Girl Talk: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep….

….by guest writer Bobbi Hill

Many people define beauty based on the features of our face and the size and shape of our body. In addition to that we use creams, serums, makeup, facials, and various spa treatments to enhance what we have to start with.

Some of these products are very effective since they contain nourishing nutrients, minerals, natural oils and vitamins that give skin hydration, reduce fine lines, smooth out wrinkles, reduce dark spots, prevent acne, minimize pore size and produce a radiant, healthy glow.



Lush Foodie Abudance in a Small Urban Garden

This modest backyard garden provides its owner with fruit and vegetables all year round, thanks to an innovative low-maintenance approach…….

Victorian Spaces by London Photographers Chris Snook


I was spending a lot of money on organic food,” Esiah Levy says, explaining how he came to create his super-productive garden in Croydon, south London.

“So, I set about finding alternative sources of organic food. There aren’t many farmers markets near where I live, so the next logical step was to learn how to grow it myself.” While juggling his day job, Levy attended Capel Manor College in London’s Regent’s Park, learning how to cultivate fruits and vegetables without plant foods or fertilizers, using the innovative no-dig technique.

Victorian Spaces by London Photographers Chris Snook



New in “The Wanderlust Food Diaries”: The Royal Mansour, Morocco

On the Menu :    "Tempting Tagines"

(A Tagine is a Berber dish from North Africa, that is named after the special earthenware pot in which it is cooked.  Tagines in Moroccan cuisine are slow-cooked stews braised at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat, and exotically spiced,  aromatic vegetables and sauce)

to go to the posting click any of the photos, or click here



Sarah Thomas becomes the first full-time female official in NFL history

Sarah Thomas will become the first full-time female official in NFL history.

The league made the groundbreaking announcement Wednesday, promoting the 19-year veteran after eight years with Conference USA.



The New [Superfood] Kids on the Block (Part 1): The Baobab Fruit

The same voice in my head that told me to dive into, Cacao,   Mangosteen,   Sea Buckthorn,   Goji,   Argan oil,   Black Sesame Seeds,   Reishi Maca,   Coconut Oil,   GacManuka

……. and many others I rave about in the "Eat Smart" section of the blog, now is telling me about the amazing Baobab fruit.

With Baobab now available on Amazon (I ordered my first bag of the powder yesterday), it's another "heavy hitting" Superfood that will probably be part of my regiment forever.



Body, (Part 29), a.k.a., “Adult Education”

Okay, it's time for me to "Take to School" all these dudes on the web with the obnoxious "Bimbo", "Hoochie Mamma', "Ghetto Booty",  and "T & A" pages on Pinterest, Tumblr and everywhere else.

I mean, damn, it's obvious I love looking at beautiful women like the next guy, but what happened to the "polished presentation"? The art form? The style? The elegance? Leaving something to the imagination?

Let me show you "Young-bloods" how it's done. Let me give you knuckleheads an "Adult Education".



The Garden of Eatin’ … Episode 6, You say [ to-may'-to ] …………….. I say [ to-mah'-to ]

I remember I was thinking when grabbing a tomato starter from Home Depot saying,  "what the heck, throw it in a pot, whatever happens, happens". Wasn't expecting much with my 3-4 hours of sunlight a day, but it actually produced some "doozies" (if that's a word)

Tomatoes were a surprise treat for my first edible garden this summer, although in reality, I need perhaps a quarter acre of land to make tomato planting practical for all the tomatoes I can go through in a year.



Home Cookin’ !!! “Something Special” …. Special Greek Cuisine, in a Special Greek Home, on a Special Greek Island

It's obvious from my blog that I'm what you call and "Island Man". But that's not just limited to the Caribbean that I'm blogging about all the time.

This amazing home on the Greek Island of Lesvos gets my spine tingling just as easily.

[photo credit]



Food for Thought: Healthy Eaters, Strong Minds, What School Gardens Teach Kids

Tall brick walls conceal a colorful garden at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C., where students like Romario Bramwell, 17, harvest flowers and produce. The program is run by City Blossoms, a nonprofit that brings gardens to urban areas.

School is still out for the summer, but at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C., students are hard at work — outdoors. In a garden filled with flowers and beds bursting with vegetables and herbs, nearly a dozen teenagers are harvesting vegetables for the weekend's farmers market.

