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Women in Government Conference in St. Louis, MO

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Out on the road again but this time I am doing a very special speaking engagement in St. Louis, Missouri!  I was invited to speak at the Women in Government Conference on Outreach to Vulnerable Populations: Aging.

 The Women in Government Foundation, Inc., (which is headquartered in Washington, D.C.), is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators that provides leadership opportunities, networking expert forums, and educational resources to address and resolve complex public policy issues to all 1,788 women state legislators.

Founded in 1988, Women In Government is a is a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization that has led the nation with its vision to empower and mobilize all women legislators to effect sound policy.

With over 20 years of experience working with state legislators, state agency representatives and the public, Women In Government proudly hosts over 12-20 educational conferences, state briefings, and other policy events annually to address the nation’s public policy issues. – Women in Government website – http://www.womeningovernment.org/

I was so honored to speak at this conference.  My speech was on Malnutrition which was sponsored by Abbott Nutrition. (Click Press Release for HEPSA Living Healthy – Denine Rogers RDN – Speaker at Women in Government Conference for further information about my speech).

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Before the conference began, I wanted to take some time to see the sites of St. Louis!  The first place I stop was to a very famous Soul Food Restaurant called Sweetie Pies.  If you are a fan of OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) then you probably will recognize the show “Sweetie Pies” with Ms. Robbie and Montgomery Family.  Well, I knew that since I was in St. Louis , I was not going to leave until I stop by there for meal.

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I hitch a cab ride to the new Sweetie Pies at the Upper Crust at around 4:00 pm and I was in shock that there were no lines.  On the show you always see the long lines of people fighting to get into the restaurant.  One of the waiters told me that during the late afternoon is the best time since the lunch crowd was gone.

The beautiful picture of Ms. Robbie

The beautiful picture of Ms. Robbie

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The famous bar

The famous bar

I was hoping to meet Ms. Robbie but I was told that she was unfortunately not there.

Sweetie Pies Upper Crust with Ms. Jan and Ms. Linda!

Sweetie Pies Upper Crust with Ms. Jan and Ms. Linda!

I did had a chance to meet with her lovely sisters Jan and Linda.  They were both so nice and very friendly.  They are truly appreciative of everyone who is a fan to the television show.  I was looking forward to have some fish but unfortunately fish is only made on Fridays.  (I was there on Thursday).  I did enjoyed my vegetarian plate and i made sure I took as many pictures of Sweetie Pies as possible.

Delicious Vegetable Plate

Delicious Vegetable Plate

Yummy Mac and Cheese

Yummy Mac and Cheese

Very Sweet Candied Yams

Very Sweet Candied Yams

This was not the only thing I did on my one day trip to St. Louis.  Next week I will discuss about my adventure at the famous landmark in St. Louis – The Gateway Arch!  Happy Labor Day!

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Gerogia Organics Farm RX Conference

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After finishing all of the wonderful Farm Tours,  I had the opportunity to check out the Georgia Organics Conference itself.  Early that morning I heard the Keynote Speaker Micheal Nischan CEO of Wholesome Wave (www.wholesomewavegeorgia.org )which is dedicated to nourishing neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh and affordable locally grown food for the well being of all.  Wholesome Wave use private funds to double the value of food stamps  when they are spent at participating farmers markets and farm stands across the country. Mr. Nishcan is a proponent of sustainable farming, local and regional food systems, and heritage recipes.  He also owns a homegrown restaurant in Westport, Conn, called the Dressing Room.  The Dressing Room is a community gathering place unlike the traditional restaurant.  Mr. Nishcan has long been a leader in the movement to honor local, pure, simple and delicious cooking.  His speech was excellent and very enlightening about the importance of strengthening local food communities.

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Later that afternoon I had a chance t0 sit down and listen to a in-depth workshop seminar.  The one seminar that I found most interesting was the Traditional Healing & Vibrant Health with Herbs and Wisdom Health by Patricia Kyritsi Howell RH (AHG).  She discussed about the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine which are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.   She also talk about the Yin and Yang about the balance  and need of both.  The Yin are tonics type of herbs and the Yang activators herbs.  She explained about the using certain herbs for the Yin and Yang properties.

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After the workshop  seminars the Georgia Organics Expo started to open up .  There were over 70 plus vendor at the expo giving out incredible healthy information.  Some of the vendors were Truly Living Well, The Turnip Truck and AgrAbility.  Truly Living Well (www.trulylivingwell.com) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia that builds communities by providing  healthy food, agricultural education and employment. They grow a variety of natural produce for people throughout Atlanta from urban food deserts to the city’s finest restaurants.  The Turnip Truck (www.turniptruckatlanta.com ) delivers local food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products and other foods as well as specialty items to Atlanta’s finest restaurants, schools and institutions.  AgrAbility (www.farmagain.com) in Georgia is a free service program that focuses on promoting independence for members of the agricultural community who have disabilities.

