Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gluten Free in Helen Georgia

Every-other year my family makes the short trip to Helen Georgia for their Oktoberfest celebration. It's always too short but we get plenty of good time in with each other. Obviously, one thing was different this year (I'm pregnant) so there would be no consumption of my favorite German beers. It would also be my first year in Helen eating gluten free.
Now, if you don't know anything about Helen or Oktoberfest, go here: It's basically a mini germantown with great food & shopping. It's kitschy, definitely a mountain town & our family loves it! We stay at the Hampton Inn on the square and walk everywhere! The Hampton is also a necessity for me as it has a mini-kitchen in each room. There's a sink, cabinets as well as a mini-fridge & freezer.
Being the OCD planner that I am, I googled "gluten free in Helen Georgia" as many different ways as I could. Nothing good. Not a thing. I started to get worried. I mean sure... going to a town who prides themselves on sausage, beer, pretzels, etc would be hard but surely I'm not the first person to go and have to eat gluten free? Apparently I'm the only one who's blogged about it. I did find one person's blog who said

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A new addition

So it's been a few months! After surgery and a few updates it seems like I went AWOL on the blog. It happens... we all hit those parts of the year that we can't possibly blog as much as we'd like. Life started going so fast after my two week follow up from surgery.
If you've followed my medical journey at all you know I've had some trouble with my health and specifically the girly kind. We weren't sure what it would mean for our family & the potential of having kids. Well, one thing I left out of the updates was that our doctor told us at the two week check-up that we needed to start trying for a baby immediately. Although it wasn't a complete shock, it was a bit of reality. She said I had a small window of time after the surgery to take advantage of some things she did to improve my chances. After that, she wasn't sure how possible it would be. We always knew this was the case but it definitely put the pressure & prayers into effect.
Well... we're lucky! She was right. She did a great job setting us up for success and I'm happy to report....
We're due in April of 2012! I have no doubt that this baby is the result of a gluten free diet & the work of my amazing new doctor. We're so excited and feel so thankful to have supportive family, friends and doctors who helped make this possible.
I'm hoping to post more often but this is the busiest time of my year. I'm working full-time, teaching at the university at night & juggling a few awesome freelance clients (and wanting to be asleep or eating 24/7). So the posts may be few and far between but I promise to try and keep up! There have been so many fun food discoveries to share & I miss my blogger/twitter peeps!
I hope everyone had a great weekend! If anyone out there has some good tips to handle pregnancy sickness on a gluten free diet, please share!!! I've been living off of a prescribed anti-nausea medication and Udi's bagels with peanut butter but it doesn't always work. I really wish I could just eat saltine crackers! But hey - it's temporary right? :)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Surgery Update

Hello all! I'm overwhelmed by all of the support I've been given over the last few weeks through email, twitter, real life :), etc about my surgery so I wanted to make sure I gave you an update. Here's where you can stop if you don't want to read on!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Strawberry Pie Please! Pie Party fun!

So we all know I've been stuck with liquid "medical food" and supplements for a week to get my liver back in shape. I made a meal plan for the week with healthy, wonderful meal options. But my one vice is baked goods. I knew I would want a sweet treat for the Fourth of July and with Pie Party coming up why not?
Whole Foods has organic strawberries on sale so a strawberry pie it is! I found a great strawberry & cherry pie recipe on and went for it (minus the cherries... dont crucify me.. I dont like cherries). Since going gf almost two years ago I havent made a pie. So for this challenge I needed a friend. I'm lucky to have friends who love to bake and this time Alex was up for the job :)
Alex and I have been friends for about 4 years. We fell in love with traveling musicians who were on the road together. When we met, she was already married to her awesome hubby and they had been together for years, dating back to high school. Tim and I were just starting to date & had only been talking for two weeks before the guys got sent out on the road together for several months. Even though things were new, I just knew :) After about 5 or 6 weeks of missing Tim, I decided I was going to drive to Virginia to surprise him for his birthday! And after thinking about it, I remembered meeting Alex briefly & thought... surely she misses her husband... she might want to come too! I'm sure it was out of desperation to see her hubby, but she called and said she'd love to come. And boy am I glad she did! We started out an 8 hour drive as strangers and ended up amazing friends. Her and her husband were both in our wedding and they've since had a precious son! Here we are at Easter:
For the last four years we've spent a lot of holidays together from New Years & Easter to the Fourth of July. And through it all I'm thankful that with every new medical revelation and food intolerance discovery, they've been supportive and adaptable with every meal. Alex has even made me gf pierogis to go with everyone else's gluten filled ones. Seriously - anyone who knows pierogis knows that's love.
So this Fourth of July we had a great time baking this strawberry pie. You can find all of the ingredients and instructions here at I made a few substitutions which I'll list below. I'll also give you a quick photo overview but no one can walk you through an entire recipe better than Shauna Ahern herself so if you haven't been to her site before - Go!! You won't be sorry! She's the queen of delicious gluten free food.
My substitutions:
• Instead of regular butter, I used Goat butter. You can find it at Whole Foods!
• Instead of arrowroot & cornstarch in the gf flour, I used tapioca starch/flour
• Instead of the regular sugar, I used raw coconut sugar
Despite these changes it was amazing! Even the husbands wolfed it down and then leaned back in their

