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Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Kombucha is a fermented beverage. So is wine. I guess it’s no wonder I became a fast fan of Hoochy Booch Kombucha when I first tried it in 2014. Hoochy Booch was founded by Kristin Zerbin. Once upon a time she was a tired, bloated and moody woman who wanted to make a change.  Kombucha…

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By Karen, March 13, 2019
Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Good news first: my brain fog finally started to lift in mid-January. Tough news next: health after 50 is a bit of minefield. In addition to managing my normal menopause symptoms at age 50 and beyond, I’m dealing with being on the diabetes spectrum. On a follow-up visit for my blood pressure with my GP…

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By Karen, March 6, 2019
A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

When Ryland, Ali, and I arrived at The Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis at 1:00 am after travelling all day, it was a treat to be greeted so kindly at reception. If you like, it was a good omen, and one that proved quite accurate. Our time in downtown Indianapolis did not disappoint. So why…

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By Karen, February 13, 2019
A Birthday to Remember at Portugal’s Vila Joya

A Birthday to Remember at Portugal’s Vila Joya

What do you want to do when you turn 51? You could do worse than a lunch at Vila Joya, a small boutique resort that allows outsiders to dine in the restaurant as guests! That’s exactly what Russ and I did on my birthday this October 1st, since we were traveling in Portugal.   Vila…

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By Karen, November 27, 2018
My 10 November Favourite Things at Whole Foods

My 10 November Favourite Things at Whole Foods

  I love pretty grocery stores and Whole Foods is definitely one of them.   But besides being pretty there are a lot of things going on at their locations. Juice and smoothie bars, coffee bars, hot and cold food bars, and loads of olive and cheese options. It’s like a playground for foodies.  …

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By Karen, November 7, 2018
12 Food & Wine Books That Are Actually Fun to Read

12 Food & Wine Books That Are Actually Fun to Read

    When food and wine is basically your religion (yes, I’m raising my hand), you want to keep learning about it. But isn’t it nice when your learning is accompanied by lots of fun, delight, fascination, and gratification?   I asked myself which of my food & wine books provide (almost) as much pleasure…

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By Karen, October 24, 2018
The Meaning Of Thanksgiving Is Creating A Flow of Positivity

The Meaning Of Thanksgiving Is Creating A Flow of Positivity

My family and I have a Thanksgiving tradition. Everybody around the table takes a turn answering a question:   “What am I grateful for? And why?”   The “why”—as always—is so important. When you address that part of the question, you put your whole self into the answer. For example, if someone starts with, “I’m…

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By Karen, September 26, 2018
Okanagan Wine Tour for Two: 4 Days of Feasting, Tasting, and Crazy Fun

Okanagan Wine Tour for Two: 4 Days of Feasting, Tasting, and Crazy Fun

    If there’s one thing my friend Tania and I can agree on, it’s the necessity of occasionally immersing ourselves in the pleasures of the Okanagan wine country. That’s exactly what the two of us did to celebrate Tania’s 50th Birthday. Nature and wine: there’s no better combination. Plus, Okanagan wine tasting pairs really…

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By Karen, September 12, 2018
My Top 10 Local Food Finds at Vancouver’s Farmer Markets This Summer

My Top 10 Local Food Finds at Vancouver’s Farmer Markets This Summer

Vancouver farmer’s markets are a must for me from May to October. Are you kidding me? An open-air venue packed with Vancouver’s local food? That is my happy place. So I visit a variety of Vancouver’s farm markets (and those close to Vancouver) during the summer—as many as I can, depending on my schedule. The…

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By Karen, July 11, 2018
Best Airplane Snacks to Avoid Bloating After Flying

Best Airplane Snacks to Avoid Bloating After Flying

My top picks for foods that don’t cause bloating—and what you should avoid Why am I thinking about foods that don’t cause bloating? Well, I’ve been flying a lot lately. After a tough experience of relocating from one university to the next my daughter Delaney started playing lacrosse for the University of Indianapolis. (It’s a long…

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By Karen, May 23, 2018
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