My Love Affair With Food

My name is Christopher and I am a foodaholic. I do not mean to poke fun at or trivialize alcoholism, however, I do believe that addiction to alcohol is similar (not the same) as addiction to food; no doubt that I am highly addicted to the consumption of “good” food. I will not, however, be… Continue reading My Love Affair With Food

Fear Can Hold You Back . . . And a Bit of Lagos, Portugal

    I know fear is normal. We all fear many things and fear keeps us alive. At this time of self-reflection, I think it’s important to address some of my fears and question why I do not possess some of the fears I see in others. What I am hoping this process will accomplish:… Continue reading Fear Can Hold You Back . . . And a Bit of Lagos, Portugal

Friendship and What it Means to be a Friend

  Who are your true friends and why are these friendships so important? Friendships come in all shapes and sizes and it would be difficult to share my thoughts on all of them; therefore I will focus on just a few for this blog. I will cover these five: Friendship with a life partner A close… Continue reading Friendship and What it Means to be a Friend

Did I Do the Right Thing?

Time to Check In     I thought this might be a good time to step back and consider my decision to relocate overseas. I’m going to ask myself some tough questions: Is Faro everything I hoped it would be? Did the move cost me more than expected? Have I made friends? Do I miss… Continue reading Did I Do the Right Thing?

More Money on Experiences and Less Money on Stuff

    Since giving up my consulting business in Maine and moving to Faro, I’m finding I have more time to think about how I want to spend my time . . .  and money. I have also been noticing that more is being written on how to spend your money — probably because I’m… Continue reading More Money on Experiences and Less Money on Stuff

Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness

    Hard to imagine doing anything these days without feeling some guilt. An overwhelming number of articles, television shows, religious authorities, relatives and so on, telling us what’s good for us; who knows what’s best anymore. Truth be known, most of us know what’s good for us. We don’t need a know-it-all “expert” to… Continue reading Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness

Exploring Edinburgh and Other Random Bits

One of the many reasons I moved to Portugal was to be closer to the rest of Europe so that I could travel more easily from country to country; and that includes countries on the African continent. I will get to Edinburgh in this piece, I promise. My first country outside of Portugal to visit… Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh and Other Random Bits

Strange Not to be Chasing the Next Opening

The culinary scene in the United States has been pretentious and ever-changing for many years; however, the last 20 years has been explosive; not only in the States, but all over the world. While working at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, I felt obligated to stay on top of the restaurant industry;… Continue reading Strange Not to be Chasing the Next Opening

When in Portugal . . .

How a Change in Routine, Can Lead to Greater Self-awareness Yesterday I misplaced my wallet and today I spilled a cup of coffee; careless and frustrating. These are the things that happen when your daily routine changes and you’re not paying attention. There is danger in trying to recreate your old life in a new… Continue reading When in Portugal . . .

Living Abroad and My Truth

Counting My Blessings I cannot imagine what it must have been like to live overseas 20 or more years ago.  Staying in touch with loved ones back home must have been very expensive and difficult. Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and other forms of social media have made communicating and keeping up with friends fairly easy. Meeting friends… Continue reading Living Abroad and My Truth