With Spring coming, a lot of us are thinking about shedding our less than stellar Winter habits. Some are looking for something to kickstart or motivate them to be a little more healthy and work on feeling better. The days of craving comfort foods are coming to an end, and lighter food is on the menu, with the lighter days.

Juice Cleanse Martha's Vineyard From Not Your Sugar Mamas

I am a big fan of food and beverages of all kinds, and with small children, I am also a bit of a vacuum cleaner. Recently, I had been waking up feeling sluggish and unmotivated, even after coffee. I go to the gym, which is helping me to maintain, but I wanted to get out of my slump.

The Whole 30 is not my jam. Paleo and Atkins aren’t either with my current lifestyle. However, I was looking for something that might help me kick some of my bad habits or at least lessen them.

Not Your Sugar Mama's Organic Cafe Juices Health Food Martha's Vineyard

I had a friend who did the three day juice cleanse. She loved it. She said she wasn’t hungry on it, her skin was glowing after (and it was), she lost a couple lbs, and had less of a craving for sweets (her big vice). I was intrigued. Could some juice for a couple days do all that.

Well, I was about to find out. As I mentioned in my blog about Not Your Sugar Mama’s expanded Organic Cafe, Rachel Fox has joined the team, and she’s helping keep the juices flowing along with Andrea, the head juicer!

Customize Your Cleanse

Not Your Sugar Mamas offers one day, two day or three day juice cleanses. I stopped in to see Rachel and get her opinion on what might be the best for me. We both agreed on a two day, since I was a bit of a nervous nelly about the whole thing.

Juice Cleanse From Not Your Sugar Momma's Organic Cafe Martha's Vineyard Juice Bar

Juice cleanses are offered on the first weekend of each month and cost $55 per day. If you want to do one, you email info@notyoursugarmamas.com by the Monday before, and on Friday morning, you pick up your juices. The cafe opens at 8 a.m. and it’s best to get them as early as possible, so you can begin. The juices are so fresh, they don’t have a long shelf life.


To decide and create the juice blends, they first looked at which fruits and veggies were most alkaline to help balance the body’s pH out. They also looked at which vegetables and spices were most detoxifying, and chose apple to sweeten, because it has a higher alkalinity than most other sweet fruits.

There are five juices per day. The juices come with a guideline on how they should be consumed. Each juice is jam packed with seriously good stuff. I mean it’s like drinking liquid gold five times a day.

NYSMThe five juices for the cleanse are (and these are listed in the recommend order for consumption) the Refreshing Green Juice, which has all sorts of good green ingredients in it, and it is light and delicious. I liked this one a lot, and I had no idea that parsley was so good for you. Next up, another favorite, the Anti-Inflammatory Orange Juice, which has a gorgeous orange color. From this, I learned that turmeric, which is all the rage, when paired with black pepper, has its bioavailability increased 10 fold (how it enters your circulation and its impact). I liked the little kick to this one.

The third one was the Detoxifying Beet Juice. Even though beets are one of the best veggies for you regarding detoxification, I am not a fan. If you like beets, then this is going to be a fav for you. However, I did drink it, both days.

The forth was soooooo good – the Vanilla Almond Milk. A little sweetness and a thicker consistency, I feel like this could be a breakfast or dessert drink to be consumed daily. I even had a friend tell me she added coffee to hers. This yummy, creamy goodness is a big aid in proper metabolism. Last but not least was the Spicy Lemonade, and may I just say that this was a game changer – not for everyone I bet. It definitely has a kick to it and I still crave this one.

NYSMA great thing about this juice cleanse it that it’s portable. I went to waitress at Offshore, and brought two with me, since I am there for an extended period of time. I am also busy enough so food isn’t even on my radar.

NYSMIf you feel as though the juices are not filling enough and you’re dying of starvation or if you need something to chew on, there are options. In addition to the juices, you can eat cucumbers, almonds, avocados with olive oil and Himalayan sea salt.

Also, the gut healing broth and the Thai salad, both available at Not Your Sugar Mamas are available if you need something more than the juices. I have to admit that I did eat almonds and cucumbers on the second day.

Not Your Sugar Mamas Organic Cafe Thai salad

There are a number of effects you can feel from a juice cleanse. Here are some that Not Your Sugar Mamas shared with me: headache (be sure to drink extra water), irritability, weakness and fatigue, bad breath and body odor because of the detoxifying effects, bloating because the cleansing of the small intestines, darker than normal stool because of the cleansing of the small intestines, red-colored stool because of the beets in the “red juice”, aches and pains. Not everyone will experience all of theses symptoms, but they’re definitely possible while doing a juice cleanse.

