COVID-19 Update: How to protect yourself. Click Here to Learn More.

Where in the World are AM and PM?

HI everyone,
Greetings from the desert land of Las Vegas, Nevada.  We are here for a week-long conference and have found the 108 degree weather just wonderful.  A bit dry, but overall, the warmth is a welcome to our bones.

We have had a great time at the Doubletree Hotel, which is away from the Strip but still affords great views of the majestic mountains and is only a short drive to our favorite eating place Sweet Tomatoes!  If you have never eaten at this restaurant, make sure you put that on your list of places when you travel to areas that are blessed to have one of these restaurants.  We sure do wish Charlotte would get one!!




While on the 4 plus hour flight, we enjoyed our very own bottled water, raw kale chips, cassava chips, plantains and banana/date bars.  Everyone else had the standard American fare of chex mix, peanut butter crackers and white bread sandwiches.  It took a little planning to ensure we were prepared, but at the end of the trip we felt rested and ready to walk into this hot, dry climate.

The first day we arrived, we went searching for health food stores and raw vegan restaurants and found many of both!! What a wonderful blessing!  From the bottled coconut water and the yummy kale chips to the fresh cherries and cucumbers, our little room refrigerator is set to keep us hydrated and well nourished.  It is easy to ignore that other fridge in the room, when ours has such tempting and tasty alternatives.

Another place we had to go was to a Target.  We grabbed our Tribest personal blender from the garage and found out when we arrived that it was the one meant for international travel, meaning, the prongs won’t work in the electrical outlets in our room.  So, since a small blender is a large part of our daily existence, whether we are drinking BarleyMax, or making blended smoothies, we knew better than to just forget that idea.  Fortunately, Target had a nice variety of small blenders and we easily picked one up for under $30.  It has a pretty nice size motor, a large basin for smoothies and a thinner one for our BarleyMax.  Bottled water was another must have we picked up there as well.

We never eat at buffets—not because of the foods that we shouldn’t eat, but rather, there are too many tempting foods that we probably can eat, but shouldn’t eat so much of them.  We are better off, paying a little more and eating the right portion size, rather than find what is good on a buffet line.

With our healthy sunscreen, and our filtered hand held shower, we are confident that our week long trip here and our subsequent week in Wisconsin to see Ann’s family will keep us healthy–both inside and out.

Whether you are going on a three day outing or a month long journey, keep in mind these things:

  1. Be prepared—bring your supplements, your BarleyMax and your small blender. You will be glad you did.  There are times when you just don’t want to leave your room and you will find great comfort and sustenance in a newly mixed glass of juice.  Not only will it taste refreshing, but also you can continue on for hours with great energy.
  2. Be mindful that cheaper is not always better. Bring with you, the foods that will keep you from making poor decisions.  Spend a little before you leave so you can save a lot on your health and likely other ways later.
  3. Search the area that you will be visiting for good quality restaurants and health food stores. They will be a Godsend to you!

Oh and by the way, we are not the kind of people who gamble—whether it is on our health or on a casino machine, we prefer to stay away from those smoke filled environments and enjoy the gorgeous mountains and deep blue skies that Nevada can boast about proudly.  Always find the blessings in where you are.  With God at your side, you will never be without them.


  1. Tamarah G June 17, 2015

    Great tips! Traveling healthfully can be a challenge but the extra effort is worth it. I like to take along raw granola bars and savory seasoned chickpeas. Blessings on your travel.

  2. Hi there, just wondering if you would ship barleymax to New Zealand if I purchase online thanks, Sally

  3. Oh – a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant! At many different times, I utilized each of two of them in the Raleigh, NC area while we were working. But since retiring & moving to the Myrtle Beach, SC area, I find there are none here 🙁 I just did a search through their website, because this area is so thick with restaurants that there may have been one here & I didn’t know it. But alas, none. Oh well. So those buffets with all the food I shouldn’t be eating also include all the salad goodies that I choose to dwell on, instead. When your taste buds change, it’s hard to go back to all the fried, gravied, sauced entrees. Even the desserts are yucky with their fake cream fillings & toppings.

    So, thanks AM and PM, for bringing back good memories of Sweet Tomatoes, and I wish you both a safe, blessed, wonderful trip. Your words of travel wisdom are most welcome.

  4. I hate to say it but Sweet Tomatoes is not a health food restaurant. We have lots here in AZ and we used to think so too. But the sad thing is they put sneaky bad ingredients in the foods that ought to be healthy. We always skipped the frozen yogurt machine to have fresh sliced apples for dessert. Well this time the apples tasted REALLY acid-y. I know it’s common to add lemon juice to keep them from browning (which they were not so something was added for sure) and so I wanted to let the manager know this time they really over did it and she said, “Oh we use Sprite.” SPRITE! I could not believe that. My children have never drank soda in their lives. I feel like Sprite should be listed on the label of the apples. They also use corn syrup in their dressings (I asked and they brought me the ingredient list). There is just no telling what they put on their food to preserve it and make it look pretty all day. They definitely cut corners to lower cost. When we are in Las Vegas we stock our room from the Sprouts grocery store nearby and if we feel like “eating out” we go to Whole Foods down the street. They have a buffet too with really AWESOME dressings and plenty of eat in seating.

  5. Carla Bramlett June 17, 2015

    Hello! My husband and I are both Health Ministers and we live in Fabulous Las Vegas!! Hope you both have a great time here! So many wonderful places to eat, even “raw” Vegan food. the Go Raw Cafe is the best! It’s located at: 2910 Lake East Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89117. (5 minutes from my house) Then there is: Violette’s Vegan Organic Eatery at 8560 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117. There are a ton of places to get amazing food here…and we have 3 Whole Food’s Markets. For great service and excellent supplements, go to Pure Health Foods at 7575 W Washington Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89128 which happens to be next door to a Trader Joes! Have fun, stay safe and drink drink drink your water. Hugs!! Jeff and Carla Bramlett

  6. Thank you for the great ideas to prepare for a vacation away from home.. but where did you get the kale chips ?

  7. Thanks for the info and like to know what Vegan restaurants you found?
    lived there for many years and did not see any.
    Thanks much.

  8. Jill Princehouse July 1, 2015

    Sweet Tomatoes/Soup Plantation are buffet restaurants. But be very careful: any of the pre-made salads are VERY high in fat. The soups, even the vegan ones, are high in fat, because they use so much oil to soften the veggies. The pastas, even the vegan ones, are off the wall high in fat. The pastas are high fat, not only because they soften the onions/veggies for the sauces in oil, but because they slather the noodles themselves in oil. These restaurants are not low fat unless you can resist the soups and use lemon off the “tea” area for your dressing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.