Friday I’m In Love | Whole 30

Whole 30 has treated me well.. So in case you haven’t heard of Whole 30, it’s basically a challenge to eat only unprocessed foods for 30 days. That means no dairy, sugar, sugar substitutes, soy, grains, legumes, cereals, pseudo-cereals, sulfite, MSG, alcohol, chemicals, carrageenan, etc. Most of these products have to go through some sort…

Easter dinner

I hate ham. I eat it, but I don’t really enjoy it.  This year I rubbed down a 1.25 pound pork tenderloin with Bad Byron’s Butt Rub Seasoning, which is similar to a Cajun seasoning. I quickly seared it off in a cast iron pan with some coconut oil on medium high, then popped it in…

Jane Hirshfield

For What Binds Us By Jane Hirshfield There are names for what binds us: strong forces, weak forces. Look around, you can see them: the skin that forms in a half-empty cup, nails rusting into the places they join, joints dovetailed on their own weight.  The way things stay so solidly wherever they’ve been set…

On catcalling. 

These photos are unrelated to anything I have to say… just some photos I took in Havana. Catcalling in Latin America is expected, constant, and almost never aggressive. Whether a wink or a pssstt or a que linda! After you get used to it, you actually almost start to smile when you hear it. No…

On Cuban blackouts 

My first night in Trinidad, I was dining with some Italians I had just met at Taberna La Botija when halfway through my chuleta, it went black. I thought it was an isolated incident and probably just a blown fuse as within 5 minutes the lights were back on and band was rocking out again….

On food sanitation.

His thumb is on it.. do you really care? That salsa was on someone else’s table before mine.. I think I saw him double dip.  For how many hours is meat OK to sit outside in 80F+ degrees? Asking for a friend.  Whatever your views are on food code hygiene, throw them out the window….

Random thoughts and interviews on Cuban healthcare

“If you wear all white… you either work in healthcare or you practice Santa Maria” -Yuri I’m going to start posting some of my random writings, mostly disjointed. Perhaps one day I will flesh them out into short essays, but I still think there are alright for some learning experiences. My first morning in Cuba,…

Another lousy poem

Where I fucked it up  I also wrote this poem yesterday You. My eyes could never get wide enough  to take you all in  staring constantly staring  in disbelief    Is this real life?  How did I get so lucky?    You used to floss your teeth with my hairs  rolling individual strands around  with…

Bad poetry

Today I went outside I sat in the ugliest place I could find wet feet cold cheeks dirty snow and a junky couple yelling at each other about joints as my coat fell apart and floated away I thought about all the places where it went wrong where I did wrong and what I could…

Heartbreak 

I fell in love recently. The emotions were so beautiful, intense and pure that it honestly felt like it was the first time I’ve ever loved someone. And it didn’t work out. Just 40 days after we met, he ended it. I know it was my fault. He was so good, too good, and I…

Friday I’m in Love | Risotto: a labor of love 

Risotto is truly a labor of love. Lately I’ve been cooking a bit healthier, and gluten-free. My person doesn’t consume gluten because it causes inflammation and he’s got a few health issues that warrant the diet change.  Risotto isn’t the most beautiful food, but it’s the coziest food. More than anything, homemade risotto is the…

Why I have been such a slacker.

But, go me! President’s list! I have a 3.9 GPA in my bachelors of nursing program. My social life has taken a bit of a hit, and I’m more skeptical to go on vacations with questionable internet access, and my buying a house has taken a backseat, but in just 9 more months I will be…