Roshawn Little is going into her junior year at Eastern, and has been working in this garden for three years now. "I didn't really like bugs or dirt," Little says, thinking back to when she got started. "Well, I still don't really like bugs, but I like the dirt," she laughs. She gathers a handful of greens, yanks from the stem and pulls up a baseball-sized beet.



Tapas Time!!! Social Security at Your Next Party ….

… guest writer Bobbi Hill

Social Security at Your Next Party

Go ahead. Bite me. How can you resist? Fixing fabulous party foods your hungry guests can eat in small bites can be labor intensive, but the fun factor far outweighs any time constraints.

Delicious and beautiful concoctions satisfy your creative urges and bring smiles to faces and stomachs. Do stomachs smile? Of course they do. This is social security at its finest.



“Garden Graffiti” (Part 1) … “Vines in a Cage”, The Insignia Building, Seattle Washington

I was inspired to start a new series of blog articles when I walked past this building going up a block from me in Seattle, Washington.

I'm calling these articles "Garden Graffiti", I think you can see where I'm going with that.


(Below) Digital Graphic of the Insignia Building, due for completion later in 2015.



“Dressed To Grill” … Sophisticated Skewers (Part 3)

Summer may be winding down, but my list of creative Sophisticated Skewers goes on and on. So here is another batch for my online cookbook.

….and also another of what I call my "Culinary Porn", that being my addictive obsession, Custom Outdoor Kitchens.

And Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, the baddest Outdoor Kitchen/Grill boys in the land, feature another amazing kitchen in Bethesda, Maryland …..NICE!!!!!



Cool Fitness Gear (Part 3)

(Above and below)

British "up and coming" Track Star Morgan Lake sporting (above) the Nike Dual Sculpture Capri, Nike Pro Classic Giraffe Bra, Nike Dri-FIT Loose Tank and Nike Studio Wrap Footwear……

…..and below Rockin' the Nike Tech Fleece Vest and Pants, and Nike Air Max OG  Shoes

all from the Nike Fall 2015 Women's Line,          or, click photo above or below for more info



Girl Talk: “Back to Basics” Makeup….is back “In Vogue”

Well, well……

I'm glad to see a few women taking me up on my offer to come in and write something for my
"Girl Talk" section. That "Girl Talk" section is for you guys (I mean "gals" :) ), to come in share ideas, beauty and fitness tips, connect with each other in a mature, internet based health and wellness format. (I'll do the "photo shoot", its like my hobby…..)

Once I get that going full force, then I can finally focus on my "Men's Health" Section.

Anyone wanting to participate, shoot me an email at and present your article idea.



The Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Still Used In McDonald’s Food

McDonald’s has a very complicated brand image: entirely unhealthy, yet an affordable option that is almost universally available. McDonald’s isn’t a place we go to get our nutritional needs met, and with most research connecting our Western/fast food diet directly to various diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, one begins to wonder why this company continues to serve billions and billions. Availability is a key to McDonald’s worldwide success.

It is time you know some of the toxic ingredients that can be found in a typical McDonald’s menu.



Popsicle Toes !!! (Part 4) … Cool, Refreshing, Healthy, Adult Popsicles


(next 2 photos below)   Blood Orange and Coconut Creamsicles

click either of next 2 photos below for recipe

Not sure why more adults don't break out those "house guests never saw it coming" Popsicles at backyard barbecues and such, really the simplest thing in the world. All you have to do is…….

1. Mix ingredients in blender
2. Pour into molds, preferably
stainless steel
3. insert sticks when halfway frozen
4. Watch adults turn into kids again when you break them out after dinner

(I remember once asking guests "who wants red?" one 50 year old guest raised her hand and said,
"ME, ME, ME!!!"…….funny :)



Body (Part 28) , a.k.a., “Can’t Stand the Heat” (…a Summertime Slideshow)

It's that time of year again…to confront "The Wintertime Slackers". To expose who was faking on those wintertime workouts and healthy eating plans.

Anyhooz, my "boyz", Steel Pulse, are gonna kick some of that "Rasta Vibe" for this Unisex batch of summer Hard Bodies.

This Slideshow is HOT, so if you "Can't Stand the Heat" …… well, you know the rest………



“Dressed To Grill” …. Sophisticated Skewers (Part 2)

For me this summer, skewers, kababs, kebabs, or whatever you call them, are my "thang" (if I may uses the "street vernacular" for a minute).

So, here is another batch that I wanted to save off to my online cookbook.

A with another photo shoot of my favorite "Culinary Porn", I'm talking about Cool Custom Outdoor Kitchens.

