New article for Examiner.com: Luxe Porto – Country style | The Yeatman

The Yeatman indoor poolOkay, The Yeatman is not in the country. In fact, it’s just a short walk across the Dom Luis Bridge from the hustle and bustle of the historic old centre of Porto, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But arriving at this luxury wine hotel feels like walking into a grand country estate. Its location across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia gives it some breathing room (seven acres, in fact). That means there’s space for huge common areas inside the hotel and expansive lawns and gardens outside. And, of course, being across the river from Porto means Porto is the view – The Yeatman looks right down on the historic old Ribeira district, the Douro River, and the Dom Luis Bridge…

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New article for HealthCastle.com: Mint – Health Benefits and How To

A notmint teae: This article was inspired by the mint tea I fell in love with in Amsterdam. Whereas mint tea in North America is likely made from dried mint in a teabag, mint tea in the Netherlands is made from big, beautiful spears of fresh, bright-green mint – and it is delicious. I will definitely be trying this with mint from my garden this year.

Mint: Health Benefits and How To

(HealthCastle.com) Mint is delightful fresh green herb with many variations, all of which are very easy to grow at home. In fact, mint is so incredibly prolific that if you’re not careful, it can take over your entire garden. Mint can also be bought fresh in the produce section of the grocery store. You may associate mint flavor primarily with chewing gum or mint candies, but these sugary (or artificially sweetened) products don’t capture the appeal (or health benefits) of fresh mint, which can be used in everything from drinks to desserts to savory dishes to tea…

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New article for Examiner.com: Luxe Porto: City style | The Intercontinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas

Intercontinental PortoThe InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas is a building with a long history. It began its life as a monastery in the fifteenth century. In the 1800s, it served briefly as a military hospital before being purchased by the wealthy Manuel Cardoso dos Santos as a palace for his family. When he died, the palace became the property of his wife and three daughters, collectively known as the Cardosas, and the building became popularly known as the Palacio das Cardosas – a name preserved to this day by the InterContinental Hotel…

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New article for HealthCastle.com: Top Vegetarian Sources of Vitamin B12

(HealthCastle.com) You probably know that vegetarians have to seek out alternatives to meat sources of protein and iron, and that vegans need to find non-dairy calcium options. But you may not have thought about the need for vegetarians to manage their Vitamin B12 intake. B12 is an important vitamin that’s involved in maintaining healthy nerve cells, creating energy, and producing DNA. Because Vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods and fortified foods, vegetarians – and especially vegans – are at risk for deficiency of this critical B vitamin. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to fatigue, constipation, weight loss, and confusion, among other symptoms…

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New article for Examiner.com: The Sunday bird market in Porto, Portugal

Feira dos Pássaros, the bird market, is a Porto, Portugal Sunday tradition that must be seen to be believed. Every Sunday morning, the square in front of the Portuguese Centre of Photography becomes a temporary pet store, with rows and rows of vendors selling everything to do with pet birds—cages, food, supplies, and—of course—the birds themselves…

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New Article for HealthCastle.com: Mexican Travel – Top 5 Vegetarian Foods

(HealthCastle.com) Traveling as a vegetarian can present some challenges. In Mexico, much of the traditional cuisine is meat-heavy. It’s generally easy to find vegetarian food in upscale restaurants that cater to a tourist clientele, but where’s the fun in eating all your meals in tourist restaurants? Fortunately, some Mexican classics work very well for vegetarian travelers, or can be made vegetarian with a few simple tweaks. Here’s what to look for on your next Mexican vacation…

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New article for HealthCastle.com: A High-Fat Diet May Worsen Asthma Symptoms

(HealthCastle.com) There’s big news on the nutrition front for those who suffer from asthma. Two recent Australian studies have shown that those who eat a diet high in processed foods and saturated fats are more likely to suffer from asthma symptoms – and get less relief from ventolin inhalers. Here’s what the researchers found, and what it means for your health…

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Ageless Living Magazine: Interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg

For the latest issue of Ageless Living, I had the honour to interview Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off the Record and a passionate advocate in the fight to end the stigma around mental health issues, especially depression. You can read the full interview at AgelessLiving.ca.

Landsberg

Trouble in the Circus and Where is the Alphabet

Two more eBooks in the Taby and Friends series are now available as Amazon eBooks. It was a delight to copy edit these stories by children’s author Maria Magnusson.

Where is the Alphabet? (Series 1, Volume 2)

 

 

Trouble in the Circus (Series 1, Volume 3)

 

The King and The Crown by Maria Magnusson

This charming children’s book I copy edited is now available as a Kindle eBook. Find it on Amazon.