Independence Day from Detox!

I made it! Well, I almost made it :) I cheated on the last meal of the last day. I ate salmon, rice & broccoli:

I was proud and I convinced myself that I deserved to have a healthy Saturday night dinner with my hubby. This past week of not eating solid food has solidified how important food is to a family & friendship.
Sunday morning I woke up and what do you think I had? My favorite breakfast item... Bacon!!
But not just any bacon... Peterson's apple smoked bacon. It's uncured apple smoked bacon that's Certified Humane, with no sodium nitrates, nitrites or preservatives. If you haven't had this before, do yourself a favor and go get some! I buy mine at Whole Foods. My friend Sarah even taught me a trick to cooking it! Just put down some parchment paper, lay the bacon on top & put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 17 minutes. Depending on your oven, it may be more around 13-15 minutes. It's an easy breezy way to wake up & have bacon on the weekend.
So now that I have a few favorite but safe foods eaten, it's on to starting the new routine. Because Dr. Reisman found that I needed significant Vitamin D, Iodine, C & a thryoid boost, I'm starting a new routine of supplements.
Twice a day I'm drinking a combo of Power Greens powder, buffered C & Fiber Pro. Once a day I drink 8 oz of water with Vitamin D & Iodine drops. I'm not sure how long I'll pull off drinking the Power Greens mix but we'll see if I can make it a routine!
Now that my system is "cleansed" I'm being really aware of how I feel after I eat. I'm starting slow with basic ingredients to monitor the reactions. So far so good!
I'm really thankful for my new doctor. I'm also thankful for everyone's support. Many of you have emailed, tweeted or come up to me about what I'm going through. You all mean so much and I'm thankful for the support. I'll keep you updated and keep supporting each other out there!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Day 6!

Woohoo!! Day 6! It's been quite the day. I've felt good. Maybe it's because I'm almost done with the detox and see the light at the end of the tunnel. But it has also been an emotional two days. Yesterday there was something that made me feel left out, lonely & not valued which is ridiculous because it all surrounded food. But it wasn't about food, it was about feelings & inclusion. Five years ago I never would have thought that food would be such an emotional part of my life. But I guess that's what happens when you finally realize you can't eat like everyone else. And when the reason is medical, not because of a fad diet or trend, it's emotionally harder. I've mentioned before that I have

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 4

One more day down! I've got three days left and I'm counting down every minute. I'm not gonna lie. This process has proved how much I depend on food. That may sound like a no brainer but it's taught me how many times a day I want to eat. Whether it's a snack I want to "brighten the day" or dessert at night, I have realized I must eat a lot without paying attention. Hopefully I can remind myself that when I get those urges I need to reach for the carrots & celery instead of gluten free treats.
I keep thinking about what I want to have as my celebration meal this weekend. It may be because I'm dying to eat so bad that everything sounds good, but I think I need help :) let me know if you have any fun suggestions!
I joke that I'm dying to eat (and I am) but I know what I'm doing has a purpose. This isn't a diet or juice fast. In fact, I haven't lost any weight at all. It's something my doctor feels is necessary for the pain I'm going through right now. I've gotten used to the taste & don't hate it anymore! So everytime I think I wanna eat a handful of trail mix, I remind myself that I've pulled off going gluten, soy, sugar, dairy, corn, chicken & caffeine free... I think I can handle three more days! I mean really... My dog threw up on the kitchen floor this morning right as I was making my breakfast shake. The two looked quite similar & I got it down anyway so hell... I can do this!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 3 of Liver Detox

