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More Smart Sip Tips & New Regulations to Note

Talk about raising awareness of from you lips to your hips! While everyone was enjoying their Mint Juleps to cheer on the Kentucky Derby and Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo last week, a new Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A) regulation was rolling out requiring restaurants and other dining and drinking establishments with more than twenty locations to list calories counts for cocktails, wine and beer. The guidelines were announced earlier this year. You can watch the recent NBC News report here. Like the calorie counts we see on menu items at similar establishments, these are intended as helpful guidelines to educate consumers about what […]

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Stuff Your Bird. Not Your Body. Thanksgiving Tips

Gobble this up……. The average individual consumes 3000 calories during a Thanksgiving meal. Add wine and cocktails, and this number can top 4500, according to the Calorie Control Council. That’s more than double what our daily caloric intake should be. We all want to enjoy our holiday meal and not worry about calories. An occasional splurge is part of giving thanks with family and friends. But, there are ways to incorporate moderation into the celebration and feel better the day after. 1. Eat lightly the day before with a focus on fresh vegetables and fiber. 2. Crunch it! Snack on an apple, sliced raw veggies or a handful of […]

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Fabulous Women! This Mom of Three Sons Makes Moonshine

Troy Ball is a self-described “Vandy Girl.” (a Vanderbilt University alumna with a certain style for those of you who wonder).  She wears pressed jeans and pearls and has impeccable southern manners.  She has grit, grace and gumption (my three favorite qualities besides fearless and fabulous). Troy is also the mom of three adult sons, two with special needs.  At one point she decided to uproot her family to Asheville, NC, where the climate was better for her sons. There, she started her life over after running successful businesses in Texas. At 50 and faced with the reality she needed to […]

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A Mystery Meal Cooks Up Inspiration

The invitation was sudden, subtle and enticing. Boarding the bus to New York this past week, we ran into someone we’d recently met at a dinner party.  He quietly came over to us after we were seated and said, “Would you like to come to my house for a mystery meal?” “Why not!” We answered, intrigued with the idea. Let’s face it: David and I have been in a dining rut at home eating various versions of greens, beans, mushrooms and fish every night. We could use a little mystery to spice things up. He asked us about our food […]

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Getting Things Off My Chest: Give Yourself Permission!

I recently had the opportunity to check something off my travel “bucket list”- hunting for Mother’s Nature’s black and white diamonds in Italy. (aka truffles). The season for the best truffles is short, October to December, and restaurants around the country lure devoted fans with pricey “truffle dinners.” I’ve only enjoyed truffles shaved over dishes at places like SD26 (sadly now closed), Spago Beverly Hills and Spiaggia in Chicago. So, an invitation to go to the source was a dream come true. Our generous host was Livia Colantonio, proprietor of Castello delle Regine in Umbria, who opened up her majestic home- literally a small […]

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