Out on a Limb in Israel (A Guide)

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She stood, barely taller than the bottom of the apricot stand, biting into the fresh fruit with relish.

“Metzuyan!” she declared.

We followed her lead and asked for a basket of apricots.  As she packed her purchase into a rolling cart, she stopped and turned toward us.  “Are you from the United States? How are you enjoying Israel? This is the best country in the world!”

When Elie and I traveled to Paris in the summer of 2012, we happily—and with gusto—dove into all Paris had to offer.  Velvety chocolates, flaky croissants spread with raw milk butter, rustic breads made from wild yeast, creamy sheep milk cheese from the Pyrenees, even rabbit terrine and head cheese.  We tried them all.  Simply because we were in…

In May 2012, Elie and I traveled to Tulum to attend the wedding of our friends, Scarlett and Diego.  The turquoise waters and white Caribbean beaches of Tulum, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, appears to be a magical place.  Not unlike Lake Wobegon, in Tulum all the visitors fall in love, friendships are formed and time stands still.  And the…

In November 2011, Elie and I visited my Dad, who lives in Mississippi about an hour from New Orleans.  My self-appointed mission during my stay in the Big Easy—expand beyond the beignets and café au lait to explore New Orleans restaurants committed to supporting local farmers, fisherman and producers.  I didn’t have to look far, beginning…

*this post originally appeared on NourishRDs.com, the website of my former nutrition practice. I’ve moved it here, but am still working on getting photos added* Last week, Elie, my Mom (Carolyn) and I sought sun in Sonoma, landing in California to a balmy 83 degrees.  It wasn’t just sun we were after. Biking, hiking, wine tasting, napping and eating great food…