All About This Blog

There isn’t a day that goes by when I am not asked what is the best olive oil or which skillet would be the best for sauteing. As a nutritionist, cookbook author and culinary instructor, I take it as a personal responsibility to be on the lookout for products that will enhance my clients' lifestyles.

Fabulous Food Finds is an outgrowth of my original blog You Can Eat That. Every Friday on the original blog, we would do Friday Food Picks: Products We Love. It became our favorite blog entry and so we decided to create a blog entirely devoted to scouring the markets to bring our readers the best food and kitchen tools we can find.

We do not accept any products directly from the manufacturers. We actually hunt, forage, and search for products aisle after aisle in markets large and small. We are not in the business of totally trashing a product, but will give an honest review of the things we find.

We’ve done the work for you. All you need to do is enjoy our selections and our original recipes that go with them. Feel free to leave us comments and if you have favorite products of your own, please be sure to let us know!

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 I’m loving Instagramming! Don’t you just love all these new social media verbs?

If you are on Instagram, please join me at I’ll be sharing foodie secrets, special dishses, recipes, travel photos and so much more!  In the meantime, I have a chocolate “Indian Giver” to take to task!

xo Robyn


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This month’s ‪#‎PromoteOthers‬ spotlight goes to…Renee Comet!

This month’s ‪#‎PromoteOthers‬ spotlight goes to… Renee Comet!
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In the high intensity profession as professional photography is, it’s a true breath of fresh air to know someone who is cool, calm, collected and mega talented as Renee.

Renee is the long time owner of Renee Comet Photography, Washington DC’s premier photography studio specializing in food photography. I’ve been the very fortunate recipient of Renee’s work as she has shot several of my cookbooks and other print media of mine. But if you look at some of the top cookbooks produced in this country, high profile food companies and prominent DC restaurants, chances are its Renee’s meticulous skills that bring the food into another realm.

Peruse through Renee’s. website and social media feeds and have yourself a seat, a good cup of coffee and perhaps a little nosh and ensconce yourself for hours drooling over the vivid yet natural look of the gorgeous food.

But the best part of Renee, is well, Renee herself. She is just about the nicest, most fun food professional I’ve worked with. I’m also fortunate to call her friend. Renee very often works together with my another fabulous woman, food stylist Lisa Cherkasky, and the two of them are the most dynamic food photography and food stylist team that exists DC today.

So if you are ever in need of top notch work for your next cookbook or other related food project, there is only one number to call-that’s Renee

That’s why Renee is this morning’s #PromoteOthers spotlight!

xo ~ Robyn

Renee’s website can be found at 

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I’m pleased to announce that my book, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide (Eggplant Press,, has captured the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award, Silver Medalist for Best in Digital!:


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The book which debuted on Times Square, NYC and reached #1 on Amazon French Travel Books, was my first departure from food writing and first endeavor into the wonderful world of digital! I’m so overwhelmed by the judge’s comments and my very high scores ( I was given an EXCEPTIONAL rating of 5 overall). I’d like to share some of these comments:

***“I must say, it was easy to judge, because it was exceptionally well done! I think that’s the best use of embedded live linking I’ve ever seen in an e-book. It used a video, sites linked to photos, listing sites, Google maps, even Wikipedia – all appropriately and without disrupting the flow of a very well-written book. This one was excellent

***I was impressed by:
— layout: good use of white space, lists, different font colors to highlight information

– organization: the author figuratively walked a prospective renter through the process of determining what they actually need and how to find it, then gave links where they can do exactly that

– writing: the style was clear, friendly, informative, and informal while still being professional. It read like advice from an experienced friend, on space, shopping, atmosphere, etc. (favorite garden, perfume shop, etc – personal touch is charming and informative). Overall it is very positive, but it is also honest, with pitfalls explained.

***Fantastic use of the platform – this was the first ‘traditional’ book I’ve seen to really use the linking possibilities of the ebook to both guide the reader and support the author.

In the words of the great actress Sally Field: You like me, you really like me!!

Honestly, as a cookbook author I don’t always have the chance to write a lot beyond the recipes and supporting text, so this was a great stretch for me to do straight text and now I feel after so many years that- I AM A WRITER!

So please:

VISIT the IBPA-BFDA landing page at: 

Learn all about the award and share it with your social networks
BUY the book- Visit the gorgeous site. Drool worthy!

WRITE about the book. If you are a travel, tech and even a food writer( there is a bit about food in the book)or know someone who is, contact me at for our press release and supporting material. Many story angles can be explored with my now award-winning book!

And now on a personal note: I dedicate my win to the residents of Paris and the people of France. While my writing is not controversial, provocative or satirical, my right to freedom of the press is something I never take for granted. Merci #Paris for the opportunity to write about you and lets all stand together for the freedom of expression now and for always!