Juice Cleanse Not Your Sugar Mamas Martha's Vineyard

I was surprised at the list above. For me, I did have a headache around 3:00 p.m., which is when I would typically have my second cup of coffee, which I did not have. I found that I felt lighter, no bloating or any other physical discomfort. However, I did miss the physical aspect of chewing, which the almonds helped with. I wasn’t too hungry, the juices seemed pretty filling.

And The Results Are…..

Walking up on the day after my Not Your Sugar Mamas’ juice cleanse was fantastic! First, I felt so accomplished. I know it was only two days, but I was proud of this success. Then, I got on the scale, and was even more pleased with the slight reduction in my weight. Third, I was not very hungry nor was a jonesing for my morning coffee like I usually am. My head felt clear and I felt energized, better than I have in a long time

For my first “meal”, I had avocado with olive oil and little salt, along with some red raspberries and was fine. All day, it felt so much easier to not eat as much. The realization that I could survive and survive well on juices really was an eye-opener for me. I looked at food differently. As I said, I wish I did the three day.

I am not saying that this would be for everyone, but it’s a great reset. Your body feels good, and it’s very motivating, a kick-start.

It’s a small investment for what can lead to big returns, even a modification of your life style. I was nervous about doing this, and for no reason. It’s a gift for your body and even your mind. Finding the strength to commit and succeed – it’s not always so easy for people.

The juice cleanse, though a struggle at times, was something I would do again. Heck, I’d love to do it once a month! But since that’s not a reality, I have to remember what I learned about myself from the experience. Especially, that I do not need as much food as I consume.

The next cleanse sign-up date is Monday April, 2nd and pick-up is Friday, April 6th.

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Not too long ago, we were talking about the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club’s Healthy Happy Kids (H2K) after school food program. As a company, we are so invested in Healthy Happy Kids, which provides hundreds of Island children nutritious food after school.


We work hard with our annual holiday fundraiser, the Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite to raise the money needed to fund this program. Our 2017 drive raised $39,000, which covers much of the cost of this important program.

Fighting Childhood Hunger On Martha's Vineyard Healthy Happy Kids Boys & Girls ClubWhy is Healthy Happy Kids so important? Childhood hunger is a problem on Martha’s Vineyard. There are many children who go without food. This is tough to even consider because the Island is so beautiful and ofter thought of as a playground for the rich, but the truth is, there is a larger portion of the year-round population that struggles to make ends meet. Sadly, because of this, children can often go with out food.

Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Healthy Happy Kids

However, not at the Club. After kids come to the club, there is free food available. Kids don’t have to worry about having money or not — they just have to eat if they’re hungry. This also is a good way to fill their bellies before heading home or to another childcare provider where they may or may not have dinner.

H2K even offers backpacks for children to take home on the weekend, filled with food items. Though we cannot solve the problem of childhood hunger on Island with this program, it is helping, and helping so many kids.

Boys & Girls Club After School Food Program Martha's Vineyard

Also, with the addition of Healthy Happy Kids, the Club has seen an improvement in kids’ behavior, more focus and participation in the homework club, and a lot more smiles. It’s amazing when one’s basic needs are being met, you can focus on other things, like being a kid.

Tyson Foods & Healthy Happy Kids

There is a need all year round to help fund and provide food for Healthy Happy Kids, especially since the Club’s enrollment keeps growing and there are more kids to feed.

You can help by making a charitable donation, but there are other ways to help. Sometimes it just takes a conversation to get the ball rolling. One day when I was at the Club doing Teddy Bear Suite work, I saw one of the staff members bring in a large number of bagged chicken tenders from Stop & Shop, which they had purchased for Healthy Happy Kids. Stacey Smith, the Club’s office manager, told me that all the kids love chicken tenders.

Tyson Foods A light bulb went on. One of my dear friends, Cameron Brookes, works for Tyson Foods, and I have to admit, that there is always a bag of their chicken tenders in my fridge for my kiddos. I asked Stacey if the Club would be interested in a donation of Tyson chicken tenders, and she excitedly said yes!! They are expensive to buy each week.

Tyson Food Chicken Tender Delivery Martha's Vineyard Healthy Happy Kids Food Donation

I reached out to Cameron. She thought it was a great idea, and the ball was set in motion. It was a good fit for Tyson because Tyson Foods is a big supporter in the fight against hunger, especially in the communities where their employees live and work. Cameron was happy to be helping the Club. She knows that this organization is important to so many parents on the Island who work, and of course, for the kids too.