As I write this I'm sitting here with a glass of green detox liquid. It's the end of day three and I have four more to go. Since I drink 4 glasses of this a day, this is glass number 12. Geez... I can't believe I'm actually doing this! I think I've finally gotten over the hump though. Day one was absolute torture. I could barely choke it all down and was a drama queen with my husband making fun of how gross it was. He shut me up by drinking some of it and saying he liked it. But it really did stink. I told him it was because he didn't HAVE to drink it.
Day two was better until the early afternoon. I started getting a headache, my muscles were aching and I was really distracted. I think it took me two hours longer to do what I needed to at work that day. I just kept staring at stuff. I've heard these are pretty typical side effects of detoxing so I'm not worried.
Day three has been much easier. I've figured out that combining everything into one drink rather than having two separate ones is

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Mind Body Medical Center - (part 3 of Doctors, Detox, the Liver & Surgery)

Mind Body Medical Center is an integrative medical practice in Edgehill Village. From their website: "Mind-Body Medical Center was founded in 1991 by Stephen L. Reisman, M.D. with the goal of offering integrative medicine to his patients in the Nashville, Tennessee area. We provide comprehensive approaches to medical problems and emphasize the primary importance of learning and living in ways that promote health and prevent illness." You can read more about their office and philosophy here.
As soon as I walked in I loved the environment. Two wonderful women were working the front desk and knew who I was when I entered. How often does that happen when you go to the dr? My last dr appointment left me waiting an hour and a half before I was seen.
They schedule people so that there is no waiting and the paperwork was relatively short for being a new patient. I filled everything out and only waited a few minutes until Dr. Reisman came to get me. I'll be honest. He's an interesting guy. Interesting in the way a really smart, intuitive doctor is interesting. He studied my face as I talked, looked me in the eye and I could feel him thinking throughout the entire visit. He went through the general questions and when he looked at the paperwork I had filled out he smiled when he read my reason for being there. It was simple - something's missing and no one is talking to me about it. I'm over having surgery & you're one of my last hopes.
Through all of the gentle questions and great discussion, he awoke something in me with one question: "Has anyone ever talked to you about WHY you have endometriosis?" I sat in silence for a minute. "No" I answered, I guess not. It almost felt embarrassing. My only explanation was to say that I've only been told it just "happens" to a lot of women and I was one of them. He also asked me if any of my doctors had run any kind of blood test on me to check for vitamin issues or different chemical/hormone imbalances. The answer to that was the same resounding "no".
With his answer that followed, everything started to make sense. I've read a lot on my own about endometriosis and different natural treatments. It's what lead to discovering my food intolerances to gluten, dairy, refined sugar, caffeine, chicken & corn. And it lead to the acupuncture & qigong practices that I love. From Dr. Reisman, I learned that was only part of the solution. I've been treating my symptoms, not the root. I thought the food changes were the root... but I wasn't looking at the organ that plays the part.
He proceeded to explain how the liver is the organ which processes our

Doctors, detoxes, the liver & surgery (part 2)

(continued from part 1...)
With nothing else to do, I took the appointment that was 3 weeks away. After a week, I was in so much pain I could barely stay at work. I called the doctor's office to see if there was a cancellation list I could be put on. Turns out God was looking out for me because they called a few hours later with an open slot.
Meeting my new surgeon was great! She was bright, cheerful but to the point. It was when she laid everything out about how differently she wanted to treat things that I was really surprised. She made a comment that I wouldn't be put back on the same medication as before. She said it inherently didn't function the way I needed it to for endometriosis. Essentially I've been on the wrong thing for almost two years. It's no

Doctors, detoxes, the liver & surgery (part 1)

