What Alzheimer’s can’t take away: a mother’s love

By Claudia Zapata | May 12th, 2017 | 62 Comments
  Update: my mother is still as loving as ever, but Alzheimer's continues to rob her - and her family - of so much. It's heartbreaking, and not a day goes by where I don't want to collapse with grief (and some days I do). Conversations and outings have become even tougher since I wrote this post two years ago. Every daily activity seems to be challenging now. And yet, the hugs and I love you's are still plentiful and for that I am so very grateful. Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful Mami. I've been wanting to write this post for the past couple of years, but a big part of me hasn't been able to admit the truth: my mother suffers from Alzheimer's diseas Read More...

Hello, matcha!

By Claudia Zapata | May 10th, 2017 | 0 Comments
Hello, all! It's apology and assurance time. Other than giving you a tip on storing cilantro and recipes for making a new stuffed pepper and salsa (they do go great together), I have been noticeably absent for most of the year. But, in case you think I've been hitting the drive-thru, I'm still in the kitchen, cooking up new ideas. Plans for a website makeover are taking shape, and I'm hoping to roll out some great new recipes, wine picks, quick tips, and kitchen hacks. There will be wellness posts you need (why you're already getting enough protein, for one), and some great new finds and faves. I'm also excited to announce I'll be adding some beauty posts to the mix that will h Read More...

Dryuary so far: it’s been hard ya’ll

By Claudia Zapata | January 9th, 2017 | 5 Comments
You didn't see me mention this goal in my recent resolutions column, because I didn't think I could do it (still not sure), and saying it publicly would make me too accountable for comfort. Resolutions, after all, are supposed to be realistic. A Dryuary* - in this house!? - impossible. *Dryuary = dry January. But, because 2016 was both a celebratory year for our family (three graduations and two weddings) and a tough one (for pretty much everyone), and we got through it all with a little too much help from Sean's wine cellar, on January 1, I said "enough." And, because the only way I was going to be successful was to enlist Sean too, I held him down and made h Read More...

2017: a not-so-clean slate with oh-so-many-possibilities

By Claudia Zapata | January 3rd, 2017 | 6 Comments
Most of the friends I asked say they don't make resolutions, but I love having goals at the start of every new year. There's something inspiring about hanging up a new calendar and envisioning the possibilities. At 46, I realize there is no clean slate, and having spent far too much time creating healthy habits to start anew, I wouldn't want one. But there's still so much I want to do (and not do), so much more I want to be (and not be), and the New Year always makes me reflect on what that is. After many failures and a couple of successes, I know first hand you can't just say you want to change. You have to be ready, realistic, and specific, and Read More...

A Great Deal on The Good Kind meal delivery service

By Claudia Zapata | November 29th, 2016 | 0 Comments
  The leftovers are over (seriously, it's time to throw them out), and you are so over cooking. And yet, there's something about the week after Thanksgiving that calls begs for healthy eating, so dining out doesn't feel like a good option. Thankfully, there's The Good Kind, a healthy meal delivery service in San Antonio led by caterer and event planner, Tim the Girl. The Good Kind's brick and mortar café featuring grab-n-go meals and snacks will be opening at The Pearl Brewery in January, but you can be good and eat well starting now. Shop for a sampling of some of TGK's deliciously healthy to-go dishes at the Pearl Farmer's market on Saturday Read More...