And this photo shoot of a restaurant owner and chef's outdoor "Dinner Diggs", from
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, definitely fits the bill for this "Sophisticated Skewers" presentation.



The Garden of Eatin’ … Episode 5, “You Reap What You Sow” (…… from the garden)


Below: me,  on the grill, cooking up a Garden of Eatin' "LoveBurger" (recipe further down)

Summertime, summertime!!!!

I think that photo above was the whole goal in a nutshell…that being, picking fresh veggies from the garden, and using them as part of some creations on the grill (along with my everyday salads)


Below: Red Deer Tounge Lettuce (and one Specked Trout Lettuce, I distinctly remember accidentally dropping
that one Specked Trout seed in that pot, gives me ideas for future multi-colored pots!!)



Men’s Health:, and some Medical Industry insiders starting to report Prostate Screenings essentially useless

Important note from me, the blogwriter: Posting this kind of article ALWAYS causes controversy and heated debate. Inevitably, as with all my other prostate articles, someone will write in an say that in spite of my criticism of the PSA Prostate Test, the test saved their lives. My real objective is to give men both sides of the story, so each of us can start to make our own health choices. I'm not into "writing and fighting" over the web, nor am I trying to come off as a Guru of expert. What I am trying to do is help make others aware that we are, whether we want to admit it our not, victims of "Money Driven Medicine" in this country.

So, if you disagree, that's fine let's dialog calmly and professionally, and trade information and evidence, which I always welcome as I continue to educate myself. Remember, my mantra on my "About Me" page is…….

"I don't get my kicks on being right, I get my kicks on finding truth….."



Home Cookin’ !!! Bali …. “This Must Be Just Like Living in Paradise…..”

"……..and I don't wanna go home"         
–David Lee Roth (from the song "Just Like Paradise") 

On the menu…….

Sate Lilit Ayam (Balinese Chicken Sate Skewers)
Ayam Betutu (Balinese Chicken Wrapped in Banana Leaves)
Sate Komoh (Indonesian Spiced Beef Saté – East Java Style)

Balinese Triple Cooked Chicken



Misty Copeland: “It’s Time”

Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted on Tuesday by American Ballet Theater…

……becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history. 



The “Cool School” (Part 3) …. Refreshing Summertime Adult Drinks

Photo Above and 2 Photos Below: Sotol Swizzle
(click photo above and next 2 photos below for recipe)



New in “The Wanderlust Food Diaries” …. A “Groovy Little Thing”, Steele Point Estate, British Virgin Islands

On the menu: A "Groovy Little" Caribbean Lunch

to go to the post, click any of the photos, or click here


"Body", (Part 29)
a.k.a. "Adult Education"


Prawns Saganaki


Cool Fitness Gear!!! (Part 3)


Misty Copeland: "It's Time"
The First Female Black Principal in the American Ballet Theater


Beef Kofta (minced or ground meat) skewers with Grain Free Tabouli


"Girl Talk"
Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep


Cucumber, Jicama, and Mango
"Raw Fries"


Men's Health
Nutrients for Male Vitality
and Well Being (Part 5)


My Top 10 Breast Cancer Prevention Superfoods (Part 2)


Sate Lilit Ayam
(Balinese Chicken Sate Skewers)


"The Wanderlust Food Diaries"
The Royal Mansour
Marrakech, Morocco
On the Menu: "Tempting Tagines"


Tavuk Kebabi
(Mint & Aleppo Pepper Marinated Chicken Kebabs)


My Top 10 Hidden Toxins in our "Supposedly" Healthy Vitamins, Supplements, and Health Foods


Dinner and a Movie
On the Menu:
The 'Serendipitous Supper'


"Fifty, Fit, And Fabulous!!!"
Gervel Sampson, Age 55!!!
(Breakin' that Age 55 Speed Limit!!)


An Urban Gardener Grows Year Round Fruits and Veggies in a 15 x 9 space
...including 23 Trees!!!


See all articles in "The Healthy Chef's Cookbook"
(The Art of Food)


See all articles in "Eat Smart"
(The Science of Food)



Links to my favorite sites who are ''Raging Against the Machine''
(and also some fun cooking blogs)


(same name, different blog, no need to fight about it)

Real Food Freaks

Kim's "Nutritionally Well"

Special 'shout out' to this food blogger. Totally different style than me, but my favorite food blog in creativity. She inspired me to start my 'Dinner and a Movie' and "Wanderlust Food Diaries' articles.