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The Optimist… Seafood Done Right

In an earlier post I mentioned the mini “Taste of Atlanta” created by the social committee at my job. The Optimist was one of several participants. And may I say that it BLEW MY MIND! I tried the she crab soup with shrimp toast (OMG!) and the octopus salad (again OMG!). Okay I had two tasters of the soup. I’m such a kindergarten-er that I’ll probably order it every time i visit! It is THAT good. I’m looking forward to trying the items mentioned in the video below.














What I haven’t mentioned is that I used to work in the building that is NOW the site of the restaurant. I can’t wait to visit and see how different it looks and feels for myself.  Of course more pictures will be taken.


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Salads… Not Just Iceberg Lettuce

I know so many people who say things like “I don’t eat salad”, “that’s rabbit food”, and “it just doesn’t fill me up/taste good”. But I think these are people who subscribe to the theory that salads can only be made with one type of green. Check out this video detailing some other options. So next time you’re in a restaurant, you’ll know what they are talking about on the salad menu.

Click below to find out the most healthy greens to use!  (more…)

Try This…. (Tips for) Visiting Your Local Farmers’ Market

As you know by now, I’ve gotten very into visiting local farmers’ markets. Not just the large establishments, but the pop-ups all over the city. I have yet to determine a favorite, but I’ll let you know as soon as I recognize it.


Anyway, if you, like many of my friends and family members, have never visited a farmers’ market, I highly recommend it. You’ll find locally grown, organic vegetables. There may not be much variety, but you’ll probably find things that aren’t available at your local grocer. And you’ll be keeping local farms in business.


I’ve posted a list of pop-up farmers’ markets in the Atlanta area. Have fun. And here are “5 Tips for Your First Trip to the Farmers Market” courtesy of Georgia Organics.


(1)    Get there early.

Check the farmers’ market website to see what time the market opens. Good farmers have very devoted fans, and may sell out of food.


The OMG Diet… Six Weeks to… the ER?

I hadn’t heard of The OMG Diet until I saw this clip from Bethenny Frankel‘s new talk show. It doesn’t air where I live, but I’ve enjoyed all the clips that I’ve seen. Bethenny has become something of a healthy living resource. She graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute and has published several diet and exercise books. Here is her opinion on the book (see below for mine).

I’m not an expert, but I do think a lot about what I eat. I’m related to Nutritionist who keeps the family on their toes. And I intend post a lot more about healthy eating on this site.

The book is called “Six Weeks to OMG”. See below for the book overview listed on… If this diet appeals to you, I hope you’ll consult a Medical Doctor AS WELL AS a Registered Dietitian. Good luck. (more…)

Try This… Vegan Potato Salad

No, I’m not vegan. And I have NO intention of ever giving up animal products or animal by-products. But I like EVERY ingredient in this salad. I can’t imagine it won’t taste delicious. So this is an EASY recipe that I’ll be trying this weekend. I might even pair it with a grilled white fish. And crisp, fruity glass of white wine. Let me know if you do and what you think.

PS- I found this recipe at

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