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Business Networking, Friendship, Food & Wine Pairing, Recipes/Culinary Arts, Gaining Professional Knowledge
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Morry's of Naples/"The Backroom" Wine & Cheese Bar
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Sustainable and seasonal eating, green thinking, green business practices, green and responsible travel, organic and sustainably produced wine, dating/romance and fun interesting events to promote well being/peace/and kindness.
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Time for a Reality Check?

I keep forgetting to post here that I haven't stopped blogging on this site, I've just moved my blogging to here:

I think one of the most important things we can remember as human beings is that each of us has our own reality, our own way of seeing the world. Most of us cling very tightly to our views unless something comes along to shake us to the core, like the current saggy economy. For better or worse we… Continue

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 8:23am

Getting Creative Getting Generous Getting Clear

We are familiar with that old saying, "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" but as we continue to see bad news on t.v., and the Internet and the nightly news, I've got another phrase I'd like you to consider - "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Creative, Generous and Clear."

One of things friends have reminded me lately is that people don't stop spending money in a down economy, they just become more careful and frugal because, well, they have to. They can no longer… Continue

Posted on July 26, 2008 at 7:56pm — 1 Comment

The Romance of Food, the Food of Romance...

I am starting to dream of food, or to be more specific vegetables. I've always dreamed of cake and freshly baked sweet things, dreamed of finding that perfect little sweet shop (of which are popping up all over places like Silverlake in L.A., and exist in New York and San Francisco but alas *sigh* we don't seem to have here in Long Beach) with scrumptious layer cakes and fruit tarts, but now I'm dreaming of things that are good for me - like asparagus. Last night I dreamed I bought a beautiful… Continue

Posted on June 8, 2008 at 3:01pm

Jump Starting Your Green Network with "Green Drinks"

Oh sure the topic of "Green Thinking" is hot these days, we see it all over the progressive news, but what if you're new to the movement, or live in an area of the country where the green movement hasn't really taken off yet? Creating your own local "Green Drinks" chapter is a great way to jump in and begin to build a social network of like-minded locals to help you kick start things.

Describing… Continue

Posted on May 23, 2008 at 9:14am

Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 3:54am on July 4, 2008, khaled said…
hi melissa
At 2:38pm on July 19, 2008, Saad Hafez said…

Would love to talk to you about working together in some way or another. I have started a web site at and know there is a way to get you involved in the site.

Drop me a line when you can.


Saad Hafez
Food and Beverage Underground
At 11:26am on July 31, 2008, Margie Tosch said…
Melissa - call me, I can't find your number!


At 10:54am on October 8, 2008, Mark Anthony Pariano said…
Dear Melissa, loved your Vineyard Pics! Some day I will get out to your beautiful state. Have a great Week, Sincerely, Chef Mark Anthony Pariano
At 7:41am on January 1, 2009, Harleen Singh Rawal said…
hi Melissa,
hope u r doing Great. I am working as F&B manager at a 5 star deluxe hotel in Delhi, India. wanted ur views on the latest trends in restaurant & hospitality business / ideas to promote buisiness...some details on ur company.
Take care n keep n touch. wish u a very happy new year.
Best regards,
At 7:56am on February 27, 2009, GAURAV BHAGI said…
Hello Mdame, I Gaurav Bhagi work as Asst Manager F&B, could you let me know the latest trend in hospitality business & wine culture world wide which is followed.
At 12:15pm on March 16, 2009, Mutineer Magazine said…
Thanks for adding Mutineer Magazine. I hope you will take the time to check us out!

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