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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Los Angeles

The Best Healthy Restaurants in Los Angeles |

Earlier this Spring, I decided to escape the dreary East Coast doom and gloom in favor of a month in sunny California. As some of you may remember from my confessions around that time, there was a short while when I thought I could be relocating to Los Angeles for good. When that didn’t happen, and I just couldn’t face another episode of Punked, Mother Nature Edition, I relocated Feed Me Phoebe HQ to Santa Monica for a chunk of March and April. It was an incredibly productive trip. Especially if said productivity was measured in units of raw fish and tortillas consumed per hour. So I’m excited to finally be sharing the best locations to do some healthy “work” of your own on your next trip to the city of angels.

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Maderas Village | The Best Hotel Restaurant San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua

I know that the days are only getting longer, but there’s something about February that makes it the darkest month of the year in terms of morale. Valentine’s Day, and the holiday weekend surrounding it, was temporary cause for celebration. But for many of us, it’s only downhill from here until late March shows us the first signs of life. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to relive happier, warmer times, and perhaps point those of you who aren’t saving vacation days for the 10 weddings you have to attend this summer, towards a quick, cheap getaway: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Last month, I tastetrotted back to my stay at Maderas Village— a gram-worthy boutique hotel overlooking the famed surfing beach of the same name. And I’ve been meaning to share more recommendations for the best places to eat, sleep … Continue reading

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Tropical Ginger-Pineapple Smoothies + #MaderasLife in Nicaragua!

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie Recipe with Ginger, Mint, Cucumber and Coconut Water | Healthy Smoothies

I first came into contact with this tropical pineapple smoothie in Nicaragua, which, given the strong beach and jungle vibes, is not the craziest place in the world to find a tropical drink in your hand. If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall a spell in October in which I posted impressive pictures of myself galloping on horseback, holding a surfboard while standing semi-upright, and attempting to edit my book in a hammock without fully falling prey to that seductive temptress, relaxation. If these vignettes are any indication, the trip was a mix of work and play. I more or less managed to put blinders on and plug through a few chapters of my book while those around me, who were already engaged in relaxation’s minxy little games, sipped watermelon rum cocktails over rounds of jungle croquet. But I also … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Hydra, Greece

The Perfect Greek Island Vacation: Hydra, Greece | My Guide to the Best Hotels and Restaurants

I feel comfortable admitting now that I spent the majority of my time in Spetses wishing there was someone else with me on the trip. Someone, say, who’s used to me opening bags of potato chips at restaurants to use in place of bread for dipping in tzatsiki, and someone who would agree that the Greek table wine tastes better when chased with a mouth full of olives. I’ve traveled to about a half dozen countries by myself (including here and here), and learned that some are better than others to do solo. Greece is a particularly sad place to eat alone, as all the meze come separately and are meant for sharing. But I’ve also learned over the years that you have to be in the right mindset for solo travel. It can be great when you’re single and … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Spetses Island, Greece

Harbor Sunset My Vacation Guide to Spetses, Greece: The Perfect Affordable Weekend in the Greek Isles

Greece has been on the top of my travel bucket list for years. Even the recent economic challenges only amplified my desire to go (what can I say, this Jewish girl loves a deal). So when my next Alive Tribe retreat was slated for Greece, I knew I had to take a few days on either end to explore the islands. I had high hopes for hopping around the Greek Isles, but as my early research proved, unless you personally have very few economic problems and own a yacht, this is easier said than done. The ferry system is a rather decentralized beast and difficult to navigate. If you’re planning a shorter sojourn, you’re better off sticking to one of the many clusters of islands or just choosing one for a quick weekend escape. Being prone to FOMO, reading through … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende Mexico Travel Guide

As you may remember from my barrage of instagrams back in early March, I went on a little retreat to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Before getting my Alive Tribe itinerary, I had never heard of the town. And when I looked on a map, it appeared to not be near any airport or place I’d ever heard of in Mexico…which, was partially a relief, since most of the places I’ve heard of are famous for either wet T-Shirt contests or cartel-related mass murders. From what I read prior, San Miguel appeared to be this strange ex-pat oasis in the middle of the country, far from the touristy beaches of my Spring Breaks past. Now having spent some time there, I would describe San Miguel de Allende as the Santa Fe of Mexico proper. It has a similar hippie vibe … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to San Sebastian


The longest stretch of time I spent traveling alone was in southern Spain. I was 21 at the time, and spoke no Spanish. I hopped from hostel to hostel, staying only 2 nights (max) at a time in each city. I drank many a glass of sangria, ate many a delicious tapas, and made friends with many a cute Australian. When my friend Nathalie decided to have her bachelorette party in Ibiza, after getting over the initial shock of having to travel to Europe for a weekend, I knew that the trip would be an excellent excuse to test my solo travel prowess a little later in life, get inspired by Basque cuisine, and mentally recharge. I definitely approached the trip with a different mindset now that I’m 27 and had zero interest in meeting 21-year-old Australians. But since I … Continue reading

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A Healthy Hedonist’s Guide to Nashville


I may have missed the ball on getting you my snapshots of my trip to Nashville. But the good news is, that gave me time to put together a whole stinkin’ guide. Ever since becoming mildly obsessed with the TV show, I’ve been wanting to go to Nashville to take in the tunes at the Bluebird Café and find Connie Britton in her trailer and convince her to be my best friend. Luckily, my current (real) best friend Sarah was right there with me and decided to choose the city as her bachelorette destination. Our itinerary was planned by the Maid of Honor who, lucky for us, also just started a travel blog, Bon Voyaging. She beat me to the punch in writing up a mini guide to Nashville. I found this incredibly helpful in putting together the below, since in … Continue reading

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