Tyson Foods Chicken Tender Donation To Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Healthy Happy Kids

“Tyson has donated more than 100 million pounds of protein over the past 15 years and renewed our commitment to hunger relief by pledging $50 million in cash and in-kind donations by 2020. At Tyson Foods, we donate food because of extraordinary organizations work hard every day to see that people are fed in their communities. We couldn’t do it without them.”

The donation of 10 cases of Tyson Foods chicken tenders is a part of fulfilling their goal. How wonderful that an international company cares enough to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club. This donation is going to make a lot of kids happy and have full bellies!

Healthy Happy kidsHow did we get so much chicken to the Club? Well, that was easy. Cameron partnered with Vineyard Cash & Carry to have the cases delivered there. Then Cameron and I picked them up, and brought them to the Club.

Martha's Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Chicken Tender Donation Delivery Healthy Happy Kids

Since the Club knew they were coming, there was plenty of space in their freezer. It was fun, placing the bags in the freezer, knowing the impact this would have. Knowing that kids would be psyched to see Tyson chicken tenders on the menu for after school. Knowing that this donation would help so many kids and maybe even bring them a smile or two because these tenders are so darn good.

Healthy Happy Kids Chicken Tender Donation From Tyson Foods

Thank you Tyson Foods and Cameron for helping make this donation happen! I hope that this company’s generosity helps inspire other companies and people on and off the Island to help as well. No child should go hungry and together, we can make a difference.

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Let’s face it. Once you have Edgartown Meat & Fish’s steak tips, you’re hooked. An added bonus is that in addition to amazing meats, beautiful cuts and selection, you can get everything else you need there too. One stop shopping.

Martha's Vineyard Restaurants To Go: Edgartown Meat & Fish Market Gets A Fresh MakeoverEdgartown Meat & Fish has the accoutrements you need, all sorts of sauces, pantry items, produce, and of course a selection of carefully curated wines and beers. I had no idea just how well stocked for provisions they are.

Edgartown Meat & Fish Redesigns It Market

Why am I telling you what you may already know? Well, it’s time to stop back in. Edgartown Meat & Fish has redesigned its floor plan and made some small changes that have a big impact.

Martha's Vineyard Beer And Wine, Take Out Food, Meat Market Edgartown Meat & Fish

The space is so much brighter and more open. The refrigerated display cases have been moved from the front of the store to the back. The beverage coolers have also been moved.

These moves let so much more natural light in, and the space feels so much bigger, and more welcoming. Add a coat of fresh, white paint, and voilà – it feels almost brand new. You can’t even imagine it was once a Hollywood Video in its previous life.

Edgartown Meat & Fish Food To Go Beer Wine Martha's Vineyard

Also, the coffee station is in a new location, helping with the flow of the space, and I think it’s new home makes it a bit more of a social spot. Speaking of coffee, how awesome is it that Edgartown Meat & Fish serves Starbucks!

Oh, there are many a times I need one of my favorites from Starbucks. Not sure if it’s the coffee or just the mentally soothing, but a Caramel Macchiato, light syrups, with an extra shot of espresso just does me right.

Starbuck Coffee On Martha's Vineyard At Edgartown Meat & Fish

If you love the coffee there as much as I do, you’re in for a real treat during March. Fridays are “Free Coffee Friday” — any size drip coffee, ICED or HOT. It’s their way of saying thank you for shopping with them all winter long.

I think this is such a nice thing to do, especially since March is a bit of bleak month, weather wise for the Island. This is a little ray of sunshine! Remember to bring your refillable cup!

Martha's Vineyard Fresh Bagels At Edgartown Meat & Fish Market Restaurant

Not a coffee drinker? No problem. I can list a dozen reasons to go to Edgartown Meat & Fish. Have you had their bagels? They are not just any bagels, but bagels that are housemade, made fresh daily. The asiago cheese bagel is ridiculous. These things are worth the gluten.

Breakfast Places Martha's Vineyard Edgartown Meat & Fish Market Breakfast Sandwiches Starbucks Coffee Edgartown

I had stopped by not only to see the changes, say hi to owner, Erin Ready, but also for breakfast. Walking around, talking and taking pictures can really build up one’s appetite. Not really, but after Erin told me her favorite breakfast sandwich, I had to get one. Also, Junior makes a mean sandwich!

Best Breakfast Sandwiches Martha's Vineyard: Edgartown Meat & Fish Market

She too likes the asiago cheese bagel, but also an everything bagel on occasion, topped with cheese, bacon, egg and avocado. I have to agree, this was one hearty, satisfying, delicious way to start my day. I really do love their fresh bagels. Don’t be surprised if you find me back in the kitchen, making bagels for a story. They’re that yummy.