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There was a demo stage in the Georgia Organics Expo area where Holistic Health and nutrition counselor Cher McWilliams demonstrated quick and healthy whole food ideas with local, seasonal, organic produce.   Right after this presentation there was a cooking competition between two teams of master chefs.  These teams of master chefs prepared a three-course meal of healthy, local food to the tune and time of “Lynyrd Skynard’s “Free Bird”. Whole foods market , Chipotle, Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins (www.franniesglutenfree.com) and Mushroom Mountain Pizza gave out free samples of pizza, chili, tacos and muffins which all very delicious and appetite.

So check out the Georgia Organics website:  www.georgiaorganics.org  see about coming to next year Farm RX Conference and check out all of the other events that they have through out the year.  Hope to see you there next year!  Check out the pictures of the Georgia Organics Farm RX Conference. Click Here

Sightseeing in the Bahamas

It is definitely better in the Bahamas!  I had a chance to do a cruise to the Nassau Bahamas during the winter season and boy I really did yearn for the warm weather.  The beauty of the deep blue water and warm winds made me not want to leave.  My family took a tour of the island where we had stop to visit a Fort Fincastle. This fort was built in 1793 by Lord Dunmore, the governor of the island at the time, this 38.5 m (126 ft) tall fort was constructed to offer protection over the island. It is shaped like an old steamer and was known for it’s large array of different sized cannons. It is used as a signal station nowadays.

We also had a chance to see the Queen’s Staircase.  Here is some historical background about the Queen’s Staircase from Wikipedia.

Nassau’s most visited attraction is the Queen’s Staircase. Climb the 65 steps, recently renovated, carved out of solid limestones by slaves in the late 18th century, between 1793 and 1794. It is reported that slaves were forced to cut through rocks with axes and other sharp hand tools.  This 102 foot staircase was named in honor of the 65 years of Queen’s Victoria’s reign. Construction of this monument is still regarded as remarkable. For practical purposes, the staircase provides a shorter route to and form Bennet’s Hill.

Made sure before we left the Nassau that I had a chance to eat Conch fritters at local restaurant called Conch Fritters and boy they were excellent!!  If you have never taste Conch Fritters then you are missing a delicious seafood!! What are Conch Fritters?  It is the meat that is inside of a large to medium size snail shell.  Conch Fritters are so popular in the Bahamas that every October/November each year is the Annual Conch Festival . Local restaurateurs compete for the best and original conch dishes, and are judged by international chefs. Free sampling of the dishes follows, and there are other competitions, events and music well into the evening, making this a very popular event for Islanders and tourists.  Too bad we miss this!

Boy I had a great time at Nassau, Bahamas and would love to go back soon.  It is important to learn more about the history of your surrounds everywhere you go.  You will be surprise of what you will find.  To learn more about culture and diversity by clicking Unity 1 Project on the Living Healthy website. Also check our Pinterest site for pictures of the Nassau, Bahamas.   Make sure you become a friend on the Unity 1 Project – Facebook and Twitter pages to receive Fun Fact Tips on different cultures.

Buffet Bellagio – A Foodie’s Paradise

When I visited Las Vegas for the American Association of Diabetes Educators 2011 Conference with my lovely husband.  There was a place that he kept telling me about that is all you can eat buffet with over 250 dishes from around the world.  My husband said that the Food Network check it out and rate it the best.  When we got to the Buffet Bellagio the line for the restaurant and the line was out the door.  Hungry people for the around the world waited for over 45 minutes!  When we arrived and paid our bill inside first, we where in shock with all of the food and beverages that stood before us.  The lines of delicious delicacies surround us from Italy, China, Japan and the list goes on and on…  Check out what we had a chance to choose from to eat.

Local DC Politician Meals

For all of my foodies out there if you ever had been to B. Smith Restaurant of Union Station in Washington, DC then you will understand what I talking about the décor, waiter staff and food are simply magnificent.  I had a chance to eat this great food with my fellow ADA Diversity Leaders.  Since I had lived in Washington, DC for 9 years my favorite old stomping ground was Union Station so when I heard that B. Smith had a restaurant there I knew I had to eat there.  Here are some of the beautiful pictures of our wonderful meals and time there.  Enjoy and Bon Appétit!

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I have another surprise for all of the foodies out there.  I had the chance to go to a wonderful Cuban American restaurant called Cuba Libre!  The food was excellent and the décor was fabulous!  The Chef out did himself with the generous of portion and the colorful array of exquisite food dishes.  Take a look and see what I am talking and salivating about!

Check out the pictures from Cuba Libre! Click here!