What Happens When You Care For Yourself?

This past weekend, I attended TEDxRiceU, an independently organized TED event at Rice University in Houston, Texas. If you’re not aware, TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit started in 1984 and devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Smaller, local events have sprung up all over the country as the TED organization shares its name and guidelines so others can put on TED-type talks, each of which is called a “TEDx.” Why did I go to TEDxRiceU? My friend Lisa Helfman was one of the speakers. Lisa’s day job is as Continue Reading

Why it’s okay to confuse grocery store cashiers

Last month, Huffington Post’s Rebecca Orchant wrote about her plight as a foodie who confuses and frustrates supermarket cashiers with her purchase of “weird produce.”  As a consumer, I can understand how that feels.  You’re in a rush and the cashier doesn’t know what you’re trying to buy and takes too long to ring it up. Instead of getting frustrated with the cashier’s lack of familiarity with specialty produce, I have a different idea.  I think we should appreciate the fact that we have such a wide variety of produce … Continue reading

Oktoberfest for Vegans!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that I became vegan in August 2012.  I have continued to have a 90% plant-based diet, fitting in egg whites and fish occasionally for protein. As of late, I have been seeing more and more information about the popularity of plant-based, or vegan, diets. Recently, the headline, “This Year’s Oktoberfest Caters to Vegans” of a Specialty Food Association article caught my attention. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a 16-day … Continue reading

Dining with the White House Chef

This week was an interesting one to be in Washington DC.  I was there as part of the produce industry’s annual Public Policy Conference, and of course we had visits scheduled with our elected congresspersons.  But many were cancelled as part of the government shutdown. As it turns out, the highlight of the week was a special dinner at the Newseum, the official Museum of Journalism, and I have written about it here before. On Monday evening, I was invited to a dinner prepared and narrated by Chef Walter Scheib, … Continue reading