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Tennessee Wine-ing

Tennessee…wine country??? Three words you would never hear me say together, until now.  Disclaimer: I am in no way a wine aficionado, but I like to think my palate has developed over the years (credit I give partially due to an old flame/classically trained chef). But you guys, it exists!  As wine club members, my husband and I had the opportunity to tour the Natchez Hills Winery and Vineyard in Hampshire, Tennessee with the owner himself.  There’s a cluster of wineries in the area tucked away far from the highway noises and city lights.  An aerospace engineer turned winery/Bed & Breakfast owner, Jim gave us an entertaining personal account of his wine production journey-from acquiring the land to tasting his newly bottled recipes paired with local, artisan cheeses and chocolates. What really sets this wine apart from other Tennessee varieties (for me at least): it’s grown and processed with passion using Old World winemaking techniques incorporating a creative, artistic approach. Traditional AND handcrafted? SWOON! In other words, the flavors of the locally grown or California …

Costa Rica Dreamin’

One month ago today, we were waiting on a hopper plane to Tambor airport, where we would embark on our last 45 minute leg of the trip to our tiny resort up the most windy, gravely road you can imagine in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.  The only description I can currently find fitting enough is awe-inspiring.  Multiply that by 100 and hopefully you get the idea of how in love I am with that tiny town.  I’m rarely a repeat traveler (having taken the exact trip two years prior with my travel friend, Amie), but I had to bring back my husband for the experience.    You can check out a few of my favorite travel pics below: I longed for a fresh mango smoothie the entire trip, but unfortunately the fruit was too green and I couldn’t find one ANYWHERE.  Most of the food here is literally so fresh; if it’s not in season or not caught that day-you aren’t eating it.  LOVEEEEEE! Kind of fitting for the country’s motto: Pura Vida, which translates to ‘pure life’. So since mango was out of the question, I settled …

Hola 2016!

Happy Belated Birthday to my blog! I can’t believe I’ve been live since New Year’s Eve of 2014.  I met my tiny 2015 goal of posting at least one time per month-GO ME!! AND-it’s so ridiculously wild that I’ve had readers from 29 different countries! THANK YOU for joining me on this adventure and I look forward to what this year has in store. While many of us are thinking about the first day back at work or school tomorrow, I’m still reflecting on my 2015.  It will be a challenge to top with soooo many memorable milestones: First home purchase A wedding or, ahem…planned elopement in Key West New job opportunity and career path Sitting on a ledge over the Grand Canyon First Vegas experience First Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo EVER BAM!!!….But bring on 2016! I’m more of a ‘bucket lister’ than a New Year’s resolution maker so here’s a few items for this year: spend more time outdoors share more of my ‘foodie field trips’ here and provide you more ‘minimalist’ tips and recipes become an apprentice …

Farm to Table love

Disclosure: I attended a sponsored farm to table tour. I was not compensated for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own. Helloooo November! The pumpkin spice craze has come and gone and holiday season is almost in full swing.  I’m finally settling into my position with a new company after literally hitting the ground running since August.  I recently had a moment where my love of foodie field trips and passion for educating audiences on healthy eating completely collided. During the annual October Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo that took place here in Nashville, I attended a Farm to Fork tour sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA). We visited the Hatcher Family Dairy farm located in College Grove, several miles south of Nashville.  There we were treated to a full breakfast utilizing farm fresh and locally sourced ingredients, followed by a tour of the farm led by the Hatcher family themselves.  In a recent educational session focused on shopping smart and buying locally sourced foods, I was able …

My First FNCE!

It’s been a week since attending my first FNCE (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo for those of you not in the nutrition field).  WOAH! I loved every single second of the experience, and living in the host city made it extra special. I’ve never felt more assured of my career choice, nor have I ever completely GEEKED out so many times in one weekend.  Spotting Robin Plotkin and Regan Jones wandering the expo floor on Tuesday before the closing session was the icing on my FNCE cake (or should I say ‘brulee’? #lifegoal)! I’m not sure how I let almost six years pass without attending this conference, but rest assured that won’t happen ever again.  Not only was I able to sample the latest and trendiest items in the nutrition market and hear from experts in the field at countless educational sessions, but I had the opportunity to network at a few fun events surrounding the conference.  I’m still in awe of the whole thing, but behold me in all of my nerdiness below: Perhaps …

Eat. Explore. Relax. Key West

It’s no wonder that some of the classic literary greats-Tennessee Williams and Earnest Hemingway to name a few-drew inspiration from immersing themselves into life in the Florida Keys. Key West is a town in which time stops, days of the week blur together and the sunset is celebrated nightly. MY KIND OF PLACE! Known as ‘The Southernmost City in the Continental USA,’ Key West is closer to Cuba than Miami and the rich history of the island city includes Bahamian wreckers, commercial fisherman, spongers and Cuban cigar makers. In case you are wondering what a Bahamian wrecker is-it’s one who takes valuables from a sunken shipwreck near shore.  We spent a week here honeymooning, indulging in the food, exploring like a local and relaxing in the oasis of our B&B. Being only about 4 miles in diameter, renting a bike or scooter is a must. Luckily our B&B was prepared to accommodate every minute detail. Do yourself a favor and stay at the Mermaid and the Alligator if your travels bring you to Key West. Lush tropical …

Month of Firsts

May has been a whirly, windy blur of a month filled with many firsts.  Is it possible to feel exhausted and rejuvenated at the same time? From hosting the first successful love filled party at the new home to  first time travels through Arizona and  Nevada for the Todays Dietitian Spring Symposium; I feel more like ‘me’ than I have in awhile.  I feel so absolutely wealthy in new experiences this year; which to me is so much more important than any amount in a bank account could ever be. Here are just a few quick snapshots: On that note, I can’t wait to put into practice some of the nutrition communication skills and writing techniques I learned at some of the sessions I attended at the symposium.  Eeeek! In other news, this is my last blog post as a single person. I will be officially married in barely over a week on the white sandy beaches of Key West, Florida. Neither myself nor my fiancé have ever been to that part of Florida, so we are extremely excited to start …

Be Your Own Drug

As I kicked off 2014, I knew two things……that I had only a few months to finish checking off my Before 30 Bucket List AND I wanted to make a bigger impact in this community where I have grown roots over the past 3 years since my return from TEXAS. I can successfully claim that my mission has been accomplished! I completed my first half marathon with my friends and pace leaders over at Fleet Feet Brentwood (before the age of 30, might I add), volunteered my time once a month towards community initiatives around Nashville, and finally started a blog (a goal I have had since forever) which is still a major work in progress. Baby Steps! My hopes for 2015? To focus more on my passions-which just happen to include all things food, travel, and living well. My personal definition of living well means taking risks, following passions, being free, loving your body, moving more, giving back and eating healthy. My purpose here is to hopefully inspire the same for anyone that crosses …