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Eating Local and Organic By the Seasons

Okay, so you know how to shop the farmers’ market and you know that when you shop the farmers’ market, it’s easy to buy what’s local and in season because that’s what the farmers are selling. But most people still do the majority of their shopping in grocery stores. When […]

My Greens? Not So Green.

I am one of those people who is extremely suggestible, bordering on hopelessly gullible. If I read something or hear it in passing, there is an excellent chance that it will take root in my head and I will believe it forever. To this day, I firmly believe that green […]

Friends with Benefits

One of the many books that has been published recently (without the slightest help or input from me) is Healthy Child, Healthy World, a guide for parents who want to raise children in a “cleaner, greener and safer home.” Author Christopher Gavigan has stuffed this book with boatloads of planet-friendly advice from […]

Between the Lines: Mercury in Retrograde

ColumnConscious life, hear me roar. Coming home on a ferry Sunday from Martha’s Vineyard, I pulled out my iPhone and checked emails. I should have waited until Monday. A close friend emailed me she’d had the most bizarre weekend ever: running over a stray dildo in a bike lane, a […]

The InsidHer’s Guide to Life: I’m So Over Her

ColumnEnglish doesn’t have the feminine case. Stop trying to add it to the rotation. “These ‘Influence-Hers’ have considerably larger social networks — both online and offline…Besides having a larger social circle, they also tend to be more actively engaged with brands. The Influence-Hers are 38% more likely than typical women […]

Overcooked: Olive Oil on Desserts

Olive oil ice cream and gelato are the darlings of the moment on restaurant dessert menus. It’s gotten to where you practically expect to see it before you even look at the menu. Depending on how jaded you are, you’re either excited by this, or bored and ready for the […]

The Goldberg Variations: Wildlife in Suburbia

This is not the greenest sentiment I’ve ever expressed, but the fact is, I kind of hate nature. Not all of nature, of course. I’m extremely fond of puppies and sunsets. I also like butterflies and broccoli rabe, but I have a really hard time with some of nature’s wilder […]

High Definition: Tinted Moisturizer for the Dry Months

ColumnWhether you buy it outright or make your own, tinted moisturizer is your cold weather must-have. The one makeup product you need to make it through the dry seasons of fall and winter is tinted moisturizer. Skin becomes particularly parched as the air dries it out and indoor heating systems […]

On Trend: Oxfords & Plaid

Embrace life as an uncomplicated tomboy in classic oxfords and feminine button downs. As the leaves and temperatures start falling across the country, it’s time for us to get comfy and cozy. Good news for us ladies is that flat shoes, especially oxfords and brogues, are all the rage right […]

Foodie Underground: Would You Like a Scoop of Geoduck Ice Cream?

ColumnArtisanal ice cream gone wrong. Salted caramel ice cream. Orange coriander ice cream. Sweet summer corn buttermilk sherbert. The whole put-anything-you-can-find-and-see-if-it-works-in-ice-cream-trend is tasty at times, edgy at best, but has become so ubiquitous that off-color flavors rarely merit a reaction. That was until I saw the geoduck ice cream sign.

Reduce, Reuse, and Decoupage?

For the record, I am not a person who is interested in crafts. Whether it’s gluing seashells onto homemade greeting cards, scrapbooking, or painting acorns for a nature-themed centerpiece – none of it appeals to me on any level. If someone handed me a hot glue gun I would use it […]

Better Living Through Publicists

Editor’s note: Better Living Through Publicists is a behind-the-screen look at the consistently ridiculous inbox of a writer. Ever wondered how Star knows which celebrities partied at which Vegas nightclub? Thank a publicist. Ever wonder how an editor knew about an exciting new product launch? Thank a publicist. Yes, publicists […]

Pimp My Wildlife Vehicle

I was sitting in traffic recently, when I noticed that the license plate in front of me featured a majestic bald eagle, its wings spread in flight above a caption that instructed me to “Conserve Wildlife.” Clearly this is a worthwhile sentiment, although I was surprised to see it on […]

Sealing the Deal

I just returned from a seaside vacation, where the leisure-time activities included swimming, hiking, and being environmentally incorrect. On the very first day at our rented seashore home, I unpacked the cooler we had brought to the beach – and without even thinking about it I began to toss empty Diet […]

7 Steps to Successful Semi-Vegetarianism

Call it flexitarianism, conscious meat consumption, or low meat eating, lots of people are saving the flesh for special occasions and adopting a veg-centric diet. If you’ve been thinking about going vegetarian or vegan for the planet, but you really like meat and think you’ll miss it, or you’re worried […]

Shade Grown Hollywood: 8 Pointless Female Characters in Movies

ColumnWhere celebrity becomes conscious. Like the hair standing up on the back on your neck just before a thunderstorm, you can feel it coming. You’re sitting in a movie theater, temporarily blinded by the pyrotechnics on-screen. The Earth is being saved by some strapping Everyman. Evil has been defeated. Everyman […]

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Sugar Addiction and Nutrition Labels: Foodie Underground

Would a revamped nutrition label help us deal with our sugar addiction? When you grab a food product off the shelf, do you look at the nutrition label? Chances are you do, but statistically more people look at the general nutrition facts than they do the ingredients. Our misunderstanding of […]

4 Years of a Column About Good Food: Foodie Underground

Four years of Foodie Underground means a lot of column writing. Here’s a look back. Something last week made me go and search for the first Foodie Underground ever written. I remembered that it was around springtime, but couldn’t remembered the month. As it turned out, my first column devoted […]

Foodie Underground: Is Technology Killing Our Relationship to Real Food?

ColumnIn our modern, technology filled world, we’re busy, and so we cut corners, but food shouldn’t be one of them. Checking your iPhone during dinner is rude (well, unless you’re food porning it up… and even then, there are limits). But what’s worse? Making your iPhone your dinner partner. That’s right […]

Foodie Underground: Everything in Moderation

ColumnHow does a foodie decide what to eat and what not to eat? It was early in the morning, NPR was on, and my mother and I were sitting at my kitchen table drinking tea. An interview came on the radio with an executive of a certain well known specialty […]

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