I feel like I'm on a Dr. merry-go-round. The traditional part of me says "don't question your doctors, they know what they're doing". But my body & mind are telling me something's missing. I've changed my diet, took the "compromise" medication, started practicing yoga & qigong & took steps to try and control my stress. I love all of my doctors each in their own way. I appreciate the years of study & practice in their careers. But it wasn't until this week that I began to feel cheated by all of them. A lot of this is personal and more than you might want to know but the blogging community has meant so much to me through all of my struggles I'm sharing this journey in hopes it might help someone like me who's searching too.
After years of following my doctor's suggestions & still having to go into surgery for the fourth time, I got sad. Really sad. How in the world can no one figure this out? What did I do wrong?
In my last year of desperation, I called Vanderbilt's Center for Integrative Health. I knew they had an integrative doctor who took insurance. That is so incredibly rare that I thought- this has to be the answer. I'd prefer to go to a friend's Integrative Dr at the Mind Body Medical Center but it's expensive and why do that when this doctor at Vanderbilt takes Humana? Upon calling for an appointment, they tell me there's a 4 month wait.... 4 months? This guy must be good. But unfortunately it will be too late then, I'll have to have surgery again before that but just in case, I made the appointment. Lucky for me, two months later, I got a cancellation appointment!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Meet Bama - the gluten free dog

My sweet, sweet Bama is 7 years old this week!! And of course we spoiled her with the annual birthday treat & scooby-doo hat party. Every year she tolerates wearing her party hat as long as she gets a great treat out of it! But before you judge and say "wow, they obviously don't have kids..." just know that this dog has been around for more of my life than my husband has and we've been through a lot together. I can attribute a lot of the happiness in my life to her. She's an amazing spirit and I'm lucky to have her!

This year we got her a gluten free birthday cake from See Spot Eat. Why gluten free? Well, the basic truth is... she was smelly. Really smelly. A few years ago, we were fed up with what was coming from our beloved

Quick update

Yay!! The hubby is home!!

I know it's been forever since my last post! I've been dealing with a fair amount of life stuff that's taken me away from the blog. There have been lots of good things (the husband coming home from 5 months in Hong Kong ;) and some challenging things (finding out I'm having a fourth surgery soon).  But I'll be back on the bandwagon soon!
My diet has changed too so the recipes you'll see coming up will be a little different. Through some skin testing, I've found out that chicken and corn are being added to the list of caffeine, sugar, dairy & gluten intolerance. It was overwhelming at first but it's been really great to feel a bit better!! My husband is incredibly supportive as are my friends. Speaking of friends... I'm going to have a few posts about my friends coming up because I'm lucky to have amazing friends who cook gf meals for me! They have mastered adapting recipes when they don't have to and for that they deserve a post ;) They're not only amazing at being friends, they're amazing in the kitchen! I'm a lucky lady with great people in my life.
Until then!
;) April

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I love playing in the dirt!

It's almost Spring! I've filled the house with sunflowers, daffodils & zinnias. Fresh flowers are a weakness for me. They remind me that there are so many happy, beautiful things to notice in our everyday, rushed lives. Also, last weekend I got started on the garden! I recently posted about cleaning out the garden itself, but this weekend I got started with planting seeds in my jiffy greenhouse. All of my seeds are organic but I couldn't seem to find any starter pods that were organic. Oh well, you do what you can right?
This year I've decided to scale back what I'm growing. I'm not making the garden smaller, just giving it more room to breathe! My biggest mistake last year was crowding the rows with too many things. I learned that I don't have enough room for vine vegetables and that squash & zuchinni will rot VERY quickly if they dont have the correct amount of room.

This year's garden will include:
Brussel Sprouts

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A perfect day

Today was beautiful! As I mentioned before, last night was a really late night so I got a late start today... as in a 1:30pm wake up from my dog. That never happens. I'm such an old woman these days and if I go out, I'm still home by 10:30 or 11 at the latest. It's pretty sad. But last night's occasion deserved it so I had a lot to get done once I was up!
I started with breakfast & then working in the garden. Here's what it unfortunately looked like when I started:
There were a lot of things to clean out but after about two hours it

Finally home!

