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Guest Post // 5 Tasty Tips

May 19, 2015

I love food.

Whether that comes as a surprise or not, now you know for sure. Food is an important part of my life, and not just as a form of sustenance. It’s the silky smoothness of a spoonful of gelato, or the perfect balance of salty and sweet when you dip dark chocolate into peanut butter. Good food is a gift from God himself, and I’m thankful every day when I’m able to experience something so perfect and harmonious it causes my taste buds to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. That’s why I hope to talk about food on this blog. A lot.

Returning from an international adventure of my own, these tips about local cuisine will certainly came in handy. And it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling across the globe, or somewhere a couple hours away. These tasty tips can apply in almost any situation, and I hope you find them as useful as I do!

5 Tasty Tips

by Loreal Sade


Once I began traveling without my family, one of the most frequently asked questions was, “how was the food?” And honestly, I did not have an answer. I was too afraid to try something new. As I began working in the food service industry, I had to start trying foods, not because I wanted to, but because I had to be able to describe them in a way that was relatable to the consumer. That’s when my palette opened and I started tasting the world. So now when I go anywhere, I am sure to try somewhere new. So I came up with a few tips to help me taste buds go on an adventure wherever I go.

1. Do some researching BEFORE you arrive.
Get on the internet and research. Look for what the place is known for in terms of food and drink. For example, going to Maine, you should definitely look for some lobster. In Boston, you have to try clam chowder, or in Jamaica- jerk chicken.

2. Now that you have arrived, look for the locals.
There is always a tourist area that will stick out like a sore thumb. Talking to the locals will definitely help with that. Don’t be afraid to ask, as most of them want you to experience their authentic lands- their style. Not to mention the food is usually cheaper.

3. App it up.
Find apps that work for you. Personally, I use Yelp!, Around Me, and Open Table. I look at price, pictures, and reviews. Read the reviews! Most are honest from service down to plate presentation and prices.

4. If you have a special diet, always ask.
I found that sometimes there are vegan, vegetarian, and GF options available even IF they aren’t advertised.

5. Stay away from chain restaurants.
To a certain extent, I avoid eating at chain restaurants that are near my home- although there are exceptions. I went all the way to Jamaica and ate a Margaritaville—nothing ravishing about that. I went to Aruba and found a locally owned quaint restaurant where the owner and his son go out and catch fresh fish to serve daily—now that’s something to share.

Happy Eating!


About Loreal

picL’oréal first fell in love with travel when she studied abroad in Mexico. Learning about nutrition, she was able to work with parents in the community and local healthcare professionals to not only learn about nutrition but to aid in creating a nutrition teaching experience for children at the local orphanage encouraging the influence of eating healthy. After graduating with her Bachelors in Language Studies, she returned to the states, where she continued her 8-year journey of working for Walt Disney World in Food & Beverage. While there, she was able to learn about food allergies, food preparation and plate presentation which inspired her passion for food. She was able to work as a F&B Manager, creating dishes for guests with food allergies and intolerances.

Tired of missing out on the joys of life, she quickly learned that part of great memories in travel is not just about going somewhere and basking in the ambience, or going to that one ‘must see’ place. It is also about trying new foods. Travel also provides experiences that can be applied life after returning home. The world is more than was is seen in the backyard. By train, plane, bus, or car, Success.Eat.Travel. is meant to provide an inside perspective to her tasty and fulfilling journey through her travels.

When asked how does food, travel, and success coexist and what is the point of this blog was asked, she replied, ” Life is about eating your way through the world and savoring every moment. One of the greatest success of travel is not going to a new place physically, but appreciating cultural differences and utilizing them in a way to reach your ultimate destination of success. For me, that would be creating a multi-faceted organization and foundation that permits low income neighborhoods with the opportunity to learn about nutrition and how it ultimately affects their overall quality of life. Even something as small as learning how to read an ingredient label could make a great difference.” L’oréal’s passion has inspired her to pursue a Master’s of Public Health degree, which she hopes to complete by the end of 2016.

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Guest Post // Top Ten Tips for Writers

April 20, 2015

As I work to create my own content for Eventide & Barley, I’ve enlisted help from some of my friends to fill the gaps. It’s just the nature of writers to ebb and flow when it comes to their writing. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen my complaints towards my own writing recently. There’s nothing “easy” about writing, and we’re often times our biggest critic. That’s why today I have fellow author Annika Sharma, and her article highlighting the top ten tips for writers. Some things seem obvious, and they are, but every once in a while we need to be reminded of them and how to apply them to our own writing life.

