Happy Herbivore Blog

2 Vegans in St. Barths

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

One of the nice things about the Caribbean is that many of the islands are relatively close together (in fact, I can see three other islands from my island) and you can travel between them by boat. 

St. Barths is about two hours away by ferry and since I've always heard about this place and all the stars seem to go there, I thought I'd check it out. 

All aboard! The ferry service offered endless complementary rum punch. If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much I love rum punch. It was a good start to the day.

I do, however, get sea sick (and motion sick, and train sick, and car sick, and plane sick) very easily, so I was sure to drink a Ginger Beer in addition to the rum punch. I'd heard ginger helps with sea sickness... plus I wanted an excuse to drink my favorite non-alcoholic Caribbean beverage.

Lovely deep blue ocean along the way...

St. Barths Marina

After we arrived... I was ready to eat!

Je voudrais une pizza sans fromage ou de viande. (FYI there is almost no English in St. Barths! It really does feel like "France")

After lunch, we hiked around in the mountains. It was boiling hot. It was well worth it, though--just look at this view:

These pictures (taken using a phone) do not do the ocean here justice!

What a cool ride! 

Sunset on the way home.

Sunset back at home in Marigot (St. Maarten).

We enjoyed St. Barths. Although it's relatively close to St. Maarten it felt totally different -- much more French. It's also very, VERY expensive. I'm from New York City and I've lived in Los Angeles; and still I thought it was beyond pricey there. I can't imagine what other visitors must think. Our lunch was around $60 (for pizza!) My sunglasses, which I paid $150 for in NYC were selling for $425 in St. Barths! I guess I understand why it's a celebrity destination!

Guest Blogger: Kelly R.

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Today's guest blogger, Kelly, dishes up some down home cooking from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook and talks about cooking vegan for her skeptical omni hubby! 

HH: Kelly, How'd you get your hubby to try a few vegan dishes?

Kelly: As a vegetarian who tries to make vegan choices whenever possible, I was very excited to start cooking from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. My husband, however, is not as enthusiastic as I am about this lifestyle, so I asked him to choose some recipes that he thought he might enjoy.

HH: What recipes did he pick?

Since my husband is a big fan of New Orleans cuisine, he chose Dirty Rice (p. 192) and Spicy Collard Greens(p. 184) to pair together. Yum!

HH: How'd it go? Did your hubby like it?

We enjoyed both of the dishes and have since made them a few times!

I found the Spicy Collard Greens to be a little too spicy for me, but the hubby loved it! So now we try to find a common ground with heat when cooking.

We really liked the Dirty Rice and find it to be quite satisfying paired with the greens. A great combination for my husband who loves to eat, and this time he enjoyed healthy, low-fat vegan food!

HH: Yay! Vegan food WIN! Does your hubby have any other faves?

Another recipe from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook that we L-O-V-E is the Baked Beans (p. 199), which we have also made with the Spicy Collard Greens. It is wild with flavor and is absolutely delish! I am planning on bringing the Baked Beans to a party soon. I know it will be a big hit along with a pasta salad I typically make.

I have also been wanting to try your Chickpea Tacos (p. 97) for the longest time and we finally tried it! I LOVED it! I also made taco seasoning for the first time and was surprised how easy it was. This recipe is simple, full of flavor and uses only a few ingredients! 

HH: I must confess, I'm totally in love with your plates in the photos! Deets!

Our beautiful plates were from our wedding registry and are from the 222 Fifth Tableware collection. The hubby likes square plates and I like flowers, as a little sunshine on dishware brings a smile to my face. 

HH: Thanks so much for guest posting Kelly!

Have you won over a skeptical loved one with a HH recipe? Tell us!

When opportunity knocks

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: AdviceBusiness101

Sometimes you need to close the door.

I know, this sounds so opposite of everything I've been preaching, but bare with me.

It's true, I have been making an effort to see the glass half full, to find opportunities in not-so-great situations, and say "yes" more. I think being optimistic is great but as I discovered last week, sometimes the best thing you can do is say "no thanks" and that sometimes saying "no" is actually the greatest opportunity of all.

In case you missed all the chatter on Facebook, Lifetime asked me to be a guest on one of their shows last week. I was excited -- practically jumping out of my skin -- until the end of the conversation when the producer told me I'd have to pay a fee of around $6,000.

That's right. 

Borrowing the words from my friend Barbara "They claim you will make a ton of money from doing it so they consider it an advertising fee. Ridiculous concept."

Since my first cookbook came out, I've had a lot of PR firms barking up my tree, all of them offering to get me on Good Morning America, or some other show, if I was willing to pay several thousands dollars. 

It's not that I don't want to be on those shows, but let me let you in on a little secret:

There is absolutely no money in writing cookbooks. None.

I make pennies on the dollar, but that's okay, I don't do what I do because I think it will make me rich and famous. If I wanted to be rich, I'd still be a lawyer and if I wanted to be famous I'd have been on reality TV (joke)!

Point is, while I don't mind living with less so I can do what I love, that isn't going to pay my way on to a Television show.

Still, I had a hard time coming to terms with having to turn the opportunity down until I flipped through a book I'd just read, Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. 

Tony had developed a business (LinkExchange) and early on he'd been offered $1 million cash to sell it. He and his partners struggled ("We really believed that LinkExchange had the potential to be so much bigger, but it was also hard to turn down so much money" Tony wrote) but ultimately they declined the offer. Not too long later, they sold the company for $265 million.

The lesson I took away was that sometimes you have to know when to say no. 

In this past year, I've been asked by two reality TV shows to audition for upcoming shows on their network and now, I've gotten this offer from Lifetime. Even if nothing pans out, that's okay because it's still an honor and most importantly, an indication that whatever I'm doing is working. Chin up!

Have you ever turned down an opportunity?