Oh my gosh am I glad to be home with my own kitchen! I still wish I was with Tim because truly, home is wherever I'm with him, but I do cherish this time on my own as well. This morning was a late one! I had a bachelorette party for a dear friend and was out till the wee hours of the morning. When I finally woke up I was so excited to have some good food in the house for breakfast. I went to Whole Foods yesterday and just relished in the ability to buy whatever I wanted and needed (within budget ;) but the best part was knowing where everything was... and knowing that I had so many healthy choices. Shopping in Asia is definitely a world apart, some for the better & some not, but I'm happy to be back at home where I can drive to the store, shop & drive home. You forget how lucky we are to have that ability. Carrying groceries on the subway for two hours roundtrip got tiring.
This morning consisted of one of my favorite breakfasts... bacon ;) I'm not a huge meat eater but I will never be able to part ways with bacon. Especially Whole Foods peterson's honey bacon:
Add some vanilla goat yogurt with fresh organic pineapple & you have my favorite (gluten, cow dairy, soy, sugar & corn free) breakfast:
Have a great day everyone! I'm headed out to the garden to resurrect it. It's almost planting time!!
p.s. I'm not done posting about my trips but it is definitely taking a long time to digest everything and the thousands of pictures. I am going to try and get two more done this week!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Naumi Hotel - Singapore

Since I'm staying in a hostel on campus for most of the Hong Kong trip, we decided to spend our few days in Singapore in style. The Naumi hotel is more than style, it's customer service, beauty, location & high class asian flavor all in one! This is a hotel that will (unforunately for my bank account) be a benchmark of value for future stays.
I booked through which is the Small Luxury Hotels association. It's not the best place to get the lowest price but they have a rate match system and you can use their website of boutique collection hotels as your guide to looking elsewhere online. However, we did book

Monday, March 7, 2011

Guide to Gluten Free Singapore - day 1

Hello all! Just got back from our Singapore trip & I have lots to update you on! Since this blog is primarily about food I'll start with that & talk about our tourist adventures later! My apologies ahead of time for the subpar iPhone pictures... The good camera didn't make it everywhere!
First, a little about the food culture in Singapore...
S'pore is one of the most diverse places I've ever been. There are so many choices in food that it's really overwhelming at first. Their ideals of American food are interesting and definitely misguided at times. But who comes to S'pore for American food? I'm sure the expats who live there are happy for the Tony Roma's & Applebees in the mall but we didn't travel there to eat at places we can go to in Nashville.
When we got to the Hong Kong International airport we were starving. We were about to be on a flight for four hours & figured we should eat first. we were also flying an Asian "budget" airline, Tiger Airways, and they charge for any food & drink. We walked to our departure terminal and found a Precious Congee restaurant in the food court. My husband had the pork meatball congee:

& I had a BBQ pork rice roll:

You're probably saying... "what in the world are those?"
Congee is like a hot, steaming rice porridge. They put veggies & meatballs in it & it's completely gluten free!
My pork BBQ rice rolls were exactly as they sound... a soft sheet of rice filled with pork. I really loved it! Be sure to mention "no soy" because if

Good for the soul

I have so many things left to blog about it's ridiculous! But right this second I wanted to say... This trip has been amazing for my soul. Not only because I get to spend some time with the man I love so ridiculously it hurts - but because it's completely outside my comfort zone. It's something I don't do enough & hope I will do more now. I'm sitting on the subway (mtr) in Hong Kong heading into town on my own. A town I've never been in before & a town where very few people can communicate with me. I'm looking out the windows to this amazing, wondrous place filled with tradition, family & its own brand of beauty. It makes me think about the vastness & history of other cultures I have yet to wonder about. There's just so much out there in this world that it's happily overwhelming. This trip has not been without it's frustrations & hiccups but for now I'm going to plug back into my Mumford & Sons iPhone soundtrack, pull out my camera again & try my hardest to discover & document the beauty of this trip to my soul.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Arriving in Hong Kong/Tuen Mun is a welcome culture shock

