About the Blog

In September 2008, my husband Kevin and I set off with a cat and a couple of boxes to Mumbai, India. My original blog, The Robertsons of Mumbai, was created to serve as an informative report to our families, and changed into a healthy living expat chronicle as we were transferred to Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand a year and a half later. Six more years of raw food, stomach bugs and arachnids posed an ever-lingering threat, and plenty of Thai mispronunciations ensured that our journey was often-tragic but always-comical. In January 2016 we moved to Dubai, U.A.E., where we continue to reside. We hope you will benefit from these posts if you are a traveller, mother, household manager, health food fanatic, or lover of cultural adventures. Click on a category that interests you and settle in with a nice cup of vegan chai, lemongrass tea, or Arabic coffee!


Marine Biologist Goes Vegan and Takes on Chile With Cheese

I first had the pleasure of meeting Consuelo Hermosilla during a fishery statistics course in Vigo, Spain that we were taking as part of our PhD degrees. When we met, I was just getting started on my raw food journey, so it did not really come up in conversation very much. However, we kept in…


Guest Post: Chocolate Tarts – Just like Hail Merry!

This recipe comes from my virtual friend and mentor in all things health and motherhood, Joanna Steven! I hope you enjoy her version of the┬ápopular raw, vegan, gluten-free chocolate tarts found at healthy grocers in the United States. I made this dessert for my husband last weekend, and let’s just say it didn’t last long…


Expat Nose Job in Thailand – Part I

*This is a long post, so if you are not interested in plastic surgery in Thailand, come back in a few days and I’ll have a sweet Valentine’s Day raw+vegan+gluten-free healthy recipe to share (teaser: it includes raw chocolate!). Otherwise, grab yourself a glass of almond milk or a green smoothie, settle in, and read…


Raw Marinara Sauce

Zucchini Pasta

Raw marinara sauce is a great basic recipe to have in your raw food ‘tool box’, as it can be enjoyed with both raw or cooked pasta, used as a pizza topping, or even thrown into baked pasta dishes such as lasagna. Sun-dried tomatoes really help give this sauce it’s flavor, so be sure not…


A Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

For Fergus’ second birthday party, I decided to go with the theme of Eric Carle’s children’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Fergus loves the book, and as an easily recognizable theme, I thought our guests would love it as well. It was nice to hear how the story and the humble caterpillar had touched the…