Top Ten Tips for Writers

by Annika Sharma

10. Revise. Rewrite. Do it again. And again.
Your book will never be 100% perfect. It doesn’t hurt, however, to change anything and everything you can so it gets as close to flawless as can be in your hands. Does it suck cutting paragraphs that seem like works of art not seen since Michaelangelo? Yup. Get to it! If you love what you’ve written but have to part with the words, save them in a “Cut Material” document—who knows when it will come to use?

9. Trust yourself. Trust your story.
If that story about the penguin brigade who storms mid-western America with ladles full of jelly is speaking to you, write the hell out of it. It may be the one an agent or editor is looking for. Like Stephen King says, “Write with the door closed. Edit with the door open.” Write your best story on your own. Then open the door for edits, changes, and adjustments.

8. Learn!
I’m going to quote Taylor Swift here (yeah, I know, don’t judge me): If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. Use Twitter, Facebook, Literaticat, Writers Digest and every other resource out there. They’re out there to help!

7. Make friends.
I know writers have a reputation for being secluded introverts who couldn’t talk themselves out of a paper cup, but reach out. Like I said, Twitter, Facebook and blogs are all awesome—and coming from someone who had NO IDEA where to go…you can make friends quickly. The writer community is incredibly supportive. You learn so much and it never hurts to have people on your side if things go south.

6. Make mistakes.
When I first queried, I thought my story was ready—but the pacing was still an issue until I finally rewrote the entire thing. The final version is a hell of a lot better than the first—and the story itself didn’t change that much. Be willing to admit when you’re wrong (it happens!)

5. Read it out loud.
Word search for “that” and “of” and cut any instances that don’t require them. Have a critique partner—whether that’s your best friend or someone with twelve books under their belt, someone else should point out what they love and don’t about your story. If that’s not the angle you’re going for, it’s a prime opportunity to change it. Spell check. Learn the rules of grammar. Find ways to tear apart your manuscript—because sometimes when you sew it back together, it flows smoothly.

4. Appreciate all forms of art.
When you’re ready to pitch your story in the trash or throw your laptop out the window, take a break. Go watch a sunset. Listen to music. See a movie. Visit an art exhibit. Do something to get your creative juices flowing that doesn’t involve your own work. The clarity it’ll provide will only help you.

3. If you aren’t invested in your characters, no one else will be.
That doesn’t mean they have to be likable, perfect, or even nice. It just means they have to be human in a way that makes people begs for more. And the only way to create that is to let yourself care about them, too.

2. You are a writer.
It took me forever to call myself one because I felt like a fraud—first when I didn’t have an agent, then when I didn’t have a publisher yet, then when I realized how many people have multiple books compared to my debut. We spend far too much time telling ourselves what we aren’t. Do you put words to paper? Congratulations, you are a writer! Don’t let anyone take that away. And while we’re at it…every great writer, actor, artist, scientist, doctor, lawyer, businessman, and laborer started when they were none of those things.

1. Have a healthy disregard for the naysayers.
We’ve all been there, right? “You write books? Like (insert name of the most criticized book you’ve ever heard of)?” or “You can’t make money doing that.” or the ever-popular “So you’re the next JK Rowling? You probably made a ton of money right?” No, actually, dude, I’m lucky I can afford a toothpick. But it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying to build a penthouse through realistic expectations and hard work. Come up with a plan and go—no one needs to be satisfied at the end of the day but you. If you have a dream, it’s yours and yours alone. Go chase it. I can’t wait to watch you do it.


About Annika


Annika Sharma was born in New Delhi and brought up in the United States, where she moved with her parents as a baby. A proud alum, she graduated from Penn State University with dual degrees in Biobehavioral Health and Neuro-Psychology, and minors in Biology and Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a writer, landing her agent Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group while daylighting as a preschool teacher. The Rearranged Life, her first novel, was written in the month before graduate school.

Annika, a Gryffindor and Scorpio, spends much of her time dreaming of adventure, working on her next book, going on Starbucks runs with family and friends, shopping online and watching superhero movies.

The Rearranged Life will hit shelves on May 15th, 2015, published by Curiosity Quills Press. It follows the love story of Nithya and James. Nithya, a type-A college student with ambitions of medical school, has never needed anything but the love of her family and her accomplishments. When she meets James St. Clair, her world is rocked. There’s just one problem: James is American and Nithya’s traditional Indian family has high hopes of an arranged marriage. Now, Nithya has a decision to make: become a doctor and a good Indian bride or step away from centuries of culture and forge her own path.

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