Swimsuit Time Is Pantry Makeover Time

Standing in front of a three-way mirror trying to find a flattering swimsuit may not be your idea of a fun time. You aren’t alone. More than any other time of the year, the approaching warm summer days that call for swimsuits, sleeveless blouses, cropped pants and shorts make us self-conscious about the shape of our bodies. But how we look on the outside is only part of the picture. How we look on the inside is just as important. …

Boomers Turn the Tables in the Restaurant Industry

In the restaurant business, the conventional wisdom used to be that attracting young adults was the surest road to profit, because people invariably tended to dine out less as they got older. But boomers, an iconoclastic generation that’s refuted so many other age stereotypes, are upending the old equation. A recent study by NPD Group shows that visits to commercial food establishments – both restaurants and “snack” establishments such as coffee shops – by customers 65 and older have grown nearly …

Eating Done Right: Oatmeal – Food of the Week

For sheer versatility, oatmeal is hard to beat. Besides serving as a hearty breakfast cereal, oatmeal can be added to meat loaf or baked in cookies, cakes, bread, muffins and scones. Oatmeal can also be ground in a blender to create oat flour that can be used as a coating for fish or chicken. Oatmeal is credited with numerous health benefits. Regularly consuming oatmeal lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also enhances the immune system’s …

Indulge Yourself with Health

I LOVE FOOD. I love thinking about food. I love dining out. But when it comes down to it, my favorite foods are incredibly simple: tuna salad with a mayo and celery at home, or spaghetti with Bolognese sauce when I dine out. While I like to watch reruns of Julia Child cooking for their entertainment value, I have no desire to cook coq au vin or beef bourguignon. Whether you enjoy being creative in the kitchen, or (like me) …

A Modern Family: Bringing Generations Together for Dinner

In the three years I’ve known Arthur, we’ve never once sat at his dinner table – until last Thursday. We’ve eaten together plenty, don’t you worry. Food is very much a part of our visits. On my walks from work to his apartment, I usually pick up something for us to share – Vietnamese summer rolls, maybe, or cheese and a baguette. If the weather permits, we go to the farmer’s market nearby or to the food trucks lined up …

Latinos: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Food is one of the most important passion points for Latinos. We are revelers of well-seasoned, abundant and succulent dishes, always enjoyed among family and friends. Sadly, some of our lifestyle choices put us at a greater risk of developing lifelong medical conditions. Diabetes is one of those illnesses. It is a chronic disease characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood; and it has become “an urgent health problem in the Latino community,” according to the American Diabetes …