The first stop for the GoodMoodFood Girls was a new Palm Beach Gardens gem that takes familiar dishes and enhances them with imaginative Indian-ish flavors. stage, pronounced staahj, serves clean and sometimes local GoodMoodFood. Gratitude Farms and aioli make their list of neighborhood suppliers. The majority of the menu is gluten-free, and there are plenty of plant-based options that elevate the gut microbiome with alkaline goodies, such as turmeric, tomato, lime, carrot, and coconut. Here’s a look at what we enjoyed our visit:

We started with Oysters on the half shell served with minced turmeric in a yuzu vinaigrette, topped…

We need food to survive. In modern times, what we consume is about more than nourishment: food speaks to what we value (organic vs. conventional), where we live (farm-to-table), and which flavor profiles we find exciting.

We’re two friends who love food, especially GoodMoodFood — the kind of stuff that flavor bombs your mouth and keeps your gut bacteria cheering on. However, we’re acutely aware that our food system is pretty messed up; we want to help change that in a fun, inclusive way, so we’ve launched GoodMoodFood PB.

Flose LaPierre and Melody Kasulis, the founders of GoodMoodFood PB

Each week, we’ll highlight a Palm Beach County, Florida, eatery or…

Skin health is cool. There’s no major secret or minor plastic surgery needed to achieve healthy, glowing skin; try these few things consistently for a month:

1) drink 8 glasses of water per day (filtered or alkaline)
2) add fresh vegetables and whole foods to your life
3) use natural (organic) skin washes and oils
4) to remove bacteria from the face (and rid of pimples), use lemon, then wash
5) make the occasional turmeric powder and raw honey face scrub
6) massage your face, especially areas prone to frown lines
7) get quality, uninterrupted sleep

Selfie of Flose LaPierre

One of my favorite…

On our honeymoon road trip, Jesse and I visited the Georgia Aquarium. While there, we were introduced to a new way of thinking: animals aren’t happy; they thrive.

So, when you look at your dog, cat, pig, otter, whatever, the question you should ask yourself is, “are they thriving in my care?” While many of us strive to be happy, to experience joy (I know I do), thriving indicates that we are growing — developing for the better — and that our environment contributes to such growth.

Adam Grant’s recent New York Times article on “languishing” and the accompanying quiz…

I sympathize with restaurant owners (especially mom & pops), waste management, and other industries affected by the current employment deficit. But I’d like to ask a few questions that may help us see things from a different perspective rather than signing people off as lazy-do-nothings.

If people pursued passions vs. mediocre meantime pursuits, would so many be more willing to stay home?

If we lived in a culture that encouraged learning and expanding rather than settling, would so many be more willing to stay home?

If salaries were competitive across these industries, would so many people be more willing to…

Bananas are technically an herb. And now I read that butternut squash is actually a fruit! While you can’t bite directly into a butternut squash, — I imagine someone could, though they’d likely need dental surgery shortly thereafter — it makes for a great soup, side dish, or raw snack.

Before sharing a quick Alkaline recipe, here are some benefits of consuming butternut squash: a fruit-ton of vitamins and minerals that help with age-related conditions (such as Alzheimer’s disease), hydration, cellular protection from (cancer-causing) free radicals, and weight loss (soluble and insoluble fiber).

My favorite recipe is quite easy:
-peel, deseed…

if the terrorists were black
but the terrorists wore black
to cover white bodies
when they stormed the white
house guns in hand and armed
i stand at my kitchen counter
as goosebumps crawl up my skin
my bullet holes are my skin
the place white america inflicts
its terror through the television
and the news and the people who
shouted things at me when i campaigned
for clinton and this state with its
white flag-toting people shouting at me
from the overpass
not even in my car driving to meet
friends a client or my lover am i safe
but the terrorist they wore black
for skin like cops wear blue for skin
under my skin there is…

Photo by Camellia Yang on Unsplash


The best surprises always come to us from the big city. It’s the kind of place where Manman holds my hand tighter than she does at the market near my school. Even though my fingers turn red every trip there, I like going because it means we get to see Papi. It’s called Port-au-Prince. When people from our village say the name, it sounds like pour-oh-prince.


I feel Sonson sink deeper against the back of the outhouse. Why is it taking so long? This time when he pulls my excited right hand, he places it on the surprise…

Flose LaPierre

Personal essays, short fiction, poetry, and experimental creative content.

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