~ Robyn

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ANNOUNCING! #‎PromoteOthers‬: A new hashtag, and a new movement for 2015!

While Social Media is a great venue to promote yourself (heck, I do it), I truly believe that spotlighting others is the true meaning of social media.

I shared a few of these special people on my personal Facebook page around the holidays, and I wanted to bring #PromoteOthers to this blog, to feature those I know in the culinary, health, and travel professions that I believe are exceptional. I’m not being paid by any of them or any organization, I just think social media is a better place when you share in addition to yourself (and how many times can you share news that EVERYONE already knows about).
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Today, I’m happy to that the ‪#‎PromoteOthers‬ spotlight goes to Christy Wilson, R.D.

There are many, many ‪‎dietitians‬, but Christy is quite special. Not only is she entrenched in the ‪Tucson‬ community helping people lead healthier lives, but she is one of the rare dietitians passionate about causes that aren’t always easy to discuss. Her daily posts are inspiring, always enthusiastic. I particularly enjoyed her article, Eating Well With HIV.

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You can find Christy on Facebook and Twitter.

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The winner of the Paris Vacation Dream Apartment Contest is…

… Delilah Burgos Villar!

She chose the dining room photo from Guest Apartment Service’s Magnolia apartment. Her description of what she would serve on this dining table was irresistible!

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Our runner up is Cynthia Archer who chose the cover photo of Paris Perfect’s Cabernet apartment!

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But everyone is a winner!
All entries will receive a copy of my ebook, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide (,

Merci beaucoup to everyone for dreaming…. and remember… Paris is always a good idea!!

A bientot,

p.s. MERCI to Paris Perfect Paris Apartment Rentals ( & Guest Apartment Services Paris (

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The Paris Vacation Dream Apartment Contest!

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In celebration of my newly launched ebook, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide, which debuted on Times Square in NYC, we are having a BIG contest (prize package worth over 150.00!) for all of my readers, and, in just 2 EASY STEPS, you may be the grand prize winner! Even if you’ve never been to Paris or don’t intend to visit, just DREAM freely and have fun with this!

1. Go to Paris Vacation Apartment Guide and choose 1 of the apartment photos in the SLIDE SHOW (you may also choose the book cover apartment photo).

2. Come back to either THIS POST (at Fabulous Food Finds) OR my FACEBOOK PAGE and leave a comment about how you’d like to spend time in that fabulous Parisian apartment. Be Descriptive! Be creative!

BONUS! The FIRST 25 entries will automatically receive a copy of The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

The GRAND PRIZE for the most creative entry will win a gorgeous gold Bodum French Coffee Press (retail value $100.00!) PLUS a gift basket of sumptuous baked to order French Macarons by Leilalove, AND 3 copies of The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide to share with friends and family. TOTAL PRIZE PACKAGE OF OVER $150.00!


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*Contest ENDS 12.3.14

top right photo of Cabernet apartment balcony courtesy of photo credit Paris Perfect (

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The Paris Vacation Guide Book Launch Party at Alliance Française de Washington DC

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I’m thrilled to say that the launch party for my new ebook, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide, was a smashing success at Alliance Française de Washington DC.

In addition to my wonderful guests including journalists, food writers, restaurateurs, and scholars, I had the rare opportunity to meet the top brass at Alliance Francaise North America ~ a real honor.

Thank you to all who joined me and I thank you all for your comments, tweets and love. Also, please join me on Facebook, and have a look at the photo album below.

Merci to all,


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Paris in Times Square!

Yes, this is my new ebook The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide on the Times Square marquee!!

Stay tuned for my next post about a fabulous contest for WINNING a copy of this ebook, AND a delicious goody to savor as well!

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Coming Soon (you may want to find your passport)!

Most of you know my passion in addition to wonderful world of food is travel! I’m excited to announce that my years of visiting the most wonderful city in the world, Paris, has paid off in the debut of my newest writing adventure, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide: Rent With Confidence Without Getting Overwhelmed, Ripped Off Or Scammed!

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Staying in an apartment brings you much closer to experiencing the City of Light on a local level, more than an hotel stay ever will. Over the years, I have become quite expert in how to rent successfully and enjoy all that Paris has to offer. It is my hope with this first ever book written on the subject you’ll live like a Parisian-even for just a week! I’ll save you time, money and effort!

Debuts this fall ~ look for the launch very soon, but I warn you, you may find yourself packing your bags for Paris asap!

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The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide

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A conversation with Robyn Webb

~ an interview with Robyn Webb by Lee Romano Sequeira.