Meat & Dairy Market Edgartown Meat & Fish Martha's Vineyard

In addition to delicious meats, bagels, pantry items, coffee, beverages, there’s sushi! Arguably, the best on the Island. When I was there, Tony was busy making beautiful sushi for the day.

You can grab and go or special order if you like. The sushi bar is the perfect solution for a healthy lunch or dinner.

Martha's Vineyard Sushi: Edgartown Meat & Fish Market Best Sushi Edgartown

Going back to meats, manager, Sam Shattuck, serves up such good chicken, beef, and fish. How great to grab specialty burgers or marinated chicken and just have to throw it on the grill or if it’s too cold for you, on the stove, and in no time, you’ve got an incredible, easy to cook meal. Such good options for entertaining too.

Martha's Vineyard Fresh Steaks Meat Market: Edgartown Meat & Fish Market

There is something special about buying your meat fresh and not pre-packaged. Taking it home, unwrapping the butcher paper, the whole experience. It is so much more than grabbing food wrapped in plastic and styrofoam. Edgartown Meat & Fish offers you a personal experience, a touch of old world attention to detail.

Prepared Meals Meats Chicken Edgartown Meat & Fish Market Martha's Vineyard

So many reasons to love this family run shop. Let me give you more! This summer, look for a selection of fresh breads, Island made specialty baked goods, more prepared foods, more fresh, local produce, and hope you’re ready for this – KOMBUCHA on TAP and NITRO COFFEE on TAP. Sweet!

Martha's Vineyard Wine Store: Edgartown Meat & Fish Market

Thanks Edgartown Meat & Fish for being open year round and for providing us with lots of good stuff!

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And we’re back….The Ritz reopened its doors for the 2018 season in early March. What a roller coaster it has been the last couple of years for this iconic dive bar, music haven for the Island since 1944. In this blog, I bring some interesting news.

The Rtiz Dive Bar Restaurant Live Music Oak BluffsThe Ritz is embracing its roots. What’s this bar known for? Music, but of course, and for being a dive bar, which together create a pretty cool place. It doesn’t need to be a barbecue joint. It doesn’t need to have fancy food, good food yes, but not fancy. It just needs to be The Ritz, with little bit of a modern twist.

By modern, I mean renovated bathrooms, and a menu that speaks to the $3 PBR day drinker and the 40 something mom who wants to grab a bite with her friends and everyone in between. A space that is welcoming but has a little rock and roll edge, a neighborhood dive bar.

Craft Cocktails The Ritz Bar Oak Bluffs Restaurants Martha's Vineyard

A place where most customers don’t want fancy drinks, but they want good beer and good spirits to savor. Where classic cocktails, are just that but maybe with a local tie, like the 5 Corners Flood (Dark & Stormy).

Welcome to The Ritz. Helping take it back to its roots, general manager, Kelly Feirtag, is working on bringing back what so many people loved about The Ritz, like the fact that it’s affordable, a hang out locals like, keeping the music scene going, and adding more to get people through the doors.

The Ritz Manager Kelly Feirtag Oversees The New Ritz Dive Bar Oak Bluffs

Since joining the staff last Fall, Kelly has spent a lot of time talking to people who spend time at The Ritz, whether daily, weekly, monthly, she’s met with a diverse group. Looking to see what people like about The Ritz and how it can be better. People have been really responsive, and it’s been helpful. It seems as though they just want a place for a good drink, food, good company, music, and little fun now and then.

The Ritz Music Room Decorated With Band Posters Martha's Vineyard

So on most nights, you’ll find local bands that are sure to get you out of your seat and dance. Speaking of music, one great addition from the renovation is the room next to the bar is now covered in great images of musicians and bands. You’ll even find a number of local bands’ posters mixed in. See if you can spot them all next time you go in.

The RitzThis new “old’ look helps remind you what’s at the core of The Ritz – music. There are not that many places left for people to enjoy live music, and this keeps The Ritz as an essential establishment on the Island.

New Menu At The Ritz Restaurant Martha's Vineyard

However, bar cannot exist on music alone. Well maybe it can, but I like to be able to grab a bite when I am out socially. You know what can happen when you enjoy too many libations without proper sustenance. Also, why cook if you don’t need to! The kitchen opens at 12:00 p.m. for lunch and is open late night, until 10:00 p.m.


As I mentioned before, a place needs to have good food, a menu with something to appeal to its wide range of customers. And yes, The Ritz is a dive bar, but it’s a dive bar on Martha’s Vineyard, so there are some different expectations. Welcome chef Brian Counihan to The Ritz’s kitchen. He officially confiscated the kitchen space on January 1st.

