with any challenge there is always a silver lining–in my case two! The first was in knowing that we have such a strong […]

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Spring Clean those Allergies!

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It’s been a bumpy road to spring. While I’m thankful for the mild winter, I wouldn’t trade nice spring weather for it.  It’s no fun looking out the window in mid April to see the white fluffy stuff, typically considered winter sledding material, covering what should be a verdant lush landscape. However we have had a peak of spring the […]

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Oh So Good–My Top 5 Restaurants for the Best Fish Frys!

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Who would have thought that the theory of eating fish on Fridays is due to their cold blooded nature. Re-reading that sentence? It’s true! According to Michael Foley, Associate Professor at Baylor University, Christian teaching believed that because Jesus died on a Friday, and his death redeemed a sinful world, people fasted on Fridays to commemorate this sacrifice as early as […]

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It’s National Nutrition Month! Easy Ways to Eat Healthy at the Office

We’ve all been there; it’s 6:00am, coffee’s barely brewing, dog(s) are whining to go out, kid(s) need to be dressed for daycare/school, and lunches made for hubby and children. You’ve quickly checked emails, had just enough time for one cup of coffee, showered, and now making a mad dash to get to work before rush hour traffic. You’ve forotten one […]

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Yes You Can Celebrate Valentines and Lent!

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Many Americans celebrate this hubris holiday, as do many across the world. Why hubris, you may ask? Well because we don’t know much about the Saint who started it all, and this historic day of hearts and poems really endulges the act of receiving gifts and splurging on flowers and candies (albeit for thyself as much for the one you […]

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It’s all about Wild Orange and Fennel!

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Beauty by definition means, “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses; loveliness.” But beauty is so much more than the senses, it’s a deep inner balance or harmony that pulls our beauty outward. With a birthday around the corner, I have been reflecting on the true meaning of beauty. What […]

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