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I love to find out what makes people tick, especially about how their given vocation “found them” or vice versa, so I hope you enjoy my conversation with Robyn Webb, nutritionist, teacher, author & chef! ~ Lee

So nice to let your readers and friends learn more about you, so here goes question number one: You’re known in the media as Robyn Webb — do you have a middle name, and what was your maiden name?
Robyn Amy Webb, Maiden name is Berman.

Where did you grow up, and how long have you been in beautiful Alexandria, VA?
I grew up in upstate NY in a town called Monticello which is part of the Catskill Mountains. It’s only about 1 1/2 hr drive from NYC. I’ve been in the DC area since 1987, and in Old Town Alexandria since 1991.

Do you have a daily “uniform”?
Depends: if I am teaching a cooking class it’s a def uniform! Jeans, Fitted T Shirt, Flat shoes, hair up in a ponytail. For meeting clients for counseling I dress up either in pants and jacket or dress. I actually love the French style of dressing (chic, looking effortless) and a lot of my clothes are from Paris.

Did you have an “A HA” moment when you knew nutrition, cooking and teaching were for you?
I grew up in the hotel business. My father was the Social Director and my mother was the owners private executive secretary at the very famous Concord Hotel Resort. So I was around really good food practically from birth. If you have ever seen the movie Dirty Dancing (who hasn’t!), that movie was an extremely accurate depiction of how I grew up. Yes, we had the dance people( not quite as good looking as Patrick Swayze though!) and we served way too much food to all the guests.

My father passed away from a massive heart attack at age 38 (he was quite heavy) when I was 6 (my sister was 7) and even at that very young age, it implanted a mark in my being that nutrition is very important. I started cooking around age 12 and I mean really cooking, not just making cookies. From the on I prepared all the family meals; my Mom had to return to work and so I was glad to help her out. My sister made the salads (she continues to beat me in that area to this day)!

And the I always had a knack for imparting information to others in a way that they would learn. I just enjoy the process of teaching and breaking down steps into doable parts. Maybe it’s the “little boss” in me that comes out; I love telling others what to do (ha!).

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you do?
I’d probably be an actress; in fact I went to theatre camps and always was in plays. My father was more than just the Social Director, he actually was a comedian and actor.

He appeared on Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas and many other shows. All his friends were comedians and actors; his best friend was comedian Rodney Dangerfield who actually lived in our house for some time. At my first birthday party, dancer and actor Gregory Hines performed. Yes, this was my what it was like in young years; but ultimately I am not the best at continuous rejection, so acting was ruled out.

I love that! So interesting, and something I never knew about you! Ok, next question: What’s one thing people don’t understand about your job?
I am not sure it’s a matter of misunderstanding, but I think people don’t realize that not just anyone can write a cookbook, teach a class, counsel a client. With the “celebratization” of the food world, everyone thinks they are an expert. That’s why the world of nutrition and food can get so confusing often to the detriment of people’s health.

Any occupational hazards?
My feet hurt a lot! You never saw a person stretch her calves so much in your life!

Robyn, if you inviting friends over for dinner, what would your specialty be?
I love preparing mostly Mediterranean foods; big salads with homemade dressings, grilled fishes, lots of veggies, and a sweet treat usually something chocolate based for dessert.

Ok, I am getting hungry. Let’s find out what all-time favorite restaurants are.
I’ve traveled all over the world, been to close to 70 countries and have been on every continent except Antarctica. So I’ve taken advantage along with my wonderful husband, the many top restaurants all over the world. But truth be told, I can enjoy Michelin starred and heavily lauded places as much as a undiscovered hole in the wall. So by contrast; one of my favorite restaurants was Louis XV restaurant in Monte Carlo; it was pure magic, almost theatre. But then in Haifa, Israel, I went to a complete hole in the wall falafel place called Michaelis and I speak of both experiences with the same enthusiasm and same elaborate hand gestures!

– and your favorite vacation spot?

Do tell – your ‘secret’ talent?
I can get my eyeliner on in one fell swoop!

Nice to have in a rush! What are you looking forward to this summer?
Seeing my grandson of course! And we are going to visit the last 3 states we have not been to; N Dakota, Idaho and Montana. I’m not much of a nature gal, but this was one of hubbies wishes and hey you got to compromise.

If your hubby could describe you in one word it would be

If you had to describe you in one word it would be:

Any food trends you wish would dry up and blow away?
Cupcakes, please let them shrivel up and die

What new food trends are you enjoying?
I just hope the continued interest in supporting local farmers never ever goes away

Favorite foodie movie?
It’s a new one for me-Chef starring Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo and Sophia Vergara. I just saw it; it’s a must see!

I cannot wait to see that movie! Your favorite kitchen tool is?
It has to be tongs. So good for more than just transferring food. It’s my hubs favorite tool too (ooops, that’s a little more information than you need!)

Thank you Robyn – this was fabulous, just like your blog!

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