If you've been following my travels at all, you know I'm spending the next few weeks in Asia. I'll be in Hong Kong, the New Territories portion of HK called Tuen Mun (at Lingnan University), and Singapore.
The blog post previous to this described the challenging flight out here but as soon as I got to my hubby all felt right ;) He's currently in Tuen Mun, HK from January to mid-May on a semester abroad. He's an International Business major with concentrations in Finance & Mandarin back home in Nashville at Belmont University. We wanted to take the opportunity for him to be able to study abroad and have some great adventures. We planned this trip for me to come out halfway through and spend some time  together! And oh has it been an adventure!
We took a taxi back to his campus at Lingnan University. That ride itself was the beginning of a welcome culture shock! Hong Kong has a beautiful way about it. As an American, it's not a typical "beauty"... it's hard to describe... You can tell it's a city based in history, culture & tradition. The majority of the buildings look old, dirty & rundown at first glance. It's something you don't see as prevalent in America but it's the norm here. But it's incredibly beautiful... in it's own amazing way. I'm hoping to have time next week to just walk around and take photos so you can see what I mean. It feels like things are either new construction where a historic building has been, or it's a building that's been there for hundreds of years.
I am staying on campus in the visitors hostel. I was a little worried because to be honest, my husband's hostel is incredibly sparse, tiny & loud. All of us with food allergies know that everywhere we travel, we try to find somewhere with a refridgerator and maybe a kitchenette. Thankfully, the visitors hostel was completely different from his dorm. It is definitely not a hotel but a hostel and for $30/day it's perfect! They have a flat screen TV, kitchenette (perfect for cooking with my allergies), study room, free wifi & free laundry facilities. The security is high-tech with two different keypads to use for entry to your room.
Once we got inside, I found that my adorable husband had this waiting for me:
The flowers were beautiful & he had written the sweetest card ever. He also had traveled an hour there and an hour back to an organic health food store in HK called "360". It's in Central HK and is truly the equivalent to Whole Foods. It's even more expensive though, which I

Flying internationally & keeping your sanity

This is my first international trip (other than cancun which I don't really consider international). So I was definitely anxious & didn't know what to expect. Everyone I talked to had different advice & different experiences. I also knew traveling with food allergies would be difficult and it definitely has been a challenge. It's made me thankful for the places I know & love in Nashville who don't flinch when I tell them about my gluten intolerance.
The journey started a few days before I left with endless lists of things to do & buy in order to make the trip comfortable. I thought at the time I was being excessive & stressing about things I'd laugh about later... But it turns out everything I did, I couldn't have lived without!
• International adapter
• Carry on baggage with a built-in laptop slot (it will single-handedly save your shoulders)
• Swiss army backpack
• The Passport & boarding pass wallet that you wear around your neck.
• My Merrell shoes- for running around the airport comfortably
• My giant ziploc bag of snacks- natural beef jerky, raw trail mix, natural fruit snacks, Pure & Organic Gf brownie bars & last but not least, Lara bars
• Nyquil - for sleeping on the plane
• Eyemask
• Inflatable travel pillow
• Earplugs
• Elastic Hair bands
• the iCall app- allows you to make international calls with wifi for only 1-2 cents per minute!

That's quite the list huh? Well I'm off traveling for three weeks & will have endured (I mean enjoyed ;) 6 different flights by the end of it all so everything on this list is saving my life.
I started with a flight from Nashville to Chicago which was less than stellar in a tiny jet which seemed

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hong Kong adventures coming soon!

Life has been so busy lately! It feels like forever since I've blogged but this trip is too good & it needs to be shared ;)
My husband is studying International Business with a concentration in Finance & Mandarin. When he was given the opportunity to study abroad in Hong Kong for a semester it was incredibly exciting. I won't lie and say that I didn't have pangs of fear at watching my husband take off for almost 5 months... but we both always say we should take our opportunities whenever they present themselves. We know that this experience is worth it in the long-run and missing each other is just temporary. He's learning so much and having some great adventures. We're almost halfway through the semester and I've finally gotten here for my visit! 
I'll be blogging along the way and sharing everything I can about the food I experience! If anyone has any suggestions or hints feel free to pass them on! We'll also be traveling to Singapore tomorrow so look for those updates.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Late night dinner scrounged from the kitchen!

Sometimes I lose the motivation to cook for myself. Tonight I just wanted to scrounge up whatever I could. I found some brown rice, spinach, bacon, onion & avocado. Then I remembered I found this gem at the International Market:
Yep! Fried Garlic! I've recently been intrigued by asian ingredients. I love looking around the International Market on Belmont Blvd when I'm there for lunch. This week I found Palm sugar for only

I have a sickness... I like to photograph my food.

I am having a “me” day today. I really needed it! I’ve got lots of dr appointments this week and my husband left yesterday for Hong Kong. He’s gone until mid-May so needless to say I’m a little sad. But it’s going to be a great adventure for him and I get to go visit!
I took the day off, slept in, got a massage, went to my favorite fabric store & got lunch (again) from A Matter of Taste takeout. It’s been the best day in a long time! If you ever need an intensive acupressure massage with someone incredibly intuitive go see Sith at Urban Oasis. It’s on Belmont Blvd hidden across