Martha's Vineyard Restaurants: New Chef Brian Counihan Joins The Ritz Oak Bluffs

Though he thought he’d be bartending, this chef, most recently at the Tin Hanger, could not stay away from the allure of the kitchen. Also, this kitchen allows for a chef to have fun with the food coming out. The food isn’t serious. It’s good, and has some fun plays on the classics.

The Ritz New Menu Oak Bluffs RestaurantsOn the menu you’ll find a nod to owner Jackie & Larkin Stallings’ Texas roots with Texas Brisket Chili. And if you like chili, how about a dive bar classic, a Frito Pie. Kelly was surprised I had NO idea what that was. Apparently it’s a dive bar, food truck, Texas staple.

Frito Pie At The Ritz Restaurant Oak Bluffs Dining Out

A Frito Pie is a bag of Frito chips topped with chili and all the fixings – all in the bag itself. What!?! Nothing I would ever order to be honest, but since I have to break out of my comfort zone every now and then for work, why not try it.

It was delicious. The crunch of the corn chips with the awesome Texas Brisket Chili and sour cream and scallions, grab a fork and go to town. I also loved the novelty of the whole experience. I ate chili from a bag. If you have any friends who like this dish, bring them by. I have learned that Frito Pie has quite the following.

The Ritz Dive Bar Food Oak Bluffs - Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, served with Ritz crackers

Another dive bar classic, is the Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese, served with Ritz crackers (the Nabisco ones). Johnny, a bartender there, remembers pimento cheese fondly from his childhood and thinks that Brian’s is some of the best. He actually ordered this dish for me. It is good, but for me, I think I like it more for a bagel. I have a deep love of Bruegger’s Bagels’ olive pimento cream cheese from growing up. What can I say, I am emotional with my food.

Flat Top Burger The Ritz New Menu Oak Bluffs Restaurants

Perhaps you want something more basic to fill your belly. I know that I like a good burger. The Ritz has a pretty darn good burger. Its Flat Top Burger came perfectly cooked, topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickle and a housemade sauce. You can also add bacon or fried egg (yum). It comes with Zapp’s chips, delicious chips made in New Orleans. However, you can also sub for the Skillet Tots which are beyond delicious! Those tots are deadly. So glad they’re still on the menu.

The Ritz Oak Bluffs Dive Bar & Restaurant Flat Top Burger Martha's Vineyard

If chili and burgers are a bit too heavy or meaty, there are vegetarian options, and even salads. I tried The Ritz Wedge, a fun twist on a classic. The Ritz Wedge is iceberg lettuce with pickled onions, bacon, cornbread crumbs, from their delicious housemade cornbread, and housemade avocado poblano dressing. It’s a melody of flavors, reminiscent of a Wedge but with a little more edge, not just a vehicle for bleu cheese. You can have chicken or shrimp added to it too if you like.

The Ritz Bar & Restaurant The Ritz Wedge is iceberg lettuce with pickled onions, bacon, cornbread crumbs Oak Bluffs Bar & Restaurant Martha's Vineyard Dive Bar

I was supposed to save room for dessert. Like the play on dive bar classics, Brian is having fun with the dessert options as well with things like Twinkie Tiramsu, but that will have to happen another day. I had too much good savory stuff!

Tater Tot Fondue Oak Bluffs Restaurant The Ritz BarThe menu is basic and with lots of options. If you’re a fan of the Blue Plate Special, not to worry, it will back soon. Rolling out a new menu requires a bit of focus and feedback from the customers. That comes first.

Music Food & ……….

How about Trivia? You know the Island has a love affair with this pastime. Now on Tuesdays, you can try your hand at trivia with the lovely Emily Hunsaker and funny-man, Johnny Showtime. Play hard, work those brain muscles and then stay and sing your heart out. All this happening on a Tuesday night.

Trivia Night At The Ritz Oak Bluffs Bar Martha's Vineyard

\What about Karaoke? Well that is still happening as well. Tuesday nights, after Trivia.

The Ritz Bar Board Games Day Drinking Martha's Vineyard

Something else that might make its way to the bar, board games. Kelly wants to bring back “day drinking.” Having a drink with a friend, playing Jenga or such, to pass the time with something a little more fun then just sitting there. Could you image Cards Against Humanity with a couple friends at the round table? Could be fun, with a dash of naughty!

The Ritz Dive Bar Oak Bluffs Restaurant Martha's Vineyard

As it says on the wall, “Here’s to feeling good all the time,” which you might recognize from Seinfield. With the start of a new season, there is reason to keep on loving this iconic bar and perhaps give it another try if you haven’t been in a while. Also, look for classic Ritz t’s and trucker hats coming soon!

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