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Water, October And The End of Summer

Water, October And The End of Summer

Water. In my hometown you were never very far from water. It seems as if I’ve spent my life seeking it or it seeking me. The former was preferred as there was no better way to beat the heat. The...
Foodies & Friends – On Anniversaries

Foodies & Friends – On Anniversaries

As journalists, those were our darkest days. There were no lights, no phones, no power—anarchy ruled the streets. Flames floated on water from broken submerged natural gas lines. Tall, black columns of smoke rose from burning, flooded buildings. Citizens roamed...
Healthy Summertime Snacks

Healthy Summertime Snacks

Children are active during the hot summer months, so it is important to stay nourished and hydrated. We all know that the more active kids are, the hungrier they become. All that swimming, biking and hiking will really kick up...
Jamaica: Gateway to Flavor

Jamaica: Gateway to Flavor

The airplane dipped lower and lower, almost clipping the coconut palm, palmetto and ficus trees, then bounced to a landing. The hand-painted welcome sign across the prefab building, the terminal at the Montego Bay Airport, proclaimed it the “The Gateway...
Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Foodies & Friends – Boy Meets Grill

Well, the upside was I didn’t have to call the fire department.   Grilling is the caveman of cooking. I believe a pyromania gene is embedded in the DNA of most boys. The love affair of boy meets grill as...
Are Almonds the  New Cow?

Are Almonds the New Cow?

Consumers are flocking to nondairy milk products in lieu of traditional cow’s milk. Dairy products have been shown to contain large amounts of estrogen and progesterone complicated by the fact that many modern cows have been genetically altered to produce...
Early Lessons in Restaurant Etiquette

Early Lessons in Restaurant Etiquette

Birthdays were a big deal when we were young. We got dressed up and mom and dad piled my brother, sister and I into the Impala for the ride into the city to a fancy restaurant. It was usually an...
How to Entertain (Yourself) During Food Prep

How to Entertain (Yourself) During Food Prep

It’s the part of cooking that no one ever talks about. It’s a topic rarely covered on the countless food shows hosted by famous chefs. Prepping food for a recipe is not glamorous and does not sell ads. Even so,...
Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Early in my career, I worked too much and slept too little while covering crime, floods and the daily circus of news.  I needed a break from urban reality and the adrenaline rush. I needed a reboot. I reasoned a...
Parading Down Memory Lane

Parading Down Memory Lane

I am a Mardi Gras veteran.  A childlike Christmas morning feeling of anticipation resonates in me the night before Fat Tuesday. It’s congenital, born with the first butt tap when I was introduced to this world at Baptist Hospital on...