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Reprint from Family Travel by Colleen Kelly: Expanding the Palate of a Picky Eater


Appeasing the picky eater is a challenge almost every parent has had to face at some point or another. Whether it’s a battle of the broccoli, or another culinary conflict, getting your child to try new foods can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Experts have noted that one of the best ways to get your child to eat foods that they might traditionally oppose, is by not putting any emphasis or weight on that particular food. Setting a plate of food in front of your child while simultaneously saying, “No dessert unless you finish all your vegetables,” implies that vegetables are a negative thing, since they are being told they have to eat them.

It can be just as challenging to get your child to try more ethnic foods. If they’re used to grilled cheese and chicken nuggets, the idea of international cuisine might seem, well, foreign to them. Here, we’re going to give you some helpful suggestions of kid-friendly foods from around the world that will encourage them to expand their picky palates.

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1. Thai – Tofu or Chicken Pad Thai

You and your spouse have been dying to try that new Thai restaurant that just opened up down the street, but you both know Little Suzy won’t eat anything but pizza. Try not to make it a point to say you’re going to “try a new restaurant” tonight. Instead, simply say you’re going to have Thai for dinner. A universally-loved option is chicken or tofu pad Thai, a noodle dish mixed with scrambled eggs, some vegetables, and a peanut-flavor. Try skipping the sprouts, to keep the meal looking and tasting a bit more simple. Don’t forget the potstickers! Kids are sure to love these tasty little dumplings with a side of soy sauce.

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2. Japanese – Ramen and California Rolls
Although people tend to associate Japanese cuisine simply with sushi, there’s a lot of options that kids will be more likely to try. One palate-pleasing standard is ramen. This soup-based noodle entree is made to order, and can include a variety of add-ins. If your child is used to more simple-tastes, try shoyu ramen, which is soy-sauce based. If you have a slightly more adventurous child, who wants to give sushi a try, suggest a California roll. These usually contain rice, cucumber, avocado, and crab meat or imitation crab. Some California rolls include fish eggs as well, but you can simply put in a special request with your waiter to leave those out. This might be more appealing to kids who are skeptical of anything fish-related that’s not breaded and dipped in ketchup.


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3. Italian – Pesto Cavatappi
As a parent, I quickly grew to learn that kids love buttered noodles. It’s an easy, simple dish, but of course, there’s not much to it. Build your child’s buttered noodle affinity by trying a new spin on this classic favorite, such as adding vegetables, or even a new sauce. For example, pesto is a mild enough sauce that your child might not notice too much of a flavor change. And with all the different variations and shapes of noodles, serve the sauce over something unique, like cavatappi or bowtie pasta. If you’re feeling really adventurous, combine a few types of noodles into one dish to give your child a fun surprise.

Read the rest of the article here on Family Travel with Colleen Kelly.

headshot-2016-catie_crpAbout Colleen Kelly:

Parent, travel writer, and seasoned traveler, Colleen Kelly grew up traveling all over the world. She has experienced the United States from coast to coast and has explored over 20 foreign countries. Her vast knowledge of travel brought her to realize the need for a new kind of travel experience and focus—one that is centered around the family. As a family travel expert, Colleen doesn’t miss a beat as she offers her personalized tips to parents. Her fun-loving personality pulsates through every moment of the show. She is the ultimate modern-day parent who isn’t afraid to kick back, get a little messy, and have fun!


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You have a great idea – what to do with it? (A presentation)

You have an idea that has been tumbling around your head for quite some time.  You tell a few friends and then finally one (or more) says… “Why don’t you just do it!”

So, now that idea needs to be formalized, made in to a business plan and much more.  Below you will find a short form document of the ESSENTIALS of how to start with taking your idea to fruition.  Remember that all good ideas that are made in to products or business have to include MARKETING. It is astonishing to our 411 voices team how many people forget that part!

Marketing does not have to be expensive, but it is necessary.

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Fan of Pretty Little Liars will love this podcast featuring Tommy “Teeco 71” Geraci

Tommy Geraci loves Pretty Little Liars, and just about any other pop culture TV show.  Recently, he was interviewed on cAbernetAndA.  This group describes themselves as a fun loving group who combine watching together Pretty Little Liars along with a bottle (or more) of their best wine! (Hence, the Cabarnet).


Actually, gatherings that combined “fine” beverages and television viewing date way back… or at least a decade ago when Sex and the City took over TV sets (and more)! Substitute Cosmos for wine and you have the makings of what was an HBO main-stay among women (and many men!)

Enjoy listening to Tommy Geraci discuss Pretty Little Liars and whole bunch more on this podcast brought to you by podbean.


Listen the podcast with Tommy Geraci here


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The Difference Between Writing a Blog and Writing for Academia

Part of what we do at 411 Voices Media  is teach others how to blog.  While we are not the only “bloggers in town”, we do know a few things about the process of writing informative and entertaining missives with humor, candor and a touch of educational value.  This type of writing is far different than the writing for research or academia that many have known for years.  Let me explain…

What is a blog?

To first understand the differences one must know what is a blog? Technically a “blog” is more than just one writing but a portfolio of entries.  Often it is a live journal, meaning that people tell their thoughts, opinions and reviews related to various subject matter.  The evolution of the term “blog” has now come to mean one article OR a compilation.

What is the difference between a blog and more academic writing?

Simply, academic writing is filled with citations linked to research. While writing a blog doesn’t have to include a single link to any outside source.  Although, adding a few to your blog is considered a good thing to make it more thought provoking, search engine friendly and also engaging.

Academic writing usually serves a purpose. For example, to explore a theory or to compare and contrast important figures in history.  And while blogs may do this, too, a blog will often have much opinion and conjecture with various degrees or even no “data” to back it up.

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Can the lines be blurred between blog and academic writing?

Of course! It has been my experience that teachers, scientists and those who have written for academic or professional purposes often tend to be less “emotional” in their blog writing and more straight forward. They “tell the facts” and let the reader come to their own conclusions.

Writers, like myself, tend to explore questions in the world with humor.  I also like to add my fair share of photography and images in my blog. 

See a list  of popular photography blogs here.

What is essential to know about writing a blog?

First and foremost, write about something that interests you. A blog shouldn’t be “homework”,  but written from the heart.  There should be some intrinsic value for you to take to your computer and type.  If you are bored by the topic so will your readers.

Use an easy place to upload your blog, such as WORDPRESS.  User friendly blogging sites make the experience much more enjoyable.

Add interesting quotes, images or infographics and be sure to give credit where credit is due. Don’t yank an image from a search engine such as GOOGLE.  It is better to buy an image from a credible source such as Graphic Leftovers.

Be sure to hyperlink to websites that you mentioned, such as I did above with the names of where to buy images.  Also, give credit to quotes and where you got them. That means even if from Wikipedia!

When you finish your blog you still have some “work” to do! Add categories and tags so that they can be found. Be sure that there are “share” buttons so that a reader can let others know about your great blog by pressing SHARE THIS.  A featured image makes the sharing better.  And, consider using a blog amplification services such as TRIBERR to get more buzz going.

The last difference is that when you finish your blog and press PUBLISH you will have no dissertation to defend or a long series of editors to tear apart your work (unless you are a paid blogger).  You only will need to bring a “good read” of about 500 words to an audience willing to take their time to give a few of their moments to read your thoughts.




Bio:  Louise Masin Sattler is the co-founder of 411 Voices Media Group and an avid blogger. Read more at